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Loebsack Representative Visits Oskaloosa

Congressman Dave Loebsack will have Brianna Dennison, Loebsack’s District Representative, in Oskaloosa on Thursday, March 15. Dennison will be at the Mahaska County Courthouse (third floor conference room) from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. She will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Dave, or would just like to share their concerns. Public invited.

 

Tiger Woods Still Brings Ratings Gold For Golf

NBC saw a record 5.11 overnight rating on Sunday for its 3PM – 6PM coverage of the final round of the Valspar Championship. You know…the one in which Tiger Woods came within one stroke of winning for the first time since 2013?

Oh, and that overnight rating was the best rating for a non-Major PGA Tour event since the 2013 Players Championship.

And Sunday’s final round was also the best-rated golf telecast (other than The Masters) since the 2015 PGA Championship.

NBC Sports also saw a record 3.26 overnight rating on Saturday for its coverage of the third round. It was the best-rated Round 3 of a PGA Tour event on any broadcast network since 2006, and the best rating for the Valspar tournament in its history—an eye-popping 181{99cd714f394079a7f0ed2eb1518dd31342ff3ceb5b6c267c3ad8acd5b5a7d66b} gain over Round 3 of the event last year.

And golf can look for Tiger’s successor all it wants, but those Saturday and Sunday numbers were all without Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, who both missed the cut after Friday, and the number one ranked golfer in the world Dustin Johnson who sat this tourney out.

They all tuned in to see if Tiger.

Because when Tiger is competing on Sunday, nothing else can.

Source: Yahoo! Finance; Photo: Tiger Woods Facebook Page

Garth Brooks Hints At New Music On ‘Inside Studio G’

Garth Brooks was back with another edition of “Inside Studio G,” and right off the bat he got fans excited by promising, “we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.”

Garth gave fans an update about his newly-renovated studio, saying it sounds great and “performed well,” sharing “getting to make new music in it was great.” As for when fans will hear that new music, Garth would only say that they hope to have it out “soon,” but then got more specific, estimating it will drop in the “next six weeks.”

Garth also answered a bunch of questions from fans, including one where he was asked why he doesn’t star in videos anymore, and Garth admitted it was because of vanity. Garth offered, “I don’t like what I look like on film,” although he said he’s going to “get back in front of a camera…really soon.”

Finally Garth talked some more about Rodeo Houston, calling the opening night “phenomenal,” and sharing that he’s nervous about the closing Rodeo on Sunday, noting “I might have to bring out a special guest or two to try and top that one.”

Source: Garth Brooks

Medicare Beneficiaries To Receive New Medicare Card

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Identity theft affects everyone, including Iowans on Medicare. To help protect the identity of Iowans, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019.

“This is a welcome and important change that will affect many Iowans,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “We hear often about this issue and SHIIP is here to help be a resource for Iowans with questions during this transition.”

The new Medicare card will no longer have a Social Security number on it. The new Medicare card will instead have a new number that is unique to each cardholder. All Medicare benefits and coverage will stay the same. Only the Medicare cards will change.

It is important that Iowans have their correct address on file with the U.S. Social Security Administration to be able to receive the new card. To update or check the address on file, visit https://ssa.gov/myaccount or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778. Railroad retirees should contact the Railroad Retirement Board at 877-772-5772.

Mailing 57 million cards takes time. New Medicare cards may arrive at a different time than the cards of a spouse, friend or neighbor. Call 1-800-MEDICARE for cards not received by April 2019.

For more information visit https://go.Medicare.gov/newcard or call SHIIP (the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program) at 800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735-2942).

–This information was provided in a news release on behalf of the Iowa Insurance Division.

Up to $28K Available to Local Business

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – Do you have a great business? Have you always wanted to own a business in downtown Oskaloosa? Is your current business planning to expand services or add a new product line? Do you have a piece of equipment you wish you could purchase for your business?

Main Street Oskaloosa is looking for interested entrepreneurs who could use $28,000 to launch or grow their business idea within the Oskaloosa Main Street district. The Open 4 Business contest, launched in 2015, is an opportunity for businesses located within a state-designated Main Street district, to compete for a chance to win up to $28,000 in grant funds to assist with a business development or expansion project that will benefit the local community. Businesses must complete an application and submit a short video outlining their business idea and how it will benefit the local economic climate in their community. A 25{99cd714f394079a7f0ed2eb1518dd31342ff3ceb5b6c267c3ad8acd5b5a7d66b} cash match is required. The grant funds are administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa program.

Stop by the Oskaloosa Main Street office to pick up an application and instructions for the local grant competition. Deadline for the local program is April 15, 2018 by 4:00 PM at the Oskaloosa Main Street office, 222 1st Avenue East. Each designated Main Street community may submit one local business applicant that will represent their city at the sub-state competition held on June 27, 2018. Sub-state winners will receive $8,000 and advance to the state contest which will be held in Waterloo, Iowa the evening of August 28, 2018. The state winner could win up to $20,000.
We encourage businesses to review the 2018 Contest Rules, Guidelines, and Program Information.

For complete details about this program, please contact Emily Brown at 641-672-2591, email ebrown@oacdg.org, or stop by the office 222 1st Avenue East.

-This information was provided in a news release from Oskaloosa Main Street.

Alan Jackson Scores First #1 Hit in 1991

March 12 in Country Music History

1938: Country singer and songwriter Lew DeWitt of The Statler Brothers fame is born on this day. DeWitt suffered from Crohn’s disease and died on August 15, 1990.

1975: The high profile divorce between George Jones and Tammy Wynette is finalised.

1991: Alan Jackson scores his first #1 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, with “I’d Love You All Over Again.”

2006: After having successful test runs in outside cities, Ring of Fire, a jukebox musical version of the Johnny Cash biography, debuts on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. However, the show closed due to harsh reviews and disappointing sales on April 30, 2006.

Kacey Musgraves Announces World Tour

Kacey Musgraves is going on tour overseas. The singer played O2 Arena in London over the weekend and announced she’ll be back for more shows this fall.

“I haven’t told anybody this yet but we are going to go on a world tour and it’s going to start over here on your side of the pond this fall,” she told the crowd, adding, “I am freaking out because we are going to play Wembley Arena.”

Kacey’s “Oh, What a World Tour” is set to kick off October 21st in Amsterdam, wrapping November 6th in Dublin, Ireland.

Click here for a full listing of tour dates.

Source: Kacey Musgraves

 

Titans To Release RB Demarco Murray

Remember how Titans running back Derrick Henry really stepped up this past postseason? He helped lead the Titans to that incredible come from behind 22-21 upset win over the Chiefs in the AFC Wildcard game.

Yeah well…it looks like he stepped up into the number one running back slot as well.

Because the man he replaced in that game, DeMarco Murray – who was nursing a sore knee – will now be dealing with some hurt feelings as the Titans have announced that they’ll be releasing Murray.

To review, Murray joined Tennessee for the 2016 season after his worst season ever with the Philadelphia Eagles and picked up where he had left off with Dallas juts one season earlier, rushing for 1,287 yards, nine TD’s and a third Pro Bowl selection.

But the significant number he hit last year was the dreaded running back age of 30, and like most, that was when everything really stared to decline.

Starting with his health, as a banged-up Murray gained just 659-yards while averaging a career-low 3.6-yards per carry this season.

And that’s when Murray took over down the stretch reminding us that while great QB’s often play into their late 30’s, the running back spot is a young man’s game.

Source: TitansOnline.com

Shania Twain, Halsey & More Set For ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is set to premiere March 22, and the show has lined up quite a group of celebs to judge the newest batch of contestants.

As previously mentioned, Christina Aguilera is set for the premiere but she is certainly not the only famous face set to stop by. Musicians confirmed for this season include Shania Twain, Halsey, Courtney Love and Ashanti, along with stars like Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Kate Upton, Billy Eichner, Audra McDonald, Andrew Rannells, Ashanti, Todrick Hall, Lena Dunham, Kumail Nanjiani, Padma Lakshmi, and more.In addition, Stephen Colbert, Andy Cohen and Cheyenne Jackson are all expected to stop by the VH1 show.

Source: Billboard

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vendor Training

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Iowa and Johnson County along with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) are cooperating to provide training for local food and farmer’s market producers. The training is for producers who would like become certified to participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Senior FMN. This is the first time Extension offices in Iowa have offered the training to farmers so that they are certified to be able to accept FMNP checks.

“I am excited that Extension offices are supporting this program, as it is helpful to local farmers, farmers markets, young families and the seniors who benefit from the program,” said Gene Mohling, Region 15 Director for ISU Extension and Outreach. “We are proud that we can offer the use of county Extension office space to provide easy access to this training.”

For the 2018 season, there will only be webinar training options, replacing all previous video training methods. Individuals are able to attend any of the webinars from their home, library, or family computer. Throughout the state, ISU Extension and Outreach is partnering with IDALS to deliver these webinars through April to those who wish to view the webinars at Extension locations and those with limited access to a computer or internet connection. Webinars through April will be available for viewing at county Extension offices. Individuals must sign in at the office to account for their attendance.

Below is a listing of the dates, times and registration URLs of each webinar available at ISU Extension and Outreach offices. It is recommended that people register at least 24 hours prior to the training session.

Thursday, March 22

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8947869995481495553

Tuesday, April 10

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8947869995481495553

Wednesday, April 25

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8947869995481495553

Iowa and Johnson County Extension are two of the twenty ISU Extension and Outreach locations across the state that is showing the webinars.

In 2017, WIC recipients in the state of Iowa redeemed $383,000 dollars in certificates and seniors redeemed $477,000 in certificates. The funds are spent only at farmers markets and with local farmers for locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Each webinar will last around 45 min. – 1 hour. If you have questions, you can contact Stephanie Groom at 515-725-1179 or stephanie.groom@iowaagriculture.gov

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