Auditions for ‘Home Again’ at George Daily Auditorium

Auditions for “Home Again” will be held at the George Daily Auditorium on May 6-7 from 5:00-8:00 PM. This is an original Mahaska musical written by the George Daily Auditorium. They are looking for performers, storytellers, singers, dancers, volunteers, and Mahaska County enthusiasts to be part of this one-of-a-kind production. New- and long-time residents from all over Mahaska County are invited to audition. No experience necessary. Ages 8 and up of all ability levels are invited. If auditioning for a singing role, you may bring a prepared song or sing a familiar one like “Happy Birthday”. Those auditioning for non-singing roles need not sing. Rehearsal schedules will be flexible. Performances are on June 16 & 17, 2018. For more information, visit www.georgedaily.org/grant or call 641-672-0799.

Mahaska Rural Water System Annual Meeting

The 43rd Annual Meeting of the members of Mahaska Rural Water System, Inc. will be held Tuesday, March 20 at the First Christian Church in Oskaloosa at 7:30 PM. The agenda will include the election of directors, financial report, manager’s report and other routine business. All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

No Coast Network Announces Basketball Game of the Week Schedule

By Emery Songer

KBOE/KMZN Sports Director

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – The basketball season is here and eight doubleheaders will be featured on Friday nights throughout the season as a part of the Game of the Week on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com.

December 1st is when the action starts with Sigourney at English Valleys in a South Iowa Cedar League matchup.

The SICL will be featured several times throughout the season, including December 8th, when Montezuma travels to face North Mahaska.

The last doubleheader before the Christmas Break is Knoxville at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in a matchup of South Central Conference foes.

After the new year, it’ll be right back to the SICL for BGM at Sigourney on January 5th.

The following week highlights a rivalry in the South Central Conference with EBF on the road to face Davis County.

January 19th will showcase two small schools in Keokuk County as Keota hosts Tri-County.

The rematch between North Mahaska and Montezuma will be on the air on January 26th in Monte.

Finally, EBF is at Lynnville-Sully in a non-conference doubleheader on February 2nd.

All games begin at 6 PM and the pregame show will start around 5:45 PM on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com.

CASA Celebrating 20th Anniversary In Ottumwa

In 2016, over 300 children in Jefferson, Mahaska and Wapello counties were in foster care placement, and many more were at risk in their homes. Only a small number of those children had the benefit of a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Specifically, Ottumwa area businesses and organizations are asked to support efforts to recruit and engage new CASA volunteers in Ottumwa.

Advocates and volunteers with CASA are ordinary people who have decided to volunteer their time and talents to ensure children who are already victims of abuse or neglect, are not further impacted by the system intended to protect them.  After receiving extensive pre-service training, the advocate receives an order from the court to represent a child in court proceedings and allows the advocate access to information.  The advocate meets with their assigned child or sibling group monthly and gathers information from everyone involved with that child such as caregivers, therapists, teachers and other providers.  Advocates prepare a Report to the Court for each hearing involving the child.

This Thursday in Ottumwa, Mayor Tom Lazio alone with Associate Juvenile Judge William S. Owens, and Aprile Goodman – Court Appointed Special Advocate Coordinator. Along with other CASA volunteers or members, Kayla Eckerman, Deb Pumphrey, and Jim Hennessey, will welcome all to the  20th Anniversary of the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Ottumwa. This event is being held at The Hub in Ottumwa on November 16th, starting at 4:30 PM.

CASA Advocates serve as a consistent presence in the life of their assigned child and remain assigned to the case until successful case closure. For more information or an application to apply to be a CASA Advocate, visit the Iowa Child Advocacy Board.


Coat Drive To Help Local Iowans In Need

BURR! It’s getting chillier out there. Help share the warmth with those in our community that need it!

The 10th Annual Winter Coat Drive is taking place now until January 31st, 2018.

Collection boxes for the drive will be placed at 18 locations around Oskaloosa. The drive is a great opportunity for community members to clean out their closets and make an impact during the season of giving. Items collected during the Winter Coat Drive are given to people in need at no charge.

Accepted donations include winter coats, snow boots, snow pants, winter hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, and other winter outerwear. Whenever possible, please launder items prior to donation. Organizers stress that the collection boxes for the drive are strictly for donations of winter outerwear.

Donations of other items including sweatshirts, fall jackets, rain coats, ball caps, etc. must be made directly to New Hope Community Center at 308 5th Ave West.

The need for warm winter clothing is a serious one, especially in Iowa. The average winter temperature in Iowa for 2016/17 was 26.5 degrees F. Last year, 300 warm winter coats were distributed to those in need, many of whom would have otherwise gone without.

Winter Coat Drive collection boxes can be found at the following Oskaloosa businesses:

  • Central United Methodist Church
  • Fareway
  • Hawkeye Real Estate
  • Gatton Realty
  • Homestead of Oskaloosa
  • Hy-Vee
  • KBOE/KMZN Radio
  • Mahaska
  • Mahaska County YMCA
  • Mahaska Drug
  • MCG
  • MidWestOne Bank
  • Musco
  • New Hope Community Center
  • Oskaloosa Public Library
  • Remax Pride Realty
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  • First Christian Church
  • United Way of Mahaska County

United Way and New Hope need your help to spread the word and help keep our community warm this winter. Challenge friends and family to clean out their closets and donate winter items they no longer use – every donation helps keep someone safe and warm!

All donated items from the Winter Coat Drive are distributed at New Hope Community Center, at 308 5 th Ave. West. New items arrive each week. For assistance, check with a volunteer, or call New Hope at 641-676-1602.

Volunteers are needed to help with the drive. For more information about this service opportunity, please contact Timothy Gibson at 641-673- 6043, or uwmc.coordinator@gmail.com.

Text to 911 Now Available in 81 Iowa Counties, Including Mahaska

At the last Emergency Management Agency meeting on September 21st,  Jamey Robinson the EMA/911 Administrator, said that the Mahaska County  911 Communications and dispatch center can now receive text messages during an emergency. Robinson noted this would be crucial for the deaf/mute community, as well as children or others who may not be in a safe position to speak on the phone.

Mahaska County is joined by almost 80 percent of the counties in Iowa to have this feature. State officials say by the end of the year, ALL of Iowa’s 9-1-1 dispatchers should be able to respond to text messages. Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Mark Schouten says text-to-9-1-1 service already has been used in Iowa when a call would have put someone in danger.

“We’ve had cases of a suspected intruder into a home; a domestic assault incident; a sexual assault in progress; and a child who used it to report being kidnapped,” said 

Schouten, though, cautions a CALL to 9-1-1 is preferable because the dispatcher can get crucial information more quickly, like your location. Pin-pointing the physical address from which a text is sent is not yet perfected. If text-to-9-1-1 is not available in a city or county, a “bounceback” message will be sent.

Counties that have yet added this feature include Franklin, Hancock, Henry, Jefferson, Johnson, Lee, Marion, Monona, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Scott, Van Buren, Washington, Webster and Winnebago.


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