Henly – Sponsored by Faux Paws Bakery

Hello, everyone! My name is Henley. I’m about 3 months old and came to Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter with severe conjunctivitis and an ulcer. I’m currently undergoing treatment, thanks to the diligent care ’round the clock from staff here, and I’m supposed to be all fixed up and ready to go to my fur-ever home in just a few weeks!

Special thanks to Faux Paws Bakery for making Pet of the Week possible. Thanks to them, my new family will get a $10 certificate to Faux Paws to shop in their Kitty Corner.

North Mahaska Leads the Way As Six Area Girls Teams Ranked

The latest poll from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union came out late last week and a half-dozen schools in the area are ranked in girls basketball.

In Class 1A, North Mahaska continues to lead the charge at #4 after a strong start. Their biggest test of the early portion of the season will be this Friday on the Game of the Week on 104.9 FM KBOE. The Warhawks will be hosting the Bravettes of Montezuma, who are ranked #9 for the second straight week. Both teams already boast early season wins over Lynnville-Sully, who is still in the rankings at #13.

Pekin joins the fray in Class 2A as the Panthers are #14 in the latest poll. Pekin has won three of their first four games, all of which came on the road. Their lone loss was at #13 Mediapolis.

In Class 4A, Grinnell and Pella are still representing the tough Little Hawkeye Conference. Grinnell is still in the #4 slot while Pella dropped three spots down to #13. Both teams are starting to get into the thick Little Hawkeye Conference.

The next rankings from the IGHSAU will come out later this week.

‘Sing for Joy’ Christmas Tea by Oskaloosa Women’s Connection

Come and enjoy the afternoon celebrating the “reason for the season”. We will have a variety of wonderful desserts and finger foods.


Who: Bev DeVries, a native Osky gal, will be the speaker. She will share some of her life’s most interesting events with us. She is the general manager of KCWN radio station in Pella. The McKay family from Fremont, Iowa, will spread the joy of Christmas with their musically talented family.

What: Christmas Tea by Oskaloosa Women’s Connection

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 405 High Ave. E, Oskaloosa

Cost: $6.00


Please make reservations for dinner and free child care by Tuesday, December 5, by calling Twink at (641)673-7345 or Judy at 641-672-2313. If you need to cancel after having made a reservation, please call the same ladies by 9:00 AM on December 9.

Pella Man Dies of Gunshot Wound at MidWestOne Bank

On November 22, 2017, at 10:20 AM the Pella Police Department and Pella Community Ambulance responded to MidwestOne Bank, 500 Oskaloosa St., Pella for a report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon their arrival they found a 60-year-old man deceased in the lobby area.

Investigation by the Pella PD determined that George Leonard Bishop III, 60 of Pella died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after he enter the bank.

The Pella Police Department wishes to assure members of the community that this incident was unfortunate and personal in nature, and that no members of the public are at risk of personal harm.

Six Area Netters Honored on Volleyball All-State Teams

The high school volleyball season has come to a close and the Iowa Girls Coaches Association have selected the All-State teams for all five classes.

In Class 1A, Montezuma junior Riley Gatton made the list as an honorable mention. Gatton was the leading attacker for the Bravettes during their 31-6 campaign. Gatton had 362 kills and an outstanding .308 kill efficiency on the year.

Pella Christian senior Bekah Horstman made the Second Team in Class 2A. PC was ranked for most of the season but would run into several great large school teams in the Little Hawkeye Conference. Horstman led to the way for the Eagles with 413 kills and a .246 kill efficiency. PC finished the year with a record of 21-16.

On the Class 3A Honorable Mention list, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont had senior Torie Alexander listed. The Rockets finished the year 21-16 and Alexander was the leader in kills with 355. She also finished the year with a very strong .235 kill efficiency and 59 aces.

Pella was the lone area team to make the trip to Cedar Rapids and the State Volleyball Tournament and they were honored with three players making the All-State Teams in Class 4A.

Junior Emily Holterhaus was one of the best players in the state in all classes and she was honored as the only area player named to the First Team. Holterhaus dominated the opposition with 583 kill son the year and a stellar .326 kill efficiency.

She was joined by teammates Kara Wichhart and Natalie Clayberg as both were named to the Honorable Mention list. Wichhart served as the setter for the Lady Dutch and set up her teammates at a very high rate, as she was credited with 936 assists on the year. The senior was also a very important leader for Pella. Clayberg finished her junior season with 285 kills and a .204 kill efficiency. She also led the squad with 53 aces. Pella finished the year 33-7 and lost to eventual state champion Dubuque Wahlert in the state quarterfinals.

There were no area players named in Class 5A.

The state now transitions fully to girls’ basketball, which has just kicked off around the state.

North Mahaska, Grinnell Highlight Area Girls’ Basketball Teams in First Rankings

Basketball season is getting underway in the coming days for the girls and there are a handful of teams from the listening area that are in the initial rankings from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

In Class 1A, three teams from the South Iowa Cedar League were named. North Mahaska is a big surprise at #4 after a stellar 16-7 season last year with mostly freshman leading the way. Head Coach L.E. Moore and the Warhawks have state tournament experience but after a few down years, this year’s team will have high expectations to try to make it back with still a young core learning together.

Also in the Class 1A rankings are Montezuma and Lynnville-Sully. Montezuma went 17-7 last season under Cory Nikkel and will start this season at #9 under new Head Coach Janel Burgess. Their rivals from Lynnville-Sully had a great year last year, finishing 21-3. The Hawks start the year ranked #12.

In Class 4A, a couple of Little Hawkeye Conference teams made the list. Grinnell will start the year ranked 4th after a 19-5 season. The Tigers return several key players to that team for Head Coach Trent Edsen. Pella will also be a factor in the LHC, as they are ranked 10th after finishing 20-5 last season. Head Coach Jerod Garland will have to replace a couple of senior leaders, but there’s still plenty of talent for the Lady Dutch.

There are no area teams ranked in Class 2A, 3A, or 4A.

The No Coast Network will be releasing a full Game of the Week schedule later this week for the basketball season. The Game of the Week will air on 104.9 FM KBOE and kboeradio.com on Fridays throughout the season. Oskaloosa Basketball will be on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN and radiokmzn.com with video on MCG Channel 7 for most games, beginning on November 28 as the Indians travel to play Fairfield with the broadcast starting at 6 PM.

Band Members From William Penn University Chosen For Honor Band

Four collegiate band members have been selected to participate in the 24th Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. This year’s guest conductor for the Iowa Collegiate Honor Band is Dr. Jack Stamp.

Students selected from local William Penn University include:

  • Mallari Winegar of Rose Hill, IA – Clarinet; senior music education major.
  • Joseph Criscuolo of Pella, IA – Alto Saxophone; senior music education major.
  • Adam Genskow of Oskaloosa, IA – Tenor Saxophone; senior music education major.
  • Steve Residor of St. Louis, MO – Trombone; senior music education major.

The event is open to the public and free to attend. The honor band will rehearse Nov. 17– 18, with their performance at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. The rehearsals and performance will be held at Josephine Tope Community Auditorium attached to Nevada High School, located at 1001 15th St. Nevada, IA 50201.

About Dr. Jack Stamp                                                                                

Dr. Jack Stamp is currently an adjunct professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he teaches conducting and composition. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Stamp served as Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 25 years and served as chairperson of the music department for six years. While at IUP, he was awarded Distinguished University Professor.

Dr. Stamp holds a DMA degree in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Eugene Corporon. An internationally recognized composer of wind band music, Dr. Stamp studied composition with Robert Washburn, Fisher Tull, Joan Tower, David Diamond, and Richard Danielpour.

He was the founder/conductor of the Keystone Wind Ensemble, a wind band dedicated to the recording of forgotten band literature. The ensemble boasts over 20 commercial compact disc releases. He is a contributing author to the “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series and resides in Hudson, WI with his wife, LeAnn.

Pella Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District Receives Nomination

The National Park Service announces that the Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as nominated on June 9, 2017.

The Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District spans from Main Street to W. 1st Street; Independence Street to Union Street; and the West side of W. 1st Street to Liberty Street. This section spans approximately six blocks near the heart of Pella.

Pella is the only city listed for not only Marion County, but also throughout the state of Iowa. The Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District made the list of 22 other districts throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

As printed in a Historic Pella Trust’s newsletter:

“The neighborhood, part of Pella’s original plat laid out in 1848 for Dominie Henry P. Scholte, contains about 70
single-family dwellings, garages, and brick streets—most dating from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries and
contributing as National Register resources. The Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District possesses a locally significant collection of architectural designs with Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman styles predominating. The incidence of buildings of such fashionable quality is noticeably higher than in many surrounding neighborhoods of comparable age, where folk vernacular dwellings are more in evidence. The level of integrity within the

“Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District is high and with few intrusions. Properties have been well maintained, and residents obviously take pride in them. Historian Will Page did extensive historic research on each home in the neighborhood. The process to become a designated historic neighborhood requires an exhaustive write up on each home in the area and its historical significance, which in this case is based upon the architectural significance of the homes. The write-up is then submitted to the State Historic Preservation office for review.

These reviews are conducted twice a year. After making recommended changes by review board, the write-up is
resubmitted and eventually presented orally. The review is now in its final stages of approval. With its approval, homeowners have a unique and substantial financial incentive to maintain the historic quality of their homes. If a homeowner conducts renovations that follow the Department of Interior Standards, they can recoup up to 45{99cd714f394079a7f0ed2eb1518dd31342ff3ceb5b6c267c3ad8acd5b5a7d66b} of the costs of renovation. The financial aid acts as an incentive to encourage quality restorations.”

Check out the full list with the National Register of Historic Places Program. 



Four area teams were in action in regional semifinal action Tuesday night.
Pella and Osky battled in Class 4A Region 4 and it was all Lady Dutch from start to finish. Oskaloosa held their own during the first set before slipping late to drop it 25-20. Pella would stroll through the next two sets as they found their footing. They would win the second set 25-14 and the third set 25-8.
Pella was led by Emily Holterhaus, who would get 19 kills to lead all players. Josie Bunnell had eight kills for Osky, who ends their season with a record of 13-21.
Pella moves into the Region 4 Final next Monday where they will face Bondurant-Farrar. Pella is 32-6 on the season and one of their losses came against Bondurant-Farrar in the B-F Tournament back on August 26th. That match will be in Pella on Monday, October 30th at 7 PM.
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont hosted Davis County in a matchup between two South Central Conference teams in Class 3A Region 8. EBF had beaten DC in the regular season in both of their matchups without dropping a set, but Tuesday night was different. Davis County would pull off the road upset in four sets (25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23). EBF’s season comes to an end with a record of 21-16.
Finally, Ottumwa went on the road and faced a tough Waukee squad and came up short in straight sets (25-10, 25-18, 25-10). Ottumwa finished their season with a 19-20 record.
More volleyball action will be on tap on the No Coast Network on Thursday as Montezuma plays in the Class 1A Region 4 Semifinals against North Tama. You can hear that on 104.9 FM KBOE, kboeradio.com, and the KBOE mobile app with the pregame show starting at 6:45 PM for the 7 PM first serve.


The football season flew by and it was extremely interesting in our listening area. Nine teams qualified in five of the six classes.
In Class 3A, Oskaloosa grabbed one of the two wild card slots and will play on the road at Cedar Rapids Xavier. Xavier is ranked #1 in the Radio Iowa poll and have been one of the highest ranked teams around the state all season. Osky will be a big underdog, but Head Coach Jake Jenkins has a team that went 4-1 on the road this season.
You can hear that game live on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, radiokmzn.com, and the KMZN mobile app. The pregame show will begin at 6:30 PM for the 7 PM kickoff.
Pella has won seven straight games after their long winning streak was snapped. The Dutch will start the defense of their three consecutive state championships at home against Webster City in a rematch of last year’s state title game.
PCM made the Class 2A playoffs after dominating in District 6. The Mustangs will host Williamsburg, who grabbed one of the 2A wild cards.
In Class 1A, Pella Christian ran the table in the regular season for the second straight year. The Eagles will also host Sigourney/Keota for the second straight year to start the playoffs. S/K fell in a win-and-in game against Wilton, but the Cobras landed a wild card spot. You can hear that game on 104.9 FM KBOE, kboeradio.com, and the KBOE mobile app. Pregame show will start at 6:30 PM for the 7 PM kickoff.
Also in Class 1A, Pleasantville backed into the #2 seed in District 5 with two district losses. The Trojans won the three-way tiebreaker including Woodward-Granger and Interstate 35. Pleasantville will be on the road to face West Branch in the first round.
Class A District 6 produced two playoff teams from the listening area. Lynnville-Sully is ranked #1 in the Radio Iowa poll after an unbeaten regular season. The Hawks will host district foe New London, who snagged a wild card. L-S beat New London in their meeting earlier this year in New London, 20-14.
Pekin finished in second in the district and they will be on the road at Hudson. Hudson had a great season, going undefeated and have been ranked in the top five for the last half of the year.
Finally, Moravia survived a potential circus in 8-Player District 5, finishing in second with their only loss to district champs HLV. The Mohawks will go on the road in the first round to face perennial powerhouse Don Bosco.
After the games go final, you can also check out a postseason edition of Scores and More Presented By Bubbl’r. Taylor Howard will be running through all of the playoff scores around the state and go through the matchups in the quarterfinal rounds.


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