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Oskaloosa boys’ basketball remains #1 in state 3A rankings

Oskaloosa’s boys’ basketball team remains number one in this week’s Associated Press state 3A rankings. The 7-0 Indians received nine out of eleven first place votes.  Pella also enters the 3A poll this week at number ten.  And as fate would have it, the Indians will host Pella Friday night (12/21).  But before that, Oskaloosa travels to Norwalk tonight (12/18).

Oskaloosa’s boys’ and girls’ are both at Norwalk for a doubleheader.  You can hear both games on KBOE-FM with coverage starting at 6; Erick Zamora will have play-by-play of the girls’ game starting at 6:15 with the boys’ game following around 7:45.

Also in the AP boys’ basketball rankings, Montezuma is second in the Class 1A poll.

Oskaloosa City Council meeting held last night

Starting in March, Oskaloosa residents will be paying more for their sewer bill. Monday night (12/17), the Oskaloosa City Council voted to approve an eight percent rate increase.  The average sewer bill would rise almost four dollars from $48.54 a month to $52.42 per month.  Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt says the main reason for the increase is higher costs.

“There have been some surprises that were different than what the proposals and the projections were two and three years ago. So that’s taking us a little bit by surprise, but we’re also seeing that in reaction to the sewer rate increases and the water rate increases, people are conserving more. And so with less flow going through, we still have to have the same number of dollars.”   Krutzfeldt says similar eight percent increases should be expected in coming years.
The Oskaloosa City Council also held a work session prior to Monday’s regular meeting to discuss a 28E agreement with the Oskaloosa School District to build an early childhood and recreation center.  The Council will vote on the agreement at their next regular meeting on January 7.

GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid off

The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last month might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate.

GM still plans to lay off about 8,000 white-collar workers and another 2,600 factory workers in Canada.  In November, GM announced plans to end production at the U.S. factories and one in Ontario as part of a restructuring.

Legislators and President Donald Trump have hammered GM over the layoffs. GM says the factory hires were in the works before its announcement.

December 14th: On this day

On this day in 2013, Dwight Yoakam was involved in a mid-air scare after the plane he was travelling in began to billow smoke. The musician was travelling aboard a twin-engine Hawker 800 jet after performing at a birthday party in Canada’s Northwest Territories when the plane’s pilot reported an engine fire to air traffic control at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles and requested emergency services be placed on stand-by. The plane eventually landed safely and the fire crew discovered the engine was smoking, but not on fire.

Governor Reynolds was in Sigourney this morning

Governor Kim Reynolds visited Sigourney Friday morning (12/14), specifically to see a new donut shop in town.  Oh Donuts is a unique donut shop, making whole grain and gluten-free donuts.  The Governor gave a thumbs up to their donuts.

“What a great concept..not to mention that all of the ingredients are organic.  The source all the ingredients locally and in the state of Iowa, which I think is amazing.”

Reynolds says her visit gave her an idea for 2019.

“I’d like to have a Startup Day at the Capitol and have start-up companies from all across the state come in and just talk about what they’re doing, what’s working, maybe what some of the barriers are so that the legislators have a chance to hear first-hand.”

Reynolds also got to try her hand at making donuts.  She says it’s a skill that would make her more popular with her grandkids.

Oskaloosa basketball will be busy this weekend

It’s going to be a busy weekend for Oskaloosa High’s basketball teams.  Tonight (12/14), the Indians boys and girls host Newton in a Little Hawkeye Conference matchup.  Then tomorrow night (12/15), Oskaloosa plays at EBF.  We’ll have all the games this weekend on KBOE-FM; tonight’s coverage starts at 6 with the girls’ game at 6:15 and the boys’ game following around 7:45.  Saturday’s coverage starts at 4:45pm with the girls’ game at 5:00 and the boys following at around 6:30.

Coming up tonight in high school basketball….these are all boys and girls doubleheaders: Montezuma at Sigourney, Norwalk at Pella, Pella Christian hosts Indianola, Grinnell at Dallas Center-Grimes, Twin Cedars hosts Melcher-Dallas, EBF at Knoxville, Lynnville-Sully at Keota and Ottumwa at Des Moines North.   And there’s one boys’ only matchup tonight: that has North Mahaska at Tri-County.

In the latest girls’ high school basketball rankings from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Grinnell is ranked fourth in Class 4A with Knoxville 11th.  And in Class 1A, Montezuma is ranked third, Lynnville-Sully fifth and North Mahaska is number ten this week.

Steve had Zach Hecker LIVE in-studio today

Zach Hecker is a singer and songwriter from Kansas City, MO. Whether it be through the keyboard, tenor saxophone, ukulele, or drums, Zach brings the fun and joy that music brings him to his audiences across the Kansas City and Nashville regions.  Zach has exploded onto the Kansas City music scene, playing more than 30 shows in 2017 in Nashville & KC, including venues such as the Record Bar, Riot Room, J-Bar,and the Up Down.

Oskaloosa boys swim team will host meet tonight

Oskaloosa’s boys’ swim team has its only home meet of the season tonight (12/13).  The Indians will host Keokuk and Williamsburg at the Oskaloosa YMCA.  Oskaloosa Coach Grant Bolibaugh says more swimmers have come out for the team this season.

“I’ve got 12 out this year and that’s the most I’ve had since I started coaching four years ago.  It’s real nice to be able to have a few more options with some of the guys.”

Tonight’s Oskaloosa swim meet starts at 5:30 at the Oskaloosa YMCA.

December 13th: On this day

Born on this day in 1954 in Orlando, Florida, was John Anderson, country music artist who has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including five #1’s, “Wild and Blue”, “Swingin'”, “Black Sheep”, “Straight Tequila Night”, and “Money in the Bank”. He has also recorded twenty-two studio albums on several labels.

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