EBF Jazz Band Qualifies for Championships

(IOWA CITY, Iowa) – The Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont (EBF) High School Jazz band was hard at work on Saturday competing in class 2A at the South East Iowa Bandmasters Association District Jazz Contest. The fruits of their labor paid off when they came home with a second-place finish just behind Mid-Prairie High School, qualifying them for the Iowa Jazz Championships at Iowa State University on April 5.

Only the first and second place finishers from the South East Iowa Bandmasters Districts were eligible to go on to the Iowa Jazz Championships. Outstandingly, this is the 32nd year in a row that the band has qualified for championships.

Under the direction of Joe Overton, the band was able to take home awards overall as well as for individual performances. Several students received an Outstanding Soloist Award for their solo performances: Kendal Durst for bass; Grace Manternach for flute; Eric Schutt for trombone; Harrison Mock for trumpet; Julia Fairchild for vibes; Cyrus Rogers for tenor sax; Elijah Hartman for drums; Maggie Voyles for piano; Tara Diephius for tenor sax; Cameron Kolthoff for trumpet; Delanee Van Zante for alto sax; and Emma Mock for clarinet. The EBF Sax Section also received an Outstanding Section Award for their superior performance.

What’s next? The EBF High School Jazz Band is off to perform in concert with the Junior High Jazz Band on Thursday, March 22 at the EBF High School at 7:00 PM. After that, it’s on to the Iowa Jazz Championships in Ames on April 5 at ISU. The band will take the stage at 9:00 AM for the 2A contest.

“Friends and supporters of the band are encouraged to attend and lend your support,” said Joe Overton, Band Director, via a media release sent on Monday, March 5.

By Hailey Brown, KBOE/KMZN;Photo provided by Joe Overton

Fremont Lions Present ‘How the Other Half Dies’

(Fremont, Iowa) – There are lemon car laws but do those laws cover when a person finds a dead body in the trunk the day after they bring the car home? That is only one of the confusing questions encountered by Sybil Chasteen (Jeanene Calhoun) during this year’s Fremont Lions Club production of “How the Other Half Dies.”

The 35th show produced by the Lions Club will take the stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 and 12. Show times Friday and Saturday are 7 PM with a 2 PM Sunday matinee. The show will be held at the Fremont School stage with a pre-show meal served (free will donation).

The play, written by Eddie McPherson, is a murder-mystery that spirals out of control with comedy and will leave the audience in stitches. For information on getting tickets in advance, contact Bill Ward (641-295-6060) or Jeanene Calhoun (641-660-7282). Otherwise, tickets will be available at the door.

Cast Members

Corpse-Gary Parlet

Sybil Chasteen-Jeanene Calhoun

Officer Knight-Shannon Bethune

Officer Newbie-Sandy Eckley

April May-Martha Scharff

Hysterical Victim-Mindy Francis

Jack-Bill Ward

Cora-Sheri Baxter

Fannie-Dollie Horn

Captain Dimples-Ricky Pierce

Mrs. Harriet Hammer-Sharon VanRingelstein

Happy Harry-Brent Swearingen

Stranger-Ron Reed

Mrs. Nabors-Chrissy Garr Kime

911 Operator-Kevin Muell

Drummer-Mark Hansen

Therapist-Chrissy Garr Kime

Preacher-Ryan Keep

Bridesmaid-Christa Muell

Flower Girl-Julia Morrison

Angel-Missy Gingrich

Featured Photo: Officer Knight (Shannon Bethune) confronts Mrs. Hammer (Sharon VanRingelstein) during a rehearsal of “How the Other Half Dies.” Also pictured: Jeanene Calhoun, seated, Mindy Francis, Ryan Keep and Julia Morrison. Photo contributed.

‘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.

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.


Barnes City
Councilmember (4 yr.) Total/Percentages
Gene Davis – 19/20.43%
Jeffrey Innis – 31/33.33%
Write-in 43/46.24%
Total – 93

Three total elected.


Mayor (2 yr.) Total/Percentages 
Write-in – 19/100%
Total – 19

Councilmember (2 yr.) Total/Percentages
Ron Kauffman – 25/19.69%
Darrell Rust – 15/11.81%
Cecil Smith – 22/17.32%
Dwight Teeter – 24/18.90%
Richard Thomas – 22/17.32%
Write-in – 19/14.96%
Total – 127

Five total elected.

Councilmember (4 yr.) Total/Percentages
Yvonne Evans – 33/25.19%
J.J. Howrey – 36/27.48%
Kenneth Long – 36/27.48%
Brenda Swearingen – 22/16.79%
Write-in – 4/3.05%
Total – 131

Three total elected.

Keomah Village
Mayor (2 yr.) Total/Percentages 
Clark Johnson – 23/100%
Total 23

Councilmember (4 yr.) Total/Percentages 
Larry Boyer – 23/33.33%
Craig Coen – 24/34.78%
Kay Swafford – 22/31.88%
Total – 69

Three total elected.


Mayor (2 yr.) Total/Percentages
Keith Beintema – 17/85.00%
Write-in – 3/15.00%
Total – 20

Councilmember (2 yr.) Total/Percentages 
Charles Bogaard – 18/18.37%
Daniel Gleason – 18/18.37%
Steve Nieuwsma – 18 /18.37%
Kim Sytsma – 18/18.37%
Henry Van Roekel – 19/19.39%
Write-in – 7/7.14%
Total – 98

Five total elected.

New Sharon
Councilmember (4 yr.) Total/Percentages
Thomas German 122 27.17%
Keri Lamberson 133 29.62%
Jeffrey Long 111 24.72%
Kenneth Ward 78 17.37%
Write-in 5 1.11%
Total 449

Three total elected.

Public Measure A (Rural Water) Total/Percentages
Yes – 142/85.54%
No – 24/14.46%
Total 166

Public Measure B (Library) Total/Percentages
Yes – 92/55.76%
No – 73/44.24%
Total 165

Mayor (2 yr.) Total/Percentages
David Krutzfeldt – 576/56.3% 
Jeff Lorentzen – 445/43.5%
Write-in – 2/0.2%
Total 1023

1st Ward Councilmember (4 yr.) Total/Percentages
Diane Ottosson – 141/100%
Total – 141

One total elected.

3rd Ward Councilmember (4 yr.) Total/Percentages
Doug Yates – 238/97.54%
Write-in – 6/2.46%
Total – 244

One total elected.

At-Large Councilmember (4 yr.)  Total/Percentages
Charlie Comfort – 422/21.72%
Scottie Moore – 659/33.92%
Wyatt Russell – 294/15.13%
Tom Walling – 561/28.87%
Write-in – 6/0.36%
Total – 1942

Two total elected.

Rose Hill
Mayor (2 yr.) Total/Percentages 
Kyle Morgan – 27/87.10%
Write-in – 4/12.90%
Total – 31

Councilmember (2 yr.) Total/Percentages 
Jake Dannels – 30/22.56%
Carli Hahn – 2/1.50%
Terry Lowe – 24/18.05%
Janet Martin – 21/15.79%
Channa McMillian – 15/11.28%
Aaron Molyneux – 25/18.80%
Write-in – 16/12.03%
Total – 133

Five total elected.

University Park
Mayor (2 yr.) Total/Percentages 
George Toubekis-73/100%
Total 73

Councilmember (4 yr.) Total/Percentages
David Brown – 59/30.41%
Sarah Kargol – 50/25.77%
Stephen Kelly – 48/24.74%
Colleen Platt – 37/19.07%
Total 194

Three total elected.

Councilmember Unexpired Term Total/Percentages
Harry Graham – 71/100.00%
Total – 71

One total elected.

Subject Arrested in Sexual Assault Case in Fremont

On Sunday, February 12th, 2017, at approximately 3 PM, deputies from the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 218 North Kennedy Street, Fremont, Iowa, regarding the complaint of a Sexual Assault with had allegedly occurred earlier in the day at this location.

The victim (an adult female) was taken to the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital where she was treated for an undisclosed injury and then released.

During the investigation into this report, deputies located and arrested 41-year-old Chad Michael Crosby (of 218 North Kennedy Street) within the Fremont City Limits. Crosby was charged with one count of Domestic Abuse Causing Injury (a serious misdemeanor) and one count of Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree (a class “C” felony). Crosby was incarcerated in the Mahaska County Jail.

Crosby made his initial appearance in the Mahaska County Magistrate’s Court on Monday, February 13, 2017. Crosby’s bond was set in the amount of $15,000 for the above two charges. After posting bond, Crosby was released from custody.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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