First Christian Church Community Blood Drive

First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa will host a community blood drive from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, Jan. 22 inside the fellowship hall, located at 815 N 11th St.

To donate, please contact Sue & Gene DeBruin at 641-673-4272 or 641-673-7303 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5022 to locate the drive.

Speaker Announced for WPU Dean’s Convocation

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – William Penn University staff, faculty and students will ring in the start of the spring semester with the Dean’s Convocation on Thursday, January 18, at 11:15 a.m. in the main gymnasium of the Oskaloosa campus. William Penn welcomes Chicago native, Christina Fernandez-Morrow, as the keynote speaker.

Fernandez-Morrow moved to Des Moines in 2001 after accepting a public relations position with State Farm Insurance Co. She has worked in the non-profit world for most of her career and launched the Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines, the only agency in the state that focuses on leadership development for young Latinas.

While in Des Moines, Christina helped start a number of community organizations, including the Young Professionals Connection and Art Noir, where she was instrumental in kicking off their inaugural Hair Ball fundraiser. She was a founder of Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival. Most recently, she started the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival, named for her late husband who was also an active Des Moines resident and Latino advocate.

Among her recognitions for her community service, Christina was LATINA magazine’s Next Generation Latina award winner, featured in the Des Moines Registers’ “13 People to Watch in 2013”, and a 40 Under 40 award recipient.

Christina is currently serving as an educator at Des Moines University, where she creates live patient-simulated clinical examinations for medical students.

Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Johnny Cash & More

This Day in Country Music History, January 11

RCA releases “Think Of You,” a Chris Young duet with Cassadee Pope, to radio

Taylor Swift is named Favorite Country Artist during the People’s Choice Awards, aired from Los Angeles on CBS

Capitol releases Luke Bryan’s “Rain Is A Good Thing” to radio

Mark Wills begins a six-week stay at the Billboard summit with “19 Somethin'”

Shania Twain’s “Up!” video and Montgomery Gentry’s “Speed” debut on the CMT show “Most Wanted Live”

Kevin Sharp’s remake of The Tony Rich Project’s “Nobody Knows” hits #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2” receives five Grammy nominations

Johnny Cash & June Carter record the classic “Jackson” at the Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville

Roger Miller records “Dang Me” and “Chug-A-Lug” at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio on 16th Avenue South in Nashville

Naomi Judd is born in Ashland, Kentucky. Along with daughter Wynonna, The Judds become the pre-eminent duo of the ’80s with harmonies that reflect mountain music and the blues. Chronic hepatitis forces her to halt regular performing in 1991

Eggs & Issues Resumes Saturday

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa)–Eggs & Issues is back in action this Saturday, Jan. 13 from 8:30–9:30AM at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa. According to a news release sent by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group, the first featured panel will consist of Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt and Mahaska County Supervisor Willie VanWeelden. Former Sen. Tom Rielly of Oskaloosa will act as moderator during this first Eggs & Issues event.

“Be sure to join us as we hear from our City and County Representatives,” reads the Chamber news release. “Join your friends and neighbors to thank these gentlemen for their service and to hear about all the great things that are going on with the local City and County governments.”

As has been the case during previous Eggs & Issues installations, the setting is informal and attendees are encouraged to personally meet and speak to their elected representatives. MidWestOne Bank will provide complimentary coffee during this event and the staff from George Daily Auditorium has volunteered to run the sound system.

The next Eggs & Issues is slated for Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8:30AM and will feature Iowa Senator Ken Rozenboom (R–Oskaloosa) and House Representative Guy Vander Linden (R–Oskaloosa). Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt will return to the forum on Jan. 27, however he will act only as a moderator and will not re-join the panel at that time.

About Eggs & Issues

Eggs and Issues is a forum (often legislative in nature) sponsored by the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group. This forum provides area residents an opportunity to learn more about state, county, and local issues. The setting is informal and encourages those attending to personally meet and speak to their elected representatives.

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MCCB Bird Food Giveaway Returns in 2018

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The Mahaska County Conservation Board (MCCB) recently announced it will again hold its annual MCCB Bird Food Giveaway later this month.

On Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8:00AM–noon, visitors may take to the east side of the conservation center at Russell Wildlife in New Sharon to pick up cracked corn for feeding birds, free of charge. Although participants must bring their own buckets to fill, a news release sent by the Board states that staff will assist in both filling and carrying buckets.

For more information about the MCCB Bird Food Giveaway, call 641-673-9327.

About MCCB:

The Mahaska County Conservation Board was established in January 1975. According to the MCCB website, the purpose of the Conservation Board is to provide quality parks, recreation, conservation, and environmental education opportunities for the public.

The five members of the Conservation Board are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for five year terms. They serve without pay, but receive their actual expenses incurred while carrying out their duties. The board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30PM, and public participation is welcomed.

The Mahaska County Conservation Board seeks to ensure that future generations have ample opportunity to enjoy parks, natural resources and the scenic beauty that Mahaska County has to offer.

Environmental Education is the cornerstone of the MCCB’s conservation philosophy. Therefore, the MCCB is dedicated to educating the public to better understand, appreciate, and protect the environment that sustains the world.

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MHP Welcomes First Baby of 2018

The following is a news release provided to KBOE from Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, Iowa:

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa)–Adan Dean Martin was born at 4:12 am on January 4, 2018, making him Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2018 New Year’s Baby.

Adan weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz., and was 20 inches long. His parents are Patricia Snook and Travis Martin of Sigourney. His grandparents are Tim and Faye Snook of Oskaloosa and Crystal and the late Larry Martin of Sigourney. His great grandparents are James and Bonnie Handeland of Eddyville and Wallis and the late Beverly Lippard of What Cheer.

Adan was delivered by Family Practice Physician Shawn Richmond, MD. He was not due until mid-January, so being the New Year’s Baby was a big surprise for the family. Big brother Joshua, 4, has warmed up to the idea of a little brother.

“He’s healthy, that is what we are most happy about,” Patricia said. “Both of my children were born here at Mahaska Health Partnership. With Joshua, the Birthing Center had just opened. It’s as wonderful as I remembered!”

As MHP’s first baby of 2018, Adan received a basket full of gifts from MHP and Whispering Tree Gifts, the Hospital Auxiliary’s gift shop located just inside Entrance #4 on the MHP campus.

Featured Photo: Adan Dean Martin of Sigourney is Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2018 New Year’s Baby. He is shown with his delivering physician, Dr. Shawn Richmond; his older brother, Joshua; and his mother, Patricia Snook. Dad Travis Martin works nights and was home sleeping when the New Year’s Baby gift presentation was made. Adan was born Jan. 4 at 4:12 am and weighed 6 lbs, 7 oz.



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