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Ottumwa woman receives 30-year service award from Gov. Kim Reynolds

OTTUMWA, Iowa — On June 8, the board president for Wapello County Conservation, Marsha Parker, was awarded with a 30-year service award during the governor's Volunteer Awards Ceremony. Parker been with the organization for 32 years and said she never expected to get an award like this, especially from...
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Iowa Supreme Court Issues Ruling In Long Fight Over Plans For Regional Airport

(Des Moines, IA) — The Iowa Supreme Court has issued a ruling in a long fight over plans for a regional airport. The city of Oskaloosa and Mahaska County entered into an agreement in 2012 with Pella and Marion County to create the South Central Regional Airport Agency and build a shared airport. Landowners at the proposed airport site in rural Mahaska County objected, as did the newly-elected Mahaska County Board of Supervisors. A lawsuit was dismissed but the state Supreme Court ruled it is unconstitutional for a previous board to keep a new board from taking action. That means Mahaska County can withdraw from the airport agreement.
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Leighton to Celebrate Independence Day on the 1st

The City of Leighton is celebrating Independence Day on Friday, July 1st from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m., with food, displays, and games starting at 5 p.m., and the annual parade following both at 7:30 that evening, with fireworks to conclude festivities at 10 p.m. on the 1st. The KNIA/KRLS Big...

Chamber Ambassadors Hold Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 17th at Financial Moxie. Kristen Hafner, Mayree Workman, Rhonda Short, and Erica Olson are doing some great things for our community!. Moxie is really several businesses in one convenient location. Financial Moxie helps women, families, and...
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Hounds respond with win over Ottumwa

FORT MADISON – A weird confluence of events resulted in the FM boys baseball team winning its sixth game in their last seven Friday night in Fort Madison. The Hounds were pulled from infield warmups after about three minutes by Head Coach Ron Walker for a lackluster approach and then an odd suspension of play with rain coming down reset the Bloodhounds as they downed Ottumwa 8-1.

Eagles Softball Sweeps Newton; Baseball Salvages a Split in a Nailbiter

The Pella Christian softball team earned their first doubleheader sweep of the season Friday night against Newton, while the baseball teams used a late-inning rally to salvage a split in their doubleheader. Eagles softball won their two games 10-6 and 5-4, while baseball fell 17-0 in game one before winning 4-3 via an extra inning walk-off single in game two.

Pella Christian’s Dart Earns Triple Threat Acting Scholarship

A Pella Christian actor earned an experience to bolster her skills on stage. Abby Dart, who played Fastrada in PCHS’s “Pippin”, just finished a week with the Iowa High School Musical Theatre’s Triple Threat Program. This year, it expanded to not only select two students to compete at Nationals but also four more students to receive full scholarships to the Des Moines Performing Arts summer camp. Out of nearly 75 students from across Iowa, Dart was selected as one of the four students to receive the full scholarship.

Protest held in Ottumwa against Supreme Court decision

OTTUMWA, Iowa — People across the country woke up to the news of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade, Friday. Communities are now starting to react to the news, including in Southeastern Iowa. Libbey Horvath, a college student back in town for the summer, decided she needed to...

LifeServe Blood Center Hosted Ribbon Cutting Friday

LifeServe Blood Center held a ribbon cutting celebration for its new Pella Donor Center at 1542 Washington Street in Pella. Danielle West with LifeServe says the organization is the sole provider of blood products to Pella Regional Health Center and has been the community-based blood center in the area for many years. LifeServe opened this new community donor center, which will also serve as a mobile staging location for blood drives in the area.

Pella Baseball Team Earns Season Series Over DCG

A fifth inning two-out rally on senior night was enough for the Pella baseball team to earn a doubleheader split with Dallas Center-Grimes Friday night, winning game two 6-3 and falling in the opener 7-4, as heard live on 92.1 KRLS. The Dutch committed three errors in game one and...

Pella Food Shelf Aiming to Help Those with Baby Formula Shortages

Challenges remain for parents trying to find baby formula after a nationwide shortage was spurred by ongoing supply chain issues and the closure of Abbott’s baby formula plant in Michigan. Melissa Zula with the Pella Community Food Shelf says they’ve been working hard to acquire supplies for those most...

Iowa Supreme Court Ruling on Airport Expected Today

The Iowa Supreme Court has announced they will release their decision for Site A Landowners v. South Central Regional Airport Agency today. In January, the court heard oral arguments about litigation involving the validity of a 28E agreement between Mahaska County and the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa over the creation of a regional airport between the two communities.
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You can hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence this coming Tuesday (6/28) in downtown Oskaloosa. Teri Rogers with the Mahaska County Republican Party Central Committee says the event starts at 7 at the Oskaloosa town square. “We’re just asking people to join as a community for this special...

Pella City Council Puts LOSST Extension on September Ballot

The Pella City Council approved a referendum date to extend the Local Option Sales and Service Tax. City Administrator Mike Nardini says the public will have the chance to vote on the extension of the levy currently in place. This time, the funds would be used to finance a new indoor recreation facility, either construction or renovation of the Pella Community Center, and other quality of life projects. The public vote will be held on Tuesday, September 13th. Hear more about the latest with the Pella City Council on today’s Let’s Talk Pella.