Parents have worried about their children since the beginning of time. Such worry is part of being a parent, and parents will worry about things both large and small. One relatively recent concern for parents involves the Internet. Over the last 10 to 15 years, the Internet has become established as a must-have in homes. [...]
by Dennis Sharkey Oskaloosa City leaders are hoping next spring to fill a new city swimming pool with water and not rain drops. After holding a special meeting last week to set specs for rehabilitating the pool, the city is now accepting bids. For several months residents have questioned the city council about the pool [...]
by Clarke Davis Butch Wynkoop, a board member and former chairman of Jefferson County Fire District No. 11, does not think someone should “run hot” from Nortonville to assist with medical and fire emergencies in Valley Falls. John Franco, the man who “runs hot” from Nortonville, is employed in Valley Falls and is here during [...]
Fire District No. 11’s ladder truck is out of commission and a decision to repair or replace it comes too late for the budget process.
by Dennis Sharkey A new business with a familiar name has taken over the old Keystone building in Oskaloosa and the doors are open. Inside the Barnett Family Funeral Home the paint is still drying and sawdust still is sprinkled across the floor of some rooms but business is booming. “A lot of people [...]
by Clarke Davis Grace Christian School will start classes Aug. 29, housed in the Rock Creek Bible Church north of Meriden. The school directors expect an enrollment of nine students in kindergarten through eighth grade and are hoping to have more. Taught by two veteran teachers, Ann Conser and Lyndia Uhner, the school will soon [...]
by Clarke Davis The Valley Falls school board failed to pass its budget following the public hearing Aug. 8 and was back at the table Aug. 11 with all members present. Five members were present for the hearing and a vote of 3-2 was not sufficient to approve the budget. Superintendent Loren Feldkamp said a [...]
Courthouse records for the week of August 18, 2011
by Dennis Sharkey Every department within the county will operate with less and employees may be asked to contribute more. Chairman Richard Malm said on Monday that commissioners are still hacking through the budget looking for savings in every department including health insurance. Currently a single employee pays $20 a month for insurance while a [...]
A settlement between county commissioners and a business owner could be ratified by next week.