Is your throat feeling a bit scratchy or that running nose just won’t seem to go away? Well, at the Pella Clinic the doctor can now see you today – Three physician assistants have joined Pella Regional Health Center’s medical staff at their Clinic. Kim Seda, Mindy Southammavong, and Quintin Treadway are now taking new patients. Chief of Clinic Services at Pella Regional Lezlie Morris says all three work in conjunction with physicians for same day appointments to provide better access to health care for Pella Regional patients.
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa City) toured a wind farm near New Sharon and Iowa Wood Preservers in Oskaloosa last Thursday, as part of his continuing “Iowa First” tour. Loebsack said the wind farms were very impressive, and that in the near future up to 40% of Iowa’s power may come from clean sources like wind. The congressman also added that the wind farms have brought more jobs to the Hawkeye state, which is great for the economy.
A Pella man is in hot water after fraudulently using a gasoline account to obtain nearly $6,000 from Casey’s General Stores. Gwynn Dawayne Boat, 58 of Pella, has been charged with fraudulent practice in the second degree for using COMDATA checks to obtain cash from Casey’s stores, which was then transferred to an individual in Florida via Western Union.
Calling all Oskaloosa deer hunters! Urban Deer Hunting season is approaching and will run from September 16th, 2017 through January 10th, 2018. During this season, qualified hunters will be allowed to harvest deer within the city limits using bows and arrows. Now there are requirements – Bow hunters interested in participating in this hunting season are required to pass an archery proficiency test, consisting of 5 shots, made from 20 yards. Hunters must score at least 80% accuracy, within an 8-inch circle target, to qualify for this hunt. Hunters are allowed two attempts to pass this test.
Congressman Dave Loebsack visited the Vermeer of Iowa & Northern Missouri Equipment Dealer on Wednesday as a part of his “Iowa First” tour. Loebsack talked to employees and toured the facility after listening to some of their concerns about the bills being considered in congress. The main topics of discussion were healthcare, the infrastructure bill, tax policies and education and training for jobs similar to what is offered at Vermeer.
Brick Gentry P.C. was appointed as legal counsel for the South Central Regional Airport Agency Wednesday evening. Three firms had submitted proposals to be legal counsel for the SCRAA – board member James Hansen said the firm appeared to be a great fit for the project; Pella’s City Administrator Mike Nardini also reminded the board that Brick Gentry P.C. also provides legal services for the Polk County Aviation Authorities, as well as several other municipalities around Des Moines.
Oskaloosa residents can get a taste of local history in musical form at the George Daily Auditorium, where over 50 actors and local musicians are performing hometown musical “George.” With songs like “It’s A Gorgeous Day on the Square,” George is an Oskaloosa musical you can’t see anywhere else. The production, written by Iola Powell Cadwallader, has only been performed once before in 2002. With familiar landmarks and characters spanning 70 years of Oskaloosa history, the musical “George” depicts the life of George Daily and his legacy, and is a celebration of community, friendship, & leaving your mark.
Last week’s cooler weather was certainly welcome, but unfortunately did nothing to ease the severe drought in South Central Iowa – that’s the news from the most recent Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. Two-thirds of soil in South Central Iowa has very low moisture, and currently 10 percent of crops are considered in poor condition. According to the August 1, 2017 U.S. Drought Monitor, Iowa’s region of severe drought expanded to include 16 counties in south central and southeast Iowa. Subsoil moisture levels rated 19 percent very short, 32 percent short, 48 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus – let’s all keep praying for rain!
And in other water news, New Sharon residents are one step closer to voting on who will control the city’s water supply. This week members of the New Sharon City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would grant a 25-year franchise to Mahaska Rural Water to own and operate the system. Waiving the second and third readings of the ordinance was considered, but ultimately rejected as council members felt multiple hearings were critical on such an important decision. City clerk Lisa Munn said the council has until Sept. 21 to have the ordinance in place so it may be placed on the November ballot. No decision to turn over control may be done without the approval of a majority of registered voters.
There’s a new face at Marion County Habitat for Humanity – the organization recently hired Joel Verhoef to serve as community development and volunteer coordinator. Verhoef has spent a great deal of his life living all around the United States; his father, a pastor, grew up in Oskaloosa and his mother, a farm in Otley. Verhoef moved from Denver, Colorado to southern California when he was 23-years-old and met his wife there. Their three children were born while they lived in California. Verhoef worked for the non-profit Alive City which helped low income people find housing; he’s enjoyed helping people get back on their feet, and applied for his current position when he saw the job opening.
The school bell is about to ring for many young people, and the Mahaska County YMCA is helping them get ready with their “Back to School Blast.” YMCA Membership Engagement Director Katy Greene said the “Back to School Blast” is a free event that is open to the public, and is scheduled from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9. at the YMCA gymnasium. The event features local agencies coming to talk about their services and what they can offer people in Mahaska County, as well as kids’ activities and giveaways. Greene said YMCA’s school year events will be starting soon, too, including a youth sports sampler for 2-5 year olds featuring two weeks of T-ball, two weeks of basketball, and two weeks of soccer.