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Local News 1.12.2018

The family of an Oskaloosa boy fighting cancer is standing by him this month, as he prepares for serious surgery.  Caleb Hammond, 10, was diagnosed with leukemia in February of 2017. A bone marrow transplant is crucial for his survival, which is scheduled to take place in Tennessee within the next month.  Hammond’s family rallied for weeks and brought hundreds of registered donors together to find his rare match.  The family said they don’t know who the anonymous donor is, but they’ll be eternally grateful for their life-saving gift.  Heather Jones, Caleb’s aunt, said if he’s healthy a year after the surgery, Caleb will have the opportunity to meet his donor.

Recreational trails in Knoxville will be getting a boost thanks to a generous donation from Pella Corp – the City of Knoxville recently learned it will be receiving a grant of $50,000 from the Pella Rolscreen Foundation.  City Manager Aaron Adams says the grant money will be used for further construction and enhancements to the Knoxville recreational trail system. In a community survey taken in 2015, the residents of Knoxville responded that trails were a high priority for the community.