Marion County Bank’s halftime entertainment at the Pella versus Pella Christian basketball games earned both schools a $9,225 donation from Marion County Bank. Students from both schools worked together in the event by shooting layups, free throws, three-pointers and half court shots to earn a donation for the schools from Marion County Bank. A shootout donation of $4,650 was won at the Dec. 8 game and a $4,575 donation was won at the Jan. 23 game. These winnings will be split evenly between Pella and Pella Christian. Since 2007, $99,075 has been given to Pella Community High School and Pella Christian High School from Marion County Bank during the halftime events.
Area wildlife should be eating well this winter thanks to the 125 bushels of free cracked corn given by the Mahaska County Conservation Board (MCCB) this past Saturday. MCCB Naturalist Laura DeCook said the giveaway has gone on for quite a few years. Cargill donates the corn; The board then pays for the corn to be cracked and fills buckets up to 10 gallons. Nearly 50 people showed up on Saturday to grab some of free feed; if you missed out, DeCook says to give MCCB a call as they often have leftovers to distribute.