Pella-area college bound seniors who hope to work in law enforcement now have a new scholarship opportunity – this year the Pella Police Department is sponsoring a Dollars for Scholars scholarship. Lt. Paul Haase says the “Pella Police Department Gateway to Excellence Award” will be given to a graduating senior going to college majoring in criminal justice or a related field. To help raise funds, the department will be holding an event at the Pella Pizza Ranch on Monday, February 26th from 5-7:30 P.M
In the wake of the recent tragedy at a Florida school, the Oskaloosa Community School District has scheduled a long-planned active-shooter drill on Monday, Feb. 26. According to a press release from Mahaska Count Emergency Management Agency, the training will include members of the Oskaloosa Police Department, Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office and Mahaska County Emergency Management. There is no school on Feb. 26, and no students will be participating. The training will test and evaluate current plans and see how they work in a controlled environment. Superintendent Russell Reiter said a similar drill was held last November; after the drill on the 26th the district will do a thorough analysis and see if any changes need to be made.