Recharged Robotics placed within the top 2 percent of their division at the FIRST Tech Challenge world championship on April 25-28. This is the second year that Recharged Robotics has made it to the world championship. Held in Detroit, Michigan, Recharged was also one of the six finalists nominated for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award at the competition. Two divisions, each with 64 teams, participated at the event, with Recharged placing 14th out of 64 in their division, close to their 11th place finish last year. Recharged Green and Recharged Orange are comprised of students in the PEACE Homeschool Group in the Pella area. There are 22 total students who participated in Recharged Robotics this year.
In an attempt to help combat the opioid overdose epidemic sweeping the nation, Deputies with the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office will now be carrying Narcan, a drug designed to block the effects of opioid use. Persons experiencing an opioid overdose suffer from a depressed respiratory system, which often times causes them to stop breathing. Narcan is designed to reverse this effect. Deputies will be carrying a nasal mist form of this drug. The purchase of this medication was made possible by a $900 grant which the Sheriff’s Office received from the Sieda Community Action Behavior Health and Treatment Center, located in Ottumwa.