Mahaska's first and only manufactured craft beer company named NoCoast is only weeks away from hitting shelves. This Wednesday the small but mighty Midwest brewery invited local supporters in for its official kickoff.
Over at the Oskaloosa Middle School, staff and administrators are also gearing up for the upcoming year. The secondary school is entering its second year of Dyad Structure and block scheduling for incoming sixth graders.
The Oskaloosa Water Department might soon start adding fluoride to the community's water. This past week, the water board discussed pursuing a grant that would bring the department's fluoride system up to speed.
The beach at Lake Keomah is slowly getting a face lift. A non-profit volunteer organization called Friends of Keomah has put in the work this year to clean up the beach and bring back the crowds of year's past.
Pretty soon Oskaloosa will see some updated transportation rounding the corners in town. The two-year trial period for Oskaloosa's fixed bus route ended in June and organizers are ready to see how this year's ridership turns out.
This week organizers from the United Way of Mahaska County, the Southern Iowa Economic Development Association (SIEDA) and the Salvation Army were busy stuffing school bags with donated supplies for Operation Backpack.