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  • Iowa’s unemployment rate remains at 3.4 percent in December

    DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.4 percent in December. The state’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:41 pm
  • Free help available for college financial aid

    CRESTON — Iowa students and their families are invited to get free assistance with forms required to file federal financial aid during an Iowa College ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:41 pm
  • Osceola maps a better future

    The city of Osceola, along with the Osceola Water Works department, begins utilization of a new mapping system that will streamline utility work and r ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:39 pm
  • Learn more about Mosaic

    Learning the skills you need to be successful is something everyone has to do. Whether it be going to school and/or doing an internship, we all must l ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:38 pm
  • Father, son dead after ice fishing incident

    LEON — A father and son have died following an ice fishing incident Sunday west of Leon that took regional dive units 7 hours to complete.
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:40 pm
  • Carly’s campaign

    One thing Carly Fiorina won’t do is settle.“I think we have been told for far too long, sit down and ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:49 pm
  • Cruz’n to Osceola

    It was a cold, wintry day in January, but the Republicans were out in full force.Former Texas Gov. R ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:49 pm
  • By the numbers: Education funding

    Since last year, education funding has been a dragged-out fight in the Legislature. “It’s very urge ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:49 pm
  • Dr. Kimball to star in Des Moines Community Playhouse’s ‘12 Angry Men’

    DES MOINES — The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents the classic drama, “12 Angry Men,” Feb. 5-21. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse. ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 9:52 am
  • Peterson Farm Brothers coming to Afton

    AFTON — Peterson Farm Brothers, musical agriculture group, are coming to East Union High School’s gym in Afton, 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. A “meet a ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 9:51 am
  • ECI matters because children matter

    There are approximately 2,000 days between birth and the first day of kindergarten. These first 2,000 days have a profound impact on a child’s well-be ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 9:48 am
  • Cost of potential redesign of CCRC’s ongoing reservoir project skyrockets

    The costs for a newly designed reservoir project in northern Clarke County are, to say it lightly, eyebrow-raising.
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 9:47 am
  • Osceola’s top honor

    It’s no surprise the recipient of the 2016 Community Service Award received a standing ovation after his name was called out to the crowd.
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:49 pm
  • Council sets Feb. 4 special session for downtown streetscape project

    To get the downtown streetscape project to work, it will have to benefit the commercialism of the downtown square, as well as the safety of public inf ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:49 pm
  • Branstad, Reynolds announce 2016 first-time Home Buyer Tax Credit Program

    DES MOINES – Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds recently announced that eligible Iowans can now buy a home and reduce their federal income tax liabil ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:05 am
  • Quality issues drive Osceola Water Works to increase 2016 water rates by 10 percent

    In a public hearing held Jan. 7, Osceola Water Works Board voted on a proposed water service rate increase for the customers of Osceola Water Works. T ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:06 am
  • Loebsack, Costello reestablish bipartisan Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus

    Washington, D.C. – Recently, Congressman Dave Loebsack, D-IA, and Congressman Ryan Costello, R-PA, announced the reestablishment of the bipartisan Con ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:05 am
  • Iowa permit-to-carry permit renewal information

    Iowa law governing non-professional permits to carry weapons changed Jan. 1, 2011.  A major change was that Iowa went from a “may issue” state to a “s ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:01 am
  • Winter fun shoot planned

    RUSSELL — Russell Sportsmen’s Club will have a winter fun shoot 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Recreational ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:01 am
  • Fry kicks off 2016 legislative session

    The 2016 Iowa legislative session kicked off recently amid the traditional pomp and circumstance including speeches by legislative leaders, Gov. Brans ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:01 am
  • Community invited to grief education and support group

    Beginning Jan. 28, HCI Hospice Care Services and Kale Funeral Home will be offering a new educational grief support group, Understanding Your Grief us ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:00 am
  • Cast your line

    When the temperatures drop, ice fishing heats up.The third annual West Lake Ice Out ice fishing tour ...
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 10:13 am
  • Fry to hold area forums during legislative session

    Rep. Joel Fry, R-Osceola, recently announced he will hold legislative forums Friday, Jan. 29, Friday, Feb. 26, and Friday, March 25. 
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:00 am
  • Power of a teacher

    There are superheroes among us every day, you just might not recognize them without the special cape.
    Jan. 27, 2016 - 10:12 am
  • Four generations

    Mallory Bakley’s great-grandfather would have been so proud of her.In 1941, Marvin Paul was the firs ...
    Feb. 2, 2016 - 3:49 pm
  • Loebsack representative to hold office hours

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will have a member of his staff in southern Iowa for open office hours.
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Murray school audit report released

    MURRAY — Hunt and Associates, P.C., certified public accountants, recently released an audit report on Murray Community School District.
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Iowa Arts Council scholarship available

    Iowa high school students planning to enter college next fall with a major in an arts discipline may apply for Iowa Arts Council’s 2016 Iowa Scholarsh ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 1:11 pm
  • Three strains of influenza currently circulating in Iowa

    Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) said flu activity in Iowa is increasing, prompting IDPH to increase the level of geographic spread of influenz ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Farmers market workshop to be held in Creston

    CRESTON — Southern Iowa Local Foods Initiative, under the umbrella of Southern Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, will host a free Farmers’ M ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 12:01 pm
  • Community invited to grief education and support group

    Beginning Jan. 28, HCI Hospice Care Services and Kale Funeral Home will be offering a new educational grief support group, Understanding Your Grief us ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:14 am
  • Food safety and MarketReady workshops for small scale farmers

    AMES – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a workshop to address food safety Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and MarketReady st ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 12:01 pm
  • Osceola Foods GM appointed as city’s reservoir commission representative

    While the people appointed to the city’s new boards are definitely qualified, there was one appointment that stood out among the rest.
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • Rec center?

    Can Osceola have its own recreational center?That’s been an issue on the back burner of local offici ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:31 am
  • Reader Poll

    The 2016 Legislative luncheons are planned Friday, Jan. 29, Friday, Feb. 26 and Friday, March 25, at noon at Lakeside Casino. They are sponsored by Clarke County Development Corporation. Are you going?
    Haven't decided