The Mahaska Community is never lax of anything to do. Below is specific theater, community auditorium, and F.A.C.E information. Other venues  and information will be found through Team Mahaska’s sister web site, “Everything Mahaska where the county’s ultimate community calendar provides more specific information on activities, festivals, educational programs, amenities and amusements suitable for residents and visitors ages 1 to 101.  

George Daily Community Auditorium:  The George Daily Auditorium has become unquestionably favored among audiences, performers, and agents alike. Running a full season of professional programming, the 695-seat, state-of-the-art facility comes alive with superior entertainment. This uniquely intimate venue features top-quality productions generally reserved for larger cities without the hassle of big city traffic and crowds. Continually enrapturing audiences from all walks of life, their single-floor facility and affordable ticket prices make the arts accessible to all. The auditorium also serves as a community and educational facility.

Now Showing! Clicking on linked theatre’s names below will open a new window displaying current movie times and titles.

Penn Centre Theatre
216 2nd Avenue West
Oskaloosa IA 52577

Capri Theatre
107 East Market Street
New Sharon, IA 50201

The Fine Arts & Cultural Events (FACE) of Mahaska County began in 2003 under the name of Oskaloosa Arts Fellowship. Excited art enthusiasts had the idea to spread the arts to the Mahaska Community. The idea was successful. Visit FACE on line to see their activities, educational opportunities, and calendar. The Oskaloosa Art Center & Studio opened in the spring of 2017. It is located at 115 1st Ave. West in downtown Oskaloosa. Access the studio from The Alley (next to Smokey Row). There classes are held and art shows are periodically held, and is on display.


Information regarding the Mahaska Community’s elementary and secondary school systems appear below. The school systems appear in alphabetical order, and contact information is posted.

Click here for Educational Resources and Higher Learning information.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont: Home of the Rockets. Their mission statement reads “Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community Scool District will provide a quality education in which students become lifelong collaborative learners and innovative problem solvers in a global society.”

Lynnville-Sully: Home of The Hawks, “Empowering students to fulfill their dreams.” In 2015, the Iowa Department of Education “Iowa School Report Card” rated Lynville Sully High School “Exceptional” (top 3% of all Iowa high schools). 12476 Hwy F 62 E, Sully, Iowa. 641.594.4445.

North Mahaska: Home of the Warhawks, located at 2163 135th Street in New Sharon and serving Barnes City, Lacey, New Sharon, Taintor and Union Mills. “Expect the Best!” High School and main phone: 641.637.4187.

Oskaloosa Community Schools:  Home of the Indians, whose mission statement reads “Engaging all students to embrace the power of learning.” The school system is comprised of one high school, grades 9-12, one middle school, grades 6-8, one elementary school, grades KinderPrep-5, and Webster School which includes the community preschool program, the alternative high school program, and Indian Hills Career Academy. The Central Office is located in the George Daily Auditorium between the Middle School and High School at 1800 N 3rd Street, 641.673.8345.

Oskaloosa Christian enrolls over 150 students in grades K-8; approximately 100 families are being served who come from nearly 30 different churches in the Mahaska Community. Their mission statement reads, “The mission of Oskaloosa Christian School is to assist parents in equipping their children mentally, physically, and spiritually to be effective disciples of Jesus Chrsit by offering a quality Christ-center education.” 726 N E Street. 641.672.2174.

Twin Cedars: Home of the Sabers, whose mission reads, “The Twin Cedars Board of Directors, staff and parents, with community support, shall provide a secure environment and the current resources necessary to academically and socially educate all individuals enabling them to lead productive, responsible and fulfilling lives in a diverse society.” 2204 Hwy G71, Bussey Iowa. Superintendent Office, 641.944.5241.

educational resources
  • Indian Hills Community College WPU Center:  Indian Hills Community College has a network of service centers throughout the ten counties it supports including educational extension site on the William Penn University Campus in Oskaloosa. For more information visit their web site or contact Cherri James, 641.673.5451, at the WPU site
  • William Penn University: WPU provides the opportunity or an educational experience with a focus on leadership, technology, and the Quaker principles of simplicity, peace-making, integrity, community, and equality. The college was founded in 1873. Its first graduate, in 1875, was female, and in 1902, their first African-American graduate walked across the stage. Today there are more than 1,000 students who come from 42 states and 24 countries.

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Employment Tools & Statistics

Labor Force statistics are only available county-wide through Iowa Workforce Development.

Labor Force Mahaska County
Nov.  2021 (Oct.  2021)

Unemployment Rate: 2.3% (2.5%)
Labor Force: 11,750 (11,760)
Unemployed: 270 (300)
Employed: 11,490 (11,450)

Unemployment Rate United States – Nov. 3.9% (Oct. 4.3 %)
Unemployment Rate Iowa – Nov. 2.6% (Oct. 2.9%)

Not seasonally adjusted

Seed for Growth

“A Kids-Eye View”

In 1993, money from George Daily’s sizable estate was put into the George Daily Family Trust Fund to benefit the Mahaska Community. To provide a unique learning experience for Oskaloosa’s youth and to help publicize the many community projects funded by the trust, “Kid’s Eye View” booklets were developed for a number of years which provided a historical record of where money was spent and gave students exposure to a variety of reporting experiences and concepts of community leadership. Each project began with groups of students gathering information through personal interviews. Students then took the stories, wrote about the projects, the anticipated community benefits, and drew illustrations to accompany their stories.

You are invited to view each of the “Kid’s Eye View” publications linked below (may take a moment to load). A new window will open for on-line flip viewing.

Links & Resources

A lot of information is contained on the Team Mahaska web site. Nearly everything can be accessed from this page.  Alternatively,  information can be searched by key words or found by linking to posts labeled on this page.


Mahaska County was formed in February 1843. The county has been self-governing since February 5, 1844.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles comprised of 571 square miles of land and 2.5 square miles of water.

The most current population estimates (State Data Center, July 2018) for the communities within Mahaska County  are:

    • Barnes City: 169
    • Beacon: 470
    • Eddyville: 1,007
    • Fremont: 718
    • Keomah Village: 97
    • Leighton: 157
    • New Sharon: 1,284
    • Oskaloosa: 11,426
    • Rose Hill: 161
    • University Park: 470

Listed below are several links where demographic information can be found. Please contact us if you have additional links you would like to see posted or notify us if you find a broken link so it can be corrected.

Iowa Publications Online, established and operated by Iowa Library Services, is an online archive of documents produced by Iowa state agencies and intended for use by the general public. Click here for Quick Facts about Iowa from the State Library of Iowa (Iowa Publications On Line). Other examples available in this searchable web site are Annual Reports, Reports mandated by Iowa Code, Statistical Reports, newsletters, and other publications meant for Iowa citizens.

According to a report from the Center for American Progress, real median household income grew in Iowa from 443,123 in 1984 to $57,810 in 2014. That’s about $4,000 higher than the national average. Iowa also has the second-highest rate of women in the workforce of any state behind only North Dakota, the report said. Click here to read more.

Crime & Safety

Listed below are resource links providing crime and safety statistics and information. Non-emergency numbers are listed within the links of the specific areas as labeled. In an emergency, please call 911.

Please contact Team Mahaska’s Web Site Content Manager in the event there are additional links which need to be added here or if a broken link is detected. Thank you.

University Park

Mayor: George Toubekis , 641.673.1903
Phone: 641.295.6209
Clerk: Steve Tucker
Office Hours: Varies

Population: 4870*
Total Area: 0.77 sq. mi.
Housing Units: 191*


Form of Government: Mayor/Council
Council Meetings: First Tuesday of the Month at 6 p.m.

Mailing Address: PO Box 102, University Park IA 52595

University Park is located on next to Oskaloosa on the southeast corner. It houses the former campus of Vennard College, the buildings and grounds of which are still active through many community endeavors including a miniature golf course and tennis court which are open to the public. University Park also has a community center, two basketball courts, a baseball diamond, an outdoor shelter, and a playground.  The Mahaska Recreation Trail connects to the community from Hwy. 92 heading north toward the University Park Cemetery.

The Community Center is available for rent. It is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, seven 8-foot tables, and 70 chairs. To rent the Community Center, call 515.329.5767.

*Iowa Data Center
Iowa League of Cities City Directory

Rose Hill

Mayor: Kevin Molyneux
City Clerk: Lori Jager
Phone: 641.660.6023
Click to Email City
Office Hours: Varies

Population: 161*
Total Area: 0.14
Housing Units: 85*

Form of Government: 
City Council Members: Jake Dannels, Terry Lowe, Matt Montgomery, Channa McMillian, Aaron Molyneux
Council Meetings: Third Tuesday at 6 p.m., Rose Hill Community Building

Mailing Address: PO Box 156, 422 Main Street, Rose Hill, IA 52586

Rose Hill is a quaint community and is home to the Rose Hill Methodist Episcopal Church – a frame building which was built in 1879 in the Gothic Revival style. It is the only 19th-century church building that remains in its original location in town. the pointed arch windows are all at 45 degree angles which shows the limited carpentry experience of the church members who built the structure. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

*Iowa Data Center
Iowa League of Cities City Directory

New Sharon

Mayor: Jeff Long
City Hall:  Office Hours Varies
101 S. Main Street
Phone: 641.637.4124

Population: 1,284*
Total Area:  0.94 sq. mi.
Housing Units:  559*
Official Web Site

Mailing Address: PO Box 507, New Sharon, IA 50207

City council meetings are held 6 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

New Sharon was incorporated in 1856 and is situated 12 miles north of Oskaloosa, 17 miles south of Grinnell and 15 miles east of Pella. Through more than a century and a half of growth, New Sharon boasts their ability to “keep our charm and beauty.”

*State Data Center