Direct Shots

  • Check for Recalls online: To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create www.recalls.gov, a ‘one-stop-shop’ for U.S. Government Recalls.
  • How Much Does it Cost You to Drive? AAA has published driving costs since 1950 (that year driving a car 10,000 miles cost $0.09 per mile and gas cost $0.27 a gallon). The most current brochure and provided an in-depth explanation to helps you understand what it costs to drive your car.
  • My Little Libraries promote literacy and the love of reading. Did you know there are over 50,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world?
  • The Cost of Raising a child: BabyCenter.com allows you to plug in certain variables to determine the cost of child rearing (with all the pertinent disclaimers, of course).
  • What’s for Dinner? That age-old question now has some help with these online menu planners which could help for a less stressful week!  Relish, All Recipes, Dinner PlannerQuick Healthy Meals in 45 minutes or less, Blue Zones Meals.
  • Informed Dining: See restaurant inspections on the web by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Search by filling in the information in the search boxes.
  • Agency Reporting of Gifts, Bequests and Grants: Reports from state agencies on gifts, bequests and grants they receive from private or other government sources can be viewed at the web site for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, this includes gifts the Governor receives on behalf of the state.
  • Obtaining your Credit Report: It’s a good idea to periodically check your credit report to spot errors or fraud. The official site to obtain your free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com. There are three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax,  Experian, and TransUnion.
  • Cost of Gasoline: There is a web site that helps visitors find the lowest gasoline prices in an area after typing in a specific zip code. GasBuddy is a portal to over 170 local or state sites that track what stations in each community are charging.
  • Appliance Help: If you’re in the market for new home appliances and enjoy research before purchase, you might want to visit www.appliance411.com which they claim provides “unbiased, helpful tips about home appliances.”
  • Life Expectancy Calculator: Ever wondered how your lifestyle habits and family history affect your longevity? The non-profit Alliance for Aging Research has a Life Expectancy Calculator based on centenarian studies and other medical research.
  • Iowa Hospital Association (IHA): Iowa hospitals and health systems have taken a major step toward transparency. IHA has developed a public website, Iowa Hospital Charges Compare, that allows health care consumers to receive basic information about inpatient and ambulatory services and charges at Iowa hospitals.

Additional Links

Listed alphabetically below are a variety of resource links where of information and data can be found. Please contact Team Mahaska should you find a broken link or if you have a suggestion for a resource link to be added.  Additional fun and useful links can be found on the Direct Shots page.

Education

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.

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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
HIGHER LEARNING
  • 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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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.