Community News

  • YMCA hosts grand re-opening

     Montgomery County Family YMCA will have a grand re-opening Saturday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m.-noon. 

    There will be demonstrations of the new equipment, tours of the entire YMCA and giveaways. At 10:15 a.m. the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association will perform a ribbon cutting. 

    A free lunch of hot dogs, chips and drink will be served from 11 a.m.-noon. 

  • Auxiliary gives $31,000 to MCMH

    Montgomery County Memorial Hospital honored the members of its Auxiliary at the 52nd May breakfast Tuesday, May 7, at Red Coach Inn.

    Traditionally, the highlight of the annual meeting following the breakfast is the presentation of the Auxiliary’s gift to the hospital. The Auxiliary’s 2013 gift to the hospital, a check for $31,000, was presented to MCMH CEO Allen Pohren.

    The Auxiliary has been working on a two-year $40,000 pledge to help equip patient rooms with new recliners. This year’s donation purchased 10 recliners.

  • Red Oak Airport hosts youth aviation camp

    An aviation youth camp for kids ages 10-17 will be held at Red Oak Municipal Airport Saturday, June 22 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Enrollment is free of charge.

    Aviation youth camps provide children hands-on experiences in the world of aviation and connect aviation to history, science, math and communications. The aviation youth camp is hosted by the Red Oak Municipal Airport. 

    During the camp, children will have the opportunity to learn about airplanes and aerodynamics, airports, weather, the language of aviation and careers in aviation.

  • Stanton School welcomes new superintendent

    Stanton Community Schools is hosting a reception Friday, June 21 from 4-6 p.m. to send off Terry Christie and thank him for his service as interim superintendent.

    At the same time the school and community would like to welcome the incoming superintendent, Chris Herrick.

    The reception will allow the patrons of the district to get acquainted with him. The reception will be in the high school concourse.

    This is open to students, parents, faculty/staff, community and anyone wanting to attend. Cake, lemonade and iced tea will be served.

  • Red Oak woman wins lottery prize

    DES MOINES – A Red Oak woman won a top prize of $10,000 playing the lottery’s “Merry MONOPOLY™” instant-scratch game.

    Colette Swisher claimed her prize Friday, Dec. 14 at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Council Bluffs. She purchased her winning ticket at Kum & Go, 710 N. Broadway St. in Red Oak.

  • Stanton students compete to help fill local food pantry

    The fifth graders at Stanton Community School, under the direction of teacher Robin Wright, organized a holiday food drive to assist area families. In an effort to increase participation, they ran the donation drive as a contest between the elementary grades.

    From Nov. 19 to Dec. 21, classes could earn points based on an assigned point system for items donated. The fifth graders added each classes points daily and kept a running tally on display in the front lobby of the school.

    Point values were assigned as follows:

  • Norris graduates as Black Hawk pilot

    Warrant Officer 1 Cole D. Norris, son of Ronda VonDielingen and David Ganley, of Red Oak, and Michael Norris, attended

    Army Reserve basic training the summer of 1999, just before his senior year of high school, He was called to duty immediately following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and served two tours in Iraq.

    In Aug. 2007, Norris joined an active duty Army unit. He then served another year in Iraq as a general’s driver. Upon returning to Savannah, Ga., he continued his driving services for General Chris Hughes of Red Oak.

  • MCMH Auxiliary prepares for holiday fundraiser open house

    The red and green sparkle of Christmas fills the Lemon Tree gift shop at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital as hospital Auxiliary members complete preparations for the 2012 Christmas preview.

    The annual open house is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The gift shop will be open, as well as displays throughout the entire Conference Center on the lower level.

    There will be a 10 percent discount on all gifts and holiday décor. Coffee, punch and cookies will be served.

  • Local 4-H youths participate in state shooting sports match

    It isn’t unusual for 4-H shooting sports members to roll out of bed early during hunting season to test their skill at harvesting wild game. On Saturday, Oct. 6, there was more than wild game on the line as 130 participants gathered to compete in the 2012 Iowa 4-H Shooting Sports State Match and Qualifier at Big Springs Range, west of Montezuma. Big Springs Range has hosted the state event the past several years.

  • Emergency assistance program seeks funds

    The Montgomery County Ministerial Fellowship (MCMF) Emergency Assistance Program is a ministry of the congregations of Montgomery County and the surrounding area. This program gives assistance with gas, food, rent and utilities. With limited funds, assistance is only given to clients on a one-time basis during the funding year, which runs November through October.

    Funding comes from fund-raisers sponsored by MCMF and from generous donations by churches and individuals.