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Community News

  • First United Methodist of Red Oak grants scholarships

    First United Methodist Church of Red Oak presented the Hunt Family Scholarship in Honor of Karen and Don Hunt to Jill Norris, Brittany Walker and Colby Wise on May 15.

    Michelle Burson and Bradley Euken also received renewable scholarships for continuing education at the college or vocational school of their choice.

  • Branstad recognizes two local students for Excellence

    Matthew Goracke of Red Oak and Bryton Thoren of Stanton, both high school seniors, were recognized by Gov. Terry Branstad on May 10, 2011, for their academic excellence.

    Branstad congratulated the  students for outstanding academic achievement at The Ninth Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Cere-mony at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

  • Hylok graduates with a Doctorate of Philosophy

    Megan Jo Hylok of Red Oak  received her degree at the commencement ceremonies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on May 6 and 7, 2011.

    Hylok graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy.

  • Horn hosting free jewelry making demo

    Jewelry artist, Darcy Horn, will be giving a free demonstration at the Red Oak Public Library on May 18, from 6:30-8 p.m.

    Darcy is featured in the new book “Beading across Amercia, Jewelry Inspirations from Coast to Coast” by Paulette Baron.

    Darcy will be demonstrating how to make jewelry and taking questions at the event. Refreshments will be served and anyone interested in jewelry is invited to attend.

  • Operation Gratitude starts “Battalion Buddies”

    Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have given more than 620,000 packages to American troops stationed overseas. The packages are filled with items such as snacks, entertainment items and letters of appreciation.

    Now, in cooperation with Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders nationwide, Operation Gratitude is also recognizing the children of military personnel.

  • Grooms graduates from Clarkson College

    Ashleigh Grooms of Red Oak Graduated from Clarkson College on April 30  with a degree in Health Information Management.

    Grooms is the daughter of Dwight and Paula Grooms of Red Oak.

  • May designated National Foster Care Month

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to raise awarness about the needs of over 423,000 American children who are in foster care.

    “Iowa is fortunate to have many wonderful resource families who step forward to provide a stable and supportive home for youth in fostr care,” said Kelli Malone, project manager for Iowa KidsNet. “However, Iowa has an ongoing need for more families and community members to help ensure every child has a connection to a caring, supportive adult.”

  • Baccalaureate returns to Red Oak High School

    The Montgomery County Ministerial Fellowship is honoring the Red Oak High School graduating class of 2011 with a Baccalaureate Service on May 15, from 2-3 p.m. at the Red Oak High School Auditorium.

    The event will include a “Challenge to the Graduates” by Angie Spangenberg, a “Reflection from the Graduates” by Kelsey Myers, a message by one of the nine churches and a community wide “Praise Band” directed by Tim Marsden.

    The service will be followed by refreshments.

  • Essex seeks nominations for Grand Marshal

    The Essex Community Club is seeking nominations for the 2011 Labor Day Grand Marshal.

    The theme for this year is “Small Town... Big Dreams.”

    The Grand Marshal will be featured in the Labor Day parade and will host the Community Picnic Sunday.

    Nominations may be submitted by May 31, to Dana Wenstrand at P.O. Box 334, Essex, Iowa 51638 or dana@essexiowa.com. Please include three to five sentences about your nominees qualifications.

  • Red Oak Middle School Band hosts Richard Simpson Band Festival

    The Red Oak Middle School Band hosted its 26th Annual Richard Simpson Middle School Band Festival on April 30, at the Red Oak High School Auditorium.

    Merle Larsen of Oakland, Lee Nelson of Harlan, and Dan Schoening of Glenwood served as adjudicators for the festival this year, each assigning 18 school bands a rating. The three ratings were then tabulated for the band’s overall score.

    The possible ratings each band could receive were I+, I, I-, II+, II and II-.