Community News

  • Early identification of three flu strains “very rare”

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced that three separate strains of influenza have already been identified in Iowa this flu season. Health officials say that the findings are unusual, but point out the vaccine currently available protects against all three strains.
    Accompanied by a jump in influenza cases in the last week, the findings are a clear indication that influenza season has started in Iowa.

  • Save Our Depot Inc. Christmas caroling party

    Save Our Depot, Inc. will be hosting a First Annual Christmas Caroling Party Sunday evening, Dec. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the WWII Memorial Museum, 305 South 2nd St. in Red Oak. The entire community is invited to this free event.
    The “FUM” Band will be there for a command performance from 6-6:30 p.m., playing everyone’s favorite carols. Patsy Norris, well-known pianist about town, is accompanying the singing as well as the band,

  • Local artists teaching at SWCC

    Southwestern Community College’s spring schedule of classes will offer unique opportunities to learn from area artists during two of the college’s studio art courses.
    Joseph Lauer, an artist in residence at the Corning Center for the Fine Arts in Corning, will be teaching SWCC’s introduction to painting course Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 1:30-2:55 p.m. for the spring 2011 semester.  Lauer recently moved back from New York City where he received his master of fine arts degree in painting from The New York Academy of Art. 

  • Red Oak businesses merge to form Promotional Concepts

    RED OAK  — Two local businesses have merged, hoping to continue the tradition of a former legendary Red Oak company.
    In announcing the formation of the new business, owners Bill Boeye and Mike Lamb stated they want to “keep in the proud Red Oak tradition as the birth place of the art calendar and the Thomas D. Murphy Company.”

  • American Red Cross urges Southwest Iowa residents to get ready for winter

    COUNCIL BLUFFS — With heavy snow predicted for Iowa this winter, the American Red Cross recommends taking a few steps that will help local residents stay safe despite the winter weather.

  • The “Flower of Remembrance”

    By Sandy Hanna

    On Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 Ladies VFW Auxiliary from Darwin Merritt Post 2265 distributed Buddy Poppies at different places here in Red Oak. What a better way to help our veterans in the community than by distributing this little flower of remembrance. We encourage everyone and get a Buddy Poppy to help honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Nishna Production honors volunteers

    Nishna Productions, Inc. will be hosting a Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association coffee on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. in the Delmonico Room of the Shenandoah Historical Society Building located at 100 Maple Street.  NPI will be honoring individuals who served as volunteers to the agency in the year 2010.
    Volunteers provide an invaluable friendship link for people with disabilities that no other program or service provides.  
    Sherri Clark, Executive Director, Nishna Productions, Inc. extends an invitation for the entire community to attend the coffee.

  • Discovery prevents symptoms of rare genetic disorder

    AMES — A new study offers hope for children born with a rare genetic disease, according to a paper published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Cub master shaves his head as payoff

    Pack 218 of Shenandoah Cub master Duane Schierkolk made a deal with his Pack of 41 boys that if they sold $25,000 in popcorn this year he would shave his head. This figure was $7,000 above any previous sales so he thought his hair was safe.   
    The boys sold a total of $25, 743. Dec. 6 will be the payoff date.  Duane will have his head shaved by Casey Broyles of Heart and Soul Salon in Shenandoah.
    As a part of the incentives to challenge the boys, any boy who sells $600 or more will be allowed to unload a squirt gun at the cub master.

  • YMCA’s Volunteers of the Month

    YMCA announced it’s Volunteers of the Month for November are the volunteers that helped with the 16th Annual Thanksgiving Day “Turkey Trot” Run/Walk held on Nov. 25.