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Community News

  • SW Iowa Cub Scout programs to start

    As area schools have begun a new year, so too have local Cub Scout Packs. To kick-off the new program year, many area Cub Scout packs will be holding “Pack Parties” to welcome new members. However, if you and your son are unable to make it to the local Cub Scout Pack’s sign-up night, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to get involved.

  • Pertussis numbers on rise

    According to testing performed by the State Hygienic Laboratory, the Department of Public Health (IDPH) says more than 150 people with pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported so far in 2012. This is a 121 percent increase over the number of cases reported at this time in 2011. The actual number of cases is probably much higher, because more adults with pertussis are not diagnosed or reported. While children ages 5 to 14 years make up the bulk of reported cases, it’s important to note that adults are considered the primary “spreaders” of the disease.

  • Iowans step up to ‘The Next Step’ challenge

    AMES — Iowans are lacing up their sneakers to begin Live Healthy Iowa’s The Next Step Challenge.  So far, nearly 5,000 Iowans on 881 teams have committed to the six week challenge encouraging increased physical activity and positive lifestyle change.

    Teams will track their steps using a pedometer and their Live Healthy Iowa personal online tracking page. Registration will remain open through Sept. 21 so rally your friends, family and coworkers to participate by taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle today!  

  • High school students, families invited to Northwest visit day

    MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems will host its annual Computing Visit Day Saturday, Oct. 6.

    The event is designed for high school students from throughout the four-state region interested in preparing for a variety of computing-related careers.

  • Ensuring health, safety of children

    Iowa’s youth are at risk. Approximately one in three children (31.7 percent) under age 5 is considered overweight or obese, which is slightly higher than the national average of 30.5 percent. A number of factors contribute to this issue, including lack of physical activity and low fruit and vegetable intake.

  • Hope for Life Christian Church to participate in national ‘Back to Church Sunday’ Sept. 16

    RED OAK – “Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Hope for Life Christian Church in Red Oak at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Red Oak Fire Department reminds citizens of burn ban

    Due to excessive heat and little to no precipitation throughout the last few weeks, Montgomery County rural areas are extreme to critically dry.  

    As a precaution to all residents in Montgomery County in this "tinder box" condition, which is not only effecting Montgomery County but the entire state, the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency has polled all Fire Chiefs to implement a burn ban for Montgomery County.  

  • Animal shelter hosts annual “Make an Offer” garage sale

    The Montgomery County Animal Rescue and Shelter will host its annual “Make an Offer” garage sale Saturday, Oct. 6, along with a bake sale. Funds from the garage sale will benefit shelter operations while funds from the bake sale will go toward a projector to be used for volunteer training. To donate items for the sale, call Jan Black at 370-0336.

  • Area high school students invited to college fair

    All area high school students and their parents are invited to learn more about their college options at the “Post Secondary Opportunities Days” college fair.

    The fair will take place Monday, Sept. 24, from 6:30-8 p.m., and Sept. 25, from 9-11 a.m., at the Shenandoah National Guard Armory located at 583 West Ferguson Road in Shenandoah.  

    Representatives from more than 60 colleges, universities, service organizations and military branches will be in attendance.

  • Financial Peace University gives hope to area families

    NASHVILLE — More than one and a half million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU).

    Updated in summer 2012, the nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.