Community News

  • First Edition Show choir to perform at Wilson Feb. 21

    First Edition will be performing at the Wilson Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. along with the Red Oak High School Jazz Band.

    The IWCC show choir “First Edition” consists of 30 singers that are energized by a back up band, singing and dancing pop/hip hop music. The “First Edition” is a great recruiting tool for the college as they perform for many area schools and community functions. Scholarships are available for music and nonmusic majors who perform in this ensemble.

  • Thorne to perform Saturday at Wilson

    RED OAK — Join the Wilson Performing Arts Center for some romantic and not so romantic melodies of the season Saturday, Feb. 16.

    Songs by Gershwin, Porter, Arlan and Brown will be on the Wilson stage with Susie and her band, some of Omaha’s finest: Ron Cooley on guitar, Andy Hall on bass, Joey Gulizia on drums and Darren Pettit on tenor sax.

    “She hails from Nebraska - but she swings like a big city girl!” That’s what critics are saying about Susie Thorne!

  • Shakespeare Abridged opens this weekend

    RED OAK — The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) opens this weekend at the Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak.

    Join this cast of diverse, veteran and crazy actors from all of southwest Iowa as they perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes.

    This is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays with only three male performers in two acts.

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Iowans urged to get influenza vaccines

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges all Iowans more than six months of age to receive a yearly seasonal influenza vaccine. Surveillance by IDPH influenza sentinel sites and confirmatory testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory shows the flu is circulating in Iowa, and appears to be particularly spreading among children.

  • 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.

  • 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.