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Community News

  • 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.

  • Altrusa Club recognized for donations to Red Oak Library for children’s literacy
  • Next ServSafe Class hosted in Greenfield

    ServSafe, the national certification program for food service mangers, will take place in Greenfield, Sept. 17.    

    The cost of the course is $135 and includes eight hours class time, a manual and the national certification exam.  

    It will be hosted at the Adair County Extension and Outreach Office in Greenfield.   

    Anyone interested in preparing and serving safe food is welcome to attend.

  • Officers to increase traffic enforcement during Labor Day

    DES MOINES - Together with agencies across the nation, Iowa's law enforcement will participate in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” special Traffic Enforcement Program, an initiative of the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin-istration. Officials from city, county and state law enforcement agencies will devote heightened enforcement on Iowa roads from Aug. 23-Sept. 5.

  • Food allergies among children on the rise

    RED OAK – The prevalence of food allergies among children is rising according to reports from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

    Incidences of food allergies have increased 18 percent in the past 10 years and are more common among children, affecting 6-8 percent of children under age four; whereas only four percent of the adult population has food allergies.

  • SWCC releases area graduate names

    Southwestern Community College of Creston has announced the graduating class of 2011-12. The following local students graduated:

    • Stacey Peterson, practical nursing, and Tabetha Smith, registered nursing, both of Elliott;

    • Deanna Austin, accounting, of Emer-son;

    • Heather Jordon, practical nursing; Adam Lundgren, carpentry and building trades; Dustin Lund-gren, carpentry and building trades; and Luella Stoaks, ac-counting and information technology, all of Essex;

  • Donations help library finish projects