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Community News

  • 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.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers class offered at ISU Extension offices

    Do you help take care of an older family member or friend with a chronic illness? If so, you are not alone. More than 50 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis.

  • Montgomery Co. to host forestry field day

    The Nodaway River Valley Woodland Owners Association Forestry Field Day is Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m., beginning from the host landowner property at 1974 U Ave., Villisca.

    The field day will include light hiking and demonstrations on woodland health and wildlife habitat management, pond management and bow making.

  • Harlem Ambassadors Tour coming to southwest Iowa

    The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be near Red Oak in a few weeks for a school assembly and community game against local team “Rotary MAYHem” at the Shenandoah High School. All Red Oak and southwest Iowa families and individuals are invited to mark Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. on their calendars to attend this upcoming night of comedy basketball and family fun in Shenandoah.