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.
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.
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.
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.
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;