Community News

  • Sponsor an Exchange Student

    Academic Year in America (AYA) is looking for Red Oak area families to host exchange students in their home for 4-6 weeks. This year, AYA is bringing hundreds of high school students ages 15-18 to the United States.

    With AYA's tailored matching system, families have the unique opportunity to find a student who will be the perfect fit for their household. Students come from more than 30 countries such as Germany, China, Brazil and Italy and have a multitude of diverse talents and interests.

  • Hultman descendants meet at Viking Lake Park

  • Preschool registration, classes to begin soon

    The Red Oak Early Childhood Program is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. The preschool program will accept children who are four-years-old by or on Sept. 15.

    The preschool programs are located in the Webster Building at 904 Broad St., in Red Oak.

    Stop in to register your child or call 623-8390 for more information. Please bring a copy of your income to see if your child qualifies for free tuition. Preschool classes begin Aug. 23.

  • Essex Labor Day Parade

  • Loveth thy ice cream?

    Stanton sure loves their ice cream and is inviting those like them two weeks in a row for ice cream socials. The first event is to take place at Halland Village, 602 Elliott St., from 5-7 p.m., following the back-to-school open house Tuesday, Aug. 14.

    About a week later, on Friday, Aug. 24, the Stanton Public Library will host its annual Ice Cream Social from 5-7 p.m. This event will also take place at Halland Village in the community room.  Homemade ice cream and ice cream bars will be available for a free will donation. The public is encouraged to attend.

  • Upcoming Church Events

    • Hope For Life Church is hosting a VBS Appreciation Day Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. There will be free homemade icecream and a showing of the movie “Soul Surfer.” The church is located at 300 E. Oak St., in Red Oak. Call 623-6072 for more information.

    • The Assembly of God Church of Red Oak will be visited by the Ozark Singers, including members Bruce and Betty Moses. A concert will take place Sunday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 1005 Senate Ave. Call 623-2174 for additional information.

  • Assessor test dates are set

    Statewide examinations for the positions of deputy assessor and assessor have been scheduled for October, according to Courtney Kay-Decker, Director of the Iowa Department of Revenue. The examination for deputy assessor will be Saturday,   Oct. 13, and the examination for assessor will be Saturday,   Oct. 20.

    Both exams will be conducted at 8:30 a.m., in the fourth floor conference room of the Hoover State Office Building in Des Moines.

  • ROCIA asks for volunteers

    The Red Oak Park Department is still in need of volunteers to assist in maintaining the flowers and plants in downtown Red Oak. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Erv Ficek at 623-6512. Donations are also still being accepted for Fountain Square Park. Donations can be mailed to the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association at 307 E. Reed St., in Red Oak. Please make a notation the donation is for Fontain Square Park.

  • The Johnson 83rd reunion

    The 83rd annual Johnson Cousin’s Reunion took place Sunday, July 8, at Wibholm Hall in Clarinda. Descendants of four children of Johnathan and Sinar (Bell) Johnson, coming from five different states, were present.

  • Clean out your closet for the Clothing Give-away

    August is “Clean Your Closet” month, or at least it is in Villisca. During this time each year, the Villisca Advent Christian Church encourages Montgomery County area residents to clean out the closets and donate clean, used clothing to their annual clothing give-away.

    Clothing for men, women, boys, girls and babies is needed, especially children’s clothing to help families get ready for the start of the school year.