Community News

  • Surveillance shows flu virus circulating in Iowa

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins national health officials in urging all Iowans, age six months and older, to receive a flu vaccine. Influenza is not a “reportable disease” in Iowa, which means doctors are not required to notify IDPH each time a patient tests positive for influenza; however, IDPH conducts year-round influenza surveillance through the Iowa Influenza Surveillance Network.

  • New dance and music classes being offered at Wilson

    RED OAK — Looking for a little something extra to do?  Well you can find it at the Wilson!  

    The Wilson Performing Arts Center is now offering Yoga classes with Carrie Shalters from Red Oak on Mondays and Thursdays and a Tap & Jazz class offered on Thursday evenings starting in October with Molly Skyles from Red Oak.  

    Another new class is Guitar Instruction starting Monday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m., Dan Black, new band director at the Red Oak Community School District will be teaching this class.  

  • Arsenic and Old Lace starts at Wilson this weekend

    RED OAK— “Arsenic and Old Lace” will begin its first of several showing starting this weekend at the Wilson Performing Arts Center.

    Meet the eccentric Brewster family of Brooklyn. There are the charming, innocent, scheming ladies who poison their victims with elderberry wine, their brother Teddy, who suffers delusions he is Theodore Roosevelt, and their nephew Mortimer who discovers a body under the window seat.

  • World Heart Day reminds of the importance of heart health

    Heart disease not just for ‘older people’ or men. Sept. 29 is World Heart Day, another opportunity to raise awareness of cardiovascular (heart) disease prevention. This year’s observance focuses on women and children.

    Most people think heart disease only affects older people or men. Women often underestimate their risk of heart disease, even though almost half of the deaths that occur annually are among women.

  • Fire prevention week begins October 7

    The men and women of the Red Oak Fire Department are preparing for this year’s upcoming Fire Prevention week, which will begin Oct. 7 with our annual open house. It is with our great pleasure and excitement to invite you and your family to join the Red Oak Fire Department Family for this event. The open house will take place Sunday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Red Oak Fire Station located at 1904 N. Broadway.

  • Red Cross seeking Hero nominations

    OMAHA — The American Red Cross is seeking nominations for the 2013 Heroes in the Heartland Awards Luncheon.  The event honors individuals who have saved a life or otherwise positively impacted their community during the past year. 

    The Red Cross is also pleased to announce Julie Mowat as the 2013 Heroes Event Chair and Sand and Dave Parker as the 2013 Honorary Chairs.

  • SW Iowa Cub Scout programs to start

    As area schools have begun a new year, so too have local Cub Scout Packs. To kick-off the new program year, many area Cub Scout packs will be holding “Pack Parties” to welcome new members. However, if you and your son are unable to make it to the local Cub Scout Pack’s sign-up night, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to get involved.

  • Pertussis numbers on rise

    According to testing performed by the State Hygienic Laboratory, the Department of Public Health (IDPH) says more than 150 people with pertussis (whooping cough) have been reported so far in 2012. This is a 121 percent increase over the number of cases reported at this time in 2011. The actual number of cases is probably much higher, because more adults with pertussis are not diagnosed or reported. While children ages 5 to 14 years make up the bulk of reported cases, it’s important to note that adults are considered the primary “spreaders” of the disease.

  • Iowans step up to ‘The Next Step’ challenge

    AMES — Iowans are lacing up their sneakers to begin Live Healthy Iowa’s The Next Step Challenge.  So far, nearly 5,000 Iowans on 881 teams have committed to the six week challenge encouraging increased physical activity and positive lifestyle change.

    Teams will track their steps using a pedometer and their Live Healthy Iowa personal online tracking page. Registration will remain open through Sept. 21 so rally your friends, family and coworkers to participate by taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle today!  

  • High school students, families invited to Northwest visit day

    MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems will host its annual Computing Visit Day Saturday, Oct. 6.

    The event is designed for high school students from throughout the four-state region interested in preparing for a variety of computing-related careers.