• Blay, Presidential Scholar

    DES MOINES -  Bryant Blay of Red Oak has been honored as a Presidential Scholar at AIB College of Business for the 2010 Summer Term.  To be named a Presidential Scholar, a student must have a grade point average of 3.80 or higher for 12 or more consecutive credit hours.

  • Council votes to add safety to busy Red Oak crossing

    RED OAK — A cost-sharing agreement between Red Oak’s City Council and the School District will provide a crossing guard and warning signs at a dangerous intersection near the school.

    Pending approval by the school board, the City and the Red Oak School District will each pay half of the estimated $5,000 salary for a crossing guard at 8th and Summit/Oak Streets.

  • Red Oak dips on ACT tests

    RED OAK – Red Oak students who took the Act test last year averaged nearly a full point lower scores than those in the 2008-2009 school year.  
    The 57 Red Oak students who took the test finished with an average composite score of 20.9, which was below the state average of 22.2.
    The biggest drop in the scores occurred in the reading scores, where Red Oak students slid from a 22.8 last year to a 21.7 this year.  The drop in reading scores was consistent with the district’s Iowa Test of Basic Skills scores which were released last spring.

  • School board discusses Corning partnership

    VILLISCA – Villisca and Corning are in the first stage of whole-grade sharing within the next two years.
    At the Villisca School Board meeting last week, Superintendent William Stone notified the board he has sent in the paperwork to the Iowa Department of Education and hired an independent financial group to investigate the validity and possibility of the two schools working together.

  • Iowa Western College honors college supporters

    COUNCIL BLUFFS - Two long-time supporters of Iowa Western Community College were honored Aug. 7 at the college’s annual Black Tie Patio Party, held in conjunction with the Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships auction and dinner.

    For the 11th straight year, the Patio Party was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Marshall. The Black Tie Harvest will be held Sept. 18 at Iowa Western.

  • School board to discuss Corning merger

    VILLISCA – The possibilities of Villisca and Corning becoming a whole-shared school are on the horizon, as both school boards have been researching the possibilities and benefits of the two districts combining.
    The Villisca school board will be meeting Thursday in the board room at Villisca High School, where the main discussion will be on the option of sharing the junior high and high school with Corning.

  • Penton graduates, Aug. 14

    Brian Willett Brooks Penton, DDS MSD, currently serving as a Major in the Air Force, is graduating from the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Texas at Houston on Aug. 14.
    He and his wife and children will leave on Aug. 16 for Yokota Air Force Base in Japan, where he will serve for three years.
    Brian is the son of Jerry (deceased) and Sandy Penton of Villisca.

  • Northwestern College graduates, May 8

    ORANGE CITY – Stephen Smith of Henderson was among 268 students earning bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern College, Orange City, at commencement exercises on May 8.

  • Varilek speaker at commencement, June 10

    Rex C. Varilek was a featured speaker at the Southeast Community College Milford Campus spring quarter commencement exercises which was held on June 10 in the welsh Center.
    Varilek has also been selected to receive the Southeast Community College, Milford Campus “Outstanding Alumni” award. Varilek received his degree in Diesel Technology in 1981.
     He is currently the owner of Precision Diesel, Inc. of Red Oak.

  • Scholarships awarded

    LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has awarded scholarships to nonresident students who will enroll in the 2010-11 academic year, which begins Aug. 23. The scholarship winners are from 37 states.
    The nonresident scholarship programs were created in 1995 to identify and reward the most talented students from states other than Nebraska who attend UNL. The scholarships are awarded based on transfer grade-point averages for transfer students, or on academic accomplishments in high school and admissions test scores for 2010 high school graduates.