• After School Bible Club contributes gifts to Operation Christmas Child

    Students in the After School Bible Club of Stanton are participating in Operation Christmas Child this year.

    Operation Christmas Child is an international project organized by Samaritan’s Purse which has delivered more than 85 million giftboxes to children during the holidays.

    The After School Bible Club will be recieving donated items to give to the project through Nov. 9, at the Evangelical Covenant Church.

  • Red Oak students to go to All State

    Three Red Oak High School students  have been selected to the 2011 Iowa All-State Chorus and Band, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. 

    The selected students are under the direction of Brian Gartner, instrumental music, and Tim Marsden, vocal music, at Red Oak High School.

    “These students have attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians,” said Marsden.

    Brad Black, son of Ted and Brenda Black, was selected for the All State Choir.

  • Some Student Opportunities


    The Chat Mobility School Rebate Program supports local schools by giving 2.5 percent of monthly access fees to their participating customers’ school of choice.

    Every quarter, the total donation amounts are collected and gifted to the participating schools.

    In 2008, more than $12,000 were donated to local schools through this program.

    To designate your school to benefit from your monthly phone plan, visit www.chatmobility.com.


  • Buena Vista University announces Dean’s List

    The following area students were named to the Buena Vista University Graduate and Professional Studies Dean’s List for terms five and six:

    • Larry Orr, of Red Oak. Orr attends the Council Bluffs location of Buena Vista University.

    • Amy McClintock, of Essex. McClintock received a perfect 4.0 for the two terms. She attends the Council Bluffs location of Buena Vista University.

  • Northwest Missouri State releases names for 2011

    Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville has released the names of local students who completed graduation requirements at the end of the 2011 summer trimester.

    Graduates include Karlyn Leah Ayres, of Red Oak, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Rec and Park Management; and Brittany Lee Goddard, of Stanton, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

  • SWCC releases names of 2011 Villisca graduates

    Southwestern Community College of Creston recently released the names of Villisca students who graduated during the 2010-2011 year.

    The graduating class includes:

    John Beem, sophomore, Associate of Applied Science; Rebecca Baker, sophomore, Associate of Applied Science; Lori Dow, freshman, Diploma; Ryan Focht, sophomore, Associate of Applied Science; and Donna Larkin, freshman, Diploma.

  • Villisca Enarson Elementary hosts Scholastic Book Fair

    The Enarson Elementary School of Villisca is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the school computer lab to help purchase library books for the Villisca Community School. Families, faculty and the community are invited to attend this event.    

    Book fair hours are Oct. 24 and 26, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. On the conference days of Oct. 25 and 27, hours are from 8 a.m. -8 p.m.

  • Red Oak High School students join SADD organization

    Red Oak High School students have joined the program Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing self-destructive decisions such as underage drinking, tobacco and drug use, impaired driving and teen violence.

    “Teens sometimes make poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol without realizing the consequences,” said Jamie Stargell, Prevention Specialist and Chapter Advisor. “I’m hoping the SADD chapter will be a positive influence on our school and community.”

  • Otts accepted into People to People Student program

    The People to People program has accepted Regie Otts, of Henderson, as a Student Ambassador representing Southwest Iowa and her school, East Mills High School, in Malvern.

    The People to People Student Ambassador program was established in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower to provide young Americans the opportunity to learn through international travel. Students in the program visit with  other cultures and participate in humanitarian efforts.

  • Local student FCCLA members attend statewide rally

    The Senior High FCCLA Chapter from Red Oak attended the Iowa FCCLA Fall Leadership Rally Monday, Oct. 10.

    The rally is an opportunity for members to learn more about the organization and build leadership skills.

    Keynote speakers this year included Kent Butler and Curtis Haley.