• Montgomery County YMCA hosts youth Gym and Swim

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA hosted their first Early Out Gym and Swim for the 2011-12 school year on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

    Participating were 15 first through fifth graders who all enjoyed activities such as swimming, painting pumpkins and desigining posters.

    The program will continue, with the next Gym and Swim to take place on Nov. 9, from 2-5 p.m. Activities on this date will include a junior Turkey Trot and Raffle with prizes and water games.

  • Branstad discussing education plan in Red Oak

    RED OAK — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will be in Red Oak Tuesday, Oct. 25 to discuss at a town hall meeting his “education blueprint” for the state public school system.

    Hosted by the Red Oak school board, the meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., in the Wilson Performing Arts Center. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is also expected to attend.

  • Villisca approves sharing intent

    VILLISCA — The Villisca School Board approved two separate letters of intent to explore whole grade sharing at their meeting, last Thursday.

    Villisca's Board approved letters of intent for the Stanton and Corning School District. Iowa Code requires the Board to approve a letter of intent, 90 days before making a decision on Whole Grade Sharing.

  • Some Student Opportunities

    Deadline to apply for recognition in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program is Nov. 1.

    Applicants must be in 5th-12th grade, have completed volunteer services or significant group leadership activities within the 12 months prior to the application deadline, be legal residents of the United States, and submit their application to and have it certified by a middle or high school principal or head of an officially designated organization by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

    Results are announced Feb. 7, 2012.

  • AIB College of Business named Military Friendly

    Recently, G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, named AIB College of Business to its 2012 Military Friendly Schools list.

    Schools included on this list are recognized for the recruitment of students with military experience, offering scholarships and discounts, veteran’s clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to veterans.

  • Keat receives scholarship from DMACC Foundation

    Phylip Keat, son of Jack and Loni Keat, of Red Oak, is currently enrolled as a student at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) at the Boone Campus.

    Keat has received a $600 scholarship for the fall semester from the DMACC Foundation.

    Keat graduated from Red Oak High School with the class of 2011 and is now enrolled in DMACC’s Business program.

  • Craig White graduates from Business Horizons Program

    Craig White, of Red Oak, recently graduated from the 28th Annual Business Horizons Program hosted by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation at the Simpson College campus in Indianola.

    During the five-day program, White managed his own company through a computer simulation. Working with teams, White created a product, competed in trade shows and displayed the product in elevator pitch, investor presentations and television infomercials. He also had opportunity to attend workshops taught by successful Iowa business leaders.

  • Mullican crowned Homecoming King at pep rally

    Chris Mullican, of Red Oak, is a senior at Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs who was crowned Homecoming King at the annual pep rally and powder puff game Friday, Sept. 23.

    Just before the football game against Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf on Saturday, Mullican was introduced to spectators as Homecoming King and with the queen, Hilary Fink, of Council Bluffs, escorted around the football field in a corvette.

    Mullican is the son of Katrina Flick, of Red Oak.

  • New art teacher Euken describes dream come true

    Among several new faces at Red Oak Schools for the 2011-12 school year, one is not as new to the school district itself as to the subject she is teaching.

    Bringing an air of freshness and newness with her to the art department this year, Teresa Euken has been appointed the elementary art teacher at Inman Primary and Washington Intermediate schools. She has never taught art before and to say she is excited would be an understatement.

  • ‘Vanish’ offers suspense & romance

    Book Review by Faith Smith

    Vanish in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
    Paperback: 384 pages

    Link Morgan has come back home after serving in Afghanistan with the military.

    He has been left a house that belonged to his uncle. Since he plans to move to California rather than stay in Lancaster County where he was raised, he is renovating the house to get it ready to sell.
    Underneath a wall that he removes he finds a small suitcase.