• 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.

  • 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.