• Red Oak Elementary Art class collects bottle caps

    Red Oak Elementary Art students are currently collecting bottle caps and lids for an upcoming project.

    Many shapes, sizes and colors are needed. Sources could be pop bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles, frosting tubs, etc.

    Please rinse the lids before sending them to class.

    Also needed are some large, clear, plastic jars to use for collecting lids in businesses and organizations.

  • Lied Library displays art

    The following Essex students have their artwork displayed at the Lied Library in downtown Essex:

    Riley Jensen, Tristan Frank, Christian Dukes, Bruce Sederburg, Madison Terry, D.J. Moore, Wyatt Huff, Owen Hedditch, Cooper Nelson, Hailey Rydberg, Alex King, Brianne Johnson, Ireland Terry, Colby Carlson, Clayton Falk and Brienna Riley.

    Library hours are: Monday, 3-6 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.; Wednesday, 3-8 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m.; Friday, 3-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon.

  • AIB Counselor meets with area prospective students

    Shane Brass, Admissions Counselor at AIB College of Business in Des Moines, is coming to meet with local prospective students.

    During his visit, Brass will discuss the positives of AIB’s “Degree in 3” program, as well as scholarship opportunities, military financial assistance, the tuition freeze program and lifetime career assistance.

    Brass will be available to meet with prospective students beginning at 1:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Stanton High School.

  • New members inducted to NHS Oak Chapter

    The Oak Chapter of the National Honor Society at Red Oak High School inducted nine new members on Monday, Oct. 17. New members are:

    Daniel Carlson, senior, son of Brian and Mary Carlson;

    Stephanie Parris, senior, daughter of Robert and Teresa Parris and Sandra Vought;

    Brandy Childers, junior, daughter of John and Ann Childers;

    Bevin Griffin, junior, daughter of Paul and Ellen Griffin;

    Nicholas Leinen, junior, son of Rick and Rita Leinen;

    Courtney Marsden, junior, daughter of Kent and Lea Marsden;

  • 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.