• 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.

  • Villisca, Stanton meet to discuss merger

    VILLISCA — The Villisca School Board determined a new timeline and additional plans in anticipation for Whole Grade Sharing.

    Last Tuesday, the Villisca School Board held a special joint board meeting with the Stanton School Board at the Villisca High School Gymnasium.

    The following night, Villisca's Board held a joint board meeting with Corning's School Board in Corning's High School lunch room.

  • Library receives accreditation

    RED OAK — For the first time in its storied history, Red Oak’s Public Library is now fully accredited with the State of Iowa.

    Librarian Kathi Wagner said the library has always been partially accredited, but without a handicap-accessible elevator, had never received the full accreditation.

    “This is a 27-year dream come true,” Wagner said, referencing the number of years she has worked at the local library.

  • Villisca, Stanton meeting again

    VILLISCA — The Villisca Community School District will take part in three meetings this week as part of their look into Whole Grade Sharing.

    Villisca will be a part of two joint special board meetings with the Stanton and Corning School Districts. Villisca and Stanton's meeting will take place Tuesday, at 7 p.m., in the Villisca High School Gymnasium, while their meeting with Corning takes place Wednesday at 5 p.m., in the Corning High School Lunch Room.

  • Feasibility Study recommends Villisca-Corning Whole Grade Sharing

    UPDATE: Both feasibility studies are on the Villisca Schools website. The Stanton Schools website has their feasibility results in non-PDF form.

    VILLISCA -- A feasibility study presented by University of Northern Iowa Professor Dr. Robert Decker, recommended Whole Grade Sharing for Villisca and Corning's secondary schools.

  • School board declines payment to Laughlin estate

    RED OAK — Calling it a “heart-breaking” and “devastating” decision, Red Oak’s school board is following the advice of their auditor and attorney by not paying an early retirement settlement to the estate of Buck Laughlin.

    Laughlin, a longtime Inman Primary School principal, negotiated the settlement with Superintendent Terry Schmidt, but failed to sign it before passing away May 21.

  • Villisca graduates share smiles during commencement ceremony

    VILLISCA — Valedictorian Casey Branan ended his commencement address with a simple question that sounded more like a challenge for his fellow graduates.

    “Are we ready,” he asked.

    Branan was one of 30 students receiving diplomas at Sunday’s ceremony in Villisca. He said while there will always be great memories associated with their high school experience, even greater ones await.