• More than just books

    Storytelling started as chalk on cave walls, according to Red Oak Public Library Director Kathi Most, and then the scroll was born.

    “It was dramatic when it switched from scrolls to books,” Most said. “Everyone feared the end of scrolls was the end of stories, but it wasn’t, of course.”

    While books may not be dead, Most said the transition to a technologically driven society is just as dramatic for some, and nowhere sees it more than libraries.

  • Three school board seats up for election

    School board elections are just around the corner, and the filing process is now underway.

    Nominations for open seats can by filed by Aug. 1 and the election will take place Sept. 10.

  • $49 million project, including new high school, receives most support

    RED OAK — After a series of community meetings, the Red Oak school board of directors reviewed the feedback on the district’s facilities, making the first step in a 30-year project.

    Following a facilities study, Randy West of BLDD Architecture, compiled a list of 15 potential scenarios for the future of the district’s buildings. The community, though a series of three meetings, narrowed the results into their top three choices, of which the board will take into consideration when building a master plan in the coming months.

  • School facilities discussed at first community meeting

    RED OAK — The Red Oak Community School District has begun a series of meetings to garner community input on the future of the district facilities.

    About 35 faculty members, parents and administrators were present at last Monday’s meeting to hear the results of a recent facilities study and provide feedback on how to improve the buildings’ quality.

  • Red Oak school district purchases preschool

    RED OAK — The Red Oak Community School District has approved the purchase of an area preschool, adding an estimated $5,000 profit along with a valuable resource to the district, according to Superintendent Terry Schmidt.

  • Northwest hosting annual financial aid seminar

    MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University is hosting FAFSA Frenzy to assist future and current college students who are seeking assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    The FAFSA is the first step all students must take to obtain financial assistance to attend college. The Northwest event will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in Colden Hall Room 1200. Parking is available in the faculty lot on the northeast corner of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

  • A T-rex named Sue coming to Des Moines Science Center

    DES MOINES — Imagine, an exhibition that took 67 million years to create.

     The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater (SCI) will soon open a new special exhibition, A T. rex Named Sue.

    In a change from recent exhibits, A T. rex Named Sue will be included with SCI general admission (free for SCI members), hopefully allowing even more families and individuals to see a cast of the world’s largest T. rex specimen and explore the paleontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy.

  • Glenwood high school principal placed on administrative leave

    GLENWOOD — Glenwood Community High School Prinicipal Kerry Newman has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of a school district investigation.

    High school staff members were informed of Newman’s leave Friday afternoon by Superintendent Devin Embray.

    Embray declined to discuss the specifics of the investigation.

  • Essex coach/athletic director resigns resigns

    ESSEX — The Essex School Board approved the resignation of Athletic Director TJ Young effective immediately during a special meeting Monday.

    Young was put on administrative leave more than a week ago for personal reasons before submitting his official resignation Friday.

    According to Superintendent Jim Dick, Young has been part of the district since 2010, working as athletic director, as well as the girls basketball coach for Essex/South Page. He is also a physical education teacher for the high school.

  • Red Oak school board considers absorbing local preschool

    RED OAK — For 29 years, Martha Pfeiffer has owned and operated her own early childhood center, and while she loves what she does, she’s ready to hand the business to someone else so she can focus on her true passion — teaching.

    Pfeiffer met with the Red Oak Community School District Board Jan. 14 to discuss potentially absorbing her business, Kaleidoscope Preschool, into the district.