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Today's News

  • You Make Me Feel Like Dancing...

    The Red Oak Rotary Club held their 8th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance at the White Fair Building on Saturday, Feb. 3. The event brought together girls of all ages and their adult male role models for a full night of fun. When they weren’t on the dance floor, participants were able to take a break and relax with craft projects and enjoy drinks and snacks provided by the Rotary Club. Pictured are Mo and Gracie Roberts showing off their fancy footwork on the dance floor. 

  • Revolving loan housing fund under discussion

    A group of roughly 80 community members, including the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, city council, school board members, and community leaders, met for a special county-wide discussion about a key tool for growing Montgomery County, a revolving loan housing fund. 

  • Rialto Theater vandalized

    Authorities are investigating a criminal mischief incident resulting in extensive damage to Villisca’s Rialto Theater.

    On Jan. 30, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to an incident at the theater. Following an investigation, authorities determined within the last few months, multiple persons entered the theater through a side door and did a large amount of damage to the building’s interior.

  • Ernst, Young uninjured in West Virginia train crash

    Two Southwest Iowa lawmakers escaped injury following a train crash Wednesday. 

    Sen. Joni Ernst and Congressman David Young were part of a group of GOP legislators on their way to a retreat in West Virginia when their train struck a garbage truck. One of the occupants of the garbage truck was fatally injured in the crash, and other injuries were reported. 

    Ernst sent out a tweet to her followers after the crash:

  • Board approves renovations plan

    The Red Oak School Board has approved the master plan for their upcoming facilities renovation.

    During the regular meeting Jan. 23, the board reviewed the plans with Alley Poyner Macchietto architect Daric O’Neal. O’Neal said the floor plan has not changed much at all since the schematic design, they have just created more detail on what all the spaces have.

  • Supervisors approve comm upgrade

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors approved a communications system agreement with Motorla Solutions to upgrade the county’s communications.

  • Housing forum today at the Wilson

    The public is invited to a special county-wide discussion about a key tool for growing Montgomery County, a topic impacting children, families, businesses and industry as the county looks to grow workforce and attract people to our area: housing.

    The public meeting is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Wilson Performing Arts Center. Special guest presenters include: Terry Lutz, CEO; Zachary Mannheimer, Principal Community Planner; Jeff Sabin, Director of Client Relations with McClure Engineering; and Sue Cosner and Bruce Hansen with Iowa Area Development Group.

  • Supervisors approve communications system agreement with Motorola

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors have approved a communications system agreement with Motorla Solutions to upgrade the county's communications system. 

    The proposal for the project, at a cost of $5,823,001 includes three new towers, and a systems upgrade agreement with post warranty. The proposal passed by a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Mark Peterson and Steve Ratcliff voting no. 

  • Public weighs in on comms

    Discussion on a proposed multi-million dollar upgrade to the county’s communications system brought a capacity crowd to the public forum at the Montgomery County courthouse courtroom Jan. 17.

  • Council approves bid letting for water meter replacement project

    The city of Red Oak is proceeding with plans to replace every water meter within the Red Oak water system.

    The Red Oak City Council discussed a proposal for replacing the meters at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 15. City administrator Brad Wright said according to his research, the majority of meters currently in the system were installed prior to 2000, with many dating back as far as 1977. Wright added meter change outs are recommended by the American Water Works Association every 15-20 years, to maintain efficiency.