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Today's News

  • Two major accidents in county Monday afternoon

    Two people were injured in a two-vehicle rollover accident early Monday afternoon, and a crash two hours later at L Avenue and Highway 34 resulted in the highway being closed.

    At 12:15 p.m., emergency responders from Stanton and Red Oak were called to the accident scene at the intersection of 220th Street and Nature Avenue, south of Stanton.

    Details at the 3 p.m. press time were limited. One driver was thrown from his vehicle during a rollover. The drivers of both vehicles were transported by LifeNet helicopter to an Omaha hospital.

  • Holidays ‘shining brighter’

    Red Oak will host Santa, hold a formal lighting ceremony, and celebrate the busiest shopping days of the year with its “Shining Brighter This Holiday Season” activities this week, coordinated by the Red Oak Chamber & Industry Association

    Black Friday shopping will be capped with “Family Festivities at Fountain Square Park,” an event from 5 to 7 p.m.

    It will include free hot cocoa, free carriage rides, a Christmas window candle giveaway, and the formal lighting of the square at 6 p.m.

  • Change of venue denied

    Fourth District Court Judge Timothy O'Grady has made his ruling in the request for a change of venue for Kevin Staley. 

    The motion was filed by Staley's attorney, DeShawne Bird-Sell on Oct. 31. Staley faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Devin Davis of Villisca on Oct. 31. 

    A hearing on the change of venue request was held Nov. 13 in Montgomery County Court. O'Grady advised he would consider the motion, and examine the 50 pages of material presented during the hearing. 

  • What is Veterans Day?

    Veterans from Red Oak and Montgomery County were honored in special ceremonies at Red Oak’s middle and high schools on Monday, Nov. 13.

    The master of ceremonies was Bob Fenstermann with the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Court of Honor. Fenstermann said it was important to honor all veterans for their duty to our nation.

    “A veteran is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check to the United States of America, in an amount up to, and including, their life,” said Fenstermann.

  • Staley pleads not guilty

    A district court hearing in the state’s voluntary manslaugther case against Kevin Staley was held in Montgomery County Court Monday.

    Staley, 39, of Red Oak, is facing a voluntary manslaughter charge in the shooting death of Devin Alexander Davis, 27, of Villisca, in Red Oak on Oct, 11.

    Earlier Monday, a written arraignment and plea of not guilty were filed by Staley’s attorney, DeShawne Bird-Sell, on behalf of Staley. That precluded the arraignment being held in open court.

  • Montgomery County election results

    The unofficial election results are in for citywide elections across Montgomery County.

    Incumbent Bill Billings, running unopposed for Red Oak Mayor, received 174 total votes. Also running unopposed for Red Oak City Council Ward 2 was Bill Haufle, who received 69 votes. Newcomer Tony Wernicke, running unopposed for Red Oak City Council At-Large received 147 votes.

  • Red Oak Juvenile arrested

    Red Oak Police officers were called to the Red Oak High School Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 a.m., to deal with a report of a student that was out of control, a police department press release said.

    Upon arrival and investigation, a juvenile male was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and simple assault on a teacher. There were no injuries reported.

    The juvenile was cited and released to his parent.

  • Church blaze under review

    The investigation into the fire that destroyed the former First Christian Church at 7th and Coolbaugh Streets is still on going.

    More than 600,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the blaze, and fire departments across the county and from Essex, Shenandoah and Clarinda were called to provide mutual aid.

  • Weapons threat at high school ‘not credible’

    The schedule got off to a rocky start for the Red Oak High School on Friday.

    Superintendent Tom Messinger said before the start of the George Maher Day of Service, a threat of weapons was made to Red Oak Police.

    “There was a phone call to the police department that someone was going to bring a gun to school,” Messinger said.

    Authorities investigated the claim, which was eventually determined to be unfounded.

  • ‘I was sad to see it go’

    Red Oak community members — current and past — are remembering the former First Christian Church at 7th and Coolbaugh, which was destroyed by a fire last Monday, Oct. 16.

    Ann Meyer, who lives with her husband Larry in Coralville, grew up in the church and said her grandparents were big participants in getting the church constructed.

    “They were having services in some dinky little building and they decided they needed a new location and helped get the church project going,” said Meyer.