Today's News

  • A tiny taste of spring
  • Red Oak announces 2018 prom court

    Members of the Red Oak School District’s 2018 prom court include, front row from left: Cendi Lemus, Morgan Akers, Sierra Athen, Perla Hernandez, Natalia Tolosa, and Tia McArdle. Back row, from left: Ryan Messinger, Damian Haas, Andrew Shalters, Oscar Torres, Taylor Smith, and Jacob Pendergraft. (Abigail Sherman/The Red Oak Express)

  • Area schools gearing up for prom festivities

    Red Oak and East Mills schools hold their proms this weekend.

    Red Oak’s prom begins with a walk-in at 6:30 p.m, and prom from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Red Coach. The theme is “Under the Stars.”

    East Mills prom begins with the grand march at 5:30 p.m. at the elementary building, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Lakin Building and the dance to follow. This year’s theme is “Romance in Rio.”

    On April 28, Griswold’s prom will be at 5:30 p.m. beginning with the grand march at the city park.

  • YMCA receives grant

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Montgomery County Community Foundation.

    The grant will be used for the pool interior project to avoid the future risk of programming downtime and eventual closure of the center.

  • Happy January 97th

    Spring has supposedly sprung, but Mother Nature doesn’t seem quite ready to pack in the wintery weather quite yet. Pictured above is Fountain Square Park during the latest snow event on Friday, April 7, which felt more like a cold day in January. Spring-like temperatures will finally make an appearance this week, with temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s Wednesday-Friday, before another blast of chillier weather on the weekend, with highs in the lower 40s and a snow possibility on Saturday.

  • ROMS Hosts 1st Annual Battle of the Books

    Abigail Sherman

    The Red Oak Express

    Last Thursday, Red Oak Middle School hosted its first annual fifth and sixth grade Battle of the Books. The Battle of the Books has been held several years at the seventh and eighth grade level, but inconsistently in the lower grade levels. Red Oak School District ELO teacher Trish Fellers, wanted to change that and organized the event for Southwest Iowa.

  • Water, sewer rate hike advances

    The Red Oak City Council is moving forward with plans for an increase to the city’s water and sewer rates.

    The council held the first reading on the increase to the rates at its regular meeting April 2. As part of the ordinance, water rates would increase by 5 percent, while sewer rates would increase 10 percent.

  • Rotary Easter egg hunt draws a crowd

    Members of the Red Oak community braved the cold winds to participate in the Rotary Easter Egg hunt Saturday.

    Rotary Club member Kara Sherman was one of the many people who assisted in coordinating the event, and shared some details about the prep work it takes to make the event a success year after year.

  • Two races contested in upcoming Montgomery County primary

    The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office has announceddetails, dates, and site location for the upcoming primary election June 5.

    Friday, May 25, is the pre-election voter registration deadline for the election. There will be election day registration, but specific documentation must be provided. If possible, voters are requested to register before election day. May 25 is also the deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed.

  • Iowa’s unemployment rate 2.9 percent statewide

    Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9 percent in February. The state’s jobless rate was 3.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in February.