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Today's News

  • Awards night at the Fair

    The 2017 Montgomery County Fair officially kicks off this evening.

    Fair organizer Brian Lerette said welcome events kick off at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

    “We’ll present the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame winner, the Rotary Club “Service Above Self” award, the presentation of the John Hossle scholarship, and the crowning of this year’s fair queen,” said LeRette.

  • National Night Out returns to RO

    Law enforcement agencies in Red Oak and Montgomery County are once again gearing up for National Night Out.

    The event is slated from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Fountain Square Park.

    Neighborhoods and partners throughout the county are invited to join over 38 million people in over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada, and military bases worldwide.

  • Immunization rates beat average

    Montgomery County Public Health officials are celebrating youth immunization rates in the county.

    Montgomery County Public Health Director Sue Drake said the results of the Iowa Immunization Registry were very positive this year, based on her audits.

    “I go into all the schools in Montgomery County and audit, and get the numbers of kids who have immunization certificates in the county,” Drake said.

  • Artists attend camp at Red Oak

     The Broadway Advantage workshop is underway this week at the Wilson Performing Arts Center. Participant Hailie Plagmann rehearses a song with workshop instructor Steven Applegate. The workshop participants will perform in a public showcase at the WPAC at 7 p.m. July 22.

  • Boom or a bust?

    The first Fourth of July celebration with statewide legalized fireworks in over half a century is in the books.

    Legislation passed by the Iowa legislature earlier this year lifted the ban, which had been in place since the 1930s following a citywide fire in Spencer. Some cities, including Red Oak, passed ordinances to restrict the dates, times, and usage of fireworks, while Montgomery County, and other locations, followed the state law as-is.

  • Native son plans his run

    A Red Oak native has officially joined the 2018 Democratic Party race to become Iowa’s next governor.

    Speaking before a crowd of more than 100 people, John Norris, who now resides in Des Moines with his wife, Jackie, announced his candidacy at a kick-off event at the Norris family farm July 8.

  • Drug arrests made a ‘dent’

    When five search warrants were executed in Red Oak and 14 people were arrested on various drug charges June 29, it marked the culmination of two separate investigations.

    Red Oak Police Chief Justin Rhamy said the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Red Oak Police Department each started investigations last January.

  • One of them will be the 2017 Fair Queen

    From left are Hannah Vial, Savannah Moffett, Jody Vanderholm, Felicia Taylor, Lily Peterson, and Katie VanMeter. They are the candidates for the 2017 Montgomery County Fair Queen. The contest was held in Red Oak on Sunday at the Red Coach Inn. The coronation will be next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. during opening ceremonies for the fair

  • 76.9% OK RO bond

    Members of the Red Oak district are celebrating the passing of a $19,990,000 bond issue on Tuesday, June 27.

    Based on the unofficial election results, there were 1,287 votes cast, with 937 voting yes, or 76.69 percent of the vote, to 300 voting no on the bond issue, or 23.31 percent. A 60 percent supermajority was needed in order to pass.  The canvass of the election is slated for the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors meeting July 5.

  • EMA bids higher than expected

    A bid has been confirmed for the new Montgomery County Emergency Management building north of the fire station.

    The Montgomery County EMA Commission reviewed bids for the project at its meeting Friday, June 30.

    Two bids were received for the project, with the low bid from Henningsen Construction in Atlantic for $647, 429, which Snyder & Associates representative Tim Teig said was higher than earlier estimates,