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Today's News

  • Bullish on Farming

    In a time with low grain prices and farm incomes taking a dip from the record-setting highs earlier this decade, Mike Pearson is bullish on the future of farming and the future of farm income.

    Pearson was the keynote speaker on National Ag Day at the Red Oak Chamber & Industry Association’s Ag Appreciation Breakfast. He is the host of Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market program and a farmer.

    For those in attendance at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Auditorium, Pearson laid out the reason for his optimism.

  • Director search on hold

     

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    Conversations are continuing, but no final decisions have been made regarding a new local economic director or which local organization will oversee the position. 

  • FAKE NEWS

    Montgomery County made the national news, but not in a good way. 

    National news outlets, including FOX News and CNN, reported on the top 10 counties which were not complying with the new Trump administration policy on immigrants suspected of a crime. According to Declined Detainer Outcome Report, Mongtomery County, IA was fourth on the list of counties that routinely decline to hold immigrant suspects in jail for ICE agents to check their legal status. 

  • RO OK’s rate hikes

    Rate increases for the city’s water, sewer, and recycling were approved at the Red Oak City Council meeting March 20. 

    The first readings of proposed ordinances to raise the city’s water rate by 5 percent, sewer rates by 10 percent, and an increase to the assessment for the volunteer recycling program were approved at the March 6 meeting. 

    The second readings of the ordinances took place at the March 21 meeting. Billings said he’d heard no objections. 

  • Career Opportunities

     

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    Adam Cooper of Larry’s Welding shares details about the business during the Red Oak/Stanton joint career day event on March 15. Red Oak students pictured are front row, from left: Caden Hall, Colton Hale, and Carson Janskey. Back row, from left: Bruce Lukehart and Billy Luna.

  • RO school revises staff cuts

    The Red Oak School Board took action on proposed staffing cuts at its regular meeting. 

    The cuts were proposed at the school board meeting Feb. 28, as a budget reduction measure. At that time, the cuts were expected to save the district roughly $590,000 in budget expenses next school year. Ultimately, a revised plan resulted in a projected $552,000 in reductions.

  • Red Oak teacher making a change

    The Red Oak School District will be saying goodbye to a veteran instructor. 

    The board accepted the resignation of Sami Jo Moyers at their March 13 meeting. Moyers, who graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2002, went to college at Northwest Missouri State University, where she received her bachelors degree in education in 2005, and also did student teaching at Red Oak Middle School in seventh grade social studies and sixth grade language arts. 

  • State budget cuts may impact local court staffing

    Employees of Iowa’s Fourth District Judicial Branch are airing their concerns over budget issues. 

    Lori Bruce, a judicial specialist in the clerk of court office, shared her concerns with the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors at its March 14 meeting, in the wake of discussions at the Iowa Statehouse to cut funding to Iowa’s Judicial Branch. 

  • Property tax payments due March 31

    Property owners are being reminded by county treasurers in Iowa that the second half of property tax payments is due March 31.

    You can pay in the treasurer’s office at the courthouse Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or online at iowataxandtags.gov. To avoid a penalty, a payment must be postmarked by March 31.

     

  • RO native may lead world’s Optimists

     

    A Red Oak High School graduate may be next in line to serve as the president of Optimist International. 

    Rebecca Butler-Mona, the daughter of Joann and Richard Butler, has been announced as the nominee to fill the position following the election in May. Butler-Mona was elected the first female governor of the Iowa District for Optimists in 1993, served as an international vice president 1998-99, and currently serves on the Optimists International Board of Directors.