http://www.redoakexpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Bullish on Farming http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/bullish-farming <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cmyk-mike_pearson_2_img_1881.jpg" alt="Mike Pearson, host of Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market program, speaks at the Red Oak Chamber &amp; Industry Association’s Ag Appreciation Breakfast." title="Mike Pearson, host of Iowa Public Television’s Market to Market program, speaks at the Red Oak Chamber &amp; Industry Association’s Ag Appreciation Breakfast." align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><p class="p3"> 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.</p> <p class="p3"> Pearson was the keynote speaker on National Ag Day at the Red Oak Chamber &amp; Industry Association&rsquo;s Ag Appreciation Breakfast. He is the host of Iowa Public Television&rsquo;s Market to Market program and a farmer.</p> <p class="p3"> For those in attendance at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Auditorium, Pearson laid out the reason for his optimism.</p> Director search on hold http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/director-search-hold <p> &nbsp;</p> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 9.5px 'Helvetica Neue'}</style> <p class="p7"> Conversations are continuing, but no final decisions have been made regarding a new local economic director or which local organization will oversee the position.&nbsp;</p> FAKE NEWS http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/fake-news <p class="p7"> Montgomery County made the national news, but not in a good way.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p7"> 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.&nbsp;</p> RO OK’s rate hikes http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/ro-ok%E2%80%99s-rate-hikes <p class="p5"> Rate increases for the city&rsquo;s water, sewer, and recycling were approved at the Red Oak City Council meeting March 20.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"> The first readings of proposed ordinances to raise the city&rsquo;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.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"> The second readings of the ordinances took place at the March 21 meeting. Billings said he&rsquo;d heard no objections.&nbsp;</p> Career Opportunities http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/career-opportunities <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/career_day_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; font: 9.5px 'Helvetica Neue'}</style> <p class="p1"> Adam Cooper of Larry&rsquo;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.</p> RO school revises staff cuts http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/ro-school-revises-staff-cuts <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/budget_cuts-_brandstetter_blackman_walker_griffen.jpg" alt="Larry Brandstetter (right) speaks about proposed budget cuts to the Red Oak School Board, including, from left, Bret Blackman, Kathy Walker, and Paul Griffen. " title="Larry Brandstetter (right) speaks about proposed budget cuts to the Red Oak School Board, including, from left, Bret Blackman, Kathy Walker, and Paul Griffen. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p class="p5"> The Red Oak School Board took action on proposed staffing cuts at its regular meeting.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"> 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.</p> Red Oak teacher making a change http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/red-oak-teacher-making-change <p class="p3"> The Red Oak School District will be saying goodbye to a veteran instructor.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> 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.&nbsp;</p> State budget cuts may impact local court staffing http://www.redoakexpress.com/content/state-budget-cuts-may-impact-local-court-staffing <img src="http://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/judicial_branch_budget-lori_bruce_stephanie_burke.jpg" alt="Judicial specialist Lori Bruce speaks to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors and requests the board’s support against possible budget cuts." title="Judicial specialist Lori Bruce speaks to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors and requests the board’s support against possible budget cuts." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p class="p3"> Employees of Iowa&rsquo;s Fourth District Judicial Branch are airing their concerns over budget issues.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> 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&rsquo;s Judicial Branch.&nbsp;</p>