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  • MCMH recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

    Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital
     

  • Iowa's unemployment rate remains at 2.4 percent in January

    Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent in January. The state’s jobless rate was 2.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent in January.

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  • Family Dollar to close 400 stores

    Family Dollar will close nearly 400 stores this year while renovating 1,000 other locations, the company announced Wednesday, March 6. Family Dollar is operated by Dollar Tree.

    “We are confident we are taking the appropriate steps to reposition our Family Dollar brand for increasing profitability as business initiatives gain traction in the back half of fiscal 2019,” Dollar Tree CEO Gary Philbin said in a news release.

  • SCORE workshops planned for March

    The Greater Omaha SCORE chapter, which includes Montgomery, Page, Taylor, and Adams Counties, is having a series of workshops in March that will benefit small businesses. Most of the workshops this month are free, unless otherwise noted.

  • MidAmerican Energy customers report surge in utility scam calls

    MidAmerican Energy Company customers this past week have reported an uptick in threatening calls from imposters who pose as MidAmerican Energy employees and demand immediate payment for utility bills that they claim are past due.

    The callers threaten to shut off power unless the customer pays immediately by phone with a prepaid debit card. The call may appear legitimate because callers manipulate caller ID to display the MidAmerican Energy name along with a phone number.

    MidAmerican Energy does not call customers demanding immediate payment by phone.

  • Red Oak Shopko to close in June

    Officials with Shopko announced it is closing its remaining 120 department stores, including the Red Oak location.
    These closures will affect an additional 5,000 employees. Red Oak’s store is slated for closure June 16.
    As of now, four Shopko optical locations will remain open until further evaluation: Mequon, Oshkosh, Waukesha and Omaha.
    The Ashwaubenon-based retailer filed for bankruptcy Jan. 16. It started closing stores in December of 2018.

  • Spring arts and craft show at the MAC

    Make plans now to attend the annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show that will be held Saturday
    and Sunday, March 16-17 at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
         The show is billed as one of Iowa's largest shows, with over 150 exhibitors presenting and
    selling thousands of unique, handmade products.
         Among the various products being sold at the show are oak and pine furniture, paintings and
    prints, ceramics, wall hangings, blankets, jewelry, pet products, etched and stained

  • Grand Theatre buys building; to add screen

     RED OAK — In 2009, the Grand Theatre showed what was thought to be its final film after a more than 60-year run. As the credits finished rolling, the stray popcorn was swept up, coming attraction signs were taken down and the doors were locked, possibly forever. 

    But the City of Red Oak wasn’t about to lose their theatre without a fight, and in 2010, the Downtown LLC purchased the building to be run as a non-profit, which has thrived on $2 ticket prices and a strong support of volunteers. 

  • Association hires director

     The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association chose a longtime local resident and active community member as the organization’s newest Executive Director. 

    Paul Griffen will start working Monday, Nov. 18 in the position vacated by Darrell Steven Carlyle.

    After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in industrial engineering, Griffen came to Red Oak in 1982, working as an engineer for Eveready Battery Company. 

  • Historic Red Oak restaurant for sale

    RED OAK — One of Red Oak’s oldest buildings is for sale, bringing with it a host of old memories, urban legends and even a love story or two.

    The building at 101 South Broadway, which now houses Johnny’s Steakhouse, was built in 1869, and though he couldn’t say for sure, Montgomery County History Center Director Dave McFarland said it very well could be the town’s oldest building.