• Montgomery County Recreational Trails develop group formed to seek support

    Early this year, a group of trail enthusiasts formed a non-profit called Montgomery County Recreational Trails, Inc. (MCRT), led by Montgomery County resident, Steve Turman. For a year and a half volunteers met regularly to determine how to develop recreational trails in Montgomery County and connect them with existing and proposed trails in the county’s towns, as well as trails existing and planned in adjacent counties.

  • 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.

  • Dirt work begins on A&M Green Power’s Hwy. 34 site

    RED OAK — Work has begun at the future A&M Green Power location in Red Oak on the northwest corner of Hwy 34 and 4th St.

    Randy McCunn, director of finance for the company, said they are currently moving dirt to prepare the ground for building. No date is set for the start of construction, but he said the building will be enclosed by the winter with a spring 2014 completion date.

    Pavement will also be laid by the end of the year on the south side of the lot where the driveway will be located.

  • Consultant trying to devise plan for Association

    Frank Spillers came to Red Oak Tuesday to facilitate a meeting between the Chamber and Industry Association board and its investors to gather information regarding the organization’s direction.

    While he received a lot of input, what remains to be seen is if he can use that information to form a definitive plan in the wake of the resignation of the Association’s executive director.

  • Carlyle, Association agree to separation

    RED OAK — A few days after a couple Chamber and Industry Association investors met with board members to discuss leadership concerns, Executive Director Darrell Steven Carlyle has resigned.

    During a closed session during the Associations regular monthly meeting last week, Carlyle and the Board agreed to a separation agreement that includes a month’s severance pay. Carlyle’s last day with the Association will be July 15.  

  • Fareway undergoes complete remodel

    RED OAK — The 29-year-old Fareway grocery store in Red Oak is getting a facelift.

    From floor to ceiling, manager Kerry Carlson said it will be a brand new store in the coming months.

    “When I say floor to ceiling, I really mean it,” Carlson said. “Pretty much everything you see will be brand new. It really is an exciting time.”

    Aside from basic remodeling, including fresh paint and new ceiling and floor tiles, the store will also be adding more display room.