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  • Electric rate hike on hold

    VILLISCA — With the upcoming election determining the future of the Villisca power plant, the board of directors postponed a vote regarding an increase in rates.

    “With everything going on and an election coming up, I make a motion we table this to after the election,” Board President Darwin Williams said at the meeting Tuesday afternoon.

  • Viking Center receives $625K I-Jobs boost

    STANTON — More funding from Gov. Chet Culver’s I-Jobs initiative is headed to Montgomery County.

    Gov. Culver announced last week the state will provide $625,000 for construction of the Stanton community building.

    With the state funding, the organization Stanton Friends has raised $1.8 million of the $2.8 million goal for the multi-purpose building.

  • Montgomery Co. receives $2.3M from Iowa I-Jobs

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY — More than $2 million has been invested in Montgomery County through the I-JOBS Infrastructure Investment Initiative, according to a recent report by Gov. Chet Culver.
    Of the $2,365,849 invested in the county, $2 million of it was directed to the Red Oak wastewater plant upgrade. Red Oak’s City Council recently selected Oakview Construction as the contractor for the $6.8 million project.
    Of the remaining $365,849, nearly $250,000 of it was earmarked for road maintenance and construction.

  • FMTC buys Villisca phone

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY —  The Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton (FMTC) Board of Directors, along with the Villisca Farmers Telephone Company (VFTC) Board of Directors announced last week they have reached an agreement for FMTC to purchase VFTC.
    Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
    The date of the closing has not yet been established because regulatory approval is necessary.
    FMTC General Manager Kevin Cabbage said the parties are confident of obtaining regulatory approval but it may take some time.

  • Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Bennett attends convention

    Iowa’s President, Ann Bennett of Villisca, a member of Wesley R. Miller #8998, led the state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the U.S. at the 97th National Convention held Aug. 21-26 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

    As leading representative of the state, she voiced the delegates’ votes during the election of National Officers at today’s session and played a key role in deciding the direction of the national organization for 2010-2011.

  • Hayes joins Creighton as a clinical professor

    OMAHA  – Creighton University School of Medicine has appointed Red Oak, Iowa, physician Warren Hayes to be an assistant clinical professor in the school’s Department of Family Medicine.
    As a clinical professor, Hayes will provide practical experience and clinical training to third-year Creighton medical students.

  • Red Oak Rotary Club donates to YMCA

    The Red Oak Rotary Club on Aug. 3  presented the Montgomery County Family YMCA of Red Oak, Iowa a check for $640  for their outstanding and dedicated work in cleaning out all the can’s and bottles that were deposited into the Red Oak Rotary Club/Optimist Club can/bottle shed which is located just west of the Fareway Grocery Store and Pamida parking lot for the month of July.

  • Red Oak Kiwanis donation to YMCA Summer Youth Tennis Program

    Connie Mellott, president of the Red Oak Kiwanis Club, is shown presenting a check for $1,000 to John Blomstedt, YMCA Program Operations Manager.

    The check, part of which was proceeds from the Annual Kiwanis Tennis Luncheon, was presented to the YMCA to help benefit the Y’s summer youth tennis program.
    The program met for six weeks this summer with lessons held twice a week for five of the different age groups and the Tiny Tot group meeting only once a week.

  • Kempfert named Aquatics/Programs Director

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA is introducing Brian Kempfert, a native of Aurelia, to the Montgomery County YMCA team.

  • Good Samaritan offers free rides to Acorn Acres residents

    RED OAK –Seniors at Acorn Acres can now get free rides through a service provided by Good Samaritan Society – Red Oak.
    The center will provide free bus transportation each Wednesday to go to the local senior center for lunch and then a stop at the grocery store on the way back.
    If they want transportation on Wednesday, residents simply sign up each Monday. Space is limited to 13 people.
    For more information about how to sign up, residents can contact Acorn Acres Executive Director Karon Millikan in the business office.