Local News

  • 22-year-old man fatally shot in Griswold

    On Thursday, July 11, at 7:02 p.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a shooting at 69244 Lyman St. , Griswold. The victim, Chase Jones, 22, of Atlantic, was transported via Griswold Rescue to Cass County Memorial Hospital, where he was declared deceased. An autopsy was scheduled for July 13, at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Des Moines. The incident remains under investigation by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigation.

  • Local book club finishes Mueller report


    A local group of Indivisible Iowa is wrapping up a book club reading of the Mueller Book Club. The group has met weekly the past several weeks dissecting the almost 500-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Two of the group’s organizers were Barb Nelson and Jan Norris, both residents of Montgomery County. The fifth and final meeting was Monday, July 8, at The Bridge Coffeehouse in Red Oak with about 20 non-partisan people in attendance.

  • Splash Bash

    Local children enjoy the annual water party at the Red Oak Public Library Wednesday, July 10. (Adenia Stanley/Red Oak Express) 

  • Koppa joins Red Oak City Council

    The Red Oak City Council has added a new member.

    At the regular meeting on July 1, the council appointed Terry Koppa, to take over the council’s at-large seat vacated by Tony Wernicke, who recently moved out of the state. Red Oak Mayor Bill Billings said the term runs to the end of the year, but Koppa will have to run for election in November to fill the remaining year of Wernicke’s term.

  • Sellergren, Iverson families celebrate century home

    Adenia Stanley

    The Red Oak Express

    Over Junction Days weekend, as Red Oak was celebrating its 150th anniversary, the Sellergren-Iverson families were additionally celebrating 100 years of residency at 810 Broad St., in Red Oak.

    In fact, the family held an open house of sorts June 28, for a couple hours, allowing members of the community to see the beautiful Victorian home, “up and personal.”

    Tom and Ann Iverson have owned the home for the past 40 years.

  • Onward and upward

    Work is ongoing to prepare the Washington Intermediate building for preschool classes and the new daycare partnership.

    Last week, crews worked to tear out the building’s existing playground equipment and asphalt, as the current equipment is not suitable for kids in the preschool age range.

    A volunteer group is assisting with the removal. Once completed there will be new fence installed, as well as landscaping.

  • Hanson’s artwork commissioned for Ronald McDonald House Charities


    A world-renowned artist with Red Oak ties was commissioned to paint two-dozen “kid art” paintings for the Ronald McDonald House in Louisville, Ken.

    Jeff Hanson, the son of Dr. Hal and Julie (Swanson) Hanson, formerly of Red Oak, created 24 12 by 12 inch squares “kid friendly Backyard Safari” paintings, which will be displayed in the fourth floor south playroom newly renovated Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana. The Ronald McDonald House and Hanson’s art were unveiled in early July.

  • MCMH receives quality achievement award

    Montgomery County Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

    The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

  • Issues with Evergreen’s width continue for board


    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors are looking at options for Evergreen Ave..

    At the meeting June 25, the supervisors met with Loren Taylor with the Montgomery County Secondary Roads Department. Taylor said it’s still on the priority list as a road to reshape.

    “I think we can do the reshaping without having to move any of the Centurylink lines or do much extra. I’ve not heard any conflicts from Centurylink,” Taylor said.

  • Red Oak native brings traveling memorial ‘home’

    Since its unveiling in September 2017 in front of 1,000 Gold Star Family members at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Remembering Our Fallen traveling memorial has been displayed at dozens of prominent events and locations across the country.