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  • Red Oak Prom

    Red Oak Community High School held its prom Saturday, April 13, in the White Fair Building in Red Oak. Pictured are Austin Wilkins, Jacob Cashatt, Dillon Burns, Omar Lemus, Olivia Elarton, Hailey Coleman and other attendees waiting for the meal to be served. 

  • Dust control a heated topic at supervisors

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on April 9.

    The supervisors met with Paul Heffron of Heffron Services, Inc. regarding the county’s dust control program. In April, 2018 when accepting quotes from dust control companies, the supervisors received two quotes, one from Jerico Services, Inc., and the other from Heffron. While the quote from Jerico was higher, the supervisors were advised that they did not have to accept the lowest quote and had control over the vendor they chose.

  • Board approves 2019-20 calendar


    The Red Oak School Board is moving ahead with its 2019-20 school calendar.

    At the regular meeting April 8, the board held a public hearing on the calendar. While there was no audience comment, Superintendent Tom Messinger said they received several written comments.

  • Essex Prom

    Jake Gray and his date, Ashley McCunn, are presented at Essex High School’s promenade Friday, April 12, at Essex High School.

  • Red Oak High School Prom Court

    Members of the 2019 Red Oak High School Prom Court are, front row, from left: Emily Peterson, Trinity Peterson, Grace LeRette, Courtni Lindsay, and Anahy Tena. Back row, from left: Sam Opsomer, Mason Perkins, Liam Mahoney, Hunter McMann, and Garrett Rolenc. The Red Oak High School Prom begins with the walk-up at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the White Fair building. 

  • Triple win’ for Red Oak; housing project receives $397,495 in tax credits


    Prairie Fire Development, which has plans to purchase the Red Oak Middle School building and renovate it into housing units, received a $397,495 in tax credits annually for the next 10 years. This announcement was made April 3 by the Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors.

    Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger said he spoke with Prairie Fire Development Director Jared Nook April 4.

  • Hotel/motel funds awarded to local entities

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The Red Oak City Council is moving forward with the Eastern Ave. access and trailhead parking project.

    At its regular meeting the Red Oak City Council held a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated costs for the recreational trail access at Eastern Ave. and the trailhead parking project. No oral or written comments were received.


    Scott Allensworth, left, of Allenworth Heating and Cooling of Red Oak, speaks with potential customers at the Buy Local Expo, which took place Saturday, April 6, at Inman Primary School.

  • Sensational Stanton singers

    Members of Stanton High School’s show choir perform at the spring concert Tuesday, March 19. 

  • NWS test tornado drill Wednesday

    The National Weather Service will be conducting its annual test tornado drill Wednesday, March 27.

    The National Weather Service will use the actual TOR EAS code as if it was a real tornado warning. The FCC has granted Nebraska and Iowa a waiver to use the live TOR codes. The backup days are Thursday, March 28 or Friday, March 29, if we have severe weather in the area. 

    Here is the timeline for the Wednesday, March 27 drill: