Local News

  • Altercation seriously injures Red Oak man

    Red Oak Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating an altercation in Red Oak that seriously

    According to the ROPD, at around 8:30 p.m., The Montgomery County Communications Center received a call of a male that had been assaulted in the 900 block of East Reed Street. Upon arrival and investigation, it was determined Randall James Elarton, 56, had been extensively injured in the altercation, which had occurred earlier. 

  • Montgomery County election results

    Numerous voters in Montgomery County headed for the polls Tuesday to vote in the 2018 General Election.

    Republican Rudy Kinnard took in 593 total votes to win the election for Montgomery County Supervisor, District One. Incumbent Steve Ratcliff did not seek re-election.

    Republican incumbent Mike Olson ran unopposed for County Supervisor, District Two, and earned 563 votes.

    Republican incumbent Mark Peterson ran unopposed for County Supervisor, District Four, receiving 826 votes.

  • Two injured after high speed chase in the county

    The Express Staff

    A high speed chase on Sunday has left two people injured.

    According to Red Oak Police, officers were on a routine patrol at around 7:40 p.m. Sunday evening when they noticed a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT on G Avenue near Highway 34 driving in excess of the posted speed limit.

    The officers began to make a U-turn to conduct a traffic stop when the suspect’s vehicle fled at a high rate of speed northbound on G Avenue, running the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 34.

  • Reynolds, Hubbel make final campaign stops in RO


    Two of the candidates in the Iowa Governor’s race made final campaign stops in Red Oak last week.

    Incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds made a stop at the Montgomery County YMCA to meet with voters on Oct. 29. Reynolds praised the work of Sen. Joni Ernst, who was in attendance at the Red Oak stop.

  • RO Schools hold another successful Day of Service


    Red Oak students from the middle school and high school tackled a variety of community service projects for the annual George Maher Memorial Day of Service on Nov. 2.

    Superintendent Tom Messinger said rescheduling the event from October paid off in the kids having a mild, sunny day to work in.

  • Enrollment drops in Red Oak District


    The Red Oak School District, as well as others in Southwest Iowa, are once again seeing declining enrollment this year.

  • Nelson awarded Quilt of Valor

    A rural Red Oak veteran is the latest recipient of a Quilt of Valor.

    Dwight Nelson Sr, a Korean War veteran who served from July, 1953 to January, 1955, was presented his Quilt of Valor with his family in attendance.

    The Quilt of Valor Foundation is a national organization founded in 2003 by “Blue Star” mom Catherine Roberts. Roberts’ son was deployed in Iraq, and she made the first quilt to serve as a comfort for her son upon his return from the war. After that first quilt was made, the organization was founded.

  • A Scary good time on the trail

    The chilly temps and light rain didn’t “scare off” attendance at Trick or Treat on the Trail on Oct. 25. Pictured: A trio of T-Rexes get candy from one of the booths along the trail, and this unicorn rider makes her way along the trail to the next treat stop.

  • ROPD issues warning

    The Red Oak Police Department has been contacted by a parent, stating that while waiting for their child to get off the school bus, was approached by an individual stating they were getting information for a kid’s safety network or had child safety kit information. The parent was asked to give the child’s information and finger prints. The parent requested the individual return when both parents were home and there has been no return visit.

  • Childcare crunch under discussion this week

    Community members and business leaders are invited to two different workshops later this week regarding the child care shortage as part of a building community solutions collaborative.

    The first meeting, targeting community leaders, employers, and organizations is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Montgomery County Family YMCA