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  • Senior Citizens Share Their Memories Of THE GREAT DEPRESSION

    What advice would come from those who have experienced multiple changes during their lifetimes and economic downturns more severe than the U.S. faces now? And what attitudes are necessary to help Americans get the most out of our years?

  • Relive the Dynamic Decades with Wilson Performing Arts Center

    Spring performances of the Southwest Iowa Concert Chorale and Youth Chorus, “Relive the Dynamic Decades,” will be on March 20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wilson Performing Arts Center, 300 Commerce Drive in Red Oak. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the Wilson Performing Arts Center or at the door.

  • IFAA Offers Iowa Youth over $82,000 in Scholarships

    College-bound Iowa youth active in 4-H and/or FFA livestock projects and current undergraduate students may apply for $82,250 in scholarships available from the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA).

  • Kristina Phipps

    Army Spec. Kristina L. Phipps has re-enlisted in the U.S. Army after five years of military service.

    Phipps is a mechanic with the 148th Quarter-master Company, Fort Lee, Va. The specialist is a 2000 graduate of Villisca Community High School.

    She is the daughter of Pam and Wayne McKinley of Villisca.

  • Red Oak High School selected by "U.S. News & World Report" as one of nation's best schools

    Red Oak High School was recognized by US News & World Report in February 06, 2009 issue as one of America’s Best High Schools by “U.S. News & World Report.” Red Oak High School has received a Bronze Medal as part of their annual rankings of high schools across the United States. They are honored to be considered in the top 10 percent of all high schools rated. Of the 21,069 schools that were analyzed by “U.S. News & World Report,” Red Oak High School was rated in the top 1,925 high schools.

  • Changes at the courthouse

    In the Supreme Court of Iowa, filed on Feb. 27, the court finds it necessary to revise and clarify some portions of its previous supervisory order. Some of the orders mean Iowa courts will be closed on March 20, April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22, June 5 and 19. These closures include all court offices, including clerk of district court offices and the office of the clerk of the supreme court. All court personnel except judges and magistrates will take unpaid leave on these dates. Judges and magistrates will work in their chambers on days the courts are closed.

  • Don’t wind up in the paddy wagon on St. Patty’s Day

    Department of Public Safety, Des Moines - St. Patrick’s Day is widely observed by Americans of all ethnic backgrounds. While it’s a day to celebrate Irish heritage and enjoy the company of friends, the holiday can quickly turn deadly when someone chooses to drive drunk. Whether you’re attending a parade or making a trip to the local pub, don’t rely on the luck of the Irish to keep you safe. Designate a sober driver before the party begins – Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.

  • Job seekers turn out in full force

    Twenty-five businesses hoped to select applicants for open positions from among the scores of recently unemployed at the Iowa Workforce Development’s job fair held last Thursday at the Montgomery County Family YMCA. The overflowing parking lot indicated there is an eager-to-work force in and around Red Oak.

  • Fire leaves family in Emerson homeless

    An inspector from the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office was scheduled to be in Emerson Monday to examine the scene of a structure fire that has left a women and her children without a home.

    The fire was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. at 512 Bartlett St., a multi-story house owned by Angie Kaimann. Firefighters from Emerson, Hastings and Red Oak battled the fire that may have started in the basement of the home, according to Emerson city clerk Michelle Faxon. Cause of the fire was unknown at press time.

    “It (the house) was totaled inside,” Faxon said.

  • Volunteers of the month

    The Tigershark winter swim team board members and coach have been chosen as YMCA March volunteers of the month. Each one has put in countless hours making internal decisions regarding the program trying to better it. They also have their own responsibilities at the home meets they volunteer for. Swim team builds character, motivation, self-discipline, and encourages both individual and team success. The program is one of few that is available year round.