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  • Pool plan plugged for now

    RED OAK - It’s doubtful Red Oak will obtain federal “economic stimulus” dollars to build a new outdoor swimming pool, but that doesn’t mean the project is off the table. Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright said last week the city will continue to explore its options for funding the construction of an outdoor aquatic center as a replacement for its existing public swimming pool. The 29-year-old facility is in need of approximately $1.7 million in repairs, Wright said, but the city would prefer to put that money toward a new facility.

  • Curtains rising on performing arts center

    RED OAK ee"ee"The time has finally arrived, and the Wilson Arts Center will open its doors to the public on Feb. 18 with a Chamber of Commerce coffee and ribbon cutting. The $7.5 million, 23,000 square-foot facility will be the home of PAEA (Performing Arts and Education Association of Southwest Iowa), serving an eight-county region. The 250-seat auditorium has wide, comfortable seats with a good view of the stage from anywhere in the house. State-of-the-art theatrical equipment will handle a wide range of productions.

  • Northwest’s Tower Choir

    RED OAK ee" The Touchstone Arts Council announces that the Northwest’s Tower Choir, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, will perform in concert at 3 p.m. on Feb. 22, at the Congregational Church at 608 Reed Street in Red Oak. Northwest’s Tower Choir has been an important and prestigious part of the University’s musical tradition for many years. Performance highlights have included a by-invitation performance at the Washington National Cathedral during an extended tour that featured appearances in Washington, D.C., M.D. and N.Y.

  • Nishnabotna River wastewater concern

    An Atlantic Municipal Utilities “glitch” is being blamed for an estimated 400,000 gallons of partially-treated wastewater being discharged from the city’s wastewater treatment facility into the East Nishnabotna River Thursday night. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) believes the discharge may have begun around 7:30 p.m. and was not stopped until 6:45 a.m. on Friday. “It was partially treated. It was not raw sewage,” DNR spokesperson Alison Manz said.

  • Watch where you park

     By The Express

  • Patrol car hits truck

     REDee^OAK — A police patrol car was involved in a two-vehicle crash Nov. 30.

  • Santa helps light up Red Oak

     By The Express

  • Gilbert, Sherman to wed

    Deana and Mike Gilbert of Red Oak announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara, of West Des Moines, to Daniel Sherman of Sioux City.  Sara and Daniel plan to wed in West Des Moines on July 11, 2009. Sara, a 2004 graduate of Red Oak High School, is an assistant account executive with Hanser and Associates Public relations in West Des Moines.

  • Ellianna Butz born Oct. 22

    RED OAK — Bill and Christie Butz of Red Oak announce the birth of their daughter, Ellianna “Anna” Lou Butz. Ellianna was born Oct. 22, 2008, at 8:01 p.m. at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

  • Advent service slated

    REDee^OAk — Bethesda Lutheran Church will hold a Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas on Dec. 14. The service is at 3 p.m.  The Bethesda Recorder Consort, Bells of Joy, adult choir and Sunday school children will  perform along with Susan Lindvall, a guest organist and musician from Minnetonka, Minn.. A free will offering will be taken to support the music program. Refreshments will follow the program.  Bethesda is located at the intersection of 140th Street and O Avenue.