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  • Stem at the Y

    Josie Sampson, 8, and Kenzie Wilcoxin, 7, work on a coloring project at the start of the STEM after-school program Tuesday, March 5 at the YMCA, sponsored by Montgomery County Extension.

  • $6 million bond referendum vote April 2

     

    Patrons of the Villisca Community School District will go to the polls April 2 to vote on a bond referendum to allow Villisca Community Schools to issue General Obligation bonds, in an amount not to exceed $6,005,000, to provide funds to repair, improve, and equip the Enarson Elementary and Villisca Middle School buildings, including HVAC, fire alarm systems, roof improvements, and plumbing.

  • Relentless winter taxes city, county budgets

     

    The Montgomery County Secondary Roads Department and the City of Red Oak remain vigilant in efforts to keep roads clean in the wake of over a dozen significant snow and ice events in the city and county.

    County engineer Brad Skinner said his department is beginning to feel the crunch when it comes to the cost of clearing county roads of snow multiple times in recent months.

  • Feedback wanted: VA Town Hall March 19

    VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System senior leadership will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall at 6:30 p.m., March 19, at The Shenandoah Elks Club, on Highway 59 in Shenandoah.

    The town hall is to gain open and honest feedback from Veterans, their family members and other beneficiaries.

    Senior leadership and other subject-matter experts from the local VA health system will be present to improve communication with and hear directly from veterans and their families.

  • MCMH awarded 5-Star quality care rating

    The prestigious 5-Star overall rating award, the highest possible score for quality care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has been received by the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. Only 337 hospitals out of 4,579 in the United States received this rating.

    Holly Crowell, MCMH quality improvement manager, said that Medicare uses 100 different quality and patient experience measures to calculate star ratings.

  • 2019 pheasant season likely impacted by February winter storm

    Story after story on TV, the radio and in newspapers detailed the historic winter storm that swept across northern and western Iowa last weekend, stranding vehicles and closing roads for days. Drivers were warned repeatedly to stay off the roads because not doing so was “taking your life into your own hands.”

    For Iowa’s pheasant and quail, the storm and this winter continues to be a life and death event.

  • 2019 pheasant season likely impacted by Februar winter storm

    2019 pheasant season likely impacted by February winter storm
    Story after story on TV, the radio and in newspapers detailed the historic winter storm that swept across northern and western Iowa last weekend, stranding vehicles and closing roads for days. Drivers were warned repeatedly to stay off the roads because not doing so was “taking your life into your own hands.”

    For Iowa’s pheasant and quail, the storm and this winter continues to be a life and death event.

  • Able to easily adapt, coyote population continues to increase

    The population of the ever-resourceful and easily adaptive coyote continues to increase in the state of Iowa, as it has done the past three decades. The most populated area in the state appears to be western Iowa, including the counties of Montgomery, Mills and Page, where numbers are almost double that of other state regions.

  • MCDC kicks off partnership drive

    Executive Board of Director members for the Montgomery County Development Corporation have kicked off its 2019 Membership Partner Investment.

    A 501c3 corporation, the MCDC is focused on meeting the economic and social needs of the county.

    Goals of the corporation include improving the quality of life for residents of Montgomery County, quality housing opportunities, retention and creation of business and industry opportunities and the skilled workforce to be employed by said industry and business.

  • Hungry Canyons dues to rise

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors received an update on the Hungry Canyons Alliance program at its Feb. 19 meeting.

    John Thomas, representing Hungry Canyons, reminded members of the board the alliance was formed to research and implement solutions to the problem of stream channel erosion and degradation in a 19-county area of the deep loess soils region of Southwest Iowa and Western Iowa, including Montgomery County.

    He added Montgomery County hasparticipated in numerous projects through Hungry Canyons, totaling roughly $1.7 million.