Local News

  • Musical theatre production, ‘Urinetown’ starts Thursday

    Red Oak High School vocal music students will present the musical theatre production “Urinetown the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 23 with a 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 matinee at the Wilson Performing Arts Center in Red Oak.

    The musical is being held at the WPAC due to construction at the high school, explained Tim Marsden, high school vocal instructor and musical director. He said to not to let the title of the musical determine a person’s attendance to the show.

  • May Honor Flight planned

    Western Iowa Veterans from Operation Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan who have been awarded a Purple Heart or Bronze Star With Valor are encouraged to submit their online application to be a member of the Purple Heart Veterans Flight to Washington, D.C., on May 24.

  • NPI to expand laundry service

    The commercial laundry business at Nishna Productions, Inc., Red Oak is undergoing an expansion. The business, which initially opened in 2013, is located at 210 S. Broadway, in the same building as its can redemption center.

    NPI Business Development Coordinator Seth Johnson said they already have several commercial laundry customers but felt the need to expand and grow even more.

    “We think there are opportunities here in Southwest Iowa,” commented NPI Executive Director Sherri Clark.

  • RO school renovations moving along

    The Red Oak School District’s facilities renovation project at Inman Primary School is nearing completion.

    “The finishing touches are being put on the rooms and the windows and doors are all being installed. The project has really gone well. The final stages of the project will be completed, and the state fire inspector will give the final approval for use. We will not be using the new area for the end of the school year, but having it done means some of the moving may start as soon as the school year is over,” said Red Oak Superintendent Tom Messinger.

  • MCMH implements Tele-Stroke

    When it comes to emergency medical situations, time is of the essence. In fact, when it comes to the treatment of strokes, neurologists and others in the field utilize the phrase “time is brain.” This means the more time that passes between a stroke patient and treatment, the worse the damage. But this also means if a stroke patient is treated immediately, damage will be minimalized.

    As a way to continue improving healthcare in its facility, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital has added Tele-Stroke as a way to enhance its stroke program.

  • Daddy Daughter Dance

    The annual Red Oak Rotary Daddy-Daughter Dance took place Saturday, Feb. 2, in the White Fair Building on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds

  • Y.E.S. seeking donations, mentors

    With a mission to help guide Red Oak youth into successful adults, Red Oak Community School’s Y.E.S. mentoring program is one of the many mentoring programs across the United States celebrating National Mentoring Month.

    Peggy Craig, Youth Experiencing Success program coordinator, explained mentoring is about building a trusting relationship, support and guidance between youth kindergarten through eighth grade and members of the community.

  • Input wanted on bandstand

    The Red Oak Park and Tree Board is expected to take action on a proposal for a new bandstand at Fountain Square Park at its regular meeting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.

    Chairman Bill Drey said the new bandstand is part of the Red Oak Square Master Plan Project, and plans for the bandstand project started in August, 2017. Drey said the plans have been updated since then.

  • Opioids overtake vehicles in 2018 U.S. preventable deaths

    A newly published report from the National Safety Council states for the first time in U.S. history, vehicle crashes, the leading cause of preventable deaths, has been surpassed by opioid overdoses.

    The 2017 data reports Americans have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, while the probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103.

  • West, EMA reach tentative agreement

    The Montgomery County EMA Commission has reached a tentative agreement with Hawkeye Communications/KCSI for a rental fee for the ongoing use of the tower for the county’s current 911 communications system equipment.