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Today's News

  • Pony Express Riders pass through county during fundraiser for Camp Sunnyside

    On Friday the Pony Express Riders came through Red Oak, after starting their 2009 fundraising ride for Camp Sunnyside in Glenwood. The Red Oak Ambassadors had lunch ready for the Pony Express at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. From Red Oak, the Pony Express were on the way to Creston. On Saturday they will be in Des Moines for the governor’s ride.

    The Pony Express, which was started in 1968, has collected over $8 million in donations for Camp Sunnyside.

    The Pony Express will be at the county fair this year, offering pony rides.

  • West Central meets needs

    Some think West Central Community Action is a secret too well kept. Family Development Specialist Heather Dollen wants others to know of West Central’s programs that can stretch dollars in this tighter economic situation. Its federal and state funded programs are offered to qualifying residents of 10 counties in southwest Iowa.

    West Central is located at 1411 North Second Street in Red Oak. It is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

  • A look at the cost of home-grown chicken

    This column has, on several occasions, delved into the wide world of chickens. We had one on a grim battle then going on in Chicago, where city aldermen were taking on a handful of homeowners who were threatening the public safety by keeping laying hens in their back yards. Pit bulls and boa constrictors were O.K., but the chickens had to go.

  • Spring Cleaning

    Live Healthy Iowa and Mills County Public Health wants you to get active by cleaning up your community. Clean up yards, parking lots, parks, other community areas. Write to MCPH about what you or your group did and each participant will get a free 1 day pass to the YMCA, Glenwood. Passes are limited. Deadline for receiving letters at MCPH is May 15, 2009. MCPH, PO Box 209, Glenwood, Iowa 51534. Please include contact information.

  • YMCA Art Class

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA offered a wonderful youth art class at the YMCA on March 28, led by Chris Johnson of Red Oak, outstanding retired art school instructor. Chris taught eight children, grades kin-dergarten to 2nd graders, for a puppet making art class. Students made rabbit puppets for the upcoming Easter holiday. It was a great program and all the children were proud of their creations.

  • Good Samaritan Society Celebrates National Volunteer Week

    The Good Samaritan Society in Red Oak and Villisca are joining other organizations across the country in celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 19-25.

    National Volunteer Week is set aside each year to recognize volunteers for their contributions and thank them for the myriad ways they improve our communities. This week is a time to reflect upon the power that volunteers have to inspire by example, since volunteers both encourage those they help and motivate others to serve.

  • Tiger tennis teams bounce Glenwood

    The Red Oak boys tennis defeated Glenwood, 8-1, in the Tigers’ season-opening match last Monday, April 6. The meet was held indoors at the Montgomery County Family YMCA.

    In singles competition, Red Oak victories were posted by Conrad Metz, Matt Goracke, Brandon Updegrove, Craig White and Dylan Anderson.

    The doubles teams of Eduardo Sokolnik - Metz, Goracke-Updegrove and White-Anderson were also victorious.

    Dakota White won a junior varsity match for the Tigers.

    Last Tuesday, April 7, the Red Oak girls blanked Glenwood, 9-0.

  • Tigers eighth at Glenwood boys meet

    The Red Oak boys track team placed eighth at the 48th Annual Ram Relays in Glenwood last Tuesday.

    The host Rams were the meet champions with 119 points. Atlantic was second with 106 points followed by Harlan with 96.2.

    Junior Josh Kasubick scored 14 of the Tigers 18 team points with a first place 400-meter dash and a fourth place finish in the 200-meters. Kasubick also ran the anchor leg of the Tigers’ 4x100-meter relay team that placed sixth.

    Ram Relays Team Results

  • Essex girls compete in Clarinda

    The Essex girls track team competed at the Clarinda Lady Cardinals Relays on April 7. The following Trojanettes placed at the meet:

    Shuttle Hurdle Relay– 1, 1:13.42, Joscelyn Coleman, Naela Thornton, Tara Maher and Annie Lindburg.

    Sprint Medley Relay – 5, Tara Maher, Jenni Owen, Naela Thornton and Annie Lindburg.

    4 x 100 Relay– 5, Tara Maher, Jenni Owen, Naela Thornton and Annie Lindberg.

    100 hurdles – 1, Joscelyn Coleman, 16.89; 4, Annie Lindburg, 18.64.

    100 dash – 4, Joscelyn Coleman, 13.48.

  • State recognition ceremony April 19 for high school seniors

    More than 450 high school seniors across Iowa will be honored Sunday, April 19 at the Seventh Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony to be held at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines starting at 1:00 p.m.

    The recognition program is a combined effort on behalf of the Governor’s Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.