Today's News

  • Get ready for camping kickoff weekend, May 3-5

    As Iowans eagerly anticipate warmer temperatures, state park staff are preparing for the start of the 2019 camping season. The first weekend of May marks the official launch of the summer camping season with Iowa State Parks’ annual Camping Kickoff celebration.

    “Year of the Volunteer” is the focus of this year’s Camping Kickoff celebration as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) anticipates its 100th anniversary in 2020.

  • Records 04/16/19

    The following events were filed with the Red Oak, Montgomery County, State of Iowa, or other government offices. In regard to law enforcement and judicial activities, all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and other details may be available at iowacourts.state.ia.us.



    • Tracy and Cindy Joneson to David and Jennifer Heuer, 5-72-37 Parcel A.

    • Rodney, Rodney C., Janean and Janna S. Hart to Gordon and Jo Ann Houser, 35-72-36.

  • Essex Prom

    Jake Gray and his date, Ashley McCunn, are presented at Essex High School’s promenade Friday, April 12, at Essex High School.

  • Board approves 2019-20 calendar


    The Red Oak School Board is moving ahead with its 2019-20 school calendar.

    At the regular meeting April 8, the board held a public hearing on the calendar. While there was no audience comment, Superintendent Tom Messinger said they received several written comments.

  • Dust control a heated topic at supervisors

    Nick Johansen

    The Red Oak Express

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on April 9.

    The supervisors met with Paul Heffron of Heffron Services, Inc. regarding the county’s dust control program. In April, 2018 when accepting quotes from dust control companies, the supervisors received two quotes, one from Jerico Services, Inc., and the other from Heffron. While the quote from Jerico was higher, the supervisors were advised that they did not have to accept the lowest quote and had control over the vendor they chose.

  • Red Oak Prom

    Red Oak Community High School held its prom Saturday, April 13, in the White Fair Building in Red Oak. Pictured are Austin Wilkins, Jacob Cashatt, Dillon Burns, Omar Lemus, Olivia Elarton, Hailey Coleman and other attendees waiting for the meal to be served. 

  • FEMA makes additional assistance available to public entities and non-profits in flood-impacted areas

    Gov. Kim Reynolds today received word that additional assistance is now available to public and nonprofit entities in flood-impacted counties.

    A disaster declaration issued by President Trump on March 23, 2019, made 56 counties eligible to apply for emergency work and emergency protective measures assistance under the federal Public Assistance Program. 

  • Reynolds extends existing proclamations of disaster emergency

     Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds extended existing proclamations of disaster emergency for counties impacted by March flooding.

    This proclamation extends the governor’s March 14 activation of Iowa’s disaster response and recovery efforts for an additional 30 days, to May 12, 2019, and allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather across the entire state.

  • DOT sends emergency relief funding in response to Iowa floods

    Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao today announced the immediate availability of $9 million in Emergency Relief “Quick Release” funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the state of Iowa to help repair road damages caused by flooding in Iowa. 

    “This money will help with the emergency repairs and getting roads reopened in Southwest Iowa,” Grassley said. “However, this is just the tip of the iceberg in helping with the total emergency road needs in Iowa.”

  • Rural Emerson woman faces arson charges

    A rural Emerson woman was arrested April 11 in connection with an arson incident. 

    According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Jessice Lynn Dickerson, 19, was arrested and charged with first-degree arson. 

    The arrest was made in connection with an incident on this same date in 2018. The sheriff's office received a call of a fire set in the restroom trashcan of the Stanton Viking Center earlier that morning. 

    The Red Oak Fire Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshall's office assisted in the investigation.