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Today's News

  • Additional H1N1 vaccinations scheduled

    Children who received the first installment of the H1N1 vaccination is urged to receive the second round at a clinic Thursday in Red Oak.

    According to a press release, Thursday’s clinic from 3-6 p.m. will provide the number two booster for children between the ages of six months and nine years. These children must have received their first H1N1 booster 28-30 days prior to Thursday’s clinic.

    The second booster is required for them to receive full immunity from the H1N1 virus.

  • More than 100 served at community Thanksgiving dinner

    Thanksgiving dinner always takes a lot of stirring to get things ready, whether in one’s home for family and friends or for a large community gathering. Last week, Montgomery County YMCA in Red Oak was the hub for volunteers getting things ready to serve turkey and dressing to more than 100 individuals.

    Churches and individual volunteers were eager to help. In fact more people volunteered than could be assigned. The meal, served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., ran smoothly.

  • An unexpected Thanksgiving blessing

    Our Florida and Kentucky relatives drove through the night to get here last Monday. Their schedule dictated they leave Tuesday morning in order to see other relatives before getting back to jobs.

    Arriving with Jim and Sharon were their son, his wife, and their two-year-old daughter whom Mom had never met. We spent most of their visit at the care center. Mom’s 96, so we’re in the habit of treasuring time together, even though most of Mom’s loved ones’ life paces are often set on “zoom.”

  • Selecting the perfect live Christmas tree

    Shearer’s Christmas Tree Farm is the closest “select your live tree” farm for most Montgomery County residents. It’s been open for business sun-up to sun-down since Nov. 1 and still has a variety of pine, white pine and spruce trees growing in fields as well as freshly delivered Fraser firs from Wisconsin. Prices range from $20-55 for field trees and $43-69 for Frasers.

    Fred and Linda Shearer, both retired Corning school educators, planted their first Christmas trees in 1981.

  • Protect your child from lead poisoning: be a cleaning machine

    Turn yourself into a cleaning machine and save your child from lead poisoning. It’s that simple. By vacuuming and dusting at least once a week, you could help eliminate lead dust that could cause lead-related health problems in your child.

    Other ways to get the lead out include:

    l Washing your children’s hands and toys often.

    l Cleaning baseboards and window sills weekly.

    l Washing woodwork and painted surfaces with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner.

  • Supervisors to offer $3,000 to Durrant

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors is making a counter offer to a consulting firm they fired a little more than a month ago.

    Durrant Consulting submitted a bill of $9,500 for the work they did into drafting a feasibility study for the Montgomery County jail project.

    However, acting on the recommendation of the jail committee, which was unsatisfied with Durrant’s work, the Board terminated the contract in October.

    At its meeting Wednesday, the board voted 4-1 to offer $3,000 plus expenses.

  • Five arrested on alcohol charges

    The holiday weekend ended poorly for five Montgomery County residents who were arrested on various alcohol charges late Saturday night.

    According to a press release issued by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, acting on a tip from an anonymous party, deputies investigated a report of minors drinking alcohol Saturday at a rural Montgomery county residence.

    Upon arrival, deputies conducted chemical testing and determined four teenagers had been drinking alcohol.

  • Low scoring affair; Tigers and Blue Jays total 16 points in half

    VILLISCA – The scrimmage between the Red Oak Tigers and Villisca Blue Jays boys’ basketball teams could be seen as a defensive struggle or a rough day shooting the ball. Regardless, the 9-7 Blue Jay win, in a two-quarter exhibition Tuesday, was not the way either team was hoping to get their season started.

    As the Blue Jays started their run at a second consecutive 1A state tournament berth, the Tigers were hoping to improve from last season’s 2-20 record.

  • 1923 Red Oak Tiger girls' to receive honors

    A little piece of history will be brought to the Tigers, as the Red Oak girls’ basketball team will be receiving a banner from the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) commemorating the 1923 season.

    In 1923, the Red Oak girls’ basketball team was invited to the state tournament in Audubon, which they lost in the first round to Corydon.

    Helen Lamb led the team in 1922 and 1923, scoring 30 of 32 points and 48 of 49 points in two of the team’s contests over the years.

  • Henderson man wins the Red Oak's 15th annual Turkey Trot

    RED OAK – Possibly the best way to work up that Thanksgiving hunger is to run two to five miles in the 15th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot last Thursday morning.

    The annual two-mile and five-mile run and walk were hosted by the Montgomery County Family YMCA and sponsored by Hy-Vee and Fareway food stores who donated gift cards and certificates to the winners of the different age divisions.