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Today's News

  • 500 and counting

    After having to put the celebration on hold twice, once with a three-point loss to Stanton and once due to a cancelled game against South Page, Essex Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Allen Stuart was able to celebrate his 500th win Dec. 11.

    The milestone win came in a 43-29 win over Farragut as Trojanette’s senior center Joscelyn Coleman cashed in her first triple-double of the year (26 points, 20 rebounds, 11 steals).

  • Blue Jays test their wings

    Villisca boys’ basketball took a trip to the unknown as they made their first appearence at the state tournament in school history.

    Led by seniors Ryan Focht and Eli Cordon along with Marshall Dolch and Timmy Myers, the Blue Jays had their first shot on the biggest stage in the state.

    Their season ended in a 77-49 loss to Rock Valley in the first round of the 1A State Tournament.

  • Ready to run

    The best way to build a program is to start with them young and that is ixactly what Griswold’s girls’ cross country coach Jane Chaillie has done.

    They started running together in junior high and have been with Chaillie since then.

    In 2009, the girls finished fourth in the state, the highest the team has ever placed in the school’s history.

    Rachel Northrup, Lauren Moore, and freshman Allison Young led the way for Griswold all season.

    Northrup finished seventh at the state meet, followed by Moore in 15th place and Young in 24th.

  • Tigers to State

    Red Oak girls’ and boys’ bowling teams started the parade to state competitions in 2009.

    The boys finished ninth at state while the girls finished fourth.

    Freshman wrestler Seth Esaias finished with a trip to the state tournament.

    Esaias lost his first-round match to the eventual state champion and his second to the fourth-place finisher.

    The girls’ tennis team finished fourth at state as they fell to Debuque Wahlert in the semifinals 5-1 and then again 5-2 to Comanche in the conselation championship.

  • Last-Minute Shopping

    With Christmas just a few days away, shoppers visit the Pudgy Pumpkin Gift Shop in Red Oak to find that last minute present. With a winter storm watch predicting freezing rain, sleet and snow expected to hit southwest Iowa, the number of days left to shop may be very limited.

  • Jail committee obstacles

    Montgomery County’s jail committee met with another consultant last week hired to study the feasibility of constructing a new jail.

    A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to the question of funding and what it will take to convince the general public to support a bond issue and ensuing property tax increase.

  • YMCA Soupfest celebration

    On Dec. 11 the YMCA was honored to be entertained by Tim Marsden and the Red Oak Community Schools Minisingers at their monthly Soupfest event. They sang several Holiday songs and the famous “Fruitcake”.

    There was a meal of chili and chicken noodle soup, crackers, salads from members of the Auxiliary Club, homemade rolls from Diane Sifford and Hy-Vee birthday cake, coffee or lemonade.

  • Heading off to college

    The Red Oak High School Guidance Office is hosting a financial aid meeting for high school seniors and their families. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 4 in the high school cafeteria. A representative from the ICAN College Planning Center will be presenting information and answering questions.

    This program is geared toward high school seniors and their parents, however, high school juniors and their parents could also benefit. Topics will include:

    Overview of the financial aid process

    Types of financial assistance available

  • 50th Anniversary

    Sharon and Victor McCall will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on December 26th. Their children wish to honor them and this great event with a card shower. Greetings may be sent to 1304 E. Corning Street, Red Oak, Iowa, 51566.

  • Candlelight service

    First Congregational United Church of Christ will have its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. This service of Lessons and Carols will include Holy Communion, and the entire community is invited to come experience the story of Jesus’ birth in word and song. First Congregational UCC is located at 608 E. Reed Street in Red Oak.