https://www.redoakexpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Kids cool off at water party https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/kids-cool-water-party <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wp_img_1611.jpg" alt="Zane Sloan, left, prepares to help Hannah Shalters cool off. " title="Zane Sloan, left, prepares to help Hannah Shalters cool off. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Kids in Red Oak took advantage of an opportunity to beat the heat last week.</p> <p> On Wednesday, the Red Oak Public Library held its annual summer water party event. Roughly 60 kids took part in the activities offered by the library.</p> <p> Participants had the opportunity to use hoses, soak themselves in a sprinkler, cool off in a pool, or do battle with squirt guns and hoses.</p> <p> Library director Kathi Most said the water party is an annual event that has been going on for decades.</p> LeRette honored as ‘Hometown Hero’ https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/lerette-honored-%E2%80%98hometown-hero%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/crop_img_0143.jpg" alt="Joshua LeRette, pictured left, receives his award. Also pictured are, from left: Fareway manager Kerry Carlson, Gary Walters, Carol Walters, and Jim Bergman. " title="Joshua LeRette, pictured left, receives his award. Also pictured are, from left: Fareway manager Kerry Carlson, Gary Walters, Carol Walters, and Jim Bergman. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Local Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial members recently honored Joshua LeRette as a &ldquo;Hometown Hero.&rdquo; A presentation was made during a bake sale held at Fareway to raise funds for &ldquo;Christ&rsquo;s Cupboard,&rdquo; a local food bank.</p> Fair kicks off this week https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/fair-kicks-week <p> The 2018 Montgomery County Fair is currently underway.</p> <p> Events this evening include a welcome ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds auditorium, as well as the crowning of the Montgomery County Fair Queen.</p> <p> Numerous events are scheduled between now and July 22, including the poultry show at 1 p.m. July 18, the rabbit show at 8 a.m. July 19, the swine show at 8 a.m. July 20, the meat and dairy goat show at 1 p.m. July 20, the beef show at 9 a.m. July 21, and the baby contest at 9:30 a.m. July 21. Numerous kids activities are also scheduled each day.</p> The rockets’ red glare..... https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/rockets%E2%80%99-red-glare <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fireworks_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The City of Red Oak celebrated the 4th of July with a fireworks display July 7 at the Red Oak High School sports complex. From left: Jason and Shai Davis of Elliott were among the many residents in and around the city of Red Oak who came to enjoy the display.</p> Highway 48 resurfacing continues https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/highway-48-resurfacing-continues <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/48_road_work_img_2518.jpg" alt="Road crews continue the resurfacing project on Highway 48. Work is expected to continue into August. " title="Road crews continue the resurfacing project on Highway 48. Work is expected to continue into August. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Road work continues on Highway 48 south of Red Oak to the city limits of Essex.</p> <p> Scott Suhr, district transportation planner for the Iowa Department of Transportation&rsquo;s Atlantic office said the project includes a number of components.</p> Bill Riley talent show in RO https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/bill-riley-talent-show-ro <p> The Bill Riley Talent Search and state wide presenting sponsor, Hy-Vee, are excited to announce a local show in Red Oak. It will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Wilson Performing Arts Center as part of the Montgomery County Fair. The show is open to the public.</p> Hy-Vee shows support to NNO https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/hy-vee-shows-support-nno <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nno_img_2008.jpg" alt="Pictured are, from left: Kevin Naser-HyVee; Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy Todd Dollen; Red Oak Hy-Vee store director Mike Webb; Red Oak Police Chief Justin Rhamy; Red Oak Fire Chief John Bruce, and Montgomery County EMA coordinator Brian Hamman. Not pictured: ROPD officer Brad Baker. " title="Pictured are, from left: Kevin Naser-HyVee; Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy Todd Dollen; Red Oak Hy-Vee store director Mike Webb; Red Oak Police Chief Justin Rhamy; Red Oak Fire Chief John Bruce, and Montgomery County EMA coordinator Brian Hamman. Not pictured: ROPD officer Brad Baker. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> County facing child care shortage https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/county-facing-child-care-shortage <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/childcare_img_1081.jpg" alt="Childcare providers, community members, and representatives of business and industry, the Red Oak School Board, and the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors took part in a special meeting June 28 at the Montgomery County YMCA. The meeting, hosted by the Montgomery County Development Corporation, was to discuss the shortage of child care in the county, and brainstorm ways to eliminate the shortfalls. Pictured are, from left: Alex McFarland, Carol Jensen, Bulinda Coates, and Alexsis Fleener." title="Childcare providers, community members, and representatives of business and industry, the Red Oak School Board, and the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors took part in a special meeting June 28 at the Montgomery County YMCA. The meeting, hosted by the Montgomery County Development Corporation, was to discuss the shortage of child care in the county, and brainstorm ways to eliminate the shortfalls. Pictured are, from left: Alex McFarland, Carol Jensen, Bulinda Coates, and Alexsis Fleener." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The childcare crunch in Montgomery County was the topic of a special meeting coordinated by the Montgomery County Development Corporation at the Montgomery County YMCA on June 28.</p>