https://www.redoakexpress.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Community rallies around Sheriff Joe https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/community-rallies-around-sheriff-joe <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sheriff_joe_and_margaret_sampson_img_6443.jpg" alt="Sheriff Joe Sampson and wife Margaret pose in front of some of the many community members rallying around Sampson." title="Sheriff Joe Sampson and wife Margaret pose in front of some of the many community members rallying around Sampson." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Members of the Red Oak community and others around Southwest Iowa were on hand to show their support to Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson.</p> <p> A benefit was held for Sampson at the White Fair building in order to raise money for Sampson&rsquo;s medical expenses for his treatment for prostate cancer.</p> <p> A free will offering dinner was provided, as well as a live and silent auction. Red Oak Police Chief Justin Rhamy, who was one of the many emergency responders who helped coordinate Sampson&rsquo;s benefit, said the turn-out for the benefit was well over 1,000.</p> This could be a swan song..... https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/could-be-swan-song <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dave_hoffman_lilly_ford_img_6495.jpg" alt="Dave Hoffman with the DNR demonstrates the flexibility of the trumpeter swan&#039;s neck with Lilly Ford. " title="Dave Hoffman with the DNR demonstrates the flexibility of the trumpeter swan&#039;s neck with Lilly Ford. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Latest Viking Lake release may be the last</p> <p> Nick Johansen</p> <p> The Red Oak Express</p> <p> A crowd of roughly 100 onlookers and students paid a visit to Viking Lake for a special event.</p> Council advances tax referendum without sunset https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/council-advances-tax-referendum-without-sunset <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Red Oak City Council is moving forward on their local option sales tax referendum.</p> <p> At the council meeting May 7, city administrator Brad Wright said plans called for the referendum to be placed on the general election ballot in November. Wright said he was proposing two changes in the verbiage on the referendum, the first being the time frame.</p> Fun and learning on the trail https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/fun-and-learning-trail <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ot_img_5829_0.jpg" alt="Washington Intermediate students Landon Gigstad, left, and Seth Baucom pose for a photo at the name wall along the trail. " title="Washington Intermediate students Landon Gigstad, left, and Seth Baucom pose for a photo at the name wall along the trail. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> After a rainy week, the skies cooperated for another successful Oregon Trail event at Anderson Conservation Area.</p> <p> Over 200 students from Red Oak, Stanton, Villisca, Lewis, Elliott, and home school students participated in this year&rsquo;s event, following an over two-mile route meant to simulate the long journey made by settlers on the Oregon Trail.</p> <p> Organizer Deb Karwal said they do everything possible every year to make the event realistic for the students.</p> A pie in the face for a good cause https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/pie-face-good-cause <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pie_img_1355.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> “Enchanted” evening in Stanton https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/%E2%80%9Cenchanted%E2%80%9D-evening-stanton <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/baylee_gibbs_tanner_andersonimg_9338.jpg" alt="Baylee Gibbs and Tanner Anderson pose during the walk-up." title="Baylee Gibbs and Tanner Anderson pose during the walk-up." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Students in the Stanton School District celebrated prom on April 28. Theme for this year was &ldquo;Enchanted Forest.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> LeRette earns President’s Volunteer Service Award https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/lerette-earns-president%E2%80%99s-volunteer-service-award <img src="https://www.redoakexpress.com/sites/www.redoakexpress.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/joshua_service_award_2018.jpg" alt="U. S. Senator, Joni Ernst, presented Joshua with his President’s Volunteer Service Award and Congratulatory letter from President Donald Trump. Along with Joshua is Lois Trinity, from Christ’s Cupboard Community Food Pantry and Beth Vial, Grant Spitfires 4H Club leader. " title="U. S. Senator, Joni Ernst, presented Joshua with his President’s Volunteer Service Award and Congratulatory letter from President Donald Trump. Along with Joshua is Lois Trinity, from Christ’s Cupboard Community Food Pantry and Beth Vial, Grant Spitfires 4H Club leader. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Joshua LeRette, a sixth-grade student at Red Oak Middle School has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President&rsquo;s Volunteer Service Award.</p> <p> The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their community.</p> <p> The award LeRette earned was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.</p> Benefit for Sheriff Joe https://www.redoakexpress.com/content/benefit-sheriff-joe <p> A special benefit is planned for Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson this month.</p> <p> The benefit, scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 9, will benefit Samspon and his family as Joe fights his battle with cancer. The event will be held at the White Fair building.</p> <p> A free-will donation meal of pulled pork sandwiches will be offered, and a silent auction begins at 6:30. Auction items will be available for review and bidding from 4:30-6:30. A raffle with prize packages awarded will also take place during the event.</p>