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Government

  • Courthouse Construction Controversy

    Good, bad or ugly, the sally port under construction on the southeast corner of the Mills County Courthouse has certainly caught the attention of Mills County residents and elected officials.

    “We’ve been hearing all the comments,” Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said.

  • More Damage, More Costs For Library Restoration

    The news keeps getting worse for the Glenwood Public Library.

    Last month, workers carrying out brick restoration work at the library uncovered additional masonry damage that could add more than $60,000 of additional repair work. Workers uncovered the  damage as they removed bricks from the facade of the century-old building. City administrator Brian Kissel said the additional work brings the estimated cost of the entire project to around $160,000.
     

  • Not Guilty Verdict

    A Mills County jury has acquitted a 23-year-old Glenwood man of pimping and pandering charges. Colton Radford was found not guilty of the Class D felony charges at the conclusion of his trial last week.

    Radford was charged with the crimes in March following an investigation by law enforcement officers of an alleged sex-for-cash incident they believed took place at a private residence near Pacific Junction in September 2012.

  • Burial Costs Going Up

    The cost of burying a loved one at the Glenwood Cemetery is going up Aug. 1.

    Following the recommendation of the Glenwood Cemetery Board,  the city council passed a resolution at its regular meeting last Tuesday, July 9, which establishes new rates for a variety of services at the cemetery, ranging from the opening and closing of graves to cremation and research of lots.

    Many of the fees are being increased by around 15-20 percent.

    The fee increase is the first in five years at the cemetery.

  • Amphitheater Work Underway

    Construction workers were literally hanging from the rafters of the Davies Amphitheater last week as extensive restoration work on the 33-year-old facility got underway.

    “Things are moving along down there pretty well,” Davies Amphitheater manager Gordon Woodrow said Monday. “I guess we’re talking another couple weeks for this first phase.”

  • Main Street Restoration

    MALVERN - In an effort to revitalize the business district in Malvern, the Malvern Area Betterment Association (MABA) has accepted ownership of two neglected buildings located at 401 and 403 Main Street.
     
    Both buildings have been vacant for many years and have fallen into disrepair. The previous owner of the buildings donated both structures, first erected in 1895 and 1910, to MABA earlier this spring. The 401 Main brick structure housed First National Bank in earlier years while the 403 Main building is commonly referred to as the “Wagon Wheel.”

  • City Awards Library Roof Bid

    The much-debated roof repair work at the Glenwood Public Library will be completed this summer.

    The Glenwood City Council accepted the bid of $97,866 from Omaha-based R.L. Craft Co. at its regular meeting last Tuesday, May 28.

    The project includes repairs and replacement of the library’s roof, relocation of three air conditioners from the roof of the library to the ground level and brick restoration work on the outside of the building.

  • Yield To Pedestrians

    Glenwood officials are hopeful some minor changes in the timing of the traffic lights at the intersection of Sharp and Locust streets will create safer conditions for children and other pedestrians crossing the street.

    Glenwood Public Works Director Perry Cook told city council members last week the timing of the lights in both directions will be altered slightly at the recommendation of engineering consultants who performed a traffic study at the intersection last month.

  • State Fire Marshal Approves Burn Ban

    A county-wide burning ban went into effect in Mills County at 4 p.m. Monday.

    Mills County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Hurst said the ban prohibits all open burning in Mills County, including within the boundaries of all incorporated cities.

    “The conditions have been extremely dry over a long period of time,” Hurst said Friday when announcing the ban. “In the past few weeks, our local fire departments in Mills County have been getting called out on numerous grass and land fires.”

  • Street To Close For Councilman's Party

    A block of South Grove Street in Glenwood will be blocked off for eight hours Saturday, May 11, to provide parking for a party at the residence of a Glenwood City Council member.

    By a 3-1 margin, the city council approved Craig Florian’s request to have traffic on Grove Street shut off between Coolidge and Green Street from 3-11 p.m.

    Council members Susan Hircshman, Steve Fornoff and Cheryl Evans voted to approve the street closure. Kay LeFever voted against the motion. Florian abstained from the vote.