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  • City Council Approves Pickleball Agreement

    The Glenwood City Council has authorized a maintenance agreement with the Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee.

    The council voted in favor of establishing the agreement at the request of Dr. Jacque Young, a spokesperson for the Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee. Young said the council’s action, which designates public works director Perry Cook as the city’s liaison for the project, was a necessary step as the committee completes its application for a grant from the Iowa West Foundation.

  • GSCD Budget Inches Down; Levy Going Up For 2018-19

    The Glenwood Community School District’s budget is going down next year even as it’s tax levy is going up.

    The district’s budget, which will be discussed during a public hearing Monday at the high school media center, is $42.8 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that begins July 1. That figure is down just over $600,000 from the re-estimated total of $43.4 million for this fiscal year. The district’s proposed property tax levy is going up to 15.05 (per $1,000 of taxable valuation) from the current rate of 14.01.

  • A Postcard Of Happiness

    An 89-year-old California man, who took the time to send an early 20th Century postcard of Glenwood’s “Lake and City Park” to the staff at Glenwood City Hall, is getting a surprise package in the mail in appreciation of his thoughtfulness.

    In late March, the postcard arrived with a letter sent to Glenwood City Hall from Lowell Joerg, who resides in an assisted living facility in Stockton, Calif. His letter read:

    “Good morning,

  • The Buzzards Are Back

    San Juan Capistrano on the Pacific Coast of California is famous for its cliff swallows, central Nebraska experiences an annual migration of Sandhill cranes every spring and in Mills County we have the turkey vultures.

    The big bad birds are back, taking up temporary residency in large trees in and around Glenwood and other communities throughout Mills County and southwest Iowa.

  • District gauging interest in early retirement offer

    Facing the prospect of a budget shortfall down the road, the Glenwood Community School District is offering early retirement incentives now to district employees as a pre-emptive cost-saving measure.

  • Pony Express Riders carry on tradition for disabled children, adults

    A 51-year tradition continued over Easter weekend as the Pony Express Riders of Iowa jumped on their horses in all corners of the state to make their annual trek to Des Moines in an effort to raise money and awareness for Iowa Easter Seals and children and adults with disabilities.

  • Construction cost hike has Glen Haven seeking additional funds for new facility

    Proponents of the Glen Haven Village skilled nursing care complex have another hurdle to clear before beginning construction on the proposed facility.

    Bids opened in March revealed a substantial increase in construction costs since the project was initiated more than two years ago at a then estimated price tag of $3.1 million.

    Representatives of community-based, non-profit Glen Haven are now working to secure an additional $650,000.

  • Supervisors appoint Ford to county treasurer’s post

    A familiar face at the county courthouse has been appointed to the position of Mills County Treasurer.

    Jill Ford was administered her oath of office last week after her appointment was formally approved by the Mills County Board of Supervisors. She replaces Becky Killpack, who resigned earlier this year to take a position in the Pottawattamie County Treasurer’s Office.

  • County’s 2018-2019 budget includes hike in property tax levy

    The Mills County Board of Supervisors have approved the county’s $25 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
    At a March 13 public hearing, the board voted unanimously to accept the county’s $25,095,850 budget for the next fiscal year. This year’s budget figure is up slightly from last year’s re-estimated budget by just under $1 million, meaning the county-wide tax levy will see an increase from the current 10.666225  (per taxable $1,000 valuation) to 11.54498.

  • GCSD reviewing gun policy for peace officers

    After adopting a policy to allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms on school property in 2014, the Glenwood Community School District is once again looking at its safety protocols in light of recent school shootings and passage of a new state law.