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  • P.J. councilman’s comments about Mexicans draw fire

        A Pacific Junction City Councilman is under fire after remarks he made in reference to Mexicans during last Monday's regular council meeting.
      Following a  request by The Opinion-Tribune for a copy of the audio recording of the meeting, Mayor Jim Lovely played the tape in the Pacific Junction City Hall on Tuesday.
        A voice on the recorder, who Lovely identified as Councilman Rodney G. Bents, can be heard saying, “Well, then don't be getting hit by a Mexican up in Omaha.”

  • Glenwood Going After RAGBRAI

        It’s been seven years since the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) last started in Glenwood.

        The Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce believes it’s time to bring the colorful bicyclists back to town.

  • East Mills Reorganization?

        The Green Hills Area Education Agency will join the school boards from Nishna Valley and Malvern for a public hearing on Sept. 1 that could decide the future of the two districts that entered into a whole-grade sharing agreement nearly four years ago.

  • Gone, But Not Forgotten

        There are many traditions associated with Glenwood Homecoming, but none more meaningful than a ritual carried out every five years by the Glenwood Community High School Class of 1965.

  • Protecting Pacific Junction

    PACIFIC JUNCTION – Pacific Junction residents aren’t about to let their town go under water without a fight.

    With the waters of the Missouri River rising on a daily basis and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warning that under a worst-case scenario, Pacific Junction could be inundated with 8 to 10 feet of water, the town’s residents have spent the past week preparing for a flood of potentially historic significance.

  • Aquatic Center Plan Calls For Local Option Sales Tax To Relieve Property Tax Burden

    After weeks of analysis and number crunching, city officials and supporters of a $4.75 million aquatic center say they now have a clearer understanding of what the proposed project’s financial impact would be for Glenwood residents.
        

  • Judge Denies Retrial, Sentences 64-year-old Nebraska Man For Child Sexual Abuse

    A 64-year-old Bellevue, Neb., man will spend at least the next 17 years of his life in prison for sexually abusing two children at their family’s Mills County residence last fall.

    John Schondelmeyer was sentenced in Mills County District Court Monday, nearly seven weeks after a Mills County jury found him guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, and two counts of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony.

  • Aquatic Center More Than Just A Pool

    It’s not your grandfather’s swimming pool. Or  even your father’s pool, for that matter.

    The $4.75 million aquatic center being proposed for Glenwood is a swimming pool and more. Much more.

    Yes, the project does include a six-lane, 25-meter competition pool, but there’s also a zero-depth entry children’s play area, a “lily pad” water walk, lazy river, low and high diving boards and sail shades for those who want to soak up the atmosphere without getting a sunburn.

  • County Supervisor Calls Budget Process A Wrestling Match

    Mills County’s budget for next year is going down.
    The Mills County Board of Supervisors has formally approved the county’s 2014-2015 budget at $21.7 million. That figure is nearly $6 million less than the county’s 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

  • YMCA Would Likely Manage Aquatic Center

    If Glenwood residents approve the construction of an outdoor aquatic center in next month’s $4.75 million bond issue election, the new facility would likely be managed by staff from the Mills County YMCA.

    “The city council’s perception is that’s probably the best route to go,” city administrator Brian Kissel said. “They (YMCA) already have what they call a CPO – a certified pool operator. If we could take that person and manage the outdoor pool, that person could serve dual purposes.”