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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.

  • Pursuit Ends In Motorcycle Crash

    A motorcyclist being pursued by the Iowa State Patrol was arrested and transported to a Council Bluffs hospital after crashing his bike in Mills County shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

    The motorcyclist, a male, crashed in the ditch of the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 34, approximately one-half mile east of Highway 275 (Tabor turnoff). He attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by law enforcement officers.

    The motorcyclist was transported by Glenwood Rescue for treatment of multiple injuries. His identity has not been released.

  • Law Enforcement Center Dedication Set For Sept. 30

    A public dedication ceremony for the new Mills County Jail / Law Enforcement Center, located at 600 Industrial Ave. in Glenwood, has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30.

    An open house is planned from 5:30-7 p.m. with a formal dedication and opening of a time capsule from the county’s existing jail (built in 1915) scheduled for 6 p.m.

    The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is expected to make the move to its new facility in mid-October.

  • New Highway, Bridge Will Mean More Responsibilities For First Responders

    Mills County’s interim 911 Communications Center director Larry Hurst said the extension of Highway 34 west of Interstate 29 later this fall will put additional pressure and responsibilities on emergency responders, from Pacific Junction and Glenwood.

    “More pavement means there’s going to be more area to cover and increases in response times,” Hurst said. “There’s going to be a lot bigger demand for fire and rescue services once that area develops.”

  • Early October Opening For Interchange

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - The opening of the redesigned Interstate 29/Highway 34 interchange in western Mills County is three weeks away, an Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) engineer told The Opinion-Tribune Friday.

  • Enterovirus A Concern For Public Health Officials

    The Iowa Department of Public Health and Mills County Public Health Office both issued warnings Monday about an outbreak of an enterovirus in Ohio, Illinois and Kansas that’s also causing illness in Iowa.