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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.

  • Open For Business

    TABOR - When the only grocery store in Tabor closed in 2014,   police chief Mike Wake and more than two dozen community leaders stepped up to bring back the business they believe is vital to the survival of the close-knit town in Fremont County.

    “We could see if it wasn’t going to reopen, it could hurt Tabor a lot,” Wake said. “We just thought if we could get enough money, we’d get it opened and that’s what we’ve done. That’s why the investors did it and why we did it.”

  • Sun Setting On Park Place, Pacific Place

    Nearly 100 residents with physical or intellectual disabilities are living in new facilities and about 250 workers have been forced to find new employment as the result of Thursday’s planned closure of Park Place (Glenwood) and Pacific Place (Pacific Junction) skilled-care and rehabilitation centers.

    Massachusetts-based Five Star Quality Care, owner and operator of the two facilities, announced the closures last December, citing financial issues.

  • Fallen Tree Crushes House

    A Glenwood house was crushed Saturday afternoon by a fallen oak tree.

    The large tree snapped above its trunk during a thunderstorm shortly after 1 p.m. The severed section of the hollowed-out tree fell in a southeasterly direction before landing on the front portion of a house at 501 N. Vine St.

    A neighbor said she notified authorities of the incident after hearing a loud noise and then seeing the crushed house under the tree when she looked down the street.

  • Vision Iowa Grant A Boost For Community Building

    Fundraising efforts for the $2.55 million community center building proposed for the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern got a major boost last week when the Vision Iowa board announced its intentions to award a $480,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant to the project.

    Pledges totaling $2.27 million have now been received for the project, leaving the Mills County Fairgrounds Building Committee $280,000 away from securing full funding for the project. The Vision Iowa grant comes with the stipulation that remaining funds be raised within 120 days.

  • The New Guy In Town

    DES MOINES - To say it’s been a whirlwind two months for David Sieck, the newest member of the Iowa State Legislature, would be an understatement.

    On Feb. 10, the Glenwood Republican easily defeated Democrat Steve Adams of Red Oak in a special election for the District 23 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. A week later, the longtime farmer and former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association was administered his oath of office at the state capitol.

    He’s been on the go ever since.