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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.

  • Coalition Turns Attention To Four-lane Highway 34

    By Lexi Deagen

    RED OAK - After a successful 21-year-long project to get the Highway 34 bridge built over the Missouri River, the Southwest Iowa Coalition (SWICO) has decided to take on a new project.

    SWICO members met Jan. 15 in Red Oak to discuss steps necessary to expand about 100 miles of Highway 34 to four lanes from Glenwood to Osceola.

    Iowa Department of Transportation District Engineer Troy Jerman joined the meeting to advise the coalition on the most efficient ways of getting the highway expansion into IDOT’s five-year plan. 

  • Library's 'Weeding' Policy Questioned

    The Glenwood Public Library’s policy of removing and selling outdated, inaccurate and rarely-read books, including many that were donated as memorials, was called into question last week on social media and at the library’s board of directors meeting.

    Glenwood Public Library Director Jenny Ellis said around 1,000 items have been “weeded” from the library shelves over the past two months, but she is uncertain how many of the books had been donated as memorials.

  • Input Sought On Proposed Glenwood-Mineola Trail

    Mills County residents are encouraged to attend Monday night’s annual meeting of the Mills County Trail Board to take part in discussions about a proposal to create a recreational trail that would connect the city of Glenwood with Mineola and the Wabash Trace Trail that runs from Council Bluffs to Blanchard.

    Shawn Koehler, president of the Mills County Trail Board, said a trail system connecting the Glenwood and Mineola communities would promote health, recreation, education and tourism.

  • Bounce Business

    When David and Katie Kovamees first considered the idea of opening an indoor bounce house business in Glenwood, they got some funny looks from family and friends.

    Turns out those looks were nothing compared to the ones they got when they actually opened their Sky High Family Fun Center in December.

  • Former GCHS Teacher Takes Plea Deal

    A former Glenwood Community High School teacher accused of having sex with a student and supplying alcohol to another student has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

    Russell Crouch, 39, of Glenwood, was arrested and charged last May with sexual exploitation by a school employee, an aggravated misdemeanor, and supplying alcohol to a minor, a serious misdemeanor.