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  • Donnie Bruce marks 70 years at Glenwood State Bank

    July 15, 1947.

    That was 18-year-old Donnie Bruce’s first day on the job at Glenwood State Bank.

    “My first job here was sweeping the sidewalk,” Bruce said Friday during an open house reception marking his 70th year of employment at the bank. “Later, I moved up from sweeping to dusting and eventually began learning the banking system as time went on. Banking was certainly much simpler back then.”

  • Ground Broken On New BP Station / Store

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - The transformation of the U.S. Highway 34 / Interstate 29 business corridor in western Mills County continues.

    Chamber of commerce, economic development and elected leaders joined Lincoln Farm & Home owners Mark and Nancy Lincoln and their son Nate last Wednesday for a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the company’s new BP fuel station and convenience store now under construction near the intersection of 188th and Hyland.

  • Iowa’s new human services director offers optimism for GRC’s future

    The new director of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) said Thursday the Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) is providing “essential” services to individuals with severe intellectual disabilities that aren’t available from private providers and he’s optimistic about the future for the state-managed facility.

  • Blooming Business

    What started with 12 plants from a family friend has turned into a 6,000-plant operation for Todd and Lu Peverill.

    The Peverills were given 12 daylily plants a few years ago from a family friend from upstate New York. The friend owned his own daylily business and suggested to the Peverills that they start their own retail garden here in southwest Iowa.

    “We thought: ‘Let’s give it a try,’” said Todd Peverill. “And now here we are.”

  • Legalized fireworks a learning experience for buyers, sellers

    Iowa’s first year of fireworks sales in nearly 80 years is in the books - almost.

    Legally, fireworks can be sold in the state through Saturday, July 8, but the majority of temporary retail stands are expected to be taken down today.

    Fireworks were sold from three locations in Glenwood - locally-owned Night Vision Fireworks’ stand in the Perk Plaza, a Ka-Boomers stand on the Evans Equipment Co. lot and a Wild Willy’s stand operated by the Campus Life Christian youth group on the lot south of Flat Iron Laundry.

  • Gas Line Break In Glenwood Forces Evacuation

    A Glenwood neighborhood was evacuated Monday morning after a construction worker digging dirt ruptured a 4-inch natural gas line at the site of the old Glenwood swimming pool near the intersection of Third and Elm Streets.

    The gas line was ruptured shortly before 9 a.m. Law enforcement officers and fire / rescue personnel from Glenwood evacuated the neighborhood in a four-block radius with the help of mutual aid responders from Pacific Junction, Silver City, Oak Township and Mills County Emergency Management.

  • Happy Little Trees

    Malvern residents and visitors are noticing a change around Main Street. A change that is credited to the collective minds of the Malvern Area Betterment Association (MABA), a Department of Cultural Affairs Grant and the artistry of Orlo “Woody” Jones.

    Last summer, Malvern was awarded a grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs worth $292,000 along with part of its designation as one of  Iowa’s “Great Places.”

  • Happy Little Trees

    Malvern residents and visitors are noticing a change around Main Street. A change that is credited to the collective minds of the Malvern Area Betterment Association (MABA), a Department of Cultural Affairs Grant and the artistry of Orlo “Woody” Jones.

    Last summer, Malvern was awarded a grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs worth $292,000 along with part of its designation as one of  Iowa’s “Great Places.”

  • On The Trail of History

    Donned in a combination of pioneer and contemporary clothing and pushing 19th Century-era hand carts, more than 100 teenagers from the O’Fallon, Ill., stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) spent four days in Mills County last week walking a portion of the route of the historic Mormon Trail.

    “We wanted to come here because of the history,” trek director Cort Hacker said. “It’s an opportunity for us to experience what it was like for the pioneer families traveling during the migration west.”

  • Glenwood school board approves $9k in incentive pay

    The Glenwood Board of Directors unanimously approved $9,000 in administrator incentive pay to nine district administrators at last Monday’s regular monthly board meeting at the central office.

    The bonuses consist of $1,000 payments to the entirety of the district’s administrator staff and also Superintendent Devin Embray. The bonus money is drawn from a state fund and represents a half payment, the first of which was paid last December, for administrators who earned the bonus.