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  • School district comfortable taking on additional debt

    The refinancing of bonds over the past five years is not only saving Glenwood Community School District taxpayers nearly $1.2 million in interest payments, but it will also allow for a faster payoff of the district’s remaining debt for the construction of Glenwood Community High School, which opened in 2009.

  • GMU taking on major water main projects in 2017

    Glenwood Municipal Utilities (GMU) has begun an extensive water main replacement project on Coolidge Street, between Hazel and Grove.

    The two-block long project involves the replacement of a water main that was installed nearly 80 years ago.
    Dave Malcom, assistant supervisor for the water department, said the 2-inch cast iron line is being replaced with 6-inch ductile iron pipe. The project includes the installation of 15 connector lines to the shut-off valves on individual properties. Shut-off valves will be replaced if necessary.

  • Hospice House in Glenwood closing

    The Hospice With Heart house, which over the past 12 years has served the needs of Glenwood-area residents facing terminal illness, is closing its doors.

    The closure was announced last week by HCI Care Services / Visiting Nurse Services (HCI/VNS), a West Des Moines-based health and human services firm that has managed Hospice With Heart operations since 2014.

    HCI/VNS president and CEO Tray Wade  said Hospice With Heart will continue to serve the Mills County area as an in-home hospice provider.

  • County budget going up $2.7 million in 2017-18

    Mills County’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year will be up for discussion at a public hearing Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m.

    The hearing, to be held in the Mills County Board of Supervisors meeting room at the county courthouse, will be open for public comment on the county’s proposed $23.4 million budget.

  • Seniors Feeling The Benefits Of Yoga Workouts

    By Garret Reich

    It is a stereotypical idea that growing older entails pain, immobility and declines in health and life capacities. However, this stereotype is being turned on its head by the students at the Bloom Senior Center, here in Glenwood.

    Since May of 2016, teacher and personal trainer Anita Reich has taught yoga classes for seniors. It started at classes just once a week. Now, the students get together twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays to practice.
    Students have seen drastic changes in their lives as a whole.

  • Priest ordered to register as sex offender at sentencing

    A former Glenwood priest found guilty in December of five misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy received a suspended prison sentence Friday and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

    Rev. Paul Monahan, 83, received a suspended sentence of 30 days in jail for each count to be served concurrently, one year of probation and to register as a sex offender for 10 years. His sentence was handed down by Associate Judge Gary Anderson.

  • Former GRC employees facing neglect charges

    Six former Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) employees were arrested last week as result of a nearly three-month investigation by the Glenwood Police Department into the abuse and neglect of clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the state-operated facility.

  • City looking at raising tax levy, implementing franchise fees to meet budget

    As they finalize the City of Glenwood’s budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, city council members are taking a serious look at raising the city’s property tax levy and implementing franchise fees on MidAmerican Energy and Black Hills Energy customers as a means of generating revenue needed to meet an annual operating shortfall of around $300,000.

  • Legislative briefing attracts overflow crowd

    Concerns about a controversial bill passed last week in the Iowa Legislature that reduces the bargaining power of many public employee unions attracted an overflow crowd to the city council chambers at Glenwood City Hall Saturday morning for a legislative briefing with State Rep. David Sieck (R-Glenwood) and State. Sen. Mark Costello (R-Imogene).
        The content and potential consequences of the legislation dominated discussion at the two-hour public forum.

  • School district asking taxpayers to fund athletic complex upgrade

    The Glenwood Community School District is putting the prospect of a potential $5 to $6 million overhaul of the Glenwood Athletic Complex to a vote of the people.

    In a resolution unanimously approved by the Glenwood Board of Directors at last Monday’s monthly meeting, the district will ask voters to approve additional funds from a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) consisting of a tax on all taxable property in the school district to pay for the improvements.