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  • 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.

  • Sparks Blamed For Shed Fire

    Sparks from a steel grinder are being blamed for a fire that destroyed a machine shed and kept area firefighters busy for more than two hours Monday afternoon.

    Firefighters were summoned to 55007 237th Street north of Glenwood at about 1 p.m. to find the steel building already engulfed in flames.

    William Rowe, owner of the property, was working with a steel grinder in the shed when he left for a few minutes only to return to find the building on fire, according to Glenwood Fire Chief Butch Fidler.

  • YMCA Reviewing Contract to Manage Aquatic Center

    Officials at the YMCA of Greater Omaha are reviewing language of a proposed management agreement for Glenwood’s outdoor aquatic center, projected to open in 2016.

    “He (Glenwood city attorney Matt Woods) is working with our attorney on the draft. We should have something completed pretty soon for the city council to look at,” YMCA of Greater Omaha President and CEO Len Romano said.

  • Tabor House Fire Leads To Arson Charges Against Teens

    Two teens suspected of starting a March 15 fire that destroyed a house in Tabor are facing first-degree arson charges.

    The two boys, both age 14, were being held in a Council Bluffs juvenile detention facility.

    Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope said the boys were utilizing an  aerosol spray can to get a “blow torch” effect while igniting fires inside and outside the house at 804 Main St.

  • Volunteers Sought For Glenwood Giving Garden

    Glenwood’s Giving Garden has given away more than 24,000 pounds of fresh produce to over 500 families in Mills County in the past four years, with the numbers growing each year.  

    With the growth of the garden comes a need for more volunteers to perform a variety of tasks.

  • Affordable Prom Dresses Sold To Aid Mills County Storehouse

    Mills County high school girls who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on their prom night attire have an opportunity to buy a gown for $25 through a special project that will benefit the Mills County Storehouse.

    Kenkel Family Chiropractic is in the process of gathering “gently-used” prom dresses that can be tried on and purchased for $25. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the storehouse, which oversees operation of the county food pantry.

  • Financial Concerns Fuel Heated Words At City Hall

    A capacity crowd filled the Glenwood City Council Chambers Tuesday, March 10, as citizens sounded off about the findings of an audit report that revealed a deficit of nearly $300,000 in the city’s general fund balance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, and shortcomings in the city’s day-to-day financial practices.