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Local News

  • Soggy Situation

    With many areas of western Mills County already suffering from flooding, the worst may be yet to come as the Missouri River is not expected to crest until later this week, said Larry Hurst, Emergency Management Director for Mills County.

    Hurst said the area of greatest concern for Mills County residents is a four-mile stretch of Missouri River bottom near the Plattsmouth Toll Bridge.

  • GRC Takes A Step Forward

    Clouds gave way to sunshine this week at the Glenwood Resource Center.

    And it had nothing to do with the first day of summer.

    After more than a decade operating under a cloud of controversy the resource center received some sunlight last Tuesday in the form of an Iowa Department of Health and Human Services announcement that the care facility for people with developmental disabilities has substantially met compliance with a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights decree.

  • Suicide Suspected In Pony Creek Death

    A preliminary investigation by the Mills County Sheriff’s Office has determined that a 57-year-old Glenwood woman took her own life over the weekend at a popular Mills County recreation area.

    The body of Ramona Dynek, 57, of Glenwood, and the body of her dog were found dead around 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning near a picnic shelter at Pony Creek Lake in western Mills County.

    Chief Deputy Bruce Paulsen said Ms. Dynek and the dog both appeared to have died from a single gunshot wound.

  • 'Give Cancer the Boot'

    Opening ceremonies for the 14th Annual Mills County Relay For Life will take place Saturday, at 4 p.m., on the track at Ram Memorial Field in Glenwood. The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

    Leading the way for the first lap of the relay will be this year’s Relay For Life Ambassadors - Mike Bolan, Lyle Jones, Karen O’Dell, Wilma Ring and Kathy Ryan. The traditional team lap will also take place at the start of the relay.

  • Fire In Glenwood

    A garage and automobile behind a residence at 406 S. Hazel Street in Glenwood were destroyed by a fire Tuesday evening, May 4.

    Glenwood firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire shortly before 6:30 p.m. The garage was completely engulfed in flames and heavy black smoke upon their arrival. Firefighters had the blaze contained in a matter of minutes, but the structure was a total loss.

  • Rescued Dogs Improving

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - The Loess Hills Humane Society is continuing to care for more than two dozen dogs that were rescued from a property in rural Pacific Junction on April 29.

    A total of 27 dogs were taken from 62172 195th St. after investigators from the Loess Hills Humane Society and Mills County Sheriff’s Office determined the dogs were suffering from neglect. The dogs were pit bulls, pit bull mix and similar breeds.

  • Fiesta Bus Fiasco

    They were all dressed up with a place to go. They just didn’t have the transportation to get there.

    Approximately 50 Glenwood Community High School students and their prom dates were forced to spend nearly two hours in the GCHS parking lot Saturday night waiting for an “Omaha Fiesta” bus to take them to Council Bluffs so they could join their classmates at the junior-senior prom.

  • Ongoing Investigation In Malvern

    In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos acknowledged that his office is continuing an on-going investigation in Malvern that includes the death of Karl Hertz, 62.

    Hertz, the owner and president of Mansfield-Hertz Funeral Home, Inc., and former mayor of Malvern, died early Friday morning at his residence as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  • GRC Superintendent Resigns

    After less than six months on the job, Glenwood Resource Center Superintendent R. Scot Booth abruptly resigned on Thursday.

    Booth was brought in last October to oversee the state-operated residential care and treatment facility for people with mental and developmental disabilities. His resignation was effective the end of the day Thursday.

    A statement released by the Iowa Department of Human Services on Friday did not give a reason for Booth's resignation.

    Assistant superintendent Kelly Brodie has been named interim superintendent.

  • Glenwood Superintendent Named

    The Glenwood Community School District has named Devin Embray as its next superintendent.

    At a special meeting Thursday night, the Glenwood Board of Education voted unanimously (5-0) to offer the contract to Embray, 43, who is currently serving as superintendent of the Independence Community School District in northeast Iowa, a position he’s held since 2003. Prior to that, Embray was an assistant superintendent and middle school principal at the West Delaware County Community School District and a middle school assistant principal at Fort Dodge.