Local News

  • Landfill Prepared To Accept 3.5 million Dead Chickens

    The CEO of Iowa Waste Systems, owner and operator of the Loess Hills Sanitary Landfill, said Monday the facility near Malvern has a road built and equipment in place to begin burying as many as 3.5 million dead chickens that have died or been killed as a result of the H5N2 Avian Bird Flu.

    “We were ready two weeks ago,” Robert Glebs said. “We’re in negotiations - working with the USDA.”

  • Petition asks court to look at dirt dig permit

    A group of Mineola-area residents have filed a petition in Mills County District Court they hope will overturn a controversial decision to approve a second dirt extraction special use permit in their neighborhood.

  • Open For Business

    TABOR - When the only grocery store in Tabor closed in 2014,   police chief Mike Wake and more than two dozen community leaders stepped up to bring back the business they believe is vital to the survival of the close-knit town in Fremont County.

    “We could see if it wasn’t going to reopen, it could hurt Tabor a lot,” Wake said. “We just thought if we could get enough money, we’d get it opened and that’s what we’ve done. That’s why the investors did it and why we did it.”

  • 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.