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  • Judge Orders Closure Of Faith Ridge Life Center

    MALVERN - Faith Ridge Life Center, a 51-bed skilled nursing facility in Malvern, and 21-bed Kevington Lane in Sidney will close later this year as a result of the owner’s ongoing financial woes and legal struggles with the state of Iowa.

    Mary Morse-Bolton and her two facilities owe the state over $400,000 in Medicaid overpayments and health care taxes, according to lawyers and representatives of the Iowa Department of Human Services. On Friday, a district court judge in Des Moines honored the state’s request to begin the process of closing the facilities.

  • Nebraska Man Found Guilty Of Sex Abuse Charges Against Children

    A Mills County jury needed  less than an hour of deliberations last week to find a Nebraska man guilty of sexual abuse charges against  two children.

    John R. Schondelmeyer, 64, of Bellevue, Neb., was found guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, and two counts of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony. His trial lasted just one day and included emotional and descriptive testimony from two female victims, who were 7 and 8 years old at the time the crimes were committed in their home last September.

  • Plea Agreement For Man Hunting Squirrels Near School

     A 66-year-old Glenwood man will not go to prison for carrying a gun on school grounds.

    Lyle Hillhouse was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun when he was arrested  near the Glenwood Middle School Dec. 2. Hillhouse was initially charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

    Hillhouse, who was arrested on school district property near the Keg Creek pedestrian bridge, told arresting officers he was intending to use the gun to hunt squirrels.

  • Mills County Man Charged With Attempted Murder

     A 35-year-old Pacific Junction man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after fleeing from law enforcement officers and ramming a Mills County Sheriff’s SUV while the deputy was standing near the vehicle.

    Myron Lee Brandon is facing charges of attempted murder, eluding, criminal mischief, second-degree theft and third-degree burglary.

  • Chamber Names Glenwood Couple Citizens of the Year

        Bruce and Marlene Sprain will be recognized in March as the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year.
        The Sprains will be among the Mills County residents honored for their public service at the chamber’s annual Betterment and Beautification Dinner and Awards program March 6 at The Fountains Ballroom.

  • School District Adopts Weapons Policy For Peace Officers

    The Glenwood School Board unanimously approved a resolution last Monday that will allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms while on school property.
    The board voted 4-0 to approve a new policy that will require off-duty officers who plan to carry weapons on school property to first be approved by the school district. Existing policy allows only on-duty law enforcement to carry firearms on school property.

  • Pool Bond Issue Likely In May

    It appears residents of the city of Glenwood are going to be asked later this year to approve funding for the construction of an outdoor swimming pool on a piece of land adjacent to Glenwood Community High School.
        

  • Mills County Relay For Life Earns No. 6 National Ranking

     The Mills County Relay For Life raised $94,000 for the American Cancer Society in 2013 - $6.12 per capita after expenses - earning  the county a No. 6 national ranking for communities with a population of 15,000 - 20,000. The $6.12 per capita figure is nearly five times the national average of $1.25.

    “Mills County has a great team of organizers and great community support,” American Cancer Society Relay For Life specialist Suzanne Mages said. “It doesn’t happen that way in every community.”

  • Illegal Fishing On Missouri River Nets Charges, Fines

     Five southwest Iowa men were charged with illegally harvesting channel catfish on Jan. 19, when officers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission witnessed them loading the catch onto a truck. It is illegal to keep game fish from the Missouri River on a commercial fishing license.

    The officers were watching the Missouri River for illegal snagging when they came across the individuals in Fremont County.

  • Strong Communities Campaign

     The Mills County YMCA has kicked off its 2014 Strong Communities Campaign with a goal of raising $55,000.

    “Last year, we raised about that much,” Mills County YMCA Executive Director Diana Burchett said. “The money provides scholarships for memberships and program fees. Most of it last year was going to families for memberships.”

    Specifically, Burchett said, the 2013 campaign provided about 1,200 membership and program scholarships for families and individuals in need of financial assistance.