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  • Former GCHS Teacher Arrested

    Criminal charges have been filed against a former Glenwood Community High School social studies teacher.

    Russell Crouch, 38, is facing charges of sexual exploitation by a school employee, an aggravated misdemeanor, and supplying alcohol to a minor, a serious misdemeanor. He was arrested Friday afternoon after turning himself in to authorities. If convicted of the charges, Crouch could face up to three years in prison and possible fines up to $6,250. He would also have to register as a sex offender.

  • Glenwood teacher resigns after being placed on administrative leave

    A popular teacher and speech coach at Glenwood Community High School has resigned after being place on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation.

    Russell Crouch, who has taught history at the high school since 2006, tendered his resignation two days after being placed on paid administrative leave. The Glenwood School Board accepted Crouch’s resignation at a May 22 special board meeting. Crouch was not present at the meeting.

  • Kidnapping, Sex Assault, Indecent Contact Charges Filed Against 66-year-old Glenwood Man

     A 66-year-old Glenwood man was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child.

    Daniel L. Walden, who resides at 1414 Gateway Dr., is accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 after luring the child into his home. The age and gender of the victim is not being released to protect the child’s privacy, Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said.

  • Aquatic Center Proponents Not Throwing In The Towel

    Despite failing to pass a $4.7 million bond issue for construction of an outdoor aquatic center in Glenwood, proponents of the project say they’re encouraged by results of the May 6 special election and intend to bring  it to another public vote in the future.

    The bond issue received the support of 52 percent of city of Glenwood voters. The “Yes” votes outnumbered the “No” votes 503-465, but Iowa law requires approval of at least 60 percent of voters to pass a bond issue.

  • Governor Branstad Lauds Highway Beautification Efforts

    Sunny skies and mild temperatures greeted Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Friday afternoon as they joined the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The 30-minute commemoration took place at the Mile Hill Lake overlook southwest of Glenwood.

    The statewide roadside beautification program was launched May 23, 1989, in Mills County when the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce adopted a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 34 east of Interstate 29.

  • Lakin Foundation Commits $1 Million To Mills County Community Center Building

    The $2.5 million Mills County Community Center building proposed for the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern got a major shot in the arm last week when the Charles E. Lakin Foundation announced it was committing $1 million to the project.

  • Glenwood Aquatic Center Vote Set For May 6

    Glenwood residents will decide Tuesday, May 6, if they’re willing to approve a $4.75 million bond issue for the construction of an outdoor swimming pool and aquatic center. The facility is being proposed at a site adjacent to an auxiliary gymnasium slated for construction at Glenwood Community High School.

  • Aquatic Center Plan Calls For Local Option Sales Tax To Relieve Property Tax Burden

    After weeks of analysis and number crunching, city officials and supporters of a $4.75 million aquatic center say they now have a clearer understanding of what the proposed project’s financial impact would be for Glenwood residents.
        

  • Judge Denies Retrial, Sentences 64-year-old Nebraska Man For Child Sexual Abuse

    A 64-year-old Bellevue, Neb., man will spend at least the next 17 years of his life in prison for sexually abusing two children at their family’s Mills County residence last fall.

    John Schondelmeyer was sentenced in Mills County District Court Monday, nearly seven weeks after a Mills County jury found him 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.

  • Aquatic Center More Than Just A Pool

    It’s not your grandfather’s swimming pool. Or  even your father’s pool, for that matter.

    The $4.75 million aquatic center being proposed for Glenwood is a swimming pool and more. Much more.

    Yes, the project does include a six-lane, 25-meter competition pool, but there’s also a zero-depth entry children’s play area, a “lily pad” water walk, lazy river, low and high diving boards and sail shades for those who want to soak up the atmosphere without getting a sunburn.