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  • Growing Pains

    The Loess Hills Humane Society opened its doors last July.

        For a year now. the shelter has served Mills County – offering up cats and dogs for adoption, licensing dogs and serving as animal control for the 400 square mile county.

        Through all their work however, no way has the shelter garnered more attention than they did on April 29 when the Loess Hills Humane Society and deputies from the Mills County Sheriff’s Office seized more than two dozen starving, neglected and sick pit bulls from a Pacific Junction property.

  • Back To The Drawing Board?

    There doesn’t appear to be a lot of traction for getting a new jail and public safety center built in Mills County.

    A citizen’s committee, put together in 2008 to study the issue and develop a proposal to replace or renovate the nearly century-old Mills County Jail and Sheriff’s Office building in Glenwood, has disbanded and the county board of supervisors must now decide what direction to go on the matter.

  • New School Sibley's Crown Jewel

    After a nine-year tenure as superintendent of the Glenwood Community School District, Dr. Stan Sibley has retired and turned over the reigns to his successor, Devin Embray.

    The changing of the guard took place Thursday, July 1, the first day of the district’s 2010-2011 fiscal year.

  • Charges Filed In Sexual Abuse Investigation

    Stephen H. Beattie, 55, of Malvern, is facing multiple charges following a high-profile investigation of alleged sexual misconduct at a Malvern funeral home.

    Beattie is charged with third-degree sexual abuse (a Class C felony), lascivious acts with a minor (serious misdemeanor) and indecent exposure (serious misdemeanor). The charges were announced Thursday afternoon by Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos.

  • New GRC Superintendent Named

    The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Thursday that Zvia McCormick has been named superintendent of the Glenwood Resource Center.

    McCormick had been the division director for residential services at the Tacachale Developmental Disability Center in Gainesville, Fla. McCormick has worked at the facility since 1983 when she was hired as a social worker. She holds a bachelor’s of social work from Hebrew University and a master’s in social work from Florida State University.

  • Supporting The Troops

    The Glenwood Resource Center was on the receiving end of an award last week from the Department of Defense.

    GRC Interim Superintendent Kelly Brodie accepted the Patriot Award from representatives of the Iowa Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

  • 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.