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  • City Sets Budget

    For the second straight year, property taxes are going up in Glenwood despite a reduction in the city tax levy.

    The city of Glenwood is lowering its tax levy from 14.53768 to 14.48186 for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, but an increase in the state rollback formula will result in an overall tax increase. For the owner of a home with an assessed value of $150,000, the increase in the state rollback, from 45.5893 percent to 46.9094, will result in an additional $24.84 in city taxes.

  • 50 Years On Town Square

    True Value hardware store is marking its 50th anniversary on the west side of the Glenwood Town Square in 2010.

    The Trask family opened their Coast To Coast hardware store at 20 N. Walnut St. in March 1960. A half-century later, customers can still count on the store as a place to buy tools, appliances, paint, yardcare products, snow shovels and a wide assortment of other household items.

  • Branstad Calls For Restructuring Of State Employee Wages, Benefits

    Former Gov. Terry Branstad believes Iowa needs to restructure its salary and benefit packages for state employees as one solution to addressing the state’s current financial dilemma.

    “We’re way out of whack,” Branstad said during a campaign appearance in Glenwood last Wednesday.

    The Republican gubernatorial candidate said salaries and benefit packages for state employees are considerably higher than those provided to workers in the private sector.

  • Grassley Town Hall Meeting

    Healthcare reform isn’t a dead issue in Congress, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said in an interview with The Opinion-Tribune, but fresh legislation will have to be drafted if any measure is to get serious consideration and make its way to President Obama’s desk in 2010.

  • Hiley Park Improvements

    The Glenwood Kiwanis Club is moving forward with Phase IV of the Hiley Park improvement and renovation plan.

    Kiwanis spokesperson Dr. Jacque Young told members of the Glenwood City Council last month that the club intends to install approximately $12,000 in additional playground equipment at the park later this year if funding can be secured.

    Young said the new equipment will be added to the play structure installed at the neighborhood park in 2007. The new addition would double the size of the equipment, Young said.

  • Crunching The Numbers

    More than 40 people came out to Glenwood Community High School Media Center last Monday to watch the Glenwood Board of Education in an hour-long budget work session.

    Yes, a budget work session.

    The topic of discussion was more than just tax levies, budget guarantees and line items. With rumors swirling that the financially-strapped district will have to make heavy cuts from the fiscal 2010-2011 budget, the question on the minds of most in attendance was just how much and how deep those cuts will impact programs and teachers.

  • Down To Three

    The site-selection committee for the proposed Loess Hills Archeology Interpretive Center has chosen three pieces of publicly-owned ground in and around Glenwood as possible locations for the educational facility that’s being billed as a future tourist attraction for Mills County.

  • Booking The Budget

    As a means of cutting back on expenses, the Glenwood Public Library is looking at cutting back on its hours.

    A proposal under consideration would reduce the number of hours the library is open to the public on a weekly basis from 48 to 42. Two hours would be cut at either the beginning or the end of the day on Wednesdays and four hours would be eliminated by closing on Saturday afternoons.

  • Teen Jumps Off Plattsmouth Bridge

    Single-digit temperatures and blustery winds on Monday forced rescuers to call off their search late in the afternoon for a man who is believed to have jumped off the Plattsmouth Toll Bridge into the cold water of the Missouri River.

    Law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel from Mills County and Cass County, Neb., responded shortly after 3:20 p.m. after witnesses reported seeing a male subject get out of his vehicle, a white Ford Contour, and jump off the bridge.

  • Superintendent Search Begins

    Integrity.

    Ethics.

    A motivator.

    A visionary.

    These are just a few of the attributes the Glenwood Board of Education is looking for in its new district superintendent as they begin the search process to replace Dr. Stan Sibley, who announced in December he would be stepping down when his contract is completed June 30, 2010.

    Sibley has served as Glenwood’s superintendent since 2001.