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  • A New Police Chief

    Glenwood native Eric Johansen has been named police chief for the city of Glenwood.

    Mayor Kim Clark’s appointment of Johansen was approved at last Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Glenwood City Council. Johansen, who was sworn into office immediately following his appointment, will be paid $24.28 per hour and serve a six-month probationary period.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Glenwood ISL Fails

    For the second straight year, the Glenwood Community School District has failed to pass an Instructional Support Levy.

    On Tuesday, school district voters rejected the levy by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent - 994 "No" votes to 717 "Yes" votes.

    Voter turnout was nearly twice as large as last year when the special election ended in a 434-434 tie, denying passage by just a single vote.

  • Bringing Hope To 'The Gates of Hell'

    As a surgical tech, Amy Vinton has seen many things in her medical career.

    She’s assisted in open heart surgeries, organ transplants, amputations and about any trauma surgery imaginable.

    But nothing could have prepared Vinton, 26, for the things she saw as part of a medical team from Creighton University Medical Center that traveled to earthquake-ravaged Haiti for 10 days in January.

    “There's nothing that could have prepared any of us for what we saw,” Vinton said. “It was like the gates of hell.”

  • More Arrests In Santa Scheme

    Three more suspects have been arrested in a forgery scheme that bilked more than $11,000 from a Mills County charity that assists families in need during the holidays.

    In addition to Dewey Stuart, 39, of Omaha, who was arrested in December, Mills County Attorney Marci McClellan said Stacey Barrett, 35, of Omaha, Tina Moore, 21, of Omaha, and Stephanie Moore, 25, of Omaha, have all been charged with forgery (a Class D felony) and on-going criminal conduct (a Class B felony). If convicted of both counts, they face up to 30 years in prison.

  • Time For Another Vote

    The last time the Glenwood Community School District attempted to pass an Instructional Support Levy (ISL) the measure failed.

    Public response to the tax that would allow the district to collect more than $800,000 in additional revenue to support their learning needs could not have been more divided in Glenwood. The vote ended in a deadlocked 434-434 tie, a single vote short of the simple majority it needed to pass.

  • Budget Shortfall

    A projected $1 billion “hole” in the state budget for the next year was the major topic of conversation at the first Mills County legislative briefing of the year.

    Western Iowa state representatives Greg Forristall and Richard Anderson joined veteran state senator Hubert Houser in addressing state finances and other legislative issues with approximately 25 people in attendance at the Jan. 16 forum in Glenwood.

  • Sharing A Superintendent?

    The Glenwood Board of Education is looking into the idea of sharing a district superintendent, perhaps with the Malvern School District, as a cost-cutting solution to replace out-going Glenwood superintendent Dr. Stan Sibley, scheduled to retire on July 1.

  • Discussing The ISL

    More that 30 people showed up to hear the Glenwood Community School District lay out its plan for an Instructional Support Levy (ISL) at a public forum on Monday.

    Whether that translates into the necessary votes for the ISL to pass, voters and the Glenwood School District will have to wait until the Feb. 2 special election.

  • Madam Mayor

    Most first days on the job involve getting acquainted with your co-workers, adjusting to your new desk and figuring out how to use the copy machine.

    You know, first day stuff.

    Not new Glenwood Mayor Kim Clark.

    No, Clark spent her first day on the job knee deep in financial paper work going over the city’s mounting snow removal debt.

  • Early-morning Meth Bust

    Two Malvern residents are facing drug-related charges following their arrests during the early-morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 6.

    As the result of information obtained during an on-going investigation, Mills County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at 609 Third Ave. in Malvern shortly after 3 a.m. During the search of the residence, deputies seized a substance believed to be methamphetamine with a total weight of over 5 grams, marijuana and two precursors believed to be pseudoephedrine and lithium. Both are commonly used in the production of methamphetamine.