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  • Glenwood ISL Vote Set For Feb. 2

    A day short of one year after voters said no to the Glenwood School’s request for an Instructional Support Levy, the district is planning to try again.

    The Glenwood School Board voted 3-1 at a public hearing Monday night in the Glenwood Community High School Media Center to pursue an Instructional Support Levy (ISL), an alternative funding stream to address curriculum and technology needs in the cash strapped district, in a Feb. 2 special election.

  • Dr. Sibley To Retire July 1

    Glenwood Community School District Superintendent Dr. Stan Sibley has announced he will be retiring from the position he has held since 2001.

    Sibley has informed the Glenwood School Board of his intention to retire at the end of the school year and tendered his resignation at Monday's monthly board meeting. Sibley will remain as superintendent through the district's current fiscal year ending on June 30, 2010.

    Sibley, 65, said he had been contemplating stepping down for some time and now just seemed like the right time.

  • Mayor Exercises Veto Power

    A city council-approved ordinance that outlines the duties and responsibilities of the mayor and city administrator / financial manager does not have the blessing of Glenwood Mayor Dyle Downing.

    On Monday, Downing issued his formal veto of Ordinance 820 “because it gives almost all the authority of the operation of the City of Glenwood to a non-elected position, which I strongly oppose.”

    The ordinance, which has been in the works since last spring, was approved by the council last month.

  • Center Stage

    If there’s one thing the faculty, administration and students of Glenwood Community High School seem to all agree on it’s how they feel about the school's new auditorium.

        “It’s gorgeous,” said instrumental music director Pete Jacobus.

        “It's beyond my wildest dreams,” said Kay Fast, vocal music director.

        “It’s beautiful,” said Glenwood High School Principal Kerry Newman.

  • City Council Reverses Position

    The Glenwood City Council has reversed its position on raising its cable television franchise fee.

    After more than 30 minutes of comment and discussion last Tuesday, Nov. 24, the council voted in favor of the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the franchise fee the city charges Mediacom, Glenwood’s cable television provider, from the current rate of 3 percent to 5 percent. The fee hike was voted down by a 3-2 margin in October but council members Kay LeFever and Susan Hirschman had a change of heart when the issue was brought forward again last week.

  • H1N1 Clinic Draws Nearly 300

    Just under 300 people came to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church last Thursday to receive their vaccination for the H1N1 flu.

    The clinic was conducted by staff from the Mills County Public Health Office.

  • ISL On The Table Again

    Glenwood Community School District residents could be going to the polls on Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) for a new vote on an Instructional Support Levy (ISL).

    At a special meeting, Monday, Nov. 16, the Glenwood Board of Education took the first step to bring the ISL back to the vote of the people. The board passed a resolution of intent to participate in the ISL and scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 p.m. A final decision to put the ISL to a public vote won’t be made until after the public hearing.

  • City Revisiting Cable Fee

    The Glenwood City Council will revisit a proposal to generate revenue by raising the franchise fee charged to Mediacom, the city’s cable television provider. The matter will be discussed at a public hearing next Tuesday evening, Nov. 24, at City Hall.

    Last month, the council voted 3-2 against raising the fee from 3 percent to 5 percent.

  • Clark is Glenwood's new mayor

    The City of Glenwood has a new mayor.

    Former city council person and Mills County Sheriff's Deputy Kim Clark has defeated two-term incumbent mayor Dyle Downing in municipal elections held throughout the county today.

    Clark received 364 votes (61 percent) to Downing's 230 (38.5 percent) in Tuesday's vote. Clark received more than 58 percent of all votes cast in Glenwood's three Wards. She earned her biggest support in Ward 1 where she garnered nearly 70 percent of cast ballots.

  • H1N1-related Death in County

    A Mills County adult is among the latest victims of the H1N1 influenza virus.

    The Mills county resident, who was listed only as a male, in the Iowa Department of Public Health release, is the first in the county to die from the virus. The state lists the Mills County death with three other death in Dubuque, Polk and Monona counties in last Wednesday's press release. All but one individual had medical conditions that increased the risk of complications, according to the press release. The latest death brings the state's death toll to 11.