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  • The Man With The Plan

    R. Scot Booth is the new superintendent of the Glenwood Resource Center.

    But in a previous life, some 35 years ago, Booth was a star right-handed pitcher at Long Island University who turned down a contract offer with the Texas Rangers to pursue another dream: advocating for special education students in the New York Public Schools.

    “I have the same passion for this job and this world as I did on that mound 35 years ago trying to strike somebody out,” said the Brooklyn-born Booth. “I'm an advocate and advocates are passionate people.”

  • City’s plan to hike cable television fees gets short-circuited

    The Glenwood City Council has pulled the plug on a proposal to generate additional revenue for the city’s general fund by raising cable television fees.

    Glenwood City Administrator / Finance Director Mary Smith told council members that based on figures from the 2008 calendar year, over $12,000 could be generated annually if the city were to raise the franchise fee it collects from Mediacom from the current rate of 3 percent to 5 percent.

  • GRC land officially gets preserve status

    More than 900 acres in Mills County is Iowa’s newest dedicated preserve.

    Sitting on a 906 acre parcel of land on the southeast edge of the Glenwood Resource Center property, the Glenwood State Archaeological Preserve is Iowa’s 96th and now largest dedicated preserve. The site holds more than 100 recorded archaeological sites ranging from 5,000 years in age to early Euro-American settlements some 150 years ago. Most significant of the archaeological finds are 27 earth lodge sites related to the Glenwood culture that lived in the area around 1300 A.D.

  • City Elections Next Tuesday

    Municipal elections will take place across Mills County next Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

    In Glenwood, two-term incumbent mayor Dyle Downing faces a challenge for a two-year term by former city council person Kim Clark.

  • Train - Pedestrian Fatality In Malvern

    MALVERN - A 20-year-old Mills County resident died at an Omaha hospital early Friday morning after being struck by a train near the Wabash Trace Trail in Malvern around 9 p.m. on Thursday.

    According to a Mills County Sheriff’s Office report, the Mills County Communications Center received a report from the Burlington-Northern Santa Fe Railroad that a pedestrian lying on the tracks in Malvern had been struck by a train. Mills County deputies along with members of the Malvern Fire and Rescue unit responded.

  • Stolen School Computers Found

    Charges are pending against three individuals suspected of breaking into an auxiliary building behind the Glenwood Middle School on Oct. 15 or 16 and stealing computer equipment valued at $3,500.

    Glenwood Police Sgt. Eric Johansen said tips from the public led to a Saturday afternoon search of the Robert Taenzler residence, 213 Fairview Dr.

    Johansen said officers were given permission to search the residence and some of the stolen computer equipment was located in the home.

  • School District Computers Stolen

    Five computers were stolen during an overnight break-in Thursday at an auxiliary building behind the Glenwood Middle School.

    Glenwood Police Chief Mike Mercer said the person or persons responsible for the theft entered the building after breaking out multiple windows. The stolen computers, including towers and monitors, are valued at approximately $3,500, Mercer said.

  • City Quiet on Police Officer's Departure

    A special meeting of the Glenwood City Council was cancelled last Thursday after the city received the resignation of police officer Derek Baier.

    Baier had been a patrolman on the Glenwood Police force since September 2008.

  • Dispatcher Fired Over Missed 911 Calls

    A Mills County 911 dispatcher has been fired after failing to answer medical-related emergency calls for more than 30 minutes.

    Mills County Communications Director Tom Ling confirmed that a dispatcher, whose name has not been released, was terminated after an Oct. 6 incident.

  • School Board Election Nears

    Voters in the Glenwood Community School District now have a field of eight candidates to choose from in next Tuesday’s school board election.

    The top three vote-getters will be elected to serve a four-year term on the district’s five-member board of education. Seven of the candidates have their name on the ballot – Bill Agan, Dave Blum, Henry Clark, Tim Harms, Edward Lund, Rex A. Ruth and Dave Warren. The eighth candidate, Cheryll Ross, announced last week that she is running a write-in campaign. Voters will be allowed to vote for up to three of the candidates.