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  • BREAKING NEWS - ISL Vote A Dead Heat

    After a mechanical error forced a recount of votes late Tuesday night, the Glenwood Community School District Instructional Support Levy vote has ended in a dead heat – 434 "Yes" votes and 434 "No" Votes.

    If the tie holds up, the ISL has failed. A majority of "yes" votes are needed for passage, meaning at least 435 "Yes" votes were needed for the levy to be approved.

  • Glenwood ISL Vote A Dead Heat

    It will certainly go down as one of the most unusual election outcomes in the history of the Glenwood Community School District.

    After a mechanical error with a ballot-counting machine forced a recount late Tuesday night, the vote on a 10-year Instructional Support Levy (ISL) for the Glenwood Community School District has ended in a dead heat – 434 "Yes" votes and 434 "No" Votes.

    If the tie holds up, the ISL has failed because a majority of "Yes" votes, at least 435 in this case, were needed for passage.

  • Witnesses To History

    Tuesday’s inauguration for President-elect Barack Obama promises to be a very historic day in our nation’s history.

    For a delegation of Glenwood Community High School students, the swearing-in ceremony will also be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The students will be among the four million people expected to converge on Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of America’s first African-American president.

  • Technology, Curriculum Focus Of ISL

    The value of an Instructional Support Levy (ISL) is hard to see.

    Most parents who will be voting on the Glenwood School District’s request to collect more than $700,000 in new income surtax and property tax on Feb. 3 don’t see the district’s textbooks, or know that most are a decade old.

    They don’t see computers that are inching toward obsolescence or that there is one computer per nearly four students in Glenwood, while most districts average just over two students per computer.

  • Law Practice a 'Privilege' For Jim Thomas

    Jim Thomas came back to his hometown after graduating from the University of Iowa Law School in 1967.

    It’s a decision he’s never regretted.

    “There’s just nothing as rewarding as the practice I’ve had,” Thomas said while discussing his recent retirement. “I’ve got classmates all over the world that graduated from Iowa in 1967 and I wouldn’t trade places with any of them. The practice itself is an incredible privilege and one that I’ve been blessed with, especially in a small town.”

  • Renovation of Existing Jail Proposed

    After countless hours of research and meeting more than a dozen times over the past six months, the eight-member Mills County Citizens Jail Committee has made a recommendation on the direction the county should go in addressing its jail needs.

    The committee’s conclusion is that the county should acquire the former Anderson Auto Parts property on the east side of Glenwood Town Square to allow for the expansion and renovation of the existing jail and Mills County Sheriff’s Office building, a structure built in 1915.

  • Omahan Suspected Of Starting Fire

    The Iowa Department of Public Safety has issued an arrest warrant for an Omaha man accused of setting fire to a home he owns in Henderson.

    The warrant was issued Dec. 17 for Larry Douglas Fast, 57, of 3405 Forrest Lawn Avenue in Omaha. The warrant alleges Fast broke into the home at 405 Myrtle Street in Henderson on Nov. 19, just after 8 a.m. and set two fires. One fire was started in in the main floor bathroom and a second on the back porch, said Special Agent John Ticer of the State Fire Marshall's Office.

  • Bridge Project Completion Pushed Back To Spring

    Mills County drivers will have to continue to detour around construction when traveling along Mills County Highway L-35 for a little while longer, as the $4.5 million replacement of two bridges along that highway will not be completed until the spring.

    The replacement of the two overhead bridges on Mills County Highway L-35 (Old Iowa Highway 978) began last April and was originally slated to be completed in November. According to a representative of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), the project will likely not be entirely completed until spring.

  • County Board Resumes Jail Talks

    They’re not ready to put a bond issue before the voters, but the Mills County supervisors have agreed to take a strong look at the recommendation of a citizens jail committee.

  • Ice Skating Authorized For Glenwood Lake Park

    The frigid winter weather has already arrived, so go ahead and sharpen those ice skates, Glenwood.

    The Glenwood City Council has authorized a proposal that will allow public ice skating at Glenwood Lake Park this winter.

    The council gave its unanimous approval to the skating proposal at its regular meeting last Tuesday, Dec. 9, after taking part in discussions with Glenwood Park Board member Bill Pugsley and mayor Dyle Downing.