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  • 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.

  • School Bus Driver Survives Collision

    Glenwood school bus driver was still being treated for injuries Monday, five days after the bus he was driving collided with a semi-tractor trailer truck on U.S. Highway 34 southeast of Glenwood at the intersection with Kidd Road.

    Clarence R. Seale III, 51,was listed in critical but stable condition according to a public report from the Iowa State Patrol.

    The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. after Seale had dropped off his last student passenger.

  • Fire Burns Out Fountains Ballroom

    A secluded, wedding ballroom near Mineola was gutted by a fire last Wednesday morning when a quick moving blaze tore through the building causing nearly $1 million in damages.

    The Fountains Ballroom, located two miles northwest of Mineola at 51496 230 Street, caught fire some time after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Fire departments from Glenwood, Oak Township, Pacific Junction, and Silver City worked more than eight hours to get the blaze under control on the rural six-acre property, shuttling in water from a hydrant more than a mile away.

    The cause of the fire is unknown.

  • Sheriff Taylor Retiring After 16-year Run

    Mack Taylor has spent two-thirds of his lifetime working in the field of law enforcement, but the four-term sheriff says he’s having no second thoughts about walking away from his career later this month.

    Taylor, 54, will formally retire as Mills County Sheriff on Dec. 31.