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  • ISL Ballot Recount Set For Tuesday

    At the request of a petition submitted on behalf of the Glenwood Community School District, a formal recount of ballots from the district’s Feb. 3 Instructional Support Levy election will take place Tuesday (Feb. 17) at 8:30 a.m. in the Mills County Courthouse.

    The vote ended in a 434-434 tie, meaning the 10-year levy failed by one vote.

    Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said Thursday the recount would involve a hand-count of ballots by citizens from the Glenwood community, with representatives from the county and the school district present.

  • Reports Released On GRC Deaths

    A U.S. Department of Justice review of nine deaths at the Glenwood Resource Center in 2008 revealed no "systemic issues" related to the quality of care at the state’s largest facility for the mentally handicapped.

    Despite the Department of Justice (DOJ) findings, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has levied a $11,500 fine against the facility for quality of care issues and staff failure to follow procedures relating to the "unexpected death" of a client at the facility which occurred after the DOJ review had been completed.

  • District Unlikely To Contest Election

    The Glenwood Community School District has until March 2 to formally protest the results of the Feb. 3 Instructional Support Levy election, but school officials are expected to let the deadline pass without pursuing legal action.

    “We’re probably not going to contest the election,” school district superintendent Dr. Stan Sibley said Monday. “The people have spoken this time around.”

  • Zoo Vet Recovering From Tiger Bite

    One week after being a bitten by a tiger at the Henry Doorly Zoo, Dr. Doug Armstrong is recovering from his injuries at his home in Glenwood.

    Armstrong, a veterinarian at the zoo for the past 23 years, was bitten on the right forearm last Wednesday while performing a routine medical examination on an unconscious Malaysian tiger. Armstrong sustained multiple puncture wounds to his arm and was transported by ambulance to Creighton University Medical Center where he received treatment for three days before being released.

  • 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.