Local News

  • House Goes Up In Flames

    A fire ravaged a vacant home northwest of Glenwood Monday morning.

    Shortly after 11 a.m., a neighbor called the Mills County Communications Center to report smoke and flames coming from a house at 20318 Falden Road.

    When fire departments from Glenwood and Pacific Junction arrived, the structure was engulfed in flames.

    According to the Mills County Assessor’s office, the house, which is located west of Pony Creek Lake, is owned by Darrel and Linda Wilson of Bellevue, Neb.

  • Glenwood Mayor Opposed In Election

    Glenwood voters will have two mayoral candidates to choose from when they go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 3.

    Two-term incumbent mayor Dyle Downing is being challenged for a two-year term by former city council person Kim Clark.

    The election for mayor will be the only contested race on the ballot in Glenwood. Three incumbent members of the Glenwood City Council - Clare Bangs (at-large), Kay LeFever (at-large) and Susan Hirschman (Ward 3) - are all running unopposed for four-year terms.

  • Motorcyclist Crash Claims Life

    MALVERN - A 57-year-old Glenwood man died Sunday afternoon following a motorcycle accident near Malvern.

    Charles Edward Wagner died from injuries sustained in a crash near 310th Street and Paddock Ave. shortly after 4 p.m., according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.

    Investigators determined Wagner was riding a 2001 Victory motorcycle southbound on 310th Street near Paddock when he lost control of the bike. The motorcycle crashed and overturned after the wheels dropped onto to the right shoulder of the road, according to the report.

  • Auditorium Seat Campaign Almost Finished

    The campaign to raise funds for the new performing arts auditorium in Glenwood Community High School is drawing to a close. The fundraising drive to become a Glenwood Community Performing Arts Center “CHAIRperson” was spearheaded by Gordon Woodrow, former Glenwood high school band director.

  • GRC Report Card Released

    An independent study of the Glenwood Resource Center by a private agency is complete and the state’s largest residential care and treatment facility for people with mental and developmental disabilities has received generally high marks, according to Gov. Chet Culver.

  • Finalists Named For GRC Post

    Iowa Department of Human Services spokesperson Roger Munns said last week that DHS has whittled down the list of candidates for the superintendent position at the Glenwood Resource Center to three finalists. Selected from a pool of 18 candidates, the finalists are:

    - Stan Butkis, recently the director of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and previously the director of Virginia’s mental health programs.

  • Changing Of The Guard

    Change was in the air last Monday as the new Glenwood Board of Education met for its organizational meeting.


    Outgoing board members Bill Agan and Frank Overhue were recognized for their combined 18 years of service to the school district before they formally stepped down to make room for newcomers Henry Clark and Dave Blum.


    Clark, Blum and incumbent Dave Warren were elected Sept. 8 to serve four-year terms on the five-member board.


  • Lost In Transition

    The Glenwood Community School District opened its new high school on Aug. 27. Lost in the glare of the spotlight on the $22 million, state-of-the art building is Glenwood’s other new school.

    Classes began Aug. 26 at the new Glenwood Middle School, formerly Glenwood’s high school, just across the Keg Creek. The new middle school is a “big improvement” over the middle school’s former home in the Meyer Building on the Glenwood Resource Center campus, said first-year GMS Principal Heidi Stanley.

  • School Board Vote Is In

    Incumbent Dave Warren and newcomers Henry Clark and Dave Blum have been elected to seats on the Glenwood Board of Education.

    Warren, Clark and Blum were the top three vote-getters in Tuesday’s school board election, garnering 809, 697 and 526 votes respectively. Write-in candidate Cheryll Ross finished in fourth place, presumably receiving nearly all of the 382 write-in votes that were cast. Tim Harms received 313 votes, followed by Rex A. Ruth with 302, incumbent Bill Agan with 252 and Edward Lund with 212.

  • Brick Street Debate In Glenwood

    Brick streets have resurfaced as an issue of discussion and debate for the Glenwood City Council.

    Two Glenwood citizens – Jean Jaskierny and Linda Forman – attended council meetings in August to voice their displeasure with the city’s public works department for using concrete to repair a brick intersection at Coolidge and Hazel Street earlier this summer.