Local News

  • CodeRED In Mills County

    A new technology will allow Mills County residents to receive immediate severe weather warnings and other important messages from emergency management officials via their telephone.

  • County Budget Approved

    The Mills County Board of Supervisors formally approved an increase of more than $1 million for the county’s 2011 fiscal year budget at a public hearing last Monday.

    The county’s $16,340,700 budget represents a seven-percent increase, or about $1.06 million, from the current fiscal year.

    The 2010-2011 budget, created by Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson and the board of supervisors, is for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010 and running through June 30, 2011.

  • 'Tea Party' In Glenwood

    Taxes, government spending, voter apathy and overall dissatisfaction with the status quo were among the topics addressed at a ‘Tea Party’ gathering last Wednesday at the Glenwood American Legion Hall. The meeting was the first of its kind in Mills County and attracted a crowd of nearly 100 people.

    Organizer John Scherle of Henderson said the meeting was bipartisan and would serve as a forum for Mills County residents who are concerned about government spending and the need for fiscal responsibility at all levels of government.

  • A Goal In Mind

    It may not look or feel it, but Spring really is just right around the corner. And with it comes soccer season.

    But the question on most Glenwood futbol fans’ minds isn’t when the soccer season will begin. It’s where will the season begin.

    After playing on makeshift fields around town, at the Glenwood Resource Center and in out-of-town tournaments for the last three seasons, the Glenwood Youth Soccer Program plans to play this season on the city's 11-field, 18-acre soccer complex just north of Glenwood Community High School.

  • Chamber Award Winners

    Jim and Monica Hughes have been named the Citizens of the Year by the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The couple will be honored at the chamber’s annual Betterment and Beautification Dinner and Awards program on March 11 at The Fountains Ballroom.

  • City Sets Budget

    For the second straight year, property taxes are going up in Glenwood despite a reduction in the city tax levy.

    The city of Glenwood is lowering its tax levy from 14.53768 to 14.48186 for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, but an increase in the state rollback formula will result in an overall tax increase. For the owner of a home with an assessed value of $150,000, the increase in the state rollback, from 45.5893 percent to 46.9094, will result in an additional $24.84 in city taxes.

  • 50 Years On Town Square

    True Value hardware store is marking its 50th anniversary on the west side of the Glenwood Town Square in 2010.

    The Trask family opened their Coast To Coast hardware store at 20 N. Walnut St. in March 1960. A half-century later, customers can still count on the store as a place to buy tools, appliances, paint, yardcare products, snow shovels and a wide assortment of other household items.

  • Branstad Calls For Restructuring Of State Employee Wages, Benefits

    Former Gov. Terry Branstad believes Iowa needs to restructure its salary and benefit packages for state employees as one solution to addressing the state’s current financial dilemma.

    “We’re way out of whack,” Branstad said during a campaign appearance in Glenwood last Wednesday.

    The Republican gubernatorial candidate said salaries and benefit packages for state employees are considerably higher than those provided to workers in the private sector.

  • Grassley Town Hall Meeting

    Healthcare reform isn’t a dead issue in Congress, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said in an interview with The Opinion-Tribune, but fresh legislation will have to be drafted if any measure is to get serious consideration and make its way to President Obama’s desk in 2010.

  • Hiley Park Improvements

    The Glenwood Kiwanis Club is moving forward with Phase IV of the Hiley Park improvement and renovation plan.

    Kiwanis spokesperson Dr. Jacque Young told members of the Glenwood City Council last month that the club intends to install approximately $12,000 in additional playground equipment at the park later this year if funding can be secured.

    Young said the new equipment will be added to the play structure installed at the neighborhood park in 2007. The new addition would double the size of the equipment, Young said.