Local News

  • First Taste of Winter

    Officially, winter is still more than two months away.

    It didn’t look that way Saturday morning, however, as snowfall blanketed portions of Nebraska, Iowa and other upper plains states.

    Snowfall totals varied in southwest Iowa from a trace to more than four inches. Some areas of Mills County received up to two inches.

    Some stretches of central and western Nebraska received more than 15 inches of snow, forcing the closure of Interstate 80 and other state and county highways.

  • Scaring Up Business

    Blood-curdling screams, the terrifying grind of a chain saw and the cackle of madness is sweeping through the darkened recesses of Malvern’s Main Street like a fog of dread.

    Ghouls, goblins, ghosts, mad scientists, unhinged killers and masked murderers run amok.

    And Malvern Area Betterment Association (MABA) President Spencer Terry wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • New GRC Superintendent Named

    The Glenwood Resource Center has found its new superintendent.

    R. Scot Booth, a longtime consultant and disabled services administrator, was announced as the resource center’s new superintendent in a press release by the Iowa Department of Human Services last Wednesday.

    “Scot brings a wealth of experience and energy to this work and I’m pleased that he accepted this position,” said Charles Krogmeier, the state’s director of human services.

  • 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.