Local News

  • PPEL measure passes in East Mills

    The second time turned out to be the charm for the East Mills School District’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

    On Tuesday voters in the district approved a PPEL levy increase of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for a 10-year period after rejecting a similar referendum in September 2014. The measure passed with 54 percent of the votes saying yes to the increase.

  • State Computer Error Will Cost GCSD $98,000

    A miscalculation by the Iowa Department of Revenue will cost the Glenwood Community School District $98,420 in revenue over the next 12 months.

    The state is blaming a computer error in a program tasked with collecting sales taxes as part of its Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) program – the state’s one-cent sales tax fund used for school infrastructure projects – during its final tabulations of payments last year.

  • Coalition Turns Attention To Four-lane Highway 34

    By Lexi Deagen

    RED OAK - After a successful 21-year-long project to get the Highway 34 bridge built over the Missouri River, the Southwest Iowa Coalition (SWICO) has decided to take on a new project.

    SWICO members met Jan. 15 in Red Oak to discuss steps necessary to expand about 100 miles of Highway 34 to four lanes from Glenwood to Osceola.

    Iowa Department of Transportation District Engineer Troy Jerman joined the meeting to advise the coalition on the most efficient ways of getting the highway expansion into IDOT’s five-year plan. 

  • Library's 'Weeding' Policy Questioned

    The Glenwood Public Library’s policy of removing and selling outdated, inaccurate and rarely-read books, including many that were donated as memorials, was called into question last week on social media and at the library’s board of directors meeting.

    Glenwood Public Library Director Jenny Ellis said around 1,000 items have been “weeded” from the library shelves over the past two months, but she is uncertain how many of the books had been donated as memorials.

  • Input Sought On Proposed Glenwood-Mineola Trail

    Mills County residents are encouraged to attend Monday night’s annual meeting of the Mills County Trail Board to take part in discussions about a proposal to create a recreational trail that would connect the city of Glenwood with Mineola and the Wabash Trace Trail that runs from Council Bluffs to Blanchard.

    Shawn Koehler, president of the Mills County Trail Board, said a trail system connecting the Glenwood and Mineola communities would promote health, recreation, education and tourism.

  • Bounce Business

    When David and Katie Kovamees first considered the idea of opening an indoor bounce house business in Glenwood, they got some funny looks from family and friends.

    Turns out those looks were nothing compared to the ones they got when they actually opened their Sky High Family Fun Center in December.

  • Former GCHS Teacher Takes Plea Deal

    A former Glenwood Community High School teacher accused of having sex with a student and supplying alcohol to another student has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

    Russell Crouch, 39, of Glenwood, was arrested and charged last May with sexual exploitation by a school employee, an aggravated misdemeanor, and supplying alcohol to a minor, a serious misdemeanor.

  • Costello elected to fill Ernst’s seat in Iowa Senate

    Mark Costello has been elected to replace Joni Ernst in the Iowa State Senate.

    Costello, 53, will be the next senator from District 12 after a special election Tuesday in southwest Iowa. Costello, an Imogene Republican, defeated Steve Adams, a Democrat, and Don Brantz, a Libertarian, while receiving 3,068 votes or 74 percent of the votes cast at the polls Tuesday. Adams finished with 22 percent, while Brantz tallied three percent of the vote.

  • Park Place, Pacific Place Closing

    Five Star Quality Care is closing two skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Mills County – Glenwood-based Park Place and Pacific Place located east of Pacific Junction.

    The Massachusetts-based owner and operator of the two facilities announced the closures last week. Combined, Park Place and Pacific Place treat nearly 100 adult residents with physical or intellectual disabilities and employ over 250 workers.

  • Candidate Don Brantz Denies Sexual Assault Charge

    Libertarian Party District 12 state senate candidate Don Brantz of rural Glenwood denies he sexually assaulted a woman in Nebraska.

    Brantz, 69, is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14 in Sarpy County on a misdemeanor sexual assault charge stemming from an Oct. 10 incident at a private residence in Bellevue. Brantz was also charged with disturbing the peace and interfering with the Public Service Commission, misdemeanors as well.