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  • 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.

  • Democrats, Republicans Nominate State Senate Candidates

    It took four ballots, but southwest Iowa Republicans finally came away with a candidate for the 12th District State Senate seat special election on Dec. 30.

    State Rep. Mark Costello of Imogene emerged as the Republican nominee from a field of seven candidates during a special convention Thursday night in Clarinda. Costello received 58 percent of the vote in the fourth round of voting, easily outdistancing runner-up Seth Watkins of Clarinda (23 percent) and former Montgomery County Supervisor Margaret Stoldorf of Red Oak (19 percent).

  • City, School District Ink 99-year Agreement

    The city of Glenwood and Glenwood Community School District have come to terms on a long-range real estate lease and shared-use agreement for the Charles E. Lakin Aquatic Center proposed on property adjacent to Glenwood Community High School.

    The school district will receive $1 a year from the city over a 99-year period, according to the agreement approved by the Glenwood City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9.

  • Don Brantz Seeking 12th District Senate Seat

    Rural Glenwood resident Don Brantz, a political activist and former member of the Mills County Board of Supervisors, has announced his candidacy for the District 12 seat in the Iowa State Senate vacated last month by Republican Joni Ernst, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Brantz was nominated to run for the state senate seat on Thursday by the Iowa Libertarian Party, according to a press release sent Monday.

  • Ex-Agriland FS Manager Pleads Guilty To Theft Charge

    A 42-year-old Malvern man was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison  after pleading guilty to first-degree theft Monday in Mills County District Court.

    Mills County Attorney Tricia McSorley said Jeffery Dennis Anderson stole just under $75,000 in goods, services and money  from his former employer, Agriland FS through what she described as a  “farming scheme” and “trucking scheme.” The stolen cash was taken from a bank account.

  • Home For The Holidays

    An assortment of activities are planned for Glenwood’s annual “Home for the Holidays”  celebration Dec. 4, 5, 6  and 7.

    Festivities kick off Thursday evening with a chamber after hours, tree-lighting ceremony and sing-along on Town Square and conclude Sunday evening with “Soup and Song” at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. In between, Glenwood-area residents will have numerous holiday-related activities to enjoy.

    Home For The Holidays
    Schedule of Activities

    Thursday, Dec. 4