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  • School Board Approves Slight Budget, Levy Hikes

    The Glenwood Community School District budget will see a slight increase next year.

    Following a public hearing Monday evening at the high school media center, the Glenwood Board of Director’s unanimously approved its $43.9 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The budget shows an increase of $232,277 – or about .5 percent – above the district’s current re-estimated 2016-2017 budget. No comments from the public were voiced during Monday’s hearing.

  • GCHS Jazz Band 3rd At State

    Earning the highest ranking in school history, the Glenwood Community High School Jazz Band was awarded third place in Class 3A at the April 4 Iowa Jazz Championships.

    Glenwood competed with 15 Class 3A bands at the state competition, marking the third consecutive year Glenwood has earned a top five ranking and 14th year the band has placed in the top 10. Harlan and Cedar Rapids Xavier earned first place and runner-up honors in Class 3A.

  • Council passes final reading of ordinance to establish utility franchise fees

    The Glenwood City Council has passed the third and final reading of ordinances that establish franchise fees on the city’s two major utility providers - Black Hills Energy and MidAmerican Energy.

    The establishment of the 5-percent franchise fees were approved unanimously at the city council’s regular meeting Tuesday, March 28.

    Beginning July 1, natural gas customers of Black Hills Energy and electrical customers of MidAmerican Energy residing within the city limits of Glenwood will begin seeing the 5-percent franchise fee on their monthly statements.

  • Ticket distribution for U.S. Navy concert begins Friday

    The distribution of free tickets for the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus concert in Glenwood will begin Friday.

    The Sea Chanters - the official chorus of the United States Navy - will perform on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m., in the Glenwood Community High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

    Concert tickets, a limit of four per person, will be available at First National Bank, Glenwood State Bank and The Opinion-Tribune newspaper office.

  • Mild winter a boost for construction of Lakin Community Center in Malvern

    MALVERN - A mild winter with minimal snowfall has been beneficial to the construction work taking place on the Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center on the Mills County Fairgrounds.
    The shell of the 16,000 square-foot facility has been standing for weeks and construction workers have continued to make progress, even during a rainy first two weeks of spring.

  • Love's Breaks Ground On Mills County Travel Stop

    A little rain and frigid wind didn’t stand in the way of this historic moment.

    The Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday at the future home of Love’s Travel Stop along Highway 34 and 188th Street in Mills County.

  • FM additions taking shape, on schedule

    The Fremont-Mills Community School District’s early childhood development and auditorium addition is on schedule for a January 2018 completion, according to Superintendent Dr. Chris Herrick.

    Work on the project broke ground last November with a $5.6 million budget. Since that original bid letting, the cost of the project has actually risen to $6 million with the addition of a safe room and a classroom and a 200-stall paved parking lot on the former softball field parcel.

  • Fundraisers planned for teen in need of double-lung transplant

        Two special fundraisers are planned in the coming weeks to assist the family of an 18-year-old Glenwood Community High School student on the waiting list for a double-lung transplant.
        Hannah DeLashmutt, the daughter of Kenneth and Destiny DeLashmutt, has lived her entire life with Cystic Fibrosis and is now in need of the life-saving transplant.

  • If PPEL vote fails, GCSD ‘piecemeal’ effort likely to update athletic complex

    The Glenwood Athletic Complex originally opened in the late 1940s. Even with some additions and improvements, the football field, bleachers and field house appear much the same way they did 50 years ago.

    With or without voter approval April 4 on a $6 million Physical Plant and Equipment (PPEL) levy to pay for an overhaul of the complex, the Glenwood Community School District still faces the prospect of having to repair and update the aging facility along Sivers Road.

  • ‘Confidential’ report sheds more light on GRC investigation

    A 34-page report made public last week shed more light on the abuse and neglect of 20 clients at the Glenwood Resource Center. The report was written by a private, medical care-based consulting firm hired by the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS).