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  • Engine 15

    Even a normally subdued fire chief had excitement in his voice talking about the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department’s new truck.

    “We’re tickled to death, we’ve never had anything like this since I’ve been around,” GVFD chief Butch Fidler said. “It’s too bad it wasn’t ready in time for the homecoming parade.”

  • Learning In London

    By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Glenwood native Caitlin Staebell knows her passion.

    “I love being able to tell the larger story, and with theater and musicals, I can do that,” Staebell said.

    The 26-year-old’s love of storytelling recently led her to become one of 32 actors studying at East 15 School of Acting in London, a school rooted in political theater.

    “It was started by Margaret Bury, who uses the Joan Littlewood method (of acting),” Staebell said.

  • Sudden Death

    Dale Lingle thought his 16-year-old son was simply sleeping off a late night of computer and video games when he found him still lying in bed in the middle of the afternoon  July 18.

    “He was a typical teenager. In the summer, he would stay up late on the computer and playing video games,” Dale said. “I went in to get him out of bed and he didn’t wake up.”

    More than two months after his death, Codie Lingle’s family finally knows with some certainty what caused the death of their son and brother.

  • Shopkeeper, Boot Maker A 'Jill Of All Trades'

    When Keg Creek Boot and Saddle closes its doors later this year, it will mark the first time in at least 100 years Glenwood residents won’t have a local place to go for shoe repairs.

    Vickie Felos has owned and operated the unique business since purchasing it from Dan Elizondo in 1986. Originally housed in a building on the 500 block of Sharp Street, Keg Creek Boot and Saddle has been at its current location at 411 Sharp St. since 1992.

  • Restoring The Stars and Stripes

    It’s called the National 9/11 Flag, but as Denny and Carolyn Deters will attest, the tattered flag that survived the World Trade Center explosions is recognized today as a symbol of our nation’s resilience and compassionate response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    “What we say at the foundation is that we’re not about 9/11, we’re about 9/12,” Carolyn said. “We’re really about the compassion the rest of the country showed to New York after 9/11.”

  • Fatal Accident North Of Glenwood

    A 24-year-old man was killed in a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in northern Mills County.

    Investigators for the Iowa State Patrol determined Jake William Champ of Clarinda was driving a 2007 Ford Fusion northbound on 221st Street (old U.S. Highway 275) north of Glenwood, between Ashton Road and Bunge Ave., when the driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. The vehicle left the roadway, going off a steep embankment on the east side of the highway before striking several trees, rolling and landing on its top.

  • Let the Construction Begin!

    Construction of the Mills County Law Enforcement Center and Jail has begun.

    County officials took part in a formal ground-breaking ceremony last Wednesday, Aug. 7 –  exactly one year from the day Mills County residents approved construction of the $6.4 million facility by a 69 - 31-percent margin. The building, which will house the county jail and sheriff’s offices, will be built in an industrial area of Glenwood at 500 Railroad Ave., on a tract of land directly south of the Mills County Engineer’s building.

  • Crash Closes Emerson Library

    EMERSON - The Emerson Public Library has remained closed since a car crashed into the side of the historic building July 21.

    “It was on a Sunday around noon. Thank God we were closed,” Emerson Public Library Director Karen Gage said.

    The vehicle reportedly struck the building when the driver accidently missed her brake pedal while attempting to stop. The driver was not injured and her vehicle was not damaged.

  • 'Bookworm' Retires From Library Board

    Lifelong reader Barbara Taenzler has been a fixture at the Glenwood Public Library for many years. In fact, she has read so many books that she keeps a green, wire basket at her house full of index cards that denote what books she has read.

    “I don’t have favorite books, I have favorite authors,” she said. “I find a favorite author and then I read everything by that author.”

    Some of those favorites include Maeve Binchy, Debbie Macomber, Michael Connelly and Robin Carr.

  • Glenwood Man Faces Arson Charge

    A 22-year-old Glenwood man is facing felony charges for allegedly setting three fires outside the Mills County Sheriff’s Office and Jail during the early morning hours of July 23.

    Adam Houchin is charged with first-degree arson, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and possession of an incendiary device, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.