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Today's News

  • Enterovirus A Concern For Public Health Officials

    The Iowa Department of Public Health and Mills County Public Health Office both issued warnings Monday about an outbreak of an enterovirus in Ohio, Illinois and Kansas that’s also causing illness in Iowa.

  • Charges Filed Against Former Library Director

    The former director of the Malvern Public Library has been arrested and charged with ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft.

    Stacey Buick, 41, is accused of misappropriating more than $20,000 from the library from July 2006 – October 2013.

    Charges were filed in Mills County after an investigation by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office identified improper expenditures and unsupported documents during Buick’s tenure as library director.

  • Red Oak Hospital Sues Mills County

    By Greg Orear, General Manager

    RED OAK – In a unique case which may have statewide ramifications, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital has filed a lawsuit against Mills County regarding prisoner medical care.

    Tom Stamets, attorney for the Red Oak hospital, said the case appears headed for district court as the Mills County Board of Supervisors refuses to pay the $17,246.25 medical bills accumulated by prisoners they transferred to Montgomery County Center.

  • Ground Broken On Auxiliary Gym

    The Glenwood Community School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday at the future site of the high school’s auxiliary gymnasium and locker room addition.
        

    HSR Associates, Inc. designed the $3.8 million project and Omaha-based contractors Meco-Henne will handle construction. Construction will be completed by the opening of the 2015-2016 school year.
        

  • Earth Lodge's Future In Jeopardy

    The future of the Glenwood American Indian Earth Lodge, located across the street from the main entrance to Glenwood Lake Park, is in doubt.

    Mold has infiltrated the log-framed, grass and mud-covered structure, forcing Mills County Public Health officials to close the facility off to public access.

    “It’s kind of a dead end,” Glenwood Indian Earth Lodge Society vice president Joan Hammer said. “We can’t give people tours any more.”

  • Opinion-Tribune Bringing Abraham Lincoln Impersonator, Civil War Encampment To Glenwood Saturday

    As Glenwood celebrates its heritage this weekend with the annual Keg Creek Days, The Opinion-Tribune will participate by adding two major components of the era in which the newspaper was founded: Abraham Lincoln and a Union army encampment, complete with a cannon used in the Civil War.

    Lee Williams, a nationally-recognized Lincoln impersonator, will make three presentations Saturday afternoon from the perspective of the nation’s 16th president.

  • East Mills working with DNR on lagoon issue

    East Mills School District officials say a lagoon located on the elementary school campus near Hastings poses no health concerns for students or staff but the district will comply with an Iowa Department of Natural Resources request to more closely monitor water discharge levels.

  • GCSD tabs Meco-Henne for auxiliary gym project

    Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Glenwood Community High School will break ground on its new auxiliary gymnasium and locker room in mid-September.

    On Monday, the Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a construction bid of $3.22 million by Omaha-based contractors Meco-Henne to build the gymnasium addition on the northeast side of the high school that will house a new locker room and allow for an expanded weight room and wrestling room.

  • Memorial Dedicated To Fallen Four

    Loved ones and friends of Dennis Chaney, Steven Benscoter, Dale Aspedon and Jay Bock were among about 100 people in attendance at the Glenwood Cemetery Saturday morning for the dedication of a Veterans’ Memorial Plaza built in honor of the four motorcyclists who died in August 2010 after being struck by a drunk driver while riding together in an Interstate 29 construction zone near Little Sioux.

  • Auditors Say Former Malvern Library Director Used Funds For Personal Use, Altered Receipts

    Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said Monday he expects charges to be filed against a former director of the Malvern Public Library accused of altering receipts and using library funds for numerous personal expenses over several years.

    Results of an investigation released Friday by State Auditor Mary Mosiman found that former Malvern library director Stacey Buick misspent thousands of dollars. Auditors identified nearly $33,000 of improper expenditures and unsupported documents.