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Today's News

  • Alliance Gives Up Push For Loess Hills “Reserve” Status After County Board Vote

    There will be no federal reserve status for the Loess Hills.

    One day after the Mills County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution opposing the reserve designation, members of the Loess Hills Alliance board of directors put an end to their pursuit of the federal protection.

    The Mills County vote took place Tuesday after supervisors listened to public comments on both sides of the issue.

  • Discarded Cigarette Suspected Cause Of Glenwood Duplex Fire

    Glenwood Fire Chief Robert “Butch” Fidler said a discarded cigarette on an outside deck was the likely cause of an early-morning fire Saturday that resulted in extensive damageto a two-story duplex at 511 S. Hazel St.

    Fidler said the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene around 3:30 a.m. after occupants of the residence were awakened by a crackling sound and discovered the fire. Firefighters from Pacific Junction and Oak Township assisted at the scene, Fidler said.

  • Judge Orders Closure Of Faith Ridge Life Center

    MALVERN - Faith Ridge Life Center, a 51-bed skilled nursing facility in Malvern, and 21-bed Kevington Lane in Sidney will close later this year as a result of the owner’s ongoing financial woes and legal struggles with the state of Iowa.

    Mary Morse-Bolton and her two facilities owe the state over $400,000 in Medicaid overpayments and health care taxes, according to lawyers and representatives of the Iowa Department of Human Services. On Friday, a district court judge in Des Moines honored the state’s request to begin the process of closing the facilities.

  • Senior Center Seeks City, County Funds

    The board of directors at the Glenwood Senior Center are reaching out to the Mills County Board of Supervisors and Glenwood City Council in hopes of getting financial assistance to help cover the facility’s daily operating expenses.
        

    Senior Center board president Bonnie Millsap said rising utility and insurance costs have put a strain on the Senior Center’s budget and the volunteers who run the facility are finding it increasingly difficult to meet their financial obligations.
        

  • Earlier Start To School Year Approved

     The Glenwood Community Schools will start classes two weeks earlier in August than it did for the 2013-14 school year.

    The Glenwood School Board voted unanimously Friday to move up the start of school for grades 3-12 to Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 for grades K-2 for the 2014-2015 school year. The current school year began Aug. 26 for grades 3-12 and Aug. 27 for K-2.

  • Nebraska Man Found Guilty Of Sex Abuse Charges Against Children

    A Mills County jury needed  less than an hour of deliberations last week to find a Nebraska man guilty of sexual abuse charges against  two children.

    John R. Schondelmeyer, 64, of Bellevue, Neb., was found guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, and two counts of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony. His trial lasted just one day and included emotional and descriptive testimony from two female victims, who were 7 and 8 years old at the time the crimes were committed in their home last September.

  • Mills County Man Charged With Attempted Murder

     A 35-year-old Pacific Junction man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, after fleeing from law enforcement officers and ramming a Mills County Sheriff’s SUV while the deputy was standing near the vehicle.

    Myron Lee Brandon is facing charges of attempted murder, eluding, criminal mischief, second-degree theft and third-degree burglary.

  • Plea Agreement For Man Hunting Squirrels Near School

     A 66-year-old Glenwood man will not go to prison for carrying a gun on school grounds.

    Lyle Hillhouse was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun when he was arrested  near the Glenwood Middle School Dec. 2. Hillhouse was initially charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

    Hillhouse, who was arrested on school district property near the Keg Creek pedestrian bridge, told arresting officers he was intending to use the gun to hunt squirrels.

  • Annie Jr. On Masquers' Stage

     Since the first of January, the Mills Masquers have been preparing their 34th annual Winter Musical – “Annie Jr.”

    Craig Florian returns to the director’s chair for the first time since 2012’s “Bye, Bye Birdie” and once again Florian has assembled a talented and diverse cast that combines both seasoned theater veterans and fresh newcomers. 

    Starring in her first production, Sydney Major steps into the well-worn shoes of the iconic rags-to-riches girl, Little Orphan Annie. 

  • Pool Bond Issue Likely In May

    It appears residents of the city of Glenwood are going to be asked later this year to approve funding for the construction of an outdoor swimming pool on a piece of land adjacent to Glenwood Community High School.