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Today's News

  • Law Enforcement Center Dedication Set For Sept. 30

    A public dedication ceremony for the new Mills County Jail / Law Enforcement Center, located at 600 Industrial Ave. in Glenwood, has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 30.

    An open house is planned from 5:30-7 p.m. with a formal dedication and opening of a time capsule from the county’s existing jail (built in 1915) scheduled for 6 p.m.

    The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is expected to make the move to its new facility in mid-October.

  • Kickin' It With The KISS

    Kenny Spencer admits he never envisioned his career in professional football leading to a prominent role on a reality TV show or personal friendships with rock-and-roll music legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS fame.

    Spencer, a 2005 Glenwood Community High School graduate, is the place kicker for the LA KISS, an Arena Football League (AFL) team partially owned by the two band members from KISS and the focus of the 10-week 4th and Loud docu-series that began airing in August on Tuesday nights on AMC (9 p.m. CDT).

  • New Highway, Bridge Will Mean More Responsibilities For First Responders

    Mills County’s interim 911 Communications Center director Larry Hurst said the extension of Highway 34 west of Interstate 29 later this fall will put additional pressure and responsibilities on emergency responders, from Pacific Junction and Glenwood.

    “More pavement means there’s going to be more area to cover and increases in response times,” Hurst said. “There’s going to be a lot bigger demand for fire and rescue services once that area develops.”

  • Early October Opening For Interchange

    PACIFIC JUNCTION - The opening of the redesigned Interstate 29/Highway 34 interchange in western Mills County is three weeks away, an Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) engineer told The Opinion-Tribune Friday.

  • PPEL Defeat A Setback For East Mills

    MALVERN - East Mills School District voters have rejected a levy referendum that would have generated $400,000 in new revenue for the school district.
    The district had sought a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) increase of $1.34 per $1,000 of taxable valuation for a 10-year period. The district currently has a 33 cent per $1,000 PPEL in place.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 9, voters said no to that increase by a 403-to-345 margin. The referendum required a simple majority to pass.

  • Father, Daughter Fulfill A Wedding Day Dream

    Something magical happened Saturday evening outside a castle tucked away in the Loess Hills.

    Gary Giaffoglione walked side-by-side with his little girl down the aisle on her wedding day – a father’s dream that was seemingly shattered in March 2008 when an automobile accident left Gina, his only daughter, fighting for her life and paralyzed from the waist down.

    On this cool, late summer’s evening 6 1/2 years later, in the presence of family and friends, Gary and Gina made their dream a reality.

  • Families May Be Owed Money In School Food Settlement

    If you paid for your child’s food at a K-12 school in Iowa between Jan. 1, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2014, there’s a good chance you’re entitled to a financial settlement as part of a class action lawsuit.

    The lawsuit alleges Iowa Educators Corporation (IEC) and the Iowa Association for Educational Purchasing (IAEP) violated state law by awarding food service contracts across Iowa to Martin Brothers Distributing Company, Inc.

  • Highway 34 Bridge Creating Buzz On Both Sides Of River

    The highly-anticipated opening of the U.S. Highway 34 – Missouri River Bridge is now just weeks away.

    Jensen Construction project engineer Landon Streit said Friday a formal dedication ceremony is tentatively set for  Wednesday, Oct. 22, just days before the bridge is expected to be opened to motorists.

    The $140-million, 3,280-foot bridge will extend U.S. Highway 34 from Interstate 29 and link western Mills County to U. S. Highway 75 and the Kennedy Freeway in eastern Sarpy County, Neb., near LaPlatte.

  • 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.