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Today's News

  • 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.
        

  • School District Adopts Weapons Policy For Peace Officers

    The Glenwood School Board unanimously approved a resolution last Monday that will allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms while on school property.
    The board voted 4-0 to approve a new policy that will require off-duty officers who plan to carry weapons on school property to first be approved by the school district. Existing policy allows only on-duty law enforcement to carry firearms on school property.

  • Chamber Names Glenwood Couple Citizens of the Year

        Bruce and Marlene Sprain will be recognized in March as the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens of the Year.
        The Sprains will be among the Mills County residents honored for their public service at the chamber’s annual Betterment and Beautification Dinner and Awards program March 6 at The Fountains Ballroom.

  • A Classroom Abuzz

     An entomologist from the University of Nebraska was at Glenwood Community High School last Monday creating a buzz about bumblebee research with students in Betsy Maryott’s environmental science classes.

    Doug Golick, Ph.D., met with two classes of GCHS students who are doing research on bumblebee nesting habitat.  As part of their project, students are making their own artificial nesting boxes in hopes of attracting bees. Golick and two of his graduate students are working with 40 high schools as part of their research effort.

  • Mills County Relay For Life Earns No. 6 National Ranking

     The Mills County Relay For Life raised $94,000 for the American Cancer Society in 2013 - $6.12 per capita after expenses - earning  the county a No. 6 national ranking for communities with a population of 15,000 - 20,000. The $6.12 per capita figure is nearly five times the national average of $1.25.

    “Mills County has a great team of organizers and great community support,” American Cancer Society Relay For Life specialist Suzanne Mages said. “It doesn’t happen that way in every community.”