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Today's News

  • City, School District Finalizing Pool Agreement

    The city of Glenwood and the Glenwood Community School District are still dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s on a 28-E (intergovernmental agency) agreement that would allow an outdoor aquatic center to be built on school district property.

    If approved by residents of the city of Glenwood in a May 6 bond issue election, the $4.7 million facility would be built on a two-acre site adjacent to a new auxiliary gymnasium being constructed at Glenwood Community High School.

  • Despite Burn Ban, Firefighters Kept Busy

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for area firefighters.
    Since Mills County issued a county-wide burning barn beginning March 19, local fire departments have battled 17 grass fires all over the county, stoked by dry, windy conditions.

    Due to the abnormally warm temperatures and several months of below normal precipitation, Mills County Emergency Management polled the local fire department chiefs of Mills County and the Mills County Supervisors resulting in a consensus vote to issue the burn ban.

  • Principal Discusses Reasons Behind Sudden Resignation

    Glenwood Community High School Principal Shane Stephens made the difficult decision to step down from the position he has held for less than a year due to declining health issues, he said.

    “My goal over the last 15 years has been to be a high school principal in Iowa and I did that,” Stephens said. “When I took over this job I thought it was the right job for me, however, over the course of the last two months there’s a combination of things. But the stress of the job is more than I thought it would be.

  • Glenwood teen killed in Thursday crash recalled as ‘beloved’ student

    Tanner Porter had the smile to match the twinkle in his eyes.

    “Tanner was a very kind, kind young man,” said Glenwood Community High School guidance counselor Kathleen Loeffelbein. “He had a beautiful smile and this twinkle in his eye. He made other people’s day brighter. He was a beloved student. He knew a lot of people and touched so many people with his kindness.”

    Porter, 17, died Thursday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center following injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle accident north of Glenwood.

  • Glenwood High School principal abruptly resigns

    GLENWOOD – A new principal hired less than a year ago who was predicted to “do a great job at the high school” resigned Monday night after failing to meet his own expectations.

    Shane Stephens submitted the letter of resignation to the Glenwood School Board in a Special Board Meeting Monday, stating the decision was made with a “heavy heart yet clear mind.”

  • 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.