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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • District To Consider Allowing Off-duty Officers To Carry Guns On School Property

    Glenwood Community School District Superintendent Devin Embray said he supports establishing a protocol that would allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry firearms on school district property.

  • Strong Communities Campaign

     The Mills County YMCA has kicked off its 2014 Strong Communities Campaign with a goal of raising $55,000.

    “Last year, we raised about that much,” Mills County YMCA Executive Director Diana Burchett said. “The money provides scholarships for memberships and program fees. Most of it last year was going to families for memberships.”

    Specifically, Burchett said, the 2013 campaign provided about 1,200 membership and program scholarships for families and individuals in need of financial assistance.

  • Illegal Fishing On Missouri River Nets Charges, Fines

     Five southwest Iowa men were charged with illegally harvesting channel catfish on Jan. 19, when officers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission witnessed them loading the catch onto a truck. It is illegal to keep game fish from the Missouri River on a commercial fishing license.

    The officers were watching the Missouri River for illegal snagging when they came across the individuals in Fremont County.

  • Accidental Shooting On West Elementary School Playground Results In Felony Charge

    A Glenwood man who accidentally shot himself in the leg on the playground parking lot at West Elementary School Friday afternoon has been charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of between $750-$7,500.

  • Big Man On Campus

     Basketball coaches can teach their players a lot.

    Drills can improve ball handling, passing and rebounding.

    Extra shooting can do just that, improve shooting.

    There seems to be just one thing coaches can’t teach.

    “You can’t ‘teach’ height,” said Glenwood coach Curt Schulte. 

  • Mettwurst - A Mineola Tradition

    MINEOLA - Do a Google search for the word “Mettwurst” and you’ll be guided to Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia.

    Three paragraphs into its definition of the German pork sausage, Wikipedia has this to say:

    “The town of Mineola, Iowa, which was settled almost exclusively by immigrants from Schleswig-Holstein, hosts an annual heritage dinner with “Schoening-style” cold-smoked Mettwurst known in the Low German dialect as “Metvuss.”

  • Hastings Man Sentenced For Firearms Charge

    A 41-year-old Hastings man was sentenced Friday to serve two years in prison on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Jason Shawn Allan was also ordered to forfeit the firearm he possessed and to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim Fund.

  • Bones Found At Fire Scene

    The Council Bluffs Police Department confirmed Wednesday bones were found at the scene of a New Year's Eve fire in Mills County and investigators are trying to detemine if the bones belong to a missing Council Bluffs man, 26-year-old Travis Bach.