http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en If PPEL vote fails, GCSD ‘piecemeal’ effort likely to update athletic complex http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/if-ppel-vote-fails-gcsd-%E2%80%98piecemeal%E2%80%99-effort-likely-update-athletic-complex <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ppel1.jpg" alt="The view from the north of the proposed Glenwood Athletic Complex designed by HSR Associates, Inc." title="The view from the north of the proposed Glenwood Athletic Complex designed by HSR Associates, Inc." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> The Glenwood Athletic Complex originally opened in the late 1940s. Even with some additions and improvements, the football field, bleachers and field house appear much the same way they did 50 years ago.</p> <p> With or without voter approval April 4 on a $6 million Physical Plant and Equipment (PPEL) levy to pay for an overhaul of the complex, the Glenwood Community School District still faces the prospect of having to repair and update the aging facility along Sivers Road.</p> Fundraisers planned for teen in need of double-lung transplant http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fundraisers-planned-teen-need-double-lung-transplant <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hannah_delashmutt.jpg" alt="Hannah DeLashmutt" title="Hannah DeLashmutt" align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Two special fundraisers are planned in the coming weeks to assist the family of an 18-year-old Glenwood Community High School student on the waiting list for a double-lung transplant.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Hannah DeLashmutt, the daughter of Kenneth and Destiny DeLashmutt, has lived her entire life with Cystic Fibrosis and is now in need of the life-saving transplant.<br /> FM additions taking shape, on schedule http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fm-additions-taking-shape-schedule <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_adddition1.jpg" alt="The future auditorium site at Fremont-Mills Community School." title="The future auditorium site at Fremont-Mills Community School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Fremont-Mills Community School District&rsquo;s early childhood development and auditorium addition is on schedule for a January 2018 completion, according to Superintendent Dr. Chris Herrick.</p> <p> Work on the project broke ground last November with a $5.6 million budget. Since that original bid letting, the cost of the project has actually risen to $6 million with the addition of a safe room and a classroom and a 200-stall paved parking lot on the former softball field parcel.</p> School district comfortable taking on additional debt http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/school-district-comfortable-taking-additional-debt <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/athletic_complex_0.jpg" alt="Conceptual rendering of the renovated athletic complex being proposed in Glenwood." title="Conceptual rendering of the renovated athletic complex being proposed in Glenwood." align="left" hspace="6" width="183" height="85" /><p> The refinancing of bonds over the past five years is not only saving Glenwood Community School District taxpayers nearly $1.2 million in interest payments, but it will also allow for a faster payoff of the district&rsquo;s remaining debt for the construction of Glenwood Community High School, which opened in 2009.</p> ‘Confidential’ report sheds more light on GRC investigation http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/%E2%80%98confidential%E2%80%99-report-sheds-more-light-grc-investigation <p> A 34-page report made public last week shed more light on the abuse and neglect of 20 clients at the Glenwood Resource Center. The report was written by a private, medical care-based consulting firm hired by the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS).</p> County budget going up $2.7 million in 2017-18 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/county-budget-going-27-million-2017-18 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/county_budget.jpg" alt="The public hearing on the county’s proposed budget for 2017-18 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, at the Mills County Courthouse in Glenwood." title="The public hearing on the county’s proposed budget for 2017-18 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, at the Mills County Courthouse in Glenwood." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> Mills County&rsquo;s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year will be up for discussion at a public hearing Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m.</p> <p> The hearing, to be held in the Mills County Board of Supervisors meeting room at the county courthouse, will be open for public comment on the county&rsquo;s proposed $23.4 million budget.</p> Hospice House in Glenwood closing http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/hospice-house-glenwood-closing <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hospice_house_0.jpg" alt="Hospice With Heart has announced the pending closure of its house on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center." title="Hospice With Heart has announced the pending closure of its house on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="150" height="85" /><p> The Hospice With Heart house, which over the past 12 years has served the needs of Glenwood-area residents facing terminal illness, is closing its doors.</p> <p> The closure was announced last week by HCI Care Services / Visiting Nurse Services (HCI/VNS), a West Des Moines-based health and human services firm that has managed Hospice With Heart operations since 2014.</p> <p> HCI/VNS president and CEO Tray Wade&nbsp; said Hospice With Heart will continue to serve the Mills County area as an in-home hospice provider.</p> GMU taking on major water main projects in 2017 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/gmu-taking-major-water-main-projects-2017 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/coolidge1.jpg" alt="Workers complete water line replacement work on a two-block stretch of Coolidge Street, between Hazel and Grove." title="Workers complete water line replacement work on a two-block stretch of Coolidge Street, between Hazel and Grove." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> Glenwood Municipal Utilities (GMU) has begun an extensive water main replacement project on Coolidge Street, between Hazel and Grove.</p> <p> The two-block long project involves the replacement of a water main that was installed nearly 80 years ago.<br /> Dave Malcom, assistant supervisor for the water department, said the 2-inch cast iron line is being replaced with 6-inch ductile iron pipe. The project includes the installation of 15 connector lines to the shut-off valves on individual properties. Shut-off valves will be replaced if necessary.</p>