http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Library's 'Weeding' Policy Questioned http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/librarys-weeding-policy-questioned <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/book.jpg" alt="A sticker on the page facing the inside cover designates books donated as memorials to the Glenwood Public Library." title="A sticker on the page facing the inside cover designates books donated as memorials to the Glenwood Public Library." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Glenwood Public Library&rsquo;s policy of removing and selling outdated, inaccurate and rarely-read books, including many that were donated as memorials, was called into question last week on social media and at the library&rsquo;s board of directors meeting.</p> <p> Glenwood Public Library Director Jenny Ellis said around 1,000 items have been &ldquo;weeded&rdquo; from the library shelves over the past two months, but she is uncertain how many of the books had been donated as memorials.</p> Coalition Turns Attention To Four-lane Highway 34 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/coalition-turns-attention-four-lane-highway-34 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/winum.jpg" alt="Larry Winum leads discussion at the annual meeting of the Southwest Iowa Coalition." title="Larry Winum leads discussion at the annual meeting of the Southwest Iowa Coalition." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Lexi Deagen<br /> <br /> RED OAK - After a successful 21-year-long project to get the Highway 34 bridge built over the Missouri River, the Southwest Iowa Coalition (SWICO) has decided to take on a new project.</p> <p> SWICO members met Jan. 15 in Red Oak to discuss steps necessary to expand about 100 miles of Highway 34 to four lanes from Glenwood to Osceola.</p> <p> Iowa Department of Transportation District Engineer Troy Jerman joined the meeting to advise the coalition on the most efficient ways of getting the highway expansion into IDOT&rsquo;s five-year plan.&nbsp;</p> The King Of Glenwood http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/king-glenwood <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/elvisheader.jpg" alt="Glenwood&#039;s Craig Florian has been performing as an Elvis tribute artist since 2002." title="Glenwood&#039;s Craig Florian has been performing as an Elvis tribute artist since 2002." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> The late Elvis Presley, who would have turned 80 Thursday, has been an integral part of Craig Florian&rsquo;s life for as long as the 46-year-old Glenwood city councilman can remember.</p> <p> Florian&rsquo;s first exposure to the king of rock and roll came as a child in the 1970s&nbsp; when he often listened to his mother&rsquo;s Elvis Presley record albums. In high school, Florian had an Elvis-related role in &ldquo;Bye, Bye Birdie.&rdquo;</p> Input Sought On Proposed Glenwood-Mineola Trail http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/input-sought-proposed-glenwood-mineola-trail <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wabash_trace_0.jpg" alt="Bicyclists enjoy a ride on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail near Mineola." title="Bicyclists enjoy a ride on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail near Mineola." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> Mills County residents are encouraged to attend Monday night&rsquo;s annual meeting of the Mills County Trail Board to take part in discussions about a proposal to create a recreational trail that would connect the city of Glenwood with Mineola and the Wabash Trace Trail that runs from Council Bluffs to Blanchard.</p> <p> Shawn Koehler, president of the Mills County Trail Board, said a trail system connecting the Glenwood and Mineola communities would promote health, recreation, education and tourism.</p> Bounce Business http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/bounce-business <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/austin_smith.jpg" alt="Austin Smith tries his hand at the rope ladder at Sky High Family Fun Center in Glenwood. The new business is housed in the former Family Dollar store at 109 S. Walnut St." title="Austin Smith tries his hand at the rope ladder at Sky High Family Fun Center in Glenwood. The new business is housed in the former Family Dollar store at 109 S. Walnut St." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> When David and Katie Kovamees first considered the idea of opening an indoor bounce house business in Glenwood, they got some funny looks from family and friends.</p> <p> Turns out those looks were nothing compared to the ones they got when they actually opened their Sky High Family Fun Center in December.</p> Former GCHS Teacher Takes Plea Deal http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/former-gchs-teacher-takes-plea-deal <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/crouch_russell.jpg" alt="Russell Crouch" title="Russell Crouch" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> A former Glenwood Community High School teacher accused of having sex with a student and supplying alcohol to another student has reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge.</p> <p> Russell Crouch, 39, of Glenwood, was arrested and charged last May with sexual exploitation by a school employee, an aggravated misdemeanor, and supplying alcohol to a minor, a serious misdemeanor.</p> The Green Spot http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/green-spot <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9746.jpg" alt="Whitney Kamish and Jessica (Kamish) Ellis at The Green Spot." title="Whitney Kamish and Jessica (Kamish) Ellis at The Green Spot." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman</p> <p> Glenwood native Jessica (Kamish) Ellis&rsquo; business, The Green Spot in Omaha, is a labor of love.</p> <p> The natural pet food business came easily to Ellis.</p> <p> &ldquo;Her first words were not mama or dada, they were doggie, doggie, doggie,&rdquo; said her mother, Dr. Jacque Young of Glenwood.</p> <p> That natural instinct for pets, and a head for business, was recognized this past May, when the young company was awarded the Small Business Association&rsquo;s Small Business of the Year Award for Nebraska&rsquo;s Second District.</p> Costello elected to fill Ernst’s seat in Iowa Senate http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/costello-elected-fill-ernst%E2%80%99s-seat-iowa-senate <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/george_tucker_voting.jpg" alt="Glenwood resident George Tucker casts his ballot in Tuesday&#039;s special election." title="Glenwood resident George Tucker casts his ballot in Tuesday&#039;s special election." align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> Mark Costello has been elected to replace Joni Ernst in the Iowa State Senate.</p> <p> Costello, 53, will be the next senator from District 12 after a special election Tuesday in southwest Iowa. Costello, an Imogene Republican, defeated Steve Adams, a Democrat, and Don Brantz, a Libertarian, while receiving 3,068 votes or 74 percent of the votes cast at the polls Tuesday. Adams finished with 22 percent, while Brantz tallied three percent of the vote.</p>