http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Changes could push F-M additions to fall 2017 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/changes-could-push-f-m-additions-fall-2017 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dirt_work_at_fm.jpg" alt="Preliminary dirt work and demolition on the north parking lot got underway last week as Leick Construction started the first phase of the Fremont-Mills Community School District’s $5.5 million project. The addition of the early childhood development center, the auditorium and parking lot changes are expected to be completed by late fall 2017." title="Preliminary dirt work and demolition on the north parking lot got underway last week as Leick Construction started the first phase of the Fremont-Mills Community School District’s $5.5 million project. The addition of the early childhood development center, the auditorium and parking lot changes are expected to be completed by late fall 2017." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A lack of contractor bids and a crowded construction market has brought changes to the bidding process and possibly the timeline for a planned $5.5 million addition in the Fremont-Mills Community School District.</p> GCSD, city working on deal for pool use in PE classes http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/gcsd-city-working-deal-pool-use-pe-classes <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aquatic_center.jpg" alt="If a deal is worked out between the City of Glenwood and the Glenwood Community School District, high school physical education classes could be spending some time in the pool as early as this fall." title="If a deal is worked out between the City of Glenwood and the Glenwood Community School District, high school physical education classes could be spending some time in the pool as early as this fall." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Glenwood Community School District is in negotiations with the City of Glenwood to use the aquatic center for high school physical education classes this fall and spring.<br /> Outdoor classroom taking shape at GCHS http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/outdoor-classroom-taking-shape-gchs <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/outdoor_classroom.jpg" alt="Concrete was poured and planting beds mulched last week for the planned outdoor classroom area in the courtyard at Glenwood Community High School." title="Concrete was poured and planting beds mulched last week for the planned outdoor classroom area in the courtyard at Glenwood Community High School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> After years of discussions, plans and grant proposals, Glenwood Community High School&rsquo;s long gestating outdoor classroom took a giant leap forward last week.</p> <p> The project saw dirt work completed, planting beds installed and concrete poured in two slabs in the high school&rsquo;s courtyard that will serve as outdoor learning areas for classes as varied as art, science and English.</p> Economic Development director sees potential for county growth http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/economic-development-director-sees-potential-county-growth <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rick_allely.jpg" alt="Shenandoah native Rick Allely began his duties as Mills County Economic Development director on July 1." title="Shenandoah native Rick Allely began his duties as Mills County Economic Development director on July 1." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Mills County&rsquo;s first full-time economic development director has hit the ground running.<br /> Since taking on the position July 1, Rick Allely has made it a point to travel the entire county to not only familiarize himself with the landscape, but to also get the word out that he&rsquo;s here to serve all residents and communities in Mills County.<br /> A fresh look for Glenwood’s Marching Rams http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/fresh-look-glenwood%E2%80%99s-marching-rams <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/band_girls.jpg" alt="Morgan LaViolette and Kendra Vaughn model the new uniforms being worn this year by the Glenwood Community High School Marching Band." title="Morgan LaViolette and Kendra Vaughn model the new uniforms being worn this year by the Glenwood Community High School Marching Band." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Members of the Glenwood Community High School Marching Band are ready to show off their new threads.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When the Marching Rams take the field at the first home football game of the season on Friday, Sept. 2, they&rsquo;ll be donning new uniforms for the first time in nearly two decades.<br /> Young will support ‘the nominee’ in presidential race http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/young-will-support-%E2%80%98-nominee%E2%80%99-presidential-race <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dyoung2.jpg" alt="U.S. Rep. David Young tours On With Life with recreation therapist Jeni Durfey and administrator Dick Achenbach." title="U.S. Rep. David Young tours On With Life with recreation therapist Jeni Durfey and administrator Dick Achenbach." align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> He didn&rsquo;t go as far as endorsing him by name, but Iowa&rsquo;s Third District Republican Congressman David Young indicated Friday he&rsquo;s behind GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m going to support the nominee,&rdquo; Young said during a sit-down interview with The Opinion-Tribune. &ldquo;I did not endorse in the primary, but I&rsquo;ve always said the Republican nominee, whoever it is, is going to carry forward the Republican principles.</p> Rare rope tornado causes anxious moments, no damage in county http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rare-rope-tornado-causes-anxious-moments-no-damage-county <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tornado.jpg" alt="Thursday’s rope tornado was visible from the Highway 34-Interstate 29 interchange west of Glenwood as it moved across the southern edge of Council Bluffs." title="Thursday’s rope tornado was visible from the Highway 34-Interstate 29 interchange west of Glenwood as it moved across the southern edge of Council Bluffs." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> A tornado in Council Bluffs put Mills County in a warning Thursday evening but no tornado touched down in the county, according to Mills County Emergency Management Director Larry Hurst.</p> <p> The tornado, which Hurst said he&rsquo;d classify more as a waterspout than an actual tornado, touched down on Lake Manawa Thursday afternoon, according to reports from the National Weather Service.</p> New K-9 partner joining team at Mills County Sheriff’s Office http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/new-k-9-partner-joining-team-mills-county-sheriff%E2%80%99s-office <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dog_-_josh_england.jpg" alt="Deputy Josh England will begin training with his new K-9 partner later this month" title="Deputy Josh England will begin training with his new K-9 partner later this month" align="left" hspace="6" width="154" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Valor, a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic, will soon be joining the crime-fighting team at the Mills County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office.</p> <p> Deputy Josh England will serve as the K-9&rsquo;s handler and will begin training with his new partner later this month.</p> <p> &ldquo;By mid-September, we hope to be out on the road,&rdquo; England said.<br /> England&rsquo;s former K-9 partner, Monte, recently underwent knee surgery and will now be handled by Deputy Asa Mather.</p>