http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Pony Express Rides Again http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/pony-express-rides-again <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/darren_bomer_sil_city.jpg" alt="Darren Bomer rides in the Pony Express Riders annual weekend ride to Camp Sunnyside." title="Darren Bomer rides in the Pony Express Riders annual weekend ride to Camp Sunnyside." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> For 50 years, Pony Express Riders of Iowa volunteers have been riding horses and raising money across the state to support Iowa Easter Seals and children and adults with disabilities.</p> <p> The organization&rsquo;s annual Good Friday / Easter weekend horseback ride helps raise money for Easter Seals&rsquo; Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines. Regional rides begin on Good Friday at various points throughout the state and converge in Des Moines Saturday afternoon for a parade into Camp Sunnyside and an evening victory dance.</p> District, Teachers’ Union Still Negotiating Contract http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/district-teachers%E2%80%99-union-still-negotiating-contract <p> The Glenwood Community School District and representatives from the Glenwood Education Association will continue contract negotiations Thursday on a new teachers&rsquo; contract.</p> <p> The two sides had met previously on April 5 to exchange initial bargaining proposals for next year&rsquo;s contracts. The Glenwood Education Association (GEA), representing the teachers, and the Glenwood Board of Education, represented by Lynch-Dallas, a Cedar Rapids-based law firm, met for over three hours in initial negotiations in the high school media center and left without a new contract.</p> East Mills Service Learning Day A 'Win-Win' http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/east-mills-service-learning-day-win-win <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fire_hydrant.jpg" alt="East Mills students paint fire hydrants on corner nodes in Malvern." title="East Mills students paint fire hydrants on corner nodes in Malvern." align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> Students from East Mills Middle School and High School &ndash; 220 of them &ndash; got out of the classroom last Wednesday for a valuable day of service learning.</p> <p> The students, joined by 35 members of the East Mills teaching staff, maintenance employees, paraprofessionals, City of Malvern employees and park board members &ndash; spent the day cleaning and sprucing up the community.</p> School Board Approves Slight Budget, Levy Hikes http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/school-board-approves-slight-budget-levy-hikes <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/budget-clipart-ouster-clipart-schoolbudget.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /><p> The Glenwood Community School District budget will see a slight increase next year.</p> <p> Following a public hearing Monday evening at the high school media center, the Glenwood Board of Director&rsquo;s unanimously approved its $43.9 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The budget shows an increase of $232,277 &ndash; or about .5 percent &ndash; above the district&rsquo;s current re-estimated 2016-2017 budget. No comments from the public were voiced during Monday&rsquo;s hearing.</p> GCHS Jazz Band 3rd At State http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/gchs-jazz-band-3rd-state <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jazz_band.jpg" alt="The Glenwood Community High School varsity Jazz Band earned third-place honors at last week’s Iowa Jazz Championships in Ames. Front row (from left): Jereianne Richardson, Henry Gray, Brayden Mowery, Tanner Maxwell, Gregory Topete, Sydney Major, Michelle Arnold. Back row: Director Dan Schoening, Dillon Mangiamele, Andre Topete, Eric Wells, Audrey Arnold, Kohen Watson, Haley Palmer, Devin Geeser, Austin Tye, Gavin Rodgers, Ryan LaViolette. Not pictured members - Nick Bahr, Kari Greenfield, Turner Reich." title="The Glenwood Community High School varsity Jazz Band earned third-place honors at last week’s Iowa Jazz Championships in Ames. Front row (from left): Jereianne Richardson, Henry Gray, Brayden Mowery, Tanner Maxwell, Gregory Topete, Sydney Major, Michelle Arnold. Back row: Director Dan Schoening, Dillon Mangiamele, Andre Topete, Eric Wells, Audrey Arnold, Kohen Watson, Haley Palmer, Devin Geeser, Austin Tye, Gavin Rodgers, Ryan LaViolette. Not pictured members - Nick Bahr, Kari Greenfield, Turner Reich." align="left" hspace="6" width="157" height="85" /><p> Earning the highest ranking in school history, the Glenwood Community High School Jazz Band was awarded third place in Class 3A at the April 4 Iowa Jazz Championships.<br /> <br /> Glenwood competed with 15 Class 3A bands at the state competition, marking the third consecutive year Glenwood has earned a top five ranking and 14th year the band has placed in the top 10. Harlan and Cedar Rapids Xavier earned first place and runner-up honors in Class 3A.<br /> <br /> Mild winter a boost for construction of Lakin Community Center in Malvern http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/mild-winter-boost-construction-lakin-community-center-malvern <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fair_building1.jpg" alt="Workers are making progress on the construction of the Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center in Malvern." title="Workers are making progress on the construction of the Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center in Malvern." align="left" hspace="6" width="154" height="85" /><p> MALVERN - A mild winter with minimal snowfall has been beneficial to the construction work taking place on the Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center on the Mills County Fairgrounds.<br /> The shell of the 16,000 square-foot facility has been standing for weeks and construction workers have continued to make progress, even during a rainy first two weeks of spring.</p> Ticket distribution for U.S. Navy concert begins Friday http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/ticket-distribution-us-navy-concert-begins-friday <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/us_navy_chorus.jpg" alt="The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus will perform in Glenwood on Monday, May 1." title="The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus will perform in Glenwood on Monday, May 1." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The distribution of free tickets for the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus concert in Glenwood will begin Friday.</p> <p> The Sea Chanters - the official chorus of the United States Navy - will perform on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m., in the Glenwood Community High School Performing Arts Auditorium.</p> <p> Concert tickets, a limit of four per person, will be available at First National Bank, Glenwood State Bank and The Opinion-Tribune newspaper office.</p> Council passes final reading of ordinance to establish utility franchise fees http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/council-passes-final-reading-ordinance-establish-utility-franchise-fees <p> The Glenwood City Council has passed the third and final reading of ordinances that establish franchise fees on the city&rsquo;s two major utility providers - Black Hills Energy and MidAmerican Energy.</p> <p> The establishment of the 5-percent franchise fees were approved unanimously at the city council&rsquo;s regular meeting Tuesday, March 28.</p> <p> Beginning July 1, natural gas customers of Black Hills Energy and electrical customers of MidAmerican Energy residing within the city limits of Glenwood will begin seeing the 5-percent franchise fee on their monthly statements.</p>