http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Blues, Brews & BBQ On Tap For 4th Of July http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/blues-brews-bbq-tap-4th-july <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1016350_977024118991006_8210151989005993584_n.jpg" alt="The Hector Anchondo Band is one of six bands playing at Saturday’s Blues, Brews and BBQ in Glenwood Lake Park." title="The Hector Anchondo Band is one of six bands playing at Saturday’s Blues, Brews and BBQ in Glenwood Lake Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Plans have been finalized for the second annual Blues, Brews and BBQ celebration at Glenwood Lake Park.<br /> The celebration takes place Saturday, July 4, beginning at noon.</p> <p> Live music from six bands, barbecue ribs and pulled pork prepared by local vendors, free canoe rides, an antique tractor show, nearly a dozen beers served from the Iowa Craft Beer trailer and a grand fireworks show at dusk highlight the daylong fundraiser for the Mills County Trail system.</p> Trucks Hauling Avian Flu Remains, Materials Still Rolling Into Mills County http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/trucks-hauling-avian-flu-remains-materials-still-rolling-mills-county <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/landfill.jpg" alt="Containers used to haul avian flu materials sit on a road outside the Loess Hills Regional Landfill Thursday afternoon." title="Containers used to haul avian flu materials sit on a road outside the Loess Hills Regional Landfill Thursday afternoon." align="left" hspace="6" width="160" height="85" /><p> The Loess Hills Sanitary Landfill near Malvern is continuing to play a key role in the state of Iowa&rsquo;s disposal of over 30 million chickens, turkeys and other birds that have died or been killed as a result of avian bird flu.</p> <p> Mills County Public Health Administrator Sheri Bowen said as of last week, the landfill had accepted around 450 bio-secure trailers containing bird carcasses and other materials associated with the avian flu epidemic.</p> City Considers Taking On Additional Bond Debt To Fund Aquatic Center http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-considers-taking-additional-bond-debt-fund-aquatic-center <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/glenwood_pool_3d_rendering_10.jpg" alt="The city of Glenwood&#039;s $5.1 million outdoor aquatic center project was put on hold Tuesday night after the city council learned it would not be receiving a $450,000 grant from the Charles E. Lakin Foundation." title="The city of Glenwood&#039;s $5.1 million outdoor aquatic center project was put on hold Tuesday night after the city council learned it would not be receiving a $450,000 grant from the Charles E. Lakin Foundation." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> The city of Glenwood&rsquo;s proposed $5.1 million aquatic center suffered a major setback last week when the Charles E. Lakin Foundation announced it no longer intends to provide funding for the project.</p> East Mills Hires New Principal http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/east-mills-hires-new-principal <p> MALVERN - East Mills has found its new principal.</p> <p> Linda Rempe was offered and accepted the junior-senior high school&rsquo;s new principal job last week and was formally approved by the East Mills School Board in a special meeting last Monday at the school.</p> <p> East Mills Superintendent Paul Croghan said Rempe&rsquo;s experience stood out among the five interviews Croghan and the district conducted in June.</p> Tree House's Future Up In The Air http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/tree-houses-future-air <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tree_house-.jpg" alt="This tree house at 207 N. Grove St. in Glenwood has been a topic of discussion for city officials." title="This tree house at 207 N. Grove St. in Glenwood has been a topic of discussion for city officials." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> As of Monday, the future of a controversial tree house behind a rental property at 207 N. Grove St. in Glenwood was still up in the air.</p> County Employee Charged With Falsifying Documents Resigns http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/county-employee-charged-falsifying-documents-resigns <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wainwright.jpg" alt="Adam Wainwright" title="Adam Wainwright" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> A Mills County employee accused of falsifying public documents has resigned.</p> <p> Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said emergency management specialist Adam Wainwright submitted his resignation last week. Wainwright, 35, was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month after being charged with two counts of falsifying a public document, a Class D felony.</p> City Projected To Have $99,910 General Fund Defecit At End Of Fiscal Year http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-projected-have-99910-general-fund-defecit-end-fiscal-year <p> A consultant from Des Moines-based Public Financial Management (PFM), Inc., said Monday her analysis projects the city of Glenwood to have a general fund deficit of $99,910 on June 30 - the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year.<br /> <br /> School District Administrators, Department Directors Getting Raises http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/school-district-administrators-department-directors-getting-raises <p> The Glenwood Board of Directors approved 3.75 percent raises for the school district&rsquo;s department directors and administrators.</p> <p> In a unanimous 5-0 vote at Monday&rsquo;s meeting in the Glenwood Community High School Media Center, the board formally approved the total package increases effective for the 2015-2016 school year. The raises cover 13 district employees &ndash; seven directors and six administrators &ndash; and comes on the heels of 4 percent raises for the district&rsquo;s teachers and non-union classified staff.</p>