http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Donations, Pledges Sought For Lakin Community Center http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/donations-pledges-sought-lakin-community-center <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fair_building_0_0.jpg" alt="Plans call for the Charles E. Lakin Community Center to be built on the south end of the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern." title="Plans call for the Charles E. Lakin Community Center to be built on the south end of the Mills County Fairgrounds in Malvern." align="left" hspace="6" width="357" height="85" /><p> The Mills County Fair Association Building Committee is asking for supporters of a $2.8 million community center being proposed for the fairgrounds in Malvern to step forward.</p> <p> Soon.</p> <p> &ldquo;We need to get the word out that if you&rsquo;re wanting to donate, we need to have the money or pledge come forward,&rdquo; Woody Wright said. &ldquo;We are in the process of applying for a Vision Iowa CAT (Community, Attraction and Tourism) grant and we need to show them that we have the local support for the project.&rdquo;</p> They Call Him 'Hutch' http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/they-call-him-hutch <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hutch_with_students.jpg" alt="GCHS principal Richard Hutchinson converses with students in a hallway outside the school office." title="GCHS principal Richard Hutchinson converses with students in a hallway outside the school office." align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> Hutch.<br /> Mr. Hutch.<br /> Mr. Hutchinson.<br /> Principal Hutch.</p> <p> Whatever students and staff prefer to call new Glenwood Community High School Principal Richard &ldquo;Hutch&rdquo; Hutchinson, they can all agree he has been a visible presence since taking over the high school&rsquo;s top spot over the summer.</p> I-29/Highway 34 Interchange Could Open Thursday http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/i-29highway-34-interchange-could-open-thursday <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/34_1.jpg" alt="Weather permitting, the IDOT plans to open the new I/29-Highway 34 interchange Thursday, Oct. 16." title="Weather permitting, the IDOT plans to open the new I/29-Highway 34 interchange Thursday, Oct. 16." align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="70" /><p> A spokesman for the Iowa Department of Transportation&nbsp; (IDOT) told The Opinion-Tribune Tuesday the redesigned Highway 34 - Interstate 29 interchange in western Mills County should be opened to traffic on Thursday, Oct. 16 - weather permitting.</p> <p> There is also hope the Highway 34 - Missouri River bridge linking Mills County with Sarpy County, Neb., could open as soon as next Wednesday, Oct. 22, following a formal dedication ceremony involving Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and other dignitaries from the two states.</p> Highway 34 Communities Optimistic About Potential Impact Of Missouri River Bridge http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/highway-34-communities-optimistic-about-potential-impact-missouri-river-bridge <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0013.jpg" alt="Mills County officials are optimistic development will take place near the Highway 34-Interstate 29 interchange." title="Mills County officials are optimistic development will take place near the Highway 34-Interstate 29 interchange." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Anticipation continues to build on the Iowa side of the Missouri River as the final stages of work get completed on the U.S. Highway 34 bridge that will link western Mills County with U.S. Highway 75 in Sarpy County, Neb.<br /> <br /> Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and other dignitaries are planning to take part in an Oct. 22 dedication ceremony for the four-lane bridge, which is projected to be opened to traffic by the end of October.</p> New Director Sees Growth For Glenwood Band http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/new-director-sees-growth-glenwood-band <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/band_director3.jpg" alt="Dave Clark is the new director of bands at Glenwood Community High School." title="Dave Clark is the new director of bands at Glenwood Community High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> The way Dave Clark sees it, there&rsquo;s no reason to do a lot of tinkering with an instrumental music program that&rsquo;s enjoyed decades of success.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to maintain the tradition this program has built over the years,&rdquo; the new director of instrumental music at Glenwood Community High School said. &ldquo;The reputation of Glenwood&rsquo;s band program is known across the state.&rdquo;</p> 99-year-old Time Capsule Opened As Public Sees New Jail, Law Enforcement Center For First Time http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/99-year-old-time-capsule-opened-public-sees-new-jail-law-enforcement-center-first-time <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/01_10.jpg" alt="County Supervisor Richard Crouch shows off the Mills County Jail and Law Enforcement Center to visitors Tuesday evening." title="County Supervisor Richard Crouch shows off the Mills County Jail and Law Enforcement Center to visitors Tuesday evening." align="left" hspace="6" width="138" height="85" /><p> More than 100 Mills County residents got their first look at the new Mills County Law Enforcement Center and Jail Tuesday evening in Glenwood.<br /> <br /> The open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was co-hosted by the Mills County Sheriff&#39;s Office, Mills County Board of Supervisors and Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce.<br /> <br /> City Selects Engineer For Aquatic Center http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-selects-engineer-aquatic-center <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/glenwood_pool_3d_rendering_4.jpg" alt="Architectural rendering of the $4.75 million aquatic center." title="Architectural rendering of the $4.75 million aquatic center." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> The city of Glenwood has selected JEO Consultants of Omaha as its engineering firm for a $4.75 million outdoor aquatic center to be built adjacent to a new gymnasium being constructed at Glenwood Community High School.</p> <p> The city council selected JEO at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the recommendation of the Glenwood Aquatic Center Committee, which reviewed requests for proposals (RFPs) from eight firms interested in serving as the engineer on the project.</p> Crash Victim Was Riding Stolen Motorcycle http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/crash-victim-was-riding-stolen-motorcycle <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pursuit2.jpg" alt="Mills County Sheriff Gene Goos (left), Deputy Evan York and State Patrolman Jon Salyers retrieve the motorcycle involved in a high-speed pursuit from a roadside ditch Tuesday afternoon." title="Mills County Sheriff Gene Goos (left), Deputy Evan York and State Patrolman Jon Salyers retrieve the motorcycle involved in a high-speed pursuit from a roadside ditch Tuesday afternoon." align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" />A motorcyclist being pursued by the Iowa State Patrol was arrested and transported to an Omaha hospital after crashing the stolen bike in Mills County shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. Chad Larsen, 36, of Council Bluffs crashed in the ditch of the eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 34, approximately one-half mile east of Highway 275 (Tabor turnoff). He attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended and arrested after climbing over a barbed-wire fence and falling down repeatedly while trying to get away through a nearby farm field.