http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Aquatic Center More Than Just A Pool http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/aquatic-center-more-just-pool <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lazy_river_4.jpg" alt="The lazy river." title="The lazy river." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It&rsquo;s not your grandfather&rsquo;s swimming pool. Or&nbsp; even your father&rsquo;s pool, for that matter.</p> <p> The $4.75 million aquatic center being proposed for Glenwood is a swimming pool and more. Much more.</p> <p> Yes, the project does include a six-lane, 25-meter competition pool, but there&rsquo;s also a zero-depth entry children&rsquo;s play area, a &ldquo;lily pad&rdquo; water walk, lazy river, low and high diving boards and sail shades for those who want to soak up the atmosphere without getting a sunburn.</p> Judge Denies Retrial, Sentences 64-year-old Nebraska Man For Child Sexual Abuse http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/judge-denies-retrial-sentences-64-year-old-nebraska-man-child-sexual-abuse <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schondelmeyer-_0.jpg" alt="John Schondelmeyer" title="John Schondelmeyer" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A 64-year-old Bellevue, Neb., man will spend at least the next 17 years of his life in prison for sexually abusing two children at their family&rsquo;s Mills County residence last fall.</p> <p> John Schondelmeyer was sentenced in Mills County District Court Monday, nearly seven weeks after a Mills County jury found him guilty of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class B felony, and two counts of lascivious acts with a child, a Class C felony.</p> New Hardware Store Helps Fill Void http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/new-hardware-store-helps-fill-void <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hardware_hank1.jpg" alt="Bailey and Ryan Bichel stand near the front entrance of Garden Treasures Home and Hardware, a Hardware Hank affiliate that opened south of Glenwood last week." title="Bailey and Ryan Bichel stand near the front entrance of Garden Treasures Home and Hardware, a Hardware Hank affiliate that opened south of Glenwood last week." align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> Glenwood-area residents once again have a local hardware store to go to for those fix-it-up and lawn and garden projects around the house.</p> <p> Garden Treasures Home and Hardware, located just south of the city limits at 22309 221 St., opened for business Tuesday, April 1. The store is an affiliate of the nationally-known Hardware Hank line of products.</p> County Supervisor Calls Budget Process A Wrestling Match http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/county-supervisor-calls-budget-process-wrestling-match <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gene_central_control_area.jpg" alt="Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos checks out progress on the construction of the new Mills County Jail." title="Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos checks out progress on the construction of the new Mills County Jail." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Mills County&rsquo;s budget for next year is going down.<br /> The Mills County Board of Supervisors has formally approved the county&rsquo;s 2014-2015 budget at $21.7 million. That figure is nearly $6 million less than the county&rsquo;s 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.</p> YMCA Would Likely Manage Aquatic Center http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/ymca-would-likely-manage-aquatic-center <p> If Glenwood residents approve the construction of an outdoor aquatic center in next month&rsquo;s $4.75 million bond issue election, the new facility would likely be managed by staff from the Mills County YMCA.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The city council&rsquo;s perception is that&rsquo;s probably the best route to go,&rdquo; city administrator Brian Kissel said. &ldquo;They (YMCA) already have what they call a CPO &ndash; a certified pool operator. If we could take that person and manage the outdoor pool, that person could serve dual purposes.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> City, School District Finalizing Pool Agreement http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/city-school-district-finalizing-pool-agreement <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/glenwood_pool_3d_rendering.jpg" alt="Rendering of the Glenwood Aquatic Center being proposed on a site adjacent to Glenwood Community High School. View is looking south from northwest corner of the the site." title="Rendering of the Glenwood Aquatic Center being proposed on a site adjacent to Glenwood Community High School. View is looking south from northwest corner of the the site." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> The city of Glenwood and the Glenwood Community School District are still dotting the I&rsquo;s and crossing the T&rsquo;s on a 28-E (intergovernmental agency) agreement that would allow an outdoor aquatic center to be built on school district property.</p> <p> If approved by residents of the city of Glenwood in a May 6 bond issue election, the $4.7 million facility would be built on a two-acre site adjacent to a new auxiliary gymnasium being constructed at Glenwood Community High School.</p> Despite Burn Ban, Firefighters Kept Busy http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/despite-burn-ban-firefighters-kept-busy <p> It&rsquo;s been a busy couple of weeks for area firefighters.<br /> Since Mills County issued a county-wide burning barn beginning March 19, local fire departments have battled 17 grass fires all over the county, stoked by dry, windy conditions.</p> <p> Due to the abnormally warm temperatures and several months of below normal precipitation, Mills County Emergency Management polled the local fire department chiefs of Mills County and the Mills County Supervisors resulting in a consensus vote to issue the burn ban.</p> Principal Discusses Reasons Behind Sudden Resignation http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/principal-discusses-reasons-behind-sudden-resignation <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shane_stephens_chats_with_nickerson_keeling.jpg" alt="Shane Stephens (center) is leaving his post as principal at Glenwood Community High School." title="Shane Stephens (center) is leaving his post as principal at Glenwood Community High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> Glenwood Community High School Principal Shane Stephens made the difficult decision to step down from the position he has held for less than a year due to declining health issues, he said.</p> <p> &ldquo;My goal over the last 15 years has been to be a high school principal in Iowa and I did that,&rdquo; Stephens said. &ldquo;When I took over this job I thought it was the right job for me, however, over the course of the last two months there&rsquo;s a combination of things. But the stress of the job is more than I thought it would be.</p>