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  • Glenwood Aquatic Center Closed For Repairs

    A water leak between the stainless steel gutter and side wall / concrete deck at the deep end of the swimming pool has forced a temporary closure of the two-year-old Glenwood Aquatic Center.

    Glenwood Public Works employees were joined at the aquatic center Monday by representatives of Eriksen Construction, the general contractor that built the pool, and JEO Consulting, the engineering firm that oversaw design and construction of the facility. Nearly six gallons of water was being lost every minute as a result of the leak, Glenwood Public Works Director Perry Cook said.

  • Return To Little Sioux

    Mason Flora has a tattoo just above his heart.

    It features the date June 11, 2008, and a tornado, inked like a merit badge one might see on a Boy Scout sash.

    For Flora, the tattoo marks a day he’ll never forget.

    On June 11, 2008, Flora, then 15 years old, was one of nearly  100 scouts camping out at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch when a fast-moving, rain-wrapped tornado sprung from a thunderstorm and roared through the 1,800-acre campground south of Sioux City.

  • Billy and a Beer?

    Billy McGuigan fans might be allowed to legally drink more than soda pop and lemonade at next month’s concert at the Davies Amphitheater.

    Glenwood City Council members who spoke publicly on the matter at a meeting last week appear to be receptive to a request from Davies Amphitheater manager Jeff Mitts to allow concert goers to bring beer and wine to McGuigan’s show on July 21. Mitts said McGuigan has a large following in the Omaha area and his show typically attracts the largest concert crowd of the season to the Davies.

  • Highway 34 Crash Claims Life Of Clarinda Man

    A crash on U.S. Highway 34 south of Glenwood claimed the life of a 34-year-old Clarinda man last Tuesday, June 5. The accident occurred shortly after 12:15 p.m., one-half mile west of Kidd Road.

  • Mills County Relay For Life Set For Saturday, June 9

    The 22nd annual Mills County Relay For Life (RFL) will be held Saturday, June 9, at Glenwood Lake Park. The event will begin with opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. and conclude with fireworks after the 10 p.m. closing ceremonies.

    The relay is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year’s relay will mark the third time the event is being held at the Davies Amphitheater and Glenwood Lake Park.

  • Linda Washburn has seen change, growth during her tenure as chamber director

    Linda Washburn admits she’s seen a change or two in her nearly 19 years as executive director of the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

    “When I first came here (in 1999), they were just finishing up the renovation of Town Square – new sidewalks, light poles and trees,” she recalled during a recent interview. “At the Glenwood exit (Highway 34), I think the only things there were the car dealership, Hardee’s and the Johnstons had just built their real estate office.

  • Supervisor seat is only contested race for county office

    There’s only one contested race for local office in Tuesday’s primary election in Mills County.

    Incumbent Republican Mills County Supervisor Richard Crouch of rural Malvern is being challenged by John Stacey of rural Glenwood.

    Crouch, 71, is seeking his fifth term on the board of supervisors, while Stacey, 62, is making his first run at a courthouse position.

  • Church’s tree carving promotes ‘power of prayer’

    Until last week, chain saw artist Jeff Coss had carved dozens of animals, but never a larger-than-life pair of praying hands.
    Coss, a chain saw carver from Cumberland, spent three full days in Glenwood last week, transforming the trunk of a storm-damaged ash tree into an 8-foot tall piece of public art near the entrance to St John’s Episcopal Church at 111 N. Vine St.

    “Yes, it’s my first set of praying hands,” Coss said. “The biggest challenge was taking it down from its original size (15 feet) to where it’s at now.”

  • Lack of interest from eligible employees forces school district to nix early retirement incentive

    There will be no early retirement incentive offered this year to eligible Glenwood Community School District teachers and staff.

    The Glenwood Board of Directors voted unanimously at its meeting last Monday to void its stated plan to offer incentive bonuses to staff who are considering retirement and are over age 55 with 15 years of continued service in the district.

  • County puts the brakes on backing for Glen Haven Village loan

    Following the advice of Assistant Mills County Attorney Tyler Loontjer, the Mills County Board of Supervisors has rescinded its commitment for an assured income loan guarantee agreement for the proposed Glen Haven Village project.

    The action of the supervisors puts the future of the proposed skilled-care facility in doubt, although all three members of the county board expressed a desire to move forward with the assured income guarantee if questions and concerns over the legality of the agreement are answered.