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  • Band making 15th consecutive appearance at Iowa Jazz Championships

    The Glenwood Community High School Jazz Band has earned a spot in the Iowa Jazz Championships (IJC) for a 15th straight year. The 43rd annual Iowa Jazz Championships will take place April 5, in Ames.

    The Glenwood band, under the direction of Dan Schoening, has placed in the Top 10 in each of  its 14 previous appearances and in the Top 5 three of the past four years.

  • Glenwood native to read her children’s book at elementary school, library

    A Glenwood Community High School graduate will be returning to her hometown next week to read a children’s book she’s authored to students at Northeast Elementary School and youngsters at the Glenwood Public Library.

    Kerri (Hamsher) Urban, 1993 GCHS graduate, is an elementary school teacher and mother of two children. She resides in Byers, Colo., a small community about 30 miles east of Denver.

  • Chamber executive director Linda Washburn stepping down after 18 years on job

    Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director  Linda Washburn will be leaving the position at the end of May.

    Washburn, who has served as the chamber’s executive director for 18 years, said Monday she’s accepted a new position at Loess Hills Funeral Home.

  • Date for Blues & Brews pushed back to August

    Glenwood will be singing the blues later than normal this summer.
    The annual Blues & Brews celebration, normally held at Glenwood Lake Park on or around the 4th of July, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, this year, event organizer Randy Romens told the Glenwood City last week.
    Romens said he and other Blues & Brews organizers believe moving the event away from the 4th of July holiday will boost attendance for the celebration that features the music of popular blues bands and craft beers from throughout the region.

  • The beat goes on for GCHS senior Gavin Rodgers

    Officially, Gavin Rodgers started drumming in the sixth grade.

    Unofficially, he’s been banging and clanging since he was a young child.

    “We had this old family video of me with a little drum set I got when I was 5 years old,” the Glenwood Community High School senior recalled. “You can hear some people in the background saying, ‘When are you going to stop hitting that thing?’”

  • Firearms for teachers, tax reform among issues discussed at forum

    Republican lawmakers representing southwest Iowa were greeted by a sparse but engaging audience Saturday morning at Glenwood City Hall to discuss legislation being considered in the Iowa Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives.

    U.S. Rep. David Young joined State Rep. David Sieck and State Sen. Mark Costello for a legislative coffee hosted by the Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce. The elected officials discussed a variety of issues being addressed in Congress and at the statehouse in Des Moines.

  • County open to sharing its attorney with Fremont Co.

    Officials from Mills and Fremont counties are continuing discussions regarding a 28-E agreement that would allow for the sharing of county attorney services.

    Mills County Supervisor Richard Crouch said the agreement is a work in progress.

    “We’ve been working on this for some time with them (Fremont County),” Crouch said.

  • First Lego team takes on real-life engineering challenges

    What competition has teams like the Aquavarks, The Dog Paddling T-Rexes, the Chewbacca Bots and the Lightning Ladies 3.0?  

    The Nebraska First Lego League (FLL) Championship event where the Draggy Dragons team from Glenwood competed Feb. 17 at the Strategic Air Museum near Ashland, Neb.

    The day was full of Robot matches, Robot Design interviews, Core Values/Teamwork interviews and Research Project presentations for the 48 teams from across Nebraska and southwest Iowa that were selected at the six Regional FLL events across the state.

  • Desire for shade prompts farmers market relocation

    There’s been a change in plans for the relocation of the Glenwood Farmers Market.

    The Wednesday evening market is still moving from Glenwood Lake Park, but will now be located on the northwest corner of Town Square in a grassy area west of the Mills County Courthouse. The initial plan, approved in a formal motion last October by the Glenwood City Council, allowed for the market to be set up on the northeast corner of Town Square – on the west side of Vine Street, across the road from the former Mills County Sheriff’s Office building.

  • The Royal Family

    It’s highly unlikely five members of one family would be crowned high school royalty, but that’s exactly what’s happened with the Crow family of Glenwood.

    Laurie (Maiers) Crow and her four children - Olivia, Montana, Scout and Ruby - have all been crowned as either homecoming or prom royalty at Glenwood Community High School.

    Laurie was selected as GCHS homecoming queen in 1975, a distinction she still appreciates today.