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  • Glen Haven Village construction to begin in spring

    Barring any unforeseen circumstances, contractor bids for the Glen Haven Village project will be accepted and reviewed in February and construction will commence in early spring.

    Project manager Phil Warren said if construction work goes as planned, Glen Haven residents could begin moving into their new skilled nursing facility as early as next fall.

  • Chris Herrick retiring as Fremont-Mills superintendent

    TABOR - Chris Herrick, who has served as superintendent for the Fremont-Mills School District for the past 18 years, has announced his retirement.

    Herrick submitted his resignation, effective at the end of the current school year, during a meeting of the Fremont-Mills Board of Education last Thursday. Herrick is also stepping down as superintendent of the Stanton School District. Herrick has  been the shared superintendent for Fremont-Mills and Stanton for the past five years.

  • Glenwood PPEL vote is Tuesday

    The ballot concerns a single measure asking a simple “Yes” or “No.”

    And all that hangs in the balance is a $3.7 million levy for a new sports complex a Glenwood group supporting the measure has said could serve the district for the next 50 years.

    The Glenwood Community School District is holding a special election Tuesday on a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) that would, according to district officials, fund a complete overhaul of the district’s aging athletics complex.

  • Highway 34 traffic signals going active in conjunction with truck stop opening

    Newly-installed traffic signal lights at the intersection of U.S. Highway 34 and 188th Street in western Mills County will be activated Thursday in conjunction with the planned opening of the Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store.

  • Glenwood mentoring program continues to flourish

    Even in the midst of well known programs such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters and others like it, Glenwood’s Mentoring With Heart stands out in the crowd of mentoring programs.

    A program that began in the early 2000s, Mentoring With Heart has flourished where similar programs across the country diminished.

  • Governor gives western Iowa rec designation

    COUNCIL BLUFFS - Portions of western Iowa are included in the state of Iowa’s second regional approach to boosting recreational opportunities and natural resources.

    Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced the selection of the Loess Hills Missouri River Region as the Iowa Parks Foundation’s second Parks to People Region. Speaking at a news conference in Council Bluffs Friday afternoon, Reynolds discussed efforts to address the future of parks, trails and cultural assets encompassing three western Iowa counties plus Lake Manawa.

  • Fremont-Mills facilities nearing completion

    TABOR - The Fremont-Mills Community School District’s early childhood development and auditorium additions are nearing the finish line.

    Construction began in November 2016 on the $6 million project. The early childhood development center on the building’s east side, which will allow the cramped elementary school to grow and meet the community’s growing pre-school demand, is two to four weeks from completion, according to Fremont-Mills Superintendent Chris Herrick.

  • Malvern house destroyed by fire

    MALVERN - A Malvern house and its contents were destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning, Jan. 2.

    The house in the southwest section of the city, was occupied by Renee Lynn and her daughter Jayme. They were not injured in the blaze. They left the house after seeing smoke but lost all of their possessions.

    The Malvern Fire Department, with assistance from firefighters from Hastings and Glenwood, were on the scene for most of the daylight hours on Jan. 2. Malvern firefighters returned Wednesday when debris started smoldering again.

  • Early PPEL voting now under way at county courthouse

    Early voting began Monday at the Mills County Auditor’s Office for the Glenwood Community School District’s $3.7 million Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) that would help fund an overhaul of the Glenwood Athletic Complex. The special election is set for Tuesday, Feb. 6.

  • Pickleball court campaign in Glenwood gaining momentum

    The construction of an outdoor pickleball complex in Glenwood is moving closer to becoming a reality.

    The Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee has now solicited over $25,000 in donations and pledges to help turn the city’s deteriorated tennis courts on South Vine Street into a six-court pickleball complex.