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    Following the advice of Assistant Mills County Attorney Tyler Loontjer, the Mills County Board of Supervisors has rescinded its commitment for an assured income loan guarantee agreement for the proposed Glen Haven Village project.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

  • Vendors praise move of Farmers Market to Town Square

    Based on first impressions, the relocation of Glenwood’s Wednesday farmers market from Glenwood Lake Park to Town Square is going to be a big hit with vendors and patrons.

  • F-Mills, Stanton announce hiring of superintendent

    The Fremont-Mills and Stanton Community School Districts have announced the appointment of David Gute as their shared superintendent.

    Gute will assume his new duties July 1, replacing Dr. Christopher Herrick, who is retiring on June 30 after serving the Fremont-Mills Community School District for 18 years.

    Gute is currently serving as the 7th - 12th grade principal for the Riverside Community School District in Oakland, a position he’s held for the past nine years.

  • New Lincoln Farm & Home store shines bright at I-29/H-34 interchange

    The new Lincoln Farm & Home BP store is up and running.

    Local civic leaders and economic development officials joined the Lincoln family in officially opening their new store at 18880 Hyland Ave.  during an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, May 8.

    “It’s been kind of a long time in the planning process, but we’re finally open out here,” Nate Lincoln said. “We’re excited to be open.”

  • City Council OKs Construction Of Water Line At Cemetery

    At the request of Glenwood Municipal Utilities (GMU), the Glenwood City Council has authorized the construction of a new utility line that will run through the city’s cemetery.

    The line, more than 800 feet in length, will carry water from a main on North Locust Street (221st Street) to homes in the “Mintle’s 2nd Addition” neighborhood. The majority of the line will run adjacent to the cemetery’s southern and eastern borders and will not impact existing grave sites.

  • Born In The Fast Lane

    Finley Wood has been living life in the fast lane from the moment he was born.

    The 5-week-old baby, who was a special guest at the Glenwood Fire Station last week, was delivered March 22 in the back of an ambulance by two members of the Glenwood Rescue unit.

    Glenwood Rescue got the call at 5:40 a.m. – “a woman in labor” at the northbound rest area on I-29. Finley was born at 6 a.m., a few minutes after Glenwood Rescue picked up MacKenzie Wood and her husband Trevor at the rest area.