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  • Mills County Adopts Building Code

    Mills County now has a building code in place.

    A “building and property maintenance” ordinance adopted by the Mills County Board of Supervisors became law on Jan. 28. Among its many provisions, the building code requires builders and contractors to follow a permit and inspection process on all new construction and major renovation projects in unincorporated areas of the county.

  • Glenwood Fills Vacated Council Seat

    In a somewhat awkward and irregular manner, the city of Glenwood has filled its vacant seat on the city council.

    The appointment of Kay LeFever was approved during the city council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

    LeFever was one of three Glenwood residents who had asked to be considered for the at-large seat that became available when Ron Bales retired on Dec. 31. Susan Hirschman and Lyn Mintle also sought consideration for the seat.

  • It's Official - School Levy Fails On Tie Vote

    The verdict is in.

    By the slimmest of margins, voters have rejected the Glenwood Community School District’s 10-year Instructional Support Levy (ISL).

    Tuesday morning, the Mills County Board of Supervisors accepted the formal canvas of ballots from the Feb. 3 special election. The final result: 434 Yes votes and 434 No votes, meaning the school district has come up one vote short of getting the simple majority needed for passage.

  • GHS Grad Wanted To Be Swing Vote

    After the ballots were tabulated following last Tuesday’s special election for the Glenwood Community School District's 10-year Instructional Support Levy (ISL), the vote was deadlocked at 434 in favor and 434 against.

    Because a simple majority was not attained, the levy had seemingly failed to pass.

    And that’s when things got interesting.

    County election officials announced late Tuesday night that one absentee ballot was still outstanding.

  • School Board Vows To Seek Recount

    Prior to learning the final results of the Feb. 3 Instructional Support Levy (ISL) election, the Glenwood Board of Education authorized GCSD Superintendent Dr. Stan Sibley to initiate a formal recount of votes should he deem it to be in the best interest of the school district.


    The school board gave its formal authorization to Sibley during its regular meeting Monday night.


  • ISL Ballot Recount Set For Tuesday

    At the request of a petition submitted on behalf of the Glenwood Community School District, a formal recount of ballots from the district’s Feb. 3 Instructional Support Levy election will take place Tuesday (Feb. 17) at 8:30 a.m. in the Mills County Courthouse.

    The vote ended in a 434-434 tie, meaning the 10-year levy failed by one vote.

    Mills County Auditor Carol Robertson said Thursday the recount would involve a hand-count of ballots by citizens from the Glenwood community, with representatives from the county and the school district present.

  • Reports Released On GRC Deaths

    A U.S. Department of Justice review of nine deaths at the Glenwood Resource Center in 2008 revealed no "systemic issues" related to the quality of care at the state’s largest facility for the mentally handicapped.

    Despite the Department of Justice (DOJ) findings, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has levied a $11,500 fine against the facility for quality of care issues and staff failure to follow procedures relating to the "unexpected death" of a client at the facility which occurred after the DOJ review had been completed.

  • District Unlikely To Contest Election

    The Glenwood Community School District has until March 2 to formally protest the results of the Feb. 3 Instructional Support Levy election, but school officials are expected to let the deadline pass without pursuing legal action.

    “We’re probably not going to contest the election,” school district superintendent Dr. Stan Sibley said Monday. “The people have spoken this time around.”

  • Zoo Vet Recovering From Tiger Bite

    One week after being a bitten by a tiger at the Henry Doorly Zoo, Dr. Doug Armstrong is recovering from his injuries at his home in Glenwood.

    Armstrong, a veterinarian at the zoo for the past 23 years, was bitten on the right forearm last Wednesday while performing a routine medical examination on an unconscious Malaysian tiger. Armstrong sustained multiple puncture wounds to his arm and was transported by ambulance to Creighton University Medical Center where he received treatment for three days before being released.

  • BREAKING NEWS - ISL Vote A Dead Heat

    After a mechanical error forced a recount of votes late Tuesday night, the Glenwood Community School District Instructional Support Levy vote has ended in a dead heat – 434 "Yes" votes and 434 "No" Votes.

    If the tie holds up, the ISL has failed. A majority of "yes" votes are needed for passage, meaning at least 435 "Yes" votes were needed for the levy to be approved.