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Today's News

  • Flood-displaced Residents Ponder Buy-out Options

    Stay or go?

    As a second round of severe flooding hits western Mills County, many displaced residents are considering that very option: stick out what is expected to be a years-long recovery process or simply cutting bait and moving on.

    The former option, and the potential of government-funded buy-out of these flood-prone properties, appears to be gaining traction.

  • Flood Advisory Work Group Tours Pacific Junction Area

    Members of the Workforce and Housing Work Group, a subcommittee of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Flood Recovery Advisory Board, made a visit to Mills County last week to gather information and get a first-hand look at the impact this spring’s Missouri River flooding has had on the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Pacific Junction.

  • Here We Go Again - The Flood Of 2019

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was in southwest Iowa Monday afternoon to get a first-hand look at the latest round of flooding to ravage lowlands along the Missouri River in Mills and Fremont counties.

    “There’s more (water and flooding) than I anticipated,” Reynolds said during a visit with local elected officials at the Pacific Junction Fire Station.

  • Purple Heart Flight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wounded veterans and Gold Star families spent a memorable day together in our nation’s capital Friday, visiting military memorials and sharing memories of loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice during service to their country.

    More than 100 veterans were joined by dozens of Gold Star Family members on the Purple Heart Flight, the 13th veterans honor flight arranged by Red Oak native Bill Williams and his wife Evonne.

  • Mills County Jury Finds Ex-East Mills Coach, Teacher Guilty Of Two Sex-related Charges

    A former East Mills teacher and coach could spend up to 12 years in prison after being convicted of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a school employee stemming from two incidents involving a 17-year-old female student in 2018.

  • Retiring Teachers Riding Away In Style

     

    42 + 40 + 37 = 119.

    Three early childhood educators with a combined 119 years of teaching experience are retiring from the Glenwood Community School District Friday.

    Margo Young (42 years), Diane VonTersch (40) and Rhonda Lothrop (37) have educated and impacted multiple generations of children as teachers at Northeast Elementary School. On Friday, they’ll say goodbye to their students and a passion that’s defined their professional lives.

  • Repairs, Improvements To Levee System Vital To Future Of AgriVision's Pacific Junction Store

    Like many owners of businesses damaged and displaced by Missouri River flooding in March,  the management team at AgriVision Equipment Group is taking a wait and see approach before making  a decision on reopening its Pacific Junction store along the 190th Street business corridor in western Mills County.

  • Purple Heart Flight Honoring Veterans, Gold Star Families

    If you’re looking for a special way to say “thank you” to the men and woman of our armed forces this Memorial Day weekend, I suggest you come out to Omaha’s Old Market area Friday evening around 8:30 - 8:45.

    That’s where a very special “Welcome Home Parade” is going to be taking place for participants in Friday’s Nebraska-Iowa Purple Heart Flight.

  • Flood Debris Removal Begins In Pacific Junction

    The removal of debris piled up outside flooded homes in Pacific Junction and rural areas of western Mills County has begun.

    Crews from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) began assisting with debris removal last week from yards and rights of way.

  • Signs Removed, Love's Has 'No Immediate Plans To Reopen"

    The Love’s Travel Center in western Mills County won’t be reopening anytime soon and the long-term future of the business appears to be uncertain.

    “There are no immediate plans to reopen the Pacific Junction, Iowa, location that has been closed due to the widespread flooding that affected the area this spring,” Chad Previch, external communications manager for Oklahoma-based Love’s stated in an e-mail to The Opinion-Tribune on Monday.