https://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Silver City Park to Be Named After Former Mayor, County Supervisor, State Representative Gerald Jones https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/silver-city-park-be-named-after-former-mayor-county-supervisor-state-representative-gerald-j <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gerald_jones_0.jpg" alt="Former Silver City Mayor Gerald Jones stands by the new sign at Gerald D. Jones Centennial Park. The sign is purple and gold, the same school colors worn by the Silver City Bombers. Jones was on the Silver City Board of Education when the district consolidated with Glenwood." title="Former Silver City Mayor Gerald Jones stands by the new sign at Gerald D. Jones Centennial Park. The sign is purple and gold, the same school colors worn by the Silver City Bombers. Jones was on the Silver City Board of Education when the district consolidated with Glenwood." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> SILVER CITY - A longtime public servant is being honored by his hometown of Silver City.<br /> Later this month, the name of Gerald Jones will be added to the official name of the city&rsquo;s Centennial Park on Main Street.</p> <p> Jones, who resides in Silver City with his wife Janet, served on the Silver City Board of Education for four years before being elected mayor, a position he held for 26 years. He also spent three years on the Mills County Board of Supervivors before being elected to the Iowa House of Representatives, where he spent five years.</p> Arrests Tied To String Of Pacific Junction Burglaries https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/arrests-tied-string-pacific-junction-burglaries <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pj_stay_out_its_mine.jpg" alt="This sign was placed in a Pacific Junction yard last spring after the city was evacuated because of flooding. " title="This sign was placed in a Pacific Junction yard last spring after the city was evacuated because of flooding. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Ten Mills County residents and two individuals from Council Bluffs suspected of being involved in a string of burglaries in the flood-ravaged Pacific Junction area have been arrested over the past two weeks. The suspects face multiple felony charges, including on-going criminal conduct, first-degree theft, second-degree theft and third-degree burglary.</p> Former East Mills Teacher, Coach Found Guilty Of Sexual Abuse Sentenced https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/former-east-mills-teacher-coach-found-guilty-sexual-abuse-sentenced <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5098c.jpg" alt="Christopher Irvin is escorted from the courtroom Monday by Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos and Chief Deputy Kim Clark." title="Christopher Irvin is escorted from the courtroom Monday by Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos and Chief Deputy Kim Clark." align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><div> A former East Mills Community School District teacher and coach convicted in May of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a school employee was sentenced in Mills County District Court Monday.</div> <div> Athletic Complex Construction Hindered By Rains https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/athletic-complex-construction-hindered-rains <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/01_27.jpg" alt="Construction at the Glenwood Athletic Complex." title="Construction at the Glenwood Athletic Complex." align="left" hspace="6" width="165" height="85" /><p> You want the good news or the bad news first?</p> <p> The bad news: the Glenwood Athletic Complex is four to six weeks behind schedule.</p> <p> The good news: the Glenwood Community School District&rsquo;s targeted mid-September &ldquo;substantial completion&rdquo; date is still within reach, according to Superintendent Devin Embray.</p> <p> &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the goal,&rdquo; Embray said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m an optimist. But a lot depends on the rain.&rdquo;</p> Pacific Junction Woman Attends Democratic Debate https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/pacific-junction-woman-attends-democratic-debate <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/klobuchar1.jpg" alt="Sen. Amy Klobuchar (left) views Mills County flood damage in April with Fran Parr." title="Sen. Amy Klobuchar (left) views Mills County flood damage in April with Fran Parr." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It was an opportunity Fran Parr couldn&rsquo;t pass up.</p> <p> At the invitation of U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the rural Pacific Junction resident flew to Miami last week to be a member of the audience at the first debate of Democratic presidential candidates.<br /> &ldquo;</p> <p> I got the invitation about a week before the debate,&rdquo; Parr said. &ldquo;I talked to my husband about it and he said I should go.&rdquo;</p> Remembering Our Fallen https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/remembering-our-fallen <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rtf_along_mall_0.jpg" alt="The Remembering Our Fallen traveling tribute to Americans killed in the War of Terror will be in Red Oak this week for the community’s annual Junction Days celebration." title="The Remembering Our Fallen traveling tribute to Americans killed in the War of Terror will be in Red Oak this week for the community’s annual Junction Days celebration." align="left" hspace="6" width="93" height="85" /><p> Since its unveiling in September 2017 in front of 1,000 Gold Star Family members at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Remembering Our Fallen traveling memorial has been displayed at dozens of prominent events and locations across the country.</p> Flood-displaced Residents Ponder Buy-out Options https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/flood-displaced-residents-ponder-buy-out-options <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/inside_parrs_debris.jpg" alt="Debris scattered on the porch of the flood-damaged home near Pacific Junction owned by Jason and Fran Parr." title="Debris scattered on the porch of the flood-damaged home near Pacific Junction owned by Jason and Fran Parr." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Stay or go?</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> The former option, and the potential of government-funded buy-out of these flood-prone properties, appears to be gaining traction.</p> Flood Advisory Work Group Tours Pacific Junction Area https://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/flood-advisory-work-group-tours-pacific-junction-area <img src="https://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/inside1.jpg" alt="Pacific Junction Mayor Andy Young (left) shows members of the Workforce and Housing Work Group the flood damage inside his home." title="Pacific Junction Mayor Andy Young (left) shows members of the Workforce and Housing Work Group the flood damage inside his home." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> Members of the Workforce and Housing Work Group, a subcommittee of Gov. Kim Reynolds&rsquo; 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&rsquo;s Missouri River flooding has had on the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Pacific Junction.</p>