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EDITOR’S NOTE - This story is the first in a series on recycling options in Glenwood and Mills County. A decade ago, Mills County had more than a dozen sites offering residents places to take their recyclables, diverting thousands of pounds of materials from entering the waste stream and the...

Artema Gray
Criminal charges have been filed against Artema Gray, the former city clerk for the city of Silver City accused of improper use of over $61,000 in taxpayer funds. In a release, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office announced that Gray, 44, had been arrested and charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a...

Glenwood Middle School science teacher Tom Berke with some of his sixth grade students.
Glenwood Middle School 6th grade science teacher Tom Berke said he was surprised to learn he had been selected as a recipient of a Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Award. He was presented the award during a surprise ceremony at GMS on May 9. “It was a pleasant surprise to say the least,” Berke...

The Glenwood Community School District has been leasing building space on the Glenwood Resource Center campus for 30 years.
When the state of Iowa announced in April it was shuttering the Glenwood Resource Center in 2024, the future of the facility, its 150 clients and more than 600 employees weren’t the only lingering questions. The closing of the facility – and the state’s intended sale of the property – could have...

Auditor of the State Rob Sand has released the findings of a special investigation into the City of Silver City.
The Iowa State Auditor’s Office has released its findings of a special investigation into the financial practices of the City of Silver City.In a report released last week, Auditor of the State Rob Sand said the special investigation was requested by city officials as a result of concerns regarding...

Richard Crouch
Mills County voters won’t have to make very many decisions when they cast their ballots in the June 7 primary election. That’s because when it comes to county offices, there’s only one contested race – on the Republican ballot where incumbent county supervisor Richard Crouch is being challenged by...

U.S. Attorney Richard Westphal presented Sarah McGinnis with the Award For Excellence In Victim Services Monday morning at the Mills County Courthouse in Glenwood.
A member of the staff at the Mills County Attorney’s Office has been recognized with a prestigious award from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. Victim Witness Coordinator Sarah McGinnis is the recipient of the 2022 Award For Excellence...

Dr. Devin Embray on graduation day at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.
Devin Embray has already heard his share of doctor jokes. He promises not to get too bothered if anyone calls him Mister instead of Doctor. But no one would blame Embray if he did. The Glenwood Community School District Superintendent earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree...
  “Mills County History” has been selected as the theme for Glenwood’s 2022 homecoming parade. Earlier this year, homecoming  was moved to Sept. 9 -10 after originally being scheduled for later in September. The move was necessitated by a late change in the Glenwood football schedule. Des Moines...

Bags and other debris from the Loess Hills Regional Sanitary Landfill dangle from a tree behind a home north of the landfill during a windy day. - COURTESY PHOTO / JIM AND VICKI DREWS
High winds this spring have magnified a growing problem for Mills County residents who live near the Loess Hills Regional Sanitary Landfill – a build-up of trash that’s blowing into their yards and onto their roofs, trees and fences from the nearby landfill. “It seems to me we have an issue going...

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