Features http://www.opinion-tribune.com/features/todaysfeatures en Every Quilt Has A Story To Tell At Hillsdale Church http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/every-quilt-has-story-tell-hillsdale-church <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/quilt1.jpg" alt="Florence Houser and Joyce Draper view some of the quilts on display at Hillsdale United Methodist Church." title="Florence Houser and Joyce Draper view some of the quilts on display at Hillsdale United Methodist Church." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> More than 130 quilts were on display Saturday at Hillsdale United Methodist Church as part of a fundraiser that&rsquo;s become a tradition at the rural Glenwood church.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have a quilt show every two years,&rdquo; Barb Sell said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been doing this about 20 years and interest just keeps growing.&rdquo;</p> 100 and Counting http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/100-and-counting <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carrie_jones.jpg" alt="Carrie “Avis” Jones shows off an afghan she’s been making for a great-great-grandchild due next month." title="Carrie “Avis” Jones shows off an afghan she’s been making for a great-great-grandchild due next month." align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> MALVERN - Carrie &ldquo;Avis&rdquo; Jones isn&rsquo;t surprised that she&rsquo;s lived to be 100 years old.<br /> It&rsquo;s in her genes.</p> The King Of Glenwood http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/king-glenwood <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/elvisheader.jpg" alt="Glenwood&#039;s Craig Florian has been performing as an Elvis tribute artist since 2002." title="Glenwood&#039;s Craig Florian has been performing as an Elvis tribute artist since 2002." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> The late Elvis Presley, who would have turned 80 Thursday, has been an integral part of Craig Florian&rsquo;s life for as long as the 46-year-old Glenwood city councilman can remember.</p> <p> Florian&rsquo;s first exposure to the king of rock and roll came as a child in the 1970s&nbsp; when he often listened to his mother&rsquo;s Elvis Presley record albums. In high school, Florian had an Elvis-related role in &ldquo;Bye, Bye Birdie.&rdquo;</p> Father, Daughter Fulfill A Wedding Day Dream http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/father-daughter-fulfill-wedding-day-dream <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gary_and_gina.jpg" alt="Gary Giaffoglione walks his daughter Gina down the aisle on her wedding day." title="Gary Giaffoglione walks his daughter Gina down the aisle on her wedding day." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> Something magical happened Saturday evening outside a castle tucked away in the Loess Hills.</p> <p> Gary Giaffoglione walked side-by-side with his little girl down the aisle on her wedding day &ndash; a father&rsquo;s dream that was seemingly shattered in March 2008 when an automobile accident left Gina, his only daughter, fighting for her life and paralyzed from the waist down.</p> <p> On this cool, late summer&rsquo;s evening 6 1/2 years later, in the presence of family and friends, Gary and Gina made their dream a reality.</p> Young Author Inspired By Animals http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/young-author-inspired-animals <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/adamariahbookscloser.jpg" alt="Adahmariyah Kelley and her collection of Circle C books." title="Adahmariyah Kelley and her collection of Circle C books." align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman</p> <p> Adahmariyah Kelley sits in a rocking chair away from other people in the room and braids her hair into two plaits, quietly surrounded by books. She has patiently answered questions for nearly an hour, when suddenly one question about pets captures her attention.</p> <p> &ldquo;I know it&rsquo;s weird, but I had a pet grasshopper,&rdquo; Kelley said. &ldquo;He lived in a huge fish tank in my room.<br /> Her mother, Melissa, smiled to herself.</p> <p> &ldquo;Well, it was a terrarium, not a fish tank,&rdquo; Adahmariyah said.</p> Kickin' It With The KISS http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/kickin-it-kiss <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ks1.jpg" alt="Glenwood&#039;s Kenny Spencer is the place kicker for the LA KISS Arena Football League team and a prominent character on the reality TV show &quot;4th and Loud.&quot;" title="Glenwood&#039;s Kenny Spencer is the place kicker for the LA KISS Arena Football League team and a prominent character on the reality TV show &quot;4th and Loud.&quot;" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> Kenny Spencer admits he never envisioned his career in professional football leading to a prominent role on a reality TV show or personal friendships with rock-and-roll music legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS fame.</p> <p> Spencer, a 2005 Glenwood Community High School graduate, is the place kicker for the LA KISS, an Arena Football League (AFL) team partially owned by the two band members from KISS and the focus of the 10-week <strong>4th and Loud</strong> docu-series that began airing in August on Tuesday nights on AMC (9 p.m. CDT).</p> 'Going once, going twice' http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/going-once-going-twice <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07_5.jpg" alt="Auctioneer Earl Thies (upper left) shares a laugh with his audience at a recent auction." title="Auctioneer Earl Thies (upper left) shares a laugh with his audience at a recent auction." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman</p> Familiar Face At Mills County Attorney's Office Retires After 25-plus Years http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/familiar-face-mills-county-attorneys-office-retires-after-25-plus-years <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/janice_j.jpg" alt="Mills County Attorney’s Office staff at Friday’s reception. From left, Lisa York, Jill McAleer, Tricia McSorley, Janice Johansen and Eric Hansen." title="Mills County Attorney’s Office staff at Friday’s reception. From left, Lisa York, Jill McAleer, Tricia McSorley, Janice Johansen and Eric Hansen." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Mills County Courthouse employees said goodbye and offered their well wishes to a familiar face last week.</p> <p> Janice Johansen, a secretary in the county attorney&rsquo;s office for more than 25 years, officially entered retirement Friday afternoon after being honored at a reception in the board of supervisors meeting room.</p>