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Today's Features

  • Glenwood Community High School graduate Jeremiah Barns (class of 2000) and his fiancee, Becky Martin, walked into The Fountains Ballroom near Mineola to book a modest wedding in May 2011. They never dreamed that their modest wedding would turn into a $50,000 fairy tale.

        “We were going to try and keep it to $10,000,” Martin said. “Then we found out they were having a contest, and we asked ‘can we get in on that even though we have already booked?”

  • Glenwood resident Bob Fisher started a holiday hobby that has lasted for 10 years -because of his son’s wedding.

        Fisher’s son, Christian, asked all the men in his wedding party to grow beards for the big day. Bob had never grown a beard , but eventually agreed.
        Bob’s wife, Jan, liked the sight of him with a beard and encouraged him to keep it after the wedding. At that point, she got an idea.

  • Ask 7-year-old Landen Achenbach what he is excited to do while in Des Moines to attend the Iowa State Fair, and he will happily tell you.

    “Go swimming! And we (Achenbach and his parents) get to stay in a hotel!”

    Swimming, however, is only one part of the weekend. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Achenbach will be one of 70 first-and second-grade students from across the state who will participate in the Iowa State Fair Spelling Bee.

  •     MINEOLA - An 8-foot by 8-foot quilt painted on two sheets of professional sign board is bringing new life and attention to a century-old barn on a rural Mineola farmstead owned by Randy and Lisa Tallman.
        The quilt was painted by Lisa Tallman’s mother, Gloria Plumer Ross.

  • Ask Wilma and Glenn Johnson what’s the key to a long, happy marriage you might get a joke. But listen closely and you’ll get a little wisdom from a couple who just might know the secret to a long marriage.

    “You have to live a long time,” said Wilma, with a giggle. “No, you don’t take fights to bed with you.”

    “If you have an argument or a fight, you kiss before bed,” Glenn agreed. “You don’t carry grudges, that’s the key.”

    “It makes it easy that when he wakes up, he’s always in a good mood,” said Wilma. “He’s a morning person so he sets the good mood for the day.”

  • Congratulations to the following winners in The Opinion-Tribune's "Like us on Facebook" prize give-away for the month of April:

    $50 gasoline gift card - Sheryl L. Speegle-Morris.

    6-month online subscription to The Opinion-Tribune - Maggi Wyatt and Amellia Hansen.

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Glenwood native Jessica (Kamish) Ellis’ business, The Green Spot in Omaha, is a labor of love.

    The natural pet food business came easily to Ellis.

    “Her first words were not mama or dada, they were doggie, doggie, doggie,” said her mother, Dr. Jacque Young of Glenwood.

    That natural instinct for pets, and a head for business, was recognized this past May, when the young company was awarded the Small Business Association’s Small Business of the Year Award for Nebraska’s Second District.

  • Dorothy Buch didn’t need time to think of an answer when asked recently what the secret was to reaching her 100th birthday.

    The Linnwood Estates assisted living resident answered the question with one word – vinegar.

    “My little secret is vinegar,” Dorothy said. “Every morning, since I was 25, I drink vinegar, about a teaspoon. I put it in a little glass with about two tablespoons of water. Vinegar is a cleanser and it gets rid a lot of bacteria. I tell people I get pickled every morning.”

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, will play Omaha’s Orpheum Theater Tuesday, March 15, through Sunday, March 20. The touring production is part of the Omaha Performing Arts Broadway series.

  • MALVERN - Stop in for lunch over the noon hour at the Classic Café in Malvern and there’s a good chance you’ll catch pianist Bill Gilbert playing a familiar show tune or easy listening number.

    Gilbert, 85, comes by the café three or four times a week (usually during the lunch hour) to play the piano perched on a loft near the front window.