http://www.opinion-tribune.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Rural Mills County Fire Leaves Family Homeless http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rural-mills-county-fire-leaves-family-homeless <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fire2-_1.jpg" alt="Firefighters battle a structure fire Thursday afternoon at a house located at 64789 232nd St." title="Firefighters battle a structure fire Thursday afternoon at a house located at 64789 232nd St." align="left" hspace="6" width="178" height="85" /><p> The residents of a rural Mills County rental house lost their home and most of their belongings in a fire Thursday afternoon.</p> <p> Firefighters from Glenwood and Pacific Junction responded to a blaze at the 122-year-old, two-story farmhouse, located at 64789 232nd Street (near 232nd and Pease Road). The fire, which is believed to have started in a wood-burning stove in the kitchen, was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Firefighters worked for over three hours putting out the fire and securing the property.</p> District To Pursue PPEL Vote For Athletic Complex http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/district-pursue-ppel-vote-athletic-complex The Glenwood Community School District will once again seek the approval of voters to secure financing for a major overhaul to the Glenwood Athletic Complex. At its regular monthly meeting Monday, the Glenwood Board of Directors voted unanimously to go to a special election for a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) to fund the project. The board’s decision to seek another referendum comes nearly eight months to the day since district voters rejected a $6 million, 10-year tax levy for the same project last April. Solar Power http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/solar-power <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/solar.jpg" alt="Adrian Kalambokidis stands next to the row of solar energy panels installed last week on the roof of his restaurant in Glenwood." title="Adrian Kalambokidis stands next to the row of solar energy panels installed last week on the roof of his restaurant in Glenwood." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> Adriano&rsquo;s Brick Oven pizza restaurant is going green.</p> <p> Once all of the electrical connections are completed this week, the popular Glenwood eatery on the west side of Town Square will become the first business in town being powered by solar energy.</p> <p> Workers from Solar Heat and Electric were on the roof of the business last week installing 18 solar panels that will be connected to an inverter box.</p> New signs marking county creeks, rivers http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/new-signs-marking-county-creeks-rivers <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sign1.jpg" alt="One of Mills County’s new stream signs." title="One of Mills County’s new stream signs." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Twenty bridges in Mills County now have stream signs at each end giving the name of the creek or river. The Mills County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) coordinated this project. &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;The purpose of the signs is to educate Mills County residents in which watershed they live, SWCD volunteer project coordinator John Klein said. &ldquo;Signs show where the water in their stream comes from and where it goes.</p> Rodeo Mom http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/rodeo-mom <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/korinna_hughes1.jpg" alt="Korrina Hughes of Glenwood competes as a barrel racer on the Prairie Circuit. " title="Korrina Hughes of Glenwood competes as a barrel racer on the Prairie Circuit. " align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> She&rsquo;s raising four children and helping her husband run a successful auction business, but that isn&rsquo;t preventing Glenwood&rsquo;s Korrina Hughes from pursuing her passion of raising horses and competing as a barrel racer on the regional rodeo circuit.</p> <p> A native of Utica, Neb., Hughes competes in at least two dozen rodeos a year and has worked her way up to become one of the top barrel racers on the Prairie Circuit of the Women&rsquo;s Professional Rodeo Association.</p> Air Force Band Holiday Concert In Glenwood Dec. 10 http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/air-force-band-holiday-concert-glenwood-dec-10 <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/05_17.jpg" alt="The USAF Heartland of America Band is returning to Glenwood Sunday, Dec. 10, to perform its annual holiday concert at Glenwood Community High School." title="The USAF Heartland of America Band is returning to Glenwood Sunday, Dec. 10, to perform its annual holiday concert at Glenwood Community High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band is returning to Glenwood next month to spread some holiday cheer.<br /> <br /> Through the sponsorship of The Opinion-Tribune newspaper and Glenwood Community School District, the band from Offutt Air Force Base is returning to Glenwood for a fifth straight year to present its 2017 &ldquo;Sounds of the Season&rdquo; holiday concert in the Glenwood Community High School auditorium on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.<br /> <br /> YAC, School Board Discuss Facilities http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/yac-school-board-discuss-facilities <p> No formal proposal has been adopted, but the need for an overhaul of the Glenwood Community School District&rsquo;s athletic complex is once again being discussed.</p> Century-old building getting face lift, new life http://www.opinion-tribune.com/content/century-old-building-getting-face-lift-new-life <img src="http://www.opinion-tribune.com/sites/www.opinion-tribune.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/building4.jpg" alt="Kris Taylor is doing most of the renovation work himself on this building he owns at 409 Coolidge St." title="Kris Taylor is doing most of the renovation work himself on this building he owns at 409 Coolidge St." align="left" hspace="6" width="145" height="85" /><p> A century-old building south of Glenwood&rsquo;s Town Square is getting a major makeover.</p> <p> Located near the Walnut Street - Coolidge Street intersection, owner Kris Taylor is renovating the two-story structure that&rsquo;s served multiple purposes and housed several businesses over the years, including a chiropractor&rsquo;s office, barber shop, laundromat and dry cleaner. The entire structure, located on the southeast corner of the intersection, is actually two separate buildings that share a common wall.</p>