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Staplehurst man's arraignment for sex trafficking charges set for later this month

Bail for a Staplehurst man accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a minor has been set at $500,000.

Concordia professor reflects on 9-11 experiences

The recent strife and turmoil between the Taliban and the Afghani people brings countless memories back for Tobin Beck. Beck, a journalism and political science professor at Concordia University, was …

Alps Bark Park mural celebrates man's best friend

Man's best friend is the focus of Seward's newest mural. Recent passersby of The Alps Bark Park, 511 Bradford St., may have noticed a few large eyes staring at them from the west wall of the …

Special pigs, bees call Milford farm home

An acreage in rural Milford is an oasis for unique critters and handmade treats. Visitors to Anchor Meadow Farm, operated by Emely and Matt Hendl, will first notice a special breed of pigs. The …

Afghan withdrawal brings back memories for Meyer

As American troops leave Afghanistan, veterans of the Afghan war are watching with concern for friends they made while they served in Afghanistan. Gerald “Jerry” Meyer of Seward is one …

Early Census numbers show rise in Seward County

Early numbers from the 2020 United States Census show manageable growth in Seward County. According to preliminary results released by the United States Census Bureau in August, the population in …

Case numbers skyrocket in Four Corners district

Covid case counts are on the rise, and the needle is back in the red in the Four Corners Health Department. Laura McDougall, executive director of Four Corners, said the last time the district was …

CU installs Bull as 11th president

Dr. Bernard Bull was installed as Concordia University, Nebraska's 11th president on Aug. 22 during the university's opening service at St. John Lutheran Church in Seward. Bull was installed by …

Decrease proposed for county tax levy

The City of Seward is again expecting to maintain its tax levy for the 2021-22 fiscal year.  The proposed budget calls for the total levy to remain at 35.3 cents per $100 of assessed value. …
Obituaries
Ellen Irene (Ficke) Ahlschwede was born Oct. 25, 1938, in Seward, to Adolph and Lana (Piening) Ficke and passed away in Seward on Sept. 12, 2021, at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 18 days. Ellen …
Timothy Andrew Ruegg of Seward, was born April 26, 1960, to Donald G. and Ruth (Carson) Ruegg in Needles, California. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at 61 …
John E. Binger, of Milford, was born June 8, 1959, to Dwight and Ruth (Huelle) Binger in Central City. He graduated from Grand Island High School in 1977. On July 11, 1981, John married Valerie …
Edwin Thomas Trouba was born Feb. 10, 1938, in Garland, to Joseph and Mary (Kunasek) Trouba and passed away Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, at his home at the age of 83 years, 6 months and 26 days. Ed grew up …
Ruby E. Rolfsmeier was born Dec. 7, 1922, in Denison, Iowa, to Harry and Anna Sophie (Popken) Rath and passed away Aug. 30, 2021, in Seward, at the age of 98 years, 8 months and 23 days. Ruby was …
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Clippers pass early-season test

While the Malcolm boys’ cross country team won its first two meets of the season, the Clippers had yet to really be tested. That first real test came at the Sept. 9 Milford Invite held at Doane …

Broncos win for homecoming

Centennial improved its football record to 2-1 Sept. 10 with a 42-21 homecoming win over Grand Island Central Catholic. “It was fun. They earned it and deserved it,” Coach Evan …

Bronco offense sputters last week

The Centennial offense couldn’t get rolling Aug. 31 at Aurora, as the Broncos came up short 6-1. CHS had four hits in the game, two singles by Cora Hoffschneider, a double by Halley …

Seward vs Gross stats

Seward 35, Omaha Gross 32 SHS 0 14 14 7 35 OGHS 0 6 14 12 32 Second quarter OGHS—3-yard run (kick failed) SHS—Trevor Ruth 7-yard run (Parker Hammond …

Centennial comes up short at Aquinas

Coaches want their football teams at 100% when they play David City Aquinas. The Monarchs are always tough, big and well-coached. Centennial came into Sept. 3’s game not at 100%. The Broncos …

Bluejay runners open season at home

Weather concerns encouraged officials to move up the start time and modify the format for the Charlie Thorell Invitational Sept. 2 in Seward, and Coach Kurt Holliday was afraid the meet …
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Births
Collin Kenneth Maca was recently born to Andy Maca and Stephannie (Potter) Maca of Valley. He was born July 30, 2021, at Women's Methodist Hospital Omaha. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 …
Abbie (Stauffer) and Eric Garlock of Lincoln are parents of a son, Luca Dean Garlock, born July 27, 2021, at CHI Health/St Elizabeth in Lincoln. He weighed 8 lbs., 4.3 ounces and was 20.5 inches …
Birthdays
Shirley Sloup of Staplehurst is celebrating her 90th birthday next week. She was born Aug. 17, 1931, and taught at Staplehurst Elementary School for many years. Her family members include Scott …
Clarice Bolte, of Seward, will soon celebrate her 90th birthday. She was born Aug. 11, 1931 in Spring, Texas. Her family members include her husband, Mel; children, Melanie and Bob Nutt, Stan …
Weddings
Engagements
Emily Hemphill and Layne Dahlquist, both of Seward, will marry Aug. 28 at the Seward United Methodist Church.Parents of the couple are Rick and Deb Hemphill of Utica and Ken and Cindy Dahlquist of …
Lauren Johnson and Tyler Van Cleef, both of Lincoln, are to wed Jan. 18 at Seward Methdist Church. Parents of the couple are Russell and Theresa Johnson of Seward and Michael and Nancy Van Cleef of …
Anniversaries
Art and Mary Ellen Dobesh will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this week. They were married Sept. 2, 1961, in Ulysses. Their family members include Bob and Sandi Dobesh, Nancy and John …
Don and Marian Leff, formerly of Beaver Crossing, will celebrate their 70th anniversary on Sept. 8. Greeting cards may be sent to them at 215 Pickett Ridge, Kirbyville, MO 65679.