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COVID declines, West Nile emerges in area

While positive COVID-19 cases are slowly declining, West Nile virus is on Four Corner's radar. Laura McDougall, executive director of Four Corners Health Department, said there have been 115 …

“Be your absolute best” UNL decathlon winner, firefighter urges mental health awareness in first responders

Mike Bailey has built a career on high-pressure situations.  Now a farmer, businessman and member of the Ansley Fire Department, Bailey earned recognition as the Big 8 decathlon champion with …

Seward native brings vet's unique story to life

Seward native Steve Saunders heard the legend of Robert Hymel and knew he could use his talents as a filmmaker to bring his unbelievable story to life. Hymel was a U.S. Air Force pilot who was …

Seward school board acknowledged for excellence

The Seward Public School Board recently received praise for its accomplishments throughout the past year. The school board was given the Board of Excellence Award at the Nebraska Association of …

Seward schools decreases levy in new budget

The Seward Public Schools' budget calls for a decrease in its total property tax levy. The budget, unanimously approved by the Seward Public Schools Board on Sept. 13, includes a tax levy of 95 …

Plum Creek Literacy Festival Children's Day and Adult Conference cancelled

Organizers of the Plum Creek Literacy Festival announced they have made the difficult decision to cancel the Children’s Day and Adult Conference scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Concordia University.

Seward council approves new budget

The City of Seward's budget for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year is set. The Seward City Council approved the budget for the new year at its regular meeting Sept. 7. Under the new budget, the total levy …

Four Corners reports COVID cases on the rise

As COVID-19 cases rise in Seward County, a special Seward County community sector briefing was held on Thursday, Sept. 9 to keep community members informed. Laura McDougall, executive director of …

Good 'Ol Times pays tribute to Staplehurst history

Staplehurst's new restaurant is packed with history and familiar faces. The family team of Deb Frank, Bobbi McVey-Blath and Ryon Blath will open Good 'Ol Days at 330 A Street on Sept. 24. Many …
Obituaries
Eugene “Gene” Robert Faszholz went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 11, 2021. Gene was born Sept. 25, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Richard W. Faszholz and Mamie K. (Krenning) …
Verna K. “Kathy” Tomasek was born Nov. 29, 1942, to Arnold and Leta (Hampson) Stapp in Cozad. Kathy passed away Sept. 23, 2021, in Lincoln. She graduated from Cozad High School in …
Lois June Smith was born Dec. 18, 1938, in Callaway, to Billie Dale and Vera M. (Lange) Strong and passed away Sept. 27, 2021, at her home in Seward at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 9 …
Dale Andrew Anderson was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Milford, to Otto and Amelia (Unzicker) Anderson, and passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at CHI St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln at the age of …
Corrinne Lea Thomas, of Utica, was born Dec. 27, 1943, to Oran and Nellie (LeFavor) Cradick in Toppenish, Washington. She graduated from Utica High School in 1962 and then received her Nursing …
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Local Sports

Broncos down Wolverines in district clash

After a heartbreaking loss to Bishop Neumann last week, the Centennial football team was looking for a return to the win column at Wilber-Clatonia Oct. 8. The Broncos accomplished that, downing …

Late touchdown lifts Bluejays to victory

With Beatrice coming to town for a Class B football clash, Seward Coach Jamie Opfer knew the Bluejays would be in for a battle. He was not wrong. The Jays scored with nine seconds left to top …

SHS volleyball ends fourth at home invite

The Seward volleyball team finished fourth in its home invitational Sept. 18, going 2-2 on the day. Seward beat South Sioux City 25-9, 25-12 and Omaha Mercy 25-16, 25-18 before falling to Wahoo …

Broncos edge Clippers

Homecoming night in Malcolm will be remembered as one that got away. The Clippers had their chances in the Sept. 17 contest against Centennial, but too many inopportune penalties and a few bad breaks …

SHS wins weekend tournament

Seward softball swept its way through a tournament in Hastings Sept. 11, beating Grand Island Central Catholic 9-7, Crete 1-0 and St. Cecilia 11-10 to win the championship. “We played …

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 …
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Births
Luke Matthew Malander was born Aug. 31, 2021, to Tom and Jessica (Owens) Malander of Seward. Luke was born at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln. He weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and was 18 ¼ inches …
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 …
Birthdays
Lavina Pisar Melichar, formerly of Crete, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 28. Lavina was born on the family farm near Dorchester. She is the widow of Leonard Melichar. They had three …
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 …
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.