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Residents asked to limit water use after four main breaks

City of Seward residents are asked to conserve water over the weekend and into next week, city officials said Aug. 5, after several water main breaks related to high temperatures and a noticeable …

Fire displaces Seward residents

A fire in a Seward apartment building July 28 drew responses from six area departments and displaced several residents. Seward Fire Assistant Chief Dan Brumm said the department was dispatched to …

Utica honors Stuhr family at Heritage Days

About 100 people turned out to honor the Stuhr family of Utica during Utica Heritage Days July 30. “If you knew LaVern and Linda, you know they loved this community,” said Preston …

Clerk debunks early voting myths

This is the first in a four-part series on voter education information from the Seward County Clerk. Forty-four years ago, when Sherry Schweitzer began working in the Seward County Clerk’s …

Man arrested after crashing stolen vehicle

Marcus Vogt, 27, of Fremont was arrested after crashing a stolen vehicle Aug. 1. The pursuit began near Goehner and ended near Lincoln. The Seward County Sheriff's Office reported that a deputy …

Smith: ‘I call my disability an ability’

Abigal Smith of Utica, 14, was crowned at the Nebraska Miss Amazing pageant last year, and she is now looking forward to shining her light on stage at the national competition this month. Miss …

Former resident breaks world axe throwing record

A former Seward resident and Seward High alumnus broke the world record in axe throwing at the Cornhusker State Games. Jesse Rood hit a target from 90 feet away to break the old record of 75 feet. …

Wellness center grants on hold

The Seward Wellness Center is well into its next steps but was denied a $1 million grant. City Administrator Greg Butcher told the Seward City Council at its July 19 meeting that Seward Changing …

4-H fishing contest tradition continues

The Staplehurst Livestock 4-H Club hosted its annual fishing contest at Independence Landing at the fairgrounds in Seward July 13. Ginny Koranda, the organizational leader for Staplehurst …
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Obituaries
Anthony John Niemoth was born Sept. 28, 1983, in Lincoln, to Ronald and Beatrice (Duenwald) Niemoth and passed away Aug. 5, 2022, in Omaha, at the age of 38 years, 10 months and 8 days. Anthony …
Lucille (Johnson) Marquardt, 88, of Rock Island, Illinois, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Silver Cross Pavilion at Friendship Manor in Rock Island. Lucille was born May 13, 1934, in Friend, a …
Leslie “Les” Theodore Luth 70, of Seward, was born April 3, 1952, in Seward, to Eugene and Wilma (Baack) Luth. He passed away Aug. 5, 2022. He graduated from Centennial High School in …
Marguerite “Diana” Schweitzer, formerly of Milford, was born Oct. 12, 1937, to Peter and Rose (Pavlicek) Junker in Fairbury. Following high school, Diana graduated from Peru State …
Wayne Edward Roth was born Nov. 9, 1933, on a farm near Milford, to William and Emma Roth, the sixth of seven children. Wayne passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday July …
Local Sports

Malcolm dominates, wins Class C juniors championship

When you allow just five runs over the course of five games, your week probably went pretty well. The Malcolm Junior Legion baseball team enjoyed five days in Creighton as it rolled through the …

Malcolm advances to state with area tourney championship

The Malcolm seniors (19-2) are hoping to pick up where the juniors left off. They opened the C3 Area Tournament in Yutan on July 23 with an 11-0 win over Louisville-Weeping Water. The next day, …

Seniors end season in area tournament

The Crete Stop N Shop Post 147 seniors saw their season end July 24 in the Class B Area 1 tournament. Crete opened the postseason with a 12-4 loss to Nemaha July 22. Nemaha scored seven runs in …

Malcolm juniors qualify for state with win

This is when all the hard work starts to pay off. All the swings in the cage in the winter, now turn into balls flying out of the park. The bullpen sessions now show up as strikeouts and no hitters. …

Seward finishes season in area tournament

After a rough start to the Class B Area 4 tournament, the Seward Legion team won two straight to stay alive in the postseason. Seward opened play July 8 with a 10-6 loss to York. Seward took the …

Juniors see season end at districts

It was a tough Class B Area 1 tournament for the Crete Nestle Purina Post 147 juniors. Crete struggled to get its offense going in games against Auburn and Hickman, losing to Auburn 8-0 July 8 and …

Malcolm takes two from UBCF

These are the games that help you get ready for the ones that really matter. As the month of June came to an end, the Malcolm Legion baseball teams were very much aware that the most important …
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Births
Kellan Alex Stepp was born July 14, 2022, to Nate and Megan (Neth) Stepp of Seward. His grandparents are Neal and Karen Neth, of Lincoln, and Kevan and Terri Stepp, of Seward.
Kennedy Elizabeth McGregor was born to Ryan and Beth McGregor of Omaha on March 14, 2022, at Women's Methodist Hospital in Omaha. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches …
Birthdays
Doris Geiger will celebrate her 95th birthday this month. She was born July 14, 1927. Her family is requesting a card shower and requests that senders write about their relationship or an event …
Bernard Kastl of Seward will celebrate his 101st birthday on May 13. He has one daughter, Barb Sypal and husband, Ron, five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  The family is …
Weddings
Arlet Bode and Drew Gremel, both of Portland, Oregon, were married July 9, 2022, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland. The officiant was the Rev. Dr. W.J. Mark Knutson. The bride’s …
Engagements
Megan Graves from Seward is engaged to marry Sedrick Perkins from Monroe, Louisiana. The wedding will be April 9 in Phoenix, Arizona. The bride's parents are David Graves of Seward and Rachel …
Makena Perdue and Nathan Bierbaum, both of Seward, are planning a Dec. 31, 2021, wedding at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Parents of the couple are Brad and Jill Perdue and Randy and Jill …
Anniversaries
Lynn and Gloria Erb of Clatonia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week. They were married May 27, 1972, in Lincoln. Their family members include sons, Barry and Cami Erb of …
Doug and Sue Cutshall of Seward will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this month. They were married May 27, 1972, in Omaha. Their family members include daughters, Theresa …