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The Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival looked a little different this year. The festival is usually held in the fall. Authors and illustrators come to the Concordia University campus to … more
April is Autism Awareness Month, and students celebrated Autism Awareness Day April 6 in Molly Pracheil's second grade classroom at Centennial Public School. The class created a 126-piece puzzle … more
The completion of the new sanctuary at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Seward shows the strength of a community inspired by a common goal. On Easter weekend earlier this month, parishioners … more
In a year spotted with close calls, local educators and law enforcement officials are asking motorists to exercise the utmost caution around school buses. The Seward County Sheriff's Office in a … more
Seward FFA member Emma Kuss recently received the chance to represent Seward and FFA on a statewide scale. Kuss on April 9 during the Nebraska State FFA Convention was selected to serve as … more
The final phase of work on Karol Kay Boulevard in Seward will begin early in April. Greg Butcher, Seward City Administrator, said construction crews will return to the road on April 5 to put on … more
Two Malcolm High School students have used their artistic skills to promote safer driving. Recently, Yazmin Ratzlaff and Addy Hanson finished first and second, respectively, in a Nebraska … more
Before construction even began, the new ministry center at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School proved it could weather any storm. The Our Redeemer Church and Ministry Center, located across the street from the current location in Staplehurst, will feature classrooms, a chapel, kitchen and commons area. The school will move its operations to the new facility in time for the fall semester. more
Malcolm junior Cyrena Miller's photograph from her grandpa's farm recently won an award for its visual appeal, but the meaning behind the snapshot lies far beneath its contrasting colors. more
Unblinking eyes stare at computer screens. Hands grip controllers as fingers manipulate joysticks and firing controls. Bodies move in response to the virtual characters as the game progresses. When the game ends, voices rise to conversation levels as players talk through what happened. This scene is becoming more common as schools join the growing esports community. more
An annual event to bring hope and awareness to the fight for suicide prevention will take a different format this year. more
On March 10, Donald Polcyn, 28, of Utica entered pleas on three counts of third-degree assault, a Class I misdemeanor, and one count of obstructing government operations, also a Class I misdemeanor. He initially faced charges of manslaughter, a Class IIA felony and terroristic threats, a Class IIA felony following an incident that resulted in the death of a Lincoln man on Jan. 1, 2020, in Utica. The charges were reduced in exchange for a guilty plea. more
“He’s the first one in our Rotary Club!” said longtime Rotarian Clark Kolterman when introducing Charles “Chuck” Matzke, at the Rotary luncheon at the Seward Civic Center Feb. 10. The club honored Matzke for 50 years of continuous membership in the Seward Rotary Club. more
Seward County's COVID-19 situation is anticipated to worsen. And the end is not near. Memorial Health Care Systems CEO Roger Reamer gave a blunt assessment at the Nov. 12 Four Corners Health Department briefing. “We have planned for this a long time,” he said. “The storm is here. We're in the middle of the storm.” more
Cities, villages, schools and businesses continue to reel as COVID-19 cases in Seward County continue to mount. more
Seward Middle School was still able to host its annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 11 through a pandemic and all the directed health measures it brought. more
Seward resident Dr. Van Vahle recently received the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Distinguished Alumnus Award. more
We recognize that this is a challenging time. As individuals, we are bombarded with messages surrounding COVID-19 and making decisions that will protect ourselves and our families. As a professional health care organization, we are challenged to educate our patients, be empathetic to our colleagues and serve as the source of truth for our community. more
When Christina Marroquin voiced her teenage opinions at home, her mother would always tell her to “save it for the courtroom.” She never wanted to be a judge but now, after gaining one of the state's highest legal honors, she thought maybe her mother's words planted a seed. more
Seward County eclipsed its total number of voters from 2016 with a 81% turnout for the 2020 General Election. more
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