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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
Rachel Borges really loves her job. She thrives on the chaos that comes with being an emergency 911 dispatcher for both Seward and York County Communication Centers. But nothing in her three years in the position could prepare her for an incident that took place on Feb. 12. more
As the utility billing customer service representative for the City of Seward for the past 28 years, Ronda Baumbach's knowledge of Seward homes is vast, but she still appreciates a specific address from customers. more
On March 17, 2020, the Nebraska National Guard Museum closed its doors in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. It remained fully shuttered until June 12 with mitigation procedures in place. With … more
Bottle Rocket Brewing cans hit shelves across Nebraska for the first time in the brewery’s five-year existence last week, checking off a goal the owners had circled since its first day. more
Matt Starkey has seen a variety of service. From Desert Storm as a medic to National Guard to Veterans Affairs, he knows the military. Starkey is the new veterans service officer for Seward County, accepting the position in January. more
The Seward City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to approve an ordinance that repealed Municipal Code Sections 52.1.1 to 52.1.11 that related to the face covering ordinance in Seward. The mandate was scheduled to sunset on Wednesday, March 3. The new ordinance removes the mandate from municipal code. Look for more information in next week's issue of the Seward Independent. more
A story titled "Ordinance to end mask mandate fails first reading" published in the Feb. 24 issue of the Seward County Independent incorrectly stated that Memorial Healthcare Systems CEO Roger Reamer stated MHCS recommends the mask mandate be in effect until Jan. 3. The date should be March 3. The Seward Independent apologizes for the error. more
With 20 years of Jazzercise experience between them, Danielle Luebbe and Roxanne Wohlford are excited to run the Seward chapter. more
Seward High School agronomy instructor Craig Frederick's career in agricultural education brought him all across the country and allowed him to influence countless students through FFA. 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
Rolling blackouts controlled by the Nebraska Public Power District are beginning in the Seward area and southeast Nebraska now and into the evening.  The City of Seward has been advised … more
Milford High School art teacher Mindy Burton knows senior Machaela Freeman’s art can’t be replicated. more
Nathan Pennington, a Concordia University sophomore church music major from Lincoln, recently won the Student Organ Composition Competition organized by the Lincoln Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. more
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