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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
Diane Swartzlander helps others hold onto memories of loved ones, sporting teams, achievements and even childhood memories with her gift of quilting. After making a t-shirt quilt for her best … more
Funeral homes provide a setting in which families can say their final goodbyes to loved ones and provide closure to many. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when sickness and death skyrocketed … 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
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
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