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Contractor asks county to waive late fees on Sunrise Road project

Mark Smith of High Plains Enterprises spoke to the Seward County Board of Commissioners on May 28 to discuss liquidated damages for its work in the Sunrise Road box culvert project near Milford.

The county contracted with the company in 2017 to work on the project. The original contract was for $354,000 with an expected deadline of July 15, 2018, and a $500 penalty per day past that deadline if not completed.

The project has only recently been completed, almost a full year after the deadline.

Smith said the delays were because of weather and problems with personnel. After an issue with a concrete subcontractor, the company had to find another within a short time span.

Per the county’s contract, a fine of $500 was applied for every day the project remained incomplete past the June 5 deadline, which came to a total of $87,500 in late fines.

Read the full story HERE.

Nick Boys

Nick Boys

New kid on the block: Boys joins SCI for summer internship

Hi! My name is Nick Boys and I have just started my summer internship here at the Seward County Independent. I am currently a student at Concordia University due to embark on my (super) senior year in the fall. As you may have guessed, I am a journalism major and I am also a part of the baseball team on campus. 

I am originally from Brisbane, Australia (a long way from home, I know), and moved to the United States in the fall of 2015 to pursue baseball and a degree. I’ve studied and played previously in Iowa and Kentucky before finding my way here to Seward. I have become very fond of my new home over the last year, and I’m looking forward to finding some of the people and stories that make this town tick.

I am excited to experience Seward in the Summer for the first time, as hopefully we are now finally finished with all the cold weather for the year. I’ve heard all the buzz about the Fourth of July, so I’m definitely looking forward to experiencing that first hand. 

I am also excited and grateful to be working at The Independent this summer to gain some hands-on experience in the field. Writing is a passion of mine, and one I’m sure will only grow throughout this opportunity. While sports has been a large focus of my previous writing, I’m excited to write about a variety of events and topics in a variety of styles during my time here.

So, if you see a well-dressed young man riding a bicycle around, it’s probably me on my way to get the latest scoop. Don’t be afraid to honk or wave, I promise I’m friendly, although my one hand riding might still be a little suspect. Luckily for me, I’ve got all summer to work on it.

See you around town!

Melodrama ends Sunday-get tickets now!

The villainous Simon Darkway seeks to control the Walker Valley, Pine Bush & Pacific R.R. for his own vile purposes in “Love Rides the Rails (or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?),” the Goehner Centennial Players’ melodrama. Assisting him are Dirk Sneath, a viper of a man, and Carlotta Cortez, the sultry siren with a heart of gold. Fortunately, the gallant Truman Pendennis, the beauteous Prudence Hopewell, the Widow Hopewell and staunch Harold Standfast oppose the sinister schemes of this wicked trio. Swiftly and hilariously, the classic melodramatic plot unfolds, leading to a tremendous climax. Shows go through Sunday, June 9. Tickets are $35 for the prime rib dinner show (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), $15 for the pop and popcorn show (Wednesday) and $20 for the dessert matinee (Sunday). Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. For more information, call Lloyd Schulz at (402) 523-5025.

League looking for new members

The Seward County League of Women Voters meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the Seward Civic Center. The next meeting will be June 6. The public is invited to attend.

The Seward League is affiliated with the Nebraska and national leagues. It focuses on voter education, voter participation and other local election issues. Members may join at any time.

Planning ahead? Post your public event at

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Abundant sunshine. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s.

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