Luc, the newest K9 at the Seward Sheriff’s Office, recently came to the force after working five years with the New York State Police. He joins the department’s other K9, Igor.

Sheriff's Office making new furry friends

The Seward County Sheriff’s Office has recently received a host of new animal companions. The Sheriff’s office has entered into a partnership with the Blue River Pet Rescue shelter and also taken on a new K-9, Luc.

Luc (pronounced Luke) has moved to Seward with his handler Sgt. Kevin Beattie after previously working in the New York State Police for the past five years. Beattie served an even longer tenure with the New York State Police beginning in 1990. He spent time as a trooper, then an investigator, before working in the K-9 unit after realizing the office life was not quite the right fit for him.

“I wasn’t built to be inside wearing a suit and tie,” he said.

Read more about Luc and the department's partnership with the Blue River Pet Rescue HERE.

Road closed

Portions of North Columbia Avenue in Seward will be closed from Lincoln Avenue to Highway 34 over the next few weeks. The road is getting a new top layer.

North Columbia closures to run throughout July

Parts of North Columbia Avenue in Seward may be closed for awhile—at least during the day.

The City of Seward is working with Pavers Inc. of Waverly on a resurfacing project from Highway 34 to Lincoln Avenue.

City Engineer Jake Vasa said the project is expected to be complete by August.

The Seward City Council approved the project at a cost of $208,118.80 in March.

“Right now, they’re prepping everything to do the mill and overlay,” Seward City Administrator Greg Butcher said.

Abundant sunshine. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.


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Abundant sunshine. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

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The prep work includes ramps at intersections to make sidewalks wheelchair accessible, fixing portions of the concrete underneath the asphalt that have contributed to potholes and changing a few corners to help water flow off the road better in some areas.

“We hope to finish the concrete work before the Fourth,” Vasa said.

Eventually, the road will get a 2-inch asphalt overlay, which Vasa said will be done in mid to late July, if not sooner.

Read more HERE.

Ready for the weekend?

Watercolor show opens: Watercolors by Reinhold Marxhausen will be on display at the Red Path Gallery in Seward from June 29 through Aug. 31. Proceeds of art sales will go to the renovation of the Marxhausen Studio and playground and classroom improvements at the St. John Child Development Center. The show is sponsored by the Seward Arts Council. For more information, call (402) 540-6929.

Family safety day set: The Seward Kiwanis will host a free Seward Family Safety Day Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Events include kids’ self defense, fire safety, personal safety and more. For more information, contact Alyssa Cochnar, event chair, at

Concert to raise money for food: The B Street Band will take the stage at Levrack near Milford Saturday, June 29, in a benefit concert for the Milford backpack program. Free-will donations will be accepted. Concert-goers should bring lawn chairs. Snacks and drinks will be available. The concert will go from 6 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Levrack is located at 2840 O Street Road.

Statue to be dedicated: The dedication of the William Henry Seward Statue and Plaza on the Seward Courthouse Square will be held on Saturday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. A free hot dog feed and celebration cake and concert by Seward’s Firehouse Five will precede the program hosted by Sen. Mark Kolterman. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. At the event the Seward statue will be unveiled and the new Seward Plaza will be opened with an official ribbon cutting. Businesses and individuals that supported the project will be acknowledged, recognized and thanked. Special guests for the event will be descendants of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Secretary of State. A “no host” reception at Red Path Gallery and more music by the Firehouse Five will conclude the event.

Bob Hope returns to Seward: The Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward and the Fourth of July Committee will host Bob Hope (played by Col. Craig Strong) for a show on Sunday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Seward High School auditorium. In addition to Hope, the show will include a performance by the Seward Municipal Band, the Seward Kiwanis KiTones and other local talent. The show is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. This performance will be the Seward Municipal Band’s regular weekly concert.

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