Smash Mental Illness

Participants will be able to Smash Mental Illness by beating a car with a sledgehammer July 4. The event is a fundraiser for the Seward County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Help smash mental illness on Fourth

Since losing her brother to suicide 10 years ago, Seward resident Sara (Holle) Endorf and her family have been raising money and awareness to help put a stop to mental illness, a contributing factor to suicide.

“He’d been fighting depression for awhile,” Endorf said of her brother, Craig Holle, who died at age 22.

The Holle family has participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Beatrice for years in memory of Craig, and this year, they’re bringing their efforts to Seward for a Smash Mental Illness event on July 4.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can give a donation for the chance to beat on a car with a sledgehammer.

Read more about it HERE.

"The Human Body Atlas" found in Trail's apartment

A Gold's Gym sweatsuit, underwear, a bloody towel, Hefty trash bags and other clothing items were the main focus of testimony given June 26 in Saline County District Court for the murder trial of Aubrey Trail. They, along with 13 of the 14 dismembered parts of Sydney Loofe's body, were found in rural Clay County Dec. 4-5. Investigators searched and found evidence from 17 sites in total.

FBI special agent Eli McBride testified for the third time on behalf of the state regarding the search for Loofe's body and the search conducted at Trail and Bailey Boswell's residence in Wilber.

During the residential search, boxes for Hefty trash bags and a Gold's Gym suit were found. Among other items found and seized were a book entitled "The Human Body Atlas" and a variety of sex toys.

The jury was presented with a white Columbia jacket that was found in a field during the Dec. 5 search.

State prosecutor Sandra Allen asked McBride if he recalled a photo of Loofe when she was getting ready for her Nov. 14 date and what she was wearing in the photo.

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"A white Columbia jacket," McBride said. 

Jurors were then presented with photos of Loofe's body but kept calm faces throughout the examination. McBride said the only part of her body that was not found was her upper left arm. 

Because Loofe's family has attended every day of the trial this far, the only picture shown to the court was of one of Loofe's hands.

Read more HERE.


CSFP to distribute food: The Commodity Supplemental Food Program distribution clinic will be at 416 E Street, David City, Thursday, June 27. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Blue Valley Community Action at (402) 729-2278 or (402) 643-6425. Income guidelines have recently changed, so anyone previously determined ineligible should reapply. 

Center to serve potatoes: The Seward Senior Center will hold its monthly potato bake Thursday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A suggested donation will include a large potato, toppings, homemade dessert and coffee or tea.


Eat potluck, play pitch: The Seward Senior Center will host potluck and pitch Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m. Bring a hot dish to share, with cards to follow the meal.

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