R.P. Smith cowboy poet

Cowboy poet R.P. Smith provided entertainment during the banquet and recited humorous verses inspired by his life as a rancher. 

Locals honored at Ag banquet

Bill Hartmann, recipient of the 2019 Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership Agribusiness award, and the Brett Borchers family, recipients of the Kiwanis Club of Seward Outstanding Farm Family award, were honored at the 51st annual Kiwanis Club Ag Recognition banquet April 29 at the Ag Pavilion. See more in this week's SCI and scholarship winners in next week's paper.

Road work still in progress

Seward County Road Superintendent Casey Keim updated the board of comissioners about the number of closed roads during the board’s April 30 meeting.

During the meeting, Keim said the number of roads closed had decreased to 28. During a phone call on May 2, Keim said the number had already decreased to 23. 

At its highest point, 116 county roads were closed.

Keim said the remaining roads will require more attention.

“A lot of these are culvert issues, where the culvert was washed out so they’re a litte bit bigger projects,” Keim said. “We also had complete road washouts. These are all the meatier of the projects.”

Keim said, depending on weather, he hopes to get the remainder of the closed roads repaired and back in working order within May or June at the latest.


Medicare Minute, bingo on tap: The Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program will present a Medicare Minute and Medicare bingo Thursday, May 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the Seward Senior Center.

Meeting to consider Toastmasters: People interested in improving their public speaking skills are invited to a trial meeting of Toastmasters International Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Seward Civic Center. Contact Suzanne Gligorevic at (402) 643-4189 for more information.

Sunny. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.


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Sunny. Highs in the mid 90s and lows in the mid 70s.

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SW at 14 mph
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UV Index:
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Observatory hosts open house: Mars and the Orion nebula will be viewed at a special open house Thursday, May 9, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at the Osten Observatory on Concordia University’s campus. Dr. Robert Hermann, professor of physics, will provide a brief explanation of each object and will answer questions from attendees. There is no set program so visitors can come at any time during the open house. However, visitors are urged to check the weather before they arrive as it can change quickly. If the sky is cloudy, or if it is very windy at the time the observatory is scheduled to open, the viewing will be canceled for the night. The observatory is located on the northeast corner of Concordia’s campus on East Hillcrest Drive in Seward. Visitors should be prepared to walk across a short length of field as the path to the observatory is not paved. There is also a step up to be able to reach the telescope. There is no charge for admission.


Nebraska Brass to perform in Seward: The Nebraska Brass and Friends will perform a concert for harp and brass Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Seward United Methodist Church. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students and children. For more information, call (402) 477-7899.

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