Local News

Rain has been ‘a blessing’ for farmers and crops

After a summer of mostly dry heat and high temperatures, Jenny Rees with the Eastern NE Research & Extension Center, said the cooler temperatures and rain have ‘been a …

New festival in Milligan celebrates Czech beer, food

A new festival in Milligan will celebrate an historic Czech figure that helped beer become an art form. On Sept. 25, local volunteers and the Embassy of the Czech Republic will team up for the St. …

Cochnar’s hard work pays off to earn sixth degree black belt

Alyssa Cochnar, co-owner and instructor at Gold Star Martial Arts in Crete and Seward, is not scared of a challenge. Martial arts, specifically taekwando, has pushed Cochnar out of her comfort …

Public Health Solutions sees surge in COVID cases, urges safety precautions

Public Health Solutions, southeast Nebraska’s health department, has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases in Saline County. Megan Garcia, organizational development manager and public information …

Fishing tournament honors fallen Friend children

Anglers of all ages gathered at Friend City Pond Aug. 22 to catch the big one while honoring two lost Friend children. The Fourth Annual Beckett Arp Memorial Fishing Tournament attracted 73 …

SCC opens new residence hall just in time for 2021-2022 school year

A day after its grand opening, 152 Southeast Community College students moved into the Milford campus' newest residence hall. On Aug. 25, the Milford campus held a ribbon cutting for Meadow Hall, …

New year, new opportunities at Friend

Cooking up good times at Beaver Daze

New superintendent joins Friend Public Schools for upcoming school year

Derek Anderson never thought he'd be a superintendent. In fact, he wasn't even seeking to be one when he first became an educator. “I just wanted to teach,” Anderson said. “I …
Obituaries
A Celebration of Life for Ed Stich will be Sunday, Sept. 12, in Crete at Tuxedo Park from 1 to 4 p.m.. Casual attire, masks suggested.
Kolby Lee Baber, 31, of Lincoln, passed away Aug. 17, 2021. He was born May 31, 1990, in Lincoln, NE to Robert and Kristal (Horky) Baber. Kolby served as a Corrections Officer with the Department …
Roy E. Horner came into this world Dec. 7, 1930, on a farm northeast of Friend and left this world as an active farmer up until the day of his passing on Aug. 2, 2021, at the age of 90 years, 7 …
Richard “Rick” Dee Sand, of Huntsville, Alabama, took the hand of Jesus, on June 30, 2021, while an inpatient at Noland hospital in Anniston, Alabama. Rick was born Aug. 3,1953, in …
Stanley Irvin Rhodes was born Sept. 14, 1926, on a farm near Cordova, to Arthur and Harriet (Hart) Rhodes, the oldest of four children, and passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the …

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Local Sports

Dorchester falls in afternoon gridiron battle

Despite the heat Sept. 10, the Dorchester football team got off to a good start in an afternoon game against Lewiston. But the Longhorns couldn’t hold the momentum, and Lewiston pulled away …

DHS falls at Pawnee City

The bus ride home from Pawnee City was a long one for the Dorchester football team. The Longhorns knew what the Indians were going to do but could not stop them, Coach Brent Zoubek said. PCHS …

EMF tops East Butler in home opener

The Exeter-Milligan-Friend Bobcats prevailed in a back-and-forth game Sept. 3, defeating East Butler 30-20 in Friend. EMF got on the board first when Christian Weber sprinted to the endzone from …

Bobcats win big in road opener

Exeter-Milligan-Friend started the 2021 football season on a good note Aug. 27, beating Conestoga 54-6 at Conestoga. The Bobcats held a 44-0 lead at halftime, so the second half used the running …

DHS drops first game

Dorchester’s first game of the 2021 football season didn’t go too badly, Coach Brent Zoubek said. DHS hosted Meridian Aug. 27 and came up short 46-28. “We dug too big a hole in …

Panthers split triangular, fall to Huskies

A home triangular Aug. 21 opened the season for the Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan/Friend softball team. The Panthers split their two games, losing to Bishop Neumann 8-1 and defeating Centennial …
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Celebrations
Births
Sabrina Plouzek of Wilber welcomed a daughter, Violet Ann, on July 11, 2021. Violet weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents are Cindy and Dave Plouzek of Wilber.
Pospisil, Preston and Lynette of Hallam, a daughter, Jocelyn Remington Pospisil, born Jan. 21, 2021, weighing seven pounds, six ounces and 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dwayne and Sandy Pospisil …
Birthdays
Connie Falck, a former resident of Friend, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Aug. 24. Birthday greetings may be sent to her at 14555 E. Hampden, Apt 366, Aurora, CO 80014.
Charles (Chuck) W. Zoubek will celebrate his 90th birthday with an Open House on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wilber Legion Park Building. Chuck was born, Aug. 24, 1931, to Frank and …
Weddings
Engagements
Whitney Higgins of Nebraska City and Brad Kalkwarf of Crete are planning a late October wedding inNebraska City.The bride's parents are Jerry and Connie Higgins of Nebraska City. She attended …
Lauren Johnson and Tyler Van Cleef, both of Lincoln, are to wed Jan. 18 at Seward Methdist Church. Parents of the couple are Russell and Theresa Johnson of Seward and Michael and Nancy Van Cleef of …
Anniversaries
Shelley and Rose (Slama) Bruha will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary. They were married Sept. 2, 1961, in Dorchester. Their family members include children, Pam and Larry Fuller, Rochelle …
Rodney and Betty Nickel of Western are celebrating their 45th anniversary this week. They were married Aug. 6, 1976, in Fairbury. Family members include their daughter, Jill (Jesse) Hraban of …
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