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Saline County Commissioners approve 2021-22 budget, levy to stay the same

The Saline County Board of Commissioners met on Sept. 14 to approve the budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year. Brian Blobaum, CPA with Blobaum & Busboom, P.C. Certified Public Accountants, went …

Exeter native leads interactive ag exhibit

An Exeter native is one of the faces behind a tool that provides an intimate look at Nebraska agriculture. Sarah Polak serves as the Raising Nebraska Experience Coordinator through University of …

Afghan withdrawal brings back memories

As American troops leave Afghanistan, veterans of the Afghan war are watching with concern for friends they made while they served in Afghanistan. Gerald “Jerry” Meyer of Seward is one …

PHS reports six COVID deaths

Public Health Solutions has confirmed six COVID-related deaths in the district over the past two weeks. The ages of the deceased range from 33-94 years old, five males and one female. Records show …

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 …
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

FHS opens conference

The Friend volleyball team came up short in its matches last week, falling to Deshler and Meridian in a triangular Oct. 7 and to Heartland at home Oct. 9. The Bulldogs opened Pioneer Conference …

Bobcats get road victory

Exeter-Milligan/Friend built an early lead and defeated Tri County 64-8 Sept. 17. “The kids played well,” Coach Dean Filipi said. “We got on them early, and that threw them out …

Schluter leads Bobcats to victory

While Exeter-Milligan-Friend is off to a 3-0 start, Head Coach Dean Filipi said the football team still has work to do. “There’s a lot to keep cleaning up,” he said. “The …

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 …
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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
Lucile Heusinkvelt turned 90 on Oct. 5. Her family, including five children, 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren has requested a card shower in her honor. Greetings may be sent to her at …
Lavina Pisar Melichar, formerly of Crete, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 28. Lavina was born on the family farm near Dorchester. She is the widow of Leonard Melichar. They had three …
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
Bob and Judy (Richardson) Holroyd of Wilber will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary later this month. They were married Oct. 22, 1961. Their family members include son and spouse, Scott …
Steve and Darla (Harms) Muff of Crete will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this week. They were married Sept. 24, 1976, in Crete. Their family members include sons, John and wife, …
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