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Dorchester teacher fired for insubordination

By Meaghan Stout, design@sewardindependent.com Business teacher Lute Brees was fired from Dorchester Public Schools on Jan. 5. According to the findings of fact from the hearing held on Jan. …

Saline County Sheriff’s Office focuses on impaired drivers

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office announced the results of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Mobilization. The campaign, which began with saturation patrols in Saline County from Dec. 17, …

Saline Center Lodge elects officers

Members conducted their first meeting for the year on Jan. 3 at Saline Center Lodge.  Saline Center officers elected for 2022 are President Lumir Kotas, Vice President Sheldon Kohout, …

Friend principal named Outstanding New Principal of the Year

Friend Principal Liz Stutzman received the Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals Outstanding New Principal of the Year Award during the State Principals Conference on Dec. …

New owner takes charge of newspaper group

New year. New owner. Same commitment. On Jan. 1, Kevin Zadina of Seward officially became the owner of the Seward Independent group, five newspapers in Seward and Saline counties. Although the …

District continues to consider co-op

Discussions on a possible co-op between Friend and Exeter-Milligan public schools continued at the Friend School Board meeting Dec. 13. Superintendent Derek Anderson said Friend continues to talk …

“Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance” classes at SCAS

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries for Americans 65 and older. More than 18,000 older Americans die every year because of a fall and the rate has risen dramatically over the last 10 …

STEM Challenge activities planned at Crete Library

UNL honors students, in cooperation with Nebraska Extension, will lead youth ages 8-14 through several fun activities on Jan. 4 at the Crete Public Library. The Galactic Quest STEM Challenge …

Holiday decorations brighten the streets of Friend

Obituaries
Betty Rae (Noler) Leibee, 93, of Westlake, Louisiana, passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. She was born Aug. 12, 1928, to John and Bessie Noler in Friend. She married Robert Leibee on April 22, …
Lillian E. Spreeman, 87, of Lincoln passed away Jan. 11, 2022. She was born July 30, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to Arthur and Emily (Bant) Eccarius. Lillian worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber …
Randall Allan O’Neel was born to Marilyn (Jonas) and Boyd O’Neel in Friend, at 10:10 a.m. on Jan. 10, 1955, the second of four children. Randy passed away suddenly from a heart attack one …
Evelyn Elznic was born Dec. 1, 1923. to Clarence and Mary (Hlina) Madison near Burress. She passed away Jan. 1, 2022, in Fairmont, at the age of 98 years and 1 month. She attended school at …
Bennett “Benny” Lee Engel was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Wayne, to Bennett and Frances (Johnston) Engel, and passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at his home near Beaver Crossing …
Local Sports

Timberwolves build on success

The Exeter-Milligan boys’ basketball team is making progress, Coach Dean Filipi said. The Timberwolves split their games last week, beating East Butler 62-48 Dec. 7 and losing to Heartland …

Horns fall short in home opener

Offense has been in short supply for the Dorchester boys’ basketball team in its first two games of the season. The Longhorns struggled to score against Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Dec. 10, …

Bulldogs dominate in first game

The Friend boys’ basketball team jumped out to a big lead against Lewiston and didn’t let the Tigers get close Dec. 2. FHS brought home a 70-30 win in its first game of the 2021-22 …

EM girls fall in first two

The Exeter-Milligan girls’ basketball team fell short in its first two games of the season, losing to Deshler 40-38 Dec. 2 and to Osceola 33-26 Dec. 3. Cameran Jansky and Emma Olsen hit …

DHS girls fall in first

The Dorchester girls’ basketball team competed hard all game, but turnovers spelled doom for the Longhorns at Meridian Dec. 2. Dorchester turned the ball over 44 times in the game en route …

EMHS bows out in opening round

A 12-game winning streak came to an end Nov. 4 when the Exeter-Milligan volleyball team played Falls City Sacred Heart. It was the second meeting of the season for the two teams, but this one came …
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Births
Liam James Kelch was born Nov. 30, 2021, to Hannah (Christensen) and Jerry Kelch of Geneva. He was born at Beatrice Community Hospital and was 7 pound, 6 ounces, and 18 ¾ inches …
Josh and Kasey (Shogren) Behlen, of Lincoln, are parents of Wells Gene Behlen, born Oct. 24, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln.His birth weight was 7 lb., 6 oz. and was 20 inches long.His …
Birthdays
Merle Fikar of Wilber will celebrate her 90th birthday next month. She was born Feb. 7, 1932, in DeWitt. She married Donald Fikar, Sr., on March 14, 1951, in Wilber. Her family members include …
Marlene (Siedhoff) Bals of Crete will celebrate her 90th birthday next week. She was born Jan. 12, 1932, in Crete. He family members include six daughters, Mary Jeanne (Bruce) Hart, Janet (Tom) …
Weddings
Whitney Higgins, from Nebraska City, and Brad Kalkwarf, from Crete, were married Oct. 30, 2021, at Steinhart Lodge in Nebraska City.Their parents are Jerry and Connie Higgins of Nebraska City and …
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 …
Anniversaries
David and Bonnie Rezac, of Crete, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week. They were married Nov. 27, 1971, at Exeter. Their family members include, sons, Paul Rezac of York and …
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 …
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