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Malco finds a natural fit in DeWitt

In May of this year, Malco, prolific American tool-maker, launched its line of Eagle Grip locking pliers out of the former American Tools Vise-Grip factory in DeWitt. The first tools off the line …

Exeter Memorial Day service honors fallen heroes

The American Legion Post 218 once again honored the fallen heroes with a program at the Exeter Cemetery on Memorial Day. The program opened with the honor guard entering with the colors and …

Historic pump organ finds home at Saline museum

A unique relic of music history has found its way to the Saline County Historical Society. Relatives of Adolph and Doris Kohout recently donated the Kohouts' pump organ to the historical society …

'Bigger than a pool'

It's time to make a splash in Friend. At 1 p.m. on Memorial Day, the Friend Community Pool will open to the public. "We are thrilled the children and residents in our community will have access …

Friend prepares for 150th celebration

This year's Fourth of July weekend is about more than the national holiday for Friend. That weekend, residents will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town. Christy Svehla, head of the …

Consolidation still on EM board agenda

The Exeter-Milligan school board continued to talk about potential consolidation at its May 11 meeting in Exeter. More than 20 guests were present …

'I still have a lot of life left in me'

Imagine getting the news from your doctor telling you that you have Stage 4 stomach cancer, giving you an estimated time of one to three years of life. John Babula, maintenance team lead at Friend …

Food on the fly

Endless pans of macaroni and cheese at a graduation party and a car conversation with God provided the ambition Tova Johnson needed to start her own food truck.Johnson, a Beaver Crossing resident, …

Friend FCCLA members donate to fire department

At the beginning of the school year, Friend FCCLA members decided to organize a fundraising project of selling face masks. The project was very successful with more than 120 handmade masks sold to …
Obituaries
Carla Jean (Giddens) McCullar was born May 15, 1943, in Miami, Florida, to Carlton and Doris (Clanton) Giddens, the second of three children, and passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at her home in …
Paul F. Huber was the fourth of six children born to John and Rena (Barney) Huber on the family farm northeast of Friend and passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021, at Bryan West Medical Center in …
Lynn Dale Scheets was born May 26, 1952, in Lebanon, Missouri, to Loren and Alene (Tracy) Scheets. He was the fourth of five children. He passed away after a brief battle with cancer, Saturday, May …
Cheryl Ann Jindra was born Jan. 31, 1948, in Beatrice, to Richard and Peggy (Clark) Jurgens, and passed away Friday, May 14, 2021, at her home in Friend at the age of 73. As a young girl, …
Carol Lynn Duba was born in Crete on April 18, 1947, the youngest of three daughters, to Emil Jr. and Albina (Vozenilek) Shestak. She passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Warren Memorial Hospital in …
Local Sports

Teams compete at Meridian Invite

After rescheduling the Meridian Invitational because of weather, local track teams gathered at Friend April 9 for competition. Area coaches saw improvements from their athletes at the meet and …
Updated 5/5/21

Saline County track leaders

Girls 100-meter dash 1) Kiarra Fennell, Friend, 12.95 2) Samantha Rainey, Tri County, 13.25 3) Alexa Kraus, Crete, 13.36 200-meter dash 1) Kiarra Fennell, Friend, 27.54 2) Alexa …

Relay meet features local athletes

Area track teams met in Friend for the Turkey Creek Relays March 30. A unique competition, a relay meet requires each event to be contested in teams. Field events are two-person teams, and running …

EM, DHS open track seasons indoors

After a year without competition, area high school track and field teams were back in action last week. Dorchester and Exeter-Milligan competed at the Doane Invitational March 18. “It was …
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Celebrations
Births
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 …
Ahrens, Jim and Ana, of Gretna are the parents of twins, Montgomery Louis, weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces, and Magnolia Marie, weighing seven pounds, five ounces, born Dec. 24, 2020.Grandparents …
Birthdays
Jerry and Deanna Johnson of Crete are celebrating their 80th birthdays.Jerry was born April 19, 1941, in McPherson, Kansas, and Deanna was born May 24, 1941, in Columbus, Kansas.Their relatives …
Ellen (Vilda) Vlasak will celebrate her 90th birthday soon.She was born May 11, 1931.Her family is requesting a card shower, with the mailing address as 200 Levi Lane #204, Adams, NE 68301.
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
Ronald and Marilyn Hayek of Friend are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this week.They were married April 24, 1976, at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.Their children are Kristi and Matt …
Roger and Marilyn Wolfe of Dorchester celebrated 65 years of marriage recently.They were married Feb. 19, 1956, in Swanton.To celebrate, their family is requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to …
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