Friday, April 19, 2024


Hydrant flushing April 16-19; laundry not recommended

City Water Department employees will flush fire hydrants and water mains on the dates and at locations below from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.
Tuesday, April 16: The portion of Crete south of the Burlington tracks and from Grove Avenue west to the Blue River, and that area west of the Blue River;
Wednesday, April 17: The portion of Crete north of the Burlington tracks;
Thursday and Friday, April 18-19: The portion of Crete south of the Burlington tracks and from Grove Avenue east.
The Public Works Department regrets the inconvenience that will result from the rusty, discolored water. It is necessary to flush the hydrants and mains at intervals to clean them and to check fire hydrant condition. It is recommend laundering be postponed until the water has cleared several hours after flushing.

Youth Homelessness Day campaign earns $4,650

As of yesterday afternoon, the Youth Homelessness Matters Day campaign for students identified within the Crete Public School District has earned $4,650. Although the sleepout itself was just over 24 hours, giving opportunities are still available. The Crete News strives to raise funding that each child is able to receive a new pair of shoes and backpack to begin the school year in the fall, a financial goal of $7,500.
To make a tax deductible donation, click on this link: and select the McKinney Vento option.

Open house April 21 honoring firefighter's 50 years of service

The Crete volunteer fire department is hosting an open house celebrating Terry Petracek's 50 years of service with Crete Fire & Rescue. Petracek joined the department in May of 1974. He has served in many leadership roles, been a mentor to countless new members and dedicates himself to serving the community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.
The open house will be at the Crete fire station on Sunday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m.

Friend Elementary Books and Blankets Drive

The Friend Elementary School Student Council is making a difference by hosting a Books and Blankets Drive to benefit children at Nebraska Medical Center who are awaiting or recovering from an organ transplant. The council is asking local families to donate NEW books to the cause anytime between now and April 24. Send books in with your child or drop them off at the front office.

Saline County assessor's office closed until 1 p.m. April 24

The Saline County assessor's office closed until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 due to an all staff training.

Kentucky Derby luncheon May 4 in Friend

A Kentucky Derby fundraising luncheon will be held May 4 at 11 a.m. at the San Carlo Room in Friend. This is a joint fundraiser for the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store (HATS) and the Friend Historical Society. Attendees are encouraged to wear a hat/bonnet and attend to enjoy mint juleps, a Derby lunch, and style shop by Cumberlands Style Shop. Each will draw for a horse upon arrival. Those who have the horse name which wins the actual race will receive a prize. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction held throughout the event will benefit both organization's projects. Admission is $30.

Naming ceremony for Doane University's New Hall May 10

The Doane University "New Hall" naming ceremony will be May 10 at 4 p.m. The naming ceremony will honor and recognize the donor of Doane’s largest gift to date. The
ceremony will include information about the donor, special speeches and an unveiling of the
building’s official name. A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., inside the main lobby of the
residence hall. Guests may enter from 13th Street and Code Avenue.

DeWitt Cornhole Tournament Saturday, April 20

The American Legion Post 212 in DeWitt is hosting a cornhole tournament on Saturday, Aprl 20 at the Community Center. Sign ups are from noon to 12:45 p.m. Teams are guaranteed six games and the fee is $40. You may register at the door or at

Cardinals take down LNW

The Crete girls' tennis team took down Lincoln Northwest at its home dual on April 19. The Cardinal doubles went 3-0 and the singles went 3-3.

Lady Cardinals can't hang with Norris

The Crete girls' soccer team had a tough time staying with Norris on a windy Thursday, losing 9-0 on April 18.

Cardinals beat Titans

The Crete boys' soccer team traveled to Norris on April 18 and picked up its 10th win of the season, defeating the Titans 4-1.

CM baseball falls at home

Crete-Milford hosted Blair at Tuxedo Park April 18 and held the Bears to one run through four innings. BHS posted six runs in the fifth and held off the Cardinals 7-3. Carson Kotil, Nick Wendt and Ethan Placzek had two hits each for CM. The team is next in action April 23 at Nebraska City.