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. …

The power of a smile

A smile is a powerful tool and newly appointed American Legion Louis-Milan Post 101 Commander Lisa Shore knows how to wield it better than most.  “I always like to be happy,” she …

Summer reading program is popular at Wilber library

Tales and Tails Summer Reading Program began May 26 at Dvoracek Memorial Library in Wilber with 128 children signed up to participate. The program included weekly programs "Tracking the Animals" …

Gerik crowned Miss Czech-Slovak US Queen

The 2021 Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant was Aug. 7 – 8 during the Wilber Czech Festival in Wilber, the Czech Capital of the United States. There was an excellent competition with eight …

Scenes from Wilber Czech Festival

Czech festival returns with fun for all

2021 Knights of Blanik and Ladies of Libuse Award Winners

The Knights of Blanik and Ladies of Libuse awards shall be presented to not more than 12 individuals per year, who have, by their contributions or efforts, contributed significantly to the …

Czech Days back after COVID hiatus

After last year’s cancelation due to COVID, Wilber Czech Days is back to normal starting Thursday, Aug. 5. Wilber held its first Czech Days celebration in August of 1962 after Walter Baer, …
Obituaries
Gordon L. Quincy, 79, of Spalding, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at his home in Spalding. His wife, Paula (Vlasak) Quincy, was originally from the Wilber area. Gordon’s wishes were to be …
Alan D. Thavenet, 81, of Beatrice, passed away Sept. 2, 2021. He was born Dec. 18, 1939, in Beatrice, to Roy and Helen Elnora (Riechers) Thavenet. Alan was a U.S. Navy veteran and former employee …
Barry Adam Windle, 40, passed away Aug. 28, 2021, in Wilber. Barry was born in Topeka, Kansas, to Sandra (Windle) Kistner on Dec. 7, 1980. He graduated from Wilber-Clatonia in 2000. Barry was …
Travis Allen Vesely was born in Crete to Dennis and Juanita (Vesely) McCourtney. Travis had a passion for fishing and camping alongside friends and family. Travis was a carefree spirit who you …
Barbara Jean (Stewart) Kotas was born to Lloyd and Roma (Jarchow) Stewart in Fairbury on June 8, 1947, and passed away Aug. 20, 2021, surrounded by family at her home at the age of 74. She …

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Local Sports

Wolverines run at Milford meet

Wilber-Clatonia’s cross country team continues to improve as the season progresses, Coach Nick Behring said. The Wolverines competed in the Milford Invitational Sept. 9 at Doane University …

Wolverines top Sutton

Wilber-Clatonia might have gotten off to a slow start against Sutton Sept. 3, but the Wolverines got rolling and picked up a 36-22 win. “It was a great win,” Coach Lynn Jurgens said. …

WCHS goes 1-1 on diamond

Wilber-Clatonia softball split its two games last week, defeating Weeping Water 10-8 Aug. 30 and falling to Milford 12-9 Aug. 31. Mika Chlupacek led the Wolverines with three hits against Weeping …

Slow start for TC leads to loss

Tri County found itself in a deep hole against Weeping Water Sept. 3 and couldn’t dig itself out, falling to WWHS 40-26 in the Trojans’ home opener. “We played young and …

TC runners open season

In his first cross country race for Tri County, Carter Siems placed 12th to lead the Trojans. He “ran a really good first cross country meet,” Coach Denise Grell said. Siems crossed …

WC uses fast start to ground Bluehawks

Wilber-Clatonia got off to a fast start Aug. 27 en route to a 34-20 victory over Hastings St. Cecilia. “We started off well, then went into coast mode,” Coach Lynn Jurgens said. …
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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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