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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, …

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 …

Wilber, Clatonia families help others during the holidays

Students and families from the Wilber and Clatonia area have been helping out families during the holiday season. It started with the school doing a food drive about six years ago, and since then …

“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 …

Wilber lights up for the holidays

Dedicated volunteers give abused, neglected children a voice

The Southeast Nebraska Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is celebrating 25 years serving Seward County this year, starting in 1996. The Southeast Nebraska CASA expanded to Saline County in …

Crete Area Medical Center provider team growing

Crete Area Medical Center welcomes Abigail Sheets, APRN, to its Family Practice team. Abigail and her husband will move to the Friend area and she will begin practicing in the Crete, Friend and …

Chamber honors Chranses, elects officers

The Wilber Chamber of Commerce honors a person yearly at the annual year-end meeting, for the same often-unrecognized commitment Glenn Zajicek had for the Wilber community. Special consideration …

Museum to host Christmas event

December brings more mysteries and fun at the Saline County Historical Museum in Dorchester with an Old-Fashioned Christmas event and a monthly article offering a unique item found at the …
Obituaries
Bridgette was born June 10, 1989, in Lincoln, to the late Rodney Wilbur and Stephanie Booher. She died Jan. 8, 2022, at her home in Wilber with family by her side. She graduated from Lincoln …
Terry Quackenbush, 72, of Hallam, passed away Jan. 7, 2022. He was born Sept. 10, 1949, to Paul and Betty Quackenbush. Terry joined the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly fought for his …
Evelyn (Stirba) Hermsmeier Rahe, age 100, of Wilber, formerly of DeWitt, died Jan. 1, 2022. She was born Feb. 22, 1921, near Wilber. When Evelyn was 3, her parents moved to a farm east of Swanton. …
Kenneth Eugene Neihart, 93, of Lincoln passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Kenneth was born March 9, 1928. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Laura; and brother, Don. He is …
Roger M. Holsing, 68, died unexpectedly on Jan. 3, 2022, at a Lincoln hospital. He was born Sept. 18, 1953, in Beatrice. He graduated from Wilber-Clatonia High School in 1971. Roger married Cindy …
Local Sports

WCHS struggles to score in loss

After a quick start, the Wilber-Clatonia girls couldn’t maintain the pace Dec. 21, falling to Thayer Central 43-30. Coach Matt McElfresh said the Wolverines committed 12 first-quarter …

WC wins first of year

Wilber-Clatonia’s boys’ basketball team picked up its first win of the season Dec. 11, beating Superior 46-33. “It was good to get that monkey off our back,” Coach Lucas …

Trojans make clean sweep of week’s competitions

It was a good weekend for the Tri County boys’ basketball team. After defeating Pawnee City 47-42 Dec. 7, the Trojans beat Southern 44-35 Dec. 10 and went on the road to edge Centennial 31-29 …

WCHS girls split two

After living and dying by the three-point shot last season, the Wilber-Clatonia girls’ basketball team is looking inside this year. “That will be the strength of our team,” Coach …

Reedy reaches 100; TC 5-0 in duals

Tri County headed to Freeman Dec. 2 for the first competition of the 2021-22 wrestling season and came home 5-0 in duals. The Trojans defeated Freeman 60-6, HTRS 42-21, Palmyra 51-18, Centennial …

Knights end Wolverines’ season

A Cinderella run through the playoffs ended Nov. 12 for Wilber-Clatonia when the Wolverines lost to top-seeded Norfolk Catholic 35-12. “We didn’t play too bad,” Coach Lynn …
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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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