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Family activities planned at Wilber Lake June 19

A Family Fishing Day is planned at the Wilber Lake on Saturday, June 19. Area families are invited by the Pathways to Progress Committee and the City of Wilber as the group kicks off the newly …

K&G Body Shop hosts Grand Opening

K&G Body Shop in Wilber had its grand opening ceremony this past weekend to welcome car lovers to their new location on 301 W. 3rd St. This location allowed K&G to build a new auto shop that …

NRCA tours Saline County

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 …

Saline Medical Specialties moves to new Saline Medical Plaza

Area medical facilities are upgrading to a new space, while also offering convenience to the community. Saline Medical Specialties is among four businesses relocating to the Saline Medical Plaza, …

Tri County FFA officers attend state conference

Seven Tri County FFA Officers attended the third session of the Nebraska State FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) on May 19. The statewide training was hosted by the Nebraska Dept. of …

Burda retires after 29 years at WC

Elaine Burda started in food service at Wilber-Clatonia School in the fall of 1992 as a baker. She went to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln shortcourse for food service for three summers and became …

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 …

The first of her kind

Many of Crete native Susan Fritz's achievements with the University of Nebraska have included the words “the first woman to”, but that's not necessarily how she wants to define her …

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Obituaries
Sharon Sue Rice, daughter of Lloyd and Teresa (Smejkal) Javorsky, was born Oct. 15, 1962, at Crete. Sharon passed away May 25, 2021, at Bryan East Hospital in Lincoln. She attended St. James …
David Thomas Houser was born in Crete on April 17, 1957, to Tommy N. and Mavis D. (Svarc) Houser. He passed away May 26, 2021, at the age of 64. David grew up on the family farm west of Wilber and …
Well-known Wilber-born ceramic artist John Sidney Kudlacek passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Topeka, Kansas. He was 88 years old. Born Oct. 7, 1932, John was the son of Frank A. and Lillian …
Evelyn Marie Buzek, 98, of Crete, passed away May 22, 2021. Widow of Rudolph A. Buzek. She was born June 29, 1922, in Saline County to Frank and Mary Kohel Svarc. She was raised on a farm near …
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, …
Local Sports

Tri County sweeps Pioneer Conference titles

The Tri County track teams swept the Pioneer Conference meet May 1. The girls scored 107 team points, while the boys put up 141. Hannah Holtmeier was a three-time individual conference champion …
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 …

WCHS boys win Malcolm Invitational

Another meet, another championship for the Wilber-Clatonia boys’ track team. The Wolverines topped the field at Malcolm April 7, scoring 184 team points. “I thought we did …

WCHS, TCHS win meet’s team titles

Considering the wind and the cooler temperatures March 30, athletes competed well at the Wilber-Clatonia Invitational. “We scored in every event. It was an amazing day for us,” …
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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
Wanda Jahnke of DeWitt will celebrate her 99th birthday later this month. She was born June 27, 1922. Her family would like to help her celebrate with a card shower. Cards may be sent to her at …
Nadene Wiegand of Beatrice will celebrate her 80th birthday later this month. She was born June 9, 1941. To celebrate, her family is requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to 201 N. 26th St., …
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
Gerard “Jere” and Janet (Kunert) Leif of Beaver Crossing will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this month. They were married June 25, 1971, in Sacred Heart Church They …
Dave and Dana Vavra of Milligan will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this month. They were married June 25, 1971, in Friend at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Their children are …
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