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PHS reports six COVID deaths

Public Health Solutions has confirmed six COVID-related deaths in the district over the past two weeks. The ages of the deceased range from 33-94 years old, five males and one female. Records show …

City budget proposes decrease in levy

The city of Crete is expecting a decrease for its tax levy for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The city council met on Aug. 31 to go over the proposed budget. In the proposed budget the levy, which is …

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 …

Little Priest Tribal College partners with Doane to offer cannabis studies degree

Doane University and Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago engaged in a first of its kind partnership between the two colleges to offer a degree in cannabis studies. The program offers seven …

Cochnar’s hard work pays off to earn sixth degree black belt

Alyssa Cochnar, co-owner and instructor at Gold Star Martial Arts in Crete and Seward, is not scared of a challenge. Martial arts, specifically taekwando, has pushed Cochnar out of her comfort …

Public Health Solutions sees surge in COVID cases, urges safety precautions

Public Health Solutions, southeast Nebraska’s health department, has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases in Saline County. Megan Garcia, organizational development manager and public information …

Crete boy receives wish of his dreams

Five-year-old Zion Bluhm was fast asleep while his Make-A-Wish dreams came true. On Monday Aug. 16, Zion's mom, Sierra Bluhm, her fiancé, Brandon Leon, and parents drove to a Lincoln …

Parks, projects fill council agenda

During August city council meetings, City Administrator Tom Ourada and council members discussed expanding and improving Crete parks. With Tuxedo Park, the city hopes to take advantage of the …

August city council meeting roundup

The Crete city council meeting covered topics ranging from park expansions and improvements, to solar farms in Crete and downtown revitalization awards. The first meeting of the month, held Aug. …
Obituaries
Carol Ann (Colby) Jones was born to Frederic and Helen (McLeran) Colby in Lincoln on April 17, 1936. Carol graduated with the Lincoln High School class of 1954. She attended the University of …
A Celebration of Life for Ed Stich will be Sunday, Sept. 12, in Crete at Tuxedo Park from 1 to 4 p.m.. Casual attire, masks suggested.
Henry J. “Fuzz” Bals, 93, passed on to his eternal home Aug. 21, 2021, at St Elizabeth’s hospital. Henry was born at home on the farm in Crete to Anne (Smejkal) and Henry F Bals. …
Charolette Louise Guerrero, 54, of Crete, died Aug. 17, 2021, at CHI Health Bryan West Campus. She was born Nov. 5, 1966, at Plainview, Texas, to Albert W. Lung and Alice F. Burmbalow. She grew up …
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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CHS football wins at home

After a heartbreaking overtime loss at York last week, the Crete football team took care of business at home against McCook Sept. 3, beating the Bison 24-14. “This was just what the doctor …

Golfers play at TC invitational

Crete golf played at the Tri County Invitational at Hidden Acres Golf Course in Beatrice Sept. 3. Coach Julie Foster said the Cardinals didn’t take any varsity golfers but had a couple JV …

CHS cross country results

Charlie Thorell Invitational Girls’ team scores—Omaha Westside 31, Elkhorn South 49, Omaha Marian 60, Bennington 83, Skutt 95, Millard South 101, Lincoln Christian 127, Seward 132, …

Crete improves times at meet

Crete cross country improved its performance Sept. 2 at the Charlie Thorell Invitational in Seward. Coach Stan Croft said the Cardinals ran better than they had at Norris the week before. The goal …

Cards top Jeffs in Fairbury

Crete softball evened its season record at 3-3 with a victory over Fairbury Aug. 31. The Cardinals downed the Jeffs 4-2. CHS notched nine hits in the game, led by two each from Jordyn Coe, Ashaya …

CHS volleyball stats

Crete 2, Nebraska City 1 CHS    26  22   25 NCHS 24  25   17 ATTACKS (good-attempts-kills)—Maggie Wohl 1-1-1, Reagan Bessler 4-4-1, Hadley …
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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
Lavina Pisar Melichar, formerly of Crete, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 28. Lavina was born on the family farm near Dorchester. She is the widow of Leonard Melichar. They had three …
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.
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
Steve and Darla (Harms) Muff of Crete will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this week. They were married Sept. 24, 1976, in Crete. Their family members include sons, John and wife, …
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 …
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