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A Civil War salute

Jeremiah (Jerry) Wilhelm found his way from Maryland to Saline County where he lived a low-profile life, spending part of it as a plow salesman for John Deere. Wilhelm died 53 years after moving …

Remembering a calming presence

When a shy Brandy VanDeWalle joined 4-H in Saline County, she found a leader who had a gentle way about her, a calm presence. Leanne Manning, who died April 9, served as the Family Consumer Science …

Crete Fire, Rescue hold award night

In lieu of not holding the annual dinner dance this year, the Crete Fire and Rescue department handed out awards at its April 13 meeting. The first award handed out at the meeting was a special …

Miller joins College Heights as head pro

Brenden Miller joined the College Heights Country Club as the head golf pro in January after graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in PGA golf course management. Miller …

“His loss will be felt”

The Crete Ward I City Council position is now open after the unexpected death of council member Brian Carnes on April 14. Carnes was known for always getting as much information as possible before …

Living life to the fullest, Bernice Jeffries remembered by community

Just two years before her funeral, she was being visited and celebrated by hundreds of people whose lives she has touched for her 90th birthday. To celebrate her life, her funeral on April 13 was …

Doane Sports Network adds scholarship

The Doane Athletics department is offering a scholarship to incoming students interested in gaining experience in the behind-the-scenes of sports media starting the fall of 2021. This scholarship …

Doane sees COVID-19 spike

Unsanctioned off-campus events where masking and physical distancing were not utilized sparked an uptick of COVID-19 cases and exposures, Doane University Dean of Students Megan Failor said in a …

Three generations of blood donors

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Obituaries
LaVon Van Vors, Crete, age 78, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2021, surrounded by family and friends. She was the second child born to Rosella (Hensley) and Walter Van Vors on Nov. 25, 1942, …
Carol Jean (Divoky) Renken, 86, of Lincoln, died May 4, 2021. She was born July 22, 1934, in Saline County on the same farm where her father was born. Tom and Marie Divoky welcomed their only …
The world was a lot more fun with Bruce Ostrander in it. Bruce was born to Larry and Vickie Ostrander in Ogallala, and spent his childhood on the ranches of the Nebraska Sandhills. Here he and his …
Jeanette Nerud, 87, of Crete, passed away May 2, 2021, at Tabitha in Crete. She was born Mary Jeanette Gyhra to Leonard and Adelaide (Rucker) Gyhra on Feb. 25, 1934. She would be the oldest of 10 …
Gwendolyn (Morgan) Hladky, age 94, the youngest of 10 children, was born June 26, 1926, in Myrtlewood, Alabama, to George and Annie (Freeman) Morgan and passed away April 29, 2021, at the Wilber Care …
Local Sports

Cardinals host home track meet

The Crete track teams hosted the annual Crete Invitational April 29. Jakob Krieser was the top placer for the Cardinals. The senior was second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.34 seconds and in the …
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 …

Cardinals struggle to score in week’s matches

The Crete boys’ soccer team battled through a tough week last week. The Cardinals lost to Schuyler 4-1 April 6, to Aurora 2-1 April 8 and to Beatrice 1-0 April 10. Against Schuyler, Crete …

CHS tennis hosts first meet of season

Crete’s girls’ tennis team defeated St. Paul at home March 29, winning 6-3. Tram Ngo, Jordyn Coe, Riley Schmidt and Sierra Bond won singles matches. Reagan Bessler and Bond won their …
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Celebrations
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
Jerry and Deanna Johnson of Crete are celebrating their 80th birthdays.Jerry was born April 19, 1941, in McPherson, Kansas, and Deanna was born May 24, 1941, in Columbus, Kansas.Their relatives …
Ellen (Vilda) Vlasak will celebrate her 90th birthday soon.She was born May 11, 1931.Her family is requesting a card shower, with the mailing address as 200 Levi Lane #204, Adams, NE 68301.
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
Ronald and Marilyn Hayek of Friend are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this week.They were married April 24, 1976, at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln.Their children are Kristi and Matt …
Roger and Marilyn Wolfe of Dorchester celebrated 65 years of marriage recently.They were married Feb. 19, 1956, in Swanton.To celebrate, their family is requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to …
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