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“Blessing Box” offers free, essential products to people of Crete

A little over three weeks ago, Sonia Almodovar opened her “blessing box” at the corner of 8th and Main in Crete. The motto of the blessing box- “Need something? Take something. …

City Council gives second reading on ordinance to annex in west Crete addition

At the June 1 Crete City Council meeting, the council had the second of three reading over Ordinance 2126, which discusses the annexation of west Crete addition. City Administrator Tom Ourada …

Crete: In Harmony- bridging people and cultures together through music

As a nod to the diversity of the Crete community and bringing people together, Crete residents are able to gather once again with the “First Friday” series, Crete: In Harmony on the first …

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, …
by Samantha Bernt samantha@sewardindependent.com

Crete Public Library kicks off summer reading program

After only hosting online reading programs last summer, the Crete Public Library kicked off their in-person program, “Tails and Tales”, with games, crafts and music. The “Tales …

Crete Area Medical Center unveils new outdoor pavilion and walking trail

Last week's Crete Coffee & Connections was dedicated to the ribbon cutting of a new pavilion and walking trail at the Crete Area Medical Center. Coffee & Connections, sponsored by City …

Skydiving company branches out to Crete, lets people check off bucket lists

Skydive Atlas, a skydiving company out of Lincoln and Omaha, has made its way to Crete. People can now check off a piece of their bucket list at the Crete Municipal Airport. Sean Tillery, owner of …

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 …

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Obituaries
Larry Dean Gish was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Beatrice, to Ray and Mildred (Lewis) Gish. He attended school in Blue Springs and Wymore on the way to graduating from Fairmont High School in …
On Monday, May 31st, 2021, Josephine Albrecht (Mom) celebrated her 92nd birthday in Crete, surrounded by family. It was truly a joyous occasion and turned out to be her final chance to say, …
Lucille Margaret (Jensen) Brown, 92, wife of Robert Ralph Brown, Wilber, died Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Crete. She was born March 7, 1929, in Bloomfield, to Emma H. (Ermels) and Henry W. Jensen. …
Larry Wayne Forney, 93, of Liberty, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Magnolia Place Healthcare in Liberty. Larry was born in Mason City on June 30, 1927, to parents Dr. Lester Wayne …
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 …
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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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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