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Saline County Fair comes back to town

The Saline County Fair is underway in Crete this week. The fair will bring five days jam-packed with activities for the whole family at Tuxedo Park. On Wednesday, July 14, the fair will host a …

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Thanks to donations, the Crete Fire Department invests in three video laryngoscopes

The Crete Volunteer Fire Department will soon have three new video laryngoscopes in service. Fire Chief Tod Allen, who also works for Lincoln Fire and Rescue, said he saw video laryngoscopes used …

Life in prison or death penalty- hearings for Bailey Boswell

Bailey Boswell, who was convicted of the first-degree murder in the death of Sydney Loofe last year, could be the first woman in Nebraska to receive the death penalty. Hearings started on June 30 …

Crete gets new taste from food truck

The city of Crete has recently gotten a chance to taste an unfamiliar dish from a food truck, crepes. Crepe Café LLC owner Paul Larsen came up with the idea when he was thinking of new and …

Heritage Society open house celebrates Crete's 150th anniversary

All Crete Heritage Society buildings will be open the weekend of July 10-11 to celebrate Crete’s 150th anniversary. The public is invited to stop in between 1 to 5 p.m. both Saturday and …

Death penalty hearing for Boswell continues for second day

The second day of a hearing to decide if Bailey Boswell will get the death penalty or life in prison went underway on July 1. Boswell, who was charged with the first-degree murder of Sydney Loofe last year, could be the first woman in Nebraska to receive the death penalty. Boswell’s co-conspirator, Aubrey Trail, was sentenced to death just weeks prior.

Crete residents reminded about firework safety

With the Fourth of July comes barbecues, get togethers and of course, fireworks. As the staple of any Fourth of July celebration, Tod Allen, chief of the Crete Volunteer Fire Department, wants to remind Crete residents of safety precautions to take during their holiday festivities. With the hot weather and dry conditions in past weeks, Allen said fireworks can cause concern for grass fires unless the rain persists. “I'd like it if when everybody is lighting fireworks, if they have something around to put out little fires,” Allen said. “A garden hose is easy to keep around, and you'd be surprised how much you could put out with a pump sprayer like you use for your garden.”

Death penalty hearing for Boswell begins

After being convicted of first-degree murder in the 2017 slaying of Sydney Loofe last year, a three-judge panel began hearing evidence on June 30 to determine if Bailey Boswell should receive the death penalty. Aubrey Trail, Boswell's co-conspirator in the murder received the death penalty just three weeks prior. Boswell and Trail were both found guilty of first-degree murder by separate juries. Loofe was murdered in Boswell and Trail's Wilber apartment on Nov. 15, 2017. Her dismembered body was found in rural Clay County.
Obituaries
Daniel Patrick Murphy, 69, of Crete passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Tabitha in Crete. He was born in Lincoln on Feb. 3, 1952, to Wayne and Elizabeth Murphy. Dan was a graduate of Lincoln …
Daniel Patrick Murphy, 69, of Crete passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Tabitha in Crete. He was born in Lincoln on Feb. 3, 1952, to Wayne and Elizabeth Murphy. Dan was a graduate of Lincoln …
Over the course of his 97 years on Earth, Edward C. Patak lived a full and wonderful life as a proud Czech, a farmer, a world traveler, a polka enthusiast … and as a husband, a father, a …
Donald W. Pecka, age 79, passed away on Monday, July 5, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Crete on Jan. 24, 1942, to Bernice (Ripa) and Adolph Pecka Jr. Don and his younger …
LaVerna Adeline (Wendelin) Kattau was born at home in Lancaster County on Dec. 7, 1920, to her parents, Willie and Emma (Poertner) Wendelin. Family and friends also called her Kate. LaVerna was one …
Local Sports

Crete juniors close to first victory

The Crete Nestle Purina Juniors came close to their first win of the season June 17. Crete led 4-3 going into the fifth inning at Ashland and gave up two runs in the bottom of the fifth to lose …

Crete seniors fall in three games

The Crete Legion Post 147 Stop N Shop seniors played tough competition last week. Crete lost to Lincoln Christian 15-9 June 16, to Ashland 6-1 June 17 and to Wilber 11-6 June 20. Lucas Lenhoff, …

Cards fall in subdistrict final

The Crete boys’ soccer team opened postseason play May 1 with a 6-0 win over the No. 5 seeded Lincoln Lutheran Warriors. Crete scored three goals in the first half to take a commanding lead …

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 …
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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
Dorothy Rowe of Crete will celebrate her 90th birthday later this month. She was born July 29, 1931, in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Her family includes her daughters, Bev Sack of Wilber and …
Jeannette Duba Krupicka of Wilber will celebrate her 90th birthday this month.She was born July 20, 1931, in Wilber.Her family members include husband, Kenneth, of Wilber; sons, Larry of Leadville, …
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
Dean and Carolyn (Novak) Mach of Pleasant Dale recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married July 17, 1971, in Lincoln. Their family includes four children, Greg Mach, …
Phil and Bernice (Abrahams) Weber of Dorchester are celebrating 65 years of marriage. They were married July 8, 1956 in Utica. They have three children, Larry and Faye Weber, Lyle and Cathy …
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