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Climbing COVIDmountain: One year later

A year ago, summer stood still. The sounds, sights and smells of cherished summer festivals were nonexistent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers and volunteers did their best to delay …

Bus Driver Shortage at Milford

The Milford Public School District is looking to fill a shortage of available bus drivers. Kevin Wingard, superintendent at Milford Public Schools, said the district notices the shortage the most …

Big Blue Shootout roars again

The roar of engines ripped through Cordova once again as the Big Blue Mile Shootout returned last weekend. “The Fastest Mile in Seward County” on June 4 and 5 saw dozens of muscle and …

Milford legion honors lost heroes

With Memorial Day celebrations and ceremonies throughout the area cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Milford Post 171 Commander Jim Eberly took time at this year's service to …

Courthouse dome painting nears beginning

A large crane on the south side of the Seward County Courthouse lawn May 26 meant the dome was one step closer to receiving a new coat of paint. Crews used the crane to lift scaffolding onto the …

Goodbye ... for now

Businesses adapt to, recover from COVID-19 pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic turned from murmurs to a loud reality, Seward County Chamber and Development Partnership Executive Director Jonathan Jank and his team knew there was no time to …

Embracing the end

New hires complete Milford teacher roster

The Milford School District will enter the summer with a full roster of teachers. The Milford School Board on May 10 approved three new teacher hires for the district and also filled an assistant …

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Obituaries
Scott Alvin Pierce was born Sept. 29, 1960, in Lincoln, to Richard LeRoy and Nadine Ann (Purbaugh) Pierce, and passed away May 26, 2021, at his home in Pleasant Dale, at the age of 60 years, 7 months …
Grace Viola Ackerman was born July 13, 1919, in a farmhouse in Custer County and slipped away peacefully into her Savior’s arms in the early morning of Thursday, May 20, 2021, at her home …
Dorothy Fern (Pusel) Earnest, widow of LaVern B. Earnest, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, May 10, 2021, in Seward. Dorothy was born in Fremont to Louis and Christine (Field) Pusel on …
Edwin “Ed” Darold Burkey was born Aug. 6, 1960, in Friend, to Darold D. and Imagene (Roth) Burkey, and passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln at the …
Roger William Huss was born Feb. 14, 1935, in Fairbury, to William and Mildred (Singleton) Huss, the youngest of seven children, and passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Ridgewood Care Center in …
Local sports

Eagle girls third, boys fourth at Malcolm meet

The Milford girls’ track team finished in the third spot at the Malcolm Invitational April 7. Mariah Richards was one of the team’s top performers, Coach Marty Hingst …
Updated 5/5/21

Seward County track leaders

Girls 100-meter dash 1) Coral Collins, Seward, 13.11 1) Sydney Stelling, Milford, 13.27 2) Eden Schulz, Seward, 13.28 200-meter dash 1) Coral Collins, Seward, 27.8 2) Sydney …

Broncos, Eagles top two in girls’ battle

The Centennial and Milford girls’ track teams were the top two in the team standings at the end of the Wilber-Clatonia Invitational March 30. The Broncos won the meet with 124 points, while …

Indoor meet opens Milford's 2021 track season

The beginning of any season is full of questions, but the 2021 track season has even more. Without last spring to go on, coaches are trying to fill events with unfamiliar faces. “We …

Eagles win district final, head to state

The Milford boys’ basketball team picked up a couple big wins in subdistricts Feb. 23 and 25 to advance to a March 1 district final. The Eagles (26-0) beat  Mitchell 75-46 March 1 in …

Schluckebier leads Eagles to top 10 finish at state wrestling

Hopes were high for the 10 wrestlers competing for Milford High at state Feb. 19 and 20. MHS brought home three medals – a silver, a fourth and a sixth. “It’s almost impossible …
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Celebrations
Births
Anthony and Kate Hruska, a son, Beau Anthony Hruska, born April 21, 2021, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 21 inches long. Grandparents are Nick and Janet Hruska of Ulysses and Steven and …
Haskin, Ryan and Allison (Brandt) of Seward, a daughter, Taylor Renee, born Jan. 27, 2021, in Lincoln, weighing seven pounds, four ounces and 18.75 inches long.Grandparents are Kurt and Sharon Brandt …
Birthdays
Mary “Jody” Arneson of Seward will celebrate her 85th birthday next week.She was born June 2, 1936.Her family includes husband, Jim; five sons; 19 grandchildren; and 20 …
Lavonne Graff of Seward will celebrate her 95th birthday this month.Her family includes three children, six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.She was born May 23, 1926, in Seward. To …
Weddings
Engagements
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
Roger and Betty Spahr celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family trip to the beaches of Cancun, Mexico.  Children joining them were Jeffery and Janna Spahr, Milford; Sheri and …
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 …