Motorcyclist killed in crash

A semitrailer collided head-on with a motorcycle Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 81, killing a 26-year-old Lincoln man.

According to the Butler County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Jeremy Root of Hastings was traveling south on the highway when his semi crossed the centerline and struck the northbound motorcycle driven by Arez Karim.

Karim was killed in the crash, which occurred around 7:15 a.m. just north of the Highway 81-Highway 92 junction.

The sheriff's office says alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash, but rainfall occurring at the time likely was.

The crash is being investigated by the sheriff's offices in Butler and Polk counties and Nebraska State Patrol.

Hospital auxiliary holding sale

SCHUYLER -- CHI Memorial Hospital Auxiliary of Schuyler will host Collective Goods (formerly Books are Fun) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the lobby of CHI Health of Schuyler.

Seminar on Medicare, Medicaid

COLUMBUS -- A free informational seminar on Medicare and Nebraska Medicaid will be held 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Columbus Community Center, 3111 19th St.

Experts on Medicare and Medicaid will present information on the programs and how they work together and answer questions. SHIPP counselor Terri Lab will discuss how to choose the best prescription plan.

Entertainment will be provided by Penny Golden and violin students, and refreshments will be served.

Oktoberfest dinner at St. John’s

COLUMBUS -- St. John’s Lutheran Church, 39452 205th Ave., will host an Oktoberfest German dinner from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

The menu includes traditional German food, including bratwurst, eisbein, German meatballs, potato salad and desserts. Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10 and free for kids 4 and younger. Tickets are available at the door, or call 402-910-1653 for advance tickets. Take-out will also be available by calling 402-285-0335. Proceeds will support various church and school projects.

For more information, call Pastor Brad Birtell at 402-285-0498.

Back pain, sciatica workshop

COLUMBUS -- A free back pain and sciatica workshop will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Columbus Physical Therapy and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Cottonwood Place.

The workshop will provide information on how to naturally heal back pain and sciatica.

Register online at or call 402-564-5456.

Square-dance lessons offered

COLUMBUS -- Harold’s Squares Square Dance Club of Columbus will offer square-dance lessons from 4:30-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the VFW, 2720 23rd St.

No registration is needed. For more information, call Sam or Donna at 402-564-0966.


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