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Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events


County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. First and third Mondays, courthouse.

City Council: Regular meeting, second Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Committee of the Whole, fourth Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph’s Court 25¢ Community Bingo, Last Monday of the month.

Blue Valley Community Action Advisory Board Meeting, 416 E St., 4th Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. at Store. Public welcome.

Community Coffee, Rolls, Free, 9:30 a.m., david place, first Wednesday.

Butler County Arts Council Regional Artist Showcase at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 4, St. Luke's UMC.


100 years ago (1917)

Four men from Surprise who will report for military training at Funston, Kan., were given a reception by the Surprise IOOF Lodge and the Red Cross on Oct. 4. The men were served supper at the Surprise hotel. Six Civil War veterans and two Spanish-American War veterans were also guests.

Alice Verlet, famous Belgian coloratura soprano, will perform at the David City Community Theater on Oct. 26. Verlet is one of the world’s greatest operatic artists, having appeared as prima donna at the grand opera in Paris, Brussels and London.

75 years ago (1942)

The J.C. Penny Company store on the north side of the David City square suffered major smoke damage from a fire that started in the store basement at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Ten David City firemen were overcome by smoke or suffered from its effects while battling the blaze. Clerks and customers had to flee the building. Cause of the fire was not determined.

Due to a shortage of help, J.D. Hasik will discontinue his milk routes in David City after Oct. 10. Patrons can secure milk and cream from Hasik’s dairy at the Hansen Bros. meat market and the Ray’s and Frank’s store.

50 years ago (1967)

Joe the Crow made a visit to the David City High School on Monday, flying in the window of the Spanish II class taught by Marvin Maret. Joe has been a pet of the Richard Polak family since being taken in by the family as a baby bird last spring. He has roamed the city extensively in recent weeks, but always returns to the Polak home at night.

Nineteen persons attended a tour of historical sites at Surprise on Sunday. The group toured a large collection of historic items that Mr. and Mrs. Walt Doehling of Surprise have displayed in several rooms. Later, brothers Warren and Frank Flansburg told the visitors about business places that once flourished in Surprise.

25 years ago (1992)

The Butler County Recycling Association’s composting program begins in David City on Saturday. City officials are allowing use of the City Maintenance yard as a drop-off site for grass clippings and leaves, along with the use of city dump trucks and city workers to haul compost material to Dan Hilger’s farm northwest of town.

Connie Hannah is looking for photos and information about the history of Loma. Hannah said the small Butler County community will celebrate its centennial in 1995, and she would like to publish a history about Loma.

10 years ago (2007)

Belinda Wortman, a teacher at Garfield School near Octavia, a division of Schuyler Community Schools, was named elementary school “Teacher of the Year” by the American Legion for her efforts in teaching Americanism and patriotism. She was also honored by American Legion Post Lavern Schmit Post 327, Bellwood.

Noni Hrabik, history teacher at Rising City Public Schools, was accepted into a three-year American History project last spring. During the three years, she will travel to Colonial Williamsburg, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City.

5 years ago (2012)

Art Svoboda recently took a break from harvesting northwest of Brainard to answer a reporter’s questions about soybeans. He’s been farming since 1959, and a few years before that with his father. Given the current drought, Svoboda said he couldn’t complain about this year’s crop.

Members of the Aquinas High School boys cross country team got different orders from coach John Svec on Monday: Head downtown and find the dates on some of the city’s oldest buildings. Svec said the run was a welcome break before a serious workout planned for the team on Tuesday.

Compiled by Jim Reisdorff, the historian of the Butler County Historical Society.


Abby Anne Odens

Dr. Don and Jolene Odens of LeMars, Iowa welcomed home a new baby girl, Abby Anne Odens, born Sept. 7, 2017. Abby weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces. Abby is joined at home by Clair 3 ½ years, and Emily, 2.

Her grandparents are Harold Odens of Wakefield, Jean Odens of Wayne, Carri Mattan of David City and Perry Mattan of Cincinatti, Ohio. Great Grandparents are Dale and Lucy Cooper of David City. Great grandfather is Joe Mattan of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jolene Mattan Odens is a 2005 graduate of David City High School.

Jaelyn Marie Crook

Jordan and Lindsay (Augustin) Crook of Rising City are the parents of a new baby girl, Jaelyn Marie, born Sept. 24 at Butler County Health Care Center. She weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces. Welcoming her home is her brother, Preston, 2.

Grandparents are Rod and Carla Crook of Rising City, Deb and Rocky Augustin of Shelby. Great grandparents are Genon Crook of Rising City.

Senior Menus
Senior Menus

Butler County Senior Services

All ages welcome.  Cost for 59 and under is $4.50 and Suggested cost for 60 and up is $3.50. For reservations, call 402-367-6131 before 9 a.m. 

Dec. 4 Spaghetti, Italian vegetables, Garlic bread, apricots. 10:00 A.M. – Quilting & Cards

Dec. 5 Alternative Hearing BBQ Pork, tator tots, baked beans, apple sauce, salad bar.  9:30 A.M. – Quilting & Tai Chi, Van to Lincoln, 6:00 PM Supper & Pitch

Dec. 6  Oven fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, mandarin oranges. 9:30 A.M. – Frogs; Quilting & Cards

Dec. 7 Enchilada casserole, wax beans, Mexican wedding cake, salad bar.  9:30 A.M. – Quilting & Tai Chi, Van to Omaha. 

Dec. 8 Breaded fish, roasted potatoes, scalloped corn, fruit cocktail. 10:00 A.M. – Quilting & Frogs, 1:00 P.M. – Pinochle        

 Polk County Senior Services

Dec. 4  Chicken noodle soup w/carrots/celery, grilled cheese sandwich, emerald pears.  Bridge 8 a.m.

Dec. 5 Country style pork ribs, party potatoes, beets, banana. Exercise 9-10.

Dec. 6 Mushroom steak, steak fries, green beans, peaches. Cards. Wood carving.

Dec. 7 Oven fried chicken, au gratin potatoes, peas, fruit cocktail. Exercise, serving guests at noon. St. Ann Guild.

Dec. 8 Sausage gravy over biscuits, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges. 

Medicare Open Enrollment starts soon

If you are a Medicare recipient, you have the opportunity to make changes to your Medicare coverage during the Medicare Open Enrollment, which begins October 15 and runs through December 7, of every year.

It’s during this time that you may:

* Join a new Medicare Advantage Plan

* Join a new Part D Prescription Drug Plan

* Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan

* Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan to Original Medicare

Generally, Open Enrollment is the only time you may elect these changes and any changes made will go into effect on January 1, of the next year. To get ready for Open Enrollment, you should think about two major things:

First, think about your current health and drug coverage. If you have Original Medicare, you should review the 2018 Medicare & You handbook to find out what your Medicare cost and benefits will be for the upcoming year.

If you are unsatisfied with your coverage with Original Medicare, Open Enrollment is a good time to make changes. You should receive your 2018 Medicare & You handbook by the end of September.

If you have not received a 2018 Medicare & You handbook you may contact Nebraska SHIIP at 1-800-234-7119, for a copy.

If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you should receive an Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and an Evidence of Coverage (EOC) from your plan. These notices outline which providers, pharmacies, drugs and services your plan covers and what cost you will be responsible for in 2018. If you are not satisfied (for example, if a provider you see is no longer in your Medicare Advantage Plan’s network or a drug you need is no longer on your Part D plan’s formulary), you can make changes during Open Enrollment.

Next, you should think about cost. Costs can vary greatly between the different types of Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Drug Plans. Some Medicare Advantage Plans charge additional premiums on top of the Medicare Part B premium. Some Part D plans have a deductible, while others do not.

Another plan in your area could offer you the same or better health and/or drug coverage at a more affordable price or have fewer or no coverage restrictions.

Even if you are happy with the coverage you get or don’t see any major changes to your plan, you should review your current coverage and look at other options in your area to see if there are other plans that cost less and/or offer better coverage.

Nebraska SHIIP

Help is out there. Nebraska SHIIP is your local source of free, confidential and unbiased Medicare education and counselling. Nebraska SHIIP will assist you in the evaluation of your Part C Medicare Advantage Plan or your Part D Prescription Drug Plan and help you decide if changes are necessary. You can contact Nebraska SHIIP at 1-800-234-7119 to make an appointment for your free one-on-one counselling session.