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Palmer fills open board seat

COLUMBUS — A rural St. Edward man has been appointed to fill an open seat on the Cornhusker Public Power District Board of Directors.

Mark Palmer was appointed to the Subdivision 3 seat last month and took the oath of office Monday morning. Palmer replaces Ray Merrell, who passed away in June, on the board, representing portions of Boone and Platte counties.

Palmer is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He took over his father’s optometry practice in 1974 and opened clinics in Fullerton and Neligh in the late 1980s. The practice merged with Eye Physicians P.C. in 2000.

Palmer is a member of the United Methodist Church in Albion. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and eight-grandchildren.

Soup feed at local church

COLUMBUS -- Everlasting Love Church, 4714 27th St., will host its annual soup feed from 4:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Soup choices include chili, chicken noodle, cheesy potato and vegetable beef. All soups are homemade and served with a drink and cinnamon roll. Cost is $6 for ages 12 years and older and $4 for children ages 11 years and younger. Takeout is available.

There will also be a drawing for a basket of fall goods.

Book group looking for ideas

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Public Library Book Discussion Group is looking for input from the community about the books they are enjoying and would like to share with others.

Email suggestions to by Wednesday. Join the group at 7 p.m. Thursday to vote for the reading list for the first half of 2018. After voting, participants will discuss “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. New members are welcome to stay for the discussion even if they have not read the book. This group is free and new members are welcome to join at any point during the year.

Berean hosting trunk-or-treat

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Berean Church and J-Club will host a trunk-or-treat event for the community from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the church parking lot, 3027 38th St.

This event is a safe, family-friendly way for parents and children to enjoy a fun evening out before the Halloween holiday. Members of the community may join the Facebook event at

For more information, contact Columbus Berean Church at 402-562-5647.

Square-dancing lesson offered

COLUMBUS -- Harold’s Squares Square Dance Club of Columbus will offer a square-dance lesson from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday at Cottonwood Place, 3271 29th Ave.

For more information, call Sam or Donna at 402-564-0966.


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