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Area digests: Sen. Fischer's staff holds local office hours

Senator Fischer’s staff to hold local office hours

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced that her staff will be holding local office hours in Platte and Colfax Counties on March 8. Hours are 1-2 p.m. at the Columbus City Council Chambers, 1369 25th Ave., and 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Schuyler City Office, 1103 B St.

These office hours serve as a convenient opportunity for constituents to meet personally with Senator Fischer’s staff to receive help with casework and other issues at the federal level.

Knights of Columbus hosts awards banquet

SCHUYLER -- The Knights of Columbus Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, March 17th, in St Mary’s Hall. The social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the meal at 6:45 p.m. The Tom and Ann Vrbicky family will be honored as the 2018 Family of the Year. The Knight of the Year, Lady Knight of the Year and 25 year and 50 year, Honorary and Honorary Life Member awards will also be presented. All officers and directors are asked to attend. Admission is $12.50 with reservations due by March 12. Call for reservations to Tom Healy at 402-615-2797 or Tom Bayer at 402-352-5818.

Beef Profit Workshop scheduled

LEIGH -- A Beef Profit Tips Workshop will be offered at 1 p.m. March 14 at the Colfax County Fairgrounds in Leigh. A team of Nebraska Extension Educators will present information and practical approaches for the beef producer. Information is tailored to cow-calf operations. Topics will include round bale storage, temporary fencing and water, and composting livestock mortality. Cost for the workshop is $15 to cover materials, with pre-registration required by March 9. Register by calling the Cuming County Extension office at 402-372-6006 or email

WinnaVegas trip supports senior center

SCHUYLER -- The Colfax County Senior Center is sponsoring a fundraiser casino bus trip on March 19. The cost is $10 per person, with pickup locations in Columbus, North Bend, Schuyler and Fremont. Reservations are required by March 16. For more information, reservations or cancellations, call 402-615-0857 or 402-615-0353.

Soup cook-off fundraiser

SCHUYLER -- Schuyler Habitat for Humanity will sponsor a Top Chef Soup Cook-off from 5-7 p.m. March 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 802 A St. Attendees can vote for their favorite soup, made by local leaders. The 2018 Golden Ladle award will go to the one garnering the most votes, and there will also be an award for best table presentation. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and $1 for kids five and under. All proceeds will help build the Habitat for Humanity house.

Stroke Association seeks nominations

LINCOLN -- The Nebraska State Stroke Association is seeking nominations for its Stephanie Wever Courage Award, which honors a Nebraska stroke survivor who exemplifies courage in overcoming the effects of stroke. The deadline for nominations is March 30. Nomination forms are available at Stephanie Wever, a stroke survivor and former NSSA board member, died Dec. 25, 2015, at age 32. She was dedicated to raising awareness of strokes and her rare gene defect. The award will be presented in May during Stroke Awareness Month. For more information, contact NSSA at 402-484-8131 or

Feedback sought on Richland Preschool

RICHLAND -- Richland School would like to have a preschool class for the next academic year. At this time, community interest is being evaluated. The preschool would be offered daily from 8:10-11:15 a.m. for children who turn four years old by July 31, 2018. Cost will be $100 for the year, and parents can earn credits toward that cost by attending school sponsored events such as conferences, home visits, and sports events. Preregistration is required by May 1. Anyone interested is asked to call Mrs. Benck, Mrs. Stevenson or Mrs. Stuehmer at 402-564-6900. Tours of the school can be scheduled.

St. Benedict hosting events

A weekend retreat, Return of the Prodigal Son, March 9–11 with Father Ken VanHaverbeke from Wichita, and Teresa Monaghen, AO. The retreat will combine art, scripture, theology, and self-reflection in a journey to healing: of memories, of emotions, of lives. It is designed to help a person respond to a merciful Father who waits for us and runs to meet us wherever we are The retreat begins at 7:30 p.m. March 9 and ends after lunch on March 11.

Astronomer Father Christoph Gerhard, OSB, from Germany, will lead a retreat March 17 at St. Benedict Center. Relating science and faith to each other will lead to a stimulating conversation about God and God's fascinating world. If the sky allows it, in the evening we will observe the beauty of the starry sky with and without a telescope. Program fee is $30, with lunch available at the center for $10.50.

For more information on these events, call 402-352-8819 or visit



Kingston Avery Stonewall

Keysha Forney and Leander Stonewall of Seward became the parents of Kingston Avery Stonewall on March 1, 2018 at the Butler County Health Care Center. Kingston weighted 6 pounds 14 ounces.

He is the grandson of Chad Forney of Seward, Yenni Forney of Seward, Jeanine Stonewall of David City, and Lincoln Stonewall of David City.

Great-grandparents are Jeanine Merrick of Colorado Springs, Judy Earnest of Seward, and Cheryl and Larry Noyd of Rogers.

Area Church Schedules -- March 8

First Presbyterian Church

Rev. Sarah Gengler

802 A St.

March 8 — Let's Get Together at 9 a.m. in library; session meeting at 6:30 in library

March 11 — Worship service 9:30; Sunday School 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Spring ahead

March 14 — Awana sparks 6-7:30 p.m.; Lenten service 6:30 p.m. in church library

March 15 — Let's Get Together at 9 a.m. in library

St. John's

Lutheran Church

Pastor Ron Youngerman

821 Denver St.

Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS

Pastor William Mattfeld

1617 Colfax St.

Sunday church services at 9 a.m.

Christ United

Methodist Church

1922 Colfax St.

Pastor Dennis Wheeler

March 8 — Methodist Women, a.m.

Saturday — Worship 5 p.m.

Sunday — Worship 8 a.m.

Mar. 13 — Bible Study, 7 p.m. at parsonage

Wednesday — Church school, 6:30 p.m.

Divine Mercy Parish

Fr. Gerry Gonderinger


Fr. Gregory Congote

Associate Pastor

Mass times:

St. Augustine's Church

Sixth and Banner streets

Saturdays — 5 p.m.

Sundays — 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Spanish) and 11 a.m. (Spanish)

Mondays and Wednesdays — 7 a.m. and noon (Spanish)

St. Mary's Church

11th and Banner streets

Saturdays — 5 p.m. (Spanish)

Sundays — 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Tuesdays — 7 a.m. and noon (Spanish)

Thursdays — 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Spanish)


Colfax County

Leonard C Kluthe & Shirley M Bigelow, H&W to Christopher G & Crystal E Allred, H&W – Part of Lt 3, Brodeckys Addn, Village of Howells; Part of Lt 2, Brodeckys Addn, Village of Howells & Part of Lt 7, Brodeckys Addn, Village of Howells $140,000.

Circle 4, GP to Full Circle Enterprises, LLC – Part of NW1/4 Sec 19-19-2E & Part of Government Lt 2 a/k/a SW1/4 NW1/4 Sec 18-19-2E (Tax Exempt).

Loretta M Horner, sgl to Loretta M Horner Revocable Tr – Lt 5, Bk D, Parkview Addn, City of Schuyler (Tax Exempt).

Mark T & Jean M Walkenhorst, H&W to Kenneth E & Shirley Babel, H&W – Part of SW1/4 NW1/4 Sec 30-17-2E $38,000.

Katherine A Busch, sgl to Kenneth E & Shirley Babel, H&W – Part of SW1/4 NW1/4 Sec 30-17-2E (Tax Exempt).

Property transfers courtesy of ARL Credit Services

Senior Citizen Center

Meals are served at noon, Tuesday-Friday. On Monday, evening meals are served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There are no noon meals on Mondays.

Meal reservations are recommended by 9 a.m. the day of the meal.

Home-delivered meals are also available by calling the senior center. Home-delivered meals go out at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Friday and 5 p.m. Monday.

Suggested contribution for eligible congregate meals is $4.25. Suggested contribution for eligible home-delivered meals is $4.75.

Carry-out meals and for those under age 60 are $7.50.

The city of Schuyler handi-bus is dispatched from the senior center. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For congregate meal and handi-bus reservations, call 402-352-5009.

For home delivery reservations and the manager's office, call 402-352-5008.


March 12-16

Monday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, four-fruit compote, roll, dessert.

Tuesday: Smothered pork cutlet, hash brown casserole, parsnip and carrot medley, pineapple tidbits, muffin. BOD meeting 9 a.m.; Taroks 11:30 a.m.; Bingo and cards, 1 p.m.

Wednesday: White chili, salad with tomato and cucumber, peaches, roll, crackers. Nebraska Attorney General's mobile office 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; David's Place, noon; Pitch 12:30 p.m.

Thursday: Corned beef, au gratin potatoes, cabbage, pears in lime Jell-O, roll, Irish apple cake. Meal & Meditation, St. Patrick's lunch at noon; Pitch 12:30 p.m.

Friday: Lemon pepper pollack, corn, spinach, fruit cocktail, cheesy rice, roll. Bingo, 1 p.m.


Richland News - March 8

• Jane George of Columbus visited her mother Charlene Klug of Columbus on Feb. 25.

• Tim and Susan Rickert of rural Columbus went to Omaha on the afternoon of Feb. 25 and were guests at the home of Jeff and Jenna Rickert and sons Braylon and Brock. They were there to help Brock celebrate his second birthday which was on Feb. 24.

• Terri Chromy of Linwood and her granddaughter Maci Kruse of Cedar Bluffs were Feb. 26 visitors of Marcella Schmid, a resident at Prairie Village Retirement Home in Columbus.

• Nathan and Tori Oehlrich and their children J.R., Kipton and Elli of Richland, attended a wrestling match in North Bend on the morning of Feb. 25. Kipton participated in the match and won first place in his bracket. Others who attended were Skip and Lorene Oehlrich of Richland, Mike and Jo Simon of Schuyler and Ashley Oehlrich of Elkhorn.

• A group of relatives met at Pizza Ranch in Columbus for dinner at noon on Feb. 26. After the meal they went to the home of Cliff and Rojean Lambrecht, the host couple. The afternoon was spent playing Mexican Train Dominoes. Dessert was served to those present, who included Merle and Arlene Rudebusch and Sheryll Roeber, all of Lincoln; Kyler and Carolyn Nelson of Fremont, Janet Lambrecht of Schuyler, and Florence Stevenson of Richland. The Rudebusch couple will be the hosts in March.

• With our nasty weather in the area, the freezing drizzle, snow, wind and cold temperatures, most were home bound so not many news articles this week.

Birthday Club

Members of the Birthday Club met at noon Feb. 21 at the home of JoAnne Siefken of Columbus. The hostess served dinner to her guests. After the meal the group played Mexican Train Dominoes with Marie Klug winning high and Norma Koch was low. Others present were Carylyn Runge, Marilyn Lusche, Charlene Klug and Marilyn Klug.