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USD 108 Principal Ron Scott Announces Resignation

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Long time Washington County USD 108 Elementary Principal Ron Scott recently announced his resignation effective at the end of this school year. Serving the past thirty years, Scott came from Nebraska in 1984. He also has served as junior high and high school coach, including boys’ basketball in 1988 when Washington placed third in their first ever state tournament appearance. ... Read More »

Summerfield Fire Department To Receive $2,500 Donation

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The Summerfield Fire Department will be presented with a check for $2,500 from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, on behalf of local farmer Don Mathewson, who was selected by the Monsanto Foundation. The advocacy program supports rural communities through contributions to local non-profit organizations. A ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Read More »

Blue Valley Telecommunications Holding Career Fair

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Blue Valley Telecommunications is coordinating a career fair Wednesday at Marysville Junior High School. Local business and professional leaders will expose students to a variety of occupations. The event will highlight opportunities in various career fields, and further serves to showcase local jobs that area businesses provide, encouraging students to consider careers which may allow them to remain, or return ... Read More »

Travelodge Motel Standoff Suspect Found Dead In Gage County Detention Center

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A man who surrendered after a several hour standoff with authorities in Beatrice last week, and was taken into custody, was found dead in his cell at the Gage County Detention Center early Saturday morning. Adam Wolken had reportedly threatened suicide while confronting a woman with whom he had a previous relationship. That later escalated into a forced entry into ... Read More »

Southeast Nebraska Cooperative In Discussions With Farmers Cooperative

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A letter sent to patrons of Southeast Nebraska Cooperative of Beatrice recently indicates that the board has entered into formal discussions with the Farmers Cooperative Dorchester, to consider potential acquisition of Southeast by Farmers Cooperative. Discussions are in the preliminary stages, with no decisions yet rendered. Based in Beatrice, Southeast locations in Kansas include Herkimer, Bremen, and Marysville. Nebraska locations ... Read More »

Nemaha County Conservation Annual Meeting & Awards Announced

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Nemaha County Conservation District will host their annual meeting Thursday at the community building in Seneca. Election of two supervisors for the conservation district board will be held, with Mike Schmitz and Ken Kramer terms expiring. Kansas Bankers Association Soil Conservation Award will be presented to Cliff and Meridee Swart, with the Windbreak Award going to Carl and Ruth, Jim ... Read More »

Nemaha & Marshall County Storm Spotter Training Classes Scheduled

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Spring storm spotter training will be featured in Nemaha County Tuesday evening. The public is welcome to the 7 p.m. meeting at the Pioneer Building, 710 Pioneer Street. Marshall County will host storm spotter training Thursday evening, February 27th at 7 p.m. at the Summerfield Fire Station. Severe storm safety, preparedness, and awareness will also be covered. Read More »

Bond Set For Travelodge Motel Standoff Suspect

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Bond was set at $900,000 for a man involved in a standoff with authorities in Beatrice at the Travelodge Motel early Thursday morning. Adam Wolken surrendered several hours after he forced entry into a room occupied by a woman he had been involved with. Earlier Wednesday evening, she had reported to police that Wolken threatened her with a gun at ... Read More »

Marshall County Partnership For Growth Annual Meeting Notes

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Marshall County Partnership For Growth held their annual meeting in Marysville Thursday evening. Chairman Rob Peschel welcomed members, highlighting the group’s recent close on an eleven acre parcel just east of Marysville that’s to be developed as a business park. Noting that goal had been several years in the works, Peschel then introduced an update from a steering committee charged ... Read More »

Police Standoff At Travelodge Motel Ends Peacefully

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Early Thursday morning authorities were called just after midnight, and a standoff ensued at the Travelodge Motel in Beatrice. Adam Wolken had apparently forced his way into a room occupied by two women he knew from previous relationships. He was armed with a handgun and long rifle and issued multiple threats. One of the women and a small child were ... Read More »