Week of July 25, 2024

New Nelson Legion Auxiliary officers

New Nelson Legion Auxiliary officers: Stephanie Thayer, vice-president; Betty McCutchan, president; Carol Eckles, secretary; Teresa Walton, Chaplain and not pictured; Betty Sauce, treasurer. District 10 American Legion Auxiliary hosts bingo and ice cream social at Central Nebraska Veterans Home. Don Nelson, past commander, served as caller and Nelson ALA members Teresa Walton and DeAnna Tuttle were...

Jewell County Plow Day

Joe Eilert, Jewell County Plow Day organizer, he plows on Friday, July 19. At times there were 19 tractors and plows working in the stubble field southwest of...

Harvest Christian Church block party

Ga-Ga was a popular game at the Harvest Christian Church block party this week. A modified court constructed of banquet tables provided the enclosure. Rules required players to be hit below the knees. Some would call the game a special type of dodge ball. Games were set up on the vacant lots directly east of the church. Moderate summer temperatures with a light breeze and Christian music set the atmosphere for the...

Harmony United Methodist Church recognized for service

Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse, delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in need each year. Harmony United Methodist Church was recognized by Samaritan's Purse for their five years of service as a Drop-off Location in Jewell County for the international ministry. The award was presented to Pastor Jim Rice and Becky Fernandez, drop-off team leader at Harmony, by Gia Garey, Operation Christmas Child Lower Midwest...

46th annual Jewell County Historical Society Threshing Bee

The 46th annual Jewell County Historical Society Threshing Bee featured tractors were oddballs, orphans and crawlers. An interesting array of tractors were on display, but the long-time featured event is threshing. Several men work together to feed bundles, operate the equipment and oversee the process. The fascinating working display represents a time, when neighboring farmers worked together in large groups and moved from farm to farm to thresh the wheat crop. The process often took several...

Improved St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at Byron

St. Paul Lutheran Church at Byron Nebraska has made a significant improvement to their cemetery at the edge of town. A new black decorative fence has been erected surrounding the grave site. It will help control unwanted matter to accumulate on the graves and gives the cemetery a fresh clean look. St. Paul Lutheran is part of Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish which serves three churches in Byron and...

  • 37 teams compete at Lawrence 1-Person Scramble

    Have you ever hit a golf shot and immediately wished you could have a redo? Well, on Sunday, July 21 at the Lawrence Country Club, 37 participants were able to do just that. They all took part in the 1-Person Scramble at the course. Results of the tournament are as follows: Championship flight: First place, Tim Streff 59; second place, Phil Schroer 60; and third place, Brad Kohmetscher 60. First flight: First place, Dale Kohmetscher 65; second place, Marc Stokes 65; and third place, Keith Kohmetscher 66. Second flight: First place, Tami...

  • Little Raiders volleyball camp

    The Lawrence Nelson Volleyball team held their little Raiders volleyball camp July 14 & 15. Several enthusiastic girls took part in the camp and had a great time learning about...

  • Country Roads

    Gloria Schlaefli

    It was almost 150 years ago that our earliest pioneers faced one of the worst years on their prairie farms when swarms of grasshoppers invaded the land devouring everything in sight. It was at the end of July 1874. For the previous two years there had been good wheat crops and 1874 was no exception. The wheat had just been harvested and the corn fields were promising a good crop. A Jewell County settler, Joel Green, who had a farm west of Burr Oak, on July 21 began to notice swarms of grasshoppers arriving in his fields. Two days later, he...

  • Editor's Notebook

    Bill Blauvelt

    I’m naturally curious and one of the reasons I decided on a newspaper career was the opportunities the work provided to feed my curiosity. Over the years I have been privileged to get a close up view of many things. For example, once when the natural gas pipeline company serving Superior was replacing a section of the line, the foreman invited me to observe the procedure. In preparation he provided me with the procedure manual that described the work to be done. I read the manual and reported to the job site at the designated time. When I...

  • Love my crazy life

    Teraesa L Bruce

    First things first. I have taken another job. I hate to leave the paper, but this job has two things I need - insurance and retirement. I’m getting to the age where those two things seem important. The federal government says I can retire around 76 or so. I don’t know that I will make it that long. LOL! Who knows. I might still be a pool manager at 80, only time will tell. I’m not going to say I have enjoyed every minute of my time as a “journalist,” but I will miss everyone I had the pleasure of working with and getting to know in...

  • Ask a Pastor Column

    Q: What does a good Christian look like? How do they act? How do I become one? A: This is a wonderful question and one that I hope every sincere Christian asks themselves frequently. For the purpose of this article, I think I can boil the answer down to two basic ideas: to be a good Christian means growing in Christian character (Colossians 2:6-7; Colossians 3:12-15) within a Christian Community (Hebrews 10:25; Ephesians 4:13). The word “Christian” literally means a little Christ (a model or imitation of Jesus). It it’s simplest sense,...

  • Puffs

    Allen Ostdiek

    I’ve admitted in the past that I’m a slow learner, but I just read something a week or so ago that made me think a little about the well-being of so many Nebraskans. Consider the following: • I don’t have exact figures, but a large percentage of Nebraskans are either farmers or working in, or own, an ag related business. • Although farming is a highly risky business, farmers, and those working with them, seem more ‘well-balanced’ than many people working in other professions. • Small town ‘values’ and cultures often follow...

  • Soil Health Tour to see Wine Glass Ranch in Nebraska

    Participants on the annual Soil Health Tour, hosted by the Jewell County Conservation District, will have the opportunity to tour a progressive and innovative ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Wine Glass Ranch, north of Imperial, Nebraska, is a Leopold Conservation Award Recipient. The Leopold Award is given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. “The award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their exemplary dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working lands,” as stated by the Sand...

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