March 9th, 2011
James W. Souders, 74, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, of Multi-System Atrophy, surrounded by his family.
Jim acquired his grass roots values of hard work as a result of growing up outside Merna, on a working farm. He attended a one-room schoolhouse until high school, and graduated college with a Civil Engineering Degree with Honors from the University of Nebraska and later an MBA from Rutgers University.
James D. Walker, 83 of Lincoln and formerly of Kearney and Overton area, died Friday, March 4, at Bryan LGH Medical Center East in Lincoln. Funeral services will be today, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Kearney. The Revs. Eric Lesher and Rebecca Craig will officiate. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Westerville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church. On-line condolences may be submitted to osafh.com. O'Brien Straatmann Funeral Home in Kearney is in charge of arrangements.
Glenn S. Hawkins, 99, of Kearney and formerly of the Mason City area died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Mother Hull Home in Kearney.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 11, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Mason City Baptist Church in Mason City with the Rev. John Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Mason City Cemetery.
Stateâs population shift will result in
redistricting Nebraska in 2011
The first local results from the 2010 Census are in, and they show Nebraska's population continues its trend of becoming more concentrated in its most populous counties. Since 2000, the state's largest three counties - Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy - have grown by nearly 125,000 residents while the rest of the state lost nearly 10,000 residents.
Kevin Evans and Cody Schweitzer have been good friends since they were kids. Like many friends they use to talk about how much fun it might be someday to be business partners, never really knowing when - or if - that would ever happen.
In March 2004, it did happen for these two friends, when they formed a business partnership and purchased Ag Land ATV in Broken Bow.
Kevin was already familiar with the business, having worked there for then owner Justin Vandevort in 2002.
âWhen the opportunity came up to buy it, I called Cody and we went for it,â Kevin says.
The Nebraska State Bandmasters Association presented their highest honor, the Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award, last Friday, and the award winner Broken Bow music educator Bill Reichert, could not have been more surprised.
It was retired fellow music educator Joyce Patchâs job to see that he was in attendance. She asked Reichert to be there saying she was going to receive an award and sheâd be honored if heâd come. He did. Little did he know she was to be one of the presenters, and the award was to go to him.
DUNNING -- The Sandhills/Thedford Knights are making their second straight appearance in the Boys State Basketball Tournament since their co-op in the fall of 2008. The Knights were defeated in the first round last season by Freeman.
Before the co-op, Sandhills made four appearances in the state tournament and Thedford had made 13 appearances.
The Knights (16-7) open the state tournament as the No. 7 seed and will meet No. 2 seed Howells (22-2).
MULLEN -- The Mullen Broncos set a goal this season to qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 1952. After last weeks district championship win over Hay Springs, the Broncos achieved this goal.
âThis is the first time since 1952 that Mullen has made an appearance in the state tournament,â said Mullen head coach Rusty Moore. âThat has been a focus point for us all season, we have â1952â printed on the back of our warm up shirts.â
Basketball fans, âMarch Madnessâ is underway! Last weekend, the high school girls state basketball tournament was held. In some of the classes, the top seeds made it all the way to the championship game while others stumbled on the way. Nothing is a given when it comes to championship basketball especially in March.
The girls Class A bracket played out as it should have with Bellevue East coming back late in the game to steal the win from Bellevue West 52-49 for the state championship.
Girls Basketball State Tournament Final Results
State Champion - Bellevue East 52
State Runner-up - Bellevue West 49
3rd Place - Millard West 55
4th Place - Omaha Central 50
State Champion - Seward 70
State Runner-up - Elkhorn 54
3rd Place - Holdrege 56
4th Place - Beatrice 44
State Champion - Hastings St. Cecilia 65
State Runner-up - Wahoo 61
3rd Place - Sandy Creek 62
4th Place - Minden 45
State Champion - Homer 49
State Runner-up - Crofton 45
3rd Place - Hartington Cedar Catholic 55