A resolution supporting location of a career academy training facility in either Nemaha, Pawnee or Richardson counties was adopted Wednesday, June 17, by the Nemaha County Commissioners. The county boards of Pawnee and Richardson counties approved similar resolutions earlier in June. A group of residents from the three counties will be working with the Southeast Community College (SCC) Board of Governors on developing a learning center. The group believes establishing a center will help keep graduates of Southeast Nebraska high schools in the area.
The Nemaha Natural Resources District board of directors is finally back to full-force again with the recent addition of its 21st member. Jenny Kearney from Nebraska City was sworn in Thursday, June 11, during the board’s regular monthly meeting.
De’Ontae Pannell and Tyreece Palmer recently joined the Peru State College football coaching staff as graduate assistants. Their hiring was announced by Bobcat athletic director and head football coach Steve Schneider. Pannell comes to Peru State from West Bloomfield, Mich. He graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s in crime, law, and justice. Pannell was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Nittany Lions and played in four different bowl games in the Penn State uniform. He played all five positions on the offensive line. Pannell was drafted by the New Orleans Saints and made the roster as a rookie, but was cut at the end of the preseason.
For the second time in three years, Bobcat softball coach Mark Mathews, has been selected to coach in the Triple Crown Sports Sparkler/Fireworks All-American game. The game which will feature the Best of the Fireworks versus the Best of the Sparkler tournaments will be held on Wednesday, July 1, in Westminster, Colo. The game, which will be played at Christopher Fields, will be shown on the CBS Sports Network and will start at 7:30 p.m. CST.
Richard Leroy “Dick” Hull was born on April 14, 1941 in Auburn, Nebraska. Dick was the son of Lemuel and Nelva (Weers) Hull. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran (Stone) Church in Johnson, Neb. He graduated from Johnson High School where he played football. Dick had two sons, Alan and Scot. He spent most of his adult life in the service of his nation. He joined the US Air Force where he served honorably, including an assignment in France. He later became a member of the US Army Reserves. He attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA where he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. Over the years Dick served in numerous responsible and challenging positions in the Army Reserve before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dick served the US Army in a civilian capacity in Human Resources. His civilian assignments found him in managerial positions in Minnesota, Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin. He retired from the Rock Island arsenal in 1994 and returned to the home farm he loved near Johnson, Nebraska. He was a Master Mason at Brownandville, and also belonged to the Johnson American Legion. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Nebraska Huskers and the Johnson-Brock Eagles. Dick passed away on June 19, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn with family and friends by his side. Dick was preceded in death by his parents Lemuel and Nelva Hull. Those left to mourn his passing are his sons, Alan of Moundsview, Minnesota; Scot and wife Tracy of Lindstrom, Minn.; granddaughter Gabriella of Moundsview, Minn.; brothers Gary and wife Lola of Waco, Texas; Don and wife Lisa of Hewitt, Texas; Dennis and wife Monique of Temiscaming, Quebec, Canada; two nieces Brianne and Tanya; two nephews Ryan and Colen; aunt, cousins, and numerous friends. Special friends include Bobette and husband John Guenther of Auburn, Bob and wife Judy Lowrey of Auburn, Laura Lea and husband Jeff Fossenbarger of Johnson. Two of his military friends and fishing buddies are General Gerald Albrecht and Dave Lunsford. Dick was a wonderful son, father, grandfather, brother, friend and citizen who will be greatly missed. Graveside services were Tuesday June 23rd at the St. John Lutheran Stone Cemetery near Johnson, officiated by Rev. Catherine Burroughs. A luncheon followed at the Johnson Legion. Memorials were suggested to the Johnson Fire Department, Johnson Quick Response Team or the Johnson- Brock Athletic Club (JBAC). Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Bonnie Ruth Rutz daughter of John Rutz and Edna (Clark) Rutz was born on October 5, 1935 in Verdon, Nebraska. She was the only child born to this union. She was raised in Richardson County and was a graduate of Peru State College. She earned her Masters Degree from UNL in the field of Education. Bonnie taught at Red Oak, Iowa, Plattsmouth, Peru State College, and Maryville University in Maryville, Missouri. Bonnie was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1973. In 2013 Bonnie received a Meritorious Service Award and was inducted into Peru State College Athletic Hall of Fame. She started intercollegiate athletics for women at Peru State College and coached the volleyball team. She started the women’s basketball Brownand softball programs. In addition, Bonnie organized and started a group of referees with money from concessions to work area high school volleyball games. She organized the annual volleyball tournament eld at PSC and expanded on it. The tournament reached 40 teams by the 25th year and it was the longest- running high school tournament in Nebraska at the time. She was united in marriage to Donald K. Carlile in August of 1973. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Auburn, Neb. In 2009 she moved to Longs Creek Assisted Living in Auburn, and to Good Samaritan in recent years. Bonnie passed away at the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn on Saturday, June 20, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Edna Rutz of Dawson, Neb.; her husband Donald Carlile, and one sister-in-law Pat Dalrymple. Bonnie is survived by nieces, Ruth Torbert of Opelika, Alabama; Lana Cullen of Cave Creek, Arizona; many cousins, and friends. No viewing is planned and visitation will be Friday, June 26 at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn with family greeting friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. A memorial service for Bonnie Carlile is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn. Rev. John Henderson will officiate and burial will be at the Glasco Cemetery in Glasco, Kansas at a later date. Hall Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements for Bonnie Carlile.