By Darrell Wellman
During the July 11 meeting, Auburn City Council approved an agreement with Nebraska Public Power District regarding the Farington Field runway project. Kendall Neiman with the Auburn Airport Authority reported that after ground preparation work had begun at the airport for the paving project, Mayor Scott Kudrna was contacted by NPPD officials about the possibility of modifying some aspects of the already approved airport plan.
By Darrell Wellman
Auburn City Council addressed a varied agenda during the July 11 meeting. Jason Esser of Nebraska City discussed the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program which has been under development for the past year. Esser and several other representatives of the group conducted a information open house immediately preceding the council meeting. They sought a letter of support from the council as to the program.
One hundred high school and youth football players attended one-day camps which were hosted by the Peru State football program during June. All three camps were directed by Bobcat assistant coach Lou Varley with assistance from other Peru State coaches – Andy Kohls, Derek Derr, and Jeff Reed. The first camp was the High School Skills Camp. It was held June 15 and was comprised of individual technique sessions followed by group work. The campers received detailed individual instruction during the contact camp which will have them better prepared for the fall season.
Individuals of all ages are invited to participate in the initial Auburn Marathon Basketball Games Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. Anyone willing to help, become involved, have thoughts or questions please contact Coach Jim Weeks at 402-223-9712. Weeks will coach the Auburn Bulldogs boys’ basketball team during the 2016-2017 school year.
Byron O. Neiman, 83 years of age, of North Platte, Nebraska passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Auburn. He was born on January 30, 1933 in McCook to Leslie and Lillian (Dueland) Neiman. Soon after entry into the National Guard Byron was injured and return to McCook where he began a life long newspaper career. He met his wife Helen Delores Erlewine and they were married in December of 1956. To this union three children were born. Byron’s career in the newspaper business lasted over fifty years. After working at the McCook Daily Gazette, in 1972 he moved his family to North Platte and was the advertising director for the North Platte Telegraph. In 1976 Byron and Helen purchased the Hooker County Tribune in Mullen, Nebraska. In 1985 Byron and Helen move to Burwell, Nebraska were they published five weekly publications until his retirement in 1993. Even after retiring Byron was involved in the industry in an ownership capacity. He truly loved his profession and missed it dearly. Byron was a very civic minded individual. He was the past patron of the Eureka Chapter #86 Order of Eastern Star, a Mason, a member of the Jaycees, he served as the Exalted Ruler of the Ord Elks Lodge #2371 and in his later years became very active in the Nebraska Admirals Association. There wasn’t a hobby that Byron didn’t like. But his love for hunting and the comaraderie that was a part of the experience wasn’t exceeded by his ability to shoot the gun. He was an excellent shot in the field or at the trap range and had the titles to show for it. He truly was a social creature that loved to fish, golf, fly his rc airplanes, tinker with and show his cars. Anything and everything that involved interacting with people, Byron loved to do. But above everything, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Byron is survived by a daughter, Kimbra Buck and husband Thomas of Golden, Colorado; 2 sons, Kurt and wife Ruth of Elkhorn, Kendall and wife Peggy of Auburn; 8 grandchildren Dusty, Neil, Katlin, Leslie, Russell, Samuel, Shelby and Stetson; and 1 sister, Dixie Hill of McCook; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; 4 brothers Elton, Faye, Dale and Kenney; and 1 sister Eileen. Memorial services will be held at 10:00am, August 6, 2016 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, 412 West 4th, in North Platte officiating Rev. Jeffrey Nelson. Inurnment will be at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior, at 12:00 Noon, August 7, at 203 West 4th, North Platte. Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Alzheimer Support Group. Condolences may be left online at www.adamsswanson.com. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home in North Platte in charge of arrangements.
Vivian “Darlene” (McIntire) Lockard, 78, of Stella, Nebraska was born October 5, 1937 to Charlie and Lucina (Keeton) McIntire in Roscoe, Missouri. She grew up in the Humboldt area and attended school in Humboldt through the 11th grade. Darlene transferred to Stella High School for her senior year where she graduated with the class of 1956. Darlene later attended and graduated from Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska and also received her license of cosmetology at Beatrice School of Beauty. On September 21, 1958, Darlene was united in marriage to Dennis “Denny” Lockard. To this union four children, Dennise, Dennette, Dennis, and Darren were born. Darlene passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Auburn, Nebraska having reached the age of 78 years, eight months, and 14 days. She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie McIntire and Lucina Hastings, step-father Kenneth Hastings, and brothers-in-law: J.D., George, and Byford (Loretta) Lockard. Darlene is survived by her loving husband Denny Lockard of Stella, Neb.; children: Dennise (Lonnie) Reimer, Dennette Wheeler (Rick Gilbertson), Dennis (Derinda) Lockard, and Darren Lockard (Wendy Hemmer); eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters-in-law Nellie Lee Lockard of Stella; Dorthy Lockard of Arlington, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Stella Community Church in Stella, with Pastor Bill Stearns officiating. Interment was at the Stella Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Richardson County Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 292, Falls City, Nebraska 68355. Online messages of condolence can be left at www.wherrymortuary.com Services were entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-Humboldt, Nebraska (402) 862-2915