Water tests collected on July 11 showed that toxic algae levels at both Kirkman’s Cove Recreation Area near Humboldt and Iron Horse Trail Lake northwest of DuBois have dropped below health alert limits. This marked the second consecutive week of low readings for Kirkman’s Cove, so it is no longer on the alert status. However, since Iron Horse still tested high a week ago, it must remain under restrictions for another week. Because water conditions can change rapidly and the Nemaha Natural Resources District only tests the water once a week. Visitors are always cautioned to use common sense and stay out of any waters that appear to have the green, paint-like scum on its surface.
The Nemaha County Commissioners favor continuing discussion on a planned water feature on the courthouse grounds. Wednesday, July 13, Auburn Mayor Scott Kudrna informed the commissioners on the City of Auburn’s proposal. Kudrna believed it would be a nice addition to the Courthouse Square area, helping to attract visitors and residents. He said the city is trying to fund the attraction but not pushing it. Kudrna wanted to notify the commissioners about the plan, thinking it would not only benefit the courthouse but the surrounding businesses as well.
Come on Bobcats let’s go! Get tough and fight. Go Blue. Go White. Bobcats win tonight! Well, that might not be a cheer you will hear in the future, but you will be getting plenty of spirit and pep from the 2016-17 Peru State cheerleading squad starting this fall. Recently, Bobcat head cheer coach Brooke Earnest announced the team members for the upcoming year. Amber Musil, a post-baccalaureate in education from Lincoln, will be serving as a student assistant coach. She will oversee the team’s workout and nutrition programs. Serving as the captain will be senior Nyanen Timbek, a senior criminal justice – counseling major from Omaha.
The Magnolia Metal Auburn Juniors collected five hits in their 1-11 loss to Hickman Tuesday night, July 12. Auburn reached the final night of the Area 1 tournament in Nebraska City, winning three elimination games after dropping its opener. Magnolia Metal Juniors finished the season with a 19-10 record. The game was scoreless until Hickman, the tournament’s top seed, scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Those runs came on four hits, a walk and a sacrifice bunt.
Patricia Alene Victoria (Lair) Johnson, 86 years of age, of Beatrice, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She was born on August 19, 1929 in Norfolk to Harold and Adeline (Switzer) Lair. Patricia graduated from Benson High School in Omaha. She moved to Philadelphia at the age of 17 to pursue an opera career where she was signed after one tryout to the Metropolitan and offered a contract by the Cosmopolitan. The harshest critic in the area reviewed her dubbing her “the voice of the 20th century”. Patricia married Sidney “Sid” Johnson on October 7, 1949 in Omaha after meeting at the Omaha Community Playhouse where Sid starred in “John Loves Mary”. After living several different places all over the United States, Patricia and Sid moved to Beatrice in 1994. Patricia was a real estate broker for many years. She was a lifetime member of the sorority Sigma Alpha Iota and continued to share her talents teaching voice. She loved volunteering her time where she was usually in the leadership role. Patricia enjoyed crocheting afghans and most especially singing for events up until almost five years ago. Patricia is survived by four children, Sandra K. Stearns and husband Michael of Courtland, Kansas, Jeffrey A. Johnson of Chillicothe, Missouri, Marla J. McKee and husband Gary of Hutchinson, Kansas, James K. Johnson of Omaha; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Darlene Mullen of Omaha, Penny Malburg and husband Elvin of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; two brothers, Gale A. Lair and wife Roberta J. of Big Timber, Montana, Dana Q. Lair and wife Roseanne of Roswell, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Sidney on June 11, 2015. Funeral services were held Monday, July 18, 2016 at Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn with Pastor Robert H. Frasier officiating. Interment followed in the Johnson Cemetery in Johnson. Memorials are suggested to the family’s choice in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at www.hallfuneral.net. Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn was in charge of arrangements.
Edith “Cindy” Bergmann, age 89, formerly of Johnson, Nebraska was born on June 19, 1927 in Auburn, Nebraska to Walter and Opal (Chandler) Haith. She was raised in Auburn where she attended Auburn Public Schools. On October 21, 1943, Cindy was united in marriage to Orville John Henry Bergmann in Hiawatha, Kansas. To this union four children Linda, Gordon, Reginald, and Marlin were born. Cindy worked for many years as a cook at Johnson-Brock High School before opening her own restaurant. She owned and operated Bergmann’s Café in Johnson for many years. Cindy was an excellent cook that was well known for her pie making abilities. People came from many miles around the area especially for her homemade pies. She moved to Lincoln later in life after retirement to be closer to her family. Cindy became a resident of the Arbor’s Nursing Facility when her health declined and passed away there on Friday, July 15, 2016 having reached the earthly age of 89 years and 26 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Orville, a son Gordon, brothers: David, Walter, and Robert Haith, and a sister Judith Ann Haith. Cindy is survived by her children: Linda Westlake of Lincoln, Neb.; Reginald (Maria) Bergmann of Lincoln; Marlin (Christina) Bergmann of Lincoln; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 18 great-great grandchildren; sisters: Lela Smith of Lincoln; Helen Wlaschin of Waverly, Neb.; Rosalie Prince of Omaha, Neb.; Sandra Runge of Adams, Neb.; a brother Jack (Bernice) Haith of Port LaVaca, Texas; sisters-in-law: Marcille Badberg of Auburn, Neb.; Mildred Kruger of Atchison, Kansas, Marvel Bergmann of Jamesport, Missouri, and Shirly Haith of Johnson; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 19, at the Martin Luther Church in rural Johnson, Nebraska Interment will be at the Martin Luther Cemetery in rural Johnson. Memorials contributions may be given to the family’s choice. Online messages of condolence can be left at www.hallfuneral.net Services are entrusted to Hall Funeral Chapel-Auburn, Nebraska.