By David Swanson
Diners at Auburn’s newest restaurant will be able to see skyline paintings created by a Southeast Nebraska artist. Josie Cummins of Verdon created acrylic paintings of the skylines of Chicago, New York, Louisville and Phoenix displayed on the west wall of Cafe Metro in downtown Auburn. She also has a painting displayed at Allgood Family Chiropractic in Auburn. “I was pretty excited to get my work (displayed at Cafe Metro) for other people to see. I hope to get more paintings displayed. I have done other paintings for friends,” continued Cummins, who is employed at Ariens Company in Auburn but paints in her spare time. She remembered Travis Allgood informed Cummins that Cafe Metro wanted to display abstracts of city views which were not too detailed. Cummins said she had not visited any of those cities, which were selected because of family or other connections. A lifetime resident of the Verdon area, Cummins graduated from Falls City High School and has attended Peru State College (PSC). She called Ken Anderson, PSC professor of art and a couple of her high school teachers influences on her work.
By David Swanson
While the United States is the only nation which created itself, it still became the greatest democracy in the world, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale related Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, at Auburn High School. Gale addressed Auburn Middle and High School students and staff, as well as veterans and community members at the annual assembly at the high school gymnasium. He thanked veterans for their service, regardless of whether they served at home or abroad, and whether they served during war or during peacetime. Americans did not have to be engaged in combat, pilot an airplane or carry a rifle to ensure the freedom of their fellow citizens. Those who served the United States in the armed forces made a significant sacrifice to preserve freedom for the next generation, Gale continued.
RUNNER-UP BULLDOG TEAM: Meadow Rightsell, Emily Stickell, Shayln Harris, Rylan Willis, Marissa Roybal. Back Row: Brenna Davis, Kylie Allen, Jocelyn Lambert, Kierra Myer, Jayden Oberg, and Coach Willis.
Under the astute leadership of Bobcat cross country coach Katy Billings, Peru State hosted its first-ever Heart of America Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Billings enlisted numerous volunteers from the Auburn community and Peru State College in order to host the annual meet which was held at the Auburn Country Club. 151 runners from nine different conference schools participated. In the men’s division, Baker University (Kan.) won the title with 53 points. Close behind in second place was Central Methodist University (Mo.) with 57 points while Benedictine College (Kan.) finished third with 61 points. The individual male champion came from Missouri Valley College. Phillip Cheruiyot won the 8K race in 25:27.15. Benedictine easily won the women’s division as it had the top three finishers and were led by Katherine Dillard. She won the 5K race in a time of 18:13.18. Benedictine finished with 26 points while runner-up Baker finished with 69 points. Central Methodist was third with 75 points.
Ronald E. Simmons, age 72 of Nemaha, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at his home. Survivors include his wife Carol of Nemaha; daughters and sons-in-law Pam and Eric Adams of Auburn; Lisa and George Schmidt of Tecumseh; grandchildren Lee Adams of Lincoln; Joni and husband Andrew Falk of Tecumseh; Jeni and husband Nathan Seitz of Tecumseh; Jordan Schmidt and fiancée Marissa Long of Smithville, Missouri; great-grandchildren Harley Adams, Elle and Sophie Falk; twin brother Don and wife Donna Simmons of Lecanto, Florida; sisters Karen and husband Howard Bowland, Georgina and husband Tyler Allgood, and Janette Price, all of Lincoln; brothers- and sisters-in-law and their spouses Diane Maddox of Nebraska City; Genny Maddox of California; Doris and Jerry Barnard of Lincoln; Gary and Pat Maddox of Auburn; Jean and Terry Reeves of Peru; Larry and Gerri Maddox of Shubert; Mary and Craig Davis of Shubert; Alice and Gary Alexander of Auburn; Pat and Don Wamsley of Nemaha; Kenny and Tamara Maddox of Madrid, Neb.; and many other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be Friday, November 14, 10:30 a.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Burial will follow in the Nemaha Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family greeting friends 6 to 8 p.m. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Dorothea (Thea) H. Wheeler, age 67, formerly of Nebraska City, went to eternal rest in Richmond, Virginia on September 14, 2014. She was a veteran of the Army Nurse Corp in the 1970’s and a member of the Nebraska Chapter of the National Dairy Goat Association in the 1980’s. She was also active in the Nebraska Extension Service in the mid 1980’s into the early 1990’s and in dog rescue. Thea is survived by children: Michael Wheeler and wife Misty of Kansas and Salomea Wheeler of Nebraska; brothers Joe and wife Anne of Chicago and John and wife Babbette of Richmond, Virginia; two nephews and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved father, grandparents and many aunts and uncles. Her mother Dorothy passed away shortly after Thea on Oct. 29, 2014. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014 St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Paul, Nebraska, followed by inurnment at the Bedford Cemetery south of Auburn. Memorials may be given to Hearts United for Animals in Auburn, Neb. Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.