By David Swanson
The Auburn Public Schools (APS) Board of Education Monday, Oct. 13, approved a line of credit up to $25,000 at Carson National Bank for the Auburn State Theater. The line of credit will help with completion of expanding the school-district owned theater south into the former Philly Grill. The project is scheduled for completion this fall. It is hoped to pay off the cost of the project in two years if not sooner, Superintendent Kevin Reiman explained.
Auburn Downtown and Courthouse Square Historic District Discussed by City Council at Oct. 13; Public Hearing Will Take Place During November’s Meeting
By Darrell Wellman
The Auburn City Council addressed a light agenda during its Oct. 13 meeting. A major item discussed but for which no action followed involved an ordinance amending the City of Auburn zoning maps by designating a certain area as the Auburn Downtown and Courthouse Square Historic District. Auburn businessman and former Mayor Bob Engles spoke regarding the Historic District designation for portions of Auburn. Engles asked Kim Beger and Kris Gill, who represented the Historic Preservation Board, whether official public hearings had been conducted during recent public meetings held by the Historic Preservation Board and the City Planning Commission. He was advised that the topic of theAuburn Downtown and Courthouse Square Historic District had been included on meeting notices which were posted previously. Engles was told that public input was sought at the meetings from those interested and involved, but no official public hearings had been held.
By Darrell Wellman
Two Auburn High School girls have qualified individually for this week’s Class C State Cross Country Meet after finishing among the top 15 in last week’s District Meet at Wildwood Lake hosted by Raymond Central School. In addition, the Bulldog girls missed advancing to state by one point.
By Darrell Wellman
The statistics from last Friday’s Auburn vs. Louisville high school football game were as close as the final score which saw the host Lions coming out on top 14-7. After a scoreless first half, Louisville outscored the Bulldogs 14-0 in the last two quarters. Louisville got six first downs by penalty.
Annetta Pauline Hitzemann, 95, of Tecumseh, (formerly of rural Elk Creek), passed away October 14, 2014 at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh, Nebraska. She was born to George W. and Bertha Pauline (Geyer) Burow in rural Nemaha County, Nebraska. She was baptized March 23, 1919 and confirmed September 18, 1932 at St. James Lutheran Church, rural Humboldt. Annetta attended Grove School in rural Nemaha County through the eighth grade. She was united in marriage to Elmer Hitzemann on September 5, 1940 at St. James Lutheran Church. To this union two children were born, LaVelle and Dianne. Annetta was an involved homemaker and farm wife. She also worked outside of her home as a cook at the Elk Creek Public School and at Scotty’s Grocery in Elk Creek. Annetta loved quilting, baking, (she will be especially remembered for her coconut cream pie), vegetable and fruit gardening, and raising flowers both inside and outside of her home. In her earlier years, Annetta taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and she was a very active member of the Mary/Martha Circle of the WELCA at St. James Lutheran Church. Annetta was a longtime member of the Tracy-Bates American Legion Auxiliary of Elk Creek. When her health declined Annetta moved to Ridgeview Towers in Tecumseh and later transferred to Belle Terrace. Annetta is survived by her son, LaVelle Hitzemann and wife Judy of Hampton; daughter, Dianne Franzen and husband Roger of Beatrice; grandchildren, Scott and Jen Hitzemann, Trista and Craig Newcomb, Andrea and Nate Blackford, Brandon Franzen, Cody and Melissa Franzen, Steve and Jen Arndt and Matt and Angie Arndt, great-grandchildren, Ani and Brody Hitzemann, Dawson Newcomb, Connor and Chloe Blackford, Emmett and Caitlin Franzen, Taylor Riemersma, Dakota and Haven Franzen, Ashlynn and Jacob Arndt and Jaylen, Abbey and Eli Arndt; sister-in-law, Mildred Burow of Tecumseh; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Elmer, brother, Arnold Burow and daughter-in-law, Robin Hitzemann. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church, rural Humboldt, Nebraska with Pastors Eric and Amalia Spruth-Janssen officiating. Carolyn Hahn, organist, accompanied congregational hymns, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”, “Beautiful Savior” and “Now Thank We All Our God”. Special music was provided by Chaplain Sharon Schuster as she sang, “In The Garden” and Amazing Grace.” Pallbearers were Brandon Franzen, Cody Franzen, Scott Hitzemann, Craig Newcomb, Nate Blackford, Steve Arndt and Matt Arndt. Interment was in the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Cemetery, rural Humboldt. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.
Robert L. Kratz, age 80, Stella, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society–Auburn. Kratz was born July 13, 1934, at Falls City, son of Bert and Marguret (Chandler) Kratz. He married Dorothy Gibson April 25, 1960, in Falls City and they were divorced in 1987. Kratz was raised in the Falls City area and graduated from Falls City High School in 1952. He was a carpenter for Moss Jones until being drafted into the U.S. Army, where Kratz served from May 28, 1957 to May 12, 1959 and was in the Reserves until 1963. When he returned from the service, Kratz was employed at Frontier Homes, working as plant manager until he was transferred to the Oklahoma location and he lived at Fort Smith, Ark. In 1972, Kratz moved to Humboldt, Neb. and worked as a custodian at the school until 1985. He next moved to Columbia, Mo. and worked in various jobs before moving to Stella in 1993. Kratz was employed with Pony Express Carriers until he retired in 1996. Surviving are two sons, Terry of Hiawatha, Kan. and David L. (Kerri) of Auburn; three daughters, Debbie (Kim) Koerperich of Justin, Texas, Lori (Mark) Adcock of Warrington, Va. and Linda of Stella; a brother, Edwin of Falls City; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Kratz was preceded by his parents and a great-grandchild, Paula Hyde. The funeral service will be Friday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, Falls City, with the Rev. John Henderson officiating. Interment will be in the Steele Cemetery. Military graveside honors will be performed by the Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard. Family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, 2303 Harlan St., Falls City. Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, Falls City, is in charge of arrangements. More information may be found at: www.dorrandclark.com.