By Darrell Wellman
During the Sept. 12 meeting, Auburn City Council approved 2016-2017 budget items as reviewed previously by Mayor Scott Kudrna. No one from the audience spoke during the public hearing which preceded council action. The 2016-17 budget calls for total revenue of $1,872,908, of which $1,210,363 is local. The total operating budget is $1,411,672 and the new budget includes a cash carryover of $242,275. The 2016 assessed valuation is $132,774,077 (or 1.29% increase over 2015. The tax levy is .475377 (.44 city plus .035377).
Peru State College President Dan Hanson invites area residents to campus for the college’s 96th annual homecoming celebration, Welcome to the Bobcat Life, Saturday, October 1. President Hanson said, “Homecoming is an exciting time to visit campus, we would like you to join us for free food, a children’s carnival and entertainment.
The Auburn Bulldog volleyball team had a 4-4 record entering its Tuesday, Sept. 20, home match with 6-5 Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer. Thursday, Sept. 15, Auburn split a home triangular. The Bulldogs defeated Falls City, 28-30, 25-19 and 25-23 while losing to Nebraska City, 17-25 and 26-28. Saturday, Sept. 17, the Bulldogs won two of three matches placing third in the Fairbury Invitational. Auburn defeated Fairbury, 25-22 and 25-15; lost to Syracuse, 22-25 and 18-25 and beat David City, 27-25 and 25-23.
The Auburn Bulldog softball team raised its season record to 11-7 following two wins in a Thursday, Sept. 15, home triangular. Auburn came from behind to win both games in their final at-bat. The Bulldogs edged Platteview 11-10 in eight innings before winning a 5-4 decision over Plattsmouth.
Helen V. (Bohl) Siebe was born August 3, 1924, at Howe, Nebraska to Charles N. and Myrtle (Dovel) Bohl. Helen spent her childhood in Nemaha County, Nebraska. She attended the rural school in Howe. When her family moved to Auburn, Nebraska, she attended school there and graduated from Auburn High School. She was united in marriage to Lawrence H. Jaros, and they made their home in Humboldt, Nebraska. To this union were born three children: a daughter, Linda, and sons, Charles and Larry. The couple later divorced. Later Helen married Harvey Siebe, and they made their home in Auburn. He is now deceased. Helen worked many places throughout her life, taking care of individuals in their homes and at the Good Samaritan Center in Auburn. Helen became a resident of Good Sam in January of 2015. It was there she passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the age of 92 years, one month, and 14 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Richard, Raymond, Robert, and Gale; and sisters Maxine and Beulah. Survivors of Helen are her daughter Linda, and husband Charles Kimes of Dawson, Nebraska; sons, Charles, and wife Shari Jaros; Larry, and wife Pat Jaros, all of Humboldt; grandchildren and their families; sister-in-law Alice Bohl of Laguna Niguel, California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A graveside memorial service and committal of ashes was Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at Bedford Cemetery at Howe. Sharon Schuster officiated at the graveside. Memorials, suggested to Bedford Cemetery or Good Samaritan Society-Auburn, may be sent care of the funeral home. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
June Elnore Payne, age 93 of Lincoln (formerly of Brock) died September 14, 2016 at Eastmont Towers in Lincoln. June was born June 8, 1923 in Riverton, Nebraska, the daughter of William Benjamin and Mildred May (Bucy) Newbold. She graduated from the Brock High School in 1941 and later married Don Payne, a farmer from Talmage. They were very active in the Christian Church, singing in the choir, Grange, and Toastmasters for Farm Bureau. After her husband passed away at the early age of 52, June moved to Lincoln where she worked for several years on the Detox Floor in the Veteran’s Hospital. June bought herself an organ and became a very accomplished. After retirement, she worked part time as a companion for clients living in Eastmont Towers. June was a member of the Organ Players Club and was an avid home shopper and doll collector. June placed herself in the care of Eastmont Towers in 2011 due to various illnesses related to an old back injury. Survivors include her brother, Merwyn R. Newbold and his wife Brenda of W. Covina, Calif.; nephew, William B. Newbold; niece, Donna June Napoli; many other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Friday, September 23, 2016 at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City. Visitations will be 1 to 5 P.M. Thursday at Marshall Funeral Chapel in Nebraska City with the family greeting friends most of that time. The casket will remain closed. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be expressed at www.marshallfuneral.com. Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.