A combination of a 12 percent increase in property valuations and a board of directors determined to cut its tax dollar request by $200,000 resulted in a tax levy reduction from 3.88 cents per $100 to 3.17 cents per $100 valuation. Nemaha Natural Resources District board members approved their final budget during their September 10 regular meeting.
$1.9 Million Awarded to 13 Communities for Downtown Planning and Revitalization Work; Brownville and Auburn Are Among Recipients
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $1,965,290 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to 13 Nebraska communities to complete Phase I and II projects in the Downtown Revitalization category. These projects are designed to improve infrastructure and businesses within central business districts.
The Johnson-Brock Eagles edged Sterling 30-28 Friday, Oct. 2, on the road to end a two-game losing streak. Johnson-Brock improved to 3-2 overall and evened its district record at 1-1. Sterling dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in district play.
The Auburn Bulldogs football team picked up its first home win of the 2015 season, 47-22 over Johnson County Central Friday night, Oct. 2. The Bulldogs raised their season record to 2-4 and evened their district record at 1-1. The Thunderbirds remained winless after six games and are 0-2 in the district.
Charles R. Clark, age 102, of rural Talmage, Nebraska, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at his home. A funeral service for Charles R. Clark will be held Tuesday, October 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in Talmage. Burial will follow at the Grant Evergreen Cemetery near Talmage. Friends and family may view and sign the register Tuesday, Oct. 13, one hour before the service at the church He is survived by his wife Esther Clark of rural Talmage; three sons, Donald Clark of Talmage; Roger Clark of Franklin, Wisc.; and Douglas Clark of Talmage; eight grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Hall Funeral Chapel of Auburn is in charge of services
Ruth Ann (Tunks) Howell, one of four daughters of Dale and Myrle (Stephens) Tunks, was born November 24, 1937 in Auburn, Nebraska. She attended Brownville Public School and graduated from Auburn High School in 1956. On March 19, 1959, Ruth Ann was united in marriage to Elmer Howell at the Christian Church in Auburn, Nebraska. They made their home in Auburn, and would be blessed with three children: Cheryl, Mark, and Virginia. Ruth Ann started working after high school with Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph in the Auburn office. She and Elmer then opened and ran Howell’s Café in Auburn until it burned down in 1975. Ruth Ann then provided daycare in her home for a few years until, again as a partner with Elmer, the couple purchased the Dairy Sweet in Auburn. They owned and operated the Dairy Sweet, with help from their children, for 18 years. Always putting family first, Ruth Ann loved watching her kids and grandkids participate in sports and other activities as they grew. She was a Huskers fan, and cheered for John Elway and the Denver Broncos as well. During Elmer’s tenure as Legion Athletic Director, Ruth Ann helped him with the baseball program, in particular running the concession stand at home games. In April of 2013, when her health was such that she could no longer stay at home, Ruth Ann became a resident of Long’s Creek Assisted Living in Auburn. She moved to the Good Samaritan Society-Auburn in June of 2015. It was there she passed away on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the age of 77 years, 10 months, and 11 days. Her parents, husband Elmer, and sister Andy preceded her in death. Ruth Ann is survived by her children Cheryl Allen of Auburn; Mark Howell and fiancée Shawn of Lincoln; Virginia and husband Tony Walters of Omaha; grandchildren Shaunie Allen and fiancé Jake German, Nick Howell and fiancée Jess Hugo, Krystal Drzycimski and husband Paul, Emily Howell, Madison Walters, and Jacob Walters; great-grandchild Charlie Drzycimski; sisters Judy Mahood and husband Bob of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Sharon Hall and husband Norm of Monticello, Kentucky; other relatives and many friends. A memorial service, officiated by Bob Engles, will be Thursday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. at Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn. Burial of ashes will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery at Brownville at a later date. Visitation (no viewing) will be at the funeral home Wednesday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family greeting friends 6:00 to 8:00. Services are entrusted to HemmingsenFuneral Home of Auburn.