The Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) plans to reopen the westbound lane of Highway 136 from K Street to Irvin Drive Friday afternoon, Aug. 22, Mike Hebegger reported Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Auburn City Hall. He is project manager for reconstruction of the highway through Auburn. Hebegger continued work will move to Phase 4-Stage 2, from Irvin Drive to Sheridan Cemetery Monday, Aug. 25, which is a week earlier than planned. He noted because Chris Blume of Hawkins Construction has been pushing hard, the project is ahead of schedule. “He’s not letting up,” Hebegger said of Blume.
AccuWeather reports as fall 2014 takes form, no relief is in sight from the historic drought and the raging wildfires in the West. While the West undergoes another period of heat and dryness, the Southwest, South and Texas will experience a soggy end to 2014. For the Northeast, blasts of winterlike air will arrive early this fall, serving as a reminder of last winter’s brutality. As wild weather unfolds across the nation, the tropics will also ramp up, putting the eastern coast of the United States at the highest risk for a direct impact.
Aug. 29, Sept. 1 Registration Deadlines for Saturday, Sept. 6 Steamboat Trace Race, Children’s Outdoor Adventure
You have a little more than a week to register for the Saturday, Sept. 6, Doc Gigstad Steamboat Trace Race and Children’s Outdoor Adventure. The event is suitable for all ages, including fitness enthusiasts, nature lovers and history buffs. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by Friday, Aug. 29 while online registration closes Monday, Sept. 1, at midnight. There are a number of race partners and sponsors. All participants must complete and sign a registration form while a parent or legal guardian must sign for participants under 18 years of age onrace day.
A 6-0 sophomore transfer outside hitter became the 13th recruit for the Peru State Bobcat volleyball team. Rian Kirby, a member of the Gretna Dragons’ 2012 team which finished as the Nebraska Class B State Championship Runner-ups, has transferred from Morningside College to Peru State.
Arlene Pearl (Feldmann) Jauken was born September 8, 1930 in Humboldt, Nebraska. She was the only daughter of Alfred and Cleo (Adams) Feldmann, and sister to three brothers: Eldon, Melvin, and Gary of Humboldt. Following her graduation from high school in 1948, Arlene attended Peru Teacher’s College. She dedicating eight years of her life to teaching. She met her soulmate, Jack, in 1950, and the pair were united on May 28, 1954 in a marriage that would span just over 60 years. She dedicated most of her life to being a wife and mother, but her love for learning remained with her. In the early 1980’s Arlene began researching an oral history shared with her by her great grandmother, Sophia (German) Feldmann. In 1990, she published The Moccasin Speaks, an historically accurate account of the German Family Massacre in 1874, during the Red River War. Teacher, author, and adoring wife, Arlene felt her greatest accomplishment in life was being a mother of four: Joel, Olathe, Kansas; Nicolee (and husband Bill) Shandy, Worthville, Kentucky; Jami (and husband Ted) Risch, Tucson, Ariz.; and Chad, Peru, Neb.; grandmother of six: Chris Mertes, Illesheim, Germany; Billi Salverson, Worthville, Kent.; Bambi Talley, Olathe, Kan.; Aimee Shandy, Erlanger, Kent.; Cori Beach, Turners Station, Kent.; Becky Jauken, Olathe, Kan.; and great grandmother of five: Erin Salverson; Raven Nave; Shawn Nave; Waylon Beach; and Zoe Talley. Arlene was a devoted Christian, and member of the Peru Community Church. She passed from this life in the early hours of August 12, 2014, to join in heaven her beloved husband, Jack, who passed on July 20, 2014. She was also preceded in death by her mother, father, and two brothers: Eldon, and Melvin. A memorial service for Arlene will be held at Peru Community Church in Peru, Neb., on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 11:00am, with a luncheon immediately following. The family will receive visitors in a joint service at Bern (Kan.) Community Center on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at 2:00pm. Military honors for Jack Jauken, and a joint inurnment will follow at the Bern Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Peru Community Church, 520 Nebraska St., Peru, NE, or the Ft. Wallace Memorial Association, Box 53, Wallace, KS. Services are entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.
Inez Leora Jochim, 76, of Tecumseh, passed away August 11, 2014 at the BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was born to Fred and Magdalena “Lena” (Loptin) Jochim on May 18, 1938 in Tecumseh, Nebraska. Inez was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She grew up on a farm southwest of Tecumseh and attended Rural School District #73. Inez graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1956. Inez was employed in the Housekeeping Department at the Tecumseh Care Center and Belle Terrace for 29 years. In her spare time, Inez liked to embroider and read, gardening, and planting flowers. She spent time doing word puzzles and enjoyed going on bus tours and stopping by the casinos occasionally. Inez enjoyed visiting with everyone, especially the elderly. She also had a great connection with kids and loved playing games with them. She is survived by her brother, Eugene Jochim and wife Mary of Roca; sister, Gertrude Jochim of Tecumseh; nieces, Marcella Jorgensen and husband Kent of Silverado, Calif., Susan Marshall and husband Mike of Lincoln, Gina Otjen and husband Don of Carson, Calif., and Kristi Roth and husband Mike of Lincoln; nephew, Larry Snowden of Lincoln, and great nieces and nephews, Vanessa and Bryce, Dominic, Isaiah and Isabelle. Inez was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, Richard, brother, Calvin and sisters, Irene Jochim and Mildred Snowden. Funeral services were held at the Wherry Mortuary in Tecumseh on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 with Pastor Eric Biehl officiating. Cheryl Meister, organist, accompanied soloist, Paula Clements, as she sang, “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross. Pallbearers were Mike Roth, Mike Marshall, Richard Parrish, David Johnson, Royce Badertscher and Bruce Mahler. Honorary pallbearers were Alan Bossung, Jim Parrish, Craig Johnson, William Badertscher and Norman Baum. Interment was in the Tecumseh Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the family’s choice. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.