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Alice R. Bruha, 75

Alice R. Bruha, 75, of Burwell passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Grand Island, Nebraska.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Ruth was born April 21, 1939, at Ord, Nebraska to Chester and Anna (Mogensen) Kirby. She was raised in Valley County where she attended Brace Country School and graduated from Ord High School in 1957.
Following high school, Alice moved to Omaha and worked at Mutual of Omaha for 2 years. She returned home to marry Albin Eugene Bruha. The couple was united in marriage on April 12, 1959, at the Methodist Church in Ord, followed by a dance at Jungman Hall. To this union six children were born, Richard, Karen, David, Angie, Kent and Galen.
Alice was a homemaker. After their children were in school she returned to work. She was employed at the Curler Factory in Burwell, the Corner Cottage in Ord and the Valley County Nursing Home. Later, Alice cared for children at Lil People’s Playhouse until she was unable to work due to health reasons.
In 1979, Alice was diagnosed with cancer. She spent that summer in Omaha taking radiation treatments. She has been cancer free since then. For the past five years, Alice has struggled with PSP, succumbing to the illness.
Alice enjoyed baking kolaches and was well known for her cinnamon rolls. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attempting to teach them how to drive. Alice and Albin enjoyed many nights dancing Polka, Country Western and Square Dancing.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Albin of Burwell; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Rich Collins of Elyria and Angie and Brian Smith of Grand Island; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kent and Lori Bruha and Galen and Tania Bruha all of Grand Island; a daughter-in-law, Janet Bruha of Alda; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Clarice and Ernie Lewandowski of Rockford, Illinois and Mary Lou Hulinsky of Grand Island; many nieces and nephews; and a “special sister”, Margie Grabowski.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Richard and David Bruha; and a brother, Louis Kirby.


Mildred B. Valasek, 89

Mildred B. Valášek, age 89, passed away the evening of July 4, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital in her hometown of Ord, Nebraska.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Ord First United Methodist Church. Reverend Trever Rook will officiate. Burial will be in the Ord Bohemian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Mildred B. Valášek Memorial Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred was born April 18, 1925, at Ord, Nebraska to Anton and Sophia (Juříček) Čapek. Anton and Sophia were of Czechoslovakian descent, part of the wave of European immigrants that settled in Nebraska and the Midwest. Mildred was raised early in her life in Vinton Township, where she attended Cottonwood School. The family then moved to Ord during the height of the Great Depression. She attended grade and high school in Ord. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator, then at Farmer’s Store, before she married.

Mildred married her husband, George Valášek, on April 18, 1945, and they had two children, Gary and Sharon. They raised their children on the family farm, 5 miles east of Ord in the Springdale area of Valley County. In 1976, they sold the farm and bought a home in Ord. Mildred worked as a cook in the Valley County Hospital for 19 years, retiring in 1992. In 2013, she attended her 70th high school reunion.

Mildred was a member of the First Presbyterian Church; WFLA Dennice Lodge #14 (reaching the 50-year milestone); and Rebekahs (a service organization). Her hobbies included quilting, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, reading and gardening. She also enjoyed 4-H with her children, helping them work on their projects. Her family and opportunities to serve others gave her great pleasure throughout her life.

Survivors include son, Gary J, and wife Janet of Fort Collins, CO; daughter, Sharon K, and husband, Gary Lofstrom of Kansas City, MO; two grandchildren, Michelle Valášek and Kendra Cederburg (spouse: Kelley) of Fort Collins, CO; two great-grandchildren, Meagan and Cooper Cederburg of Fort Collins, CO; and brother-in-law, William (Bill) Valla of Ord, NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George, an infant brother, Milo; and her sister, Sophia Valla.

The Family extends its appreciation for the care given to Mildred by the people at Valley View Living Center.

Carol R. Klug, 66

Carol Rae Klug, 66, of Burwell, Nebraska died June 29, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church. Pastor Alan Petersen and James Lowery will officiate. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Rosebud Cemetery in Bonesteel, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family or the Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation.

Carol was born October 17, 1947 in Gregory, South Dakota to Vernal and Flerida (Turgeon) Glynn. She was a drum majorette while in Bonesteel High School and graduated in 1966. After graduation she lived in Rapid City, South Dakota and Des Moines, Iowa.

Carol married Stanley Klug on June 19, 1971 in Gregory, South Dakota. They lived on a farm in Gregory County until 1975 when they moved to McCook, Nebraska. In 1984 they moved to Valentine, Nebraska and then to Burwell in 1992. After they came to Nebraska they were working in the livestock auction industry. Carol was a clerk for various retail businesses. In September of 2001 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Carol enjoyed knitting, playing cards and was a television buff and she loved spending time with her family; especially, the grandkids.

Carol is survived by her husband Stan Klug of Burwell, Nebraska. Two children, Arlita and Aaron Hamling of Burwell, Nebraska and Craig Klug of Ord, Nebraska and nine grandchildren. A sister Marvelyn Manke of Euless, Texas.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

David B. Williams, 65

David B. Williams, 65, of Ord passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Valley County Health System in Ord.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Ord Memorial Chapel with Reverend Trever Rook officiating. Burial will be in the Ord City Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38; and Offutt Air Force Base Military Honor Guard. Visitation will be prior to the service on Tuesday. Memorials are suggested to the Ord Flag Fund. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

David Bruce was born January 8, 1949, at Ord, Nebraska to Carol B. and Vivian J. (Zikmund) Williams. He was raised in Ord where he received his education and graduated from Ord High School in 1967.

David continued his education at Park’s School of Business in Denver, Colorado, studying electronics.

On March 8, 1969, David was united in marriage to Carolyn Wall at Riverton, Wyoming. To this union a son, Shane was born.

In 1970, David began his career in the United States Air Force. He was stationed all around the world including Okinawa, Greenland, Turkey, Greece, Amsterdam, Tampa Bay, Florida and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service.

David continued to live in Hot Springs where he owned and operated an egg producing chicken farm. He returned to Ord and later resided in St. Paul. David settled in Ord where he continued to live until his passing.

David was a member of the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38. He enjoyed muscle cars, and Nebraska Football. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and especially enjoyed duck hunting and Colorado elk hunting.

Survivors include his father, Carol B. Williams and his wife, Jeannette of Ord; a son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Kim Williams of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; an adopted daughter, Tonya Williams, stationed in the US Navy in North Carolina; three grandchildren, Skylar, Shaynna and Ava Williams; a sister and brother-in-law Deb and Trevor Fischer of Ord; and a brother, Daris Williams of Ord.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Williams.

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Bomb-Like Device Found at the Calamus Dam

At approximately 9:07 am on July 25th, 2014, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible explosive device located on the Northeast side of the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam face.  The device appeared to be homemade from PVC pipe.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and the area was secured and traffic was diverted off of the dam.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Tech was able to safely dispose of the device with a controlled detonation.  All precautions were taken to ensure public safety and there was no damage to the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam. The Nebraska Game and Parks Law Enforcement Division, the Garfield County Sheriff's and Nebraska State Patrol were present.  According to Garfield County Sheriff Larry Donner, the device would likely have done damage to a person or vehicle, however it was not large enough to be considered a serious threat to the dam itself.

Valley View Living Center Updates Restorative Care Equipment

Valley View Living Center in Ord has recently updated their restorative care department.  The Valley County Health System's Auxiliary made a $4,320.59 donation by purchasing all new excercise equipment for the department.  The new equipment includes parallel walking bars, a wheel chair accessible zero resistance Nu Step machine, and seven different sized exercise balls.  In addition to the new equipment, the restorative care room was updated with new paint and flooring.  Restorative care allows the residents of VVLC to maintain the strength and functionality of their bodies.  This allows the residents to keep their mobility for much longer that they would otherwise.

Crash Kills St. Paul Man

Authorities say they're investigating a wreck that killed a 21-year-old Nebraska man.
The Howard County Sheriff's Office says Derek Holt from St. Paul died Sunday night after his vehicle was hit by another automobile traveling in the opposite direction.
The wreck occurred on Nebraska Highway 92, about two miles west of St. Paul. Holt was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The other driver was 29-year-old Justin Arrowsmith of Omaha. He was taken to one hospital and then transferred to another.
Authorities say it appears Arrowsmith's vehicle may have crossed the center line. Both drivers were alone and wearing their seat belts.

Ravenna Man Seeks New Trial

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A Ravenna man who was convicted of incest and sexually assaulting a child is seeking a new trial.
Buffalo County Deputy Public Defender Brandon Dugan raises questions about the evidence presented against the man in his motion for a new trial.
The Associated Press is not naming the man is to protect the identity of the girl who was younger than 12 at the time of the assault last September. The man was convicted earlier this month.
The girl testified that the man tried to perform oral sex on her while they were alone in a hotel room. She resisted and he stopped.
A hearing on the motion will be held this week. The man is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Temps Soar In The Area

Some of the most intense heat of the summer so far is expected in the Nebraska , so forecasters are urging people to take precautions.
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories from Central Nebraska into the eastern part of the state. 
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s and 100's across the region and humidity will be high, so heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn are possible.
Officials says it's important to take precautions in the heat, especially for the elderly and young children.
Staying inside during the hottest part of the day can be a big help. People who must work outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.
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