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Iris Mae Tvrdik, 89

Iris Mae Tvrdik, 89, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 19, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Burwell. Burial will be in Douglas Grove Cemetery near Comstock. Fr. Mark Maresh will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the family.
Iris was born May 1, 1925 in Grand Island, Nebraska to John and Agnes (Hosek) Wells. Iris graduated from Comstock High School.
Iris is survived by three daughters, Karon and Bill Robbins of Rogers, Arkansas, Cindy Miller of Bentonville, Arkansas and Cec Wilson of Thedford, Nebraska. Six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren.
Iris was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in 1975, one infant son, Dennis and a brother, Leroy Wells.

Virginia M. Mauler, 96

Virginia M. Mauler, 96, of Sargent died Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Rhoad Funeral Chapel in Sargent. The Rev. Marvin Bauer will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sargent. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Rhoad Funeral Home of Sargent is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Brim, 84

Lois Brim, 84, of Sargent died Sunday  August 10, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Sargent High School Auditorium. The Reverend Marty Robbins will officiate. Burial will be in the Westerville Cemetery. Visitations will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Rhoad Funeral Home in Sargent.

Leah Leona White, 107

Leah Leona White, 107, of Burwell, Nebraska died August 7, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 11, 2014 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Burwell, Nebraska. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell. Pastor Alan Petersen will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 -7 p.m. at Hitchcock Funeral Home in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Community Memorial Health Center.
Leah was born June 26, 1907 to Thomas Edwin and Anna (Shulz) Owen in their sod home in Garfield County, Nebraska. Leah was very proud of her pioneer heritage and some of her fondest memories were of the years spent growing up on the homestead.
She graduated from Burwell High School in 1926 with a teaching certificate, and taught one year. She married Clarence White in 1927 and they spent the next forty one years on their farm. While on the farm they raised three sons, Russell, Cecil and Darrell. Leah loved living in the country, growing things and tending animals. In 1968 she and Clarence moved to Grand Island where they lived until Clarence passed away February 13, 1989. She worked in care homes for fifteen years while in Grand Island. Her special hobby after retirement was her large doll collection. After Clarence died, she moved back to Burwell. Leah was a loyal servant to God wherever she lived.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Anna Owen, her husband, Clarence White, six brothers, Ellis, Harley, Elmer, Andy, Stanley, and Raymond Owen, four sisters, Ona Jensen, Viola Logerberg, Edna Schillo, and Norma Leach. One son, Cecil White and one grandson, Rick White.
Leah is survived by two sons, Russell and Emma Mae White of Loveland, Colorado and Darrell and Fay White of Burwell, Nebraska. Five grandchildren, Warren White of Hereford, Texas, Wayne White of Burwell, Nebraska, Weylon and Allison White of Bennington, Nebraska, Wanda and Todd Eberle of Broken Bow, Nebraska and Dennis White of Loveland, Colorado, seventeen great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
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Michael Petersen Given Life Sentence

58 year old Michael Petersen of Grand Island, NE has been given a life sentence in the shooting death of Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd.  Michael Petersen pleaded no contest to first degree murder charges.  The State of Nebraska agreed not to pursue the death penalty and also to drop one charge.

In May 2014, Petersen received an initial life sentence for the shooting death of his ex-wife, Nancy Petersen.  On Tuesday, Hall County Attorney Mark Young asked that Petersen's two life sentences be served consecutively due to the fact that the murders were seperate incidents.

Petersen shot Nancy Petersen at her home in Buffalo County and attorney Todd Elsbernd outside his office in Hall County.  Both shootings took place in November 2013.

Petersen's attorney claims that his client was distraught over the divorce from Nancy Petersen, and was also upset over a mistake in the paperwork that be blamed on Elsbernd.

Custer County Fatal Accident Victim Identified

ARNOLD, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of an Oklahoma man who died after a rollover accident in central Nebraska.
     The man was identified as 32-year-old Tab Round, of Council Hill, Oklahoma. The accident occurred about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on Nebraska Highway 92, about two miles west of Arnold. The Custer County Sheriff's Office says Round was driving east when he lost control of his pickup and it rolled.
     Round was ejected, and he died at the scene. His passenger, 29-year-old Christopher Gaither, also from Oklahoma, was taken to a hospital in Callaway and is expected to survive his injuries.

Heavy Rains Soak Central Nebraska

 Powerful storm winds have knocked down power lines and trees as hail pounded several parts of Nebraska.
     At least one person was reported to have been hospitalized after being injured Sunday by hail in northwest Nebraska's Sheridan County. Large hail was reported in adjacent Cherry County as well.
     Hail and wind-whipped debris damaged buildings and vehicles elsewhere in the state. A gust of 83 mph was recorded by the National Weather Service in Hastings.
     The overnight storms caused power outages in Garfield County and in Hastings and Grand Island. Spokeswoman LeAnne Doose (dohs) said Monday that power had been restored to Southern Power District customers in south-central Nebraska.
     There was heavy rain, too, with more than a half inch recorded in Ord and Kearney.

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Governor Highlights State Fair Grand Marshals

Over the course of eleven days the Nebraska State Fair holds a parade every day and in each of these is a Grand Marshal. “Behind every successful community or fair are countless volunteers who give freely of their time and talents. We are proud to honor a few of those as Grand Marshal for the day,” said Nebraska State Fair Board President Jana Kruger.

Therefore, it is a great honor to introduce the parade Grand Marshals for the 2014 Nebraska State Fair:

Friday, August 22: Governor Dave Heineman, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 23: Bill Shirkey, Jr., Custer Co. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24: Dan & Luella Spilinek, Valley Co. 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 25: Merna Yoder, Hamilton Co. 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 26: Elaine Redfern, Phelps Co. 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 27: Dennis & Joanne Lynch, Hall Co. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 28: Jan & John Furrow, Hooker Co. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 29: Doug and Sharon Day, Sherman Co. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 30: John Jensen, Washington Co. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 31: Kermit & Janice Smith, Frontier Co. 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 1: Veterans Day, Ken Brandt, Ken Gnadt, Grand Island. 2:00 p.m.

Those being honored are guests of the Nebraska State Fair for the day. They receive 10 free gate passes for family and friends, a reception in their honor in the State Fair Board Room, and lead the parade in a convertible. Parades are held every day at 6:00 p.m. with the exception of Monday, September 1st when the parade will be held at 2:00 p.m. The Nebraska State Fair is August 22 – September 1, 2014.
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CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Wheat for May delivery rose 8 cents to $6.54 a bushel; May corn was 2 cents lower at 4.89 a bushel; May oats sank 20 cents to $4.4625 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 19.75 cents to $14.5775 a bushel.
Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
April live cattle gained .10 cent to $1.4325 a pound; May feeder cattle was .95 cent higher at $1.7440 a pound; while April lean hogs rose .60 cent to $1.1300 a pound.
NEW YORK (AP) - As a new week of trading starts, investors will be closely watching the latest developments in Ukraine. The stock market ended mixed on Friday, despite a positive February jobs report. The S&P 500 index closed up a point to 1,878. The Dow rose 31 points to 16,452 and the Nasdaq lost 16 points to 4,336. On the whole, the overall tone of the market was slightly negative. Futures point to subdued trading as the week begins.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Asian stock markets sank today, battered by weak Chinese trade and a reduced estimate for Japan's economic growth. European markets were mostly higher in early trading. Shares in Malaysia Airlines tumbled. Benchmark U.S. crude oil fell more than a dollar to hang below $101.50 a barrel. The dollar gained against the yen and fell against the euro.
WASHINGTON - There are no government reports due out today. But tomorrow, the Commerce Department will report on January's wholesale trade inventories and the Labor Department will release its job openings and labor turnover survey for January.
TOKYO (AP) - Japan racked up a record current account deficit in January, and lowered its growth estimate for the October-December quarter today in the latest sign of hardships for the world's third-largest economy. Japan's current account deficit totaled 1.589 trillion yen ($15 billion), the biggest for January since comparable records began in 1985, according to the Finance Ministry.
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