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Henry J. Gregorski, 67

Henry J. Gregorski 67 of Elyria, NE died Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Valley County Health System Hospital at Ord.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 26 at 11:00 am at the Ord United Methodist Church with Rev. Trever Rook officiating.  Visitation will be held Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ord Memorial Chapel.  Memorials may be given to the family.  Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Henry was born November 16, 1946 at Ord to Felix and Lillian (Zurek) Gregorski.  He was raised on the family farm west of Elyria.  He attended rural school district 48 at graduated from Ord High School in 1964.  Henry farmed on the family farm for his entire life, he also drove a truck for Trotter Fertilizer during the spring planting to post seasons for 15 years from 1998-2013.  He also had worked for other area farmers.
Henry enjoyed fishing, card games, gardening, and growing roses.  He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include a son Robert Gregorski and his friend Serena Graves of Elyria; two grandsons Daniel and Alex Gregorski of Elyria; a sister and brother in law Shirley and Mike Pesek of Elyria.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents; a son Henry F. Gregorski; two infant sons and an infant brother.

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.
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Ravenna Man Gets 15-25 Years In Prison

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A 33-year-old Ravenna man who was convicted of incest and sexually assaulting a child has been given 15 to 25 years in prison.
     The  man last week was given 336 days credit for time already served. The Associated Press is not naming the man in order to protect the identity of the girl. She was younger than 12 at the time of the assault last September. 
     The man was convicted following a two-day trial in May.

Burwell FFA To Celebrate National Planting Day

Burwell, NE [August 25, 2014] — National Planting Day, a day dedicated to our native vegetation, will be celebrated nationwide and locally on September 6. This is happening through the efforts of local FFA chapters in cooperation with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, and the Loup Basin Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council. Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is promoting National Planting Day in the following counties: Blaine, Boyd, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler.

The Burwell High School FFA Chapter, under the sponsorship of Philip Simpson and in cooperation with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful, will be freshening up existing native grass plots and identifying the plants at the school. There are many native grasses, flowers, and shrubs planted around the town square and the chapter will be identifying those also for community enjoyment and education. FFA chapters in other counties will be developing their own projects in cooperation with Keep Loup Basin Beautiful.

Future plans for the Burwell FFA Chapter include planting native grasses with proper identification at Fort Hartsuff in the picnic area under the supervision of Jim Domeier. Jim is excited about the addition of native vegetation being on display for visitors. Additionally, native vegetation will be incorporated at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, located at 330 South Hwy 11, Burwell, Nebraska through the cooperation of the Burwell FFA Chapter and the Loup Basin RC&D Council.

You too may become involved in National Planting Day! Visit for more information. Help celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. Native species are critical to attracting specialized pollinators and insects, which in turn provide food for birds and other wildlife. Since native plants are already adapted to the local environment, they are hardy, low maintenance and require less water than other ornamentals. Contact your local greenhouse or extension office for help choosing the right native plants for your project. Enjoy the great outdoors of Nebraska and help Keep Loup Basin Beautiful!

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful is a grant-funded project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification. They serve thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska. The RC&D office is located at 807 H Street in Burwell, NE and can be contacted by phone 308-346-3393, email, or through Facebook at   

Broken Bow Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Child's Death

A woman charged in the death of a Broken Bow toddler has pleaded not guilty.
      24-year-old Brittany Pryce pleaded not guilty Thursday in Custer County District Court. A trial date was set for February 9th.
     Authorities say 20-month-old Noah Pryce sustained a suspicious head injury in November while in the car of Pryce and her mother, Diane Hill. The infant later died in an Omaha hospital.
     Hill and Brittany Pryce were initially charged with second-degree murder, but the case against Hill was dismissed in July. The murder charge against Price was also dropped, and she's now only charged with second-degree child abuse.
     Authorities say Brittany Pryce and her husband, Richard Pryce, were Noah's guardians.

Nelson Named 2014 Associate of the Year at VCHS

Laura Nelson was named Associate of the Year at Valley County Health System. Nelson was selected as Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in July 2014 by fellow associates. She received the Associate of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Associate of the Quarter during the year. Nelson was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award.
In a letter nominating Nelson for the honor, a co-worker wrote, “Laura Nelson exemplifies the values of VCHS in every way. Her personal and professional integrity is above reproach. Laura will do the right thing for her patients or their families every time, even when no one is watching. Laura is a caring, compassionate nurse and is an inspiration to her patients and her co-workers.”
Nelson is an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS. She has been with Valley County Health System since 2002.

Kristen Dunbar, PA-C To Join VCHS Medical Clinics

Valley County Health System is pleased to announce that Kristen Dunbar PA-C, will join the Burwell and Ord VCHS Medical Clinics in November, 2014. Kristy has been chosen to fulfill the role in the VCHS Medical Clinics that is currently held by Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C, as he transitions to work full-time in the VCHS Emergency Department.

Dunbar grew up in Maryland. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science. She then earned her Master of Health Science in 1993 from Duke University. Since that time Kristy has provided medical care in central Nebraska for more than a decade, including the communities of Burwell, Sargent and Broken Bow.

Dunbar will provide clinic services at the VCHS Medical Clinics in Burwell two days per week and Ord two days per week. She will join the other VCHS medical providers in sharing evening and weekend Emergency Department services at VCHS.

“We are extremely excited that Kristy will be joining our team of medical providers at VCHS. Her experience as a PA coupled with the fact that she and Jeff already have a strong working relationship, makes her the perfect fit for the patients in our Burwell and Ord Medical Clinics,” quoted Bill Sugg, President & CEO of VCHS.

Community receptions will be held for Kristy in both Ord and Burwell at a date to be determined.

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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.
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