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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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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.


Rollover Accident On Comstock Road

According to Valley County Sheriff Casey Hulburt a single vehicle rollover accident happened Friday morning on the Comstock Road. The driver of a Ford Explorer was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Valley County Health System and later sent to Good Samaritan Health System in Kearney. We will have more on this accident as soon as the information becomes available.

Greeley Man Dies In Boone County Accident

Authorities say a Greeley man has been killed in a traffic accident in east-central Nebraska.
     The Boone County Sheriff's Office says Harold Wondercheck died on Wednesday night. The accident occurred at a highway junction in Boone County. 
     The crash is being investigated by the Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

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.
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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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