March 17 E-Edition

March 10 fires keep departments busy all afternoon

BENNINGTON — Bennington, Valley and Waterloo Fire Departments were dispatched to numerous fires on March 10 as high wind gusts spread flames across several miles of dry field. These three departments were joined by other Douglas and Washington County fire departments to battle two infernos near Kennard and Fort Calhoun. Ten departments joined forces to extinguish a house and barn […]

Elkhorn High earns conference speech accolades

The Elkhorn High School speech team brought home the Eastern Midlands Conference team title on Feb. 20. Pictured, front row: Kayli Pham, Ava DeLaGarza, Hailey Sant, Hailey Cheek, Will Ford and Elijah Sutton. Back row: Brady Lary, Chris Wickham, Mya Larsen, McKenzie Carlson, Logan Kieckhafe, Daphne Crews and Michaela Todd. Individual results from the EMC competition are as follows: Pham, […]

A ‘Forever Home’ that’s truly forever

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“It’s our forever home.” First time I heard a couple using this term to describe their domestic dwelling place, I kinked my neck and thought, “Huh?” I don’t remember anyone calling their house a “forever home” when I was growing up, and I grew up in a farming community where few people ever move and families keep the same land […]

Concordia takes third in first state tourney

LINCOLN — In its first time in Lincoln for the Class C1 State Tournament, the Concordia boys basketball team made the most of its trip and finished third with a 2-1 record. “The first trip for us to state and in that first quarter (of the first game) we were a little bright eyed,” Concordia coach Ken Kulus said. “We […]

Omaha Gourmet Reuben shares family story with every sandwich

Tedesco Sauce

I like to say family recipes are the heart of any family.  Many times, you spend time cooking with each other, sharing stories and making memories while eating or sharing some recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. Now that I’m having a child of my own, I am sure this will become even more special for […]

Metro gives advice to students before college begins

OMAHA — In a time of a pandemic, preparing for the next level may be anxiety ridden for high school students. Tom McDonnell, associate vice president of Academic Affairs at Metro Community College, said MCC has had to adapt quickly to numerous challenges COVID-19 has caused within the last year. The “new normal” includes delivering education remotely. However, McDonnell said […]

Ratcliff celebrates 20 yrs. with United Faith Church

VALLEY — Through the merging of Baptist/Presbyterian and Methodist Churches, the flooding of 2019 and a pandemic, Carl Ratcliff has enjoyed the ride as pastor with the United Faith Community Church for 20 years. Despite trials and tribulations, the church’s congregation has grown stronger than ever and Ratcliff, 61, hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. “I never thought I […]

Campus visits a key factor in preparing for college

Picking a college is going to look different this year because of the pandemic, which has caused many schools to cancel campus visits, and others to implement various restrictions. This is understandable, but disappointing, because campus visits can be an important aspect of finding the right fit. However, this doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. If you’re unsure how […]

Kulus takes Mustangs to new heights

OMAHA — Whenever a team makes an unprecedented run, many people look at the growth and improvement of the program. Although the Concordia boys basketball team’s historic third-place finish in the Class C1 State Tournament this past weekend was an accomplishment and culmination of the growth and improvement of the Mustangs, their head coach also went under drastic growth as […]