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Murray Newsletter - March 29, 2017


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2017 03 29 Cornerstone bank robbery suspect

A cash reward is offered for information on the bank robbery that occurred in Murray, NE on Saturday morning, March 25. Two suspects robbed the Cornerstone Bank at gunpoint, but thankfully, no one was injured.

One suspect is identified as a black male, the other a light-skinned black or Hispanic male. A black Hyundai and a maroon Ford Escort are the possible getaway vehicles.

If you have any information that results in an arrest, please call the FBI at 402-493-8688, Crime Stoppers, 800-527-3699 or the Cass County Sheriff's office, 402-296-9370.



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Do you want to make a difference in a young person's life?  If so, click here or on the Teammates Mentoring logo above to find out more.



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Every community has that certain someone who is a ‘shining star’, a perfect example of the phrase, ‘good neighbor’.  These people might or might not belong to any certain civic organization, group, or church, they might even be related to you, and they’re always willing to help whenever and wherever they see a need.  Whether young or old, male or female, they unselfishly go through life, demonstrating the quality of good citizenship, caring for one another, with love of their fellow man and country, while never expecting any recognition for their deeds.  It could be a neighbor, teacher, business person or just about anyone who’s been a positive influence in the lives of others.

If you know someone like this, please consider nominating them for the


Download the form by clicking the link above.



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Click here or on the picture above to read the Spring KCCB Newsletter!


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Murray Residents,

It's time to renew your pet's license or to have your new pet licensed. The deadline is May 1st.

You can download a form here.

Thank you!


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If you have a few items you no longer want or need, please consider donating them to the Murray Freedom Festival's rummage sale on May 19th and 20th. Items must be in good, clean condition.

Sorry, but we cannot accept tv's, computers or clothes. 

Proceeds will help offset expenses for Murray's 4th of July celebration. 

Thank you!! 

Call President, John Hensch, 402-616-1367
Secretary, Pat Zeigler, at 402-235-2926 for details.



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Murray Village Full-time Permanent Maintenance Position

The Village of Murray, Nebraska is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Full-time Maintenance operator. This position is for a 40 hour week with overtime as needed. Duties required: operate and maintain all village equipment and tools as necessary, install and read water meters, maintain water shut-offs, meters; assist with water/sewer main breaks, operation and maintenance of one lift station, maintain streets and parks, all other duties as required. Applicant must be willing to complete a general maintenance aptitude test, physical exam, drug test and criminal background check. Applicant will be required to complete Grade IV water operator certification. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should apply in person at Murray Town Hall, 106 West Main Street, Murray, Nebraska 68409. Normal business hours are Tuesday thru Thursday from 8:00 – 4:30.




All sale participants join together to pay for advertising and maps.
Contact Pat, 402-235-2926, to get signed-up.  Download a form here.



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The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 4, 2017.





Please mark your calendars for April 21st for our spring carnival! It will be a fun family night for our school community, including student prizes, cake walk, bounce houses, and many fun-filled carnival games!

In order to make our carnival successful, we need around 100 volunteers. We are in great need for volunteers, especially the second shift of the night. The shifts run from 5:00-7:00 or 7:00-9:00. Please consider signing up for a shift, or encouraging any groups or Conestoga High School students to volunteer their time to this community event.

We are also looking for a few more donations. Primarily, we need more cakes/cupcakes for the cake walk and individual bags of potato chips. To sign up for donations or volunteer time, please go to the following:


Thank you so much for all of your support not only for the carnival, but for all the PTO sponsored events throughout the year. We truly have an outstanding community. Go Cougars!!!



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Hunger is an evil thing. Without enough good food, you can't think clearly, your immune system becomes compromised and you can become sick more often.  With Spring now here, they also need lighter clothing, shorts, short-sleeved shirts and tops, sundresses, etc.

When you donate to the Conestoga Backpack Program, the school staff sends food, hygiene and clean clothes home with more than 30 needy kids.  

You may donate items at any time through MayThere is a container at Cornerstone Bank, you may take items to Conestoga Elementary School, or call Jill, 402-660-3543, and she'll arrange to have your items picked up at your home.

It's easy to help.  Each time you go to the grocery store, just pick up one extra item for the kids.

*Suggested food items should be somewhat easy for small children to open and prepare:

*Canned Goods,*Granola Bars,*Cereal,*Cereal Bars,*Mac & Cheese,*Tuna or chicken salad with crackers,*Fruit Cups, Bar Soap, Toothpaste/toothbrush, Shampoo/Conditioner, Clothes/Coats  




Murray's Planning Commission is currently inactive due to lack of members.  If you are interested in being a member of the Murray Planning Commission, and live within one mile of Murray, please contact the clerk at 402-235-2119 for more information.



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2017 03 29 MDK OxbowVetCamp

Junior Vet Camp
For students completing 2nd - 5th grades

The Oxbow Junior Veterinarian Camp is designed especially for children who have a passion for animals and veterinary medicine.

The 4-day camp includes many hands-on activities involving live animals, games and unique crafts.

Campers learn about veterinary tools, x-rays, body systems and functions, and important issues like animal over-population. In addition, they also get to practice activities like real veterinarians perform, including record-keeping and animal health exams.

At the end of camp, they perform a mock surgery, using all that they’ve learned. Campers get their very own set of scrubs and a stethoscope to take home.

Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School (Elmwood, NE) June 5 - 8

I have a special attachment for this camp as I worked at Oxbow Animal Health for many years and this was a project I helped start. Any child who loves animals would love this camp.

For more information and registration visit the Oxbow Academy website.





*Acoustic Music (No cover charge)

** Band ($6 cover unless otherwise marked)



28 *Acoustic Rooster (fun, fun!!)


2 ** Claudia Nygaard (Nashville Recording Artist $12 cover)

3 * Dan Bird (Stargazing after the concert weather permitting!)

9 * Lucas Minor (great guitar and modern country sounds)

10 **Sandy Creek (country & Bluegrass)

16 * Kathy Logan (they call her Jumpin' Kate)

17 **Tracy Skretta with SkreTTa, ETC. (classic rock)

23 * Kevin Killion (one of our favorites for the past 9 summers!)

24 **Cajunfest with Swampboy ($10 cover includes free beer)

30 * Pizza Delivery Guyz (the pizza oven will be goin')


1 ** Tribute to Johnny Cash (duh, this is self explanatory!)

2 ** Bill Chrastil (this guy does award winning impersonations!)

7 * Dave Berman Acoustic (new guy on the block, great talent!)

8 ** Tribute to Jimmy Buffett Band (wear your island gear!)

14 **Lucas Minor and The Country Mile (country)

15 **Private Stock (variety, classic rock, blues)

21 *Tony & Walt (great listening music!)

22 ** Toasted Ponies (Bluegrass)

28 * Dustin West Acoustic (should be great, like his tribute bands)

29 ** Osage (3 piece classic rock)


4 *Dan Bird (a new one on our line up... sounds good!)

5 ** Ed Archibald (smooth Jazz, saxaphone and full band)

11 * Kevin Killion (one of our favorites!)

12 ** Daybreak Rock N Roll Show (Rock)

18 * Acoustic Rooster (acoustic yes, but you can dance to these guys!)

19 ** Silver Wings (Classic Country)

25 * Tom & Wes (great duo!)

26 **Classic Crossing (aka Vinyl Spirit, classic rock)


1  Tribute to John Denver (You guessed it! For all you 70's lovers)



2017 03 29 NEST 2nd baby

Waverly Baby Becomes Second NEST Birthday Baby,
Receives $529 College Savings Account

Lincoln, Neb. (March 27, 2017) – Elijah Engel, son of Locke Engel and Rebecca Nelms of Waverly, is the second Nebraska NEST Birthday Baby and will receive a $529 contribution to a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) college savings account, Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg said today.

Elijah, who was born February 21, is the second baby to be chosen in the State Treasurer’s Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies drawing, a yearlong sweepstakes honoring Nebraska’s 150th birthday celebration. Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies has been designated a Legacy program by the Nebraska 150 Commission.
Each month of 2017—to celebrate Nebraska’s 150th birthday—NEST will select a parent or legal guardian of a Nebraska newborn to receive a $529 contribution to a NEST college savings account. The family will be chosen through a random drawing of entries submitted online to the NEST website or by mail. In all, 12 newborns and their parents or guardians will be recognized throughout the year.

The first NEST Birthday Baby was Carolyn Hotchkiss, daughter of Christina and Scott Hotchkiss of Omaha. She was born January 13.

“Meeting our Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies and their families is becoming a highlight for me,” said Treasurer Stenberg, Trustee of NEST. “I look forward to congratulating these young families and encouraging them to start saving for college when their children are young. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce them to NEST, Nebraska’s excellent state-sponsored college savings program that offers significant tax benefits for Nebraskans.”

“Planning for the future is very important to us,” said Locke Engel, a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who had a Nebraska state-sponsored college savings account when he was young. “We want to do as much as we can for Elijah and Elijah’s sister, Lillian, so they can go to college and be whatever they want to be.”

Elijah’s NEST savings account will give the family a jumpstart on those college savings goals, Engel said.

“This is a really good start, a good building block for us,” said Elijah’s mother, Rebecca Nelms.

“Investing in NEST when children are very young benefits families in many ways,” Stenberg said. “Investing early gives families more years to plan and save for college, encourages families to develop regular savings habits, enables families to save more because of compound interest, and results in substantial tax savings,” Stenberg said.

Parents and legal guardians may enter Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies at www.NEST529.com/NewbornDrawing. Entries will be accepted until January 10, 2018, for babies born in calendar year 2017. To allow time for babies born in late December to be entered, the final drawing will take place in early 2018. If a family’s name isn’t drawn in the month the family enters, the name will stay in the drawing throughout the year, giving families plenty of opportunities to be chosen.
NEST is Nebraska’s state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings program. State-sponsored 529 college savings programs take their name from Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides tax advantages for owners of these college savings accounts. First National Bank of Omaha is Program Manager of NEST. Investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council.

Rules for the Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies sweepstakes are found at www.NEST529.com/NewbornDrawing and treasurer.nebraska.gov/csp/scholarships/. Information about the Nebraska Sesquicentennial is found at ne150.org.

 About NEST
NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 249,000 accounts, including 75,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information. 

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $20 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Photo at top: State Treasurer Don Stenberg with Locke Engel and Rebecca Nelms and their son, Elijah, and daughter, Lillian.



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2017 Nebraska Folk & Roots Festival, will be held once again on beautiful Branched Oak Farmon June 16 and 17!

Full festival lineup at the Launch party
1867 Bar ,101 N 14th, Lincoln, Nebraska, April 8th.




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2017 03 22 Dairy Sweet

On the west end of Weeping Water, Nebraska, at 14920 Weeping Water Road, (State Spur 13K, West 'H' St.), is a gem of this little community.

The Dairy Sweet, open 7 days a week, has served-up tasty treats for many, many years from the small, concrete block building, that sits on the west edge of the baseball parks and north of City Pond. Delicious homemade soups are made daily and there's a wide-ranging menu that can be topped-off with a piece of homemade pie, too - if you have room for it! You may also call in your order and pick it up at the outside window at the front of the building.

If you can't wait for all the garage sales to start, in the little 'back room' of the Dairy Sweet is, as they call it, a year-round 'garage sale'. Consignees bring in items to sell and we've actually found some pretty cool things there.

So, stop in for a bite to eat, friendly service, and a look around the garage sale. You never know what you might find!


Monday ~ Saturday, 11 am - 7:30 pm
Sundays, Noon ~7:30

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2017 03 22 LOFTE IMPROV

Lofte Players are State Champions!

Manley, NE (March 20, 2017) - This past summer the Lofte Community Theatre entered Nebraska’s one-act play contest. “Shakespeare’s a D#@k,” is a competition piece by Mark Kenneally about a redneck who wakes up after a heavy night of boozing to find that he can only speak in Shakespearian verse. Directed by Allison Bauers of Louisville, the cast and crew took home several awards including State Champion, Best Supporting Actress (Silvia Conley), Best Supporting Actor (Doug Rothgeb) and Best Set Design (Nick Haussler).

The Lofte production has now qualified to compete in the Region V American Association of Community Theaters Festival being held April 27-30 in Brainerd, MN. There, the Lofte will compete against seven other theaters including the best from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and South Dakota. Winners of that competition will advance to the National competition being held in June.

The Lofte is currently undergoing a fundraising campaign to raise capital to offset travel and competition expenses. To donate, please contact the box office at 402.234.2553 or visit their GoFundMe page.

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Pictured Above: Nick Haussler Jeni Leversee, Silvia Conley, Melinda Mead, Allison Bauers, Patricia Heather, Doug Rothgeb, Eric Green and Larry Bauers.



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* FREE, 2 p.m., SUNDAY, April 9 ,
Palm Sunday Gospel Music Show, anybody can join in.  Just bring an instrument and your favorite gospel music.    *(See note below about monthly jam session.)

April 15 - Ken Brinton & Friends

April 29 - Jeanette Hill & August Moon Band

May 13 - Rayne Magill & Friends

May 27 - Bill Hill & Fine Wine Band

June 10 -Rick & Harriette Andersen & Jackie Shewey

June 24 - Frank Bigelow & Friends

July 8 - Dirty River Ramblers

July 22 - Rodger Roberts & Friends

August 5 - George Pierce & Friends

August 19 - Almost Good, John & Bonnie Stephens

September 2 - Jamie Williams & Friends

September 16 - Irish Donahoo & Ty Seeger

September 30 -Fred Larson & Friends

October 14 - Anniversary Show

October 28 - Larry Hansen & Friends

November 11 - Warren Brewer & Friends

November 25 - Plum Tuckered

December 9 - Christmas Show for Young Musicians

* Due to the 2nd Sunday in April being Palm Sunday, our monthly
jam session is being moved up one week to April 2nd.



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Plattsmouth Adult Education
Adds Job Skills and New Class Times

Plattsmouth Community School District Adult Education begins its 40th year with a new focus on College and Career Readiness. The Federal Government has charged all adult education programs with preparing students for college and the workplace. Plattsmouth is stepping up. PCSD will integrate job search, workplace skills, and college preparation into its GED, English language, and Adult Basic Education courses.

To meet this challenge, an additional class session is being offered on Thursday mornings.
Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during the public school year at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at the PACE Center, 15508 2nd Ave. The PACE Center is located across from the high school to the west.

Please call Tallie VanWesten, program director, at 402-296-3174 Ext. 2315 for information.

New students may begin during any class period by arriving a few minutes early. You will be very welcome.


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The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.

Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify.
Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour.
We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc.
The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.

Stephanie Mahony
Employment and Training Coordinator
Experience Works, Inc.
1111 "O" Street Ste 205--American Job Center
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654
Fax: 402-441-6038
Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526

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