New Year Trivia

New Year Trivia: Band leader Guy Lombardo became famous playing “Auld Lang Syne.” What was his band’s name?
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2013 Memories

July 4th celebration! Some will be lighting off fireworks to ring in 2014! More pictures to come! All photos were taken by Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

July 4th celebration! Some will be lighting off fireworks to ring in 2014! More pictures to come! All photos were taken by Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Kats’ Korner: Happy New Year

It is that time of year. Time to reflect on the year we will be ringing out in a few hours, and time to anticipate hopes and dreams for the year to come.

As I reflect on 2013, there are so many things that come to mind.

My life has seen many changes this year. The first change was becoming a college graduate with a degree in Journalism. I finally made a dream come true! This also influenced my second change.

The second change was quitting my job at the Oakland Independent/Lyons Mirror-Sun.

There were many reasons I made that decision. The most prominent reason was unhappiness. Nobody should work in an environment that is no longer fulfilling. As my education progressed, the work environment changed. One day, with the support of my husband, I moved on.

We had discussed future plans many times. Once the decision was made, progress began.

I am thrilled to be serving so many people in so many areas of Northeast Nebraska. I am pleased to let you know more and more people are following my paper every day, through many aspects of social media. I have visited with so many people from all over the world! Technology is amazing for this type of newspaper! What a blessed adventure this has been.

Thank you all for your continued support.  I am anticipating a thriving 2014!

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The next biggest change for me in 2013 was being appointed to the Oakland City Council.

I was shocked that I was chosen, as I am sure there were other worthy people that were willing to serve.

I have been on the council for nearly three months. I have learned a great deal in such a short time.

It takes a great deal to maintain a city, keeping it running, serving the citizens, the many tasks that come along are more than most people are aware of, including me until now.

I am honored to be on the city council. It is very important to me, as I want to do the best that I can for the citizens of Oakland.

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The most important part about every year is my family and friends. I love each and every one of you. I wish you nothing but happiness in the coming year and every year thereafter.

Happy New Year. Take Care, hug your loved ones and God Bless all of you.

See you next year!


Francis “Barney” L. Fuller, 84 of Pender

Francis “Barney” L. Fuller, 84, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2013 in Sioux City at Mercy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walthill, NE; Pastor Brion Tolzman is officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Pender, NE from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. with the family present from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Pender, NE. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home of Pender, NE is in charge of arrangements.

Barney, of rural Pender, NE was born on June 2, 1929 in Walthill, NE to Harve and Anna (Hammel) Fuller. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Barney was baptized and confirmed as an adult in September of 1951 by Reverend J.G. Werner of Walthill.

He attended a rural school near the farm home. He helped his Dad farm and was employed at Campbell Manufacturing Company.

Barney served his country during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. He was in the infantry and received the Purple Heart. He married Georgene Brehmer of Bancroft, NE on August 9, 1953. He worked on a farm south of Pender for a year and a half. He started farming in 1955 east of Pender. He served on the Northeast Pork Producers Board and Farmers Union Co-op. He was a 4-H leader for 30 years of the Clover Leaf Livestock Club

Francis Fuller

Francis Fuller

and a member of the Dakota-Thurston Country Fair Board. Barney was also a member of the VFW and American Legion of Pender. He enjoyed serving on the church council.

He loved to farm, hunt, fish, and play cards. He was proud of his family, his time serving his country, and gardening. He will especially be remembered by his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years; Georgene, sons; Harvey Lee of Elkland, MO, Lonnie Gene (Diane) of Elkland, MO, daughter; Cheryl Lynn (Steve) Utech of Sioux City, IA, grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren, and step great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Francis is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and a step grandchild.

Lady Cougars Drop Two in Holiday Tournament

By Clare Wiltse

Sports Contributor

LDNE              11        6          3          11        -31

S-S                  13        8          10        14        -45


                        2pt       3pt       FT        F          TP

Madie              1          0          0/0       2          2

Darcey             1          2          2/2       2          10

Brianne            3          0          1/2       4          7

Haley               0          0          1/2       0          1

Lexie                0          2          1/2       1          7

Vanessa           1          0          1/2       0          3

Abby                0          0          1/2       1          1

Team                6          4          7/12     10        31

S-S                  12        4          9/10     9          45


LDNE              11        10        6          10        -37

Mercy              11        9          18        10        -48


                        2pt       3pt       FT        F          TP

Madie              2          0          1/2       2          5

Darcey             0          1          0/4       4          3

Kelly                0          0          0/0       1          0

Brianne            3          2          6/8       0          18

Haley               1          0          2/2       4          4

Lexie                0          0          0/0       1          0

Libby               0          1          0/0       0          3

Vanessa           0          0          2/9       2          2

Abby                0          0          2/2       0          2

Team                6          4          13/27   15        37

Mercy              15        4          6/12     15        48



The Lady Cougars lost both games in the Lyons-Decatur Holiday Tournament.  Scribner-Snyder won 45-31 on the opening night.  Omaha Mercy won the consolation game 48-37.


Darcey Simonsen had 8 of her team-high 10 points in the first quarter against  (4-3) Scribner-Snyder.  A three point third quarter doomed the Cougars who trailed by four at the half.


In the consolation game,  Breanne Haskell had a big game with 18 points.  Sidnea Brown led the Mercy girls with 16.


Northeast led at the half by the score of 21-20.  They went 7 for  17 from the line in the first half. The girls fared little better in the second half as they ended up with 13 of 27 from the charity stripe.


The Cougars start the New Year with a January 3 contest against(2-4)  Allen.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve: How are you going to ring in 2014?
Post your answers here! Happy New Year!

Read a New Book

“Read a New Book” Day 29 & 30 : “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg.

As we begin to come to the closure of 2013 and see 2014 before us, we may be thinking of New Year Resolutions. “The Power of Habit…” may be just what you are looking for. Each chapter revolves around a central argument: Habits can be changed, if we understand how they work.1549439_645846348809335_354399239_n

Oakland Compactor Holiday Hours

FYI : The City Compactor will only be open from 1 to 4 pm Tuesday Dec. 31. So if you have anything “old going out” so that you can “bring in the new” you will have 3 hours to get it to the compactor. Happy New Year!

Oakland Library Holiday Hours

FYI : The Oakland Public Library will be closing at 4 pm Tuesday Dec 31 and will be CLOSED Wednesday January 1, 2014.1526298_645849918808978_759240673_n

Bancroft Senior Center News

Bancroft Senior Center News

* The senior center provides Information and Assistance to any individual who is looking for services for themselves or another person 60 years and older, the center manager and/or center participant can provide information to individuals on services available within the community. We link individuals to the services and opportunities that are available within or beyond the community itself. We will then establish adequate follow-up procedures to see that their needs were met. For more information call 402-648-3387.

*If you are 60 years and older and need information on programs designed to help keep you in your home longer or if you need legal help, contact Connie at 402-648-3387 or in the evening at 402-648-7648.

* We have the following medical equipment to loan out on an as need basis, wheel chair, bath seats, toilet seat riser and portable toilet chair, crutches or walker. Call 402-648-3387 during office hours.

Weekly Activities:

Wed. Jan. 1: The center is closed. Happy New Year Everyone!

Thurs.: Jan. 2: Pool 9:30. Start the New Year out by coming to the Tai Chi class at 9:30 and the walking ex. class at 10:00. Stop in for coffee. Come and play the Wii game at 1:00 and then play bingo at 2:00.

Fri. Jan. 3: Stop in for a cup of coffee. Sign up for the pinochle tournament at 1:30.

Mon. Jan. 6: Bring your food and join us for potluck dinner, it is more enjoyable to eat with friends than by yourself. Cards and puzzles after lunch.

Tues. Jan. 7: Pool 9:30. Tai Chi class at 9:30 and the walking ex. class at 10:00. Pitch tournament is at 1:30.

Wed. Jan 8:  No melody chimes today. Play dominoes or a card game at 1:30.






















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