One evening you are crammed into a chair half big enough for your considerable carcass and the next you find yourself luxuriating in one that feels half-again too big.

Welcome back home, Kent Bedient! It’s been a long nine months to get to this point for your return back to York. Kent suffered injuries in a fall at his apartment building stairway last October, and has spent time since then with relatives in Texas, getting himself strong enough to move back…

Two years ago, I wrote a column about a project I saw revealed in a newspaper from my home county of Antelope.

Last week, I attended the American Legion Auxiliary’s Cornhusker Girls State. A valuable learning and leadership opportunity, it also included much discussion about the challenges faced by today’s women. As a young woman, I experience the pros and cons of being a female every day, and both w…

Well, folks, the tiny humans and I have officially arrived in my home state, West Virginia.

The first Farmers Market is in the books. The new location, in the library’s green space, seemed to work out just fine. We had good traffic and everyone around me did well.

Graham Christensen sits in the machine shed at his family farm outside Oakland, Neb. The farm his Great Grandfather, Christian Christensen, settled to from Denmark in 1867. “They escaped persecution,” he said. “I still have the paperwork that says, ‘It is bona fide my intention to become a c…

    A big thank you to the York County Roads Department, from the Wellmann family, for a quick repair job on two miles of Road 10 and Beaver Creek bridge before Norman’s funeral.

    C’mon? How could it not be correct? I read it in black-on-white on a page of an entirely fake-news-free paper.

    Why are things done a certain way? What gives you the reason to do what you do? These and other questions like these are the basis for so many things that we all do every day.

    According to history books, prior to 1870, York County had been attached to Seward County for judicial and revenue purposes. In March, 1870, Governor David Butler issued a proclamation in response to a petition signed by the voting population of York County, authorizing the permanent organiz…

      The York Optimist Club would like to thank Warren Thomas and the staff at Grand Central Foods for helping make our fundraiser a success on Saturday, June 1. Our proceeds from the fundraiser will go to help Optimist Rec League baseball for boys 6-12 years old. The smoked Tomboy hot dogs were …

      I want you to picture this. Individuals willing to invest their life’s energy into building and sustaining community life. Catalysts emerging from across sectors, leveraging roles and relationships to enhance the quality of life in the places they call home. Their presence can make the diffe…

      May is traditionally a very busy month. Graduations, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekend.

      West Virginia has always been a place of nature. As a little girl, I remember my grandfather putting apple peels out for the bears in the woods across the road from my grandparents’ house. We’d sit on the porch swing and wait for the little bear family to come have a snack. I also vividly re…

        Thank you to everyone who wished me well in the past six months! To be sure, it has not been the best time of my long life, but thankfully things are better. I’m back in York as of May 30, in a nice apartment in the Leisure Home – furnished and ready to move in to when I got here, thanks to …

        FULLERTON, Neb. – Not far beneath a photo of the late Fritz and Janet Engel hanging up at the Fullerton Livestock Market, is a faint line that starts four-and-a-half-foot high and runs along the wall, clear-around the front office area. The line is a reminder of the water that rose to that l…

        The Farmers Market starts on Thursday and I will have a booth. Full circle for me. I was on the committee who originally started York’s Farmers Market before I was Chamber director. At our peak, we had 80 vendors coming to the market. We were on the grounds of the courthouse and across the s…

        Because everybody’s been asking (actually it was only one of you but who’s counting) and also since it’s been a while, I decided to trot out an update on the status on our resident pod of prime wiener dogs this week.

        The topic of having a centralized calendar has long been a subject of discussion across York County. Thanks to the research help of Deb Robertson, director of the Kilgore Library, as well as the underwriting associated with putting it together from York County Development Corporation, York C…

        The other night I watched the acclaimed Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy.”

        As I lay still in my bed, I could already hear them buzzing. First light had arrived and with it meant they’d soon be pestering me until I had no choice but to just get up.

        York is very blessed in its quality school choices. There really is not a bad choice when it comes to choosing the best education for our children here in York. I imagine not too many small towns across the country can say that for itself.

        How do you get citizens from rural and urban areas working together for clean water? You come up with a way to reward farmers and ranchers for doing the right thing. That’s exactly what the Cheney Lake Watershed has been doing around Wichita, Kan. for more than two decades. Projects like the…

        Last weekend there was some conversation about what was the NSAA’s contingency plan would be if Saturday’s Nebraska State Track Meet schedule was totally wiped out by the severe storms that were predicted to hit the Omaha area. Fortunately that never happened and yet another Nebraska State T…

        I know there are certain milestones as one deteriorates over time but doesn’t croak. Gets old in other words.

        Editor’s note: This column was written by Linda Wilk, an installment in her “A Slice Of Life” column in the Chronicle Tribune in Marion, Ind. It originally ran on Mother’s Day. It is being re-printed by permission from the Chronicle Tribune. Linda Wilk is the daughter of Betty Renken of York.

          The Red Cross movement is truly something special; millions of people have benefited from the labors of our volunteers. Throughout the Red Cross; volunteers contribute in countless ways, including serving on boards, providing counseling to military and civilian families, organizing special e…

          This is a column meant to blow off some steam, so please allow me that much. Whether you liked it or not, you’ve no doubt been bombarded with “Game of Thrones.” Whether you watched the national news do a segment on it or you saw it on social media, everyone reading this probably has at least…

          My first assignment as an intern at the Crete News was to report on the one-year anniversary of the 2004 Hallam, Neb. tornado.

          Through various exercises, Marketing Hometown America, DTR study and the Save Your.Town conversation, the regular topic of a centralized calendar was always brought up. With the research help of Deb Robertson, librarian @ Kilgore Memorial Library, as well as York County Development, York Cou…

          A reasonable argument might be made that two boats are at least one … probably two … too many for most folks. Define boat: A hole in the water into which you pour money. Far be it from me, one personally and fiscally familiar with the truth of that old axiom, to suggest otherwise.

          There is a big white building in the center of town. It’s been there since the 1940s.

          School is officially out and I am at home with my kids for the summer, at least for the next couple weeks until we venture off to West Virginia for the months of June and July. Transitioning back to stay-at-home-momhood has been interesting to say the very least. I am sort of beginning to ge…

            Thank you to those who volunteered with the Waco Cemetery clean up! A thank you to Allen and Yvonne Stuhr for the hot coffee and rolls!

            The Center for American Progress has put out a report entitled: A Fair Deal for Farmers. You can find it at: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2019/05/07/469385/fair-deal-farmers/.

            This weekend I got to meet the newest member of the family and drop off some belated Mother’s Day gifts to Mom.

            I felt a bit old and nostalgic this past weekend as we attended several graduation receptions for students that were but mere babies when our paths first crossed. The saggy diapers, Hot Wheels and gap -toothed grins have been replaced by tailored threads on well-proportioned, weight-trained …

            Now that we’re knee deep and in the thick of the NBA playoffs, I want to get something off my chest about them: Seven-game series are the absolute best, and anything other than a seven-game series to determine a playoff winner would be a travesty. It’s a common theme with people that aren’t …

            There is a photo album, hidden in the deep recesses of my spare bedroom.

            Several states across the country have allowed various forms of marijuana in defiance of federal law and at great risk to public health. This week, the Nebraska Legislature will debate LB 110, a proposal to legalize marijuana under the guise of medicine. This proposal would put Nebraska on a…

            Today is the last day of the school year at St. Joe’s. I made it, guys!

            This article may not contain any Avengers: Endgame spoilers, but it does contain spoilers for the epic finale of every student’s high school career — senior year. The past two weeks have been very quiet at York High School, which I cannot complain about. Just like the end of Infinity War, th…

            I wore a Coca-Cola sweater, a jean skirt, and I was holding a microphone. I cannot remember exactly what age I was, but my music teacher, Sandi Swanson, may be able to. I sang the U.S. National Anthem at a ball game that year. I was nervous and ecstatic. I am not the only singer in my family…

              No sooner had my last column appeared in the paper and I got a text from my boss at the Middle School asking if I can come back for the remainder of the school year? I said yes, but why? Turns out the teammate who had been off all last month decided to come back and it was too much for her. …