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So, Which Elmwood Murdock High School Senior was Surprised Tuesday?

Emily Zakaras was surprised with a scholarship from the College of Saint Mary.  Not just any scholarship...an $80,000 scholarship!  Emily plans to study Forensic Biology. The scholarship is for biology chemistry or math majors. They have also talked to her about trying out for the select choir and being on the speech team. She was also invited to be a part of their Walk Tall Honors Program.  The Marie Curie Scholars do extra research with professors and attend and present at national science conventions with expenses covered. They are assigned big sisters that are older Marie Curie scholars at the college. The scholarship is based on ACT GPA letters of recommendation an essay and interviews with 5 professors. 

Congratulations, Emily!!!


Emily with her check.

Emily parents

Can you guess who else is excited?  Emily's parents, Tony Zakaras and Kim Cawley.



Elmwood Murdock Cheer Squad and Dance Team Perform at State Competition


The Elmwood Murdock Cheer Squad got 1st Place in the Class C2 Non Tumbling Division at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Competition in Grand Island.  Their dedication and hours of practice paid off and show what they are made of...the right stuff.

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Back row: Lori Spohr, Coach, Brianna Scattergood, Elyse Drake, Saranne Vogt, Coach Middle Row: Tatum Munhall, Shailee Hayek, Kabrianna Mumford Front row: Olivia Lancaster & Hannah Smith Not pictures: Hannah Mather

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The Knights Dance Team, coached by Payton Lambert, also did well for the first time competing at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Competition.  They took 5th place in the Dance and Pom Division.  They have poured their hearts into their dancing and they were awesome!


Front row coach Peyton Lambert captains Briauna Walling and Marti Ita and coach Adana Merriweather. Back row l to r Valerie Miller Lexi Campbell Grace Althouse Kate Zakaras Katrina Hansen


 Click here to read the response from the Elmwood Village Board Chairperson, Curt Wilhelm, pertaining to the letter that was mailed to all of Elmwood regarding concerns with the Board.


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Lofte Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition February 28


The Lofte Community Theatre in Manley has announced that it will hold its annual meeting and volunteer recognition event on Sunday, February 28 at 2pm.  2016 marks the 40th season for the theater and this year is being touted as the “Ruby Jubilee.” 


The Board of Directors invites anyone who has volunteered their time (ushers, parkers, actors, set-builders, etc.) made a donation or even attended a show over the years.  This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.


Lofte Artistic Director Kevin Colbert says, “The memories of the last forty years are like a tidal wave, so many people, so many stories and so much history.  However, my greatest satisfaction is seeing the family and friends of a performer rush the stage after a show and tell an actor how much they enjoyed a performance.  It’s a feeling of self worth that can last someone a lifetime.”


Lofte Treasurer Ken Patry will present financials.  Ticket Booth Manager, Jean Colbert will give an attendance report.  Elections will be held for board vacancies.  Kevin Colbert will review 2015 and present previews of 2016 and 2017 seasons.  The Lofte will also acknowledge the three most valued volunteers for the past year.


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Church Secretary

 Looking forSomeone who would like some Extra Money

 10 to 15 hours a Month at $10.00 an hour  Looking for a Person who has computer skills and is familiar with Microsoft Office Products – Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint.  A Person with an eye for detail.  Responsibilities – helping to prepare Bulletins, PowerPointSlideshows all for Sunday Morning Worship Service and our Monthly Church Newsletter.


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Ebenezer United Methodist Church   220 Kansas St.   Murdock NE 402-867-3191   Pastor Joan Frenzel 402-310-3015   Email – murdockumc@windstream.net


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Village of Greenwood Nebraska Approves New Technology for Critical Alerts

Greenwood, NE – At a regular meeting of the Village of Greenwood Council of Trustees, February 10, 2016 the Council approved a project to implement Critical Alert Messaging to subscribers for the Village of Greenwood.  The project will provide critical alerts for any clear and present public safety issue as defined by the Council.  The alerts are delivered directly to the cellular phone or Mobile Device of the subscriber that is  in an area of cellular service, and does not require the power grid to or the Internet to accessible or to be in operation.  Alerts are not dependant upon a third party, and provides the Village of Greenwood complete control of their Critical Municipal Messaging.

Greenwood is the fourth municipality to adopt this technology in Nebraska. Other villages in Cass County to implement Critical Municipal Alerts include Elmwood, Murray and Eagle.  The critical alert messaging technology is an enhancement to and does not replace any of the existing emergency response such as sirens and 911 calls.  John Harrington of WebKid states,

The Critical Alert Message System is a simple, yet valuable enhancement to current emergency response procedures.  It is an add-on to the systems already in place.  Text messages are delivered very rapidly and recipients will open and read a text message over 93% of the time within 90 seconds. That rate is much higher than email or any other delivery method.”

Harrington also emphasizes that each municipality will be in complete control of managing when a message is sent, and what the message says.

To subscribe to the service, any user with a cell phone can send a text message with the word “68366” (which is the zip code for Greenwood) to the phone number 28748.  The software behind the WebKid technology automatically registers the phone number to send out future critical messages to that phone, such as tornado warnings, and public safety information.  A subscriber can also enroll by entering their cell phone number on the Village of Greenwood website at www.GreenwoodNebraska.com in the Village Section

Harrington is quick to point out that the technology follows CTIA federal regulations to allow subscribers to “shut it off” by texting the word “STOP” to the same phone number – 28748.  

WebKid uses the licensed 5 digit number 28748 solely for the purposes of municipal alerts.  WebKid also provides messaging services for commercial and organizational purposes such as promotions, contests, church organizations, clubs, and real estate agents using licensed 5 digit number 72727

When using text messaging services such as provided by WebKid, text messaging fees may apply to the owner of the phone, based on the service the user has with their phone provider, such as Verizon or Sprint.  Unlimited TEXT messaging is often provided for free by the phone carrier.

About the Village of Greenwood, Nebraska

Greenwood is a village in Cass County, Nebraska, United States. As of the census of 2010, there were 568 people, 223 households, and 155 families residing in the village.

About WebKid and Nebraska Community Websites

John Harrington and his wife Irina are owners of WebKid Mobile Marketing and Nebraska Community Websites as well as additional technology companies.  Harrington, until recently, was a resident of Louisville Nebraska and has been investing in technology for rural development since 1998.  His company provides websites to every community in Cass County Nebraska as well as other communities.  Nebraska Community Websites distributes Community Information newsletters weekly online to over 25,000 subscribers via email, social media and SMS.


Village of Greenwood

Greenwood, NE 68366

Phone:  402-789-2300

Fax:  402-789-2323

E-mail: villageclerk@windstream.net

John Harrington

WebKid Mobile Marketing LLC  www.Webkid.com

Toll Free: 866-932-4774

Fax:  866-738-9866






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