Age wins over Juniors ... (some how) Dusting off their “old” and squeezing into their “used-to’s” the dads, coaches and “older” Plainview baseball players gathered their gear for a game against the Plainview Junior’s squad last week. When the dust had settled, the “old guys” had won over their younger counterparts on the Junior Legion team, 12-10.
10U girls softball closes winning season The Plainview Lady Pirate 10-and-under girls softball team drew their shortened season to a close in July, with a total record of 6-3. “The girls played some very good softball this year, while learning to pitch,” said Coach Blake Nincehelser, “This group of girls have a very bright future in the game of softball.” Team members included, front row (l to r): Kennedy Watson, Katelynn Mosel, Kinley Hodson, Pressley Alexander, Rylee Nincehelser; and back row (l to r): Coach Blake Nincehelser, Lucea Miller, Ashlyn Forbes, Kara Lingenfelter, Riley Miller, Kenadee Doerr, Tessa Webber, and Coach Kelly Lingenfelter.
Mason honor 50-year member, Sirek Members of the Plainview Masonic Lodge No. 204 recently traveled to Orchard to present a 50-year-membership pin and certificate to Hoyt Sirek. Sirek joined the Masonic Lodge in Orchard on March 12, 1970. Brother Gale Retzlaff, Plainview Lodge #204 Worshipful Master, presented the award. Brother Sirek became a member of Plainview Lodge #204 from the consolidation of lodges in 2018.
Sunday Zion ladies aid and Priscilla Society honored the confirmands and graduates with a taco bar and desserts. New members and congregation were all invited. Confirmands Pastor Bucklew Andrew Bucklew Marque Albion Ethan David's Brooke Rafert Makenzie Doerr Front row Diana Scott Ashley Wacker Graduates Pastor Bucklew Matthew Doerr Nathan Christiansen Abigail Rafert Clarissa Wacker
NECC to require masks in session Northeast Community College continues to put plans into place to begin the fall semester on August 17. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans have been developed to include appropriate social distancing and classroom safety protocols. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to read the full story.
Darnall on National Champ team The Norfolk Golden Girls team, coached by Andy Severance, Jim Wichman and Jim Vrbsky, came out as Champions at the 2020 Girls Class B 14 & Under Northern Nationals Tournament. Along as a team member was Plainview’s Lauren Darnell, daughter of Steve Darnall and Nicole (Weber) Darnall of Plainview. To read more on the tournament, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
A ribbon cutting was held at the new Dance Bright dance studio on Highway 20 last week. Those attending were (l to r): Marcia Gauchat (Brighton’s grandmother), Rylie Meuret (Brighton’s husband), Courtney Retzlaff (City of Plainview), Marie Meis (Pierce County Economic Development), Judith Grey (PCED), Brighton Meuret, Bruce Curtiss (Chamber President, Curtiss Law), Susan Norris (PCED), Ashley Dendinger (Plainview Family Pharmacy) and Stephanie and Jeff Kathol (Brighton’s parents). Photo by Amy Dummer, News Staff.
Eastern Star award presented Members of Mt. Vernon Chapter #84, Order of Eastern Star, traveled to Orchard to present 50 year pins to Hoyt and Arlene Sirek. They joined Eastern Star at Orchard, July 16, 1970. Nebraska Grand Chapter issued the pins and certificates. They were presented by Joan Alexander, Worthy Matron and Gale Retzlaff, Worthy Patron. Arlene Sirek served as Worthy Matron of Sunset Chapter #300, five times and held multiple offices at the local level. She served as a District Grand Supervisor and a Grand Representative to Iowa. Hoyt Sirek held the office of Sentinel for a number of years. Both are members of Mt. Vernon from the consolidation of Chapters in 2018.
Baileyz BBQ business purchased by Laurel restaurant owners Longtime Plaiview residents, Dale and Cheryl Bailey, first started selling Baileyz BBQ sauce at Bailey's Drive Inn back in 1999. Around the first part of June, the couple decided to sell their business to Scott and Christy Taylor of Laurel. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to read more.
Brozeks compete "in tandem" For Kirk and Katherine Brozek of Plainview, last Saturday's completion of the triathlon in Crofton's Dam Race was a first in more than one respect-the couple competed using a tandem kayak and tandem bicycle. To read more about the tandem kayak and bicycle, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Sand courts get renewing facelift The Plainview Park Board recently finished, with assistance from the City of Plainview, the Plainview Telephone Company and West Hodson Concrete, a complete renovation and upgrade of the city's sand volleyball courts in the Band Shell Park. To read what work was done, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Phase IV DHM invoked From the NCDHD Based on monitoring trends in COVID-19 data, the North Central District Health Department jurisdiction will move to Phase IV of the Governor's Directive Health Measure (DHM) starting August 1, 2020. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
New Website and Mobile App coming! The website may take a new look for some of you this week as we launch our new website and mobile app. It will likely cause some disruption for a few days - so email or call if you have any issues. Look to the paper next week for an update!
Highway 81 work scheduled Weather permitting, the railroad crossing on US-81 located just north of the US-20 junction will be closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on May 27 for approximately one week to allow for replacement, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Traffic will be detoured utilizing US-20, N-121, and N-59
Highway closed near Laurel Weather permitting, work will begin the week of May 18 on N-15, between the junctions of N-15/N-59, and N-15/N-84, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. To read more, including what work will be done, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Larry Knaak retires from coaching PHS golf After coaching boys' golf for 50 years and girls' golf for 21 years, longtime Plainview resident, Larry Knaak, has made the decision to retire from coaching boys' and girls' golf at Plainview Public Schools. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
PPP forgiveness term now open From the SBA The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
NCDHD holds test locations Two testing locations were hosted by the North Central District Health Department last week, to help those with symptoms determine if they were infected with COVID-19 or not. To read how many tests were reported, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Academic All-State awards go to numerous Pirates The Nebraska School Activities Association has announced the student recipients of the Spring 2019-2020 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association Academic All-State Awards. To read the list of Plainview winners, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Parks now open, Pool to be determined The Plainview City offices closed Chilvers Park and Band Shell Park on April 2. On May 11, the parks re-opened, but at your own risk. The city is not going to sanitize the equipment. Plainview City Council members will discuss the swimming pool at the June council meeting on June 9.
Celebrating EMS Week The Plainview EMS Squad includes (right to left): Val Neuhaus, Chris Burger, Lois Patras, Mary Pehoviack, Lois Lubke, Kris Mann, Brian Bowman, Ann Daudt, CJ Prewitt, Valerie Tarr, and Courtney Retzlaff. Not pictured: Charlie Doerr. Anyone wishing to volunteer with the Plainview EMS Squad should contact any member pictured here or directly to Valerie Tarr. National EMS Week runs from May 17-23, 2020.
Wells resigns, council approves grants Plainview's City Council held their regular monthly meeting on May 12. The council reviewed a full list of action items over a wide variety of business items. To read what items the council discussed, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Memorial Day program canceled The Plainview American Legion Post #148 has canceled the 2020 Memorial Day service. The flags and memorial markers will still be on display at the cemeteries in and near Plainview. To read more, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
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The Class of 2020 was featured with a special parade on Saturday evening, May 16, culminated by some fireworks at the Plainview football field with parents along the parade route and in their vehicles during the fireworks. A regular ceremony has been planned for July 11, assuming that the DHM restrictions will be lifted by then. A digital graduation ceremony was posted on the school's YouTube channel with seniors crossing the stage in caps and gowns to receive their diplomas "on time." More pictures can be found on the news social media pages.
From the Nebraska State Activities Association: The NSAA Membership voted 31 to 20 FOR adding Bowling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Membership voted 28 to 23 AGAINST adding Girls Wrestling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Board of Directors voted 7 to 1 to add Girls Wrestling as an EMERGING sport. Complete results from the 2020 NSAA Representative Assembly are available on the NSAA website at https://nsaa-static.s3.amazonaws.com/textfile/leg/repmin.pdf.
Responses to 2020 Census will help local communities The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes and is safe, secure, and confidential. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Pierce County remains with few confirmed cases North Central District Health Department would like to provide an update to district residents on a case adjustment. To read the case counts per county for the NCDHD as of May 9, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Board approves 1:1, summer work Board members discussed summer improvement projects, took action on implementing a 1 to 1 digital device program for students, and handled several personnel actions for the school's staff. Pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News to read more.
Tom Kuether moves to General ballot Unofficial election results on late Tuesday night moved one Republican candidate for Pierce County Commissioner forward to the General Election this November. To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
All Class Reunion canceled to 2021 The 2020 Plainview All Class Banquet has been canceled for this summer, and rescheduled for June 5, 2021 with the classes of 1970 and 1971 both being honored as the "50 Year" classes. Organizers considered moving the event, but too many of the honored classes were unable to meet, or canceled as well.
Legion Auxiliary names essay contest winners The Plainview American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #148 again sponsored their annual essay contest. This year's topic was "How can we address the health and well-being of our veterans, military, and their families?" To read the list of contest winners, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
Festival postponed until August 8-9 The Plainview Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone the 2020 Klown Festival from the first full weekend in June to a date in August. To read more on this postponed event, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
School graduation plans announced PHS 7-12 Principal Kyle Schmidt announced tentative plans for a graduation ceremony. The date to celebrate the seniors will be July 11 and the school is hopeful to have prom on July 24. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News.
"Blackout Bingo" made to help local eateries The Pierce County Economic Development card allows for customers to patronize businesses that serve food, cross off what they've order (with receipt as proof) and once the card has been blacked out, they can be entered into a drawing. Find the bingo card on the front page of the latest edition of the Plainview News.
North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) was made aware of the first positive COVID-19 case in Pierce County. NCDHD has initiated contact investigations and have been rapidly assessing potential exposures to determine next steps. At this time, NCDHD believes this case is contained. NCDHD has been in communications with all identified close contacts and they are in self-quarantine (staying home) and will be actively monitored twice daily by public health officials. Additional details on the case will be shared as they are acquired.
"Quarantine Cooking" newest channel Plainview Public Schools Junior High/Senior High School Principal, Kyle Schmidt, has been busy working alongside Mrs. Heather Thompson and Dr. Darron Arlt to ensure students and staff have a successful semester online. But when Principal Schmidt is not working at school, he can be found at home cooking with his five year-old daughter, Harper, on their own YouTube channel. To read this story in its entirety, pick up the latest edition of the Plainview News. Or, find this story in our e-edition which can be found at theplainviewnews.com