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The Wayne County Commissioners met July 7 at the Public Safety Annex to discuss a number of issues including long-standing agenda items like the courthouse restoration project and a road usage agreement with TradeWind Energy. Steve Muir of Elkhorn Valley Insurance delivered some bad news about the...
Photo courtesy Bressler-Fest Facebook page
EZB Combo and Unusual Too will play a special Bressler-Fest on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m.
The band that started it all, EZB Combo will play a special Bressler-Fest event on Sunday, July 12. Initially planned to follow the close of the 40th annual Chicken Show, event organizer Jill Brodersen said the show will go on, even though Wayne's community celebration has been postponed. "We...

WAED marketing, events and tourism coordinator Abby Schademann runs the camera as WAED director Luke Virgil talks about the Chicken Show at Chamber Coffee. Virgil was joined both by his daughter, while the Chicken Show's mascot showed off her dance moves behind.
Wayne Area Economic Development's Chamber Coffe was back on Friday morning. The 40th annual Chicken Show was highlighted, with members of the committee sharing their favorite Chicken Show memories. For those still uncomfortable in a crowd, the event was also broadcast on Facebook. The next Chamber...
New playground equipment in Sunnyview Park and work on a sewer line project, as well as the purchase of a pick-up for the street department were items on the agenda when the Wayne City Council met on Tuesday. A proposal from Creative Sites was accepted for the purchase of playground equipment in...

Visitors to the open house were shown idea boards and asked to identify what they liked and what they didn't. Laurel's Downtown Revitalization Project is expected to begin sometime during the spring of 2021.
On June 29, on open house for Laurel's Downtown Revitalization Project was held at the city auditorium. The open house allowed members of the public to give feedback on the aesthetic aspects of the project and allowed designers and engineers to show citizens the scope of the extensive project. "The...
 After being restricted by Directed Health Measures (DHM) and then delayed due to water issues, the Wayne Swimming Pool opened for the 2020 season on July 1.  Swimmers are being asked to follow a number of procedures when entering the pool and while swimming.  The maximum capacity under DHM...

Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner is settling in to her new role as Executive Director of Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation. Rodriguez-Kufner took over at the end of June.
Citing her background as an administrator in the education field and knowledge of writing state and federal grants, Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner said she felt the work of the Wayne Community Housing Development Corporation was a good fit for her. Rodriguez-Kufner became the Executive Director of the...
  Crews from Sudbeck Plumbing & Electric Service Inc. of Harrington were in Wayne on Tuesday to make repairs to a water line in front of the Wayne City Auditorium. Problems did develop during the project and water remains off along Pearl Street from First Street to Third Street. It is...
Wayne Fire Chief Phil Monahan is urging all area residents to use caution when using fireworks in the coming days. The fire department responded to a call on Thursday (June 24) at the Boy Scout Park, also known as Roosevelt Park, near the Logan Creek. A tree was on fire. It was quickly extinguished...

Jim Clark surveys one of the multiple model train displays in the old freight room of Wakefield's Depot Museum. The display in front of Clark has been made to have similarities to the Wakefield community, including a mini version of the depot itself.
In many cases around the country, especially in a rural state like Nebraska, the growth of communities, territories and states are intertwined with the growth of America's  railroads. In Wakefield, a small museum celebrating the town's history with the Chicago and Northwestern rail company and...

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