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Audiologist Vernae Luhr tests a student's hearing during the annual fall hearing screenings.
The average person whispers at a mere 20 decibels while that same person’s chain saw registers at over 100 decibels.  Every day people come in contact with sounds that fall within a safe listening range, but for as many that fall inside that safe level, there are nearly as many that climb far above...
Elementary school students wait for fresh sweet-potato fries in the hot-lunch line.
Once upon a time, the federal guidelines for the lunch program were more lax, requiring minimum but not maximum amounts of certain food groups and leaving a lot up to each school in how the requirements were handled. Those days have come and gone. On any given day, the kitchen at Wayne High School...
Editor's note: In light of all the publicity of recent natural disasters, the following information is being provided by Kim Bearnes, Extension  Educator -University of Nebraska. Natural disasters take a great toll on families and communities. Depending on the event, families may be dealing with...
(Graphic by the Nebraska Department of Education ) The state of Nebraska is broken down into Educational Service Units, where professionals cover numerous communities in that area. ESU 1, located in Wakefield covers the surrounding yellow area in the northeast portion of the state.
Having a child with a disability that impairs their development, either physically, mentally or emotionally, often means fighting to find resources to better serve that child and searching for a support network that understands not only the needs of the child, but also of the parent and other...
From left, pharmacy technicians Shelby Mastalir, CPhT, and Keri Carlson, CPhT, stand with Director of Pharmacy Kim Bentjen, PharmD,RP, and pharmacist Scot Surber, PharmD in the recently remodeled pharmacy at Providence Medical Center.
From ensuring patients at Providence Medical Center receive the proper medications to educating patients on new medications, the pharmacy at PMC pushes patient care to the next level. "A benefit of having the pharmacy here at PMC is we make sure patients are getting the right medication at the...
Taxes paid by local tax payers to support Wayne Community Schools will be approximately $800,000 less than last year following action taken at Monday's meeting of the Wayne Community Schools' Board of Education.Superintendent Mark Lenihan updated the board on the coming year's budget and tax asking...
Weather permitting, the Nebraska Department of Transportation will begin work on N-16 south of Wakefield the week of Sept. 11.The project begins at the N-16/N-35 junction and extends eight and one-half miles south. Work will include bridge deck repair and asphalt overlay.Travel will be reduced to...
Pictured working on several of the Quilts of Valor were, clockwise, Kathy Salmon of Wakefield, Mary Rastede of Allen, Eileen Gentrup of Beemer, Janet Sievers of Carroll, Tracy Henschke of Wakefield, Shar Sievers of Wayne and Imogene Brasch of Wayne.
A group of 15 quilters spent a recent weekend at the Quilt Shop in Wakefield with one goal in mind — construct 20 quilts to be given away to area veterans. The women are part of a Quilts of Valor group that makes and donates quilts to veterans or active service members. Mary Rastede of Allen serves...
In a recent meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, the 2017-2018 budget totaling $21,606,880 was approved. This budget has the lowest tax dollar request since 2013 at $4,590,091.02. The 3.8 percent decrease dropped the tax dollar request by $177,298.72. This decrease comes in spite of...
PMC nurses and area EMTs took part in a recent trauma course taught by the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Area Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and nurses from Providence Medical Center soaked up information like sponges at a recent trauma course taught by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). According to PMC's Trauma Coordinator Beth Sievers, this is just one of many parts to getting...

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