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Cheri Hakeneis and her husband Mike currently reside in Laurel with two of their six children, Josh and Chandra. Hakeneis suffers from COPD and is waiting to be placed on the transplant list in Omaha.
LAUREL — Breathing is something everyone does and, usually, it's done without effort.   It’s something most people take for granted. Not Cheri Hakeneis, though. She is thankful for every breath.  Hakeneis, 49, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung...
The final item on the Wayne City Council's agenda on Tuesday was not something council members deal with on a regular basis.Council members were asked to take action to accept the resignation of Mayor Ken Chamberlain.Chamberlain told the council that he and his family will be moving this summer and...
Grass fires flared up both north and south of Wayne Friday afternoon, compounded by gusty winds and dry vegetation left from the winter. More details to follow. 
When disaster struck the east end of Wayne on October 4, 2013, the community and surrounding towns came together to handle the destruction left by the mile-wide tornado. Meetings like the one above, allowed emergency personnel and agencies to communicate a plan. Severe weather plans are imperative to safety, which is why the City of Wayne enacts certain regulations during inclement weather.
As one season’s severe weather comes to a close (hopefully) and another’s begins, it’s important to realize the value of a plan. When the City of Wayne was hit in 2013 by a mile-wide tornado, it helped to make everyone aware of how important having emergency plans was.  The City of Wayne has...
In conjuction with National Severe Weather Awareness Week, which runs March 26 through March 30, the City of Wayne will be participating in a state wide mock tornado drill on Wednesday. The Villages of Carroll and Winside will also be participating. Outdoor tornado warning sirens will be tested...
Several members of the Wayne High School Speech Team represented Wayne at the State Speech Championships on March 22 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.These included Nate Burrows in Entertainment, Jack Osnes in Serious Prose, and Christopher Woerdemann in Extemporaneous. Each performance given...
"Celebrate Earth Day every day" is the message of the Wayne Green Team as they make plans for several community-wide events during the month of April.Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 on April 22 to focus a national day on the environment. This annual event is now 48 years old and recognized...
Jerry Berggren and Doug Etling from Berggren Architects met with the commissioners to discuss the measures that need to be taken to fix numerous issues with the courthouse.
The reconvened meeting of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners on Thursday morning led to the decision to move forward with one option presented to them by Berggren Architects for the repairs and renovation of the courthouse.  After taking time to weigh the options, the board approved Option 2....
The Civil Service Commission is now back to capacity following the approval of two new members during Tuesday's meeting of the Wayne City Council.The appointments of Galen Wiser and Deb Finn were unanimously approved by the council. The two replace Dr. Andria Cooper and Lois Shelton on the...
The Wayne High School speech team brought home the runner-up trophy from the B-4 District Speech at Columbus Lakeview on March 12.Individuals qualifying for the state speech meet in Kearney on Thursday, March 22 include:Nate Burrows, who was district runner-up in Entertainment; and the Oral...

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