‘I always loved folk music, but I never could stand rock music’

“The best thing you should know about my teenage years was the amount of independence, and the worst part was the hormones,” my grandma, Debra Mayers, said with a slight smile on her face as she was sipping black coffee. “For me the sleepovers, or ‘slumber parties’ as you kids call them, were the most fun--especially the one I had on my 13th birthday. I loved all sports: playing them, watching them--I never really was a girly-girl type.”

Local FFA Members Earn Awards At Virtual State Competition

Several Gothenburg FFA members qualified for the State competition in April. The annual event was not held this year due to COVID-19, but the competitors were able to compete virtually. The following is a list of how the students fared:

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During the past few days 6 area 4‑H’ers have been working hard preparing their presentations for Dawson County’s 2020 4‑H Presentation Contest.

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Eleven 4-H’ers from Dawson County were among 172 contestants who competed in the 2020 Nebraska 4-H Public Speaking Contest held Wednesday, June 24, virtually, according to Andrea Nisley, UNL Extension Educator.

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WATERFIGHT!: Jim Aden’s cabin was a bluster of activity on the 4th of July as the annual boat parade made its way through the coves of Jeffrey Lake. Friends, family and neighbors launched a counter attack as they were bombarded with water balloons and water guns from parade participants. CONTRIBUTED


Little Reece Buckley hangs out with his festively adorned calf on the 4th of July. Reece is the son of Brandon and Leann Buckley. (Contributed photo)


Members of the Tail Twisters 4-H Club held their annual 5K Run/Walk on the morning of the 4th of July. Participants glady accepted bottles of water to carry with them on the 3.2 mile trek in the rapidly warming sunshine. The run/walk looked a little different this year with a staggered type start time to be in compliance with the current Directed Health Measures. Club members use the funds raised to help support their activities throughout the year. Local businesses helped their efforts by donating prizes such as gift cards and products from their businesses. SHILOH SCHULTZ

Jackson Michael Wehtje

A son, Jackson Michael Wehtje was born June 22 at Gothenburg Health to Keisha and Stephan Wehtje of Gothenburg. He weighed 7 pounds, 5.5 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long. Grandparents are Jenny and Toby Wehtje of Gothenburg, Rebecca Meredith of Gothenburg and Josh Blake of Cozad. Great-grandparents are Deb and Dennis Meredith of Gothenburg and Carol and Doug Hellbusch of Fullerton.