A son, Oliver Luke Dea was born on February 8 at Gothenburg Health to Luke and Tiffani Dea from Gothenburg. He weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dana and Sheilla Dea of Gothenburg, Dave and Tracie Gamblin of Gothenburg, and Kevin and Christine Kier of Grand Island.


A daughter, Scarlett Marlene Simants was born on February 15 at Gothenburg Health to Jeffrey and Jasmine Simants from Gothenburg. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Bill and Marlene Fleischer of Gothenburg, Dorothy Simants of Brady, Lyle Dredge of Neligh and Mary Drott of Stanton.


A daughter, Sawyer Anne Waskowiak was born on February 9 at Gothenburg Health to Micah and Stephanie Waskowiak from Cozad. She weighed 8 pounds, 12.6 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Deb and Eldon Waskowiak of Omaha, and Marilyn and Mike Hansen of Omaha.


A son, Xander Charles Schwarz was born on January 8 at Gothenburg Health to Chase and Erica Schwarz from Gothenburg. He weighed 8 pounds, 12.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Brian Schwarz of Denver, CO., Danette Lehmkuhler of Arnold, and Chad and Rhonda Sebade of Wayne. Great-Grandparents are Duane and Caro Lehmkuhler of Arnold.

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“When I was younger, I had a really nice neighbor. His last name was Pigg. One of the naughtiest things I would do is prank call him and ask if he’d seen Porky,” shared my grandmother, Julie Gilg, as we laughed together. I wasn’t expecting my grandma to say something like that. She has always focused on teaching me manners. Nonetheless, I love the fact that she not only has been very loving, but also is very funny.

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Board members, Kelly Terrell, Becky Jobman and Kyle Fornoff, elected in November, read and signed the Oath of Office to begin the Gothenburg Public Schools Board of Education Regular Meeting held this past Tuesday evening.

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A daughter, Oakleigh Ann Blagdon was born December 22 at Great Plains Regional Health to Bailey and Dylan Blagdon of Gothenburg. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Grandparents are Heath and Kathy Maddox and Stacey and Michele Blagdon.

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“The best hiding place was hiding in the grain bins at the farm,” said my grandmother, Judy Alayne Elrick Brown, while she sat in the spare bedroom at her desk. I could see Brown doing this because my family is very competitive, and I am sure she was just as competitive as a kid.


A daughter, Brynlee Marie-Ann Stryker was born on November 19 at Gothenburg Health to Desiray Stryker from Maxwell. She weighed 6 pounds, 3.5 ounces, and was 17 inches long. Grandparents are Jacque Smolik and Jerry Smolik of Maxwell. Great-grandparents are Rhonda Hansen and Dale Hansen, both o Gothenburg.


A daughter, Starlyn Ann Nicola was born on November 22 at Gothenburg Health to Linsey and Danny Nicola from North Platte. She weighed 5 pounds, 2.5 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Grandparents are Pat Noonan of North Platte and Kenneth Schultz of Colon, NE. Greatgrandparents are Kenneth and the late Betty Rae Schultz of Colon, NE and Bonnie Dytrych of Cozad, NE and Ray and Betty Stawmiak of Valley, NE.