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PJCC Bringing Home Medals At Speech Meets

March 4, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

img_9036-3-col-colorThe Pope John XXIII Speech Team has been busy practicing and accumulating medals during two recent speech meets.


On Saturday, February 28th, the team competed at their own Pope John Invitational Speech Meet.  Finishing in first place was Elgin Public High School, second Place - Neligh Oakdale High School and third - Pope John.
Other schools attending were Lindsay Holy Family, Riverside, Spalding Academy, Newman Grove and Wheeler Central. Pope John results were:
First Place: Informative Speaking - Marie Meis
Second Place: Brody Hupp - Informative Speaking
Second Place:  OID - Shantel Preister, Erin Beckman, Emily Seier, Zach Eischeid and Morgan Childers,
Second Place: Persuasive Speaking - Lexie Heithoff.
Third Place: OID  - Scott Moser, Terri Seier, Lexie Heithoff, Maria Bartak and Karissa Dicke
Third Place: Informative Speaking - Karissa Dicke
Fourth Place: Duet Acting - Sydney Kerkman and Maddie Dilly
Sixth Place: Persuasive Speaking - Terri Seier


On Monday, March 2, PJCC hosted the Niobrara Valley Conference East Speech Competition.
Clearwater-Orchard won the team competition, finishing second was Elgin Public. Pope John Central Catholic finished sixth in the competition. Other schools competing Monday were Ewing, Niobrara, Verdigre, Elkhorn Valley and Neligh-Oakdale.
PJCC medalists were:
Serious Prose: Seventh — Terri Seier
Persuasive Speaking: Fourth — Lexie Heithoff
Informative: Third — Marie Meis
OID: Third — Morgan Childers, Zach Eischeid, Emily Seier, Erin Beckman and Shantel Preister
Extemporaneous: Fourth — Brody Hupp

Harold Miller

March 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Harold Miller
1921 — 2015
Harold B. Miller, 93 of Elgin passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at his home.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (today) at the United Methodist Church in Elgin, with Reverends Michael and Janet Davis officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 229 and VFW Post 5816 of Elgin. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.huffmanlevander.com.
Harold B. Miller, twin son of William H. and Elizabeth (Smith) Miller, was born June 6, 1921 in his family’s home, on a farm near Elgin. He attended school at Sheldon rural district #148 through the 10th grade, graduating from Elgin High School in 1939. He entered the US Navy on Sept. 9, 1942 and served during World War II. He was part of the D-Day invasion, commanding a Higgins boat landing British Commandoes on Juno Beach at 3:00 a.m. on June 6, 1944, his 23rd birthday. At 9 a.m. his LST landed on the beach, where they remained until the tide returned. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Petty Officer in December 1945.
On May 29, 1946, Harold married Arlene M. Edwards at Neligh. Harold was engaged in farming and raising cattle, while the couple made their home on the Miller Farm where he was born, they lived all their married life, and where he passed away. They were blessed with two sons: James and Richard.
Harold was a member of American Legion Post 229 of Elgin, served many years on the Elgin Township board, as well as rural and town school boards. He was a founding member of the Elkhorn Valley Fiddlers which formed circa 1964, entertaining at nursing homes and around the area for over 30 years. One of his favorite pastimes was debating with county officials. He was an avid square dancer and member of the Antelope Promenaders and Oakdale Country Spinners square dance clubs.
He also enjoyed clog dancing, even on and past his 90th birthday. He was a published poet, with a poetry column in the Elgin Review and a book titled, “The Prairie Poet.”.
He is survived by his sons: James (Patricia) Miller of Elgin; Richard Miller of Elgin; two granddaughters: Amanda (Blake) Dills of Oklahoma City, OK; Katie Miller of Chicago, IL; brother Lyle Miller of Neligh; twin brother: Gerald “Red” (Lois) Miller of Norfolk; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, wife Arlene in 1996, five brothers: Charles (Mary), Clifford, William (Ethel), Berle (Harriet), and Paul; and two sisters-in-law: Lena Miller and Edna Wilkinson.

Irene Knutson

March 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Irene Knutson
1925 — 2015
Services for Irene Kathryn Knutson, 89, were Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at Brockhaus-Howser-Fillmer Funeral Home in Norfolk with burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery. She died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Savanna Pines in Lincoln.
Irene Kathryn Knutson, daughter of John and Rose (Pudwill) Scherer, was born on March 12, 1925 in Pollock, S.D.
She was a graduate of Mobridge, S.D, High School. Following graduation she took voice lessons at the University of Minnesota.
She married Bernard Knutson on April 4, 1948, in Huron, S.D. They had six children: Linda (Peter) Korschaug of Ames, Iowa, Karla (Nick) Kounavis of Lincoln, Karlene (Gerald) Moser of Elgin, David and wife Shelley of Scottsbluff, Loring and wife Nancy of Bryan, Texas and Cindy (Craig) Magwire of Lincoln. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Norfolk and the First Baptist Church in Scottsbluff.
Irene was an accomplished vocalist, singing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, performing live on the Arthur Godfrey Show at an Aberdeen radio station and also singing for many weddings, funerals and other events.
She was also a volunteer at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Survivors included all her children; one brother, Don Scherer of California; three sisters, Nita Pengray of California, Norma Colavita of New Jersey and Janice Barker of New Mexico; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bernard, one sister and five brothers.
Memorials can be sent to the First Baptist Church Choir at 3009 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, NE 69361.

Beth Knudson

March 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Beth Knudson
1923 — 2015
Beth Knudson, 91, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Brookstone Acres in Columbus.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 24, at Highland Park Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Mike Escen officiating. Interment followed in the Oakdale Cemetery, Oakdale, Nebraska, on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Visitation was held Monday evening at the Gass Haney Funeral Home and again on Tuesday morning at the church prior to the service.
Etta Beth Knudson was born October 17, 1923, in Elgin, Nebraska, to Oliver and Gertrude (Trenery) Carmichael.
She attended district school in Antelope County and graduated from Elgin High School.
Beth then attended Wayne State Teachers College and then graduated from school of Cosmetology and Barbering in Grand Island.
On September 25, 1949, Beth was united in marriage to James Knudson in Newman Grove, Nebraska. After moving to Columbus, Beth opened Beths Beauty Shop, which she operated for many years. Beth enjoyed all types of painting and teaching others her skills. Beth was a member of Highland Park Evangelical Free Church.
Beth is survived by many nieces and nephews; and one brother-in-law
She was preceded in death by: Parents: Oliver and Gertrude Carmichael; Husband: James Knudson; and Sister: Ima Rose Barrett.
Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com

Pirates End EPPJ Boys Season

March 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

O’NEILL — An eight-point run right before the end of the first half gave Plainview an edge which they used to defeat Elgin Public-Pope John 66 to 55 at the C2-8 Subdistrict.
A bucket by Chad Bode tied the score at 30-all. Plainview (5-17) then scored eight unanswered points in the final 80 seconds to go up 38 to 30 at halftime.
The lead ballooned to 14 points in the fourth quarter. The Wolfpack mounted a comeback, cutting the deficit to seven points with three minutes to play. The Wolfpack managed just two points the rest of the way.
Seth Schumacher led EPPJ with 14 points, Regan Kerkman had 11. The loss ends the Wolfpack’s season. They finished with a 7-15 record.
Plainview 66, Wolfpack 55
Plainview……13  25  15  13 — 66
Wolfpack……14  16  15  10 — 55
Wolfpack — Chad Bode 2-5 2-4 6, Jack Borer 1-5 0-0 3, Zach Eischeid 3-6 0-1 6, Kyle Heithoff 2-5 0-2 5, Kyle Kallhoff 2-12 0-0 5, Regan Kerkman 5-7 0-1 11, Austin Meis 1-5 2-4 4, Seth Schumacher 5-11 3-3 14. Team totals: 21-56 7-15 55. Three-point shots — Wolfpack 5 (Jack Borer 1, Kyle Heithoff 1, Kyle Kallhoff 1, Regan Kerkman 1, Seth Schumacher 1).
Team statistics: Rebounds — Wolfpack 33 (Kyle Heithoff 8). Assists — Wolfpack 13 (Seth Schumacher 4). Steals — Wolfpack 10 (Seth Schumacher 5, Regan Kerkman 4). Turnovers — Wolfpack 9.

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