Year in Review Part 1

CUTTING THE RIBBON: This ribbon cutting marked the opening of Vike's Corner, one of several events that took place in the Waverly area during the first half of 2019.

WAVERLY – As 2019 comes to a close, The News takes a look back at some of the events from the first half of the year.

January

A Lincoln man was arrested in Greenwood Sunday evening, after being sought by law enforcement in three counties. Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said Kenneth H. Smith, 24, was taken into custody around 6 p.m., after he abandoned the stolen vehicle he was driving and went into a trailer house in Greenwood.

The top-ranked Waverly Vikings remained undefeated after earning a hard-fought road victory over the Beatrice Orangemen on Jan. 8

The Raymond Central wrestling team defeated Malcolm 42-27 at a home dual on Jan. 10.

The new sign with the new name went up earlier this month, but it has been good food and service as usual at one Waverly cafe. Joni’s Cafe is now Vike’s Corner. A ribbon cutting organized by the Waverly Chamber of Commerce last Thursday at the long-time mainstay along Highway 6 officially recognized the name change.

February

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse announced that he nominated Samuel Schneider, of Raymond, to attend the United States Air Force Academy.

Raymond Central Senior Easton Albrecht capped his Mustang wrestling career at a familiar place.Albrecht became just the seventh Mustang to compete in four state meets and left this year’s event with a third-place medal, his best finish in Omaha.

The Waverly Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department held its annual awards banquet on Feb. 2 at the Waverly VFW Building. Annual awards included Firefighter of the Year and EMT of the Year. John Wilson was chosen as the Firefighter of the Year and Nathan Vidlak was chosen as EMT of the Year.

March

An application for a liquor license by Midnite Dreams, doing business as Shaker’s, was given approval by the Waverly City Council. According to Waverly City Administrator Stephanie Fisher, the council voted unanimously to approve the Class I Liquor License application, submitted by Dan Robinson.

The Raymond Central Speech Team again made the trip to the state championships and again brought home medals. Mustang Speaker Brigit Schultz earned a gold medal with her first place finish in oral interpretation of poetry. Also bringing home a medal was Colton Arias. Arias took fifth place in entertainment speaking.

April

The Bake Vault opened in February at the historic building at the corner of Kenilworth and 142nd streets in downtown Waverly and owner Rae Fraley said the bakery is off to a good start. Fraley and her husband, Nick, also own Vike’s Corner in Waverly. The Davey couple has worked together in that Highway 6 mainstay restaurant since 2017.

Reed Manstedt has been hired to replace Tim Williams as the Waverly head football coach. Manstedt, a Wahoo High School graduate, comes to Waverly after coaching for the past four seasons at Crete High School where he compiled a record of 10-26.

More resignations this past month has left Raymond Central looking for new staff, including a new high school principal. At its April 10 meeting, the board accepted several resignations. Among them was Kolin Haecker, who is the junior/senior high school principal and sixth through 12th grade curriculum director. Haecker has been with the district for 12 years, but will be leaving to become superintendent at Bruning-Davenport Public Schools.

The Raymond Central Future Business Leaders of America Chapter attended the State Leadership Conference April 4 through 6 at the Ramada Inn in Omaha. Raymond Central had a record number of 16 events place in the top eight. National qualifiers were Madison Parde, Trevor Oldfield, and Helen Andelt –Website Design, first; Sydnie Blanchard – Intro to Parlia-mentary Procedure, first; Connor Nichols – Intro to Information Technology, first; Kelbie Schnieder – Sales Presentation, second; Connor Nichols – Coding and Programming, third; Amanda Gyhra – Job Interview – third; Lauren Prososki – Intro to FBLA, fourth; Scott Tvrdy – Parliamentary Procedure, fifth and Logan Parde, eighth. Other top eight finishers included Gyhra – Future Business Leader, fourth; Gyhra – Local Chapter Annual Report, fourth; Schnieder and Con-Nichols – Community Ser-vice Project, fifth; Logan Parde – Intro to Financial Math, sixth; Peyton Taylor and Megan Lange – American Enterprise Project, seventh; Logan Parde, Madison Parde, and Andelt – Business Ethics, seventh and Schnieder – Job Interview, tenth. Members receiving Honorable Mention (top 4 percent) were Blanchard, Lexi Dubas and Megan Lange – Intro to Business Presentation; Logan Parde – Intro to Business; Connor Nichols – Intro to Business Communications; Blanchard and Jaci Bryce – Intro to FBLA; and Tvrdy – Intro to Financial Math. Gyhra was recognized as Who’s Who in FBLA and Gyra, Schnieder, Taylor, Hain, Nichols and Dubas received Quality Member Pins.

May

Following a four-week voting period, Frontier Cooperative and Midwest Farmers Cooperative members approved the unification of their cooperatives. Frontier Cooperative members passed the unification resolution with a 69.30 percent approval margin, while Midwest Farmers Cooperative passed the unification resolution with 70.45 percent voting yes.

The Waverly Viking girls soccer team finished one win shy of qualifying for the state tournament after falling to top-ranked Omaha Skutt Catholic 8-0 in the Class B-1 district championship game on May 4 in Omaha.

Allison Stansberry will become the next high school principal for Raymond Central Public Schools.

The top-ranked Waverly Viking baseball team saw their season come to an end with a 7-6 loss to the Bennington Badgers on May 15 at Werner Park in Papillion. Prior to playing the Badgers the Vikings kept their season alive with an 11-6 win over the Elkhorn Antlers on May 14.

June

A town hall meeting gave the public a chance to see the developing plans for a new Waverly Aquatic Center, and offer an opportunity for input.

School District 145 is on the hunt for a new kindergarten teacher for the next school year. Next year’s enrollment at that grade level has pushed the district to add a sixth kindergarten teacher at Hamlow Elementary. Superintendent Cory Worrell reported that the Board of Education gave the go ahead at its meeting June 3 to add another kindergarten section and hire another teacher.

Raymond Central Superintendent Dr. Derrick Joel reported Monday that several improvement projects are underway at the district’s buildings.

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