Crofton Squad named Heroes... The Crofton Rescue Squad was the recipient of the Modern Woodmen's Hometown Heroes Award on Tuesday, March 30. Business representative Tammy Matuska presented the squad with a check for $100 to be donated to a charity or nonprofit as well as $100 for use by the squad. The squad voted to donate to the American Legion elevator project. The donation to the squad will be used toward another defibrillator at a public place in Crofton.
Fuelberth, Steffen share faith in FOCUS ministry A pair of young men from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance are doing more than completing their college degrees. They are both finding creative ways to share their faith with other college students. To read all about FOCUS ministry, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
"Students of term" need at school Crofton Community Schools recently released the third-term "Student of the Term" awards to a junior high and senior high student. This term's winners were: High School: Ethan Tramp Junior High School: Wyatt Tramp Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read all about the award and the other students who were nominated.
Council approves pool refurbishment plan The Crofton City Council voted to open the current Crofton pool by Memorial Day of this year for the summer season, and also approved an estimate of costs for the refurbishment of the pool, starting a new direction for the future of the swimming pool in the community. For the full story, including other business the council discussed, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lakeview Course opens for season The Crofton Lakeview Golf Course officially opened for the season on March 24. Manager Luke DeBlauw reports that the course will be open as long as temperatures for the day are at least 50 degrees. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton Warriors hold "Tropical Breeze" Prom By: Roy Knapp, CCS Journalism Crofton High School hosted their Prom on March 26. The Crofton students, and their guests, fancied up to attend the festivities themed, "Tropical Breeze." Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read all about the "Tropical Breeze" Prom.
Crofton High School holds National Honor Society Induction By: Paul Konechne, CCS Journalism Crofton High School held their National Honor Society induction ceremony on March 23, 2021 at the high school. There were 31 new members inducted into the National Honor Society. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Fundraiser features "Pi Day..." Frannie Guenther picks up a pie that he ordered from the Crofton Senior Center for their belated "Pi Day" fundraiser. Pictured with Frannie are volunteers Janet Lammers, Pat Wakeley, Nancy Schieffer, and manager Mary Sawatzke. The center sold 78 pies baked by 27 individuals. The center has planned to reopen for in house meals on April 19.
Warrior Speech Team Places Runner-up at State By: Abby Steffen, CCS Journalism The Crofton Warrior Speech Team went to the State Invitational and brought home the runner up title with a second-place team finish. To find out who competed in which event(s), pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton business owners glad to be back at work It was March 11, 2020 when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In light of the one year anniversary, the Crofton Journal reached out to some of the Crofton businesses to determine what the year had brought in terms of changes in day-to-day business, adaptions for limiting spread of the virus, and hopes for the coming months. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Wins Districts, 16 to State By: Roy Knapp, CCS Journalism The Crofton Warrior Speech Team headed to Homer on March 10 to compete in their C1-3 District Meet. Crofton brought 18 entries to the competition in hopes of having a number of them qualify for State. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Frady documents Crofton's present and history Sometimes it takes leaving one's hometown for a number of years and then returning in retirement to appreciate the beauty of the countryside and then chronicle it in photographs. That's the path of Crofton native Bruce Frady, a 1970 graduate of Crofton High School. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Journalism class "takes the Cake" By: Abby Steffen, CCS Journalism A chiffon cake is a very delicate cake, and there are many elements that are necessary for this delectable treat. Sometimes it is hard to believe, but the temperature of the ingredients greatly impacts the cake's taste and texture. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the chocolate chiffon cake with whipped cream frosting recipe and directions.
Local fifth grader honored for Winning Essay Panning is the daughter of Tiffany and Jerrad Panning of Crofton and her essay, "What my Mother Means to Me" was one of the top 10 essays in the state of Nebraska in a contest held by the American Mothers Inc. To read all about American Mothers Inc., pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton Speech Wins Two in One Week By: Quinn Schieffer, CCS Journalism The Crofton Warrior Speech Team has triumphed once again after competing in the Mid-State Conference Tournament on February 24, and the Battle Creek Braves Classic on February 27. For individual results, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Community Bible Church moves into Crofton location The independent congregation based west of Crofton was without a pastor after Rev. Mark McClintick announced that he would be leaving in January 2020 after serving as the pastor for eight years. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lady Warriors score trip to Lincoln By: Roy Knapp, CCS Journalism The Crofton Lady Warriors have booked a trip to Lincoln after a championship win in the district final game over the Freeman Falcons on February 26 in Columbus. The Crofton Lady Warriors will travel down to Lincoln to compete in the Class C2 State Championship tournament starting on March 3. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Vaccinations reach 200,000 registrations The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 Vaccination portal reached and exceeded the milestone of 200,000 Nebraskans registered for the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday evening. The full story can be found on the front page of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Warriors selected for All-State band By: Quinn Schieffer, CCS Journalism Several Crofton Junior High and High School band members have been selected for Class C All-State Band. Class C takes place at Kearney High School on March 20. To find out which Warriors was selected, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Warriors fall to Titans and Cardinals By: Jada Schmidt, CCS Journalism The Warriors had two players scoring double digits against the Tea-Area Titans on February 9. To find out how the Warriors did against Boone Central and the final score against the Cardinals, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Fischer, Janssen bring home medals The Crofton-Bloomfield varsity wrestling team, affectionately dubbed the "WarBees," traveled to the State Wrestling tournament this past week, and brought home two medals for the team's effort. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story and even more photos from the state tournament.
Class competes with sandwiches By: Wayne Bilka, CCS Journalism On February 8, Mrs. Thoene's Culinary class competed in a sandwich making competition. Each kitchen drew for the type of sandwich their kitchen would create. To find out who competed and which kitchen won, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Three Lady Warriors play last game By: Paul Konechne, CCS Journalism The Lady Warriors had three seniors play their last home regular season game on February 11 against the Norfolk Catholic Knights. For the full story, including how the Lady Warriors did versus Randolph, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Human trafficking plaguing millions While our energy, attention, and concerns have been focused for the past 12 months on a deadly virus and respiratory illness, there has been a seeping of an equally deadly crime which has little to do with airborne droplets, masks, and hand washing. It is the practice of human trafficking. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Extreme cold grips Nebraska Winter Weather descended quickly on northeast Nebraska this week with frigid temperatures pushing into the -20s or below in some local communities. As temperatures plummeted, the area was also hit with additional bad news, the power might be cut off for forced rolling blackouts. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
"State 8" qualified for tournament The Crofton-Bloomfield wrestling team captured a fourth-place Class C-1 District tournament finish at Boone Central in Albion, and qualified eight wrestlers for the State Tournament at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. The full story can be found on the front page of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Marilyn's family would love to have you help celebrate her 80th birthday on February 19 by sending cards to Marilyn Tramp 55219 892 Road Crofton, NE 68730 or give her a call at 402-388-4690.
New Youth Wrestling program seeing success The Crofton-Bloomfield Youth Wrestling program is in full swing this winter with youngsters from Crofton and Bloomfield practicing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the gym of the old St. Joseph's School building in rural Constance. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Crofton FFA takes first in Livestock Judging By: Abby Steffen, CCS Journalism Crofton FFA dominated at District Livestock Judging by placing first as a team in both the Senior and Junior levels. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to find out who competed.
Lady Warriors crowned Conference Champions By: Roy Knapp, CCS Journalism On Thursday, February 4, the Crofton Lady Warriors played O'Neill in the Mid-State Conference semifinals at Battle Creek. For the full story, including how the ladies did versus GACC, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Battle of the Bands-"We Only Have One Volume" By: Abby Steffen, CCS Journalism The Crofton Warrior Band performed at the Battle of the Bands on Friday, January 29 at the high school gymnasium; due to Covid restrictions other bands were not able to come. For the full story and even more photos, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Pool Account now open... School counselor Bridget Schumacher accompanied the Crofton Elementary Student Council to Farmers & Merchants State Bank on Wednesday, January 27 to open an account to help finance a new swimming pool in Crofton. Students from grades kindergarten through grade six donated money from their own resources to open the account with $780.24.
Bringin' Back the Old: Lettermen Jackets By: Brittany Tramp, CCS Journalism A long lost tradition has been brought back into the light at Crofton High School. Lettermen jackets have made their reappearance for the first time in many years. To read all about the lettermen jackets, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Boys basketball continues to struggle By: Jada Schmidt, CCS Journalism The Warriors traveled to West Point on Saturday, January 30 to take on the Guardian Angel Central Catholic Bluejays. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to find out how the Warriors did, including their game against Pierce.
Kloster worked security at 2021 Inauguration Crofton resident Eric Kloster is known to his friends and neighbors around town as the "Nebraska State Patrol guy." But, Master Sergeant Kloster took on a new role when his Air National Guard unit was summoned to Washington, D.C. to assist with security during the Presidential Inauguration on January 20. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
FCCLA youth show in virtual STAR By: Ashely Tramp, CCS Journalism The Crofton FCCLA Chapter submitted their 2021 STAR projects to be judged for District FCCLA. Crofton has five competitors in three events this year. To find out who competed in which events, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Wrestlers win Plainview Invite By: Wayne Bilka, CCS Journalism The Crofton-Bloomfield wrestling team competed in two meets on January 28 and 30. The first meet was the MidState Conference Tournament in Pierce. Crofton-Bloomfield took first at the Plainview Invite. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton Speech Team Off to a Hot Start By: Roy Knapp, CCS Journalism On Saturday, January 23, the Crofton High School Speech Team competed in their first meet of the season at Boone Central High School in Albion. Students competed in various events throughout the day and had many finalists. To find out how the students did in Albion and Hartington, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Unity supper to have online auction Plans are quickly falling into place for the 2021 St. Rose of Lima Unity Supper and Grand Auction. Although there won't be the theme-decorated hall for dining and socializing as in past years, the annual fundraiser for the St. Rose Catholic School expects to maneuver pandemic precautions for another successful event in February. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
St. Rose School hosts Catholic Schools Week activities St. Rose School in Crofton will celebrate Catholic education with hundreds of other catholic schools across the country this upcoming week, from January 30th through February 5th. To find out how the school will celebrate, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Hochstein marks 50 years as transplant recipient There are commemorations of notable anniversaries and observances of remarkable birthdays, but Marilyn Zurcher Hochstein will be celebrating a truly extraordinary anniversary on February 10 of 50 years with two kidney transplants. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Crofton-Bloomfield season has full head of steam By: Wayne Bilka, CCS Journalism The Crofton-Bloomfield wrestling team competed in two home meets on January 12 and 14. The first meet was a dual against Elkhorn Valley and the first ranked team in class D, Plainview. To find out how the wrestlers did, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton's Allen purchases Butcher Block The 2021 New Year marks new ownership for T&R Butcher Block in Fordyce, as of January 1, Jared "JT" Allen has purchased the meat processing business from Rich and Tricia Millage who have owned it since 1999. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Sufficool: 80th Birthday The family of Karol Sufficool is requesting a card shower in honor of her 80th Birthday on Wednesday, January 27th. Greeting cards will reach her at: 1503 W. 2nd St., Crofton, NE 68730
Crofton’s 6th grade girls basketball, recently began play in the Wausa League, back row (l to r): Macy Baker, Elizabeth Deroos, Brooklyn Guenther, Armana Sprakel; and front row (l to r): Jenna Tramp, Jazzmyn Wieseler and Brooklyn Wiebelhaus. The girls are coached by Wendy Wieseler and Courtney Baker. The girls played Laurel winning 37-9 and playing Creighton winning 38-9. They will play three more weeks for the tournament.
What goes around comes around, all in a good way Since Main Street Treasures opened its doors in 2017, the dedicated staff of this thrift store have not only made significant contributions to local projects and deserving individuals and families, it has also donated hundreds of boxes of usable goods to the Orphan Grain Train. Pick up the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Crofton FFA qualifies teams, individuals for state By: Stephanie Mann, Crofton FFA Advisor The District 4 FFA District Leadership Development Events took place at Emerson-Hubbard High School on December 16 with some Crofton FFA members in attendance--with a number earning a State competition place. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
USDA opens CRP registration From the USDA Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can sign up for the popular program beginning Jan. 4, 2021 until Feb. 12, 2021. For more information on the CRP registration, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lady Warriors split games at tourney The Crofton Lady Warriors took to the court for another win on December 21, taking a 55-37 victory over West Point-Beemer. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story. Picture: with lifted Directed Health Measures restrictions, the Crofton Warrior Band was allowed to finally regroup in person and play for the Crofton Warrior basketball games held on Tuesday, Jan. 5 against the visiting Ponca Indians.
Downed flags saved by two local boys, "the right thing" done Wear and tear on the metal ring attached to the pulley which holds both the American flag and the Nebraska State flag in place was determined as the cause of these two flags falling to the ground sometime in October 2020. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Input sought virtually for Gavins "Master Plan" The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District is updating and revising the Master Plan for this civil works project in 2020-2022. To read all about the "Master Plan" and how it will affect Gavins Point/Lewis and Clark Lake, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Those Crofton Warriors selected for the NSAA Academic All-State for the season included, front row (l tor ): Paris Walters (Girls Golf), Kiera Altwine (Cross Country), Cassie Altwine (Volleyball), Kelsey Schieffer (Cross Country), Allie Dahl (Volleyball); and back row: Connor Arens (Cross Country), Zach Weber (Football), Mayson Ostermeyer (Football) and Austin Guenther (Cross Country). Not pictured: Piper Dather (Girls Golf).
Lady Warriors 2-1 before break The Crofton Lady Warriors hosted Humphrey St. Francis on December 28 when the teams returned to the court following the holiday break. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Committee to explore use of Native themed mascots From the Omaha World-Herald A state civil rights committee has scheduled a series of public meetings, beginning Monday, to explore whether Native American themed school mascots are appropriate or not. To find out when the meetings are scheduled for, including how to register, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
City Council hires attorney, splits clerk, treasurer The Crofton City Council met in special session on December 28 to consider the City Attorney position, and to clarify how the front office will be working following last month's decisions not to reappoint the former City Attorney, and the Mayor's suggestions for office help. To read all about the special meeting, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Warrior Student Council holds food drive Every year, the Crofton High School Student Council and National Honor Society choose a group community service project. This year, due to the pandemic, members chose to round up 320 food items for the Knox County Food Pantry. They organized a competition to see which homeroom could bring the most nonperishable food items. Mr. Bossman's homeroom brought the most food and was rewarded with breakfast pizza on Tuesday, December 22.
Weigand tree decorating contest under way Sophia, Cecilia, Meredith and Elizabeth Wortmann decorate one of the spruce trees at the entrance to Weigand SRA with munchies for wildlife as part of the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. Trees can be decorated by families or groups through January 3, with judging to take place on January 4.
St. Rose CCD donated diapers to drive... St. Rose CCD students and families recently fulfilled a December service project as part of their faith formation. Donations of diapers for the Missouri Valley Pregnancy Resource Center in Yankton were collected through a Diaper Drive. The students co-oped with the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Feeding God’s Children campaign of service and giving. Each student was presented with a free t-shirt from the Foresters. Executive Director and Founder of Missouri Valley Pregnancy Resource Center, Rachel Jones accepted the donations from CCD teachers Jamie Miller, Chelsi Hames, and Foresters officer, Holly Wortmann.
Crofton Skaters take to the ice on Yankton rink In recent years, there's been a contingent of young athletes from Crofton who lace up their skates several times a week and take over the indoor ice rink in Yankton for hockey and figure staking. One of those seasoned hockey players is high school senior Zach Weber. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Warriors open with two tough losses By: Nathanial Stevens, CCS Journalism The Crofton boys' basketball team started their season with three games during the first two weeks of December. The full story can be in the Crofton Journal.
Center vestibule nears completion Designed to prevent cold outside air from getting into the Senior Center, work on the vestibule is nearing completion. Framing work was done by Frank and Megan Marsh, drywall hanging, finishing and priming is being done by Kim Sawatzke, and painting will be done by manager Mary Sawatzke. An interior swinging door which is handicapped accessible will be installed by Doug DeShazer. The project is expected to be completed in the next 2-3 weeks. Thanks go out to all who donated money and labor. Photo: Kim Sawatzke and Frank Marsh
C/B wrestlers on the mat at Bon Homme triangular By: Makenna Guenther Photos by: Piper Dather The Crofton-Bloomfield wrestling team traveled to Bon Homme Tuesday, December 8 for a triangular. The wrestlers took everything they had to the mats in the triangular they competed in. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to find out how the team did.
Lady Warriors keep winning, Losing takes 400th victory By: Rowdy Hegge, CCS Journalism On Tuesday, December 8, the Crofton Lady Warriors basketball team took the battle to Boone Central securing the win with a final score of 64-27. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Locals perform with NECC band, choir From NECC The College/Community Concert Band, Northeast Jazz Machine and Northeast Concert Choir will take the stage in the performance that was filmed recently on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. For the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Q125 committee donates to CCF fund The Crofton Q125 Committee has officially finished its duties with a final check for $3,671.95 has been deposited in the Crofton Community Unrestricted Endowment Fund. The Q125 Committee’s wish is that some of the interest from this Endowment Fund will be used for seed money for Crofton’s 150th celebration. A check for $2,500 was previously issued to Main Street Treasures to help pay for Crofton’s new sign. With that, the funds are at zero and the books are closed. “Thanks to all who helped make Crofton’s 125th such a huge success, and best wishes to those who will plan Crofton’s next big Birthday party,” said Arens.
Christmas services adapt to COVID Christmas will be celebrated in Crofton area churches taking into account the necessary health precautions which have become part of the normal routine for everyone in recent months. To find out how the churches are adapting the Christmas service, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Agribusiness sparks new product ideas By: Jayden Jordan, CCS Journalism On Wednesday, December 9th, Mrs. Stephanie Mann's Agricultural Business class was assigned the project to develop a new product. The new product development project is a very hands-on way to combine many of the principles students learn in the Agribusiness class through the semester. To read all about the new ideas, and to see all the photos, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
The Crofton High School one-act play cast and crew brought the curtain down on their 2020 season by participating in the C1-3 District One-Act Play Contest, held Dec. 3 in Wausa and a number of cast members were recognized with Outstanding Acting Awards. Pictured are those award winners (L to R): front -- Lauren Buschkamp, Brittany Tramp, Hope Steffen, Rori Schmidt, and Elizabeth Wortmann; back -- Garret Buschkamp, Gavin Potts, and Connor Arens. Not pictured: Abby Steffen. Wausa/Osmond finished first in the team race and qualified to compete in the state contest, to be held this week in Norfolk. Crofton earned fourth place. Eight schools competed in the district event. Submitted photo
New council members sworn in McNally not re-appointed as attorney... Monday evening's Crofton City Council meeting stretched into near three hours after all was said and done with the old council retiring after a bit of business, and the two new Council members causing a stir in appointments by the Mayor. To read how the meeting went, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lighted parade a success Crofton's first lighted Christmas Parade was a huge success according to event chairperson Susie Hillman. The Crofton Community Club made the decision to hold the parade in lieu of the traditional Santa Day celebration. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lady Warriors tear into Laurel's Bears The Crofton Lady Warriors basketball team opened their 2020-21 season with a big win over the visiting Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Lady Bears on Friday, Dec. 4 in Crofton. The Lady Warriors took the game 69-28. To read how the players did, including the team's upcoming games, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Gridiron Warriors named All-District... Crofton Warrior football players selected for All-District honors were: Jimmy Allen, Austin Tramp, Jaden Zimmerman, and Zach Weber. Crofton Warrior football players selected for All-District honorable mention were: Jack Lange, Calvin Dather, Stran Sage, and William Poppe.
Wrestlers fight to near win at Creighton Invite opener The Crofton/Bloomfield wrestling team traveled to the Creighton Invite on Saturday, Dec. 5 for the 2020 season opener, and narrowly missed winning the tournament title by just 12 points to the lead team. To find out how each wrestler did, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lady Warriors open with experience on December 4 By: Jayden Jordan, CCS Journalism Going into his 17th season as head coach for the Crofton Lady Warriors, Aaron Losing sees a bright future for the team this season. To read the entire story, including what quote he is using to guide the team this year, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
C/B wrestlers, staff ready for "best season yet" By: Brittany Tramp, CCS Journalism Crofton/Bloomfield head wrestling coach, Caden Alexander, was asked a few questions to preview the upcoming wrestling season. To read Alexander's answers, including what quote he is using to guide the team this season, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton School Board hears project options The Crofton School Board hosted two speakers who shared their expertise for possible future facility projects at a special meeting on Monday, November 30. To read all about the project options, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Government Students get a taste for politics By: Makenna Guenther, CCS Journalism Mr. Doerr, Crofton High School Social Studies teacher, has a campaign happening in his second block Government class. To read about the campaign ads the students are creating, find this story in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Caregiver baskets delivered in Crofton Kim and Mary Sawatzke hold one of 10 gift boxes to be delivered to caregivers throughout Crofton. Items included in the boxes were blankets, chocolates, hot chocolate, drinking mugs, coffee, and hand sanitizer which were purchased with grant funds and donated by individuals.
School tells of DHM adjustments From Crofton Community School The Crofton Community School District will be taking steps to limit spectator attendance at winter activities, yet still allow for attendance by fans from both schools. The measures are intended to be in compliance with the latest Directed Health Measure (DHM) and will be effective December 1, 2020. The full story can be found on the front page of this week's Crofton Journal.
New DHM rules released for Nebraska A new Directed Health Measure was released by Governor Pete Ricketts and the Department of Health and Human Services as of Tuesday, Dec. 1, and will be in effect until December 31, unless renewed or extended. To read details on the new rules, find this story in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal available now.
Santa Day Parade this weekend, December 6 Even though the traditional Santa Day at Crofton's City Auditorium is cancelled for this year, the Crofton Community Club has found a way to share the joy of the season by hosting a lighted holiday parade on Sunday, December 6. For details on the Santa Day Parade, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Sawatzkes set up perpetual scholarship The Crofton Community Foundation Fund (CCFF) has announced the Lyle and Shirley Sage Sawatzke Scholarship, a permanent account for a perpetual scholarship awarded to a Crofton senior annually. To read all about the scholarship, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Warriors win awards at Once-Act Conference Submitted article The Crofton High School one-act play cast, crew, and directors ventured to West Point on Wednesday, November 12 to take part in their first competition of the 2020 season, the Mid-State Conference One-Act Play Contest. To find out how the conference went, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
City planning hydrant flush City Staff Will Be Flushing Water Hydrants on Monday, Nov. 23 in the early afternoon. Customers may experience disruption in service or discoloration in the water during this time. Contact the City Office for any service interruptions that persist, and allow water to run to attempt to remedy discoloration.
Legion raising funds for uplifting elevator project It's been an uphill journey, but the Crofton American Legion Post 128 is determined to install an elevator in their building as soon as the funding is in place. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Christensen Farms donates to Legion In honor of Veteran's Day, Christensen Farms, one of the largest family-owned pork producers in the country, donated a total of $10,000, as well as Thanksgiving hams valuing $10,000 to Veterans organizations across the Midwest. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal, available now, to read the full story.
Snow piled up Tuesday... Starting early Tuesday, Nov. 10, snow began falling, and it kept falling, and kept falling, until more than 4-5 inches were reported around the area-as shown by these shots at the Crofton Veteran's Memorial and the South Park area. By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, weather had cleared.
Official election results told for Crofton area With "official" results posted- the Knox County Clerk has drawn a final close to the 2020 elections, at least locally with all votes tallied and reconciled by the canvassing board. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read the official local election results.
Indian holiday shines for "light over darkness" By: Brittany Tramp, CCS Journalism Diwali is an Indian holiday that represents "the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance," according to The Times of India website. To read how Diwali is celebrated, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
New DHMs come into play Wednesday, November 11 Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read about the Directed Health Measures changes. All changes are statewide and took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Crofton Students explore quilting By: Makenna Guenther, CCS Journalism Jonelle Thoene's 12-member Textiles class at Crofton High School is making quilts. The students in the class each get the opportunity to go out and find their own fabric to make their perfect lap quilt. To get to the point of finally making the quilts, Thoene taught her students the anatomy of a sewing machine, and had them practice sewing pieces of fabric together. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Students observe Veteran's Day By: Nathanial Stevens, CCS Journalism Veteran's Day was recognized on Wednesday, November 11. Veteran's Day is a very important day because it honors all of the soldiers that fought for American freedom, and the ones who died trying their very best to make the United States what it is today. To read more on the history of Veteran's Day, including the assembly held at the Crofton High School gym, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Gov. Ricketts urges Nebraskans to redouble efforts to stay healthy Governor Pete Ricketts held a press briefing on Thursday at the Capitol to provide updates on the State's pandemic response. As the virus continues to spread, he urged Nebraskans to avoid the "Three Cs:" 1. Crowded places 2. Close contacts 3. Confined spaces. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal, available now.
"Twinderella" is troupe's theatre Submitted Article The Crofton High School drama students are working on their one-act play for the fall drama season. The play being entered in competitions this year is "Twinderella." To read all about the play, including the cast and crew list, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
New Arrivals: Guenther Tony and Kim Guenther of Crofton, have announced the birth of their daughter, Monica Gail Guenther. She was born October 11, 2020 at 12:48 p.m., she was 10 pounds, and 22 inches long. Her siblings are Caitlin (15), Emily (13), Brady (11), Logan (9), Isaac (6) and Jordyn (3). Her grandparents are Don and Bev Guenther of Crofton, and Tim and Gail Sunderman of Key West, Fla.
Lady Warriors end season with Knights The Crofton Lady Warriors ended their 2020 volleyball season with a loss to Norfolk Catholic in the Nebraska School Activities Associations C2-5 district finals on October 31st. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read more.
Halloween event well attended... Warm weather and that once-a-year drive for candy brought out kids, and some kids-at-heart, to the 2020 Crofton Community Club's trick-or-treat event in downtown Crofton last week. Youth of all ages patrolled the streets looking for some generous donors to the yearly candy fund. Here's a few snaps from in front of the Journal office.
Local Business Creationz Features Hand-Crafted Soaps When she's not offering a friendly smile and tabulating your weekly staples at People's Grocery in Crofton, Cheryl Schmidt is busy making and marketing her line of homemade soaps. To read all about Schmidt's business, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Early voters file 80 percent of ballots Eighty percent of the ballots for the 2020 General Election had been returned to the Knox County Courthouse as of Monday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m., and Joann Fischer, Knox County Clerk and Election Administrator, already knew at that point that this was the biggest voter turnout ever for the county. To read the full story, including Fischer's comments, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Unofficial Election results reported Around 9 p.m. on November 3rd, the County Clerk and staff were busy counting ballots and reporting preliminary, unofficial results on the website for the majority of the local, state, and county election races. The clerk reported a near 85 percent voter turnout for Knox County. Pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read the full list of unofficial results.
Deer Checks electronic this year Because of COVID-19 concerns, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will not run check stations this firearm deer season. Instead, all deer will be checked in electronically via Telecheck. To read details on the electronic checks, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Welcome Wagon: Shawna and Jaylynn Wulf Shawna Wulf, and her 10-year old daughter, Jaylynn, moved to Crofton from Ashland this summer. They chose Crofton because a friend of Shawna's owned a house here and was selling it. She is hoping to open a housekeeping business in the area. They enjoy being outside and sitting around a firepit. They enjoy the quiet, small town that Crofton has to offer.
Crofton Competes at Mid-State Conference Tournament By: Brittany Tramp and Jayden Jordan, CCS Journalism The Crofton Lady Warriors started their Mid-State Conference Tournament by competing against the Boone Central Cardinals October 19. To read all about the conference tournament, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton Warriors get play-off berth with 63-6 win The Crofton Warriors hosted the Bancroft-Rosalie-Lyons-Decatur Northeast in a home contest on Oct. 23 defeating the visitors and pushing the Warriors to a playoff game. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Family with local ties gifts $1 million to Crofton Community Foundation Fund From the Nebraska Community Foundation The family of Merle Guenther fulfilled his wishes to see the community grow by making Crofton Community Foundation Fund (CCFF) the beneficiary of a $1 million gift from a donor-advised fun in his name. To read the full story, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Reminder: Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 1 Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 a.m. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
Freshman Arens wins gold in Class D race By: Rowdy Hegge, CCS Journalism The Crofton Cross Country team charged to the State Meet on October 23 for a freezing final run of this season, and returned home with a Class D State Champion in freshman Jordyn Arens. The full story, including the runners results, can be found on the front page of the Crofton Journal, available now.
National Candy Corn Day By: Makenna Guenther, CCS Journalism National Candy Corn Day is October 30. According to the National Day Calendar website, in the late 1800s, George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn. Candy corn was originally called chicken feed. To read more on the history of candy corn, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Arboretum trees begin to change Crofton Courts Arboretum in the North Park is in full autumn colors this week, with the orange of sugar maple, scarlet of autumn blaze maple and amur maple, and yellow of ash and cottonwood. For tree enthusiasts, many of the arboretum trees are labeled with common and scientific names.
Aaron & Melinda Kleinschmidt Aaron and Melinda Kleinschmidt settled into Crofton to be midpoint between their jobs. Aaron Kleinschmidt, originally from Wausa, works at Menard's in Yankton loading and unloading merchandise. Melinda Kleinschmidt is from Columbus and works at Little Bee's Daycare in Bloomfield. She likes to shop and they both like to golf. They enjoy the small town friendliness Crofton has to offer and that everyone knows everyone.
Steffen paints mural at Crofton Haymarket The west wall of the Crofton Haymarket's courtyard was the "canvas" for a lifelike mural by local artist Jolene Steffen which was first viewed by the public on October 16. To read how the mural came about, including challenges Steffen faced, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton FFA chapter growing leaders for tomorrow's ag By: Jayden Jordan, CCS Journalism The Crofton FFA Chapter is the biggest club that Crofton High School currently has. The chapter is advised by Stephanie Mann. She is also the Agricultural Education teacher at the high school. To read more on Crofton's FFA Chapter, including which members won the "Blue Jackets, Bright Futures" essay contest, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
DHMs again restricted Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced changes to the State's directed health measures (DHMs) that will take effect statewide on October 21, 2020. To read the restrictions, including the new campaign Governor Ricketts launched, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Both Warrior teams headed to X-C state Tourney By: Rowdy Hegge, CCS Journalism The Crofton Cross Country team ran at districts at Pender on Oct. 15 for a chance to go to state-qualifying both teams and a host of Warriors and Lady Warriors for the State tournament in Kearney this weekend. The full story can be found on the front page of the Crofton Journal.
Lady Warriors take first in Knox County tournament By: Makenna Guenther, CCS Journalism The Crofton Lady Warriors volleyball team brought home the first place hardware after competing in the Knox County tournament in Creighton on Oct. 12 and 13. The full story can be found on the front page of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Cross Country teams place at conference tournament The Crofton Warrior harriers took to the field on Thursday, Oct. 8 for the Mid-State Conference cross country tournament. To find out how the team did, including the runners' times, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton Girls Golf wraps up season By: Makenna Guenther, CCS Journalism The young Crofton Girls Golf team consists of five girls and is coached by Luke DeBlauw. To read how the season went, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Larry Koch Retires After Selling Crofton Farm Supply After 39 years of owning and operating Crofton Farm Supply, he's sold his business to Gavins Point Veterinary Services, effective October 1, 2020. To read the full story, including what Koch's favorite part of running the business was, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Lammers family new owners Crofton Farm Supply, October 1 Local veterinarian Bailey Lammers and her husband Austin are excited about their recent purchase of Crofton Farm Supply and merging their quality veterinary practice with the feed business to help customers maintain optimal health for their livestock and pets. The full story can be found on the front page of the latest edition of the Crofton Journal, available now.
Council approves pickleball in gym The Crofton City Council gathered for its regular meeting on Monday, October 5 with an abbreviated agenda. The council approved the use of a tennis court in the park and the city auditorium for pickleball players during the summer and winter months, respectively. To read more, including when a pickleball informational meeting will be held, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Fire Department holds second annual outing... Approximately 60 members of the Crofton Volunteer Fire department and their family members gathered at the Crofton Haymarket on Sunday, September 20 for food and socializing. This is the second year the department has held this annual event at the Haymarket.
Veteran Stories: Died While Serving in Philippine Islands Glenn E. Carr served as a Private with the 1st Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division during World War II. After moving around, the regiment eventually staged at Camp San Luis Obispo, California in March 1943. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Economic Director shares goals at Community Club Meeting During the monthly meeting of the Crofton Community Club on September 21, results of the recent Cruisin' Day were reported and plans finalized for the Homecoming Parade and Halloween Trick-or-Treat event in October. To read the full minutes, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
In celebration of Mike and Judy Mauch's 25th Wedding Anniversary on September 30th, their children would like to honor them with a card shower. Cards of congratulations can be send to: 89167 557th Ave., Fordyce, NE 68786
Arens has photo published in poultry calendar contest The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is celebrating youth involved with agriculture by announcing the winners of NDA's Poultry Photo Contest. The annual contest was open to Nebraska 4-H and FFA members from around the state and Zac Arens of Crofton submitted a winning photo. To read all about the contest and to see the photo, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Nebraskans sign up for healthcare coverage; and can still apply Heritage Health Adult Medicaid Expansion (HHA) has successfully signed up 5,218 Nebraskans to date. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) continues to provide great customer service. Applications are currently processed in about seven days, which is over a month faster than required by federal law. Additional DHHS teammates have been hired and trained to be able to help answer callers' questions and process applications. To find out to apply, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
75th Birthday Card Shower We would like to honor Jerry Kollars with a Card Shower to celebrate his 75th Birthday o September 21st. Please send cards and memories to: 88892 552nd Ave., Crofton, NE 68730
Disney, Pixar theme for 2020 Homecoming festivities Crofton Community School's homecoming will be celebrated September 20-25 with festivities beginning on September 20 with the coronation at 6 p.m. and culminating with the parade in town on September 25 and football game against Tekamah-Herman. For the full list of activities, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Two win Ag Society funds... Taylor Arens (left), Crofton, and Emerson Randa (right), Verdigre, were awarded the 2020 Knox County Ag Society scholarships for 4-H and FFA respectively at the Bullarama event during the Knox County Fair at Bloomfield. Eric Miller (center) is the scholarship coordinator.
Veteran Stories: U.S. Navy Seaman killed in accident Fred Plantenberg was born in Crofton in 1913. Plantenberg graduated from St. Rose School in 1928. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Omaha in 1938 before World War II started. He began his training at the Great Lakes Naval training station, and eventually transferred to San Diego. To read all about Plantenberg, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Dather takes part in first ever Virtual FCCLA conference Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held its first-ever Virtual National Leadership Conference since the organization was founded in 1945, with a Crofton student participating in the monumental event. Piper Dather from the Crofton FCCLA Chapter competed in FCCLA's virtual STAR event and received a gold in Fashion Construction-Jr. To read all about Dather's project, including what she thought about the virtual conference, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Community garage sales this weekend The 2020 Community Garage sales will kick off this weekend, with some sales on Friday, August 28, a variety of home sales, as well as group sales at the City Auditorium will be held in conjunction with the Cruisin' Day car show this weekend. To find the full list of garage sale locations, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Veteran Stories: Promoted on the Battlefield in Italy Henry I. Kremer was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kremer from Crofton. Although he was a Crofton native, Henry joined the National Guard in Madison, Minnesota where he was working at the time after the U.S. declared war on Japan and Germany in 1941. Kremer served in the early days of the U.S. involvement in World War II in the North African invasion. To read all about Kremer and his time as a National Guardsman, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Treasures Donates to Crofton Pool Main Treasures volunteers Vicki Woockman, Bernice Tramp, Marlene Hynes, JoAnn Woockman, and Marietta McFarland present a check for $2100 to Economic Development Director Erin Filips for the swimming pool project. The funds were raised from shoppers and donations August 5-8 at the community thrift store.
Cruisin' Day coming, August 28-29 In just one week, Crofton's south park will be lined with classic cars of all sorts and the streets will be full of people cruising for bargains. Cruisin' Days will have a full schedule of activities for all ages. To read the complete schedule, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Crofton's Senior Center re-opens... Katie Tramp, Manager Mary Sawatzke, and Dorothy Schoenberner preparing for the first day of "eating in" at Crofton's Senior Center on Monday, August 17. The Center was allowed to reopen with guidelines in place, and will start serving meals again with lunches and dinners offered, as well as bingo and some events.
Tribal food sovereignty during COVID-19 By: Sandra Renner, Farm and Community director Center for Rural Affairs In many communities across rural America, we are beginning to ease into new norms and routines of quarantine. Each of us is attending to the impacts of COVID-19 on our friends, families, and communities as we all reflect on these unprecedented times. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal for the full story.
Northeast Community College to require masks Northeast Community College continues to put plans into place to prepare for the fall semester on August 17. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans have been developed to include appropriate social distancing and classroom safety protocols. To read what the college's president has to say about the changes, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
School sports to proceed The Nebraska School Activities Association's board of directors voted in favor of holding its football and volleyball seasons as scheduled during a special meeting Monday via conference call. To read when fall sports practices are set to begin statewide, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Avera Staff answers COVID questions about testing The Journal asked local providers at Avera some questions about testing for the COVID-19 virus as the state begins to see some more infections as testing itself picks up. Be sure to pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal to read how the Avera providers answered the questions.
Twenty-nine earn CHS diploma The Crofton Warrior senior class of 2020 was finally able to hold its regular commencement ceremony, giving a proper send-off to the 29 students eligible for graduation this year, but that had been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To read all about the outdoor commencement ceremony, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
District Health Department moves into Phase IV DHM From the NCDHD Based on monitoring trends in COVID-19 data, the North Central District Health Department jurisdiction will move to Phase IV of the Governor's Directive Health Measure (DHM) starting August 1, 2020. To read more on this new phase, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Test Nebraska hits 100,000 mark Test Nebraska, which is currently the number one source of testing in the state of Nebraska, reached a milestone July 24, having tested more than 100,000 Nebraska residents since the program launched in April. To read more about Test Nebraska, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Community groups share mailing Members of the Crofton Alumni Association and the board of the Crofton Community Foundation gathered at a local eatery on Monday, July 27 to prepare a mailing to all Crofton Community graduates. To read what was included in the mailings, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Power companies train responders... Representatives from Cedar-Knox Public Power, Hartington and Northeast Power, Wayne were on hand for a training session for area firemen and EMT’s at the Crofton Fire Hall on Wednesday, July 15. One of the points of the course on electrical safety focused on what to do when there are downed power lines which can happen due to a motor vehicle accident, a storm or during the use of large farm machinery. It’s very important to be aware of your surroundings since there aren’t always sparks or sounds with downed wires. Anyone approaching such a scene should first call the closest power company and remain at least 50 feet away. If there is a person inside a vehicle or tractor under a downed power line, that person should remain in the vehicle until someone from the utility determines that it is safe to exit.
"Checking in" at the Argo Hotel Submitted Article Since 1912, the Historic Argo has been nestled into the landscape of Crofton, treating guests with varying amenities-starting with electric light in the "old days" to newly updated USB plug-ins today, and although the interior has changed, people from all over the world travel to experience the remarkable building, now the home of Frank and Megan Marsh. The full story can be found in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
New Website and Mobile App coming! The website may take a new look for some of you this week as we launch our new website and mobile app. It will likely cause some disruption for a few days - so email or call if you have any issues. Look to the paper next week for an update!
Missing youth found and returned home safely Knox County Sheriff On May 15, at around 8:50 a.m., the Knox County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing child north of Crofton. The mother stated that she had last seen the child about one hour prior, but could not locate him. At about 9:41 a.m., the child was located in a field east of the residence and did not need medical attention.
County awarded scrap tire grant From the Knox County Clerk Knox County will once again host a scrap tire collection on June, 26. There will be no personal limits at this collection! For more details, find this story in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
From the Nebraska State Activities Association: The NSAA Membership voted 31 to 20 FOR adding Bowling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Membership voted 28 to 23 AGAINST adding Girls Wrestling as a sanctioned NSAA activity. The NSAA Board of Directors voted 7 to 1 to add Girls Wrestling as an EMERGING sport. Complete results from the 2020 NSAA Representative Assembly are available on the NSAA website at https://nsaa-static.s3.amazonaws.com/textfile/leg/repmin.pdf.
Graduation plan set for August Crofton Community Schools released information on Monday evening about some calendar updates for seniors and how the remainder of the month of May could work its way out during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read the plans for May, pick up the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
Inspired by several of his long-time guitar-playing friends who were doing some “Facebook gigs” and with the encouragement of his wife Mary, Kim Sawatzke has been sharing his musical talent as a pianist on Facebook daily for the last two weeks. To read the full story, find this story in the latest edition of the Crofton Journal.
On my "COVID Vacation" While Crofton folks are staying home to practice "social distancing" life does go on. Submit your "COVID Vacation" events (just for fun) to email@example.com to show what is happening around town, even during mild isolation