Bargain hunters, junk collectors and treasure seekers, rejoice.
Starting this Friday and running through Sunday, the sixth annual Trail of Treasures begins. A nearly 300-mile long stretch of garage sales that extends the entire length of Nebraska Highway 136, the Trail of Treasures is an annual event from the group Heritage Highway 136.
Judy Coe, president of Heritage Highway, said that the trail had started out strictly running from Brownville, Neb. west to Edison in Furnas County has spread out a bit in the past few years. Last year, treasure hunters welcomed in vendors in McCook in Red Willow County, but this year adds another county to the map.
“This year, it goes clear to Culbertson in Hitchcock County,” Coe said. “So, if we get Dundee County, we can advertise Trail of Treasures from border to border across southern Nebraska.”
Coe, who organizes the Trail of Treasures from Tecumseh, said that even though she spends most of the summer organizing the event, she’s never actually gone on the trail herself because she runs her own store.
Coe described it as a mix between a flea market and a garage sale. Anyone who wants to sign up may submit a $20 payment and be included in the guide. Vendors may include individuals, groups or entire stores.
In Beatrice, Rita Hydo’s Gems & Junk Thrift Store will be a vendor on the Trail of Treasures for the third year. One of the reasons she stays with it, she said, is because it a great way to sell your wares.
During the eclipse, Hydo said she saw increased traffic due to the influx of visitors to Beatrice. The Trail of Treasures is a bit of the same, she said. The more people there are in town, the more people there are who may shop at your business.
Partly decorated for Halloween, Gems and Junk offers customers everything from baby shoes and dog bowls to board games and hand-cut crystal glassware. Hydo said the store doesn’t necessarily put out special items for the Trail of Treasures, but they do work hard to get things on the shelves in time for the visitors.
“A little more on the antique end of it,” Hydo said. “A little more vintage things, that seems to be what a lot of people are looking for. Otherwise, we dust everything off, spread out the welcome mat and have a good time.”
Visitors may find a downloadable list of about 175 vendors online, and the list can be purchased for $5 on Heritage Highway’s website. Coe said she’s still helping vendors sign up for the event, and, for those willing to make the trek to Tecumseh, she’ll even sell each vendor an official sign to put up at his or her sale.
Trail of Treasures officials are expecting people from around Nebraska and neighboring states to visit. It's a lot of people, Coe said, and many will make an entire weekend of it.
“People from Colorado, they'll go to Brownville today or tomorrow,” Coe said. “Then they'll start out on Friday from Brownville and work their way along, clear back home.”
The Beatrice Regional Orchestra held its fall concert on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the Hevelone Center at Beatrice High School.
The orchestra’s “Sounds from the Stage” concert included an array of opera, ballet and Broadway music, including Claude Debussy’s Ballet from Petite Suite, arrangements from Fiddler on the Roof, as well as music from the Lord of the Dance and Chicago.
The next performance is a Christmas concert scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2017 and it will feature area church choirs. Then, on March 13, 2018, the Beatrice Regional Orchestra will play alongside the Omaha Symphony. Members of the symphony will also perform the second half of that concert.
All upcoming performances will take place in the Hevelone Center.
Workers, volunteers and businesses were recognized for their contributions to the area Wednesday afternoon at the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual member awards luncheon.
The event, held at the Holiday Inn Express, served as an opportunity to celebrate those who give back, according to Chamber President Lora Young.
“I think people need to be recognized for the good things that they do,” she said. “They should be recognized in public and even those that didn’t win, it shows that we have great support in this community and have great people in this community. Maybe it will encourage people to step up to a different level, encourage other people to want to reach what other people are achieving.”
She added selecting winners in the various categories is always difficult.
Awards presented at the event included:
Humane Society Board President John Rypma thanked the Chamber for recognizing the shelter, and also thanked the community that helped make it a reality.
“We greatly appreciate this award,” he said. “I’d like to say that the new facility that we planned and worked on for four years and finally moved into this year, 100 percent of the money to put that up was donated by people in this community. The entire community needs a huge thank you for making this all happen.”
The event also featured a presentation from keynote speaker Doug Meyer, author of the book “Selling in your town,” which outlines ways smaller communities can enhance small business and grow their town.
Jim Nelson, Chamber board chairman, stressed at the event that Beatrice benefits from cooperation of its area groups, including Main Street Beatrice and NGage, the area’s economic development group.
“The Chamber and Gage County Tourism continuously strives to work to improve communication amongst our members, finding new ways to market Beatrice and Gage County,” he said. “It helps so much to have NGage in the same building, and Main Street right across the way. The teamwork that goes into everything with each organization is just phenomenal.”
A Superior man will spend two years on probation and must pay for damaging more than 500 feet of fence earlier this year.
Dylan J. Rose, 21, was sentenced to probation in Gage County Court on five charges, including two counts of attempted criminal mischief, two counts second-degree trespassing and leaving the scene of an accident.
As part of the sentencing, he will also have to pay restitution totaling $4,427 to a homeowner and Hidden Acres Golf Course for the February incident.
Rose told Judge Rick Schreiner before sentencing many of his issues can be traced to alcohol abuse and that he’s seeking help.
Before pronouncing the sentence, Schreiner encouraged Rose to stay positive and change his life for the better.
“Some folks hang their head when they finally determine that they’re an alcoholic and think that their life is over,” he said. “I’m here to tell you that it’s not. If you embrace the solutions that have been placed in front of you, you’re life has just begun. You will go places, see things and help people you never thought you could.”
The incident occurred in the area of Southwest 61st and West Lilac roads. Law enforcement was alerted to the incident following a report that a pickup was stuck in a creek.
The reporting party told deputies that he heard a gunshot from his residence and went outside to see a pickup driving near the residence.
Gage County Court documents state that as the man was trying to get a plate number, the pickup turned into a field and turned off its lights to hide from him.
The vehicle then got stuck in a small creek in the area.
Court documents state that Rose, the driver, had been drinking.
A passenger said they were coyote hunting and did not have permission to be on the property.
A large piece of white fencing was in the back of the truck, and due to recent mailbox vandalism the two were questioned about the material.
Rose said he was removing fence from a property earlier and it was leftover from that, according to court documents.
Near West Lilac Road and Highway 136, around one mile south of Southeast Community College, matching fence material was found on the road. A large amount of fencing was damaged in the area, and appeared to have been intentionally driven over.
More than 500 feet of fence was damaged, and the owner said it wasn't broken earlier that evening.
Deputies also found pieces of fence in the grill of the truck, and Rose later admitted to driving through the fence.