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2007: Cedar County newspaper legend dies in Lincoln

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Aug. 15, 2007 HARTINGTON— District Judge William Binkard may not have the final word on the Wynot freeholding issue after all.

The five plaintiffs in the case have filed an appeal on the District Court’s order that was filed by Binkard on July 2.

The case will now go to the Court of Appeals.

The Court of Appeals will either affirm the District Court decision was correct or they will overturn the decision.

The panel of Judges could also affirm the decision and make modifications, according to District Court Clerk Janet Wiechelman.

Aug. 15, 2007 LINCOLN — A Nebraska newspaper legend and Cedar County native died Aug. 8 here. Carroll W. “Cal” Stewart died of cancer. He was 89.

At age 10, Cal was the printer’s devil at the Belden Nebraska Progress, a weekly newspaper produced with handset type. At 14, he single handily produced two consecutive issues while owners vacationed.

In conjunction with the newspaper, the owners bought and sold farm produce. For two weeks, the high schooler tested butterfat, candled eggs, weighed heavy hens and wrote checks.

Stewart became managing editor of the Cedar County News at age 19, guiding the newspaper after the death of long-time publisher J.P. O’Furey.

Aug. 15, 2007 HARTINGTON — Doug Tomka of Stanton earned top honors in the Grand National A Feature event at the Cummins Memorial stock car races at the Cedar County Fair.

Curtis Lammers, Hartington, was the top local finisher in the event with a fourth-place finish. Chris Johnson topped Jim Johnson to earn runner-up honors in the main event of the night.

Shawn Primrose of Norfolk earned the A Feature win