Support may be growing for a focused debate on the state’s heavy reliance on property taxes, a hot topic which drew the majority of attention during an ag-based legislative forum Monday in Aurora. Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson and Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango, both farmers by trade, said a projected $1 billion revenue shortfall could complicate the conversation come January, though it’s time to start addressing what both believe to be an unfair tax burden on Nebraska farmers and ranchers. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Hamilton Manor board of trustees approved the consulting and bed license transfer agreement with Quality Care Solutions LLC during a meeting Nov. 29. Manor board members Doug Andersen and Kirk Penner both abstained from discussion and the vote as both are investors in the new local for-profit company.
Aurora native Brad Hohwieler has returned for an extended visit to his hometown for the next few weeks as he works with the doctoral staff at Memorial Health Clinic during his third year of medical school. “I jumped at the opportunity to come back home and train with some of the doctors that I saw as a kid,” Hohwieler said.
Aurora senior citizens have a new opportunity to get some physical exercise while also getting a chance to socialize with those who have similar interests ever since the addition of pickleball. Nancy Tompkins, who is heading the newly added activity that meets twice a week, is a competitor in the sport. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Hamilton County Zoning and Planning Commission proposed a set of regulations regarding wind to commissioners this summer. Much debate had taken place on the topic and Monday commissioners voted to table the proposed wind regulations and address alternative energy through the comprehensive plan.
As the first of two votes of approval on a contract to build a new long-term care facility was cast Monday, it’s become apparent that a newly formed entity’s concept to build a for-profit nursing home in Aurora was based in large part on a blueprint provided three years earlier.
To view the summary findings and recommendations from the 2013 study, click the link below.
Memorial Community Health debuted a “Care Matters” campaign last week with all its employees, working to create a culture of care within its staff that administrators and managers ultimately hope will permeate throughout the community. After months of planning and review, which involved gathering input throughout the MCHI organization, an in-house steering committee explained the Care Matters philosophy in 10 different training sessions.
Last week during the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, a plan to build a new nursing care facility replacing the existing Hamilton Manor was unveiled by a newly-created local company called Quality Care Solutions, LLC. On Monday, commissioners approved the final consulting and bed transfer agreement with QCS.
Another big-time event is coming to the Edgerton Explorit Center with a bit of holiday cheer included. The Edgerton will host the Stars Come Out Holiday Gala at 6 p.m. Friday. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Robert S. Honken of Aurora has been found guilty on two counts of conspiracy to commit first degree murder based on an alleged murder-for-hire plot involving his wife, Bethany. On Thursday afternoon in a Hamilton County courtroom, Derrick Shirley was sentenced to 16-20 years in prison for his role in the conspiracy plot. District Court Judge Rachel Daugherty announced the Honken ruling Tuesday, just over three weeks after hearing the evidence in a stipulated bench trial. Based on the facts set forth and contained within the exhibits that were offered and received at trial, the court dismissed Honken’s motion to dismiss and found him guilty of Count 1, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, and Count II, conspiracy to commit first degree murder. Sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 20, 2017. Both crimes carry a penalty range of one to 50 years in prison, each.