New zoning regulations mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration and adopted by the Aurora City Municipal Airport this month will reportedly have no impact on a proposed wind energy development project. Ross Beins, a member of the Aurora Airport Authority, noted that the expanded zoning regulations prohibit construction of any structures measuring 150 or higher within what is referred to as a “runway protection zone.”
Read more in a report in this week's print or e-editions, which includes an update on the status of a proposed wind energy farm in Hamilton County.
Aurora’s new curriculum and learning coordinator Desiree’ Teahon, who is also the elementary school assistant principal, said she was pleased with the district’s results on this year’s Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) test. Results from the NeSA test taken last spring were released to the public last week, offering parents, teachers and students a snapshot of their overall performance. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
More than a month after nearly 230 people shared their opinions on the future of the county’s ambulance department in an emotional public hearing Aug. 15, county commissioners started discussions Monday on how to move forward. Commissioners Becky Richter and Gregg Kremer, also ambulance department liaisons, both said before the August hearing that a substantial amount of money each year is being spent to run the department.
Hampton students scored well on the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) tests, a report which Supt. Holly Herzberg said reflects the quality of education being delivered at Hampton Public Schools. “Overall, I thought our students did outstanding,” Herzberg said of the NeSA scores released publicly last week.
The NeSA test scores are in and for another year Giltner Public Schools is sitting pretty. GPS received good news last week with some favorable test scores in the Nebraska State Accountability Tests (NeSA) and the faculty is excited about what’s next. “Giltner is maintaining high scores, but continues to work towards focusing on improvement,” said Michelle Sutter, Giltner’s SPED Director. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Nebraska Department of Education reports that during the last seven years of testing, the state's student scores have increased incrementally. High Plains Community Schools have been part of the positive increase in a majority of their academic areas. “We have areas and pockets of areas that we do really well in,” said Supt. Brian Tonniges.
Change is on the horizon for area juniors as this will be the first year they will be required to take the ACT test instead of the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) tests. The change is drawing concern from area school administrators, who say ACT scores may drop since students are not currently being prepared for the college-prep exams.
For a detailed report, see this week's print or e-editons.
High Plains crowned its homecoming king and queen at halftime of its 57-14 win over Tri County Friday as Thomas Young and Tana Engel were the recipients of the honor. Young is the son of Troy and Haley Young while Engel is the daughter of Gary and Kassie Engel.
Smoked gouda tomato basil, pork and green chili stew and Chez Fayne potato soup was on the menu Saturday during Aurora’s Art Walk. Fayne Petersen shared her culinary arts with visitors during the event while also selling her brand new Delicious Soups cookbook.
As kids’ cooking shows have taken over the Food Network, the Hamilton County Extension office has decided to ride that wave of popularity by starting its own cooking program, allowing students the opportunity to learn more about food science. Deb Fahrnbruch, part of the 4-H youth development team, began teaching an after-school program last week called Chopped, held on early-out Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.