He walked straight up to the bench in the front of the room, sat down and said, “When we were having a lesson, we would come sit on this bench.” Gary Bayne has many memories in the one-room schoolhouse now located at the Plainsman Museum as he attended school there in the 1940s. With classes now in session at the area schools, Bayne reflected on what his school days were like in the District 66 Fairview country school. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The Hamilton County Highway Department held an election among its employees recently with the final vote determining that they wanted to decertify themselves as part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local Union No. 7401. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The valuation of property in Hamilton County rose by 2.9 percent in 2016, setting a new record at $3.2 billion while also reflecting a deceleration in growth from recent years. Hamilton County Assessor Pat Sandberg reported the valuation totals for all taxing subdivisions Thursday, noting that the days of $12,000 per acre ag land sales are over, which impacted the annual valuation report. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
A week after hosting an emotional public hearing that drew an overflow crowd to the district courtroom, county commissioners reported Monday that they continue to roll up their sleeves looking for ways to reduce costs for operating the county’s ambulance department. Commissioners Becky Richter and Gregg Kremer, both liaisons to the county-run ambulance service, said they are learning that EMS services in other communities similar in size are run differently, thus they hope to apply any helpful lessons here. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Aurora's deputy clerk/treasurer Di Ana Leininger has accumulated a whirlwind of memories from her time growing up in Arizona, meeting her husband and raising a household with eight children. Leininger is a native of Scottsdale, Ariz.,where she enjoyed growing up in the warm weather. She cherishes many of her early childhood memories from the years she spent there. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The 147th annual Nebraska State Fair is set to kick off on Friday. The 11-day running fair, which is only 20 miles away, will offer a variety of things to do including concerts, over 70 food vendors and numerous other ground attractions. The theme for the 2016 Nebraska State Fair pays tribute to all competitors who bring their “A Game” to the fair each year -- Grand Champions. Made in Nebraska. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
With the general election only three months away, it’s time to take a local look at who the candidates are for the schools, villages and cities in the county. The two contested races, not including any write-ins, will be the Giltner Village Board and the High Plains School Board. Opposite of contested, only one person has filed for the Hordville village with three vacancies available. Here is a look at who will be on the ballot in November: Hamilton County Commissioners (two vacancies) -- Gregg Kremer, incumbent, District 4; Roberta Parks, non-incumbent, District 3. Giltner School Board (three vacancies) -- Kimberla Eastman, incumbent; Karissa Bish, incumbent; Michael Wilson, non-incumbent. Hampton School Board (three vacancies) -- Matt Arndt, incumbent; Craig VanHousen, incumbent; Jeffrey Hansen, non-incumbent. Aurora School Board (three vacancies) -- Dan Pachta, incumbent; Scott Schuster, incumbent; Kirk Penner, non-incumbent.
Fifteen years after debuting with some 50 people and 20 classic cars, the annual TDLC Cruise Night hit an all-time high Friday filling Hampton’s main street with cars, barbecue, music and conversation. Event founder Roger Bamesberger was sitting back and taking it all in, proud to have started something that has grown consistently over the past 15 years. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
“Travel Camp is one thing that has had the greatest spiritual impact on the lives of people,” said Kathy Nauman. “It has been a significant turning point in their lives.” Paul Nauman, director of the Christian Resource Center, along with his wife Kathy, put on the first travel camp trip in 1977, which means the staff at CRC just celebrated its 40th year of hosting what has evolved into a powerful, faith-based life adventure for area high school students. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Hampton Lutheran has chosen its new principal after saying good-bye last May to longtime administrator Kathy Gloystein. Jean Carnoali will be taking over the principal duties for Hampton Lutheran this year after more than two decades with the school as a teacher. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.