The prospect of expanding Giltner Public School’s athletic programs drew a full house to last week’s school board meeting, though no final decisions were made. Several Giltner student-athletes and their parents addressed the board in an attempt to add cross country to the list of sports available for kids during the fall season. Arguably, cross country is one of, if not the easiest sports to add to any school, despite the school’s lower enrollment. There is limited equipment necessary for the sport, several patrons pointed out, and the uniforms kids wear can be multi-purposed from what they already use in track and field. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marquette will be hosting a Halloween trunk or treat event on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Main Street. Those handing out candy are encouraged to decorate their cars and wear a costume but it’s not required.
After newly appointed planning and zoning administrator Scott Stuhr pointed out to commissioners that the county’s comprehensive plan is in dire needs of an update, commissioners Rich Nelson and Tim Bergen gave a report on the status. Nelson said phase I of the process was to find and hire a permanent planning and zoning administrator, which was done. Phase II has been the realization that the comp plan needs to be updated. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Theresa Arnett Nickolaus spent Monday going from business to business on the square asking if she can pour red sand into a sidewalk crack as a symbol to bring awareness to human trafficking, which is a form of modern slavery that occurs globally and in every state, including Nebraska. Nickolaus, who owns Sozo Family Services in Aurora, started the Red Sand Project Monday. The project was created by Molly Gochman, who is an artist out of New York City. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
For parents who have a child with a food allergy, Halloween can be a nightmare as trick or treating has the potential to be dangerous if they aren’t paying attention. Aurora resident Heather Haynes knows what that feeling is like as her daughter Destiny is deathly allergic to peanuts. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
For the first time in 36 years, the Nebraska Country Music Foundation is moving its annual music festival out of Hastings, with an eye toward Hamilton County. This year’s two-day event will debut at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Aurora Friday and Saturday, breaking new ground in search of a broader audience. The event in Aurora will feature six different performances, all indoors at the Ag Auditorium. Performances are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. This year’s festivities include variety and Elvis shows featuring Bill Chrastil; Bryce and Cindy Hedin with their “Live Jukebox Style;” Deb Bishop with “Keepin it Country;” 2012 Jr. Hall of Famer McKenzie Steiner; Gary Phipps; and Ray Mullen with “Country.” Admission on Friday, Oct. 21, is $15, and on Saturday the ticket price is $10 without a banquet ticket. Banquet tickets are $25, which includes a meal, entertainment and dancing. The banquet will be served at 4 p.m.
CF Industries had a message for its host community last week, inviting local leaders and emergency responders on site to highlight the company’s focus on safety. More than 40,000 tons of anhydrous ammonia flow through the CF Industries terminal west of Aurora each year, though its new superintendent and two corporate officials assured a group of approximately 30 that safety is first and foremost on their minds. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Though my cravings for pumpkin started at the beginning of August and my baking with pumpkin in September, I decided to wait until October to let this popular fall flavor in the spotlight. If you didn’t already know this, fall is my absolute favorite, everything from the cooler weather to sweaters and boots. The flavors of fall are the best -- cinnamon, pumpkin, apple. I’m a fall junkie and I’m okay with that. Both these recipes I’m sharing this week are brand new ones I have never made before, but I tried out both on the best critics -- my co-workers and my Bible study group. First off, baking with pumpkin is the best because everything it is added to tends to stay more moist. At times it seems to give things a dense consistency, but it’s never dry.
Two months after the Aurora 4R School Board voted to add soccer as a new spring sport, work is just beginning to determine when and where the Huskies will take the field. By a vote of 4-2, school board members gave a thumbs up back in August to adding both boys and girls soccer to the district’s list of extracurricular activities.
The area’s annual Halloween activities are just around the corner as the end of October is fast approaching. Young ghouls and ghosts will have plenty of options around the area to celebration the season this year. See the Aurora News-Register print or e-editions for all the Halloween happenings around the county.