The Hampton High School Class of 2016 will gather one last time Saturday for commencement exercises, which begin at 2 p.m. Class valedictorian Kristi Jelinek will speak on behalf of her fellow Hawks, as will salutatorian Tayma Sebek. Hampton graduates include Nathan Andersson, Morgan Brown, Jerome Bryant, Hailey Friesen, Alan Gretch, Kristi Jelinek, Mason Lewis, Michael Meng-Deepe, Weston Ogden, Alexander Parks, Johnathan Poma, Jesse Rasmussen, Emily Rendel, Haley Schulze, Tayma Sebek, Courtney Smith and Zach Timmermans.
Hamilton County Board of Commissioners chairman John Thomas informed members at Monday’s meeting that nine applications have been received for the Hamilton County treasurer position. The process will go into the next phase now with Thomas and commissioner Rich Nelson going through the applications and narrowing it down to those they would like to interview.
For a guy with such a serious job, Steven Knudsen can be pretty laid back when he’s not on the clock. “I don’t think I necessarily put on a different face,” he said. “I think that any job you’re in, you have to put on a more serious face. And I don’t think that’s a negative thing. I’m very friendly and outgoing either way.” Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Sesquicentennial anniversaries are not something that the average married couple would have to worry about or contemplate as to what is the appropriate gift. Lucky for us that question won't be coming up for a long time, but when it comes to the age of our home state what is the actual answer?
A new project has finally achieved all of the approval necessary to move forward as the city of Aurora finishes plans to begin constructing a dog park. The project will be located just south of the current Aurora Adopt-A-Pet facility and will cover an area just bigger than an acre.
After 40 years of teaching life science, Mike Stewart has decided to pack away the microscope and throw away the lab gloves. Stewart started his teaching career in Genoa, where he taught for five years before coming to Aurora Middle School and settling in for the next 35 years. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Ken Ilgunas was back in Hamilton County on Saturday, though this time he wasn’t on foot. A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Ilgunas passed through the area in 2012 while walking the route of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
Due to inclement weather throughout the last week, the city of Aurora has extended its annual spring clean-up to Friday. The city landfill will be open each day this week from 1 to 7 p.m. until Friday. Regular summer hours will resume Saturday.
U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced this week that her staff will be holding local office hours in Clay and Hamilton counties on Wednesday, May 11. These office hours serve as a convenient opportunity for constituents to meet personally with Sen. Fischer’s staff to receive help with casework and other issues at the federal level. Julie Brooker, Sen. Fischer’s central Nebraska director of constituent services, will be holding local office hours at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Aurora (DMV Room, lower level) from 1 to 2 p.m. She will also be at the Sutton American Legion Club, 103 East Forrest St., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
There is no hiding it, wind is creating a buzz in Hamilton County. With four large wind generators recently proposed in a project along the interstate near the Aurora interchange, people from both sides of the issue have come out to voice their opinions on the matter by visiting the county board meetings and submitting letters to the editor. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.