A week after digging out from the biggest snow storm in years, area residents are invited to come out of hibernation this weekend and enjoy the 22nd annual Hamilton County Home & Garden Show, Outdoor Expo and Memorial Community Health, Inc. Health Fair. An event that has grown in size and scope over the years promises to offer a wide variety of products and services, plus good food and a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors.
Bids for a new beef barn at the fairgrounds came in lower than expected last week, allowing the Hamilton County Ag Society to vote yes on the project, with construction expected to begin this spring so that a functional building could be in place by this year’s fair. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Nebraska Christian junior Jaydon Elge was severely injured Jan. 29 during a wrestling match in Greeley that left the athlete with no feeling or movement from the waist down. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Last week’s blizzard not only shut down area roads and schools, it slowed business throughout Hamilton County to a snail’s pace as well as with a foot or more of snow creating all kinds of challenges. Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, was virtually a lost day in the business world, with white-out conditions keeping both customers and employees away.
Hampton board members reviewed findings Monday from the first electrical rate study conducted at the village in more than two decades, concluding that a slight increase will be needed for each of the next two years.
High Plains Community Schools will be one of the newest contributors to the recently observed TeamMates program after a vote by the school board allowed staff to continue on with setting up the mentorship. Middle school teacher Karen Benner brought her own personal experiences to the meeting Monday night as she shared with the board all of the great things the program has done in her life.
With little on the agenda this month for the Aurora School Board, the principal reports reflected a busy time of the year for all the schools both with activities and academics. Jazz band, quiz bowl, the spelling bee, play practices and FPS are just a few of the activities ramping up with competitions being held this month.
The board also approved the letter of resignation of retirement from longtime middle school teacher Mike Stewart.
Hampton school officials are seeking public input Monday on a proposal to address code violations and safety issues with an aging elementary school building. Having reviewed various options with a community-based advisory group for the past several months, the Hampton Public School Board is now looking for broader community feedback, hoping to answer questions before deciding how to proceed. The public is invited to a community meeting at the high school gymnasium Monday at 7 p.m. “We started this process back in October,” noted Hampton Supt. Holly Herzberg. “We have been gathering information for a long time and felt like we got good, ground-level feedback from our advisory committee. Now we’re looking for a broader group and that’s why we are bringing the entire community in prior to the board making any type of decision.”
For a more detailed preview of Monday's meeting, see this week's print or e-editions.
High Plains Community Schools was faced with a terrible dilemma Thursday when it was announced that sophomore Austin Fritz died from an apparent meningitis infection. School officials posted an alert on the High Plains website late Friday afternoon explaining what they could of the situation and advising students and their families on what precautions they should take for themselves based on information released by the Central District Health Departmen. The CDHD represents Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties. Teresa Anderson, CDHD health director and Vickie Duey, executive director of Four Corners Health Department, issued a public health release Monday afternoon.