The Aurora Development Corporation announced plans Monday to host a public forum in hopes of providing information for Hamilton County residents interested in learning more about the potential pros and cons of wind energy development. Grand Island radio personality Brian Gallagher will moderate a forum scheduled for July 7 at The Leadership Center in Aurora, beginning at 7 p.m. The forum is open to the public.
Construction has begun on a new four seasons room and outdoor courtyard designed to give residents at Memorial Community Care year-round access to the great outdoors. More than 100 people gathered Thursday to officially break ground on the $750,000 project, which is expected to be finished by fall. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
It’s time to get the red, white and blue gear out and prepare for a patriotic celebration. The 4th of July lands on a Monday this year, bringing outdoor picnics, yard games and a plethora of fireworks. Communities throughout Hamilton County will be hosting celebrations for all ages in honor of Independence Day. A 4th of July fireworks display is planned for dusk on Monday at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The Presbyterian United Church of Christ will serve root beer floats as a fundraiser before the fireworks display. Patriotic music will be provided by Deryl Hilligas. In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed one day to July 5. The Aurora Volunteer Fire Department is in charge of planning and executing this year’s show. Look for donation canisters at the following locations: Aurora Mall, Casey’s General Store, Schneider’s Hardware and T&L Liquor.
County planners added a “good neighbor policy” to a set of proposed regulations regarding wind energy development last week, suggesting that homeowners living within two miles of large wind turbines be guaranteed fair market value if they decide to sell their home within two years. After more than three hours of discussion at their regular monthly meeting June 21, members of the Hamilton County Joint Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed regulations, in effect passing the issue on to the full county board of commissioners, which has the final say.
Hamilton County Emergency Management will be switching from CodeRed to Hamilton County Alert (AlertSense) for high-speed notifications to the public, effective July 1. Anyone who has been using CodeRed to get weather warnings on a landline, cell phone and/or email will need to sign up for the new Hamilton County Alert (AlertSense). You can do this by visiting the Hamilton County website at http://www.co.hamilton.ne.us and clicking on the AlertSense logo, which will take you to the registration site. Anyone who does not have access to the internet and would like to sign up can call 402-694-5126. Hamilton County Alert will also offer an app for smartphones. MyAlerts, powered by AlertSense, is the county’s new emergency alerting service.
A huge hole in downtown Aurora is beginning to take on a different look as cement walls are poured on the floor of what will eventually become the new headquarters for Hamilton Telecommunications. Tilt-up construction is being utilized for the 11,000 sq. ft. project, which means once the cement walls are cured they will be lifted into position, creating a dynamic change almost overnight. That step is expected sometime in early July.
Aurora's Seventh-Day Adventist Church has acquired a new pastor to handle services by the name of Pastor Nelson Rossi. Rossi is bringing theological experience from his previous location in Boston, Mass., as well as his hometown area nearly 5,500 miles away in Brazil. Rossi will be taking over pastoral duties not only in Aurora, but also in Hastings and Grand Island. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
Robin Sanderson and Jennie Snoberger share a love of old, and with that common bond they have created something new. The two Aurora women, friends for years, have long shared a passion for antiques, going on junk jaunts together and collecting unique items which they thought might one day, some day, turn into a business. That some day has arrived, with the debut of the Old Homestead. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.
The 27th version of A’ROR’N Days is set to roll out this weekend, inviting returning alumni, local residents and guests to enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities. The theme for this year’s four-day celebration is “Summer in the City,” which committee member Jayne Mann said should jive with the hot summer weather. “We thought we would pick a broad theme that anyone can relate to and it certainly appears that this weekend will be a hot summer in the city,” Mann said. “The overall schedule is not too much different this year. We have a pretty good gig going.” As in past years, the concept behind the A’ROR’N Days schedule is for the planning committee to set the dates based on the alumni banquet, then organize a basic framework of events with local groups and organizations adding their own piece to what has evolved into four days chock full of activities.
The acceptance of a bid for the new well house on the north edge of town left one member of the Aurora City Council up in arms over the cost of the building. “It’s insane,” said council member Kelly Grossnicklaus of the amount proposed. “It’s crazy. We can’t spend that kind of money. It’s twice as much as a house.” Read more in this week's print or e-editions.