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  • Pool to open May 23

    The countdown is on for the debut of Aurora’s new swimming pool, with the first splash now set for May 23 and a grand opening ceremony on the calendar for May 31. For... Read More

  • Easter egg hunt in Hampton

    Easter eggs will be there for the taking Saturday in Hampton.
    The Hampton Community Club and United Lutheran Church are teaming up for the event, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19.
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Gas leak causes fire PDF E-mail

An underground natural gas leak was cited as the cause of a Monday evening fire on county property.
Just after 5:20 p.m., the Aurora Fire Department was dispatched to a building on the Hamilton County Highway Department grounds where heavy smoke was discovered.
Aurora fire chief Tom Cox said the preliminary finding of the State Fire Marshal investigator was the natural gas helped start the fire.

 
History of Hamilton Manor PDF E-mail

For years, maybe decades, Hamilton County commissioners were unaware of the fact Hamilton Manor was a county-owned facility.
As late as 2010, the general consensus was the county owned the land, but not the facilities.
It wasn’t until April of 2010, during a board meeting, where Hamilton Manor board members requested a loan from the county to help them pay past due state taxes and an IRS debt totaling $325,00, that the uncertainty of ownership became a serious issue and the search for information began. For a detailed review of the facility's history, see this week's print or e-editions.

 
Courthouse parking lot to close PDF E-mail

Midland Engineering, the company that put the new slate roof on the courthouse in 2005 will be back on site Monday when they set up a crane in the courthouse parking lot to begin inspection and repair on the hips where shingles have been falling off and landing on the parking lot and courtyard below.
To allow space for the crane and for the safety of employees and patrons, the parking lot will be closed.

The above photo shows the scaffolding that surrounded the courthouse when the roof was under construction in 2005.

 
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