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17
Jul

Hwy 34 project delayed

Nebraska Department of Roads officials confirmed this week that the Highway 34 repair project scheduled from Aurora to the Henderson spur has been delayed but is still expected to be completed this year.
Dist. 4 Engineer Wes Wahlgren reported that weather has caused delays on other projects in the district, delaying availability of the contractor for the Highway 34 project.
“We’re trying to get to it as fast as possible,” Wahlgren said. “I know it’s very rough out there on that road. We’re hoping to get other projects finished up so we can get the contractor down there.”
When asked when work might resume in Hamilton County, Wahlgren declined to predict a date, but said the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The $4.946 million project was initially on the calendar to begin in mid-April, though delays related to the March flooding pushed the start date back considerably.

Wed
17
Jul

Keeley Allen granted wish to discover the magic of Atlantis

What started as a regular boys baseball game held many more surprises for an unassuming spectator on July 9.
Keeley Allen, whose brother sat behind home plate and whose father coached from a baseline was about to be thrown into the midst of a play call, centered around her.
A scheme planned out before the young Auroran arrived was put into motion as a timeout was called on the diamond. Fans, all adorned in summer-themed Hawaiian leis and floral shirts of different sorts, watched eagerly from the crowd -- everyone but Keeley was aware of what was to go down on the diamond.
Tasked with delivering a game ball to her dad at home plate, Keeley walked out onto the dirt and was unaware of the unraveling banner at the pitchers mound and the oncoming Make A Wish volunteers dressed in blue, followed by her mother, carrying a decree and cookie that would change her almost 18-year-old life forever.

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Wed
17
Jul

Flooding changes don’t stop SOAR

The Prairie Plains Resource Institute hosted its 28th year of the Summer Orientation About Rivers (SOAR) camp from July 8-11 and again this week. Both camps were at capacity and then some this year with 61 and 62 campers, respectively.
All the campers, peer leaders and volunteers had to be ready to adapt their plans with the ever-changing Nebraska weather. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
17
Jul

Vetter’s organic vision shared with local audience

The story of a Marquette family’s pioneering organic farming mission hit the big screen in Aurora Sunday with the first-ever local showing of a 77-minute documentary titled “Dreaming of a Vetter World.”

Wed
17
Jul

County’s focus remains on roads

Following up on comments shared earlier this month, Stacy and Stephanie Holloway spoke at the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday with friend Dwayne Katt, to discuss changes they would like to see to equipment and personnel at the county highway department.
“Well let’s start off with equipment,” Stacy began. “Rich and I, we had a 30-minute conversation about a lot of stuff a while back. Did you share it with the board?”
Chairman Rich Nelson stated that he shared some, but not all, of the conversation with fellow board members.
“In regards to the equipment, our conversation, we discussed drags, correct?” Holloway asked again. Nelson confirmed.

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Wed
17
Jul

Hampton forms ad hoc committee on cooperatives

The Hampton School Board created an ad hoc committee Monday to meet with High Plains School representatives to discuss the possibility of forming an athletic cooperative.
Board President Jeff  Hansen appointed Matt Arndt, Grant Dose and himself to the committee, which is to meet with a similar High Plains group in a private meeting within the next month.
“If we are still wanting to have this conversation, we should appoint three members to have a conversation with High Plains and at least one other school if we’re interested,” said Supt. Holly Herzberg.

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Wed
17
Jul

Aurora can’t close in Mid-Nebraska League title

The Aurora Pinnacle Bank Post 42 Seniors postseason run began last week, but had its bumps and bruises.
Aurora hosted Ogallala in the Mid-Nebraska League Championship July 9, but a seven-run third inning from the visitors was enough for Ogallala to take home an 11-3 win over the Seniors.

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Wed
17
Jul

Giltner approves purchase of microbus

The Giltner School Board approved the purchase of a 14-passenger activity bus during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.
The microbus is a 2006 model and only had 26,000 miles on it. It has three-point passenger seat belts and could have a variety of uses for the school district, according to Supt. Stuart Lenz.

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Wed
17
Jul

County reviews new floodplain regulations

Of relevant discussion Monday during the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting was review and discussion regarding an updated resolution for the county’s floodplain management program by Planning and Zoning Administrator Jeremy Brandt and Administrative Manager Scott Stuhr.
“Due to the recent flooding this spring and on into the summer, FEMA has made many changes to the floodplain maps and each county, town and city needs to have a review done to update these regulations,” Brandt said in a later interview.

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Wed
17
Jul

Aurora Insurance announces new merger

Aurora Insurance owner Matt Shaw announced this week the merger of his downtown business with the Nebraska-based Gary Thompson Agency, touting the change as a strategic move to better serve his clientele.
In a change that became effective July 1, the local insurance agency became one of 22 GTA locations in Nebraska, most of which are based in rural communities.

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