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Tennis project to break ground

The Aurora City Council gave final approval July 11 to a private group’s plan to build four new tennis courts in Streeter Park.
Tennis Facility Committee spokesman Kurt Mitchell addressed the council, explaining plans to bring tennis back to Streeter Park after construction of a new swimming pool required the old courts to be removed.

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Changes in eclipse knowledge over time

Eclipse viewers on Aug. 21 may have more resources to help them become educated on what to expect during the event than people did in the past. From early humans believing the supernatural controlled the blocking of the sun to astronomers deriving precise calculations to predict and map eclipses, changes throughout human history have all been related to the phenomenon we still see today.

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An interview with voice acting legend Rob Paulsen

A recent trip to the Omaha Comic-Con afforded me the opportunity to use the skills I’ve attained as a journalist to speak with one of my own childhood icons, Rob Paulsen, in a brief interview about his 30-year career bringing animated characters to life.
With around 500 different voice-acting credits to his name, it’s tough to come across a piece of animation that doesn’t have Paulsen’s signature talent found within it.
Paulsen’s more well-known roles include: Yakko from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, Arthur from The Tick, and Carl from Jimmy Neutron. Yet, for me and many other 30-something-year-olds, his pioneering role as Raphael in the 1987 cartoon version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) stands out as a memory we will not soon forget.

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Jul

County approves zoning exception

A public hearing was opened by the county board Monday to discuss a special exception for a solar array/utility project on a Berggren Farms tract of land located about two miles north of Aurora.
According to Planning and Zoning department head Scott Stuhr, Berggren Farms has applied for utility use, which is a special exemption in the ag district.

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Bendorf appointed to Giltner School Board Monday

The Giltner School Board appointed Justin Bendorf to the open board position during Monday’s regular monthly meeting.
Bendorf was one of three Giltner residents to hand in applications to new school Supt. Stuart Lenz.
There was discussion during the meeting about several other people who showed interest in the position, and whether or not it was a good idea to postpone the decision and hold a special meeting.

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Wed
12
Jul

Influx of eclipse visitors will need lodging

Editor’s note: This article is part of a News-Register series leading up to the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.
Aurora’s location in the center of the total solar eclipse path next month is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area, creating both an opportunity and a challenge for the community.
For small communities along the eclipse path it can be tricky to figure out the most sensible way to handle the influx of visitors. In the state of Nebraska alone, the expectation of visitors to the center path of the eclipse ranges anywhere between 100,000-500,000 people. While a certain percentage of those are other Nebraskans traveling closer to the path’s center, a lot of the communities getting visitors can expect a doubling of population overnight.
Among the businesses to experience the surge of people are the local hotels and lodging establishments.   

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12
Jul

Hampton gearing up for eclipse events

Hampton is planning to roll out the red carpet for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, hosting activities which planners say could bring thousands of visitors to the community.

Wed
12
Jul

Hoegh hired as assistant AHS principal

The Aurora 4R School Board approved Cody Hoegh Monday to fill the assistant high school principal vacancy.
Hoegh spent almost 10 years combined as a physical education instructor in Lincoln and as assistant middle school principal in Waverly. He moved back to Aurora last June to help Brandon and Barry Handrup farm and sell seed corn with Brandon for Channel.

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12
Jul

Man at large after high-speed chase

A high speed pursuit occurred Monday night in Hamilton County after law enforcement officials were tipped off about a man in Aurora with a parole violation out of Colorado.

Jared Thomas Smith, AKA “Thomas James Young,” is wanted in Colorado for parole violation and sexual contact non consent. Subject abandoned his vehicle in rural Hamilton County and may currently be driving a stolen silver 2001 Dodge Dakota Club Cab pickup with Nebraska farm plate 28-898S. Subject was last known to be heading towards the Lincoln or Omaha areas. If subject is located contact local law enforcement.

According to Aurora Police Chief Paul Graham, Monday's pursuit began near McDonalds and continued north on Highway 14 heading toward Central City. The pursuit continued at high speeds until law enforcement terminated the chase after identifying the man and began procedure to get a warrant.

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High Plains football coop shut down with split decision

High Plains football will not be seeing significant changes in the 2018-19, 2019-20 school years after an approval to move forward with a football coop with Osceola was halted by a split decision (3-3) Monday night.
“What was presented to them was a two-year cooperative and they struggled with that decision and that vote,” said Supt. Brian Tonniges.

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