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Sat
22
Feb

Hawks, Huskies compete at state cheer

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A pair of area cheer teams performed Saturday at the state cheer and dance championships held at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island. 

Aurora in Class B as well as Hampton in Class D showed off their spirit for the fans and judges throughout the day and came away with solid finishes. 

The Husky cheer team ended the day seventh in the non-tumbling category, finishing with a total score of 69.90. Omaha Gross won the non-tumbling category. 

As for Hampton, the Hawk cheer squad ended the day third in the gameday category, finishing with a total of 77.40 points. North Platte St. Pat's won the gameday category. 

Wed
19
Feb

Pastor Barbey finds ‘rhythm of life’ in Hampton, Nebraska

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Hampton residents welcomed Pastor Dan Barbey with pomp and circumstance during his Feb. 9 installment ceremony at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
When asked what he thought so far, the Cleveland, Ohio, native noted that he found the “rhythm of life” to be peaceful and felt he was meant to be here.
“This is where I’m meant to be. This isn’t where I would have chosen to be and yet I’m here and I find myself being content,” he said happily.

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Wed
19
Feb

HPC makes learning about STEM a family affair

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High Plains Elementary students and their parents gathered in Clarks Thursday night to get an up close and personal introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) during STEM family night.
Teacher and event coordinator Aaron Rhode reported that more than 50 percent of their students joined in the evening’s activities, that sought to mix learning with fun.
Families were challenged with a variety of tasks from building shelters, racing balloons and creating a Rube Goldberg machine. There was also a virtual reality experience, different robots and an area to create stop-motion Lego movies.

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Wed
19
Feb

Aurora Cooperative reports growth in challenging year

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Coming off a tough year in agriculture, the Aurora Cooperative is focused on strengthening its root structure in 2020 and beyond, both within the company as well as with and for the member/owners it serves.
CEO Chris Vincent delivered that message during his keynote speech Feb. 12 in Grand Island, one of the highlights of the company’s annual meeting at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds.
“I’m pleased to announce that even in a tough year we were able to find a way to provide a solid financial performance, which will give us a leg up in the future,” Vincent told a large crowd of guests and company stockholders.

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Wed
19
Feb

Phillips’ Character Challenge footprint growing

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It’s no secret that middle school students face challenges daily -- emotionally, mentally, academically and beyond. While most of these challenges may present an added amount of stress,  challenges are not always a bad thing.
Aurora Middle School students who have drawn the lucky card of placement in one of math teacher Scott Phillips’ classes are facing another sort of added challenge, however, one meant to build them up and teach kindness.
“It kind of just stemmed from experiencing teaching for the first time and realizing that my job wasn’t just to teach numbers and math, but it was to teach kids how to act appropriately and to do the right thing in class, and not just outside of class,” Phillips said, speaking to the origins of his ‘Character Challenge.’

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Wed
19
Feb

Expansion planned for EMS quarters

The Aurora City Council took a step toward authorizing construction of a fire barn facility expansion last week, seeking a cost estimate on a proposed 4,080 sq. ft. addition to provide new living quarters for the city’s fire-based EMS crew.
Council members voted unanimously to have JEO Consulting prepare a detailed scope of services as well as a more finalized review of the project. Steve Parr with JEO outlined details of a rough-draft proposal during the Feb. 11 council meeting, offering a preliminary estimate of $140-165 per sq. ft., based on recent projects and current bidding conditions. Based on those preliminary estimates, the cost of the project could fall in the $571,000-$673,000 price range.

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Wed
19
Feb

NRD revisiting controversial Rule 5 on nitrogen regs

A controversial proposal to change the way area farmers apply nitrogen to their fields is back on the agenda for the Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District.
Last September, the Upper Big Blue board voted 16-1 to send a Rule 5 proposal back to the water committee for further study. This rule was presented to restrict nitrate application and require farmers to use nitrification inhibitors to reduce the loss of nitrogen in the soil.
Hundreds of farmers and producers gathered for the public meetings in the summer and fall of 2019 to voice concerns about the lack of on-farm research and what the impact of Rule 5 would have on their operations.

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Wed
19
Feb

Area students compete in Hamilton County Spelling Bee

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A quiet tension could be felt at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds Feb. 12 as 31 students from across the county gathered to put their spelling skills to the test.
“It went very well,” event coordinator Beth Andrews reported. “We went close to an hour longer than we normally do. We had a couple sixth graders that went a long time before they even missed any. We had some really good spellers.”

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Sun
16
Feb

Hampton/Giltner showdown

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Hampton and Giltner girls ended the regular season with a cross-county battle on the Hawks home court, where Lady Hornet senior Sydney Janzen scored a season-high 21 points to help her team win, 48-43. The two teams will battle again Monday during first-round D2 subdistrict action in Grand Island.

Fri
14
Feb

Sen. Friesen to speak at Town Hall in Aurora Feb. 28

Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen will be in Aurora Friday, Feb. 28, at the Bremer Center starting at 7a.m. for a Legislative Town Hall.  
During this meeting, Friesen will update constituents on legislative bills and proposals happening during the current session.
In his second term representing Friesen has primarily focused on lowering property taxes in Nebraska.  Current committee assignments for include: Committee on Committees, Legislative Performance Audit, Revenue, and Transportation and Telecommunications.
This Legislative Town Hall meeting is open to the public and will be hosted by the Aurora Development Corporation.

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