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Fri
31
Jul

Yard of the Month

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The Aurora Lions Club has selected the Beets Community Garden for its Yard of the Month in August. Located on the northwest corner of the Memorial Hospital property, the garden serves a mission of health and education. Pictured seated from left are Linda Ochsner, Jan Whitney and Megan Vetter. Back from left are Lions Club member Harley Fassnacht, April Vetter and hospital representative Tina Hunt.

Wed
29
Jul

To wear, or not to wear, a mask

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Local residents weighed in this week on the hot topic of if and when masks should be worn in public.

Wed
29
Jul

16th Can Care-A-Van planned for Aug. 4

Another hallmark of summer in Hamilton County -- the Can Care-A-Van -- is ready and set to take off on Aug. 4.

The 16th annual showing of community support for the local food pantry will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 12th and N streets, with volunteers ready and waiting during that time to accept any and all donations for the cause.

There won’t be much different in terms of how the event is set up, but precautions will be in place.

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Wed
29
Jul

It’s fair week in Hamilton Co.

The 149th Hamilton County Fair is set to highlight the fairgrounds in Aurora this week despite it looking quite a bit different than it has in years past.
Many events have been moved to accommodate for social distancing and to keep exhibitors, judges and volunteers safe.

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Wed
29
Jul

COVID case count spikes

A two-week spike in both the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County as well as the percentage of positive test results locally is causing concern with the Central District Health Department, particularly at a time when health and school officials are working together to establish policies and protocols so that classes can resume soon as scheduled.
Teresa Anderson, executive director with the CDHD, reported Monday in a phone interview from Grand Island that numbers are rising throughout the three-county district. Hamilton County, in particular, had 55 confirmed cases for a prolonged period, but rose quickly in the past few weeks to 88 cases as of Monday, while the number of deaths remained at 13.

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Wed
29
Jul

Test Nebraska begins Aurora visits

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The East Park Villa parking lot became a local test site for COVID-19 last week, the first of several weekly opportunities for local residents to get tested here in Aurora.
The Central District Health Department announced last week that Memorial Community Health in Aurora had contracted to work with the Test Nebraska program to provide local testing. Approximately 40 people were tested in a two-hour period July 22. All were approved in advance for the procedure and received their results within 72 hours.
Paula Johnson, co-publisher of the Aurora News-Register, was one of the test participants last week, explaining that she signed up hoping to answer questions others may have.

Wed
29
Jul

Winfield Sweets N Eats rolls into new home

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Officially, and literally, ready to get the show on the road, Andrea Winfield and her business Winfield Sweets N’ Eats has a new physical foothold.
Powered by the Aurora Meat Block, the newly purchased 8 1/2 foot by 20 foot trailer, fully equipped with stainless steel ovens, cooking surfaces, refrigerator, freezer, industrial mixer and more will set Winfield and her husband, Brent, up for just about any culinary challenge they want to accept.
Though home to her “Sweets N Eats” business the space could, and most likely will, also be used to help with the Aurora Meat Block’s growing catering venture.
“It is a food trailer,” Andrea reported. “We originally had the food truck and that didn’t go as planned, so we bought a trailer.”

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Wed
29
Jul

Families reunited at MCC

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It’s been emotional time for in-person family reunions at Memorial Community Care in Aurora as the long-term care facility was able to open its doors and welcome in visitors after four long months of pandemic-driven isolation.
“Everybody was just so excited,” said Tina Buckhalter, MCC’s director of nursing. “Those first visits when we had them come in the door there were tears, not only from residents and family members, but from the staff as well. It was just so amazing to see.”

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Wed
29
Jul

Two resolutions approved to aid in abandoned cemetery funding

According to Hamilton County Veteran’s Service Officer Mike Irons, state statute dictates that in order to expend county funds on the preservation or upkeep of an abandoned cemetery, there must be approval first from the county board.
This was part of Iron’s goal in visiting the board during its regular Monday meeting. He began his presentation to commissioners by explaining that both of the resolutions before them had received their required 35 signatures and were ready for the next steps.
“I was hoping to have a little more of a robust package to present to you on the history,” he reported. “But I started going down the rabbit hole, per say, because there is a lot of conflicting of information out there -- with the oral histories or any other histories and with the timeline that I was on, then COVID-19 kind of hit.”

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Tue
28
Jul

I-80 work to begin near Aurora

Weather permitting, work will begin this week according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation on Interstate 80 just east and west of Aurora.
Werner Construction Inc., of Hastings, has the $13,161,049 contract. Work includes grading, bridge repair, on the four bridges west of the Aurora interchange, guardrails, culverts and asphalt
resurfacing.Work will begin from Reference Post 329.06 to Reference Post 337.62. Traffic will be maintained with lane restrictions. A 12‑foot width restriction will be in effect for the duration of the project.
Anticipated completion is November 2020.

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