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Tue
16
Jul

Lockmon wins photo contest

Kady Lockmon looked up at the sky last summer at her grandparents’ farm near Stuart and was captivated by the combination of light and billowing clouds. With an old barn in the foreground, she saw an image in her mind’s eye and wanted to capture it on camera.
That image was selected as the grand prize winner in this year’s Aurora News-Register amateur photo contest, earning Lockmon a $100 grand prize.

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Tue
16
Jul

River level dropping

The Platte River was running high this week, with strong currents and alarmingly high water levels keeping area residents and emergency officials on high alert.
Kirt Smith, Hamilton County’s emergency management coordinator, reported Monday that the river hit its high mark around Thursday noon at the Highway 34 bridge, topping out at 7.56 feet.
“Normal is anything below 5.5 feet and the flood stage starts at 6.5 feet, so we were keeping an eye on things in case we needed to prepare,” Smith said. “We were close again. It was starting to creep up into the Paradise Lake area and some low-land flooding areas. That’s just a lot of water.”
By Thursday afternoon, however, the rains stopped and the water levels began to decline. Smith said the level fell to under 6.5 feet by Sunday and by Monday morning the reading was 5.18 feet.

Tue
16
Jul

Movie change

Due to a scheduling conflict by 12th Street Cinema, the advertisement on page C5 of this week’s newspaper is incorrect. The movie showing this weekend will be “Spider-Man: Far From Home” at the listed times including a 3D Sunday matinee.
“Yesterday” will now be shown July 26-28.

Fri
12
Jul

Two-vehicle accident

A two-vehicle collision Friday morning at the intersection of O and 10th streets in Aurora left both drivers with injuries. Aurora firefighters and emergency personnel were on the scene immediately and transported both individuals to the Aurora hospital

Wed
10
Jul

Flood relief plan, maintenance top Hampton agenda

Hampton village leaders reviewed bids on a proposal to help relieve flooding issues on the north side of town and also heard concerns from local citizens regarding a lack of summer maintenance around the community during Monday’s monthly meeting.
Discussion began with a report from Tyler Hillmer with Miller & Associates, who advised the board of a plan to more than double the amount of drainage pipe on 1st Street near East 14th Road (also known as the blacktop) and White Blossom Court. The board had requested a report based on a continued problem of water coming in from an adjacent farm field to the east and flooding streets and basements in that area.

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Wed
10
Jul

Hampton Lutheran fills summer with reading, science and fun

Hampton Lutheran School is holding a public reading and Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) camp on Wednesdays until July 24 for all age children.
“This year’s theme for STEAM camp is magic and dragons,” Principal Jean Carnoali said. “Lisa Montoya, our leader, has designed hands on activities for the kids to do.”
Some of the activities already completed include hand-bound books, dip candle making, water clocks and their current project of making quills, ink and wax stamps.

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Wed
10
Jul

Plainsman to collaborate with Smithsonian on work exhibit

The Plainsman Museum in Aurora has been selected to participate in a Smithsonian pilot project to develop a unique humanities-based exhibition about local work history.  
“We’re excited to be able to represent our town and county,” said Tina Larson, the museum’s executive director.

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Wed
10
Jul

County board reviews latest noxious weed authority report

Paul Moyer, on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, was a guest of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners Monday, bringing with him a look at the noxious weed authority review for 2018.  
“One of our many duties is to oversee the noxious weed programs across the state,” he said. “There are four fellas like me who go around and review the individual counties and their programs, so each year we evaluate the counties and give our report to the board.”

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Wed
10
Jul

4R Board reviews summer projects across district

Change has been happening and will continue to be around the Aurora school grounds over the summer, as an update on different projects across the district was given by Supt. Damon McDonald during Monday’s monthly meeting.
McDonald started by explaining that some of the concrete in front of the middle school and elementary school will be replaced which should be done sometime in July.

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Wed
10
Jul

Hampton loses power, water briefly Monday

Electrical problems left Hampton residents without power and water for a brief time Monday morning, a scenario made possible due to maintenance currently being done on the village water tower.
Board Chairman James Parsley reported that an electrical connection burned out near E Street just before 7 a.m., leaving much of the village without power or water.
“We’re running entirely on well pumps right now,” Parsley explained. “We would have started pumping from the tower had it been operational.”

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