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Wed
20
May

Thiele thanks staff, students for 28 years at Aurora Middle School

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Aurora Middle School will seem a bit different come August, with the absence of one of its most familiar faces and leaders. Middle School Principal Ken Thiele will be officially retiring at the end of this school year, though he wishes he could stay.
After 30 years in the educational profession, Thiele sat down on a Saturday morning to reflect on how he had gotten here and just how it will feel to step away.

Thiele reflects on his career in a feature story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
20
May

Seniors mark end of Storm journey

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The High Plains Community School’s class of 2020 gathered in Polk Saturday to hold an outdoor graduation ceremony. Neither rainy weather nor a pandemic could prevent the 16 seniors from coming together one last time in celebration of a 12-year journey. The proceedings began with seniors visiting Clarks and Hordville before arriving in Polk for the ceremony. A fire truck escort signaled the arrival of the student parade into town. For detailed cpverage, see this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
20
May

‘Dinner and a Movie’ to debut this weekend

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Junior Roebuck hopes to give the community something fun to do during this time of restricted movement by introducing a drive-in style “Dinner and a Movie” outing in his backyard.
The local entrepreneur has a large lot around his 9th Street home and came up with a concept he says will benefit local nonprofit organizations while also giving families a COVID-friendly night out. Roebuck announced plans this week to set up a 24-foot inflatable screen near his home at 1910 9th St., and will be showing movies beginning at 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening. See print or e-editon for more details.

Wed
20
May

Market on the Square sets June 6 start date

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Community members can plan on being able to buy and sell homemade treats, items and produce with the return of Market on the Square to the Courthouse parking lot.
Aurora Chamber of Commerce Director Justise Rhoden announced this week that they are planning to go forward with the initial date of June 6 to kick off the weekly event.
“We have been in conversations with the Central District Health Department to make sure that we follow any social distancing rules,” she noted. “We’ve also been in contact with the Department of Ag and they are really encouraging us to still hold the farmer’s market.” Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
20
May

Commissioners discuss reopening courthouse, to begin hosting court proceedings Tuesday

With a packed agenda for the Hamilton County board meeting, commissioners spent a great deal of time on the topic of “reconstituting operations at the courthouse” as well as resuming court hearings. “I thought it’d be worth our while, and the judges feel the same way, that we should be looking at this,” said Chairman Rich Nelson. Full report in this week's print and e-editions.

 

Tue
19
May

City council declares L Street structure as ‘dangerous’

The Aurora City Council declared a two-story structure on the southeast corner of the square a “dangerous building” last week, giving the owner 30 days to respond before the city could begin taking legal action.
Two neighboring property owners voiced their concerns during a May 12 public hearing, though owner Doug McHenry of Hampton was not present, citing health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. See detailed report in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Mon
18
May

HPC graduates begin next chapter

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Senior Keaton Van Housen waves at friends and family as he and his classmates arrive in Polk for the ceremony.

The High Plains Community School's Class of 2020 held an unconventional graduation Saturday, as students and parents sat in their cars outside the high school in Polk. The communities continued to celebrate the seniors with a parade around Clarks, Hordville and Polk that was followed by a live broadcast of the graduation ceremony. A full story can be found in the 5/20 issue of the News-Register. 

Fri
15
May

CDHD: TestNebraska helping address needs

Working with TestNebraska has provided the Central District Health Department with an opportunity to expand collaborative efforts in addressing the needs of the district, executive director Teresa Anderson said in a statement Friday afternoon.

"We have received nearly 500 test results from TestNebraska and have determined that 8% of those tests are positive," she said. "This positive rate is greatly improved from the 17% level we had for the last seven-day period."

CDHD reports a total of 1,474 positive cases and a total of 46 COVID-19 related deaths. County breakdown is as follows: Hall: 1,397 positive cases and 37 deaths; Hamilton: 54 positive cases and nine deaths; and Merrick: 23 positive cases and no deaths.

Fri
15
May

Dollar General getting closer

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Dollar General sign went up on Aurora store today. Construction progress continues with plans to open Highway 14 store possibly sometime in June.

Wed
13
May

County voter turnout tops 54 percent in primary

Voter turnout was higher than normal for Tuesday’s primary election in Hamilton County, with 54 percent of registered voters casting their ballots.
The vast majority of votes came in by mail ahead of election day, which in light of current social distancing protocol was just what Hamilton County Clerk Jill DeMers was hoping to see.
“We were just overwhelmed and very appreciative of the mail-in votes,” DeMers said. “Voting at the Farr Building also went very smooth. We had about 250 people who went to the Farr Building, divided by the five precincts, and that’s exactly what we wanted.”
A total of 3,316 ballots were cast in Tuesday’s primary election, which featured very few locally contested races. There are a total of 6,129 registered voters in the county, making the total turnout just over 54 percent. That compares to 40 percent who voted in the 2018 primary election and 38 percent in 2016.

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