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Wed
20
Mar

Pawling updates county on local post-flood roads

The status of county roads after recent weather events was the topic of conversation during Monday’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting, with Highway Supt. K.C. Pawling describing current conditions and outlining a plan of action moving forward.
“We were really fortunate,” Pawling began. “Most of our problem areas, we had some water across roads due to ditches being full of dirt. They hadn’t been cleaned in quite some time.”

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Tue
19
Mar

FEMA, vice president coming to flood-ravaged state

“We have not had a disaster that has been this widespread in the state, I don’t think, ever,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said Monday while visiting Wood River. “We’ve had disasters where we’ve had a greater loss of life. But as far as how many places have been touched by this, I don’t think there’s ever been a disaster this widespread in Nebraska.”
As people are able to return to their homes, the reality of the devastation becomes clear. Overnight, more cities made emergency declarations bringing the total to 75. There are now 65 counties under emergency declarations, as well. That’s nearly 70 percent of the state’s 93 counties.

Thu
14
Mar

Four candidates apply for District 4 county board seat

Four candidates have applied to fill the District 4 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.
County Treasurer Jody Griffith reported that the applicants include Myles Berthelsen, Tom Dibbern, Nancy Salmon and Robert Wert. The four names were announced after being reviewed Thursday in open public session.
Griffith will be joined by County Clerk Jill DeMers and County Attorney Mike Powell to decide which of the four candidates will be appointed to fill the seat left vacant after the recall of former commissioner Gregg Kremer.
Interviews have been scheduled with the four candidates on March 20, beginning at 9 a.m. Those interviews will be conducted in open public session, with each expected to take approximately 20 minutes. The candidates will appear in alphabetical order.

Thu
14
Mar

United Way's annual meeting March 21

The Heartland United Way will hold its 72nd annual meeting Thursday, March 21 at Riverside Golf Club in Grand Island. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Community members are invited to attend and celebrate a successful year.
The luncheon will recognize and celebrate Heartland United Way’s campaign volunteers, businesses, community partners, sponsors and donors for the roles they have played in Heartland United Way’s 2018 success. The Heartland United Way will present two distinguished awards in recognition of outstanding community leadership, dedication and service.
New officers and board member nominees will be presented for election. All United Way donors are voting members at the annual meeting, although all are welcome to come and learn about Heartland United Way.

Wed
13
Mar

Hampton school creates new Career Pathways position

Hampton Public Schools will be adding a new position to the staff next year hoping to help students find their purpose, passion and strengths.
The board voted unanimously Monday to hire Hampton native Carson Klute to fill the new position as the district’s first-ever director of Career Pathways. Klute, who has been teaching 7-12 social students and coaching for the past five years at Deshler Public Schools, will also be the Hawks head football coach.

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Wed
13
Mar

Sharing a ‘Blueprint’ for Nebraska

Leading off discussion during the 31st Annual Governor’s Ag Conference in Kearney March 5, Jim Smith, executive director of Blueprint Nebraska, shared a wide array of topics related to his businesses and initiatives in Nebraska that could come to light as soon as the legislative session in 2020.
“Blueprint Nebraska is a group of Nebraska businesses and industry leaders in charge of gathering feedback, opinions and ideas from all Nebraskans on development to help grow Nebraska,” said USDA Director Steve Wellman.

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Wed
13
Mar

County reviews sale plans for Manor property

The method and upcoming sale of the former Hamilton Manor was the main conversation at Monday’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting, leading ultimately to the scheduling of a public hearing on the subject for March 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Hamilton County Courthouse.
General discussion regarding the method of sale and whether or not commissioners would subdivide or rezone the land before sale began a few weeks ago, though nothing was decided at that time.

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Wed
13
Mar

Courthouse may be in for some cold days

According to Hamilton County Administrative Manager Scott Stuhr, the Hamilton County Courthouse has been without heat in most areas since Friday.
“The boiler control module is not working,” Stuhr said. “We are supposed to have one coming in on a shipment today, so it should be coming in the next day or two.”
The piece needed is a hard to find item, Stuhr explained, and he reportedly tried over 18 different suppliers to find one in stock.

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Wed
13
Mar

Aurora’s Anni Reha models during Omaha Fashion Week

Anni Reha, an Aurora High School sophomore, got the opportunity to display her one-of-a-kind dress at the Omaha Design Center.
Her design was a creation of her own, done by combining the patterns of two different dresses into one.
“I just really like high low dresses and just the way the top of the dress was,” Anni said.
She was chosen to model after winning at the county fair in modeling and taking her dress to the Nebraska State Fair.

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Wed
13
Mar

Aurora sixth graders to start produce garden

It was business as usual during Monday’s 4R School Board meeting, principal reports taking center stage for the evening along with an announcement from Aurora Middle School Principal Ken Thiele on the development of a school produce garden run by the sixth graders.
“The sixth grade teachers, and compliments again to the Hamilton Community Foundation, they’re going to work with our sixth grade team of teachers and they’re going to have a school garden that’s going to be out here on the east side of the greenhouse,” Thiele announced.

 

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