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Wed
12
Sep

County board turns down all-mail election for Nov.

Hamilton County Clerk Jill DeMers approached the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners during the Sept. 4 meeting reaffirming her desire to see Hamilton County move toward an all-mail election.
According to meeting minutes, discussion was had regarding the issue and a decision was tabled until later on the agenda. However, the matter was initially approved with a three to two vote by commissioners.

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Wed
12
Sep

Dual-credit graphic design classes prep students for future

One of the many new opportunities for Aurora High School students during the 2018-19 school year is a new series of dual-credit graphic design classes offered by teacher Blair Haynes.
Upon completion of the various classes, students who have taken all four of the courses have the opportunity to graduate with almost a semester’s worth of college credits -- for free. Once taken the students can also earn a Graphic Arts certificate through Central Community College.

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Wed
12
Sep

Sen. Friesen gains new perspective after trip to Taiwan

Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen returned from a recent trip to Taiwan with a new perspective on international trade and the global view some have of American politics.
Friesen and his wife Nancy spent several days on the island nation just off the southern coast of China, part of a delegation of state senators from several Midwestern states invited by the Taiwanese government.

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Wed
12
Sep

County approves budget for 2018-19

Hamilton County taxpayers will see another year of tax increase with the passing of the 2018-19 Hamilton County budget after commissioners finalized and adopted the budget during Monday’s board meeting.
The main reason stated for the overall increase in funds was due to the ongoing effort to fix rural roads in Hamilton County.

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Wed
12
Sep

AMS students explore Gjerloff Prairie

Aurora Middle School students made their annual field trip to Gjerloff Prairie on a cloudy and cool Friday.
Seventh grade social studies teacher Jeremy Dubas said giving kids a chance to get out and enjoy the prairie is something that AMS enjoys every year.
“Just exposing them to what we have to offer around the area is nice,” Dubas said.

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Wed
12
Sep

4R board approves lower budget for 2018-19

After the conclusion on Monday’s public budget hearing, the 4R board approved its 2018-19 school budget, reflecting a subtle .9 percent decrease in the overall levy and a $390,970 decrease in the total budget.
The levy will now be 78.63 cents per $100 valuation.

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Wed
12
Sep

Hampton school budget shows 1.7% drop in tax asking

The Hampton School Board approved its fiscal year budget Monday, signing off on a 1.7 percent decrease in total tax asking.
Supt. Holly Herzberg noted that for the second consecutive year the district’s property valuation went down, which impacted the final numbers. Property values within the district dropped 3.7 percent last year and 4.7 percent in 2016, representing a $32 million overall decrease.

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Tue
04
Sep

Remodel now complete at McDonald’s

An indoor/outdoor remodel of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Aurora is now complete, part of a Vision 20/20 initiative expected to upgrade every golden arch franchise in America by the end of next year.
Owners Greg and Cory Hall of Columbus stopped by the Aurora store Aug. 28, celebrating a grand re-opening while also explaining the new look and changes. For a detailed report, see this week's ANR.

 

Tue
04
Sep

Multiple businesses booked for Art Walk Aurora event

On Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., centered around the historical town square, the annual Art Walk Aurora will be celebrating it’s fifth year. Headlining the event will be live music from Myles Jasnowsk. See ANR for details.

 

Tue
04
Sep

Sandhill cranes sculptures now perched on trail

The walking trail that starts just north of Jennifer Road on 9th Street and travels through Streeter Park now has two permanent residents. A pair of sandhill cranes were installed Aug. 24 by artist Larry Allder and look to live the rest of their life at the trail’s head. See a complete story in this week's ANR.

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