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Wed
22
Jan

Simply Frosted Baking Co. offers a new twist on an old classic -- cupcakes

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A new baking business has emerged in Aurora with a focus on creating visually unique cupcakes with one-of-a-kind flavors. Leading the Simply Frosted Baking Co. is Aurora native Mikayle Ehlers.
“It’s a baking company and right now I’m starting out with just cupcakes,” she said. “I’m venturing out to cakes, too, but slowly.”
The self-taught baker explained that she has been making cupcakes for friends and family for years, but it took the encouragement of those close to her to go from personal to professional.

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Mon
20
Jan

United Way offering community impact grants

Local nonprofit agencies are invited to apply for up to $1,500 available through the Heartland United Way’s Community Impact Grant Program.
For the last four years, the Heartland United Way has offered the Community Impact Program Grant to Hamilton, Merrick, and Howard counties. These grants were created to support small, local non-profits that are making a huge difference for their community members.
This grant is not guaranteed every year, but the United Way’s board of directors is supportive of continuing the work being done in local communities!
“The Heartland United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability for every person in every community,” said Valerie Roth, the United Way’s director of community impact. “Our goal is to connect communities in order to decrease childhood poverty to give children a chance and families a future.”

Fri
17
Jan

City planners ponder future land use map

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Creating a vision for future housing and business development in and around Aurora will be the focus of an open house Jan. 22 at City Hall, where local residents are invited to share their thoughts and perspective.
Members of the Aurora Planning Commission have been working with a planning consultant since October, with a goal of updating the city’s comprehensive plan by the spring of 2020. The document was last revised in approximately 2010 and is traditionally updated every 10 years.
“This is a big deal just so everybody has predictability,” said Jeff Morris, chairman of the Aurora Planning Commission. “When you are dealing with housing, commerce and development it helps people to know what they can expect from the developer’s side and the government’s side as well.”

Wed
15
Jan

Search for new supt. in Giltner is ongoing

The search for a new superintendent is ongoing at Giltner Public Schools.
Based on a post on the Nebraska Department of Education website, GPS is accepting applications for a new superintendent until Jan. 24 with screening to begin a few days later and an anticipated hire in February.
Current Supt. Stuart Lenz submitted his letter of resignation during November’s board meeting and will effectively leave the position in June during Monday’s montly meeting.

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Wed
15
Jan

Hampton considering vacant property registry

The Hampton village board is considering a proposal to work with a Kearney-based firm to help create a process to improve vacant properties or force action through legal means to get them back on the tax rolls.
Bobbi Pettit, who helped the Hampton board implement a nuisance abatement ordinance several years ago while working for the South Central Economic Development District, made a 30-minute presentation Monday as the owner of her own consulting firm, Five Rule Rural Planning. Pettit commended the board for taking action six years ago, but noted that some of the properties identified as vacant are still in various stages of disrepair.

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Wed
15
Jan

Search to begin for new 4R supt.

After a brief reorganization of the board, which reflected no change as to board members, the first item of discussion amongst the 4R school board members was the discussion over which search firm will aid in the selection of a new district superintendent.
By unanimous vote, the search firm of Baker and Rastovski was selected as the preferred group. This search service carries a bill of $6,000  (with all included components) and could include extra expenses not to exceed $900 (mileage, etc.)

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Wed
15
Jan

Commissioners discuss, sign raises for elected officials, deputies

Questions regarding proposed salary increases for a number of elected officials stirred considerable discussion during Monday’s county board meeting.
During budget discussions commissioners were adamant and vocal on keeping almost all elected officials and their deputies, unless previously discussed, to a 2 percent raise. It should also be noted that in Resolution No. 1042 it specifically states that an elected official’s (chief) deputy should be kept at 80 percent of their elected official’s salary.

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Wed
15
Jan

HPC board makes changes for new year

The High Plains Community School Board met in Polk Monday to discuss plans for the upcoming semester and the new year.
One of the items up for discussion was the board’s 2020-2021 negotiated agreement. Supt. Brian Tonniges presented the new agreement which saw a 3.34 percent increase on the base wage. This equaled out to $500, which brought the base up to $37,950.
The board voted unanimously to pass this change and then continued discussing a possible amendment for staff who works at sporting event and the wages that they can make.

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Wed
15
Jan

Board approves 4R roof maintenance costs

With a packed agenda, there were many things of interest and value on the table this week in front of the 4R School Board, including the approval of a $19,441 price tag for TREMCO to begin maintenance on roofs across the 4R campus.
Board member Cory Ohlson reported on the totals associated with the proposed projects as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.
“The Building and Grounds Committee did meet with TREMCO and they provided basically a synopsis of all of our roofs that we have here on campus,” Supt. Damon McDonald said. “They gave us a rundown of what they were currently looking at.”

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Tue
14
Jan

AACD disbanding as new year begins

Seventeen years after the Aurora Area Chamber & Development Corporation was created as an umbrella organization for various local entities, the AACD has officially been dissolved.
Ross Luzum, who served as AACD president during the past year, reported this week that the board and membership voted to dissolve at the annual meeting in November, which then triggered the paperwork required to legally disband.

Full story in this week's ANR.

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