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Wed
13
May

Bittersweet ‘rite of passage’

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Aurora seniors spent May 7 stopping by their high school, for what could be the last time, to pick up the awards they earned and take a photo in their cap and gown for a possible virtual graduation. This experience was both unusual, and a bit bittersweet. Read more in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
13
May

Theater brings concessions to the home

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While many business are closed and families have taken to doing activities at home, the 12th Street Cinema made movie time a little more authentic on Saturday.
The theater sold large popcorn, soda and candy from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to the community with all business occurring outside the building. More details in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
13
May

Dancers see Saturday spirit parade for hard work

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Dancers big and small from the Kirby School of Dance enjoyed a parade -- fit for a rockstar -- through Aurora streets Saturday.
Students of all ages dressed in their recital costumes, joined their family in their cars and were escorted to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds by the Aurora Police Department, where they were stopped for photos and given gifts. Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
13
May

HLS gives gardens a boost with plant sale

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The Hampton Lutheran School wrapped up another plant sale, with pick-up and cash and carry held May 6 at the Hampton Auditorium.
According to the school’s newsletter, students raised $24,826 in pre-sales, exceeding the $20,000 goal. See full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Tue
12
May

Robotics team’s light pollution project getting traction

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Aurora’s First Lego League team had success on several fronts this spring, qualifying for international competition in robotics and also learning that the Brownville arts community is interested in utilizing the club’s light pollution reduction project.
Tami Brandl, the team’s coach and advisor, said it was disappointing to see the coronavirus pandemic bring the season to an early end, though she is proud of the group’s achievements this year. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

Tue
12
May

CDHD offers updated virus guidelines

As of 3 p.m. Monday, the Central District Health Department reports a total of 1,410 COVID-19 positive cases and a total of 43 deaths in the Central District, broken down by county as follows: Hall 1,338 cases and 35 deaths; Hamilton 53 cases and eight deaths; and Merrick 19 cases and zero deaths.

In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in area communities, CDHD officails strongly recommend that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions.

Sat
09
May

Graduation day in Hampton

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Hampton seniors spent years together and finished their time as Hawks 6 feet apart during a brief outdoor graduation ceremony Saturday afternoon. School officials hope to have a traditional pomp and circumstance ceremony later this summer, if possible. See this week's ANR for coverage. Paige Sackschewsky, pictured here, was one of nine honored seniors ringing the bell and receiving her diploma Saturday.

Thu
07
May

Aurora seniors celebrate under the lights

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At 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Husky Stadium lights came on and the Aurora Class of 2020 took center stage, even if it was just for 20 minutes for the final Be the Light campaign. 

It was the final week of Aurora’s highly attended Be the Light campaign, a four-week program where the school turned on the lights of the football field for 20 minutes at 8:20 p.m. to honor a different group of people. 

This was just another way for schools to show support for the Class of 2020 across the state and country. 
 

Thu
07
May

Primary election set for Tuesday

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Tuesday’s primary election in Hamilton County will be different in a lot of ways, with a huge increase in mail-in ballots and only one polling place available countywide, where extra precautions will be taken to keep voters and poll workers safe from the coronavirus.

Wed
06
May

Tooley Park reopening grows closer

Now that the weather has warmed and more and more people seem to be taking to the outdoors for a sense of relief from being trapped in their homes during the global pandemic that is COVID-19, the topic of Tooley Park resurfaced on the agenda at Monday’s Hamilton County board of Commissioners meeting.
Commissioner Bobby Parks had previously been tasked with taking a few photos of the signs at Bader Park and like places to help commissioners gain insight and possible inspiration as to what to include on updated signage desired for Tooley. Details in this week's ANR.

 

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