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Wed
20
Jun

Youth Center seeking money to replace loss of state funds

The Youth Center continues its search for local funding to replace lost state aid and last week asked the Aurora City Council to consider its request for $10,000.
Scott Cerveny, who has served for many years as co-manager of the Aurora center with his wife, Kristina, explained the need for additional funding.
“In the last two to three years the state has required much more detailed information on the youth to qualify for state funding,” he told council members during a June 12 meeting.

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Wed
20
Jun

Briggs Whalen makes a splash at first Operation Shine Camp

Briggs Whalen arrived in style to his first-ever Operation Shine Camp on June 8. The camp, housed at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp just north of Hordville, welcomed more than a dozen campers from all over Nebraska for an unforgettable camping experience, specialized for campers with extra needs. Briggs’ mother, Kari Valentine, rolled down the back windows so that her son could see his “rock star entrance” to the camp he was to call home for the rest of the weekend.

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Fri
15
Jun

Free Mobile Food Pantry in Aurora June 18

Food Bank for the Heartland is partnering with FCSAmerica to host a mobile food pantry in Aurora on Monday, June 18 from 4-6 p.m. at The Leadership Center, 2211 Q Street, Aurora.

 

Fri
15
Jun

Aurora Film Club going 'Back to the Future'

The Aurora Film Club reels into A’ROR’N Days, on Wednesday, June 20 with a public movie screening of “Back to the Future” at 12th Street Cinema. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7. For more details, see this week's ANR.

 

Fri
15
Jun

Hampton School Board adopts new math curriculum

The Hampton School Board adopted two new math curriculums Monday for grades preschool through eighth grade with teacher training scheduled to begin later this week. For a detailed story, see this week's ANR.

Fri
15
Jun

Operation Shine

Briggs Whalen arrived in style to his first-ever Operation Shine Camp on June 8. The camp, housed at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp just north of Hordville, welcomed more than a dozen campers from all over Nebraska for an unforgettable camping experience, specialized for campers with extra needs. For a full report, see this week's ANR.

Wed
13
Jun

Budget talks up next for city’s EMS advisory committee

The Aurora EMS Study Committee recommended last week that billing services for a potential fire-based system be outsourced to the same Omaha company now used by the county-run ambulance service.
Consensus on that issue was unanimous, as committee members expressed confidence in the quality of work being done by EMS Billing Services, as well as a reluctance to add another element of change during a time of such major transition.

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Wed
13
Jun

‘Pull factor’ reflects area’s shopping trends, retail leakage

A report filled with mostly positive economic and demographic trends for Aurora and Hamilton County has one section that stands out as a potential red-flag alert.
“Pull factor,” a term used to measure non-motor vehicle sales on a per capita basis, reflects a significant amount of retail leakage, which means many folks are going online or out of town to do much of their shopping.

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Wed
13
Jun

4R board reviews policy mandating summer reading program

The 4R board met Monday to discuss policy and handbook changes for the next semester.
Due to a bill that was passed by the unicameral, beginning in the 2019-20 school year the school district will administer reading assessments approved by the Nebraska Department of Education three times during the school year to kindergarten through third grade students and a reading improvement plan will be developed by the teacher, principal, other school personnel and parents/guardians for students identified as having a reading deficiency. The update to the policy also indicated that the school will provide a supplemental reading intervention program that will include a summer reading program.

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Wed
13
Jun

Midwest Medical representatives do not see increase in transfers on horizon

Sean DeLancey and Tim Hoffman from Midwest Medical Transport Company came before the board June 4 to give a presentation on what the EMS company could provide for Hamilton County. The numbers they based their presentation on included 400 billable 911 calls, plus 165 transfers, putting the total cost for the service at an estimated $568,165, less an estimated $238,185 in revenue for a subsidy of $340,000. Those call numbers were based on historical call data from Hamilton County, which interim ambulance director Brent Dethlefs confirmed was 398 last year, in addition to transfers Midwest Medical already performs out of the hospital in Aurora.

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