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Wed
11
Apr

Mural celebrates school, community

A new mural has added a finishing touch to the Hampton school construction project, greeting students and guests as they walk in the main entrance with a collage of photos celebrating both the school and its host community. See this week's printed or e-edition for detailed report.

 

Wed
11
Apr

Remodeling 130 years of history

Erik Hanson is one of the few people who look at the challenge of renovating a 130-year-old home and gets excited for the opportunity to mesh history with modern tastes all under one roof. His family’s story is featured in this week’s Spring Home Improvement edition.

Wed
11
Apr

Founder of Arbor Day brought back to life through re-enactment

On Monday night during a program made possible by Humanities Nebraska and the Friends of the Library group, living history re-enactor Darrel Draper brought the man behind the Arbor Day holiday, J. Sterling Morton, to life. See print or e-edition for complete story.

Wed
11
Apr

FIRST coach from Minnesota shares importance of robotics

Tim Velner, a FIRST Robotics coach out of Duluth, Minn., may have been born in the 20th century, but he lives in the 21st century -- and he has a mission to help kids realize their 21st century dreams. See print or e-edition for complete story.

 

Wed
11
Apr

Two housing projects approved in Hampton

Hampton village leaders approved two projects Monday designed to expand the community’s residential housing market. See print or e-editions for complete story.

 

Wed
11
Apr

Hampton school project now nearly completed

The punch list for finishing details on the Hampton Public Schools construction/renovation project is getting shorter by the day.
Board members heard updates on the progress during Monday’s brief monthly meeting, learning that trees and stumps have been taken out as part of the final landscaping plan. Dirt work was completed along the foundation of the building, while grading and seeding work is scheduled to be completed by mid-May. For a complete story, see this week's print or e-edition.

Tue
10
Apr

Afterschool programs providing opportunities across the county

As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, the educational opportunities available through the Hamilton County Extension office are finding their way into area classrooms. In Aurora, those opportunities are showing kids the fun that can happen when working in the kitchen while at Hampton Lutheran, students were given the opportunity to learn about gardening. See print or e-edition for detailed report.

 

Mon
09
Apr

Food Pantry collection

The Rejoice! kids from the Aurora United Methodist Church will be collecting items for the Hamilton County Food Pantry between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11.
Adult volunteers will transport kids 1st-5th graders to various neighborhoods in Aurora. The group will be going door to door throughout town from 6:30-7:30 collecting non-perishable food items, paper products and hygiene items to donate to the Hamilton County Food Pantry.

Fri
06
Apr

Several drug-related arrests in Hamilton County Wednesday

The son of actor Sean Penn and actress Robin Wright were arrested on drug possession charges in Nebraska.
A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman noted the actors’ 24-year-old son, Hopper Penn, and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a trooper stopped their vehicle on Interstate 80 in Hamilton County.
Authorities say the trooper detected drug activity inside the vehicle and found 14 grams of marijuana, four amphetamine pills and three grams of mushrooms.
Von Wittkamp was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Penn was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Possession of a controlled substance is a felony.
They were both taken to the Hamilton County Jail.
The NSP also arrested two men within minutes of each other in unrelated incidents Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of 381 pounds of marijuana in Hamilton County Wednesday. 

Wed
04
Apr

Legislature has yet to vote on governor’s revised tax bill

After a couple of frustrating weeks with little progress, this week it feels like we finally made some headway.  
One of the tools the speaker sometimes uses to help speed things along is what is referred to as a consent calendar. The speaker selects a number of bills that are noncontroversial and then schedules a block of time for them to be taken up quickly one after the other. Consent calendar bills can be debated for a maximum of 15 minutes and then they are voted on.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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