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Wed
13
Sep

GPS approves increased budget for new fiscal year

The Giltner School Board approved its budget for the 2017-18 school year at Monday’s regular meeting.
The school district’s tax levy increased by nearly 13 cents from 53.1 last year to 65.9 per $100 valuation.
The total combined property tax request sits at $2,48,376 with the general fund at $2,020,202, both up from a year ago. Last year, the total request was $2,092,933, a $392,433 increase.

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Wed
13
Sep

Hampton village board okays budget, levy Monday

Hampton village leaders approved the budget for 2017-18 Monday, raising the tax levy slightly to 45 cents per $100 valuation and increasing the property tax request by just over $1,000.
After three public hearings which drew no input Monday, board members voted unanimously to set the levy at 45 cents, up from 44.53 cents a year ago. The property tax request was set at $107,843, up from $106,721 last year. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Thu
07
Sep

Phillips man arrested after chase

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested one man after a pursuit in Hamilton County.

Wed
06
Sep

Preferred Popcorn to double capacity

Forty years after pouring his first bag of popcorn seed into a six-row planter, Norm Krug turned the first shovel of dirt Thursday on an expansion project designed to double the production capacity at Preferred Popcorn LLC.
The Merrick County facility, located just west of Chapman, contracts with farmers throughout central Nebraska, including several in Hamilton County, to grow popcorn sold all over the world. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
06
Sep

Public hearing set on 1st Street paving proposal

Aurora residents will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed 1st Street paving plan next week as a project talked about for years moves toward a final yes or no decision.
City officials have taken steps in recent weeks to figure out the cost of the project, both to adjacent land owners and the city itself.

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Wed
06
Sep

Pawling: County roads are ready for harvest

County roads are often the focus of coffee break talk, but Hamilton County highway department head K.C. Pawling wants the community to have conversations about road conditions with him.
With the recent bouts of rain that have hit Central Nebraska, many in the county have been concerned with the status of county roads, but Pawling said he believes Hamilton County fared well.

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Wed
06
Sep

Harters safe in south Texas

Former Aurora mayor Ken Harter and his wife are near the eye of the storm in south Texas, where Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc last week with the worst storm to hit the United States in years.
Reached by cell phone at his home, Harter said they were without electricity for days, but their home in Edna is on high ground and therefore above the raging flood waters.

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Wed
06
Sep

Pre-K program makes debut at High Plains this year

High Plains Community began its new school year with a few extra young faces as it welcomes their first on-site class of pre-K students in 2017.
Elementary principal Karyee LeSuer spent a good chunk of her time in the last couple of years researching the opportunity for a pre-K program.   
“For multiple years we looked at different scenarios that other schools had implemented,” LeSuer explained.

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Wed
30
Aug

Aurora City Council considering pay raise for elected officials

After comparing pay levels for Aurora’s elected officials with other Nebraska communities, Mayor Dave Long urged the city council last week to consider raising compensation for the mayor and council since the population has increased considerably since the last pay raise in 1974.
Long said he looked into the issue on his own initiative, reporting that council members receive $600 per year, with the mayor’s position double that at $1,200 per year. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
30
Aug

Sen. Fischer hears optimism, angst during Aurora visit

Sen. Deb Fischer told local constituents Thursday in Aurora that there is good work being done in Washington though it is not often reported by the media, adding that she feels a sense of optimism every time she gets the opportunity to visit with Nebraskans.
The Republican senator spent an hour on one such visit in Aurora, hosting a type of listening session she says has proven helpful in assessing what’s going on in her home state.

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