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Wed
28
Feb

Creamery stirs fond memories for many in county

The four decade history of the Farmers Union Creamery in Aurora left a stamp on a time when milk and butter processing added another opportunity for families to make a living in Hamilton County.
One such example is Betty Van Luchene’s mother, Dorothy Newlun, who spent 15 years of her life working at the creamery to support her family.
“I think they had a lot of workers and she was just one of them that could do a lot of the different jobs,” Van Luchene said.

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Wed
28
Feb

Hamilton County crowns top speller

The Hamilton County Spelling Bee had plenty of top spellers attending the event Feb. 21 from five different Hamilton County elementary/middle schools.
Each of the four grades were tested through the initial rounds separated by their ages. After an indication to the top two spellers from each grade, a final set of words were given to find the overall top finishers from this year’s competition.

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Wed
21
Feb

Trends: Living in Aurora, commuting to work

For many Aurora residents, the appeal of living in a small town and driving each day to work in a larger city makes sense, for a variety of reasons.
In today’s transient society, in fact, living in one town and working in another is commonplace, with some folks even going online to work for a company located in another state.
An economic and demographic trends report done by the Nebraska Public Power District for Hamilton County and Aurora illustrates the varying employment situations found around the county.

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Wed
21
Feb

Hampton showcases new facilities with youth basketball tournament

Hampton Public Schools was rocking this weekend as 46 youth basketball teams took the court Saturday and Sunday in the first of what organizer Mike Herzberg said will likely become the annual Be Greater Today Hoops Classic.
Having been involved with youth basketball for years, Herzberg said he saw an opportunity to bring a new tournament to Hampton, showcasing the school’s new facility.

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Wed
21
Feb

Change pending in Aurora mayor’s office

Aurora will have a changing of the guard in the mayor’s office by year’s end, and there is a chance the new leader will be a familiar face.
Dave Long announced Thursday that he will not seek a second term as mayor, ending his tenure after four years. Long’s predecessor, Marlin Seeman, announced Thursday that has thrown his hat in the ring for the mayoral election, a post he held previously for 12 years.

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Wed
21
Feb

Aurora native to return as family physician at MCHI

Aurora native Jennifer Harney is an example of how a medical discovery and Nebraska health professionals impact lives. Harney will graduate this summer from residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center then plans to practice family medicine in Aurora at Memorial Community Health.
“That’s kind of been the plan all along,” Harney said in a phone interview from Omaha.

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Wed
21
Feb

Hordville native son fulfilling dream with unique new bar

Growing up in Hordville gave Justin Blase a unique sense of self, an identity he decided long ago he wanted to share with his hometown.
Eleven years after graduating from High Plains High School, Blase’s vision is becoming a reality as he opened the doors Monday to Banana Rams, a downtown bar which celebrates the town’s history while also offering something new and different.
“Ever since I was a senior in high school the dream has always been to bring a business to town and put Hordville on the map,” Blase said.

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Wed
21
Feb

City begins study on fire-based EMS plan

City leaders reported this week that a committee has been assembled to look into the possibility of combining the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department with the county ambulance service.
Knowing that the county’s role as owner/manager of the local EMS service is set to end Oct. 1, Mayor Dave Long said discussions have begun with hopes and expectations that a new plan will be ready before October.

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Thu
15
Feb

Long will not seek 2nd term as Aurora mayor; Seeman files

Breaking news -- Dave Long has announced he will not seek a second term as Aurora mayor. Former mayor Marlin Seeman has thrown his hat back in the ring. Watch for details on election field in all local races in this week’s ANR.

Wed
14
Feb

Ag land values drop 6-7 percent

The selling price for Hamilton County ag land has dropped for the third consecutive year, reflecting a one-year dip of 6-7 percent.
Hamilton County Assessor Pat Sandberg reported this week that ag land valuations have been leveling off since spiking by more than 30 percent in 2015, though she said the impact on area farmers won’t be known until budgets are set in July and August.

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