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Wed
10
Feb

Heavy snow, business a bad mix

Last week’s blizzard not only shut down area roads and schools, it slowed business throughout Hamilton County to a snail’s pace as well as with a foot or more of snow creating all kinds of challenges.
Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, was virtually a lost day in the business world, with white-out conditions keeping both customers and employees away.

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

Wed
10
Feb

Electrical rates to increase in Hampton

Hampton board members reviewed findings Monday from the first electrical rate study conducted at the village in more than two decades, concluding that a slight increase will be needed for each of the next two years.

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

Wed
10
Feb

HPC approves new TeamMates program

High Plains Community Schools will be one of the newest contributors to the recently observed TeamMates program after a vote by the school board allowed staff to continue on with setting up the mentorship.
Middle school teacher Karen Benner brought her own personal experiences to the meeting Monday night as she shared with the board all of the great things the program has done in her life.

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

Wed
10
Feb

Longtime Aurora teacher announces retirement

With little on the agenda this month for the Aurora School Board, the principal reports reflected a busy time of the year for all the schools both with activities and academics.
Jazz band, quiz bowl, the spelling bee, play practices and FPS are just a few of the activities ramping up with competitions being held this month.

The board also approved the letter of resignation of retirement from longtime middle school teacher Mike Stewart.

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

Thu
04
Feb

Aurora hosts speech meet on Saturday

Students around the area will be donning their finest and preparing to showcase their speaking talents during Aurora's upcoming speech meet on Saturday.

Keli Margritz and her team of students and volunteers prepare for the weekend event, which will host 28 schools including local teams from Hampton and High Plains.

Competition will begin at 8 a.m in the high school and upon entering the school visitors will be greeted with staff who can help find any presenter and offer maps of the school.

Watch for next week's paper and e-edition for a full story including results from Saturday's competition.

Wed
03
Feb

Hampton school invites public input

Hampton school officials are seeking public input Monday on a proposal to address code violations and safety issues with an aging elementary school building.
Having reviewed various options with a community-based advisory group for the past several months, the Hampton Public School Board is now looking for broader community feedback, hoping to answer questions before deciding how to proceed. The public is invited to a community meeting at the high school gymnasium Monday at 7 p.m.
“We started this process back in October,” noted Hampton Supt. Holly Herzberg. “We have been gathering information for a long time and felt like we got good, ground-level feedback from our advisory committee. Now we’re looking for a broader group and that’s why we are bringing the entire community in prior to the board making any type of decision.”

For a more detailed preview of Monday's meeting, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
03
Feb

High Plains responds to health scare

High Plains Community Schools was faced with a terrible dilemma Thursday when it was announced that sophomore Austin Fritz died from an apparent meningitis infection.
School officials posted an alert on the High Plains website late Friday afternoon explaining what they could of the situation and advising students and their families on what precautions they should take for themselves based on information released by the Central District Health Departmen. The CDHD  represents Hall, Hamilton and Merrick counties.
Teresa Anderson, CDHD health director and Vickie Duey, executive director of Four Corners Health Department, issued a public health release Monday afternoon.

Wed
03
Feb

Penner Manufacturing enjoying increased efficiency

Six months after consolidating its operations all under one roof, Penner Manufacturing is realizing its new goal -- efficiency.
Ever since creating the company in 1998, founder Lee Penner said the process of assembling, storing and shipping its high-end bathing systems has involved two facilities on either side of Grant Street in the Aurora Industrial Park. That all changed with an expansion/consolidation project which Penner said was long overdue.
“The efficiency is so much better,” he reported. “We were having to move too much across the street back and forth. This made us more efficient for shipping and for the offices because everybody is here.”
A project initiated in October of 2014 was completed last May, though Penner said some interior decorating and exterior landscaping work still remains to be done. All of the operations are now located on the west side of Grant Street in a facility that covers 28,000 sq. ft. under roof.

Wed
03
Feb

YMCA continues charitable pursuit

The Heartland United Way works diligently and researches thoroughly each and every partner agency brought in under its wing. One of those agencies that stands at the forefront of public awareness about their provided services is the local YMCA. To read more about the YMCA as part of the News-Register's series on United Way agencies, see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
03
Feb

Buller receives Eagle Scout honor

Adam Buller is one of the four recent recipients of the prestigious Eagle Scout honor through Troop 28 in Aurora.
Buller, like his fellow Eagle Scouts, earned his honors late last year and was honored at an award ceremony where he was bombarded with not only scout pride, but praise from local groups showing the troop how important this rank is to the community.
For the rest of the story, see this week's print or e-editions.

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