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Wed
04
Feb

Home show, outdoor expo Feb. 14-15

The 21st annual Hamilton County Home and Garden Show and Outdoor Expo will be held on Feb. 14 and 15 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. There will be no charge to visit more than 175 booths.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
04
Feb

Funds being raised for new playground equipment in Polk

A group of determined moms is set on building Polk a new playground this year.
Marla Glasser and Megan Pike have seen an increase in new families with young children around the community, and after talking about it, decided it would be a good idea to give the kids something new at the Polk Park.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
04
Feb

Volunteers helping Haiti through their love of sewing

Even though she’s never been there, Betty Davidson is on a mission in Haiti.
Davidson and other local women have been sewing for the Real Hope of Haiti organization for five years now, sending diapers, aprons, blankets, dresses and shorts to people in need.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
28
Jan

Lunch and learn session focuses on small businesses

The first Lunch and Learn session of the year held at the Bremer Center zeroed in on financing and economics for small businesses.
Barb Ernst, executive director of the Aurora Area Chamber & Development, decided to kick off the sessions by bringing in representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) based out of Omaha and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) out of Grand Island.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
28
Jan

Chase explains Main Street Network

Elizabeth Chase, executive director of Nebraska Main Street Network, Inc., explained how the organization works in member communities to a handful of citizens Thursday at Espressions.
“Main Street and downtown development is the same thing, but to an extent,” said Chase, who operates out of the Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center in Lincoln.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
28
Jan

Commissioners will take informal bids for tree removal

After hearing about some of the courthouse trees needing to be removed early this fall, commissioners made the decision  Monday to remove the remaining 14 trees.
There were 15 out of 104 trees on the courthouse lawn that were recommended for takedown and one was removed this summer. Commissioner Gregg Kremer said he thinks they should not waste time and money trimming trees that will be removed anyway, so he suggested taking them all out at once.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
28
Jan

Eagle Scout remains active member in Troop 28

When Blake Vaught started Cub Scouts in the first grade, he knew that one day he would work his way to the very top rank -- Eagle Scout. Vaught finished his project to become an Eagle Scout in October 2013 when he was 15. He is still an active member in his troop.
Vaught’s journey to become an Eagle Scout was similar to fellow members who have accomplished that goal or are working towards it. He did what he needed to complete each rank.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

Tue
27
Jan

Aurora robotics

Here's what the scene was like at the Farr Building at the Aurora fairgrounds Saturday. Robots everywhere:  Watch

Wed
21
Jan

County makes insurance provider switch

Chad Svoboda of Strong Financial Resources presented insurance options for county employees to commissioners Tuesday after CoOpportunity has taken a dive towards liquidation.
Svoboda presented three alternatives, two from Coventry and one from Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).
Despite BCBS’s lower annual premium, commissioners made the decision to go with Coventry due to BCBS’s pending contract issues with the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), putting CHI hospitals like St. Francis in Grand Island out of network for coverage.
The switch will be made and county employees will be covered with Coventry starting Feb. 1. If BCBS does happen to make an agreement with CHI in the near future, commissioners said they will revisit their insurance options and consider switching over.

Wed
21
Jan

Aurora’s robotics event Saturday

Coming off a year in which the Aurora Robotic Huskies won the “most outstanding robot” honor at the US Open Championships, the team is hosting this year’s open robotics tournament again with a couple changes -- a new location and format.

To read more, see this week's print or e-editions.

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