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Wed
27
May

Aurora Child Care reopens, though on a limited scale

Aurora Child Care Inc. opened its doors on a limited basis last week, welcoming about 20 percent of enrolled children based on feedback from families.
Bill Hunter, board president of the local non-profit organization, said it was a big first step in a situation being discussed and monitored based on weekly pandemic changes.
“We opened the center back up Monday morning (May 18) for limited hours only to parents who responded to a survey we’ve been putting out about whether they would attend if we open,” Hunter explained.

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Wed
27
May

County fair is a go, for now

“We’re a little over 60 days out,” Hamilton County Ag Society President Trevor Emahizer said. “In my opinion, I think it’s much easier to plan a fair and cancel it than to sit here and go, ‘Well we don’t know what’s going to happen.’ So I’m at this point in time saying let’s move forward with this stuff. Let’s get it figured out. And then if we have to modify it 30 days before fair, or 14 days before fair, so be it.”
The Hamilton County Ag Society held an evening meeting May 21 to decide the fate of the 149th Hamilton County Fair, as well as discuss the schedule, attractions, guidelines and other usual business.

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Wed
27
May

Moving mountains, AHS students finish CNA certification class

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A handful of students at Aurora High School have successfully completed their CNA certification class, which they started back in January, despite coronavirus complications and a few more hiccups along the way.
The partnership between the high school, Aurora’s Memorial Hospital and Central Community College was going smoothly up until all campuses were closed down and the question arose of how -- or ultimately if -- they would continue.
“CCC was not going to let the students finish the CNA training class,” said Deb Nelson R.N. B.S.N., CNA class instructor. “They were going to issue all students, in all of their current CNA classes ‘incompletes.’ I felt devastated for my students.”

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Wed
27
May

HPC’s Karey Killion recipient of Golden Apple Award

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High Plains Community High School math teacher Karey Killion was recognized with the 10/11 Golden Apple Award. This is given every month of the school year to an educator who has made an outstanding impact in their school.
At the time, Killion was not aware that she had been nominated and only found out when 10/11 contacted Stephanie Carlson, the teacher who nominated her.
“They called me because they wanted Karey’s phone number from me so they could call,” Carlson explained.

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Wed
27
May

Sheriff approaches commissioners about additional deputy request

Hamilton County Sheriff Kirk Handrup lobbied to county commissioners for additional staff May 18, saying he has been working on replacing two deputies and hiring one additional individual to help address coverage needs.
He was back again last week to help move the process along, citing that he needed approval for the hires so he could move them into training with the state, which begins Aug. 30 and runs through Dec. 18.

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Tue
26
May

A Memorial Day tribute

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With services cancelled Monday due to the pandemic, Aurora Mayor Marlin Seeman voiced a solemn Memorial Day tribute, produced by the Plainsman Museum.

The attached video includes a historical perspective of Memorial Day, a list of Hamilton County's fallen from Hamilton County, and the playing of Taps by Byron Paschke. Pictured above, Ashley Gibson plays “Taps” at the cemetery and courthouse lawn Monday evening.

Memorial Day

Thu
21
May

Memorial Day events cancelled, cemeteries open

The American Legion Post 42 and VFW Post 4993 have regrettably canceled Memorial Day services at Mamre, Kronborg, Aurora, Stockham and Farmers Valley cemeteries.
Members of the group noted that they hope everyone can stay safe as they remember and pay tribute to the deceased, especially those who served their country.
City Administrator Rick Melcher noted that the Aurora Cemetery is open to the public, but social distancing rules are still in place.
“If you want to use the kiosk make sure you sanitize it before use,” he added. “They sanitize during the week, but not on weekends and holidays.”
Farmers Valley Cemetery has also encouraged people to visit throughout the summer, even if there will be no service or potluck for the holiday.

Thu
21
May

Pool won't open until at least July

The Aurora swimming pool will not open before July 15, if at all this summer.
That decision, which remains subject to change, was based on recommendations from Gov. Pete Ricketts.
“The pool won’t open before July 15 according to the governor’s response to that question,” City Administrator Rick Melcher advised the city council during last week’s meeting. “The city may make that decision sooner. This thing is so fluent it seems to change week by week, depending on the circumstances.”

 

Wed
20
May

SOAR flight 29 grounded by virus

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of what would have been the 29th annual Summer Orientation About Rivers (SOAR), though event organizers invite people of all ages to come out and enjoy prairie properties as a great source of outdoor fun and learning.
Prairie Plains Resource Institute officials had begun making plans in March for this year’s SOAR camps, scheduled for early July, but after “kicking the can” as long as possible in hopes of better news the inevitable decision was announced Thursday. Details available in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
20
May

Aurora couple work to market premium Kenya-grown coffee

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An Aurora native and her husband launched a marketing venture featuring Kenya-grown coffee in 2012, completely revamped the business model in 2017 and just three months after opening the doors on a new business in Grand Island shifted the focus yet again due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Laban and Cora (Huenefeld) Njuguna (pronounced Jo-go-nah) say it’s been a life-changing journey, not only for them but for farmers in Laban’s native Kenya who needed help in finding a market, and fair price, for what he calls some of the best coffee in the world.

Get the high-cafeeine scoop in this week's ANR.

 

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