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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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30
Aug

Preliminary city budget calls for cuts

City officials are tentatively planning to leave the tax levy at the same level it was a year ago, which could mean a reduction in tax asking of 10.5 percent due to a significant drop in the property tax base.
City administrator Rick Melcher discussed the fiscal year spending plan at the Aug. 22 city council meeting, noting that the budget is still a work in progress.

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Aug

Area floodplains to be remapped

County planning and zoning administrator Scott Stuhr approached the board last week to suggest the county hold an open house on the floodplain mapping project in Hamilton County.
The board approved the event, which will be open to the public Sept. 26 from 4-7 p.m. in the 4-H building at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

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Wed
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Aug

Phillips native takes on Chicago as Lions Club district governor

Randy Luthy of Phillips traveled to Chicago earlier this summer for the 100th Lions Club International Convention as the District 38 governor. His territory covers the southeast corner of Nebraska, and as the district governor Luthy oversees the clubs in the area and provides them with the resources they need to succeed.
“I was going to be inducted at the convention as governor,” Luthy said.

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Aug

Dream Designs’ donation brings new opportunities to orphans in Haiti

A generous donation from Dream Designs owner Deanna Powell recently kickstarted the efforts Lora Janzen and Grace Missions began to create a bridal gown rental service in Haiti to help teenage orphans escape a life of poverty.
“It was brought to my attention that there were some orphans in this orphanage that were past due getting out of that orphanage,” Powell said. “They were looking for something for income for them because there is so little there.

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Wed
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Aug

Aurora grad takes admin position in Elkhorn at Catholic school

Kami (Bovill) Landenberger, a 1980 graduate of Aurora High School and the daughter of former Aurora School teachers (the late) Ron Bovill and Judy Bovill, has taken the position of principal at St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Elkhorn.

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Wed
30
Aug

Alice Farr Library reports steady use, varied services

Librarian Jan Thomsen reviewed the list of resources available at the Alice Farr Library last week during a detailed report to the Aurora City Council.
At the invitation of Mayor Dave Long, Thomsen shared insight on a varied list of resources available, including nearly 50,000 catalogs valued at $935,000.

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Wed
30
Aug

No major issues stemming from eclipse travel

The Great American Eclipse brought an exorbitant amount of people to a 70-mile strip across the entire United States, with Hamilton County seeing its own influx of visitors by the thousands. While the numbers that arrived were on the lower side of the prediction scale, law enforcement officials and event coordinators still had an increasing responsibility with every new car on the road.
“There weren’t any big issues here,” said Aurora Police Chief Paul Graham.

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Tue
29
Aug

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 is wreaking havoc with the worst storm to hit the United States in years.
Reached by cell phone at his home on Tuesday, Harter said they have been without electricity since Friday, but their home in Edna is on high ground and therefore above the raging flood waters.
“We’re okay where we are, but a lot of people aren’t,” Harter reported. “It’s been raining like heck every day so we have water all the way around us.”
Harter reported measuring 15 inches of rain since Friday, though he added that the total could be higher since his rain gauge has overflowed several times.
“I think we’re over the worst part of it,” he said, “but it’s a lot worse over in Houston. It’s terrible there.”
Edna is located in Jackson County, about 100 miles from both Corus Christy and Houston.

Tue
29
Aug

Aurora graduate aboard USS John McCain

An Aurora graduate is okay after being on board the U.S.S John McCain, which was involved in a deadly accident at sea.
Eli Swantoski sent out a message via Facebook to let friends and family know he was fine.
The U.S.S John McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore Aug. 21. The incident is under investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.
“Some of you may know my ship recently took a lot of damage. I’m alive and well we applied our training and were able to save the ship,” Swantoski wrote. “I can’t say thank you enough for all of your thoughts and prayers. Our brothers and sisters on the America have helped us out more than we can say thank you for. I also was fortunate enough to get to see a familar face can’t say thank you enough to Jarod Greenough for being a person to talk to during this casualty. My prayers go to the families of those we lost.”

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