News

Wed
17
Aug

Election field set for November

With the general election only three months away, it’s time to take a local look at who the candidates are for the schools, villages and cities in the county.
The two contested races, not including any write-ins, will be the Giltner Village Board and the High Plains School Board. Opposite of contested, only one person has filed for the Hordville village with three vacancies available.
Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Thu
11
Aug

Urban Affairs Committee to Hold Interim Hearing in Aurora

The Nebraska Legislature’s Urban Affairs Committee will hold an interim study hearing at the Bremer Center in Aurora on Thursday, Aug.18, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  The hearing marks the second consecutive year that the Urban Affairs Committee has held hearings outside of the Capitol during the interim, following last year’s hearings in Norfolk.

At the hearing in Aurora, the committee will hold the first of two planned interim study hearings on LR 490, an interim study to examine the enforcement of state and local building codes in Nebraska.  The Urban Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over most state and local building codes, and since 2007 has heard bills dealing with a wide variety of codes, including building codes, energy codes, and plumbing codes.

Wed
10
Aug

Aurora to add soccer as a sport

The Aurora 4R Board of Education approved the addition of girls and boys soccer as a spring sport Monday with a 4-2 vote. Later in the meeting, athletic director Jay Staehr reported that the Huskies may drop down to Class C in some sports based on the latest NSAA enrollment breakdown. See this week's print or e-editions for details.

Wed
10
Aug

National organization comes to Aurora for rural perspective

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The Leadership Center hosted the annual college prep conference for the national Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) organization July 23-29, due in part to a former Aurora graduate who wanted to share some rural perspective on life with the program's big city participants. For a detailed report, see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
10
Aug

Giltner Village accepts bid for hail damage repair

The Giltner Village Board plans to take a hard look at its budget before the meeting next month.
Because of some new developments, the proposed street repaving could have to wait another year. A special meeting may be held before next month’s regular meeting to make those final decisions. See this week's print or e-editions for a more detailed report.

Wed
10
Aug

Demolition delayed in Hampton

Demolition of an abandoned home will have to wait another month in Hampton after village board members learned that they cannot legally burn a home the city does not own.
Having prepared for more than a year to remove a rundown house located at 233 N 3rd St., the board was prepared to burn the structure down this month as the first property to go all the way through the village’s nuisance abatement program. Board chairman Dane Schafer reported Monday night, however, that the fire marshal changed those plans. For a detailed report, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
10
Aug

Osborne to speak at High Plains pep rally

The back-to-school pep rally Thursday at High Plains Community Schools will have a few new items on the agenda including a visit from Tom Osborne.
Supt. Brian Tonniges announced a handful of new items and old favorites coming to this year's pep rally, which will begin with a tailgate at 6 p.m. on the football field in Clarks. The highlight of the event will culminate at 7:30 p.m. with a speech from Tom Osborne, who will be speaking in relation to the new TeamMates mentoring program that was implemented this summer.

Wed
10
Aug

County takes closer look at budget cuts

Budget discussion were the driving force of Monday’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting. Commissioner Gregg Kremer said with all the requests added in so far, they are asking for a little under $1 million more than last year’s request. For a detailed report, see this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
10
Aug

Andrews launches infrared inspection business

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Dennis Andrews learned how to use an infrared camera while on the job at the Iams Company and two years after retiring has recently launched a new business which utilizes that same technology to help make homes safer and more energy efficient. For more details on his Infra Inspection Specialists business venture, see this week's print or e-edition.

Tue
09
Aug

Shirley pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire case

Derrick Shirley pleaded not guilty last week on charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a Hamilton County murder-for-hire case.
See this week's News-Register for details.

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