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Nov

Aurora students learn about valuing their peers

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Aurora students got the opportunity Thursday to be part of a presentation by Mike Donahue and his Value Up culture building system, which covers a wide variety of topics that teens have to deal with every day of their lives.
“You know life is pain,” he said. “And some of you know a lot.”
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Wed
23
Nov

Commissioners approve contract for comp plan

After taking a week to review a contract with Marvin Planning Consultants to update Hamilton County’s comprehensive plan, commissioners voted to approve the contract for a total of $68,300.
This total includes each of the six villages (Hordville, Marquette, Hampton, Giltner, Phillips, Stockham) at $6,500 a piece.
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Wed
23
Nov

Bishop from India visits St. Mary’s Catholic in Aurora

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora had a special guest on Nov. 9 as a bishop from southern India celebrated the Wednesday night CCD mass while visiting a priest from his native land.
Bishop Joji presides over a diocese in Nalgonda, India, located in the south/central portion of the small nation. He explained during a brief stop in Aurora that he decided several years ago to send priests from his area to America for a five-year call to serve.
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Wed
23
Nov

Veteran volunteer’s casket flag donated

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The casket flag honoring the 2013 passing of Gerald C. Wolff has landed in its permanent home as a part of future memorial services and events in Hamilton County.
The practice of donating casket flags (an honorary flag given to the family during a veteran's funeral) of former veterans is quite common as described by Bob Schneider of the American Legion Post 42.

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Wed
16
Nov

Hampton focused on economic development, housing

Hampton village board members were updated on local economic development as well as housing construction efforts Monday and also voted to move forward with abatement procedures on a D Street residence owned by Larry Klute.
The board first heard a report from Karen Bamesberger regarding efforts to define roles of three local entities and to coordinate volunteer efforts, all of which are designed to create jobs and housing opportunities in the community.
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Wed
16
Nov

Giltner considers adding sports

A special meeting was set by the Giltner School Board to hear community feedback about the possibility of adding NSAA sports to its list of extracurricular activities.
That meeting, set by the board at its regular meeting Monday night, is scheduled for Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
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Wed
16
Nov

County looks into comprehensive planning process

After holding an executive session to discuss options for a comprehensive plan consultant, Hamilton County commissioner Rich Nelson made a recommendation Monday for the county to sign a contract with Marvin Planning Consultants.
“Our current comprehensive plan was started in 1969 and probably approved in 1970 or 1971,” he said. “We have one of the oldest comprehensive plans in the state.

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Wed
16
Nov

Audit for 2015-16 included new enrollment assessment procedure

The Aurora School Board had a busy Monday agenda as members gave final approval to eight district policy updates to comply with Nebraska Department of Education safety and security standards.
Lisa Riley of Mierau & Co. in York was present to highlight some of the findings in the 2015-16 audit. When looking at net position and what was sitting at the treasurer’s office on Aug. 31, 2016, there was just over $8.1 million with $7.2 million being unrestricted funds.

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Wed
16
Nov

Asbestos removal, fire suppression bids approved for Hampton school

The Hampton Public School Board voted Monday to accept bids regarding asbestos removal at the elementary school and installation of a new fire suppression system at the high school, also opting not to replace the roof on the high school this year.
Asbestos removal was considered as part of the expansion/renovation approved by voters in May, though the other two items were touted as alternative projects.
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Wed
16
Nov

Tennis facility project takes first financial step

A volunteer tennis committee has taken its first financial step toward construction of a new tennis facility by accepting a bid from Renner Sports Surfaces.
“One of the first steps we did for this project was putting out an advertisement for design-build bids,” Kurt Mitchell told the Aurora City Council last week. “The city received two bids. Based upon the presentation by each contractor and deliberation by our committee, the committee prioritized Renner Sports Surfaces as the contractor of choice.”
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