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Wed
02
Nov

Heartland United Way kicks off $1.4M campaign

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The Heartland United Way launched a campaign last week to raise $1.4 million for 16 non-profit agencies, many of which provide services to residents of Hamilton County.
Karen Rathke, the organization’s president, said after hearing the list of needs from area nonprofit agencies, her board and volunteers in four counties are energized with a call to action to help make a difference.

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Wed
02
Nov

Broadband access focus of hearing

A public hearing focused on the question of how Universal Service Funds can help expand and improve Nebraska’s technology infrastructure drew more than 60 people to Aurora last week, including senators, business owners, school superintendents and telecommunications executives.
Dist. 14 Sen. Jim Smith of Omaha, who currently chair’s the Telecommunciations and Transportation Committee, scheduled the hearing in hopes of discussing issues which could be the subject of legislation in the coming year.

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Wed
02
Nov

Vrbka follows in her father’s coaching/teaching footsteps

Not every child is able to follow in their parent’s footsteps when it comes to choosing a career path, even when they have a passion to do so. That’s not the case for 2005 High Plains graduate Corinna Vrbka, who took it one step further of not just following in her father’s teaching/coaching footsteps, but landing a job in the same school her dad, Andy Vrbka, worked in many years ago before joining the High Plains faculty.
“I always hoped that I would get a teaching job somewhere that I really felt at home,” Vrbka said. “Getting the job at Diller-Odell kind of happened unexpectedly.”
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Wed
02
Nov

High Plains utilizes new plasma cutter

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High schools in Hamilton County are always doing their best to follow the advances and trends of the technological field to enhance the education of their students. For High Plains Community High School, this concept is at the forefront for not just one class, but with the possibility of almost all of their students in the future.
Tom Hofmann is the ag teacher at High Plains, but also handles some of the duties of teaching a metalwork class, which has recently acquired a high-grade plasma table to bring some amazing creations to life with the help of his students.

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Wed
02
Nov

Lunch and learn focuses on effectiveness of social media

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Social media, it seems like it should be an easy concept because for most people it’s part of their everyday life.
Last week’s lunch and learn series hosted by the Aurora Area Chamber and Development (AACD) brought in Sabrina Sumsion from Central City to give a presentation on effective social media for busy business people and organizations. With the room nearly full, getting social media to work for a business was a hot topic.

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Mon
31
Oct

Pioneer Trails closed for winter

The Upper Big Blue NRD closed the RV pads and tent camping sites at Pioneer Trails in Aurora and Recharge Lake near York for the winter season on Monday.  However, the day use area, outdoor amphitheater, picnic shelters, hiking and biking trails, playground equipment, boat dock, and boat ramp will remain open year round.  
 

Wed
26
Oct

Giltner considers XC, softball

The prospect of expanding Giltner Public School’s athletic programs drew a full house to last week’s school board meeting, though no final decisions were made.
Several Giltner student-athletes and their parents addressed the board in an attempt to add cross country to the list of sports available for kids during the fall season. Arguably, cross country is one of, if not the easiest sports to add to any school, despite the school’s lower enrollment.
There is limited equipment necessary for the sport, several patrons pointed out, and the uniforms kids wear can be multi-purposed from what they already use in track and field.
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Wed
26
Oct

Marquette to host trunk or treat event

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marquette will be hosting a Halloween trunk or treat event on Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Main Street.
Those handing out candy are encouraged to decorate their cars and wear a costume but it’s not required.

Wed
26
Oct

County moves on to next step in comp plan process

After newly appointed planning and zoning administrator Scott Stuhr pointed out to commissioners that the county’s comprehensive plan is in dire needs of an update, commissioners Rich Nelson and Tim Bergen gave a report on the status.
Nelson said phase I of the process was to find and hire a permanent planning and zoning administrator, which was done. Phase II has been the realization that the comp plan needs to be updated.
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Wed
26
Oct

Red Sand Project comes to Aurora

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Theresa Arnett Nickolaus spent Monday going from business to business on the square asking if she can pour red sand into a sidewalk crack as a symbol to bring awareness to human trafficking, which is a form of modern slavery that occurs globally and in every state, including Nebraska.
Nickolaus, who owns Sozo Family Services in Aurora, started the Red Sand Project Monday. The project was created by Molly Gochman, who is an artist out of New York City.
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