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Aug

Penner challenges Smith to debate in February

Aurora native Kirk Penner took his campaign for Congress to another level this week, posting his platform in detail on the web and challenging incumbent Adrian Smith to a prime time debate in February. See print or e-editions for details.

 

Wed
23
Aug

COPS and Bobbers aims to foster community support

Sargent Chad Mertz with the Aurora Police Department is organizing a new community outreach program in Aurora called COPS and Bobbers.
The program, sponsored by the City of Aurora, Aurora Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, and State Troopers Association of Nebraska (Troop C), is aimed at investing time in the community so a relationship can be formed and law enforcement officers in the area can better serve the public.

 

Wed
23
Aug

County’s valuation total drops by $167M

The valuation of property in Hamilton County has dropped for the first time in years due primarily to a 6 percent decline in irrigated ag land values and a $42 million reduction in the personal property values assessed on the Pacific Ethanol plants.
Hamilton County Assessor Pat Sandberg posted the 2017 valuation totals for all taxing subdivisions Aug. 16, noting a decrease of 5.24 percent to $3.036 billion. See print or e-edition for details.

 

Wed
23
Aug

Five-inch rain causes flooding of area parks, county roads

A five-inch deluge of rain soaked Central Nebraska Aug. 16 flooding parts of Hamilton County, closing rural roads for up to two days and leaving many area basements with water damage.
Giltner Fire Chief Brad Consbruck reported heavy road damage in the southern part of the county, where a second, smaller storm the following night kept the water flowing. See ANR for complete report.

 

Wed
23
Aug

High Plains kicks off year with party

High Plains Community schools celebrated with its annual Back-To-School kickoff party Friday, with a crowd of more than 200 getting a chance to be around others from the three communities.
Supt. Brian Tonniges was the emcee on the night as he announced various activities going on, including a pep rally that would end the night for visitors and students. See complete report in print or e-editions.

 

Wed
23
Aug

Little Free Library debuts in Giltner

Giltner became the second Hamilton County community to receive a Little Free Library from the Heartland United Way during a reveal event Aug. 16.
 “We are always looking for ways to promote literacy,” said Giltner special education director Michelle Sutter. “We are privileged  to have another opportunity with the Heartland United Way to choose us for the program.”

See complete report in this week's print or e-edition.

 

Wed
16
Aug

Partial cloud cover forecast for Monday

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a total solar eclipse in Hamilton County is now just days away, though how clear the view will be depends entirely on Monday’s weather.

Wed
16
Aug

Commissioners’ family health benefits up for review

Several county officials asked commissioners Monday if they would be willing to consider replacing the full family health insurance package elected commissioners receive with individual coverage as a way to reduce the budget for the coming year.
Department heads and commissioners are working to tighten the budget as budget discussions continue.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
16
Aug

Low numbers spark concern with Storm football

After a 3-3 vote last month shut down a possible two-year football merger with Osceola for 2018-2019, all of the public meeting time during Monday’s High Plains School Board meeting was filled with the voices of concerned parents and football players.
“We had one meeting in May where we were told that everyone would get letters,” Shane Hogan said. “I don’t know that everyone’s quite aware of the numbers and everything that is involved with this co-op. To me everything was a little rushed.”

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

 

Wed
16
Aug

Hampton to begin school year with Plan B approach

Hampton Public Schools will begin the fall semester as scheduled, though a Plan B will be in effect to accommodate delayed completion of an extensive remodeling/construction project.
Supt. Holly Herzberg led school board members on a tour of the facilities Monday during the regular monthly meeting, reviewing plans to shift classroom and cafeteria spaces as needed.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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