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Wed
11
May

Go Big Give raises $80,000 for Hamilton County

The annual Go Big Give fund raising campaign May 3 reached its intended goal during the 24-hour donation period in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick counties.
“We were thrilled about the results of the day, we were hoping to hit half a million and we exceeded that goal,” said CEO of the Grand Island Community Foundation and local Aurora resident Tammy Morris.
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Wed
11
May

Hampton voters approve school, gym

Hampton patrons gave two thumbs up for their school Tuesday.
By a vote of 253 for and 160 against (61 to 39 percent), voters said yes to a $5 million proposal to renovate the existing school facilities.
By a closer margin of 218 votes for and 196 against (53 to 47 percent) those same voters also approved a plan to spend up to $2.25 million on a new competition gymnasium to be built on the same site.
The outcome came as welcome news to a crowd at the Hampton Auditorium, where community members gathered to hear the results, together.
“Obviously, we’re very excited with the patrons’ vote of confidence to move forward with the projects,” said Supt. Holly Herzberg. “We are a real community-based group and we respect each other, so we wanted to be together when the results came in.”
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Wed
11
May

Voter turnout tops 38 percent

Despite Mother Nature’s attempt to throw a wrench into the primary election Tuesday night, precincts in the affected areas, though delayed, still made it to the Hamilton County Courthouse to drop off their precious cargo to be counted.
The voter turnout for Hamilton County was 38.5 percent. Of the 6,473 registered voters in the county, 2,495 voted.
Though she has been involved in the election for years, this was Jill DeMers’ first year taking the reins as election commissioner.
“It was exciting. It’s a rush every election,” DeMers said. “It went really smooth, and I enjoyed it.”
Volunteers at both the Hordville and Marquette precincts had to take cover after tornado warnings were issued in their areas, but DeMers said they were prepared and everything went well.

Tue
10
May

ANR printing delayed a day

This week’s edition of the Aurora News-Register will be printed late in order to include results from Tuesday's primary election.
The paper will be printed early Wednesday, May 11, which means it will be at area post offices as usual for mail subscribers, though a day late on local news stands.

Wed
04
May

Nine apply to fill county’s treasurer post

Hamilton County Board of Commissioners chairman John Thomas informed members at Monday’s meeting that nine applications have been received for the Hamilton County treasurer position.
The process will go into the next phase now with Thomas and commissioner Rich Nelson going through the applications and narrowing it down to those they would like to interview.

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Wed
04
May

Knudsen at home in rural Nebraska

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For a guy with such a serious job, Steven Knudsen can be pretty laid back when he’s not on the clock.
“I don’t think I necessarily put on a different face,” he said. “I think that any job you’re in, you have to put on a more serious face. And I don’t think that’s a negative thing. I’m very friendly and outgoing either way.”
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Wed
04
May

Artist to re-create 93 counties for 150th anniversary

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Sesquicentennial anniversaries are not something that the average married couple would have to worry about or contemplate as to what is the appropriate gift.
Lucky for us that question won't be coming up for a long time, but when it comes to the age of our home state what is the actual answer?

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Wed
04
May

New dog park to be built near Adopt-A-Pet facility

A new project has finally achieved all of the approval necessary to move forward as the city of Aurora finishes plans to begin constructing a dog park.
The project will be located just south of the current Aurora Adopt-A-Pet facility and will cover an area just bigger than an acre.

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Wed
04
May

Stewart to retire after 40-year teaching career

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After 40 years of teaching life science, Mike Stewart has decided to pack away the microscope and throw away the lab gloves.
Stewart started his teaching career in Genoa, where he taught for five years before coming to Aurora Middle School and settling in for the next 35 years.
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Wed
04
May

Keystone pipeline walker returns to tell of his tales

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Ken Ilgunas was back in Hamilton County on Saturday, though this time he wasn’t on foot.
A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Ilgunas passed through the area in 2012 while walking the route of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

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