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Wed
08
Aug

New city website designed to be more modern, user-friendly

Aurora debuted a new website Aug. 1 with hopes that it will make it easier to navigate and help inform citizens near and far about city events and infrastructure.
“The goal is to modernize it a little bit more, and make it more user friendly,” City Administrator Rick Melcher said.

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Wed
08
Aug

Board OKs purchase of second teletype

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of an additional teletype machine Monday, which had been requested by Sheriff Kirk Handrup for the Hamilton County dispatch office in Aurora.
A teletype is used to run different identification numbers for vehicles, weapons and the like.

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Wed
08
Aug

Tennis tournament serves for charity

Aurora’s new and improved Streeter Park tennis courts hosted their very own tennis tournament Friday. Organizer Scott Phillips and several other friends -- many of whom were APS faculty -- and students put the courts to use during an eight-team, double elimination doubles bracket action.
Phillips said he first got the idea that he’d be playing “a lot of tennis” at Streeter as soon as they had the ribbon cutting on the new tennis courts.

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Wed
08
Aug

Fire damages auger near Giltner Thursday

At approximately 10 a.m. Thursday, Giltner firefighters were called out to a fire 2-1/2 miles west of Giltner.
Daryl Hunnicutt, owner of the property, said that they were cutting some bearings off an auger when dust and cob webs caught fire, which then led to the belt catching fire inside the auger.

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Mon
06
Aug

National Night Out Tuesday

The Aurora Police Department will once again be hosting National Night Out Tuesday with several block parties scheduled to take place. The scheduled time frame of the event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Last year, a total of 11 block parties were hosted throughout Aurora. Administrative Assistant Nikki Collazo expects a similar number of parties this year.
People still have a chance to register their block parties up until the Aug. 7 date. She noted people can still have a party and not be registered, there just won’t be a visit from the ambulance, police and McGruff the crime dog.
For more information or to register an event, contact Collazo at 402-694-5815.

Wed
01
Aug

Nunnenkamp pitches roads public hearing

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners met Monday, rounding out one of the last budget-centered meetings of the year.
Public participation was welcomed beginning at 9 a.m., during which time Commissioner-elect Roger Nunnenkamp suggested the board consider holding a single-subject public hearing regarding the condition of roads in Hamilton County.

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Wed
01
Aug

City approves going to bid for new well

The Aurora City Council approved plans for a new municipal water well and gave City Administrator Rick Melcher a 6 percent raise during an hour-long meeting July 24.
Tyler Doane with JEO Consulting advised the council that soil and water testing has been completed on the site of the proposed well, located on Jim and Becky Rathman’s property just west of the city’s newest well by the Aurora Cemetery, which was installed in 2016.

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Wed
01
Aug

Hail, wind cause crop damage

Pea-size hail and winds gusting up to 80 mph combined to cause significant but sporadic crop damage Saturday night in parts of Hamilton County.
Philip Beda of The National Weather Service in Hastings reported that a storm cell from northeast of Grand Island tracked through Hamilton County towards Giltner just before 11 p.m. Saturday with wind gusts up to 88 mph recorded at the Grand Island airport. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
01
Aug

Three local veterans honored as Quilt of Valor recipients

The Quilt of Valor Foundation presented three veterans with quilts Thursday, honoring them in front of a large crowd on hand for the opening ceremonies of this year’s Hamilton County Fair.
Glen Green, Bill Maahs, and Don Campbell were at the center of attention when they became the newest recipients of what has been described as a civilian equivalent of a Purple Heart award.

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Wed
01
Aug

Wert pays it forward with tribute to Pachta

Blake Wert paid it forward Saturday, just like his friend Nicolas Pachta always did.
The senior-to-be at Central City High School offered an emotional tribute to Pachta during Saturday’s livestock auction at the Hamilton County Fair. Wert wrote a letter that was read aloud just before his 4-H steer was auctioned off, thanking the Pactha family for sharing Nick with the 4-H community, and remembering his long-time friend as a top-notch showmanship competitor.

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