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Wed
09
Aug

AACD, county board prepare for fast-approaching eclipse

AACD Director Chris Small approached the county board Monday and was given permission to use the courthouse lawn, parking area and lower bathrooms for a watermelon feed and potentially a hamburger feed Sunday, Aug. 20 as part of a pre-solar eclipse celebration.
The watermelon feed is planned to go from 4:30 or 5 p.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. and would be free to the public. The hamburger feed would be a charge per plate event if scheduled.

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Wed
09
Aug

County businesses and organizations prepare for eclipse

The total solar eclipse Aug. 21 is expected to send area residents and guests outdoors to see the skies grow dark just after high noon, prompting many local businesses and organizations to give employees the opportunity to see the event unfold.
“I get the very definite impression that everyone understands the weight and gravity of this event and are making sure that their employees get at least some time viewing it,” said AACD director Chris Small.

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Wed
09
Aug

City shuts down well due to high nitrate levels

A recent quarterly sample taken from one of Aurora’s five domestic drinking water wells resulted in discovering an average concentration of nitrates at 11 milligrams per liter, which is one milligram per liter higher than the allowable level.
“In compliance with Nebraska drinking water standards we perform quarterly samples of all of our wells,” said city utilities superintendent Adam Darbro.

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Wed
09
Aug

New Hotshot meal delivery vehicle arrives for senior center

The Hamilton County Senior Center welcomed a new Hotshot delivery vehicle, which will replace the old vehicle that was on its last leg and improve the center’s ability to serve the community.
“We currently have an older [vehicle] that is nickel and dimeing us to death,” said center director Jenny Friesen. “So we were in need of one we could depend on in order to get all of the meals delivered.”

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Wed
09
Aug

Former astronaut Clayton Anderson to MC Hampton eclipse event

The Hampton Booster Club and Hampton Community Club are co-sponsoring a solar eclipse viewing Aug. 21, hoping to draw as many as 2,000 people to the baseball fields.
Former astronaut Clay Anderson will serve as the master of ceremonies, and if the weather allows he will make a memorable arrival.

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Mon
07
Aug

Drinking water warning issued in Aurora

A warning was issued Monday by city officials in Aurora concerning high levels of nitrate in the drinking water.

Local patrons are urged not to give water to infants under six months old, or to use it making infant formula.

A notice from City Hall reads as follows:

In accordance with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Regulations Governing Public Water Supply Systems, the consumers of the City of Aurora public water supply system are hereby notified that the system is in violation of the established drinking water standard of 10 milligrams per liter. Nitrate has been measured at an average concentration of 11 milligrams per liter in two samples collected from this system on July 31, 2017 and Aug. 01, 2017. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern for infants less than six months old.

Wed
02
Aug

County, ambulance union unable to reach common ground

County commissioners went into executive session again Monday to discuss the union contract.
No action was taken, but Chairman Rich Nelson reported that on July 25, county representatives met with the Local 4956 IAFF union and proposed a settlement to the current case filed against the county in the Court of Industrial Relations.

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Wed
02
Aug

Pre-Eclipse events planned in Hamilton County

As the city of Aurora and surrounding communities prepare for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, more activities are springing up including two specific events just days before the skies grow dark around noon.
Scheduled events include two walking adventures, one in Aurora and the other in the evening along the Dark Island Trail. Sandy Spaulding is the committee chairperson for the Nebraska Wanderfreunde Trailblazers group who will be spearheading the two walks, both of which are set for Aug. 20.

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Wed
02
Aug

Aurora Police Department adds two young officers to force

Two new city police officers began their service just weeks apart as part of an effort by the city to serve the expansion of Aurora and replace a retired officer.
Just a few weeks ago, the Aurora Police Department announced the addition of another officer position within its rank, which was filled by new officer Jake Metcalf. It wasn’t long after when Troy Starr announced his retirement, leaving a position to be filled. 

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Wed
02
Aug

Locally grown organic products among changes at Aurora Mall

Locally grown products are on display now at the Aurora Mall in a growing partnership with Grain Place Foods near Marquette. As a result of that partnership, more organic and gluten free items are available, many of which were literally grown just a few miles away from the Aurora grocery store.
“Some of this is coming right from the fields here at Grain Place Foods, the popcorn especially,” reported Christian Evans, chief operating officer. “That’s about as local and fresh as you can get. We’re excited to be doing this.”

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