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Wed
20
Aug

City council begins budget review

City officials began a detailed review last week of the 2015 budget with a goal of paying back enterprise funds depleted last year to help pay for the new aquatic center.
City administrator Marlan Ferguson offered a broad overview of the preliminary department by department proposals, as well as some of the factors council members will have to consider before adopting the final budget.
 

Wed
20
Aug

First day of school

Ashli Huenefeld shows her new kindergarten class the ropes on the first day of school Friday. Students pictured, from left, are Audree Hasselbring, Colten Nachtigal, Ian Glinsmann, Madeline Huls and Violet Carstensen.

Wed
20
Aug

‘I’ve been in denial, until now’

Chances are when you see Nikki Collazo, she will be making a joke, or just laughing with a huge contagious smile, forcing everyone she’s with to do the same.
She does all this while facing a very real and dangerous struggle every day -- Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease.
 

Wed
20
Aug

New director of Bremer Center looks to improve facility

The Bremer Community Center is under new command as Monica Crowe has been named as director.
Crowe takes over for Lisa Beed as director of the community-based activities center.
Before she came to Aurora, Crowe was the executive director of the Furnas-Harlan Partnership, an economic development group for Furnas and Harlan counties.
 

Wed
20
Aug

Committee proposes a new building at the fairgrounds

A committee that was recently formed includes individuals closely involved in the Hamilton County Ag Society, 4-H or FFA and they have one goal -- to build a new building at the fairgrounds.
“The beef barns that are on the fairgrounds have served their purpose,” committee member Kelly Kliewer said. “This all started with wanting to upgrade the facility for the beef animals.”
 

Wed
20
Aug

Ambulance department gets the go ahead to get bids for a new rig

Mark Kubik, assistant director at Hamilton County Ambulance Services, presented his extensive research on what the county’s options are for a new ambulance.
One of the options he looked into was getting the county a van ambulance. After looking into the vehicle and trying to find an ambulance department in the state of Nebraska which owns one, Kubik  said he doesn’t feel comfortable going forward with the purchase of a van ambulance.
 

Wed
20
Aug

Hamilton, NebraskaLink provide fiber to GI

Hamilton Telecommunications and NebraskaLink, two Nebraska-based technology and telecommunications providers, have announced an expansion of their combined fiber optic infrastructure throughout the city of Grand Island.
Hamilton and NebraskaLink have buried a combined 46 miles of fiber within the Grand Island city limits available for business and enterprise broadband access needs. This includes fiber located along the major outlying roads of Hwy 34, Hwy 281, Central Community College and Gunbarrel, as well as along many of Grand Island’s industrial and business-developed streets.
 

Wed
20
Aug

Yoder to serve as parade grand marshal Monday at State Fair

Merna Yoder of Aurora will be one of several volunteers honored this year as parade grand marshals at the Nebraska State Fair.
“Behind every successful community or fair are countless volunteers who give freely of their time and talents,” said Jana Kruger, Nebraska State Fair Board president. “We are proud to honor a few of those as grand marshal for the day.”
 

Wed
20
Aug

Giltner’s Autumn Fest scheduled for Sept. 13

Another year, another celebration and come Saturday, Sept. 13, Giltner will be the setting for its annual Autumn Fest.
This year, the GADC (Giltner Area Development Corp.) will put on events that include a 5K run and a kids 1 mile run organized by Sarah Humphrey.
Other events include a Lions Club pancake feed, sand volleyball tournament organized by Stephanie Mazankowski and food vendors -- Rooster’s BBQ and Hawaiian Ice.
There will also be a white elephant sale by  the United Methodist Church, a penny dig by Robertshaw Insurance, kids games and bake sale put on by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, peddle tractors by Ken Vincik, nine square by CRC, bubbles and other activities hosted by the Edgerton Center, egg roulette put on by Giltner State Bank, an obstacle course and human truck pull hosted by the Giltner Fire Department, and  a parade.
Later in the evening, Whiskey Richard will be playing at the Sit N Bull in the beer garden.

Sun
10
Aug

Cottage Park expanded to 20 units

Construction has only just begun on the Cottage Park senior housing development and already plans are moving forward to begin phase two of the project with three additional duplexes.
Matt Thomas, president of the California-based Dana Point Development Corp., announced last week that Aurora’s application for Affordable Housing Trust Funds was approved by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
 

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