News

Wed
27
Nov

County sets date for Bluestem project public hearing

Hamilton County Commissioners have set the public hearing regarding the conditional use permit for Bluestem Energy Solutions proposed wind project for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. to be held at the 4-H Building on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.
To read more about the Hamilton County Board of Commissioner's meeting, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Mon
25
Nov

City of Aurora declares snow emergency

Mayor Marlin Seeman has declared, as of 4 p.m. Monday, a “Snow Emergency” in the City of Aurora, to be in effect beginning at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 and ending at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

The City of Aurora has declared this Snow Emergency based on the forecast from the National Weather Service.

During a Snow Emergency motorist are encouraged to limit their travels until the severe weather has diminished and the City streets have been cleared.

Parking on Emergency Snow Routes is prohibited during a Snow Emergency.

For additional information concerning the Snow Emergency Declaration and for a list of snow emergency routes, please contact the City Hall Office telephone (402) 694-6992 or by email: cityhall@cityofaurora.org.

Sat
23
Nov

Planning commission denies Bluestem proposal

County planners voted unanimously Nov. 19 to recommend denying Bluestem Energy Solution’s request for a conditional use permit to build a four-tower wind energy project south of Interstate 80.
After reviewing the application in detail and considering input from an October public hearing which drew strong opposition to the proposal, planners cited a number of reasons for denying the request. The recommendation to county board members will include one specific finding of fact, citing a Wichita State University study which planners say confirmed their concerns that property values for neighboring landowners would be negatively impacted by a wind farm.

The unanimous vote to deny the conditional use permit will now be passed on to the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. Jeremy Brandt, the county’s planning and zoning administrator, reported that he expects Bluestem’s request to be on the county board agenda soon, perhaps as early as mid-December.

Wed
20
Nov

Susan’s Books hosts well-attended Nebraska authors event

Article Image Alt Text

Book lovers, history buffs and more gathered at Susan’s Books and Gifts Saturday to spend time with many different Nebraska authors. The books being featured ranged from poetry to historical and fiction, providing lots of variety for those interested in picking up a new story.
A returning author, Kent H. Theesen, was at the store to promote his book “Backstage: Behind the Curtain.” The book told stories of Theesen’s interactions with various celebrities throughout his life.
“Coming out to events like this means the world to me,” he explained. “People like Susan who offers the venue to display your words gives us new artists and new authors a chance to show their wares and get out there.”

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

 

Wed
20
Nov

County discusses Highway Dept. pickup purchases

County Highway Supt. K.C. Pawling approached the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners Monday to obtain permission to purchase two new pickup trucks for the department which had already been budgeted for this fiscal year.
“I’m just asking permission to purchase two pickups, an F-350 and an F-150 on the state bid process,” Pawling said. “The F-350 is an extended-cab, and the F-150 is a crew-cab.”

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

 

Wed
20
Nov

City agrees to help fund hotel study

The Aurora City Council agreed last week to pay up to 75 percent of the cost of a feasibility study to determine if there is a need for a local hotel.
A Seward-based company has expressed interest in building a hotel and City Administrator Rick Melcher explained after the unanimous vote that the city wants to support that effort.
“The reason for the study is to find out whether or not a hotel would be successful at the interstate,” Melcher said.

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

Wed
20
Nov

Sozo spices up fundraiser with chili cook-off

Article Image Alt Text

Sozo Family Services held a chili cooking competition Nov. 9 to help raise funds to put a safe shelter or house in Hamilton County or the surrounding area.
Theresa Nickolaus, founder of Sozo, noted that the event drew nine teams from Central City, Cairo and the Aurora/Hampton area. The winner of the day was Waffles and More from Central City.

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

 

Fri
15
Nov

Fairmont residents share reactions to wind farm project

Article Image Alt Text

Sixteen months after three large commercial wind turbines started churning through the air near Fairmont, local residents and community leaders there say that there has been little negative reaction to the Bluestem Energy Solutions wind farm, due in large part to its location. That’s not the case, however, on an unrelated wind energy proposal in the southern part of Fillmore County.

Thu
14
Nov

Bluestem offers tour of Fairmont wind farm

Article Image Alt Text

Bluestem Energy Solutions opened the doors to one of three wind turbines at a project in Fairmont Tuesday, inviting Hamilton County residents in to see and tour the facility as well as ask questions about a venture said to be comparable to the proposal near Aurora.

Thu
14
Nov

Order your holiday greetings

Article Image Alt Text

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News