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Thrift shop raises money for new beds

Memorial Community Health CEO Diane Keller made a special visit to the Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop Dec. 18 to accept a check worth $83,400 to be used to replace current hospital beds.
“It will be replacing all of the electric beds in the hospital with new functions, more comfort and better safety features for all of our patients in the hospital to improve some quality and safe care,” she said after receiving the check from Auxiliary President Pat Oswald.

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Wed
26
Dec

Looking back 110 years after college was built

Two years after the Aurora Business College began offering classes in an old house eight blocks from the public square, the structure burned to the ground, only to be replaced by what would become the historic Woodbine Apartments.
It’s been 110 years since that structure first graced the northeast corner of the downtown square, prompting a look back through the local pages of history.
According to documents from the Plainsman Museum, the Aurora Business College emphasized its temperance.

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Wed
26
Dec

2018: A busy year on the local business front

It’s been a busy year on the local business front.
Flipping through the News-Register’s weekly business page, we found numerous stories of business start-ups and expansion, as well as a few setbacks. As always, the one constant is change, and we recorded plenty of that in 2018.

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Wed
26
Dec

Ethanol plant announces layoffs

Pacific Aurora LLC announced Dec. 17 that a portion of its local workforce has been laid off due to a sudden softening of the ethanol market.
Lyndon Jones, plant manager of the two ethanol plants at the Aurora West facilities, confirmed that 26 employees were informed of the decision, reducing the workforce to approximately 60 full-time employees. The layoffs were made across the board, he said, in the areas of maintenance, operations and commodities.

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Wed
26
Dec

Several factors play into 4R test scores

Student scores for the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) have been released, despite being conducted last spring and show the 4R district above the state average in every category.
Curriculum Director Desiree Teahon reflected on the new scaled scoring system, a change in assessment style and the addition of new curriculum, stating that it will all take some getting used to -- if it stays the same.
“They’ve changed the language before on us, but that’s kind of where we’re at,” she said, referring to the three categories of readiness that are determined with the new scaled test.
These benchmarks include the “developing, on track (or college and career ready) benchmark and the ACT benchmark.

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Thu
20
Dec

Local officials study Nebraska City EMS model

Editor’s note: City and county officials both referred to the Nebraska City ambulance service as a model that should be considered during negotiations to create a city-owned, fire-based EMS here in Hamilton County. This story presents a summary overview of that service, based on information shared by Nebraska City personnel.

Wed
19
Dec

Heartland United Way drive raises $1.3 million

The Heartland United Way put a big red bow around its 2018 campaign Thursday, announcing this year’s campaign total while also giving away a shiny new  Camaro convertible.
“The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened in 2018, which all of you have played a part,” Karen Rathke said during a 12 Keys of Christmas Car Giveaway event at Dinsdale Automotive. “We are so grateful for your very generous support.”

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Wed
19
Dec

Jennings Electric opens on Hwy 34

Kansas native Heath Jennings is about to put his name on the local electric grid by venturing into business as Jennings Electric LLC.
Having been introduced to a variety of trades at a young age, Jennings began narrowing his focus on electrical contract work shortly before he moved to Aurora in 2009. He enjoyed the work and soon began taking the necessary steps to go out on his own one day. That day has now arrived.
“My goal is to provide quality installation and to do it with integrity,” he said.

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Wed
19
Dec

Ethanol plant announces layoffs

Pacific Aurora LLC announced Monday that a portion of its local workforce has been laid off due to a sudden softening of the ethanol market.
Lyndon Jones, plant manager of the two ethanol plants at the Aurora West facilities, confirmed Tuesday that 26 employees were informed of the decision, reducing the workforce to approximately 60 full-time employees. The layoffs were made across the board, he said, in the areas of maintenance, operations and commodities.
Jones reported last week that one of the two ethanol plants in the Aurora West ag bioplex on the west edge of town sits idle as 2018 comes to a close, though company officials remain hopeful that market conditions and proposed year-around sales of 15 percent ethanol blends will mean better days ahead.
The east plant (which has a capacity of 45 million gallons a year) was shut down in early December, though it was incorrectly reported in the News-Register last week that the plant went idle in September.

Wed
19
Dec

City to pursue fire-based EMS

City leaders voted unanimously Dec. 11 to initiate the process of operating a fire-based emergency medical service, authorizing the mayor and city administrator to continue negotiating final terms of an interlocal agreement with Hamilton County.
That vote came one day after the county board voted 3-2 on the same motion, though both parties recognize there is still considerable work to be done before the city launches a new ambulance service.

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