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Hampton approves telecommunications contract with Big Red Communications

After months of consideration, the Hampton Village Board voted unanimously Monday to allow Big Red Communications to mount equipment on the water tower in order to offer another telecommunications provider in the community.
Board members have met previously with the Denton, Neb.-based company, and after having the village attorney review the proposed five-year contract decided to move forward with the proposal. Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
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May

911 interlocal pact under further review

The April 20 Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting brought with it the news that renegotiations were in order in relation to the almost two-year-old interlocal between Hamilton and Merrick counties for 911 dispatch services.
A committee report given by Commissioner Bobby Parks and Chairman Rich Nelson provided an update on the ongoing discussion to come up with a fair and equitable interlocal figure to be presented to the Merrick County Board of Supervisors. Parks also reported that the presentation to the neighboring county is aimed to be done before budget time. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

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May

Husky seniors reflect on bizarre finish

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The Aurora Class of 2020 has had, hands-down, one of the most unique senior year experiences in recent Husky history.
For some, it may be just another tick of a box, collecting their diploma and excitedly moving on to the next phase in their lives. For others, they will struggle through the final weeks, missing out on previously promised life experiences and final time with some of their friends.
Regardless of the way they’ll be handling the situation, three separate senior Huskies -- Halle Nachtigal, Sydney May and Casey Wessels -- shared their stories and all the advice they can offer those who will be ready to turn tassels in 2021.

 

Wed
13
May

Ashley Brooke Jewelry ready to open

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A downtown Aurora jewelry store will open this week with a new name under new ownership.
Ashley Niedfelt has several years experience in the business, so when she noticed last fall that Heartland Jewelry was for sale she jumped at the opportunity.

 

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May

Hawk seniors ‘come home’ for abbreviated graduation

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Hampton’s Class of 2020 rang the bell, turned tassels and received diplomas while celebrating graduation pomp amid very unusual circumstances Saturday afternoon.
Forced by pandemic guidelines to maintain social distancing protocol, administrators decided to move the abbreviated event outdoors and include immediate family only, hoping that a more traditional community celebration can be scheduled later this summer, tentatively set for June 20 or July 18. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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May

Bittersweet ‘rite of passage’

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Aurora seniors spent May 7 stopping by their high school, for what could be the last time, to pick up the awards they earned and take a photo in their cap and gown for a possible virtual graduation. This experience was both unusual, and a bit bittersweet. Read more in this week's ANR.

 

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May

Theater brings concessions to the home

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While many business are closed and families have taken to doing activities at home, the 12th Street Cinema made movie time a little more authentic on Saturday.
The theater sold large popcorn, soda and candy from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to the community with all business occurring outside the building. More details in this week's ANR.

 

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May

Dancers see Saturday spirit parade for hard work

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Dancers big and small from the Kirby School of Dance enjoyed a parade -- fit for a rockstar -- through Aurora streets Saturday.
Students of all ages dressed in their recital costumes, joined their family in their cars and were escorted to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds by the Aurora Police Department, where they were stopped for photos and given gifts. Full story in this week's ANR.

 

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May

HLS gives gardens a boost with plant sale

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The Hampton Lutheran School wrapped up another plant sale, with pick-up and cash and carry held May 6 at the Hampton Auditorium.
According to the school’s newsletter, students raised $24,826 in pre-sales, exceeding the $20,000 goal. See full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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May

Robotics team’s light pollution project getting traction

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Aurora’s First Lego League team had success on several fronts this spring, qualifying for international competition in robotics and also learning that the Brownville arts community is interested in utilizing the club’s light pollution reduction project.
Tami Brandl, the team’s coach and advisor, said it was disappointing to see the coronavirus pandemic bring the season to an early end, though she is proud of the group’s achievements this year. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

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