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Mon
27
Jul

Fair activity begins

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The 2020 Hamilton County Fair kicked off Monday with the 4-H style review -- COVID style. Young 4-Hers modeled their outfits before a judge and were recorded, with the results to be shared virtually. That will be the format throughout the week as part of a socially-distant approach to keep fair participants safe. Pictured here, Taylor Janda poses for a photo after modeling her dress in front of judge Shar Sieck.

Mon
27
Jul

Hornet seniors finally get their moment

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It was a few months late with plenty of changes along the way, but the feeling inside the gym was one of relief and excitement. 

Giltner's graduating Class of 2020 was celebrated Sunday afternoon in front of a small grouping of family members and GPS staff. 

A total of 17 Hornet seniors were handed diplomas in an abbreviated graduation ceremony. For more photos and coverage from the special day, see the upcoming News-Register. 

Thu
23
Jul

Building renovation

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The former Jones Building on the southeast corner of Aurora's downtown square is in the early stages of a renovation project. A structure deemed last month by the Aurora City Council as a 'dangerous building' was sold, and the new owner is announcing plans to bring it back to life. Find out who bought the structure and details of his plans in the Aug. 5 edition.

Wed
22
Jul

COVID test site planned in Aurora

Local residents wanting to get tested to see if they have contracted the coronavirus can now do so in Aurora as part of the TestNebraska program.
The Central Nebraska Health Department announced last week that tests are being conducted Mondays and Friday mornings in Grand Island and on Wednesdays in Aurora from 2 to 4 p.m. The Aurora test site was made possible due to a contract with Memorial Community Health, which will provide trained staff members to facilitate the tests.

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

 

Wed
22
Jul

City approves bid for new EMS quarters

The Aurora City Council approved a bid to add vehicle storage bays and EMS living quarters to the 14th Street fire department building at its July 14 meeting.
Seven bids were submitted for the project, with the council awarding the project to Herk’s Welding out of Central City as the lowest bidder. The base bid was $651,021, far less than competing bids which went as high as $919,485.

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

Wed
22
Jul

Changing of the guard at the Farr Trust

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A changing of the guard was announced this week for an Aurora-based charitable trust which has distributed more than $7.6 million in grants to Hamilton County organizations since its formation in 1984.
Frank M. and Alice M. Farr were both active community members in Aurora who contributed $3.1 million to a trust in their name with the understanding that all net income would be expended for the betterment of people in Hamilton County. Frank worked at First National Bank (which would later become Heritage Bank) from 1934 until his retirement in 1972.

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Wed
22
Jul

Friesen expects ‘intense debate’

Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen expects an intense 17 days ahead as Nebraska lawmakers reconvene to finish out a 2020 session halted temporarily by a global pandemic.
“There is just a lot of strategy happening now and a lot of pressure, which is all going to boil down to what kind of revenue does everybody feel we’re comfortable with,” Friesen said in the days leading up to Monday’s restart. “The stage is set to see what we can get done.”

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Wed
22
Jul

Aurora woman’s late husband honored in film

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He was a good soldier. He was a good man. He was the best at his job and this is what made him a target.
Capt. Robert Yllescas, late husband to Aurora resident Dena Yllescas-Johnston and father to recent Husky graduate Julia Yllescas, was killed by Afghan insurgents in 2008. This point was recently made a focus of a new Hollywood film, “The Outpost,” which opened for streaming and download viewing at the beginning of July.

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

 

Wed
22
Jul

Hawk seniors say final farewell in community event

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Hampton’s Class of 2020 gathered one final time Saturday, ringing the bell, turning tassels and receiving diplomas in a second graduation ceremony, this one part of a more traditional community celebration.
Hawk seniors had an abbreviated, outdoor family-only celebration May 9, in the midst of tighter pandemic restrictions. This time, in the comfort of indoor air conditioning to escape the July summer heat, they were able to enjoy a larger Hawk sendoff before beginning the next stage of their young lives. Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
22
Jul

East Park shares morning of prayer for Phase 3 reopening

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Despite a hot and humid morning, residents at East Park Villa in Aurora took to their windows, balconies and spread out chairs to gather for a morning of prayer July 7.
The reason for the gathering was a joyous one as the facility entered Phase 3 and opened its doors to visitors after going into quarantine due coronavirus concerns.
Family and friends can now call in and make an appointment to visit their loved ones at East Park.

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