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Fri
06
Sep

King and queen

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Kyle Larson and Kyla Carlson were crowned Homecoming king and queen Friday at halftime of the Aurora/Kearney Catholic football game.

Fri
06
Sep

United Way kicks off $1.4M campaign

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The Heartland United Way kickd off its 2019 campaign Friday in Grand Island announcing a goal of $1.4 million. Tom Dinsdale donated a car as an incentive prize for the 16th consecutive year, this time a brand new Cadillac.

Wed
04
Sep

Jam Fest lets music live on as a tribute for lost musicians

Local and traveling musicians will be gathering Saturday and Sunday at the Hampton Auditorium to honor and remember six area musicians who have passed away.
Those honored include Rick Dvorak, Mike Hann, Troy Jackson, Rick Jackson, Jimmy Stranske and Gilbert Jasch.
The event, now in its second year, is being led by Kevin Lawrence, who spearheaded the debut last year.
“Saturday we’re starting at 10 a.m. and I pretty much have somebody up there the entire time, so almost 11 hours of solid music on Saturday,” he explained. “On Sunday I’m not starting until noon and we have almost 10 hours that day.”
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Wed
04
Sep

Plainsman Museum to host Day on the Farm

Back again this year, Aurora’s Plainsman Museum will be hosting a “Day on the Farm” event for all those interested in learning a bit more about the past and how settlers made their way in Hamilton County. 
The event, to be held Sunday, Sept. 8, will span from 1-4 p.m. and include everything from ice cream making by Dana and Sheri Thompson, to leather working (Jan Joseph), butter making (Marsha Pawley and Kathy Ramsour) and a one-room schoolhouse experience by Roberta Cool.
To read more about this weekend's event, please see this week's print or e-edition.

Wed
04
Sep

Husky social media interns looking to cultivate, create content

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As a testament to changing times and the ever-present status of social media in society, news and even education, seven Aurora High School students have embarked on the technological journey of becoming social media interns for the Huskies’ Twitter and Instagram accounts. 
The seminar taught by Craig Badura is comprised presently by students Casey Kroker, Madison Foged, Zaydyn Roberts, Kaylee Crosby, Ellie Hutsell, Grady McDonald and Noah Ziegler. 
“The main objective of this seminar is for our students to learn how to create and share quality social media content across the Aurora Huskies Twitter and Instagram accounts,” Badura said. 
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Wed
04
Sep

City approves plan for small cell upgrade

Verizon Wireless and other telecommunications companies may soon be adding small cell equipment to existing power poles in Aurora due to an ordinance approved Aug. 27 by the Aurora City Council.
The topic of allowing multi-party use of existing poles for telecommunications purposes was addressed by the Nebraska Legislature earlier this year with the approval of LB 184. The bill, proposed by Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen, was an attempt to create uniform statewide siting practices while modernizing Nebraska’s telecommunications statutes to allow for greater investment by wireless communication providers in new technologies, commonly referred to as small cells. 
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Wed
04
Sep

City to lease two EMS units

The Aurora City Council authorized the lease/purchase of two new ambulances at its Aug. 27 meeting, reflecting plans to upgrade two of the four emergency vehicles in the city’s ambulance fleet.
Having launched its fire-based EMS service earlier this year, City Administrator Rick Melcher reported that one of the ambulances, a 2008 model, broke down on Interstate 80 recently and another 20-year-old unit was showing signs of age. City leaders determined that two new ambulances were needed and the decision was made to make the change now, hoping to close the deal while 2019 models are still available.
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Wed
04
Sep

County signs roads disaster declaration

A disaster declaration for recent flooding, as it pertained to rural roads in Hamilton County, was signed by county commissioners at the start of Tuesday’s board meeting.
“Basically this is just from the last flooding to have a disaster declared so hopefully we can get some public assistance with the roads,” said Hamilton County Emergency Manager Kirt Smith. “After talking to K.C. (Pawling) the water was over the roads for nine days or a week and a half to two weeks. So this will just start the process.”
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Wed
04
Sep

State Fair finishes strong

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Nebraska State Fair Executive Director Lori Cox concluded Monday that the 2019 event was remarkable, especially when it came to the amount of moisture Grand Island received and it being a 150th anniversary celebration. 
“We had the most moisture that we’ve probably ever had recorded,” she noted. “Grand Island is breaking moisture records left and right.”
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Wed
04
Sep

AHS homecoming celebrates 70th year

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As the week draws closer to the weekend, with it comes Aurora’s 2019 fall homecoming pep rally, parade and the crowning of this year’s royalty. 
And though many may know the eight candidates preparing to ride through downtown Aurora on the backs of convertibles, what they might not know is how the tradition all began. 
The year was 1949, it was fall, and Aurora native Genene Willis, then a Griffith, was nominated by the Pep Club (along with other candidates) for what would be the first-ever official Homecoming Queen role. 

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