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Wed
20
Dec

Birthdays, other holiday celebrations, fill up Springer Christmas season

While families gather for the holidays this year and decide what special items to purchase their loved ones, the Springer family takes on Christmas with a little more strategy with two household members celebrating their birthdays Dec. 25.
Scott Springer and his daughter Sarah share the celebrated holiday with their own special days and have had nothing but great memories come from it.

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Wed
20
Dec

Night in Bethlehem recreates story of Christmas

Every holiday season for the past few years, the Cross of Christ Church puts together their Night in Bethlehem event to showcase the tale behind Christmas.
From the first wisemen who greet the public on their way into the manger scene of Jesus Christ, every detail is put into the performance organized together by the church and its congregation.

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Wed
20
Dec

Aurora grads dive into custom made furniture business

A double dose of childhood experience and enjoyment working with their fathers was the inspiration of Aurora natives, Steven and Taylor (Hansen) Stauffer, in creating their new custom furniture business adventure Branchin’ Out Designs.
“Both of our fathers did a lot of things around the house and were hands-on with a lot of projects,” Steven said.

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Tue
19
Dec

Feedlot expansion approved Monday

A proposed feedlot expansion brought divided support Monday during a public meeting that had a crowd of more than two dozen listening in to a discussion which ended on a positive vote.
“I was glad that we had a good turnout on both sides, both pro and con,” said chairman Rich Nelson. “As commissioners we are always interested in hearing conflicting comments about whatever is being considered.”

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Wed
13
Dec

Goertzen ends tenure on Hampton board

Kirk Goertzen submitted his resignation Monday, ending 18 years of service to the Hampton Village Board.
“It is with sadness and many good memories that I find it necessary to resign as a trustee of the village board of Hampton, effective at the end of the December regular meeting,” Goertzen wrote in a letter to the board.

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Wed
13
Dec

Nebraska Conservation Education Fund grant opens door to local conservation opportunities

A state-wide grant earned by the Nebraska Conservation Education Fund (NCEF) earlier this year has brought 10 individuals to work on conservation efforts throughout 27 Nebraska communities.
One of those representatives is Zoe Vallas, who is an AmeriCorps member spearheading an area that includes Aurora.

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Wed
13
Dec

Giltner junior high football up in the air

The immediate future of the Giltner junior high football program was brought up by Activities Director Chip Bartos during Monday’s regular monthly meeting.
Bartos reported to the board that Harvard administrators had approached him reporting that Harvard is going to play 6-man football next year in junior high, matching their high school program. Harvard is going to do that with or without a co-op with Giltner.

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Wed
06
Dec

Public hearings planned

Negotiations are continuing between the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and the county’s ambulance department.
County commissioners went into executive session to discuss union negotiations Monday. No action was taken coming out of the session, but Commissioner Becky Richter stated that while the document filed with the CIR by the ambulance department said that it was the final offer, the attorneys on both sides agreed that there are still negotiations that could take place.

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Wed
06
Dec

Postal Service expecting surge of holiday mail

The U.S. Postal Service plans months ahead for the holiday season and is advising local postal patrons to plan ahead as well when sending cards and gifts to loved ones this holiday season.
Steve Johnson, postmaster in charge at the Aurora Post Office, said the Postal Service is projecting a more than 10 percent increase in total mail volume this holiday season nationwide, including a total of approximately 850 million packages.

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Wed
06
Dec

Area schools react to statewide test results

The Nebraska Department of Education released information and statewide assessment scores Friday on the Nebraska Education Profile.
The results posted were for all schools, including Aurora, Hampton, Giltner and High Plains from tests taken approximately eight months ago, which caused concern as school administrators began assessing the data.

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