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Wed
08
Jul

Keller purchases Missouri-based JIMCO

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Ryder Keller announced this week that he has expanded his business interests by purchasing JIMCO, a major manufacturer of test equipment, test leads and replacement wiring parts for the automotive aftermarket.
Keller is well known locally as the owner of Del Ray Manufacturing and Del Ray Voltage Systems, both located at 916 12th St. in Aurora. In that role he has worked for years with Juan and Carolyn Grube of Raymore, Mo., who approached him last fall about the possibility of purchasing JIMCO. See this week's ANR business page for more details.

 

Wed
08
Jul

Youth’s newest hobby forged with blacksmith fire

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A group of children surrounded a burning furnace despite the sweltering July heat. They watched with eager eyes as a piece of metal was pulled from the fire and shaped into a spiral.
This was the final day of the Edgerton Explorit Center’s blacksmithing camp and for two boys, Charlie Combe and Thomas Ellis, it marks the end of a journey that began in their home town of New Orleans.

 

Wed
08
Jul

Beekeepers Association abuzz with new president

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The Nebraska Beekeepers Association has welcomed its new president, Megan Vetter. She joins vice president Brian Nilson on the board of directors to help support the state’s beekeepers.
Nilson knew Vetter through the beekeeping class they teach through the Grand Island Central Community College (CCC.) After “conning” her into helping at the school he has since “conned” her into being the president of the association. Get the whole buzz in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
08
Jul

District Court staff showcases postcards in fun tradition

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When community members make their way to the Hamilton County District Court they are given a chance to look over a map of the world that’s covered with pins in different countries and postcards around the edge.
District Court Clerk Wendy Dethlefs and recently retired Deputy Clerk Jan Dick have been managing their map that showcases postcards sent to them from locals who have traveled abroad for the last 10 years. Get the full report in this week's ANR.

Wed
08
Jul

Coronavirus pandemic inspires virtual bedtime story routine

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What started out as a way to give working moms and families a bit of a break, or even just a smile, has transformed far beyond that for young Aurora resident Chaz Boeder.
His mother, Maile Ilac-Boeder, had originally posted to Facebook, announcing that if a mother called her or The Leadership Center she and Chaz would read whomever was on the other line a bedtime story. See ANR to learn how this bedtime story ends.

 

Wed
08
Jul

DMV backed up on teen driver’s testing

Sixteen-year-olds anxious to get their driver’s license may have to be patient as the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles plays catch-up after a two-month pandemic shutdown.
The line at the Hamilton County Courthouse was 10-deep with people waiting in line on a recent Tuesday morning, though DMV officials say things should be back to normal by the end of July.
“We’ve been about double busy what we usually are but I figure in about a month we’ll kind of be back to the numbers we can manage,” said Mike Thomas, one of two driver’s license examiners based in York. “Right now it’s non-stop. Every place we go we have people waiting.” More details in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
07
Jul

Phillips annual July 3 celebration a community event

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Phillips’ annual July 3 celebration went off without a hitch, though it looked a little different than it has in past years.
With the meal provided by the Phillips Community Foundation, guests to the celebration had their choice of eating in the Phillips Memorial Hall -- with appropriate social distancing -- meals to go, or even delivery. With a selection of BBQ, hot dogs, chips, drinks and deserts, there was enough for everyone.
Rootbeer floats were another hit for community members on the hot and humid Friday afternoon. Those, sponsored and delivered by Jamie Bergmark and Troop 28, featured ice cold ice cream. Bergmark even dressed to impress while serving, sporting USA socks, a themed shirt, hat and mask.
Fireworks donations were picked up by the Phillips Ball program and were launched Friday night by the Phillips Fire and Rescue Department.

Tue
07
Jul

Deadline Friday for amateur photo contest

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It’s showtime for area shutterbugs who are once again invited to share to their photographic talents in the annual News-Register/Hamilton Telecommunications amateur photo contest.
Categories for the 2020 contest are similar to previous years, with four main categories inviting photographers to point their lens toward our community in various ways.
The four categories are for pets/animals; nature; agriculture; and any subject. Mobile device entries can be entered in these categories as well, though judges will take quality of the image into account when selecting the winners.
Photos must be taken by Hamilton County residents. All entries must be submitted to the News-Register by this Friday, July 10, with a limit of three per person, per category. There is no fee to enter.

Tue
07
Jul

Bands on the Bricks III to take center stage Friday

Aurora’s popular summertime series, Bands on the Bricks, is set to be back in action on the downtown square starting Friday from 6-9 p.m. with a performance by Mike Semrad and the Riverhawks.

Tue
07
Jul

Nick Mumm steps in as new Giltner superintendent

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Whether you want to talk sports, family, school or just the small-town chitter chatter, Nick Mumm made it clear his office door is always open.
Mumm, Giltner’s new superintendent effective July 1, has spent the last couple weeks becoming acclimated with his new career change and immersing himself in the Hornet community. See ANR for details.

 

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