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Wed
13
Feb

Career, education focused program helps ‘Connect the Dots’

Aurora freshmen gathered in the gymnasium Feb. 6 to play their parts in “the game of life.”
Students paired up and walked through steps in a Nebraska Extension Connect the Dots program, designed to introduce high schoolers to the ins and outs of what it takes to enter the real world.
“We are hoping that the students gain multiple things from this activity,” said Aurora High School secondary counselor Barb Bonifas.

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Tue
12
Feb

Kremer recalled by 9-vote margin

Gregg Kremer’s tenure on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners will soon be over after patrons in his district voted Tuesday to remove him from office in a recall election decided by just nine votes.
With an unofficial final tally of 176 votes for and 167 against, Kremer was successfully recalled in an election that drew just 29 percent of eligible voters from District 4.
Absentee ballots were the first posted at the Hamilton County Courthouse, showing 40 yes votes and 66 no votes. Precinct 3 showed 6 yes votes and 5 no votes, followed by Precinct 4 with 18 yes votes and 31 no votes.
The city’s Ward 2 swung the final tally the other way, with 112 yes votes and 65 no.
Hamilton County Election Commissioner Jill DeMers reported that a recount is required if the final margin is 1 percent or less, meaning that there will be no recount. She said the Canvassing Board will convene Thursday to make the results official.

Wed
06
Feb

Final Manor obstacle discussed by county

Issues that arose during last week’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting concerning the change order requested by Mid-Nebraska Land Developers for additional work done on the Hamilton Manor were brought back to the table Monday.
Representatives from Mid-Nebraska Land Developers -- Dan Most, Ryan Roberts and Robbie Roberts -- brought documentation in to discuss just how many loads of sand the crew hauled out and how many loads of dirt and clay were hauled in to backfill those voids. The report was offered to illustrate the change in numbers on the proposed change order.

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Wed
06
Feb

New playgrounds in the works for Giltner

Parents and community members in Giltner are rallying together to raise funds for the purchase of two brand new playground setups, one for the daycare and preschool facility and one for kindergarten through sixth grade.
The Giltner School Playground Committee is looking to have the new playground installed by the start of the 2019-2020 school year and has already successfully raised funds for the first installment.

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Wed
06
Feb

Dueling piano event set for Feb. 16

Giltner Fire and Rescue’s annual fundraising event, featuring Midwest Dueling Pianos is set to take on the town Feb. 16 with doors opening at 6 p.m.
The event will feature a different set of duelists than those featured last year, but is sure to be just as entertaining.
“It’s going to be a good time and hopefully we’ll raise money for the fire department,” said Giltner Fire Chief Brad Consbruck.

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Wed
06
Feb

Twelve Huskies learn the ropes at Aurora’s Memorial Hospital

Twelve Aurora High School students started down a path towards a CNA certification Monday as the shadowing portion of their class began. The process, part of a special partnership with Memorial Hospital, is in its inaugural phases but already going well.
“We’ve been trying to get a CNA program going for the past several years,” said Aurora High School Principal Doug Kittle. “We are thrilled to be able to offer the program for our students.

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Wed
30
Jan

City council reviews final cost for 1st Street paving project

The Aurora City Council reviewed the final cost of the 1st Street paving project and has scheduled a public hearing on the assessment schedule to establish how much each property owner along the street will pay of the $1.17 million tab.
Steve Parr with JEO Consulting reviewed the final report during the Jan. 22 council meeting, concluding that the final tab came in under the initial estimate.
“I think it’s important for the community to know of the fiscal frugality that went into this project, which benefitted the citizens,” noted Mayor Marlin Seeman.

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Wed
30
Jan

Bremer Center a winter destination for active residents

During the cold winter months, residents of Hamilton County may feel the need to stay inside and hibernate until spring. Not to fret however, as Aurora’s own Bremer Center has programs for all ages to help cure the winter blues.
According to Bremer Center Director Maloree Johnson, the center offers a wide range of activities. Some of those activities include pickleball, walking and a men’s basketball league.

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Wed
30
Jan

Kremer recall to be decided Feb. 12

Hamilton County Commissioner Gregg Kremer’s future on the county board will be decided Feb. 12 in a recall election open to all District 4 patrons.

Wed
30
Jan

Commissioners approve EMS interlocal with city on 4-1 vote

County commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to approve an interlocal agreement with the city, in effect ending more than a year of debate focused on the local ambulance service.
“This has been an issue that we’ve been addressing for a number of years now and we’re at a point where we as a board appointed Becky (Richter) and myself to negotiate with the city an interlocal agreement for them to take over and be the sole provider of emergency medical services within the city and county of Hamilton,” Board Chairman Rich Nelson reported to a packed house. “We’re at that point, so at this point being a member of the negotiations team I would move to approve the interlocal cooperation agreement for emergency medical services between Hamilton County, Nebraska and the City of Aurora, subject to the agreement with the city on the date the city will take over control of the ambulance service and the other dates as set forth in paragraph two of the agreement.”

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