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Wed
30
Jan

City to use reserves to help fund 1st year ambulance service

After learning Monday that a countywide ambulance service will soon fall under Aurora’s umbrella of responsibility, city leaders reported that many questions remain unanswered as to how the new fire-based EMS will be staffed and funded.
Many changes have been made in the city’s initial $1.2 million proposal over the past 120 days of negotiations, though City Administrator Rick Melcher said details that will determine actual cost remain a work in progress.

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Wed
30
Jan

County discusses new Manor issue

Though many thought that discussions concerning the demolition of the Hamilton Manor were over with the approval of the last stages of the demolition process left in 2018, it was brought to the forefront once again during Monday’s county board meeting.
“We have a situation up at the Manor, where once Mid-Nebraska (Land Developers) got into the removal of the rest of the slab, they discovered an immense amount of sand, to the tune of 1,815 yards of sand that had been used to fill while putting in the foundation,” board chairman Rich Nelson reported.

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Wed
30
Jan

Ochsner to retire after 28 years as custodian

Long-time custodian and familiar face to the Alice M. Farr Library, Ernie Ochsner, has announced his retirement after 28 years of dedicated service.
The tall frame produced a friendly smile when asked to reflect on his time spent in the building and he settled into a conference room chair before beginning to explain just how it felt to be leaving.
“I don’t know yet,” Ochsner joked. “Actually pretty good. It does, it feels pretty good. I’ve got things I can do and it’s not like I’m going to be retiring, I’ll just be not working at the library. I’ve got many other things to keep my occupied. It’s just the beginning of something different.” Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
30
Jan

Aurora Open, Innovation Showcase bringing action to fairgrounds

The Aurora Open and Innovation Showcase, featuring Aurora’s own YETIbotics team is set to take over the Hamilton County Fairgrounds Saturday.
This free event is set to get going around 9:30 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m.
In what could be called the biggest technology showcase in Central Nebraska, the day will welcome 52 robots and their accompanying teams, along with 16 businesses and innovation teams that include four different college teams.

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Wed
30
Jan

City ordinance aimed at youth vaping

Youths under the age of 18 seen in possession of a vaping device could be cited for a violation of city ordinance if a proposed amendment is approved by the Aurora City Council at its Feb. 12 meeting.
The issue was discussed briefly at last week’s council meeting, where Police Chief Paul Graham explained the reason for the suggested change.
“The school has had a number of kids who have had them (vaping devices such as e-cigarettes),” Graham reported. “I did some following up with some other agencies and found that some had an ordinance on this issue, so I got the ordinance and brought it here. We talked about it and decided to do something here for the city.”

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Tue
29
Jan

Cast your vote on new Aurora eatery

China Gardens in Aurora will be closing its doors soon, though the building’s new owner is making plans to open a new restaurant in the Highway 34 location, based on community feedback. To cast your vote for what’s to come, click the SurveyMonkey link.

Restaurant survey

Wed
23
Jan

Early morning barn fire in Marquette

Marquette fire was dispatched to a barn fire at 2201 north M road just west of Marquette at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Watch for more information in next week's ANR.

Wed
23
Jan

Health officials, schools reporting spread of influenza cases

According to many official sources, including local health professionals in various positions and those focused on the central Nebraska region, Influenza A has been striking hard and fast in and around Hamilton County. 
“At MCHI we have done about 154 flu tests since the beginning of the flu season in December,” said MCHI Infection Preventionist Leeta Christie. “Of those, we have averaged about 40 percent being positive for Influenza A. That is closer to 50 percent for the week of January 14th.” 
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Wed
23
Jan

New Aurora Chamber defining its role, focus in community

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce begins the new year with a renewed focus as 2019 begins to unfold, with new staff members and a growing list of events and activities on the calendar.
More than 15 years after combining traditional chamber of commerce and economic development activities under one umbrella organization -- known as the Aurora Area Chamber & Development -- community leaders decided late in 2017 to bring the Aurora Chamber of Commerce back to life. Much of the first year was devoted to fine-tuning the organizational structure, creating new bylaws and determining the mission, though board president Damon McDonald says the group is now gaining momentum and excited about the year ahead.

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Wed
23
Jan

Ramsour: Plainsman Museum next best thing to a time machine

Hamilton County may not have a time machine, but the Plainsman Museum serves as the next best thing, according to long-time museum volunteer Bruce Ramsour.
The retired Aurora history teacher shared that perspective as the keynote speaker at Thursday’s annual meeting of the Hamilton County Historical Society.
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