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Wed
21
Aug

Aurora native finds voice through art

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Aurora High School graduate of the Class of 2011 Tanya Kliewer has always been around art in some form. From her father’s drawings, to doodles done throughout school she has been constantly creating. But that isn’t it for this young artist -- she plans to take her passion to the next level.
“As I went through college, I started sketching more and when I was going to school in Oklahoma I just said, ‘Screw it, let’s take an art class and see what happens,’” she said. “I did and I loved it. Taking some art classes turned into getting a graphic design degree so I can do digital work with photography. That’s kind of how it all transpired and formed into where I am right now.”

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Wed
21
Aug

City votes to restrict use of storage/shipping containers

The Aurora City Council voted to amend the city’s comprehensive plan last week prohibiting the placement of steel structures and/or shipping containers anywhere but on land zoned for industrial use.
Adam Darbro, the city’s planning and zoning administrator, explained that there has been a growing trend nationwide to use steel containers for permanent storage and, in some communities, even as small residential dwellings.
“More than anything, this issue was brought to our attention for how sealed storage and shipping containers are being used,” Darbro said when asked by a council member to explain the proposed changes. “There are places in Lincoln where there are neighborhoods that are allowing people to turn these into houses, primary structures or apartments. Most are not associated with primary uses in those zoning districts.”

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Wed
21
Aug

County gaining ground on budget

Budget discussions continued this week for the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners as they received some final budget requests from Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA) program and the Plainsman Museum.
In a later interview Board Chairman Rich Nelson spoke to the board’s priorities as far as the budget goes moving forward.
“As a board our goal is to keep our budget to within 2 percent of last year’s budget,” he said. “We are looking at more emphasis on the roads in the Highway Department.

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Tue
20
Aug

Husky tradition

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Aurora High School’s annual back-to-school pep rally Monday was as crowded as usual despite the scorching sun. Students, teachers, family and friends packed the bleachers to pay homage to fall athletes, their coaches and a new school year.

Mon
19
Aug

City conducting water quality maintenance program

City officials announced Friday that a new municipal water well was introduced to the water system on July 24, which can change the hydraulics of the distribution system resulting in scouring of accumulated hard water deposits and/or sediments from the walls of the pipe.
In a continuing effort to distribute high quality potable water, the City of Aurora Public Water System will conduct a routine water quality maintenance program. According to Adam Darbro, the city’s utility superintendent, the program will involve temporarily introducing chlorine to the system in order to optimize water quality throughout the water distribution system.  The process will also include flushing of the distribution system to clean the water mains.

Sat
17
Aug

Future looks bright for Huskies

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It was a foggy morning for football Saturday, but the future looks bright for the defending state champion Aurora Huskies. After posing for the annual team photo, the Huskies scrimmaged in a foggy haze, giving Big Red fans their first glimpse of this year's team. Watch for the News-Register's annual fall sports preview edition featuring all the teams from Aurora, Hampton, Giltner and High Plains in the Aug. 28 edition.

Wed
14
Aug

Details shared on death at Tooley Park

Documents have been submitted to the Hamilton County District Court in the form of a pair of search warrants related to the recent death of Reeve Baker. 
According to documents, the facts of the case include that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 from subjects at Tooley Park. The subject described the individual’s (who would later be identified as Baker) physical state. The call was then ended and/or dropped. 
Upon arrival Hamilton County deputies identified Baker and began CPR, while also locating a gunshot wound in Baker’s upper chest. 
Also according to provided documents, an additional phone call was made via Baker’s brother Spencer Baker to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office. 
Facts of the case include that Spencer was interviewed at the Hamilton County Sheriffs office by Sgt. Phinney. 

Wed
14
Aug

HPC considering changes in football co-op

The High Plains Community School Board met Monday in Clarks to discuss changes for the upcoming school year, including how to proceed with its football cooperative.
HPC is currently in a co-op with Osceola for football, but that contract will end at the conclusion of this school year.
Sup. Brian Tonniges explained that two weeks ago the HPC and Hampton co-op committees met to discuss football or possibly other sports.
“There are three scenarios currently being debated,” Tonniges said.

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Wed
14
Aug

Car show, softball bring crowds to Hampton

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Hampton was a busy place this weekend with a crowd estimated at more than 600 people enjoying the 18th annual TDLC Cruise Night Friday and a 10-team co-ed softball tournament bringing more visitors to town on Saturday.
“The feedback we’ve had was all very positive,” reported Karen Bamesberger. “It was just a great weekend.”
Roger Bamesberger was more than pleased with the turnout Friday, noting that the annual event represents so much more than a car show.

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Wed
14
Aug

Aurora’s cross country teams to compete in Class C

The Aurora cross country team will compete at the Class C level for the 2019 fall sports season, activities director Jay Staehr reported to the Aurora 4R School Board during its regular monthly meeting Monday night.
After competing in Class B for the previous two years, a shift in the Nebraska School Activities Association classification numbers pushed Aurora down below the Class C threshold.

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