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Tue
07
Jul

ANR earns World-Herald, newspaper contest honors

The Aurora News-Register won numerous honors in the Nebraska Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, while also receiving the Omaha World-Herald’s prestigious Service to Community and Service to Agriculture awards.
Typically announced during the NPA convention in April, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s award winners were announced in a video presentation posted last week on YouTube.
“Our entire staff goes above and beyond the normal routine in publishing the News-Register each week which is reflected in this statewide recognition,” said co-publishers Kurt and Paula Johnson. “We appreciate their dedication and hope the community does as well. It’s a complete team effort and we are so very proud of our staff.”

Tue
07
Jul

East Park Villa opens to visitors

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Residents at East Park Villa celebrated some good news Tuesday morning with several local pastors offering a prayer as the assisted living facility in Aurora prepares to open to visitors after months of pandemic-driven isolation. For coverage and reaction to the Phase 3 transition, see next week’s edition.

Wed
01
Jul

Fill 'er up, please

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Slowly but surely the water level was rising Wednesday at the Aurora swimming pool, which will open for a pandemic-shortened season on July 11.

The Aurora City Council discussed the matter during a committee meeting before the June 23 council meeting, announcing its tentative plan to open both the pool in Streeter Park and the splash pad in Cole Park.

Tue
30
Jun

Winds rip through area

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Winds raged west of Aurora Sunday morning, tearing through cornfields, trampolines, pivots and even farmsteads in the area of 12th and K roads.
Upon further inspection properties owned by Aaron Oswald, Mike Oswald and Clint Mickey sustained the brunt of the damage. Detailed report in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
30
Jun

Iconic courthouse marks a milestone -- 125th birthday

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Since initially being built in September of 1895 the Hamilton County Courthouse, in all its splendor and prominence, has undergone a number of historical changes. All of these improvements and restorations have lent to a long life for the structure, which now proudly celebrates its 125th birthday.
“The people of Hamilton County will be glad to know that the county commissioners have decided to clean out all of the old trees and rubbish in and around the courthouse square, grade it up, seed it down, put in permanent crosswalks (sidewalks), plant a few nice trees and make the square a thing of beauty as well as unity,” reads an Aug. 3, 1895 edition of the Aurora Republican. Detailed historical review in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
30
Jun

Phase 2 protocol gives area bars green light to serve

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Last week’s shift to Phase 2 safety protocols opened the doors for bars in Hamilton County, with owners and patrons alike excited to be able to get together and relax with their favorite beverage.
Though occupancy is still limited to 50 percent capacity under Phase 2 guidelines, owners agree it was a huge step forward in getting back to business, while also providing a social outlet many said they have missed since the pandemic forced a mandatory last call for alcohol back in late March. Story in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
30
Jun

County hears another COVID-19 update

As the counties in the Central District Health Department have officially transitioned to the second phase of reopening in Nebraska, the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners thought it timely to invite Hamilton County Emergency Manager Kirt Smith to Monday’s meeting to provide an update.
Despite now being in Phase 2 protocol, Smith reported that total positive cases were still on the rise -- though minimally. Full report in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
30
Jun

Area schools working on plans for fall semester

All four area school districts are in the midst of planning various pandemic protocols for the fall semester, with two of the four just now in the process of welcoming new superintendents. Meanwhile, the CDHD is offering COVID input, though final decisions will be left to individual districts. Must-read story in this week's ANR.

 

Tue
30
Jun

CDHD report reflects optimism, concern with COVID battle

The Aurora City Council agreed last week to support the Central District Health Department’s efforts in its on-going coronavirus battle after hearing a detailed report from its executive director, who cautioned that the COVID pandemic is far from over.
Teresa Anderson appeared in person at the June 23 council meeting, speaking for more than 30 minutes on a variety of topics related to the CDHD’s efforts to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
“This is a novel virus we’ve not seen before,” Anderson reported to the council, with some members watching via Zoom. “We can’t predict what it’s going to do and what’s going to happen next with it.”

Tue
30
Jun

Gas leak closes down rural intersection

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Aurora’s first response team was called out to a burst gas pipe near the intersection of South S and 12 Roads around noon on June 24.
Brandy Johnson, community affairs manager with Black Hills Energy, reported that a four-inch main was damaged during a construction project.
“There were four customers who temporarily lost service, but it was restored later that day,” she explained. “They had their service cut off due to their location being close to where the damaged line was.”
Johnson noted that they were aided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Aurora Fire Department to control the scene.
“We appreciate our first responder partners,” she said. “They help keep the scene safe so we can work to stop the flow of gas as quickly and safely as possible and then work to repair the line.”

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