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Feb

County jumps into 2018 setting bridge projects in motion

The county highway department has already put its first foot forward toward the completion of a few bridges in the county set to be replaced.
Hamilton County Highway Superintendent K.C. Pawling has crews working on two specific locations, and other bridge replacements loom over the horizon.
“Where I’m starting with this is I’m getting two projects going to show people what can be done and what can happen,” Pawling said.

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Wed
14
Feb

High Plains grading scale revised to keep pace with area schools

High Plains students will have a new and improved GPA scoring system after research discovered a hefty gap between them and area schools.
“Basically what this is doing is putting our kids on the same playing field as kids from Cross County, Hampton, Central City, Aurora,” said HPC guidance counselor Jon Kucera. “These surrounding areas have these kids fighting for the same scholarships.”

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Wed
14
Feb

4R board fills two 2018-19 positions

The 4R board approved two 2018-19 teaching contracts Monday. Blair Haines will be the new part-time high school and part-time elementary art teacher and Bodie Moeller was approved for the high school social science position.
The board also accepted a request for early retirement from Loree Moss with regrets.

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Wed
14
Feb

Hawk Nation celebrates new gym, plus 1973, 1988 state championship teams

Hampton honored its past, present and future Friday with a combined celebration that drew several hundred Hawk fans to the school’s new gymnasium.
The Hawks boys and girls basketball teams took on cross-county rival Giltner in a double-header, but before, during and after the games former Hawk stars and community leaders took the floor.
Supt. Holly Herzberg said the goal was to make it a special night for the regular season home finale.

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Wed
07
Feb

County responds to mayor’s letter

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners reviewed a letter Monday sent Jan. 30 from Aurora Mayor Dave Long regarding the city’s invitation to participate in a pending study of fire-based EMS operations.
The letter began, “As per our phone conversation yesterday, you said that the county will not be able to participate in our fire-based Emergency Medical Services study,” Long wrote. “I will not be able to report after the committee meeting to the county about the study committee meetings, but a final report on the findings can be presented to the county after the study is completed. If I misunderstood many of the items please let me know.”

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Wed
07
Feb

Local problem-solving court honors its first graduating class

A Merrick County courtroom was filled to the brim Jan. 31 with visitors who weren’t there to witness someone being sentenced in a crime, but to be given a second chance after a life interrupted by drug addiction.
“I think it is a remarkable program and it has worked so well,” said presiding problem-solving court Judge Rachel Daugherty. “A lot of us didn’t know how it was going to work and it’s been surprisingly successful.

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Wed
07
Feb

What do economic trends say about life in Hamilton County?

Dear readers,
How many people would you guess are living in Hamilton County, but choose to commute to jobs in places like Grand Island, Lincoln or York? Perhaps the better question is why do people choose that option, and is it a growing trend?
Conversely, how many people do you think live outside the county and commute to work in Aurora or elsewhere in the area? You might be surprised by the numbers.
Some intriguing information was reported recently about economic and demographic trends in Hamilton County and the surrounding area. Since budget cuts, low commodity prices and all things economic are dominating conversations around board rooms and kitchen tables alike, we think the information is worth more than a cursory look.

Wed
07
Feb

Aurora teen dies in one-vehicle accident Friday evening

Tragedy struck Aurora Friday evening when 17-year-old Nicolas Pachta, a junior at Aurora High School, died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident northwest of town.

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Wed
07
Feb

Annual aebelskiver feed set for Feb. 11 at Kronborg church

The annual Danish Aebelskiver Supper at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kronborg is drawing near, set for Sunday from 5-8 p.m. The aebelskiver will be served from 5-7 p.m. and this year, entertainment by REVIVAL Music, which is a live cover band that plays 50s, 60s, and 70s music, will be playing from 6-8 p.m.

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Wed
07
Feb

AuAurora speech invite showcases all four Hamilton County schools

The city of Aurora was filled with plenty of goings-on this weekend, especially at the school where 29 schools joined together to compete in speech at the Aurora Invite. As a team the Huskies were able to place first in the overall novice standings and second overall in the varsity standings. Hampton was the only other school from Hamilton County to place in the top five, finishing fourth in the varsity standings.

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