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Wed
15
Apr

Graduation ceremony on hold for Giltner

Several end-of-the-year events were at the forefront of the Giltner school board’s discussion during its regular meeting Monday night.
The board met via Zoom and had several discussion topics, one of which revolved around how to go about the end of the year, including graduation. A tentative date has not yet been set.

Story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Wed
15
Apr

Runza announces plans to build new restaurant on same site

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Owners of the Runza Restaurant in Aurora announced plans this week to demolish the existing Highway 34 facility and build a new one in its place, though the timing of the pending transition is on hold due to the coronavirus threat. See story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Tue
14
Apr

Westfield coping with COVID-19

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Despite early implementation of added safety protocols, the global coronavirus pandemic has spread to Westfield Quality Care in Aurora with four staff members and three residents testing positive for COVID-19.

Tue
14
Apr

Local healthcare workers share perspective on pandemic

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Healthcare workers are under immense pressure during this global pandemic to treat patients who may or may not have the coronavirus, while also following ever-changing safety protocol to help keep themselves, their co-workers and family members protected as well.
It’s a challenging time for all, according to local medical personnel who now find themselves on the front lines of a growing crisis that by all reports could get worse before it gets better. See full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Tue
14
Apr

Aurora High School makes plans for graduation

Weighing heavily on the minds of Aurora school administrators, educators and seniors in the district, Doug Kittle reported Monday on the topic of graduation during his principal’s report. For details on the tentative pomp and circumstance plans, see this week's print or e-edition.

 

Tue
14
Apr

Hampton outlines plans for two graduation ceremonies

The Hampton School Board reviewed graduation plans Monday, which are still somewhat subject to change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Monday’s regular monthly meeting in itself reflected the current times, with board members spread out in a large room at the school while several administrators, senior students and media logged in via Zoom. Details in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Fri
10
Apr

Coronavirus update

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Fri
10
Apr

Ricketts proclaims '21 days to stay home and stay healthy'

Gov. Pete Ricketts proclaimed April 10-30, 2020 as “21 Days to Stay Home and Stay Healthy in Nebraska” during his daily press briefing on the State’s response to the ongoing pandemic.  Infectious disease experts project that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be at or near its peak in Nebraska by the end of April.  For the next three weeks, the governor is urging Nebraskans to avoid non-essential errands and to limit social gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Ricketts also announced a new statewide Directed Health Measure (DHM) to guard against the spread of COVID-19.  It orders certain businesses where six feet of social distance cannot be maintained to close through April 30.  The DHM also prohibits organized group sports through May 31.

Gov. Ricketts: “21 Days” Proclamation

Thu
09
Apr

Aurora district’s curbside meal program expanded

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Aurora Public Schools began providing curbside meals for the district’s children age 1-18 last week, extending its food assistance program with the help of federal funding.
Supt. Damon McDonald noted that the Aurora Public Schools Foundation had offered to help provide meals for preschool and younger children, but before that plan could be implemented the US Department of Agriculture announced it would do the same nationwide. The expanded program now offers free meals to ALL children in the 4R District.
“We’re just grateful we are able to provide the opportunity to receive food for those who need it right now and we’re happy the federal government has provided a way to do that,” McDonald said.

Read more in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
08
Apr

H Street home damaged by fire

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A discarded cigarette was determined to be the cause of an early-morning fire Wednesday which caused significant damage to a home on H Street in Aurora.
The Aurora Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call just after 4 a.m. and had the blaze contained within minutes, according to Assistant Fire Chief Glenn Obermeier.
“When we got there the back porch was fully involved in fire,” Obermeier reported. “We pulled a line off the truck and within five minutes of arrival we had it knocked down.”
A state fire marshal was called to investigate the scene, arriving in Aurora around 5:30 a.m. Shortly after 6 the cause of the fire had been determined.
“We did have the fire marshal investigate and someone in the house admitted putting out a cigarette butt about 11 p.m.,” Obermeier said, noting that the house was at 1701 H St. is a rental property. “That was determined to be the cause.”

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