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Tue
19
May

City council declares L Street structure as ‘dangerous’

The Aurora City Council declared a two-story structure on the southeast corner of the square a “dangerous building” last week, giving the owner 30 days to respond before the city could begin taking legal action.
Two neighboring property owners voiced their concerns during a May 12 public hearing, though owner Doug McHenry of Hampton was not present, citing health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. See detailed report in this week's print or e-editions.

 

Mon
18
May

HPC graduates begin next chapter

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Senior Keaton Van Housen waves at friends and family as he and his classmates arrive in Polk for the ceremony.

The High Plains Community School's Class of 2020 held an unconventional graduation Saturday, as students and parents sat in their cars outside the high school in Polk. The communities continued to celebrate the seniors with a parade around Clarks, Hordville and Polk that was followed by a live broadcast of the graduation ceremony. A full story can be found in the 5/20 issue of the News-Register. 

Fri
15
May

CDHD: TestNebraska helping address needs

Working with TestNebraska has provided the Central District Health Department with an opportunity to expand collaborative efforts in addressing the needs of the district, executive director Teresa Anderson said in a statement Friday afternoon.

"We have received nearly 500 test results from TestNebraska and have determined that 8% of those tests are positive," she said. "This positive rate is greatly improved from the 17% level we had for the last seven-day period."

CDHD reports a total of 1,474 positive cases and a total of 46 COVID-19 related deaths. County breakdown is as follows: Hall: 1,397 positive cases and 37 deaths; Hamilton: 54 positive cases and nine deaths; and Merrick: 23 positive cases and no deaths.

Fri
15
May

Dollar General getting closer

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Dollar General sign went up on Aurora store today. Construction progress continues with plans to open Highway 14 store possibly sometime in June.

Wed
13
May

County voter turnout tops 54 percent in primary

Voter turnout was higher than normal for Tuesday’s primary election in Hamilton County, with 54 percent of registered voters casting their ballots.
The vast majority of votes came in by mail ahead of election day, which in light of current social distancing protocol was just what Hamilton County Clerk Jill DeMers was hoping to see.
“We were just overwhelmed and very appreciative of the mail-in votes,” DeMers said. “Voting at the Farr Building also went very smooth. We had about 250 people who went to the Farr Building, divided by the five precincts, and that’s exactly what we wanted.”
A total of 3,316 ballots were cast in Tuesday’s primary election, which featured very few locally contested races. There are a total of 6,129 registered voters in the county, making the total turnout just over 54 percent. That compares to 40 percent who voted in the 2018 primary election and 38 percent in 2016.

Wed
13
May

Hampton approves telecommunications contract with Big Red Communications

After months of consideration, the Hampton Village Board voted unanimously Monday to allow Big Red Communications to mount equipment on the water tower in order to offer another telecommunications provider in the community.
Board members have met previously with the Denton, Neb.-based company, and after having the village attorney review the proposed five-year contract decided to move forward with the proposal. Full story in this week's ANR.

 

Wed
13
May

911 interlocal pact under further review

The April 20 Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting brought with it the news that renegotiations were in order in relation to the almost two-year-old interlocal between Hamilton and Merrick counties for 911 dispatch services.
A committee report given by Commissioner Bobby Parks and Chairman Rich Nelson provided an update on the ongoing discussion to come up with a fair and equitable interlocal figure to be presented to the Merrick County Board of Supervisors. Parks also reported that the presentation to the neighboring county is aimed to be done before budget time. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

Wed
13
May

Husky seniors reflect on bizarre finish

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The Aurora Class of 2020 has had, hands-down, one of the most unique senior year experiences in recent Husky history.
For some, it may be just another tick of a box, collecting their diploma and excitedly moving on to the next phase in their lives. For others, they will struggle through the final weeks, missing out on previously promised life experiences and final time with some of their friends.
Regardless of the way they’ll be handling the situation, three separate senior Huskies -- Halle Nachtigal, Sydney May and Casey Wessels -- shared their stories and all the advice they can offer those who will be ready to turn tassels in 2021.

 

Wed
13
May

Ashley Brooke Jewelry ready to open

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A downtown Aurora jewelry store will open this week with a new name under new ownership.
Ashley Niedfelt has several years experience in the business, so when she noticed last fall that Heartland Jewelry was for sale she jumped at the opportunity.

 

Wed
13
May

Hawk seniors ‘come home’ for abbreviated graduation

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Hampton’s Class of 2020 rang the bell, turned tassels and received diplomas while celebrating graduation pomp amid very unusual circumstances Saturday afternoon.
Forced by pandemic guidelines to maintain social distancing protocol, administrators decided to move the abbreviated event outdoors and include immediate family only, hoping that a more traditional community celebration can be scheduled later this summer, tentatively set for June 20 or July 18. Full story in this week's print or e-editions.

 

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