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  • Courtesy photo // Nathan Ertzner (left) and Sarah Person work together to capture both audio and video during an HPC football broadcast last fall.
    Courtesy photo // Nathan Ertzner (left) and Sarah Person work together to capture both audio and video during an HPC football broadcast last fall.
  • Members of the Aurora High School Jazz/Rock Ensemble pictured from left include junior Jeremy Hunter, senior Gregory Evans, junior Carrie Brosman and junior Ben Allen.
    Members of the Aurora High School Jazz/Rock Ensemble pictured from left include junior Jeremy Hunter, senior Gregory Evans, junior Carrie Brosman and junior Ben Allen.
  • An early morning fire claimed this home on 12th and H streets in Aurora.
    An early morning fire claimed this home on 12th and H streets in Aurora.
  • Melania Thomson was solo on Feb. 3, while receiving her first dose of the Moderna vaccine from an MCHI staff member. She will be back on March 3 for her second dose.
    Melania Thomson was solo on Feb. 3, while receiving her first dose of the Moderna vaccine from an MCHI staff member. She will be back on March 3 for her second dose.
  • Carli Hauf holds some of her current designs available through Happy Life Stickers, a recent hobby that she has taken to Etsy and Facebook.
    Carli Hauf holds some of her current designs available through Happy Life Stickers, a recent hobby that she has taken to Etsy and Facebook.
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HPC TV connects students with broadcasting possibilities
Some people dream of being in front of a camera while others find enjoyment from the behind-the-scenes aspect of filming and editing. Through HPC TV, students at High Plains get a taste of every part of filming and creating content for their classmates with their weekly news show.
The program, which officially began three years ago, connects students with an interest in various forms of broadcast with a creative outlet to explore the realities of a career in television and more.

Aurora hosts unique jazz festival
And the band played on, finally, in Aurora Monday as AHS hosted a jazz festival, giving young musicians a chance to perform and shine in front of a live though small audience.
“All of the jazz festivals this year have either been cancelled or are being done virtually,” reported Aurora band director Dan Sodomka. “Virtual festival/contests are very difficult as you need to have the right recording/video equipment, hope that it plays correctly for the adjudicators, and the students are not playing for a live audience.”

Firefighters battle house fire, bitter cold
Aurora and Hampton firefighters, as well as rescue crews, were out in the bitter cold Tuesday morning battling a house fire at 1217 H Street in Aurora. A wind chill warning in effect made taking on the fire that much more difficult for crews with temps around 20 below and colder. An initial call came out just after 7 a.m. and fire crews were still active at the scene throughout the morning. According to scanner traffic, both the Red Cross and Nebraska State Fire Marshall had been contacted. Watch for a more detailed report at auroranewsregister.com and in next week’s edition.

Hamilton County sees first COVID clinic
The Hamilton County Fairgrounds played host Feb. 3 to Aurora’s first COVID-19 vaccine clinic, administered jointly by the Central District Health Department and Memorial Community Health.
According to information released after the culmination of the clinic, “nearly 275 doses were administered” to local arms, surpassing the day’s goal of 250. This time residents were being given Moderna.

Positive vibes stick with Happy Life Stickers 
During this past year, many people developed new hobbies as a way to pass the time. Among them was Carli Hauf, a senior at Aurora High School.
She found herself bored during the lockdown and was searching for a way to pass the time when she began to design, print and sell her own stickers.
“For my birthday I asked for a Cricut and a printer,” she recalled. “I got both of those and I got this app on my computer. I started drawing them and then uploading them to the Cricut and then I would print and cut them out.”

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