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  • A once proud school building in Hordville could be demolished soon as village leaders say they are concerned with the liability of letting the aging structure continue to deteriorate.
    A once proud school building in Hordville could be demolished soon as village leaders say they are concerned with the liability of letting the aging structure continue to deteriorate.
  • The administration team in the 4R district welcomed Jen McNally, ESU 5 mental health specialist for their in-service training day. Those pictured are, from left: Jeff Sutter, Cody Hoegh, Emily Hoegh, Doug Kittle, Jen McNally, Mark Standage, Desiree Teahon, Jeremy Wieseler and Supt. Jody Phillips.
    The administration team in the 4R district welcomed Jen McNally, ESU 5 mental health specialist for their in-service training day. Those pictured are, from left: Jeff Sutter, Cody Hoegh, Emily Hoegh, Doug Kittle, Jen McNally, Mark Standage, Desiree Teahon, Jeremy Wieseler and Supt. Jody Phillips.
  • Nebraska Extension Educator and Husker Beef Lab go-to Nathan Haman (left) teaches a young Aurora fourth grader about the muscles in a cows stomach.
    Nebraska Extension Educator and Husker Beef Lab go-to Nathan Haman (left) teaches a young Aurora fourth grader about the muscles in a cows stomach.
  • Max Wiarda (left) and Isaac Bisbee compete against each other at the finish line with only 00.07 of a second separating the runners.
    Max Wiarda (left) and Isaac Bisbee compete against each other at the finish line with only 00.07 of a second separating the runners.
  • The drum line and brass section showcase some of the tricks the band performed during their field routine.
    The drum line and brass section showcase some of the tricks the band performed during their field routine.
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Hordville school building may soon be history
A brick structure that once was a focal point of the Hordville community may soon be coming down as village leaders have begun accepting bids to demolish a vacated 108-year-old school building.
Hordville High School graduate and longtime village board member Rod Blasé said removing such an iconic building is an emotional decision for some local residents, though board members agree the time has finally come.

ESU9 helping local schools offer mental health services 
Helping kids cope with life and the challenges of learning in a COVID-era world is a passion for Emily Hoegh, who began a new role this summer as a mental health practitioner with ESU9 serving Aurora and Hampton public schools.
Knowing how to spot signs of anxiety and depression and then how to offer needed support is a timely topic in the midst of a pandemic, though Hoegh has long believed in the need for providing mental health services.

Extension ag day gives students hands-on exposure
Aurora fourth graders spent quality time Oct. 8 at the fairgrounds, getting up close and personal with the agriculture industry. 
Out of four sessions, one included a popcorn presentation by Mariah Newmyer (Food, Nutrition and Health Extension Educator), another was a combine harvester walkthrough via AKRS, as well as a grain presentation by the Aurora Coop and a visit by the Husker Beef Lab. 

Huskies take runner-up at Central Conference race
The Aurora boys cross country team ran off with a runner-up finish at the Central Conference meet Thursday afternoon at Veteran’s Park in Grand Island. 
The 2nd place finish as a team is nothing to sniff at, Aurora coach Tony Sigler pointed out given the talent across the board in the Central Conference. 
“We have a really tough conference on both sides and so to come away with a top two on either side is always really impressive,” Sigler reflected. 

Marching Huskies take to the field once again, appreciation day
The Aurora Marching Huskies held a public performance for friends, family and community members on Saturday afternoon. Those in attendance were treated to not only the field show but also a sampling of the parade routine and the pregame show.
“I think that the parents and community were very pleased with the decision to have this,” band director Dan Sodomka explained. “When we first made the decision to have the ACME (Aurora Covid Marching Exhibition) event we were very fortunate to be able to have the bands sit in the stands with their masks on."

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