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Fri
15
Feb

Bacteria detected in city water test

The City of Aurora Public Water System triggered a Level 2 assessment in November of 2018 due to the presence of total
coliform bacteria within 1 routine water sample and 1 repeat water sample. The following press release was issued Friday:

Wed
13
Feb

4R board discusses potential school expansion project

Aurora School Board member Kirk Penner read onto record during Monday’s meeting a memorandum of understanding in regards to a proposed building expansion and renovation sought by a local community group.
“The community group is requesting approval from the Aurora Board of Education to utilize school land for the building of a new theatre, fine arts classrooms, main activity entrance and renovation of a new wrestling room with improvements to the current gymnasium for all activities and physical education classes,” Penner read from the group’s letter.

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Wed
13
Feb

Decision on store’s future still pending

The owners of the Dollar General building which burned in Aurora Thursday say they have every intention of keeping the business in town, though that decision will ultimately be made by corporate officials in Tennessee.
“My wife and I have no desire to not keep our relationship with Dollar General,” said John Olson, who owns the building along with his wife, Alayne. “We have every desire to stay in business as soon as we can figure out how we can do it and if it’s possible. We’re checking on insurance and all kinds of things to see how it works out.”

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Wed
13
Feb

County approves 1, 6-year plan

County commissioners held a public hearing Monday on the county’s proposed one- and six-year highway improvement program presented by County Roads Supt. K.C. Pawling.
After the public hearing was called to order, with no one from the public in attendance throughout the meeting, Pawling began with a presentation on what exactly a one- and six-year plan is defined to be.
“The one- and six-year plan shall consist of planned works and projects, for which the reporting entity has responsibility, or shared responsibility, that cane be accomplished over the next six years and within the estimated available funding for those six years,” Pawling read from provided material containing official definitions. “Funding may be from any source dedicated to highways, roads and streets.”

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Wed
13
Feb

Elevation survey to be completed in Hampton

Hampton Village Board members gave the green light Monday to have an engineering survey done in hopes of addressing on-going drainage problems on the north end of town.
Board president James Parsley reported that Miller & Associates out of Kearney will conduct an elevation study, at a cost of $1,700, to try and figure out a better drainage plan for that part of town.

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Wed
13
Feb

Hamilton County: Caught by Cupid

Love is in the air, along with a bit of snow here and there, and the News-Register staff decided there was no better way to celebrate this holiday than by sharing a little bit of love.
Residents were more than happy to share stories about their loved ones, whether it be proposals, meeting “the one” or even a handful of special coincidences that led to love at first sight.

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Wed
13
Feb

Wiens appointed to Hampton School Board seat

The Hampton Public School Board appointed Tamara Wiens as a new member Monday to fill a vacancy created when Craig Van Housen resigned due to relocating outside the district boundary.
Wiens was not able to attend Monday’s meeting and will begin her tenure on the board at the March 11 meeting.

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Wed
13
Feb

Career, education focused program helps ‘Connect the Dots’

Aurora freshmen gathered in the gymnasium Feb. 6 to play their parts in “the game of life.”
Students paired up and walked through steps in a Nebraska Extension Connect the Dots program, designed to introduce high schoolers to the ins and outs of what it takes to enter the real world.
“We are hoping that the students gain multiple things from this activity,” said Aurora High School secondary counselor Barb Bonifas.

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Tue
12
Feb

Kremer recalled by 9-vote margin

Gregg Kremer’s tenure on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners will soon be over after patrons in his district voted Tuesday to remove him from office in a recall election decided by just nine votes.
With an unofficial final tally of 176 votes for and 167 against, Kremer was successfully recalled in an election that drew just 29 percent of eligible voters from District 4.
Absentee ballots were the first posted at the Hamilton County Courthouse, showing 40 yes votes and 66 no votes. Precinct 3 showed 6 yes votes and 5 no votes, followed by Precinct 4 with 18 yes votes and 31 no votes.
The city’s Ward 2 swung the final tally the other way, with 112 yes votes and 65 no.
Hamilton County Election Commissioner Jill DeMers reported that a recount is required if the final margin is 1 percent or less, meaning that there will be no recount. She said the Canvassing Board will convene Thursday to make the results official.

Wed
06
Feb

Final Manor obstacle discussed by county

Issues that arose during last week’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting concerning the change order requested by Mid-Nebraska Land Developers for additional work done on the Hamilton Manor were brought back to the table Monday.
Representatives from Mid-Nebraska Land Developers -- Dan Most, Ryan Roberts and Robbie Roberts -- brought documentation in to discuss just how many loads of sand the crew hauled out and how many loads of dirt and clay were hauled in to backfill those voids. The report was offered to illustrate the change in numbers on the proposed change order.

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