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Wed
17
Jan

MCHI focused on improved antibiotic use

Memorial Community Health, Inc. has recently committed to an Antibiotic Stewardship Program focused on a coordinated effort to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics.
This program is in line with the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria.
“The creation of MCHI’s antibiotic stewardship program is extremely important in helping to mitigate the risks associated with broad spectrum antibiotic use in our community,” said Nicole Dvorak, pharmacist at Memorial Hospital and chairman of MCHI’s antibiotic stewardship program committee.

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Wed
17
Jan

Penner poised to ramp up campaign for Congress

Nine months after throwing his hat in the ring as a candidate for Nebraska’s 3rd District congressional seat, Kirk Penner is enthused by the positive, grassroots response he is getting and looks forward to hitting the campaign trail hard before the May 15 primary.
“My traction has been very good,” said Penner, a native of Aurora running as a Republican candidate on what he calls a middle class, small business platform.

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Wed
17
Jan

Council hears EMS concerns

The city council chambers were full Jan. 9 as council members and community members alike gathered to hear about the fire-based EMS study. The city-initiated study comes after the Hamilton County board of commissioners Jan. 2 vote to cease ownership of the county’s EMS services as of Oct. 1.
Three individuals requested to speak to the council, and each person had their own personal and professional reasons to address the group.

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Wed
17
Jan

City initiates study of fire-based EMS

After a decision was made by Hamilton County commissioners Jan. 2 to discontinue ownership and management of the county’s emergency medical services as of Oct. 1, city leaders voted last week to pursue their own study of a fire-based ambulance service.
City Administrator Rick Melcher and Mayor Dave Long explained the initial intentions of the study, which will be focused on how Aurora might merge the ambulance service into the city’s volunteer fire department.

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Wed
17
Jan

Rising number of candidates filing for 2018 election

Candidate filing deadlines for the 2018 election continue to draw near and the number of filers continues to rise.
Candidate filing for city, county, state, and national offices opened for both incumbents and non-incumbents as of Dec. 1. Non-incumbent candidates have until March 1 to file and incumbents have until Feb. 15.

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Wed
17
Jan

Plainsman recaps busy year, thanks volunteers during annual meeting

The Plainsman Museum board thanked local volunteers for all they do and recapped a busy year of activities during its annual meeting Sunday afternoon.
“We really do have a  great time here and I am just so happy to have all of these folks volunteer and support me here,” said Tina Larson, the Plainsman’s director.

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Wed
10
Jan

Bond set at $4M in Sok murder case

Bond was set at $4 million Thursday for a Grand Island man accused in the shooting death of Giltner graduate Trevor Sok.
The Grand Island Police Department charged Herbey V. Portillo, 24, of Grand Island with first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. The first charge, a Class 1A felony, is punishable by life imprisonment. The second charge, which is a Class 1C felony, accuses Portillo of using a firearm to commit a felony, which carries a minimum mandatory penalty of five years, extending up to 50 years.

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Wed
10
Jan

Rojewski appointed for village seat in Hampton

Jared Rojewski was appointed Monday night to fill a vacant seat on the Hampton Village Board.
Board chairman James Parsley made the recommendation, which was approved unanimously, bringing Rojewski onto the board to fill the remaining three years of Kirk Goertzen’s four-year term. Goertzen announced in December that he would be stepping down from the board, citing health reasons.

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Wed
10
Jan

CIR issues ruling on ambulance union’s suit

The Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations (CIR) granted the Hamilton County ambulance union a temporary order Monday preventing the county from altering conditions of employment, though the results of that order itself remain in dispute.

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Wed
10
Jan

Grief support group begins in Aurora

For the next six weeks Aurora area residents will be given an opportunity to learn about their personal grieving process during a “Growing Through Grief” support group beginning on Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will continue every Tuesday at the same time at the United Methodist Church, 1104 A St., and will include a memorial service on Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Tabitha Hoffman, hospice bereavement coordinator at Tabitha Hospice Services in York, and parish nurse Catherine Rahrs from the United Methodist Church are working together to bring this six-week course to Aurora.

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