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INTERVIEW: State Auditor Candidate Amanda McGill


ORD -- Candidate for State Auditor caught up with KNLV's Gabe Altieri. Hear the full interview here.
Listen to interview here

Local Business Owners Attend Lunch-N-Learn


ORD -- The Ord Chamber of Commerce held a "Lunch-N-Learn" event in Ord, on Thursday. The headline of the event was guest speaker, Mike Henke. He's the Business Link Manager at Roy's Grand Dodge. Henke gave the group tools to help recruit employees. 

"With the low unemployment (in central Nebraska) you really have to be creative to recruit employees," Henke said.

The Lunch-N-Learn focused on what business owners should be doing when looking for potential employees to make sure they are choosing the right worker for the job. The event was hosted by the Ord Chamber of Commerce.

LISTEN: Business Owners Attend Lunch-N-Learn

Burwell Halloween Parade


BURWELL -- Burwell held it's annual "Scare on the Square" event on Thursday. Here are some of the costume winners

SCARIEST COSTUME: Hayes Jensen

BEST COSTUME: Maya Kromke

MOST ORIGINAL COSTUME: Kelcey Simpson

FUNNIEST COSTUME: Kaitlyn Hughes

LISTEN: Burwell Halloween Parade

Grain Truck Accident in Ord


ORD -- A truck carrying grain tipped over across the street from Valley County Health System on Route 11 in Ord, on Wednesday. 

KNLV's Gabe Altieri spoke to on-lookers who told him the driver was taken to Valley County Health System and was being evaluated. 

The Valley County Sherriff and Ord Police were on site, but not available for comment because they were directing traffic. 

Burwell Fall Festival Keeps Seeing Donations


BURWELL -- Organizer's of the Burwell Fall Festival set a goal of $10,000 for their "Time for Giving" event. They have more than exceeded that number now.

Johanna Jeffries appeared on Party Line on Wednesday and said the count is now more than $40,000 and going up, as they count more mail donations. 

The number is more than $12,000 above what KNLV had reported, as of Saturday.

LISTEN: Burwell Fall Festival Keeps Seeing Donations

Board of Education Ballots Full


CENTRAL NEBRASKA -- Voters in the Loup City and Ord School Districts have a lot to choose from on election day. 

A combined 13 candidates are vying for seven spots. Here are a list of the cadidates in each district:

Ord

Teresa A. Lange

Lisa Farrens

Reid Hagstrom

Dawn Skibinski

William D. Ziegler

Loup City

Rick Chilewski

Milch Spolanski

Jamie Lewandowski

Joe J. Jerabek

Cindy Ericson

Loraine P. Panowicz

Brandon Tuma

Wayne Klein
 

LISTEN: Board of Education Ballots Full

Loup City Mayorial Race Features Familiar Faces


LOUP CITY -- Next Tuesday won't be the first time Loup City voters have seen Alicia Toczek and Alec Baillie on a ballot. The pair match-up for the second time this year, but that doesn't necessarilly mean Mayor Toczek expects to do things differently this time.

"I don't see it as a challenge," she said. "I'll continue to do what I do."

If she were to be re-elected, Toczek points to envioronmental issues as chief concern of the city in the upcoming years. Specifically, waste water treatment.

A phone call to Baillie has not been returned.
  

LISTEN: Loup City Mayorial Race Features Familiar Faces

Garfield County Road Reclassification


GARFIELD COUNTY -- At Tuesday's Garfield County Board of Comminssioners meeting, the topic of conversation centered around reclassification of a local road. 

Highway Superintendent Gary Kinney said the road is off the highway and is about 1-1/2 miles long. He also said it is causing confusion for truck drivers who think it may be a shortcut.

The resolution would reclassify the road to maintenence road. It will be further discussed at the next Board of Commissioners meeting on November 11.

LISTEN: Garfield County Road Reclassification

Ord Chamber Lunch and Learn


ORD -- The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce is looking the help out its members and other local businesses. The organization is hosting a Lunch-and-Learn on Thursday, October 30th at noon in the Chamber of Commerce Building. 

The headline of the event is guest speaker, Miek Henke, Business Link Manager at Roy's Grand Dodge. He will be speaking to local business men and women about ways to recruit employees.

Registration for the event is $10.00 plus $5.00 for lunch. Anyone interested in attending has until October 28th and can do so by emailing kristinafoth@ordnebraska.com or dialing 308-728-7875.

LISTEN: Ord Chamber Lunch and Learn

Burwell High School Gets Honored


BURWELL -- Burwell High School received national recoginition this week. The school was named as one of "America's Top High Schools" in 2014 by Newsweek Magazine. 

The publication pointed to Burwell's performance in state assessment testing with low-income students.They ranked at or above average in that category. Between 65 and 86% of Burwell students are college bound.

Burwell was joined by Hays Spring High School and Chadron Public Schools as three Nebraska schools on the list.

LISTEN: Burwell High School Gets Honored

White Can't Run for Valley County Attorney


VALLEY COUNTY -- Valley County will have a new attorney after the November election.

In a conversation with KNLV's Gabe Altieri, current County Attorney, Jason White, said the Nebraska Election Commission prohibits him from being on the ballot for the same office in two counties. White is running for attorney in Loup County.

The State of Nebraska prohibits a candidate to run for the same office in two counties, but not to hold that office. White, who asked not to be recorded, was hired as Valley County Attorney, not elected. 

Burwell Fall Festival Success


BURWELL -- Organizers of the Burwell Fall Festival planned to make around $10,000 this weekend. Instead, they made more the $28,000.

"It was a great success. The community came out and volunteered," said Lindsy Gumb, an event organizer. "It was great."

Gumb said the idea came from other communities who have had similar events. "We wanted to put as many events as possible into the 28-hour period to help the community," she said.

The success of the event has led Gumb and other to say the plan to have another fall festival in 2015.

LISTEN: Burwell Fall Festival Success

Burwell Propositions up for Vote


BURWELL -- Burwell residents will see two propositions on their ballot when they head to the polls on Election Day.

"Proposition 1 will say 'Are you okay with us renewing the Burwell Economic Development Program for continued business enhancing activities and the second part of it is "Are you okay with the 1.5% sales tax that will help fund those programs and activities," said Development Board Member, David Sawyer.

The current development program is in year of 11 of it's present 15 year run. Sawyer said a percentage of the tax increase will go into infrastructure projects in the area.

LISTEN: Burwell Proposition Up for Vote

Arcadia FFA off to Nationals


ARCADIA -- The Arcadia FFA is heading to nationals. Eight students, four judges, from Aracadia High School are going to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in horse judging.

"(We're) pretty excited. It's kind of a first time deal. We're going to have a lot of fun, but we have to keep our minds on the horses," said one of the student judges, Tanner Chilewski. 

Chilewski is joined by Ashley Einspahr, Clay Bauer, and Zach Hulinsky. The group qualified by winning the state competition in May. The group is heading to Louisville on Monday and the competition begins on Wednesday.

LISTEN: Arcadia FFA is off to Nationals

Business Discovery Day for Students in Ord


ORD -- From the Cough-A-Cola to the Rock-N-Go local students were challenged to use their own skills to come up with innovations that could be used for a central Nebraska business. The project was part of Business Discovery Day and the purpose was to get students to think about their future in the entrepreneurial world.

The students were joined with local community business people to show that their are entrepreneurial opportunities in central Nebraska."Many times they do have a desire to come back to their home towns and raise their families," said Dahn Hagge, the Coordinator for the Valley County Community Fund. "But one of the things that stops them is the thought that their aren't opportunities here."

The students took the Gallup Quest Assessment to show them what their individual strengths are. They were then placed into groups mixed with students with other strengths to creat a dynamic enviornment. 

"They were put into groups as teams with people from all different domains to make a strong team," said Dr. Crystal Ramm, the Regional Coordinator for Central Community College.

The groups presented their innovations via a presentation in front of three judges to simulate a business environment and to get them to think about how they could make central Nebraska better in the future.

LISTEN: Business Discovery Day

Family Needs Help After Trailer Fire


ORD -- Friends of a family that had their trailer burn down last week are asking the community for help. "The trailer is a total loss and noone is helping," said Carla Kreft, a family friend.

Kreft held back tears as she explained the family's situation. She said they are attempting to move into a new house, but that's proving costly. Kreft says the family won't ask for help, so she's doing it instead. "(They could use) can goods, contribution of money, even just physical help getting them into their house that their moving into," she said. "It doesn't have floors, they're working on pipes and on limited finances."

Anyone who wishes to help can bring donations to the Grocery Kart in Ord or banks in the area. The family also has an account setup at the Great Western Bank. For additional questions you can contact Kreft at 308-219-0447. 

LISTEN: Family of Trailer Fire Needs Help

Family Needs Help After Trailer Fire


ORD -- Friends of a family that had their trailer burn down last week are asking the community for help. "The trailer is a total loss and noone is helping," said Carla Kreft, a family friend.

Kreft held back tears as she explained the family's situation. She said they are attempting to move into a new house, but that's proving costly. Kreft says the family won't ask for help, so she's doing it instead. "(They could use) can goods, contribution of money, even just physical help getting them into their house that their moving into," she said. "It doesn't have floors, they're working on pipes and on limited finances."

Anyone who wishes to help can bring donations to the Grocery Kart in Ord or banks in the area. The family also has an account setup at the Great Western Bank. For additional questions you can contact Kreft at 308-219-0447. 

LISTEN: Family of Trailer Fire Needs Help

Burwell Fall Festival Starting Strong


BURWELL --  The First Annual Fall Festival is this weekend in Burwell. The event's slogan is "A Time For Giving" and giving is just what organizers have experienced so far.

"We already have a lot of donations coming in so we're just really excited," said Johanna Jeffries, an event organizer. 

That money is important, especially considering the CMHC will match all donations. For Jeffries, the purpose of the even is information. "We want to educate the community about the Burwell Community Fund and what we do and it's a way to continue a hopeful future for Burwell and Taylor."  

The event starts Friday and continues through Sunday in Burwell. 

LISTEN: Burwell Fall Festival
ORD -- The Ord Cub Scouts are looking to help the community...and you can help them.

The Pack is holding a "Scouting for Food Drive" on Monday, October 27th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Ord. "We just want to get the word out that the Scouts will be out. All of the food that's collected will be beneficial to the community and the surrounding communities," said Jason Moudry, one of the drive's leaders.

Though the main point of the drive is to collect food for those in need, Moudry noted the positve effects it can have on the kids.

"Community and connection is a great part of scouting and this is a way for the scouts to give back. This is a way for the scouts to be part of that community," he said.

If you won't be home, but would still like to donate, you can give Moudry a call at 308-730-0513.

Listen: Scouting for Food Drive

Domina, Sullivan Visit Ord


Ord -- Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and the Third Nebraska Congressional District, Dave Domina and Mark Sullivan, were in Ord on Sunday for a dinner at the Veterans Club. Both candidates spoke about how they plan to improve the state and each had economic growth on their mind.

"Row crop farming and cattle ranching. Cattle ranching and feeding. Those are the key industries in the state. They have been for the last hundred years and will be for the next hundred years," Domina said.

While both candidates brough up the importance of agriculture, they also pointed to finding ways other ways to bring jobs to Nebraska. Sullivan, for one, looked to alternative energy.

"When our kids and our grandkids need energy, need renewable energy and energy independence; we've got it and it's here in the third district of Nebraska. It will yield the same kind of jobs that ethanol did for this district," Sullivan said.

On the other side, Domina focused keeping college-educated Nebraskans from leaving the state. "I think when we figure out that we can give our students opportunites to come home from our colleges and universities to start a business, which we don't have, then we will see our population grow and reinvigorate," the candidate said.

Both Domina and Sullivan are trying to take seats that have not been held by Democrats in the 21st century. 


 

National Radon Action Week Big for Nebraska


NEBRASKA -- October 20th - 26th is National Radon Action Week. The U.S. EPA is using the week to raise awareness to the odorless, colorles gas that they say is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. While the effort is national, Nebraskans are at a higher risk for radon exposure than residents of almost every other state. 

"We have a lot of testing data to show that we have elevated levels. We're third in the country," says Jeremy Poell, Health Industrial Hygiene Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Poell says radon is naturally occurring in the state, but Nebraskans can take easy steps to protect themselves. "The first thing to do is a short-term test, if you've never tested before to check the levels in your home."

Radon test kits can be purchased for as little as $10. To learn more about radon and National Radon Action Week, you can visit EPA.gov/Radon and RadonWeek.org.

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Berringer Film To Debut on October 18, 2014






BTN, the Big Ten Network, announced Wednesday afternoon that Unbeaten: The Life of Brook Berringer, an original film, will debut on Saturday, Oct. 18 at approximately 9:30 p.m.  That time is based on Nebraska and Northwestern avoiding overtimes in their nationally televised game in Evanston, Ill.
 
The hour-long documentary will be available on both BTN and BTN2Go. 
 
Three weeks ago, BTN's crew was in Lincoln to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1994 national championship team that Brook helped engineer.  Memories were vivid that weekend, and BTN was smart to find the film's finishing touches in an emotionally charged environment.
 
Many have said that Brook was way ahead of his time as a football player.  He built a reputation for giving back, and he's beloved because so many fans think he represents what a Nebraskan should be.  Berringer's life is a great college football story that happens to take place in Nebraska.  The documentary is also a testimony to Brook's resilience and selflessness. 
 
The film features rare, archival footage of Berringer on camera, plus highlights of key Nebraska games leading up to the National Championship.  It also includes interviews with Tommie Frazier, Tom Osborne, and Brook's mother, Jan Berringer.  In the film, Jan shares some of the thousands of letters she received in the wake of Brook's passing.  Most Husker fans are aware that Berringer died in the crash of a 2-seat airplane he was piloting two days before the 1996 NFL Draft.  He was 22 years old.

2014 NSAA Girls' State Golf Championships






The 2014 NSAA Girls' State Golf Championships will be held next Monday and Tuesday, October 13th and 14th. Class A competition will be held at the Norfolk Country Club, Class B will be competing at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln and Class C will compete at the Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus. The first tee time for both days will be 9:30 am for all three locations. Admission is free to all.

UNK Students Collect Canned Goods During Homecoming Week


More than 4,000 pounds of food was collected during the recent University of Nebraska at Kearney Canned Food Build.

The homecoming teams accomplished a lot throughout the week, and the Canned Food Build is a great way to have the teams come together to accomplish something that impacts the Kearney community.

The food build was organized by the Loper Programming and Activities Council, and the event was held Sept. 17 as part of UNK Homecoming Week activities. The food that was collected is being donated to the Mid-Nebraska Food Bank and The Big Blue Cupboard, a UNK organization that combats student hunger.

The Mid-Nebraska Food Bank will receive 3,624 pounds of food, and the Big Blue Cupboard will receive 400 pounds of food.
The Big Blue Cupboard food pantry is visited daily by UNK students who might be waiting on their next paycheck to buy food or who are supporting their family while attending school.
The first-place winners of the Canned Food Build were Alpha Xi Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Lambda Gamma with their creation of a jukebox.

Participating teams included Randall/Men’s Halls; Mantor Hall; Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Lambda Theta Nu; Alpha Xi Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Lambda Gamma; Alpha Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Tau Gamma; Centennial Towers West; Centennial Towers East; Antelope and Nester Halls; and Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Gamma Delta, Alpha Tau Omega and Mu Sigma Upsilon.

Residence halls, sororities, fraternities and other organizations compete for points throughout Homecoming Week during events such as the Canned Food Build, Battle of the Brains, Spirit Competition and the Lip Sync Competition. The team with the most points at the end of week becomes the Homecoming Sweepstakes Champion.

This year’s sweepstakes winner was the team of Alpha Phi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Lambda Beta and Sigma Tau Gamma.

Ord Public Schools Receive $10,000 Grant






Ord Public Schools have been selected as an America's Farmers Grow Rural Education $10,000 grant winner.  The grant money will be used to enhance the math and science programs at Ord Public Schools.  OPS would like to recognize Wendy Alexander, Sandy Bartholomew and Jason Alexander for preparing the winning application.  And they would also like to say thank you to all the farmers who nominated OPS.  A big check presentation ceremony will be held at the Ord vs. West Holt volleyball game on September 18th at 6:30pm.

Yellow Pages Scam Affecting The Nation






Businesses across the country are receiving what appear to be invoices for ad space in the Yellow Pages directories. Some of these "invoices" are actually solicitations for listings in alternative business directories that differ from the well-known Yellow Pages. These alternative directories often are not published at all. Businesses are being deceived into paying for what they incorrectly believe to be their usual Yellow Pages ad.

The familiar "walking fingers" logo and the name "Yellow Pages" are not protected by any federal trademark registration or copyright. Therefore, you may be led to believe that anyone who uses the logo and the name is affiliated with the publisher that distributes the telephone books and Yellow Pages directories to all households and businesses in a particular geographic area. There is no connection between publishers of alternative directories and those of the well-known Yellow Pages.

Alternative directories differ significantly from the traditional Yellow Pages directories primarily because of distribution. Alternative business directories generally are not available or distributed to the public. Therefore, they provide little, if any, benefit to businesses who pay to advertise in them.

The solicitation from an alternative business directory may have the appearance of an invoice. It may bear the "walking fingers" logo and feature the name "Yellow Pages." It also may falsely suggest that the publisher is affiliated with your local telephone company or with another bona fide Yellow Pages publisher you recognize. The solicitation may lead you to believe that your business already has been listed in the telephone directory and you are now being billed when, in fact, you are only being solicited for placing an ad.

Typical language used on the ad solicitations, such as "present listing information;" "prompt payment is necessary to guarantee ad placement in the directory;" "renewal payment stub;" and "directory listing renewal invoice" also may appear on Yellow Pages invoices. This adds to the confusion.

Please examine the piece of mail you have received and determine whether it is a solicitation or an invoice. If it is a solicitation, you should see a disclaimer required by the U.S. Postal Service. It states, THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A SOLICITATION. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUNT STATED ABOVE UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER. But whether you see this solicitation disclaimer or not, be wary.

If you believe you have been the victim of this misrepresentation scheme, contact your Postmaster or local Postal Inspector. Look in your telephone directory under "U.S. Government, Postal Service U.S." for local listings. If there is no listing, write: Chief Postal Inspector, United States Postal Service, Washington, D.C. 20260-2100, or call (202) 268-4267.

You also may direct questions about Yellow Pages directory publishers to the Yellow Pages Publishers Association (YPPA), a private trade association representing Yellow Pages publishers throughout the United States. Write:
  • Yellow Pages Integrated Media Association
    820 Kirts Blvd., Suite 100 
    Troy, MI 48084-4836
    248-244-6200
    http://www.ypima.org
To learn how to protect yourself from other fraudulent sales practices that may affect your business, send for the free brochure, Buying by Phone. Write: Public Reference, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 20580. You also may write to this address for a free copy of Best Sellers, which lists all the FTC's consumer and business publications.

2014 NSRA Finals Held Sept. 5-7






The 2014 Nebraska State Rodeo Association Finals were held at the Wild West Arena in North Platte, NE  September 5-7, 2014. Contestants who qualified for NSRA Finals this year checked in on Friday, the first performance was on Saturday at Noon, followed by the second performance Saturday evening starting at 7 pm. The final performance was held on Sunday at noon.

The Top Three in each event at the end of finals were:
Bareback Riding
1. Corey Evans
2. Wesley Cole
3. Jaden Clark
Steer Wrestling
1. Brady Hageman
2. Miles Spickelmier
3. Tyson Cox
Tie Down Roping
1. Garrett Nokes
2. Chip Wilson
3. Travis Lymber
Saddle Bronc
1. Whit Peterson
2. Seth Schafer
3. Tristan Eklund
Steer Roping
1. Will McBride
2. JC Jensen
3. Randy Mekelburg
Barrel Racing
1. Dori Hollenbeck
2. Marci Bartlett
3. Deb Christy
Breakaway
1. Cati Stanko
2. Jan Brown
3. Lori Tierney
Bull Riding
1. Lane Gambill
2. Clint Connelly
3. Colter Glendy

And the average winners for each event were:
Rowdy Moon in the Bareback Riding
Brady Hageman in the Steer Wrestling
Dala Belew in the Breakaway
Travis Sheets in the Saddle Broncs
Chip Wilson in the Tie-Down Roping
Tyler Thomas and Travis Goad in the Team Roping
Deb Christy in the Barrel Racing
Trevor Eppert in the Steer Roping
Lane Gambill in the Bull Riding
 

Environmental Quality Incentives Program






Farmers and ranchers interested in soil, water, and wildlife conservation are encourage to sign up now for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. EQIP is available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Those interested in applying are encouraged to sign up before Oct. 17. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available to private landowners and operators. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers may receive financial and technical help to install conservation practices on agricultural land. For more information, visit your local NRCS field office or call Joanna Pope at 402-437-4123.

Nelson Named 2014 Associate of the Year at VCHS






Laura Nelson was named Associate of the Year at Valley County Health System. Nelson was selected as Associate of the Quarter at Valley County Health System in July 2014 by fellow associates. She received the Associate of the Year award from among three other qualified candidates who were also named Associate of the Quarter during the year. Nelson was also nominated for the Nebraska Hospital Association’s Caring Kind Award.
In a letter nominating Nelson for the honor, a co-worker wrote, “Laura Nelson exemplifies the values of VCHS in every way. Her personal and professional integrity is above reproach. Laura will do the right thing for her patients or their families every time, even when no one is watching. Laura is a caring, compassionate nurse and is an inspiration to her patients and her co-workers.”
Nelson is an Acute Care Nurse at VCHS. She has been with Valley County Health System since 2002.

Kristen Dunbar, PA-C To Join VCHS Medical Clinics






Valley County Health System is pleased to announce that Kristen Dunbar PA-C, will join the Burwell and Ord VCHS Medical Clinics in November, 2014. Kristy has been chosen to fulfill the role in the VCHS Medical Clinics that is currently held by Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C, as he transitions to work full-time in the VCHS Emergency Department.

Dunbar grew up in Maryland. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science. She then earned her Master of Health Science in 1993 from Duke University. Since that time Kristy has provided medical care in central Nebraska for more than a decade, including the communities of Burwell, Sargent and Broken Bow.

Dunbar will provide clinic services at the VCHS Medical Clinics in Burwell two days per week and Ord two days per week. She will join the other VCHS medical providers in sharing evening and weekend Emergency Department services at VCHS.

“We are extremely excited that Kristy will be joining our team of medical providers at VCHS. Her experience as a PA coupled with the fact that she and Jeff already have a strong working relationship, makes her the perfect fit for the patients in our Burwell and Ord Medical Clinics,” quoted Bill Sugg, President & CEO of VCHS.

Community receptions will be held for Kristy in both Ord and Burwell at a date to be determined.


 

Michael Petersen Given Life Sentence






58 year old Michael Petersen of Grand Island, NE has been given a life sentence in the shooting death of Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd.  Michael Petersen pleaded no contest to first degree murder charges.  The State of Nebraska agreed not to pursue the death penalty and also to drop one charge.

In May 2014, Petersen received an initial life sentence for the shooting death of his ex-wife, Nancy Petersen.  On Tuesday, Hall County Attorney Mark Young asked that Petersen's two life sentences be served consecutively due to the fact that the murders were seperate incidents.

Petersen shot Nancy Petersen at her home in Buffalo County and attorney Todd Elsbernd outside his office in Hall County.  Both shootings took place in November 2013.

Petersen's attorney claims that his client was distraught over the divorce from Nancy Petersen, and was also upset over a mistake in the paperwork that be blamed on Elsbernd.

SCAM Alert






There is a man going door to door trying to sell books in Ord.  He is claiming to be associated with the school.  This is NOT TRUE!  Authorities have been notified.

Suicide Prevention Awareness






Depression can affect anyone. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the number of suicides in Nebraska is almost equal to the number of people who die as a result of car accidents. In 2013, 217 Nebraskans took their own lives, compared to 234 people who died as a result of a motor vehicle accident. These figures have shown that there is a need for suicide prevention awareness. According to Scot Adams, the director of behaviorial health at the Nebraska DHHS, anyone can reach out to family, friends and colleagues that they are concerned about and help them get the help they need.
A few of the following signs could indicate that someone is at risk of committing suicide:


-Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
-Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching onling or buying a gun.
-Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
-Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
-Talking about being a burden to others.
-Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
-Acting anxious or agitated or behaving recklessly.
-Sleeping too little or too much.
-Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
-Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
-Displaying extreme mood swings.


If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please reach out to them. Call the national suicide hotline at 800-273-TALK or the Nebraska Family Helpline at 888-866-8660.

VCHS Announces New Scan For Lung Cancer






Valley County Health System and Advanced Medical Imaging announce a new program to aid in the early detection of lung cancer for high-risk patients. This program will utilize a low-dose CT scan to help high-risk patients screen for lung cancer. According to a recent study by the National Cancer Institute, this type of CT scan has been found to help reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by 20%. VCHS now has a Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program that is available to VCHS patients meeting the criteria below:

 

Men or Women 55-74 years of age

30 pack-year history of smoking

If former smoker, quit date within last 15 years

No weight loss greater than I 0 pounds in the last month

No chest CT scan in the last 12 months

Change in cough, shortness of breath or hemoptysis

 

The Somatom Definition CT scanner now at VCHS is a 20 slice scanner. Results are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and will be sent to the ordering physician. If insurance does not cover the cost of the screening, it can be completed for $250.00 payable at the time of service. To schedule an appointment for a low-dose CT scan call VCHS at 308.728.4200. 

Shoplifters Hit Downtown Holdrege




Area businesses are warned to be on the lookout for four individuals suspected of shoplifting. At least one confirmed instance of shoplifting has taken place in Holdrege. Wednesday, August 6th a group of individuals visited almost every retail shop in downtown Holdrege between the afternoon and evening hours. Several businesses suspect lost merchandise, however it seems only one business has surveillance footage of the individuals taking items off of the sales floor. A small boutique in Alma also reported seeing the same individuals, and comfirmed that they shoplifted from the boutique. There were four individuals in the group-one woman approximately 50 to 60 years old, a male and a female both in their late teens or early twenties, as well as a one to two year old child in a stroller. The older woman had a tattoo on her left arm and the male had tattoos as well. No specific vehicle has been identified. 

Road Construction to Begin East of Scotia


Construction work is scheduled to begin the week of August 18, 2014 on bridges east of Scotia to the US-281/N-22 junction south of Greeley according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.  Travelers should expect one-way traffic across the bridge controlled by traffic signals and a concrete protection barrier.  There will be a 10-foot width restriction for driving lanes during this period.  Completion is anticipated by the end of October.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

Grants Available For Burwell Businesses


Burwell businesses have been receiving grant money to help improve their curbside appeal. Burwell Economic Development recently introduced a program to encourage existing businesses to upgrade, repair, or enhance the exterior frontage of their locations. The grants support the development of each business and help to enhance the overall business attractiveness of the Burwell area. Business property owners may apply for a grant to receive funding for half the cost of a qualified project up to $10,000. Business property owners interested in the Business Facade Improvement Grant Program can contact the Burwell Economic Development office at 346-5210 for an application.

Bomb-Like Device Found at the Calamus Dam


At approximately 9:07 am on July 25th, 2014, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible explosive device located on the Northeast side of the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam face.  The device appeared to be homemade from PVC pipe.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Squad was contacted and the area was secured and traffic was diverted off of the dam.  The Nebraska State Patrol Bomb Tech was able to safely dispose of the device with a controlled detonation.  All precautions were taken to ensure public safety and there was no damage to the Virginia Smith (Calamus) Reservoir Dam. The Nebraska Game and Parks Law Enforcement Division, the Garfield County Sheriff's and Nebraska State Patrol were present.  According to Garfield County Sheriff Larry Donner, the device would likely have done damage to a person or vehicle, however it was not large enough to be considered a serious threat to the dam itself.

Valley View Living Center Updates Restorative Care Equipment


Valley View Living Center in Ord has recently updated their restorative care department.  The Valley County Health System's Auxiliary made a $4,320.59 donation by purchasing all new excercise equipment for the department.  The new equipment includes parallel walking bars, a wheel chair accessible zero resistance Nu Step machine, and seven different sized exercise balls.  In addition to the new equipment, the restorative care room was updated with new paint and flooring.  Restorative care allows the residents of VVLC to maintain the strength and functionality of their bodies.  This allows the residents to keep their mobility for much longer that they would otherwise.

Wild Horse Ministries To Be In Burwell






Paul Daily, horse trainer and founder of Wild Horse Ministries, will be at
the Garfield County Fairgrounds on August 20, at 6:30 PM. Paul will be
doing a Round Pen Sermon where he will work with a wild horse while
speaking to the crowd about the gospel. At the end of two hours work he
will be able to mount and ride the wild horse. This is a free event open to
the public. For more information contact Sherry Jarvis at 308-730-2150
or Pastor Tim Rust with Destiny Church at 308-380-6838.

Grain Bin Rescue Clinics






Nebraska Emergency Responders in four communitites are now better equipped to help someone who has become engulfed in grain. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association contributed to grain bin rescue clinics that were held in Lexington and Ceresco. Around 100 farmers and emergency responders attended the clinics to learn about grain bin safety and how to assist someone engulfed in grain. Local corn growers also raised money to provide grain bin rescue tubes to emergency response groups. 

NFB Foundation for Agriculture Tornado Disaster Relief Fund






Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has launched a Tornado Disaster Relief Fund to provide emergency and residual help to farmers and ranchers in Northeast Nebraska and other areas affected by recent tornadoes. The funds collected for the Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be targeted to farmers and ranchers to help them with immediate needs when they cannot get assistance from other sources or have losses that are not covered by insurance. For more information or to make a donation go online to nefb.org.

NE State High School Fishing Championships






The Nebraska State High School Fishing Championship will be held at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area on Saturday, July 26. The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska state championship is a two-person event for students in grades 9-12. Registration for anglers and their coach is available online at HighSchoolFishing.org. Takeoff will be at 7 AM and weigh-in will be held at the Breed's Landing boat ramp around 1:15 PM. High School Fishing takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Mark Gintert at (580) 716-4251.

 

Breitkreutz Transitioning To VCHS Emergency Department


Jeff Breitkreutz, PA-C at Valley County Health System has made the decision to transition his practice from the Medical Clinics in Ord and Burwell to the Emergency Department at VCHS. The transition will occur at the time when his replacement is hired for the medical clinics. Jeff has been a Physician Assistant since 1982. He has been employed by VCHS for nearly 13 years and worked in a private practice in Ord prior to his tenure at VCHS. He was named Physician Assistant of the Year in 2006 by the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. 

Kasseler Certified Mammography Radiologist


Melissa Kasseler has completed the required training by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and is now certified to conduct mammography exams. Kasselder joins Arlene Hughes at Valley County Health System as certified Mammography Radiologists. Both Kasselder and Hughes are now providing mammography exams at VCHS, which will make it more convenient for the women of this region.  

NBR Clean Up Day


Sunday, July 13th is the day scheduled for clean up at the Garfield County Fairgrounds to prepare for this year's Nebraska's Big Rodeo.  All volunteers are welcome.

Ericson Lake Independence Day Celebrations


The Ericson Lake Association is holding an Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 5th.  A free-will offering BBQ will be from 5-7 PM at the ELC Community Building.  Everyon is welcome, bring your own table service, drinks and dessert; meat will be provided.  There will be a fireworks display at Lake Ericson at dusk.

Burwell Fourth Of July Celebration


The Burwell Fire Department will be having a free-will offering BBQ and watermelon feed at the Fire Hall on Friday, July 4th starting at 5 PM.  About 9:30 PM, as it starts to get dark, the Fire Department will present the annual fireworks display at the Burwell City Park.

Valley County Fair Queen 2014


Young women between the ages of 16 and 19 are being sought as candidates for this year's Valley County Fair Queen.  Candidates should be Valley County residents, or 4-Hers in Valley County.  There will be a Queens Tea on July 20, 2014 at 2 pm at the Valley County Fairgrounds where they will perform their talent and interview with judges.  The crowning will take place after the 4-H style show.  For more information contact Judy Bower at 308-750-6155 or Julie Stevens at 308-730-0790.  Deadline for applying is July 10, 2014.

Help Bring Pilger Residents to Nebraska's Big Rodeo


Nebraska's Big Rodeo in Burwell is donating tickets to Pilger and area residents affected by the devastating tornado that hit on June 16th.  They are asking for your kind donation to provide bus transportation for the residents.  

Please make checks to:
Burwell Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 131 
Burwell, NE 68823
*Please write Pilger in memo on check

For more information call Lee Jeffres at 750-5049
or Johanna Jeffres at 730-1817

The Smithsonian "Traveling Museum of Music" Coming to Ft Hartsuff






Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park --- On Sunday, July 6th 2014 at 1:00 P.M., The Smithsonian “Traveling Museum of Music”   program will be featured as part of the holiday weekend of living history at Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park near Elyria, Nebraska.  

 
The hour long program was developed for the Smithsonian Institution based on stories and songs about the music that was popular during every war that America has been engaged in beginning with the Revolutionary War.  
 
Bob and Sheila Everhart, the musicians presenting the program, tell us that there is ONLY one song, written in 1773 that has survived every war to the present.  It is a song you will instantly recognize. 
 
The program promises to be quite entertaining with enjoyable side stories about the wars in addition to songs and music that was popular at the time the war was fought.
 
Bob and Sheila Everhart are members of the National Traditional Country Music Association and have performed in Europe, China, on RFD-TV, PSB-TV show “Old Time Country Music” and have produced six Smithsonian Albums (including one Grammy Nomination) and seven award winning albums from Prairie Music Records.
 
The program is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Hartsuff and funded in part with a grant from the Wozab Foundation.
 
The Fort is located 3 miles north of Elyria, Nebraska on Fort Avenue, just off Highway 11.  Highway 11 runs between Ord and Burwell, Nebraska. There is no cost other than the regular park entry fees to attend this special program at the Fort. 

Burwell Volunteer Fire Department To Help Pilger Tornado Victims.






The Burwell Volunteer Fire Dept has decided to go to the aid of the Northeast Nebraska town of Pilger. Monday evening, the town of Burwell was threatened by a super cell tornado and at least four smaller tornadoes that did minimal damage to the area. Pilger will face and extended cleanup period following Nebraska's first killer tornado since 2004. Several damage points were found to be consistent with an EF4 tornado. One hundred percent of the town's small businesses were destroyed. The Burwell Volunteer Fire Department has decided that after being narrowly missed Monday evening, they want to travel to Pilger to help with the cleanup. Anyone wishing to donate items to help the residents of Pilger can drop their donations off at Rowse Rakes of Burwell, Burwell Independent Oil, and Thoene Farm Service now through Saturday.

NBA Donates to The American Red Cross






The Nebraska Broadcasters Association has made a $5,000 donation to the local chapter of the American Red Cross to aid the victims of the recent storms that hit Northeast Nebraska. Jim Timm, Nebraska Broadcasters Association President and Executive Director has been noted as saying that this natural disaster has forever changed countless lives in several Nebraska communities and the immediate response of people from near and far to assist in recovery and rebuilding has been amazing.

Ericson, NE Woman Crowned Miss Rodeo NE 2015






Joni Qualm, of Ericson, is Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2015.
She was crowned Wednesday night at the Wild West Arena during the first performance of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. Dakota Clough, of Ogallala, was named first runner-up.
Only two contestants were in the pageant this year. The competition was close, with each woman winning about half the categories.
Qualm, 22, rode away with the horsemanship, appearance, personality and congeniality awards, while Clough, 21, claimed top honors in the speech, photogenic and written test categories.
Qualm will remain a lady-in-waiting until January. That will give Gina Jespersen, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2014, the opportunity to compete at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant at the end of this year.
Qualm’s job until then will be to prepare for her reign and fill in at rodeos, parades and other events Jespersen is unable to attend.
Clough will take over as queen if Qualm is unable to fulfill her responsibilities.
Qualm’s prizes include thousands of dollars worth of scholarships, a tiara, a saddle, a buckle, a photo shoot, chaps, tack and custom-designed jewelry, among many other items.
Qualm is the daughter of Joel and Jane Qualm. She graduated from Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan., in May with a registered nursing degree.
Her hobbies include participating in rodeos, hunting, fishing, ranching, swimming, Husker athletic events and spending time with her family.
A post-coronation interview with Joni will appear in the Friday edition of The North Platte Telegraph.
Winner prepares for reign as Miss Rodeo

Nebraska Auctioneers Association Names 2014 State Champion






The Nebraska Auctioneers Association held their Annual Auctioneer State Championship competition on Saturday, May 31. The Championship was held in Norfolk, where the contestants showcased their skills in a live auction open to the public. The competitors were judged on presentation, chant, voice quality, body language and other elements of effective autioneering along with a personal interview.


The 2014 Autioneer State Champion is David Whitaker of Ames, Iowa, Reserve Champion was Russ Puchalla of Roca, NE, and Runner Up was Wayne Morris of Columbus, NE. The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to to top autioneer with three years or less experience, and was Ethan Schuette of Washington, Kansas.


The top ten auctioneer finalists included Adam Marshall of Elm Creek, NE, Courtney Nitz-Mensik of Fremont, NE and Curtis Wetovick of Fullerton, NE.

Ericson State Bank Named a National Top Performer






The Ericson State Bank in Ericson, NE has been named a Top Performer by the Independent Community Bankers of America. The ICBA Independent Banker, the magazine of the ICBA, recognized Ericson State Bank as a top performing bank in the nation in their June issue. Ericson State Bank's recognition is based on its earnings and operational efficiencies throughout 2013.


Chris Lorence, the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the ICBA commends Ericson State Bank for its ongoing dedication, enthusiasm and devotion to the banking industry. Lorence added that Ericson State Bank knows their local market and they thrive because of that expertise.


Jack Poulsen, President of Ericson State bank stated that the bank is pleased to be recognized as an ICBA Top Performer. Poulsen added that the bank is a proud member of the Ericson community and they credit their loyal customers and dedicated employees for their success. Poulsen and the staff at Ericson State Bank look forward to serving the unique needs of the community and helping the community grow and prosper in the years to come.

2014 Father's Day Rod Run Results


The 39th Annual Father's Day Rod Run was held in Ord over the Father's Day weekend, here are the results from the Show and Shine:

People's Choice winner: Billy Freeman of Burwell with 1957 Chevy Pickup
Club Choice winner: Larry and Louise Zimmerman of Grand Island with 1959 Chevy El Camino
Best Muscle Car winner: Corey and Mindy Petska of Lincoln with 1966 CHevy Nova
Best Street Rod winner: Trent Linnstedt of North Platte with 1940 Chevy Monte Carlo
Best Restored or Original winner: Scott and Jen Hageman of Lincoln with 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo
Best Paint winner: Larry and Louise Zimmerman of Grand Island with 1959 Chevy El Camino
Best Engine winner: Jeff Gray of Lincoln with 1985 Chevy Camaro
Best Custom winner: Bill Peetzke of Aurora with 1949 Mercury Coupe
Best Under Age 25 winner: Cody Proskocil of Ord with 1977 Chevy Camaro
Best Truck or Van winner: Gilbert Alvarado of Amherst with 1949 Ford F-1 Pickup
Best Open (convertible) winner: Darrell and Elaine Patee of Osborne, KS with 1954 Chevy Convertible
Mayor's Choice winner: Bill Sitz of Burwell with 1967 Chevy Chevelle
Dave Scott Family Pick winner: Darrell and Elaine Patee of Osborne, KS with 1954 Chevy Pickup
Rish Freeman Family Pick winner: Billy Freeman of Burwell with 1957 Chevy Pickup
Hard Luck winner: Vince and Skylar Ruhe of Grand Island with 1962 Chevy Nova
Long Distance: Barry Bohnart of Aurora, CO

Nebraska Loves Public Schools Film Crew Visits Ord, NE






Nebraska Loves Public Schools is a campaign dedicated to spreading the word about incredible schools, programs, communities, and educators in Nebraska. Their film crew was in Ord today filming the students who participated in the ESI Camp marketplace.  The crew filmed parts of Ord and the students involved in the camp in order to include them in a thirty minute special that will air on NET2 on September 18 at 8 pm. The special is titled “It Takes a Community” and will include the footage filmed today, as well as footage of three other communities. Each of the 30 minute pieces can be found online at nelovesps.com as well as on YouTube at YouTube.com/NElovesPS. 

Central NE VIM Serve in New Jersey






Fifty six people from Nebraska arrived home from New Jersey on Sunday, June 8th after completing a nine day mission trip to help in the rebuilding of private homes that were destroyed or damaged by Super Storm Sandy in November of 2012. Sponsored by the Arcadia United Methodist Church in Arcadia, NE, the group worked through A Future With Hope, which is an organization in which the United Methodist Committee on Relief is participating. This organization screens homeowners in the area to determine their need for help in getting their homes and lives back together. Most have either fallen through the cracks of insurance or FEMA or have been swindled by dishonest contractors. The goal of A Future With Hope is to complete reconstruction of 500 homes in the area within five years.
CNVIM members worked on a total of 8 different homes during their week in New Jersey. Work consisted of everything from gutting out water-damaged materials and possessions to structural building, roofing, hanging drywall, mudding, painting, installation of doors, countertops, and fixtures, and general property cleanup. Work on two of the homes was completed by the group and the owners were able to move in for the first time in over one and a half years. Another important aspect of the work of the volunteers was to allow the homeowners to share their stories and to share the Gospel of Christ with the homeowners. Team members were richly blessed with the new friends they made and with the appreciation that was expressed by all who we were able to help.
Participants ranged in age from 14 to seventy-eight and there was something for everyone to do. About two thirds of those who went had traveled with CNVIM on prior trips and the others were making their first mission trip. Volunteers came from the communities of Arcadia, Comstock, Sargent, Ord, Burwell, Ravenna, Brady, Pleasanton, Gibbon, Central City, St. Paul, Grand Island, Omaha, North Platte, North Loup, Kearney, Valley, Gretna, North Bend, Curtis, Fremont, Farwell, and Hillsdale, Illinois.
CNVIM members are willing to make presentations of the trip to interested churches or organizations. You may contact Teresa Staab at bstaab@nctc.net or Rolen Sell at rsell@nctc.net

NE Counties Designated as Secretarial Disaster Due to Drought






raci DeGroff with the Farm Service Agency has announced that 18 Nebraska counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought that is affecting the state. This includes the counties of Arthur, Blaine, Custer, Dawson, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Hooker, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Phelps, Sherman, Thomas and Valley. This designation authorizes Emergency Loans for eligible producers who are encouraged to contact their local FSA Service Center for detailed information and available programs. There are also other loan and disaster assistance programs which can be considered to assist with loss recovery. Contact the local FSA Service Center for additional information.

Father's Day Rod Run




 
Valley Rods Unlimited is hosting the annual Father's Day Rod Run in
Ord this weekend. The activities will kick off on Friday, June 13 at 6
pm. They will be having a BBQ for entered participants and early bird
registration. Activities start at 10 am on Saturday, June 14 with
registration, the car games will be from 1 pm to 5 pm, there will be a
downtown Ord cruise from 5 pm to 8:30pm, with the Twilight cruise
from 8:30 pm to 12:30am. Registration on Sunday, June 15 will be from
9am to noon, the Show-N-Shine is also from 9 am to noon. A downtown
cruise will begin at noon, a BBQ will begin at 1 pm, and awards will be
given out at 2pm.

2014 Cattleman's Ball Sold Out






The 2014 Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska is officially sold out. As of today, tickets are no longer available to purchase for the event, and there are no tickets available at the gate. This years event will be held at the Hoot Owl Ranch in southern Banner County on June 6-7 to raise money for cancer research. The mission for this years event is to raise money for cancer research at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, while showcasing the Nebraska panhandle and promoting beef as part of a healthy diet. Since its inception, the Cattlemen’s Ball has raised more than $9.8 million. In addition to providing funds to the cancer center, 10 percent of the proceeds will go to local health care organizations.

VBS donates to Community Light






The children attending Vacation Bible School at the Evangelical Free Church in Ord have donated handmade items to a local mission Community Light. The kids made 14 tie blankets as well as tea towels and pot holders. Community Light's mission is to help local families in need by providing them with furniture and other household items. Any household items are accepted. For more information or to donate to Community Light, contact Val Lytle at 728-7718 or LaRissa Zulkoski at 730-1201.

Youth Horticulture Plant ID Contest






As part of the 22
nd annual Northeast Nebraska Master Gardener plant fair Saturday, April 26th, a youth horticulture plant identification contest was held. Area youth were invited to participate in the competition. A total of nine youth participated with two in the junior division, three in the intermediate division, and four in the senior division. Each contestant was asked to identify 44 plants. Sarah Perrigan of Norfolk placed first in the junior division with Rachael Thomas of Stanton placing second. In the intermediate division, Dana Goodrich of North Loup finished in first place with Hailey Walmsley of Norfolk placing second and Laura Jane Perrigan of Norfolk placing third. Katharine Schudel of North Loup placed first in the senior division with Shalyn Miller of Madison placing second and Katherine Perrigan and Elizabeth Perrigan of Norfolk tieing for third. Wayne Ohnesorg, UNL Extension Educator and Master Gardener coordinator presented the awards. Thank you to Jim Laycock of Mulch N More, the Master Gardener Plant Booth, Wayne Ohnesorg, and Don Liedman for providing plants for the contest.

75th Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Convention






The Sandhills Cattle Association's 75th Annual Convention will be Thursday, May 22 in Valentine, NE. The one-day event is being held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds and will include over 45 exhibits in the trade show, the Association's annual meeting and election of officers, scholarship presentations, benefit auction and a steak supper. Livestock Sustainability Consultant Jude Capper's presentation will start at 10:30 am. Agriculture Advocate and Radio Personality Trent Loos will speak at 1:30 pm. The convention is open to both members and non-members of the Sandhills Cattle Association. For more information contact the Sandhills Cattle Association at 402-376-2310.

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day 2014






The deadline to register for the local Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is Monday, May, 19. Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day will be June, 3 at the Valley County Fairgrounds. Kindergarten through second graders will attend the morning session beginning at 8 am, with third through sixth graders participating in the afternoon session starting at noon. The registration fee will be paid by the Cargill Cares Council, however parents still need to sign and return the registration form, including the size information for life jackets. Children not pre-registered will not be able to attend that day. Registration forms are available at local schools, UNL Extension offices, the Valley County NRCS office and many local businesses. Late registrations will be accepted with an additional $10 fee paid by the participant and cannot be guaranteed a life jacket, no registrations will be accepted after May 30. Contact Bev Smedra at 308-728-3781 ext. 3 for more information.

NSAA and NCPA Academic All-State Awards Recipients


The NSAA and the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) has announced the student recipients of the Spring 2014 NCPA Academic All-State Awards. This award program recognizes students who meet the criteria, and are nominated by their school. Students are nominated by their school for excellence in academics, leadership, and significant contricutions to their NSAA activity. Area recipients of these awards include:

 

Ansley

Music
Jessica Bristol
Tristen Reed

Boys Track & Field
Evan Brockmeier
Trevor Scott

Arcadia

Music
Mackenzie Maschka
Steele Sillivan

Boys Track & Field
Robbie Ritz
Steele Sillivan

Girls Track & Field
Lindsey Trotter

Burwell

Music
Evan Crawley
Jessica Michalski

Boys Track & Field
Kale Gideon
Keaton Klimek

Girls Track & Field
Rebekah Birch
Lacey White

Chambers

Boys Golf
Clint Jordan

Music
Kami Crabtree
Bethany Lambert

Boys Track & Field
Dylan Rasmussen

Girls Track & Field
Paige Dexter

Greeley-Wolbach

Music
Emily Houtby

Boys Track & Field
Trey Nekoliczak

Girls Track & Field
Jayden Erickson

Litchfield

Girls Track & Field
Shawna Paitz
Lindsy Siegel

Loup County

Girls Track & Field
Whitney Steckel

Ord

Boys Golf
Jaden Barnes
Brant Bechtold

Boys Track & Field
Trevor Fahrenholz
Andrew Fields

Girls Track & Field
Tori Beran
Katherine Lansman

Sargent

Boys Track & Field
Jack Gibbens
Michael Gibbens

Girls Track & Field
Tristan Kirwan

Spalding Academy

Boys Golf
John Bernt

Music
Makenzie Miller

Boys Track & Field
Bronc McKay

Girls Track & Field
Makenzie Miller  

May 17, 2014 Police Officers Memorial Day






United States and Nebraska flags will be flown at half-staff nationwide on Thursday, May 15 in observance of Police Officers Memorial Day. In 1994, a federal law was enacted encouraging the American flag to be lowered to half-staff every May 15 in remembrance of the thousands of law enforcement officers throughout our nation who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to their fellow citizens. In Nebraska, 137 officers have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1866. Those who have made the ultimate sacrifice include federal, state, county, municipal and tribal agency officers, as well as railroad, game and parks, and correctional officers.

Guidelines For Smooth Voting on Election Day






While more and more Nebraska voters are choosing to cast their ballots early, most voters still choose to go to their polling place on Election Day, says Secretary of State John Gale. To make that process go as smoothly as possible on May 13, he recommends the following guidelines:


Check your voter registration and polling place. People can check the status of their voter registration and location of their polling place by contacting their county election office or accessing https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/. That is also the same place where voters can check the status of their early voting ballot or their provisional ballot.


Change of address. If a registered voter has moved within a county (out of their former precinct) and not updated their registration, the person should go to the polling place associated with their current residence. The person will be required to vote a provisional ballot. Voters can check their registered address at https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/.


Be prepared. Before going to the polls, the voter should become informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Sample ballots are printed in newspapers and posted on county websites. Mark and take the sample ballot with you to the polling place.


Conduct at the polls. To maintain proper decorum at the polls, it is requested that people turn off their cell phones, smart phones and other electronic devices.


Campaigning prohibited. Campaign items such as buttons, stickers and T-shirts are not allowed in a polling place. It is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site.


Voter identification. Proper identification may be required at the polling place of people who are newly registered by mail and have not voted previously in Nebraska or provided identification with their application. These people may be required to provide identification showing their current residence. Identification at the polling place is not required of other voters.


Nonpartisan voters. If you are registered without a political party affiliation, you will receive the nonpartisan ballot. In addition, nonpartisan voters may request a Republican Party ballot for U.S. Senate and House races, or they may request a full Democratic or Libertarian Party ballot.


Early voting ballots. Up until the day prior to the election, in person early voters may cast a ballot at the county election office. All mailed early ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day. Voters may drop off their early voting ballot on Election Day at the county election office. They will not be accepted at the polling place.


Provisional ballots. Voters who forget to return their early voting ballot may vote provisionally at the polls on Election Day with a provisional ballot. That ballot will be counted once it is confirmed that no other ballots have been cast for that particular voter.
Polls are open on Election Day from 8 a.m. CDT (7 a.m. MDT) to 8 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. MDT).


Unofficial election results for statewide races will be posted starting at 8 p.m. CDT on the main page of the Secretary of State’s websitehttp://www.sos.ne.gov.

UNK Inducts Students and Faculty Into Honor Society






Nineteen students and two faculty at the University of Nebraska at Kearney were initiated May 2 into the Industrial Technology Department’s Epsilon Pi Tau National Honor Society.
Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and represent the top 10 percent in the Industrial Technology Department.
Epsilon Pi Tau’s missions is to:
  • Promote and recognize the achievement of academic excellence.    
  • Promote the values and contributions of professionals in technology.
  • Provide a medium for the professional development and recognition of individual members for leadership and achievement.
  • Enhance the status of practitioners and professions in technology.
  • Foster and encourage acceptance among its members of the ideals of technological capability and skill, social and professional proficiency, and research and its applications and products.
  • Advance understanding, appreciation and awareness of technology as both an enduring and influential human endeavor and an integral element of culture.
New Epsilon Pi Tau initiates, listed by hometown, include:
NEBRASKA
Ainsworth – Sherry Morrow (Faculty)
Cozad – Alec Rowe
David City – Anton Jelinek
Grand Island – Stephanie Sotelo-Canales
Kearney – Mitch Peters
McCook – Cody Goltl
Morrill – Skyler Manville
North Platte – Austin Doyle, Kade Folchert, Colin Millar
Omaha – Cameron Riecke
Ord – Blake Augustyn, Brandon Ingraham
Oxford – Austin White
Utica – Benjamin Koski
York – Alexandra Petersen
 
OUT OF STATE
West Lafayette, Ind. – Eric Holt (Faculty)
 
INTERNATIONAL
Kanagawa-ken, Japan – Hiroyuki Adachi
Kunming, China – Peijie Li
Kanagawa, Japan – Takumi Nozuru
Isikawa-Ken, Japan – Takeru Mikami
 

Litchfield Students Earn Foundation Scholarships






Three students from Litchfield High School have received the Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship. Nathaniel Schrock, Kristi Casper, and Elizabeth Ptacnik have been awarded the scholarships that can be used to cover expenses related to college including tuition, fees, housing and books. The amount of the scholarship varies student to student depending on which institution they attend, but is typically equal to the average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time student. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have graduated from a high school in Nebraska, be a resident of Nebraska, must be an incoming freshman, and must plan to attend college in Nebraska.

CSG National Anthem Contest Entry Deadline Extended






The entry deadline for the 4th Annual National Anthem Contest has been extended to Friday, May 9th. The winner of the National Anthem Contest will sing the Start Spangled Banner at the Cornhusker State Games Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.


To enter, contestants must upload an audition video to YouTube.com and email the link to the Nebraska Sports Council by 5 pm on Friday, May 9th. Contestants must be amateurs and Nebraska residents, there is no cost to enter, and lodging will be provided for the winner of the contest if that person lives more than 50 miles from Lincoln. For more information go to cornhuskerstategames.com or call 402-471-2544.

Job Recruiting Campaign "The Good Life for Veterans"






Gov. Dave Heineman is currently promoting a new job recruiting campaign. “The Good Life for Veterans” is focused on meeting Nebraska's workforce needs through attracting military veterans and their families from other states to move to Nebraska. Gov. Heineman said that employers like to hire veterans because thoses businesses are looking for skilled employees, and veterans bring excellent skills to the workforce.
Nebraska employers and other representatives are attending a series of military career fairs in several states, including Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.
Those employers interested in more information on upcoming recruiting fairs can contact Grace Johnson with the Nebraska Department of Labor at (402) 471-4189. 

Public Comments Sought for CNEDD


The Central Nebraska Economic Development District will present their 2013 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy report for public viewing and comment. To access this report go to their website www.cned.org/wp-content/uploads/2014CNEDD_CEDS22.pdf. They will be accepting public comments through May 25, 2014. Any comments regarding this report can be directed to Judy Petersen at 402-340-0106 or email judy.petersen@cnedd.org.

UNL Hosts Great Plains Regional College Rodeo






The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host the Great Plains Regional College Rodeo this weekend. Rodeo action begins on Friday, April 18 at 1 pm with slack. The first performance will be at 7:30 pm on Friday, the second performance will begin at 1 pm on Saturday, April19, and the short go will begin at 7:30 Saturday night. This year the action can be viewed all weekend via live webcast on huskersportsnetwork.com for a one time charge of $8.95.

Republican Debate in Norfolk





The Johnny Carson Theater in Norfolk will be the location for a Nebraska Republican Party Debate scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 at 7 pm. Republican Candidates participating in the debate include Tom Carlson, Beau McCoy, Jon Bruning, Mike Foley, Pete Ricketts and Bryan Slone. Topics for the debate will include prison reform, roads and infrastructure, state budget/tax reform, education, agriculture, and equality. The debate is open to the public, but seating is limited.

NE Council on Economic Education Personal Finance Challenge






Ten teams of Nebraska high school students will compete on Saturday, April 19 in Lincoln and Kearney in the regional competitions of the Personal Finance Challenge sponsored by the Nebraska Council of Economic Education.

The teams competing in Lincoln will be from Johnson-Brock High School, Norris High School and Lincoln Christian High School. The teams competing in Kearney will be Sutherland Public School, Alliance High School, Chadron High School and Mitchell High School.

Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg will be one of the judges at the Lincoln competition. Members of the top two teams will receive a scholarship for a college savings account with the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust. The first place team will go on to the National Personal Finance Challenge May 2nd in St. Louis, MO.

BCBC of NE Walk at Lunch Day






More than 25,000 Nebraskans have signed up to take a walk at lunch on April 30th. There are only a few weeks left to register and join the 270 Nebraska businesses, schools and nonprofits for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska's 8th Annual Walk at Lunch Day. Membership with BCBS is not necessary.


For every company or organization that signs up for this year's walk, BCBS of Nebraska will donate $20 to support the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation and Special Olympics Nebraska. To register or for more information, go to www.nebraskablue.com or contact Nate at 402-982-6528.

Cornhusker State Games






The 30th Cornhusker State Games will be in just 100 days. The 2014 Games are scheduled for July 18-27 in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding communities. All participants will receive a special 30th anniversary t-shirt, priority placement in the 2015 State Games of American and free entry to the opening ceremonies which will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, July 18th. There is still time to register for the 2014 games, go online to cornhuskerstategames.com.

Nebraska Farm Bureau News Conference To Be Held






The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is holding a news conference on Thursday, April 10th at 11 am at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel Atrium in Lincoln. They will be making an announcement that will make a difference in the future of Nebraska Agriculture and the shortage of qualified agricultural education teachers statewide, during the Nebraska FFA Convention. The news conference will include comments from Steve Nelson, Nebraska Farm Bureau president.

McDermotts To Be Honored in Omaha






Greg and Doug McDermott, the father/son coach/player duo that has taken Creighton University basketball to new heights, will be honored on Wednesday, April 16 at the Face on the Barroom Floor event in Omaha at the Omar Arts and Events building. A soldout crowd of 600 will attend the dinner, followed by a roast of the McDermotts.


The Face on the Barroom Floor was started in 1971 and has become a signature event for the Omaha Press Club. The award ceremony and roast recognizes newsmakers and is one of the most prestigious honors an individual can receive in Nebraska,


Greg and Doug McDermott will become the 141st face on the Barroom Floor and will join such notable past honorees as Warren Buffett, Tom Osborne, Gerald Ford, Johnny Carson and Alexander Payne.

4-H Registration






The deadline to sign up and participate at this year's county fair is Friday, April 11. The 4-H experience encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. To learn how to become a 4-H member of volunteer leader in Greeley, Howard, Sherman or Valley Counties, contact your local UNL Extension Office. In Greeley County 308 428 2835, in Howard County 308 754 5422, in Sherman County 308 745 1518, and in Valley County 308 728 5071.

Peru State College Health and Wellness Fair






The Peru State College Wellness Coalition will host their third annual Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 23 from 3-7 pm. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.

 

Several booths will be open and have information available on health related topics including drug abuse, binge-drinking, mental health and eating disorders. There will be drawings for door prizes and a healthy evening meal will be available for attendees. For more information contact Dr. Ellie Kunkel at 402-872-2392. 

Hulinsky Electric Building Destroyed by Fire


The Hulinsky Electric building in Burwell has been destroyed by an early morning fire.  The fire began about 3 am on Wednesday, April 2nd when a heater hanging from the ceiling fell and broke the gas line.  The building has been claimed a total loss.  No injuries have been reported.

Melling Homicide/Suicide Case Closed






Law enforcement officials have concluded their investigation into the shooting deaths of
two year old Aimee Melling and her father, 31 year old Christopher Melling of Burwell. 
The two bodies were discovered January 7, 2014, when police entered the family
home in Burwell in response to neighbors' safety concerns. 
Final autopsy results confirmed earlier reports that both individuals died as the result of 
shotgun wounds. Investigators concluded that Aimee was killed by her father, who
then took his own life. The deaths have been ruled a homicide and a suicide,
respectively.

Nebraska State Patrol investigators headed the inquiry into circumstances surrounding
the deaths, in cooperation with Burwell Police and the Garfield County Sheriffs' Office. 
At the request of Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall, results of the investigation
were submitted for review by independent prosecutor Glenn Clark. No criminal charges
have been filed as a result of the incident. 

Although the investigation has officially ended, anyone with further information about
the case should contact Burwell Police or the Nebraska State Patrol.

The Big Give to Valley County





The Big Give to Valley County wrapped up yesterday.  Their total number of donations for the 24 hour period was 444, with at least 146 of those being first time donors.  The total amount of money donated was reported at $82,629.  

NGP Schedules Trout Family Fishing Nights






Take advantage of the March stocking of rainbow trout in waters across the state and bring the family to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Trout Family Fishing Nights.

Game and Parks will provide loaner equipment, bait and volunteer instructors.  All participating lakes will be stocked with trout, and each even runs from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Just look for Game and Parks staff and the fishing trailer.

The Schedule of Fishing Nights is as follows:

March 22- Holmes Lake, Lincoln
March 24- Lake Halleck, Pappillion; Rotary Club Lake, Auburn
March 25- Stanton Lake, Falls City; Barnett Park Lake, McCook
March 26- Golf Course Lake, Curtis
March 27- City Park Lake, Humbolt; Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, Ogallala
April 1- Heartwell Park Lake, Hastings
April 2- Aubles Pond, Ord
April 3- Fort Kearney SRA Lake No. 2. Kearney

A park entry permit is required at Lake Ogallala and Fort Kearney.  Applicable fishing permits are required.

Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 24-29 2014


March 24th through the 29th is Nebraska Severe Weather Awareness Week. A statewide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday, March 26th between 10 am and 11am.


Each year the U.S. Experiences killer tornadoes that can claim lives. Preparedness makes a difference. It is also important to understand the terms you may hear in a message issued by the National Weather Service. A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch depends on the situation, and is usually for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. A warning is issued when severe weather has either been detected by radar or reported by storm spotters. Information in the warning will include the location, the primary threat, and the path of the storm. Warnings can be issued without a watch already in effect.


A thunderstorm is considered severe when it produces hail that is one inch in diameter or larger, damaging winds equal to or greater than 58 mph, or a tornado. Damaging winds can be caused by an event known as a downburst. Downburts result in straight line winds that can cause damage comparable to a tornado.


More tornadoes strike in the central plains than anywhere else in the U.S. It's important to know what to do when tornado warnings are issued. If you're home, go to your storm shelter or basement. If neither is available, go to the lowest floor and seek a windowless room in the center of your home like a bathroom or closet. Protect your head with a pillow. If you live in a motor home, leave immediately and seek a sturdy shelter.


When flooding is involved, always turn around whether on foot or in a vehicle. Many people drown at night when it is very difficult to see a flooded road. Flash flood related deaths are the number one storm-related killer across the nation.


Watch the clouds and be prepared to take shelter before you hear thunder or see lightning. If you can hear thunder you are close enough to be struck by lightning. No place outside is safe when lightning strikes. If you are caught outside in lightning take shelter in your home or your hard top car. Stay out of the bathtub, stay away from windows and electrical appliances. If possible, turn off all appliances prior to the storm's arrival. Don't use a corded telephone during a lightning event unless you have an emergency.


A Special Message will be transmitted through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, March 26th between 10 am and 11 am. For additional information on Nebraska's Severe Weather Awareness Week contact Teresa Keck at 308-532-4936 extension 726
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NE Game and Parks Stocking Rainbow Trout in Aubles Pond






The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several lakes and city ponds across the state this month.

Stocking began Thursday, March 13 at Fremont State Recreation Area No. 2 and CenturyLink Lake at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park.

There will be stocking at Aubles Pond in Ord, Weeping Water Pond, Humboldt City Park Lake, Auburn Rotary Club Lake, Fort Kearny State Recreation Area, Holdrege City Park and Ponca State Park on Friday, March 14.

Other lakes and city parks scheduled to be stocked this month include Lake Halleck in Papillion, Steinhart Park in Nebraska City, Holmes Lake in Lincoln, Pawnee Park West in Columbus, Heartwell Park in Hastings, Scottsbluff Zoo Pond, Lake Ogallala and Niobrara State Park.

The Big Give to Valley County






The Big Give to Valley County is a 24 hour giving day to encourage people across the country to support organizations in Valley County who strive to make our community a great place to live, work, play and give. The Big Give begins on Monday, March 17 at 10 am and ends Tuesday, March 18 at 10 am.


There are a couple of different ways to donate to The Big Give. Donors can go online and use their credit card, donors can give in person at Giving Stations at all Valley County Banks with a check or cash, or donors can mail a check to the organization of their choice.


In 2013 The Big Give to Valley County received over $40,000 in donations, and they hope to achieve even greater success in 2014. There are 29 nonprofit organizations participating in the 2014 Big Give to Valley County. To learn more about the participating organizations, www.ordnebraska.com/Give/TheBigGive.
 

Sen. Fisher Introduces Legislation For Relief From Propane Shortages




U.S. Senator Deb Fisher today announced that she is cosponsoring legislation to provide relief for Nebraskans who have been affected by recent propane shortages.  The Reliable Home Heating Act would eliminate red tape to support increased delivery of residential heating fuels to areas affected by shortages.  The legislation also includes a provision to help states better prepare for future supply and distribution challenges.

Record low temperatures this winter have resulted in record high prices for too many families struggling to heat their homes.  This legislation will help provide relief for more than 500,000 Nebraska households that rely on propane to heat their homes.

The legislation also requires the Energy Information Administration to provide an early warning to governors in a given Petroleum Administration for Defense District if its home heating fuel inventory falls below the most recent five-year average for more than three consecutive weeks.

The Midwest entered this winter with the lowest levels of propane inventories since 2007.  These shortages were due in part to extreme cold temperatures, a wet grain harvest requiring higher than average amounts of propane to fuel grain dryers, and strained distribution.

Burwell "Hit List" Investigation Turned over To NSP


At the request of the Burwell Police Department, the Nebraska State Patrol has assumed primary responsibility for conducting an ongoing investigation into the co-called "hit list" received at Burwell City Hall on Thursday, March 6th.  The change if effective immediately.

NSP has provided assistance since the case began.  Burwell officials felt that the shift in responsibilities was necessary due to limited manpower and resources at the local level.  The chance will permit local officers to focus on providing increased security at the school while addressing other law enforcement concerns in the community.

All further inquiries and information requests should be directed to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Pitzer Ranch To Be Featured on RFD-Tv






The Pitzer Ranch of Ericson, is the focus of an episode of “The Ride-with Cord McCoy.” Bullrider and former competitor on The Amazing Race, Cord McCoy's show “The Ride” airs on RFD-Tv. The episode featuring The Pitzer Ranch will air on Monday, March 10 and will be looking at the history and the legacy of The Pitzer Ranch. Several of the Ranch's customers, trainers, and members of the local community will be seen on the show, including Mark Wray, Riley Renner, and members of Howard Pitzers family. The first airing will be at 1 PM on Monday the 10th, with a reairing that evening at 9PM. RFD-Tv can be found on channel 231 on Dish Network and channel 345 on DirecTv. For more information about The Pitzer Ranch episode or the show itself, check out cowhorseproductions.com.

Holeman Finishes in 6th at The American






Congratulations to Arcadia's June Holeman who finished in 6th place in the barrel racing at RFD-Tv's The American rodeo in Texas yesterday. Holeman was the oldest competitor at the first largest paying one day rodeo, and was the only competitor to bring the entire crowd to their feet in a standing ovation after her run.


The big winner yesterday at The American was bareback rider Richmond Champion of Dublin, TX who won $1.1 million.


Nebraska was represented well in Texas yesterday as Cort Scheer of Elsmere, NE placed 2nd in the Saddle Bronc Riding winning $25,000. Two time World Champion Steer Wrestler Dean Gorsuch of Gering, NE competed yesterday and made a run in the final four as did Tryon, NE's Dru Melvin. Four time World Champion Steer Wrestler and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Ote Berry competed in the semifinals, as did two time PBR World Champion Bull Rider Justin McBride.

 

Arcadia Barrel Racer Qualifies for RFD-Tv's The American






June Holeman, the 70 year old mother, grandmother and professional barrel racer from Arcadia, NE is getting ready to compete in RFD-TV's The American Rodeo on Sunday, March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In 2005 at the age of 62, June Holeman made her first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas making her the oldest quailfier ever, a record that still stands. Holeman has always ran barrels at amateur rodeos and a few pro rodeos in Nebraska, but she never really tried to qualify for the WNFR until 2004. Once she set her eyes on the prize, she qualified to compete in Las Vegas in 2005. Currently, Holeman rides a 7 year old gelding named Hopes Money Boy aka Tall Boy whom she raised and trained herself. Holeman goes into this event sitting in fourth place among the barrel racing qualifiers.

RFD-TV's THE AMERICAN is set up to become the largest, richest one-day rodeo in the history of the sport. Each one of these world-class athletes, including Holeman, will compete for their share of the largest single day payout in the history of the sport, two million dollars. The top ten contestants in the world from each rodeo event will battle it out in the arena in Arlington, TX.

Out of that $2,000,000, each event will pay $100,000 for first place and $25,000 for second place. Then there will be a $1,000,000 "side pot" set aside for the qualifiers. If a qualifier can beat all the best and win his/her event, then he/she is entitled to that $1,000,000.

The American will broadcast on RFD-Tv at 2 pm on Sunday, March 2nd, and will also be streaming live on RFD-Tv's website.

Molacek State Swimming Record Holder Is Auburn Recruit






Jacob Molacek, the son of Valley County Health System IT Director Shane Molacek, owns six state records and is third in The Omaha World-Herald's all-time Top 10 as a high school swimmer.

Molacek owns the fastest time in state history in the 200-yard individual medley, the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. He is third all-time in the 100 backstroke and didn't make the list in the 500 freestyle because he swam it only twice in dual meets. But it is worth noting that Molacek does have the fastest 500 free time in the state this year — 4:42.27. That's almost eight seconds faster than anyone else this season.

The Auburn recruit will compete at the 77th boys state high school championship swim meet where he will compete in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, and also swim a leg on Omaha Creighton Prep's 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. Molacek's high school career has been a short one. It will be just over 13 months that he has competed for Prep after being home-schooled the first two years of high school.

Molacek is a second semester senior, and besides swimming he keeps busy making sure his 4.0 GPA stays intact instead of coasting to graduation. His course load includes two honors classes and an advanced placement course.

The legacy he's hoping to leave is that kids from Nebraska can have legitimate dreams about expanding the boundaries of greatness.

Best Burger Contest


Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers along with the Nebraska Beef Council have announced the launch of the 4th annual Nebraska’s Best Burger contest. A new format to the contest will determine the winner based on a combination of online votes and the scores from a panel of judges.

Online nominations will be accepted from March 1st through March 15th on the Nebraska Beef Council website www.nebeef.com or on their Facebook page. On March 15th, the top five nominated restaurants will be announced. From March 15th through March 31st, the public will be asked to vote again for one of the 5 finalists. During the final voting period, a panel of judges will also score the top five contestants. The overall contest winner will be determined by the highest combined total from the online vote and judges’ scores.

Another change to this year’s contest is that past winners will now be eligible to win again. Last year, the Peppermill Restaurant in Valentine, NE claimed the top prize. Other past winners of the award include the Cellar Bar & Grill in Kearney and Stella’s Bar & Grill in Bellevue.

For a full list of rules, contest details or to submit a nomination, visit www.nebeef.org or contact the Nebraska Beef Council at 308-236-7551.

Lane of Arcadia Wins State Title in Class D Wrestling


Wyatt Lane is the first ever wrestling class D state champion at 106 pounds from Arcadia. The Arcadia-Loup City junior recorded a takedown with one minute left in the third period to end with a 6-5 victory over senior Jacob Calvert of Dundy County-Stratton on Saturday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Growth has been an issue for Lane over the last couple of years. His freshman year he weighed in at only 85 pounds.  Lane missed weight at a couple of meets this year, then something clicked at the Lou-Platte Conference Tournament. He started to make weight after that and his confidence soared.

Lane, who was born with his intestines outside his stomach and does not have all his intestines, has not let that issue hamper him on the wrestling mat.

The experience that Lane has gained over the last couple years helped him during that tough final minute. Lane finished fourth in the 106 pound weight class a year ago.

Moving up in weight will be the plan for Lane next season. Arcadia-Loup City wrestling coach Phelps said Lane should wrestle at 113 or 120 a year from now. Arcadia-Loup City also be competing in Class C next winter.

NE Schools To Begin Buying Local Produce


Nebraska schools are starting to buy local fruits and vegetables for their school food programs. Farmers can learn how to participate in these growing farm to school initiatives in a series of free training sessions.

At these sessions, farmers will learn what schools are looking for and how to assure schools that their crops are clean and safe. In the first round of sessions farmers will learn how to sell foods to local schools, including business basics and marketing, regulations, and production practices. In the second of the two-part series farmers will learn ways to use and document a safe food handling plan that satisfies concerns of school and retail food buyers and also reduces risk of food contamination on the farm.

Training sessions are sponsored by the Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council of Burwell and by the Center for Rural Affairs. Funding for the project is provided in part by USDA Rural Development.

Trainings will be held

In Ord at the Volunteer Fire Hall from 1-4pm on Tuesday February 25 and Tuesday March 4

In Loup City at the Community Center from 1-4pm on Wednesday February 26 and Wednesday March 5

In Spalding at Clear Creek Organic Farms from 1-4pm on Thursday February 27 and Thursday March 6

In St. Paul at Miletta Vista Winery from 1-4pm on Tuesdays March 11 and Tuesday March 18

In Burwell at Sandstone Grill from 1-4pm on Wednesday March 12 and Wednesday March 19

And in Broken Bow at Custer Public Power from 1-4pm on Thursday March 13 and Thursday March 20
Visit www.loupbasinrcd.org for more information, or contact Sarah Smith at 307.321.9766 or Janet Sanders at 308.346.3393.

Rise in Propane Prices


The average retail price for propane rose 10.3 cents from a week ago to $2.96 per gallon. That's up 68.1 cents from a year ago, based on the residential heating fuel survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This is the largest single week increase since the heating season started in October. Propane prices in the Midwest region averaged 2.55 a gallon, up 14.9 cents from last week, and up 79.1 cents from a year ago.
With the onset of severely cold weather seen over the past weeks, propane supplies in the Midwest are extremely tight. The Midwest spot price of propane at Conway, Kansas, has spiked far above the Gulf Coast spot price at Mont Belvieu, Texas. The high propane prices in the Midwest are the result of both increased demand for crop drying in November and increased demand for space heating in the current cold weather.
In the Midwest, propane is used for both drying agricultural crops and heating homes and businesses. For corn to be stored, it first needs to be dried, using large-scale heaters that often use propane for fuel. A late-2013 corn harvest, along with cold, wet weather, resulted in strong demand for propane at distribution terminals in the Upper Midwest. For the week ending November 1, 2013, Midwest propane inventories dropped more than 2 million barrels, the largest single-week stock draw in any November since 1993. This demand prompted a strong upward price response, and propane at Conway moved to a 3-cent-per-gallon (gal) premium over Mont Belvieu during the first week of November, the first such premium in almost three years.
After the harvest, logistical problems prevented the region from fully replenishing inventories before the onset of winter. The Upper Midwest is supplied with propane by pipelines (Mid-American and ONEOK) flowing north from Conway (home to 30% of the nation's propane storage), the Cochin Pipeline coming south from Canada, and from rail deliveries. The Cochin Pipeline, which delivers ethane and propane from Canada to the Upper Midwest, was out of service for maintenance from late November to December 20 and unavailable to deliver supplies. Rail transportation disruptions, both due to weather and other factors, curtailed deliveries from Mont Belvieu and Conway, as well as from Canada.
The most recent cold weather increased space-heating demand at a time when markets were already tight. As demand outpaced supply, inventories dropped further, by 1.5 million barrels and 1.2 million barrels for the weeks ending December 6 and January 3, respectively. Since the week ending October 11, Midwest propane inventory levels have dropped by 12.8 million barrels, compared with a drop of 7.3 million barrels for the previous five-year average for that period. By January 21, prices at Conway had vaulted to a 95-cent/gal premium to Mont Belvieu.
Strong demand surges, low inventories, and supply challenges have led several Midwest states to implement emergency measures to provide propane to heating customers, including suspensions of limitations on hours of service for propane-delivery truck drivers.

NLS Bond Voting


North Loup Scotia School is mailing out ballots today to vote on the two school bonds up for discussion.  District voters will have until Tuesday, February 11th to turn them in.

One bond is to tear down the old school building in Scotia to build a new building to house Kindergarten through 6th grade and they are planning on keeping the existing gym and ag building to turn them into classrooms.

The second bond is to build a new five bay bus barn.

Those not yet registered to vote have until Friday, January 31st to get registered and then will receive ballots in the mail.

District voters can mail in their votes or drop them off at the clerk offices in Ord or Greeley.  Also drop boxes will be at the Scotia and North Loup Village Offices during their normal business hours.

Popcorn County Loan


Popcorn County USA in North Loup will be receiving a loan for modernizing their facility. Nebraska Central Telephone Company at Gibbon is receiving a U.S.D.A. Rural Economic Development Loan of $798,000. This project will loan funds to Popcorn County USA at North Loup, for the construction of a modernized popcorn processing facility to replace their out dated facility. The funding will help the business meet industry requirements while providing the opportunity for expanded production volume and in-house processing. The project will save 11 full time equivalent jobs as a direct result of the project, in North Loup, population 297. The Rural Economic Development Loan will be leveraged with $4,602,000 in other funding. According to Agriculture Secretary, Tom VilsackThese investments will help businesses expand, help rural communities grow their economies and help support the community-based development goals of the Obama administration.” Through USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program, USDA provides zero-interest loans to utilities that lend funds to local businesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas. These revolving loan funds broaden the program’s reach and create a multiplier effect for its impact.

UPDATE: Burwell Shooting Deaths


Two deaths being investigated in Burwell, have been ruled a homicide and a suicide, according to Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall.  Preliminary autopsy results confirm that Christopher Melling, age 31, and daughter Aimee Melling, who would have celebrated her third birthday this Sunday, January 12, died as the result of head wounds inflicted by a shotgun at the family home located at 624 E Street in Burwell.  Investigators believe that Aimee died at the hand of her father, who then took his own life.

Christopher Melling's last known activities appear to have been on Saturday, January 4.  The deaths are believed to have occurred sometime between Saturday night and Tuesday morning.  Officials have been unable to determine the exact date and time of the shootings.

The bodies of the deceased were discovered Tuesday afternoon, after police gained entry into the home through a window of the locked residence in response to neighbors' concern that there had been no recent activity at the home, and the lights had been left on.

The deaths followed a reported disturbance on Friday, January 3, when Christopher's wife Tammy Melling, age 33, was arrested by Burwell Police and booked into the Valley County jail on domestic assault charges.  At the time, Christopher complained that his wife threatened and struck him in the course of an extended argument.  The incident is being included in the current investigation.  No formal charges have been filed, and at this time, investigators do not consider Tammy Melling a suspect in the deaths of her husband and daughter.

Nebraska State Patrol investigators are heading the inquiry into the deaths and surrounding circumstances, with full cooperation and assistance from Burwell Police and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release from Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall

Information on Light Bulb Changes


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Shooting Deaths Being Investigated in Burwell


Two bodies were recovered late Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the the scene of a shooting in Burwell.  The deceased were identified as Christopher Melling of Burwell, age 31, and Aimee Melling, who would have been three years of age later this month.

The deaths were discovered Tuesday afternoon, after officers broke out a window to gain access to the house located at 624 E Street to conduct a welfare check.  Concerned neighbors had reported no recent activity at the home.

Officers of the Burwell Police Department, Garfield Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol are conducting a joint investigation into the deaths.  A single firearm was recovered at the scene.  Autopsies have been scheduled for later this week.

Investigation into the circumstances of the deaths is ongoing.

Press Release from Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall

Nebraska Cattlemen Elect New Leadership




During the Nebraska Cattlemen Convention held December 4-6th in Kearney, new officers and leaders were elected and appointed.

New Officers are:
President-Jeff Rudolph, Gothenburg
President Elect-Dave McCracken, Friend
Vice President-Barb Cooksley, Anselmo
Past President-Dale Spencer, Brewster

Council Leadership:
Cow-Calf Chairman-Jaclyn Wilson-Demel, Lakeside
Cow-Calf Vice Chairman-Clark Gotschall, Atkinson
Seedstock Vice Chairman-Dan Hunt, Oxford

Committee Leadership:
Education Chairman-Nancy Peterson, Gordon
Marketing and Commerce Chairman-John J. Schroeder, Cozad
Member Services Chairman-Gregg Wiedel, Hebron
Nebraska CattleWomen Consumer Education and Promotion Chairman-Tammy Hansen, Burwell

Members Services Vice Chairman:
Region 1-Jerry Underwood, Alliance
Region3-Ron Coufal, Howells

Central City Man Named NE Commissioner of Education


Matthew Blomstedt of Central City has been named the new Nebraska Commissioner of Education by the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Blomstedt is currently the executive director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council, and was selected from a field of four finalists for his new position.

Blomstedt received a Ph.D. In Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Community and Regional Planning from UN-L, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also from UN-L.

State Board of Education President Pat Timm said that the Board's goal is to work in partnership with Blomstedt to ensure all students learn at high levels and the achievement gap among groups of students is narrowed. The Board's focus will include the development of a new state accountability system focused on continuous improvement.

OHS Student Again Diagnosed with Leukemia


Adrian Dobbs, a sophomore at Ord High School, has been diagnosed with leukemia for a third time.

 

Originally diagnosed with leukemia at two and a half years old, the leukemia returned again at the age of seven. After being cancer free for four and a half years, the leukemia returned again this year shortly before Thanksgiving. Adrian is active in football, band and FFA and is nicknamed A-Dobbs by his friends and family. Adrian is currently at the Omaha Children's Hospital undergoing treatment, and will most likely have to have a bone marrow transplant.

 

A donation account has been opened in his name at Great Western Bank. His family and friends are also selling rubber bracelets for $3 to help raise money for travel expenses between Ord and Omaha and for any medical expenses that insurance doesn't cover. Bracelets should be available for purchase soon at Ord High School as well.

 

You can contact Jill at 730-1372 to purchase a bracelet or for more information about helping Adrian.  

Anselmo-Merna Students Raise Money for Ranchers






The students at Anselmo-Merna Public School have raised a total of $12,302 for the ranchers that were devastated by the October blizzard that hit parts of South Dakota and NorthWest Nebraska.


Anselmo-Merna teacher Cierra Anderson started the Fundraiser for Ranchers. Anderson knew people personally who were directly affected by the devastating weather. It is estimated that tens of thousands of cattle were killed in the surprise October blizzard that hit at the worst time for ranchers, just before the season paid off.


The students at Anselmo-Merna school began having bake sales and going door to door asking for donations right after the blizzard hit. Anderson had hoped to raise a couple thousand, but her goal was exceeded in just the first week as they raised $6,000. They have since doubled that number thanks to the generous families in the Anselmo-Merna community.


Instead of sending the total amount to the fund in South Dakota, they instead looked through the profiles of ten families that were severely affected by the blizzard and chose the 6 families they felt needed the help the most. The checks are going to be sent on Monday, December 9th or Tuesday, December 10th. The recipients do not know they will be receiving this help, so this should be a nice holiday surprise for them.