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  • SAM's Top 10 most read articles of 2022

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    Every year, as the new year approaches, we scour newspapers to see how each approaches its top list of articles. Some break it down by category. Others separate local from national news. Some choose not to report a list. We see merits in all of those approaches. While the top 10 stories listed below are based strictly on the number of unique visitors to that story's dedicated web page, we, as publishers, feel a number of important - and a few fun - articles didn't make the cut. One of our...

  • SAM's Top 10 multimedia posts of 2022

    Jan 5, 2023

    Check out most-viewed multimedia posts viewed on SAM social media in 2022: 1. Ring of Fear at Clearwater Rough Stock Rodeo https://www.facebook.com/summerlandadvocatemessenger/videos/984463735635679/ 2. No injuries on Elkhorn River Bridge accident https://www.facebook.com/summerlandadvocatemessenger/videos/670264904144962/ 3. Dance Catz or football players (homecoming pep rally) https://www.facebook.com/summerlandadvocatemessenger/videos/793261685212170/ 4. Last Walk for Bobcat seniors...

  • -Isms: View on life in rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    Last week’s column focused on optimism. I figured it was appropriate as we were ready to open a new chapter for the new year. The column included examples of how optimism leads to improved mental and physical health. It focused on the “glass half full” mindset, which translates to positive thinking. It even included a quote from Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” I believe in every single word and idea in that column. But ... I did not write it. I “suggested” it. Last week’s column was an ex...

  • It's a new year and there's a whole lotta new going on

    JL Schmidt, Statehouse Correspondent Nebraska Press Association|Jan 5, 2023

    Welcome to 2023, a new year with a whole lotta new going on at the State Capitol. There’s a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor and 14 new state senators assuming leadership roles in the Republican-dominated Nebraska government. There will be a new U.S. senator from Nebraska to be appointed by the new governor. There are 33 Republicans and 16 Democrats in the officially nonpartisan Legislature. So, what does this mean to you and me? A new year marks a great chance to move one year further away from the Covid pandemic l...

  • Grief and love

    Joanie Holm CNP|Jan 5, 2023

    Writing about grief is like writing about life-huge! Where does one start? It is like describing love: basically impossible. The comedian and late-night host Stephen Colbert lost his father and two older brothers in a tragic accident when he was young, and said, about grief, "It is a gift to exist, and with that gift comes suffering. If I am grateful for life, I must be grateful for all of it. I hope that grief stays with me because it is all the unexpressed love I didn't get to tell you." So...

  • Ice fishing enthusiasts cast sights on Royal tournament

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    Royal Fire Department will host its 40th annual ice fishing tournament, Jan. 8. Fising will begin at the north end of Grove Lake, at 9 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. A calcutta will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Royal Gym. Food and Refreshments will be served. Registration will be available during the calcutta or Sunday morning. For more information, contact Gary Ober, 402-340-0170; Max Hieter, 402-893-4531 or Butch's Body Shop, 402-893-5115....

  • Clifton earns bachelor's degree

    Jan 5, 2023

    Peyton Clifton, of Orchard, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in education and human sciences from the College of Education and Human Sciences, during University of Nebraska-Lincoln commencement exercises, held Dec. 17 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The university conferred 1,288 degrees during the event. Graduates represent 50 countries, 41 states and more than 170 Nebraska communities. Sen. Deb Fischer delivered the undergraduate commencement address Dec. 17. Katrina Jagodinsky, Susan J. Rosowski...

  • Area students learn about dangers of social media

    Jan 5, 2023

    SUBMITTED ARTICLE - NCDHD "You didn't grow up, you gave up." This is Officer Dave Gomez's reply to youth citing "growing up" as an excuse for misusing the internet, alcohol and drugs. The response should be mirrored by everyone discussing the health and wellness of youth. On Dec. 12 and 13, North Central District Health Department and the Holt/Boyd County Collaboration brought Gomez to 10 areas schools in Holt and Knox counties. Gomez, a 13-year Idaho law enforcement officer veteran and 10 as a...

  • Assistance available for livestock producers affected by recent adverse weather

    Jan 5, 2023

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Nebraska Farm Service Agency Executive Director John Berge is reminding the state's producers who suffered livestock losses due to the recent adverse weather, they may be eligible for the Livestock Indemnity Program. "The Livestock Indemnity Program provides producers with a safety net to help them with the financial impact of livestock losses due to extreme or abnormal weather," said Berge. "December has been marked by blizzards and extreme cold and high winds,...

  • Lady Cats claim holiday tourney crown

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    The Summerland Lady Bobcats advance to 7-1 on the season following two wins last week at the Summerland Holiday Invite. On Dec. 28, the Cats pounced on CWC, claiming a 61-24 win. Adyson Mlnarik scored 24 points and Lydia Robertson hit 20 to pace Summerland. The win set up a championship match against West Holt. In a low-scoring affair, Summerland earned a 32-25 hard-fought battle against the Lady Huskies. Senior Hadley Cheatum led the Bobcats with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing...

  • Bobcats win title in overtime thriller

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    It came down to the wire, but Summerland's boys' basketball team survived a late surge from West Holt to earn the championship title at Summerland's Holiday Tourney. Thursday's 42-38 overtime win propels the Bobcats to 7-0 on the season. The Bobcats held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter and the teams were knotted at 19 at the half. West Holt held a 27-24 lead at the third quarter, but Summerland scored 10 in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 34. In the bonus quarter,...

  • Osmond man sentenced for Royal gas drive-off

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jan 5, 2023

    Aaron C. Poellot, 39, of Osmond was sentenced in the Antelope County courtroom in Neligh on Dec. 28, for the May 2 theft of gasoline from a Royal convenience store. Poellot appeared, alongside Antelope County public defender Pat Carney of Norfolk, before the Honorable Donna Taylor on Wednesday for pretrial hearing on a charge of theft by unlawful taking. Madison County attorney Joe Smith served as prosecutor. A plea agreement was announced, which included Poellot changing his plea to guilty and agreeing to pay restitution, in return for...

  • Commissioners meeting postponed due to weather conditions

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    Antelope County Commissioners will do double duty, Jan. 10, when they meet at the Antelope County Courthouse Annex at 8 a.m. The board’s Jan. 3 meeting was canceled due to approximately eight inches of snow and a thin layer of ice that blanketed the region. Items currently on the agenda include: • reappointment to the planning commission for three-year terms; • approval of an administrative plat; • review of semi-truck bids; • discussion of a vacated road on 529 Avenue, southwest of Oakdale;...

  • Outgoing Holt County officials recognized for service

    Jan 5, 2023

    Outgoing Holt County Supervisor Don Butterfield and planning and zoning administrator Mike Durre were guests of honor at a reception, held Friday, at the Holt County Courthouse. Butterfield served 16 years as a supervisor and Durre has overseen the county's planning and zoning efforts for nearly 19 years....

  • Notice of Meeting Village of Ewing Board of Trustees

    Jan 5, 2023

    NOTICE OF MEETING VILLAGE OF EWINGBOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular meeting and one- and six-year street plan hearing of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ewing will be held Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., at the city hall meeting room and will be open to the public. An agenda is kept continuously current and available for public inspection at the office of the village clerk. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting....

  • Fernau bound over to district court

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jan 5, 2023

    The case of a Clearwater teenager, who is accused of making terroristic threats last fall regarding a Summerland Public School bus, has been bound over to Antelope County district court. Koda K. Fernau, 18, of Clearwater waived his right to preliminary hearing, on a Class 3A felony count of making terroristic threats, when he appeared in front of the Honorable Donna Taylor on Dec. 28. Two misdemeanor counts of disturbing the peace were dismissed, without prejudice, by prosecutor Joe Smith. Fernau’s $25,000, 10% cash, bond is continued. He w...

  • Northeast Nebraska March for Life scheduled for Jan. 20 in Norfolk

    Jan 5, 2023

    The public is invited to attend and participate in the third annual Northeast Nebraska March for Life, Friday, Jan. 20, starting at the Norfolk Catholic School campus, 2301 W. Madison Ave. This year’s event, which is sponsored by Norfolk Area Right to Life and Sacred Heart Parish, includes an expanded schedule with a fair for pro-life organizations, a keynote speaker and the traditional march on a new route starting at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Prayer and worship will follow the march. Both indoor and outdoor activities will be available for...

  • A toast to the pork roast

    Terri Hahn, Journalist|Jan 5, 2023

    There are lots of dishes out there that are considered comfort foods (meatloaf, mac and cheese, chicken and noodles), but in my opinion, roasts - both beef and pork - have to be included on that list. Roasting is cooking meat or vegetables in the oven (or over a flame, technically) in an uncovered pot with no liquid, according to food writer Daniel Neman. The meat or vegetables are cooked entirely and evenly by the dry heat of the air around them. I have more experience with beef roasts than I... Full story

  • Betty L Vackiner

    Jan 5, 2023

    Memorial services for Betty L Vackiner, 97, formerly of Ewing, will be held later in the spring. Betty died at Arbor Care Center, in O'Neill, on Jan. 6, 2023. Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater will be handling the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.snidermemorialfh.com. Per Betty's wishes, her cremains will be joined with Ed's and laid to rest in Snyder, Nebraska, in the spring. Memorials are requested to the Ewing American Legion Auxiliary and Ewing Fire and... Full story

  • Jeanette A. Thiele

    Jan 5, 2023

    Funeral services for Jeanette A. Thiele, 87, of Clearwater, will be Thursday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Clearwater, with Father John Norman officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. wake service at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. Theresa’s Catholic Cemetery. Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater will be handling the arrangements. Jeanette died Sunday, Jan. 8, at Arbor Care Center in Neligh. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.s...