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Articles from the November 2, 2023 edition


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  • The stage is set

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    The Summerland Bobcat volleyball team will meet Lincoln Lutheran in the opening round of the 2023 Class C2 Nebraska School Activities Association State Volleyball Championships. The first serve will be at 5 p.m., Thursday, at Pinnacle Bank Arena's north court. The semifinal match will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, on the south court at PBA. Saturday's championship is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Devaney Center. The consolation match is slated for 3 p.m. at Lincoln Northeast, at 2635 North...

  • Downtown concepts show what's possible for Clearwater's Main Street

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    Clearwater residents will get a sneak peek of what the village’s business district could resemble during a Nov. 8 open house, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Clearwater American Legion. Five Rule Rural Planning founder Bobbi Pettit, planner Lowell Schroeder and members of its design team will unveil concepts for buildings and infrascture along the village’s Main Street. Pettit compared Wednesday’s meeting to a home remodeling project. “If you want to remodel your kitchen, you hire an interior design te...

  • Veterans salute planned in SAM

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    The "Advocate-Messenger" will feature a veterans' tribute in the Nov. 9 edition. Individuals who wish to honor a veteran are asked to send the veteran's name, branch of service, service dates and photo to [email protected] or drop off the form on Page 4 and a photo at the office, 522 Main Street, in Clearwater. Veterans who have been featured in past years will be included. During the summer, SAM staff worked with the Clearwater American Legion to get photos and information...

  • Government class plans Veterans Day program

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    Students enrolled in government classes at Summerland Public School will present a Veterans Day program, Friday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Instructor Dan Roeber said students are comparing all wars. "We have a general overview of each war to include the stats and figures of countries involved. We will also look at the overview of the homefront, the sacrifices made and the treatment of soldiers as the attitude of war changed," Roeber said....

  • Royal firemen plan pancake supper

    Nov 2, 2023

    The Royal Fire Department will host its annual pancake and sausage supper, Friday, Nov. 10. Serving will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Royal Auditorium. A freewill donation will be accepted. Proceeds will go toward the fire hall addition. Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog will be on site to greet youngsters....

  • Deadline approaching for shirt order

    Nov 2, 2023

    Due to popular demand, Howdy Doody shirts are available. Orders can be placed at https://howdy-doody-apparel-2.itemorder.com/shop/home and the deadline to order is at 10 a.m., Nov. 7. Proceeds will benefit the Antelope County Youth Enrichment Center....

  • Comments accepted on broadband proposal

    Nov 2, 2023

    The Nebraska Broadband Office is moving to the next phase of efforts to ensure access to reliable broadband for all Nebraskans. As part of this effort, there will be ongoing public engagements across the state, including a series of nine public meetings and an open comment period from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13. A meeting will be held Nov. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at The Evergreen, 300 Jeanette Way, in O’Neill. Another area meeting is set for Nov. 16, from 5;30 to 7 p.m., at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, 753 33rd Ave. During the comment p...

  • Isms: Views on life in rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    Isn’t it amazing how a game changes over the years? During the late 1960s, Mom coached volleyball in Clay Center. I remember sitting on the stage in what later became known as the “old gym,” watching her toss the ball to the girls, running some kind of hitting drill. I can see a line of girls practicing their underhanded serves, some of the balls skimming over the top of the net and landing in the back corner of the court. I vaguely remember a few games taking place against area schools. There...

  • The internet is open

    Sen. Deb Fischer|Nov 2, 2023

    Despite hysteria from social media, late night comedy shows or even presidential administrations, net neutrality is not a policy that needs to be controversial. Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers should treat all data on their networks fairly, without favoring or disfavoring certain types of internet traffic. This means that service providers shouldn’t block lawful content, slow down access to content or unjustly prioritize traffic to certain sites. The basic p...

  • Whatever happened to people who apologize?

    JL Schmidt, Nebraska Press Association Statehouse Correspondent|Nov 2, 2023

    Quick, somebody give the governor a shovel, I want to see how much deeper he can dig the hole. Weeks after he insulted a reporter who questioned the high nitrate levels on his pig farm, Governor Jim Pillen has yet to apologize for his xenophobic remarks. The reporter, born in China, has been working in this country since 2017. She wrote about the nitrate issue for "Flatwater Free Press," her employer for the past two years. On an Omaha radio call-in program, Pillen said he hadn't read the...

  • Sharing Nebraska success with pride

    Jeff Yost, Nebraska Community Foundation|Nov 2, 2023

    One of the best parts of my role at Nebraska Community Foundation is listening to our NCF affiliated fund volunteers speak about their communities with pride. These local leaders invest so much time, treasure and talent into their hometowns and often go unsung. So, when an opportunity arises to showcase their success, we rarely turn it down. Such was the case in September, when a group of 17 visitors from Canada toured Nebraska to witness the progress small towns can make when residents are...

  • Scholarship available for ag students

    Nov 2, 2023

    The Organic Crop Improvement Association of Nebraska invites qualified high school or college students to apply for the 2024 Organic Agriculture Scholarship Program. These scholarships, each valued at $500, are designed to empower students pursuing degrees or certificates in agriculture, with a special emphasis on organic crop and livestock production, marketing and processing. Applications will be accepted through April 1. To qualify, a student must be a current FFA member or former member, maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a...

  • Ewing man pleads guilty to first-degree sexual assault

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Nov 2, 2023

    Ryan Brummels, 22, of Ewing, changed his plea to guilty to first-degree sexual assault when he appeared in front of the Honorable James Kube in the Antelope County district courtroom in Neligh last week. Brummels, who is represented by Frederick Bartell of Norfolk, appeared Oct. 25 for pretrial hearing on the charge, a Class 2 felony committed Dec. 26, 2022. A plea agreement was announced. In exchange for Brummels agreement to plead guilty, Antelope County attorney Joe Smith agreed to make no recommendation at sentencing and to file no...

  • Valuation dispute could imperil thousands of affordable housing units

    Ryan Hoffman, Flatwater Free Press|Nov 2, 2023

    Kathy Mesner has a word for the potential fallout from a property valuation dispute in Lancaster County. Catastrophic. "I don't think it's too much to say it may be catastrophic not only in terms of bankrupting projects ... but displacing all these low-income households across the state," said Mesner, an attorney and president of Central City-based Mesner Development Co. In the past year, a narrow disagreement on how to value 21 Lincoln-area properties has morphed into a court fight over a...

  • Bobcats upset top-seed in round two of subdistricts

    Nov 2, 2023

    Summerland bumped off the top-seeded Stanton Mustangs in C2-6 subdistrict volleyball action, Oct. 24, at Stanton. The Bobcats took control in set one, winning 25-18, won a thrilling set two, 26-24 and kept cool in the final set, earning a 25-22 win. Senior Ady Mlnarik recorded 16 kills, 15 digs and 14 assists, while junior Lydia Robertson ended with 19 assists, 15 digs and 14 kills. Senior Kelsey Schlect served 100% efficiency, and landed two aces. The win propelled the Bobcats to Saturday's...

  • Stanton remains perfect after 60-30 win over Bobcats

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    Sam Cheatum scored four touchdowns, in Friday's Class D1 football playoff game against Stanton, but it wasn't enough to defeat the unbeaten Mustangs. Stanton claimed a 60-30 win to advance to the field of eight teams in the 2023 NSAA State Football Championships bracket. Coach TomThramer said he thought the team competed well against Stanton. "We obviously didn't win the game, but we stuck in it until the final whistle which I am proud of our kids for. We aren't quite at the level of Stanton in...

  • Ewing woman bound over to Holt County district court

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Nov 2, 2023

    Jessica J. Snyder, 41, of Ewing, who is charged with a Class 3 felony count of making terroristic threats, is scheduled for arraignment in the Holt County district courtroom in O’Neill on Nov. 6. After initially requesting a preliminary hearing to determine if the case merits trial, Snyder filed a written waiver of that right last Wednesday, Oct. 25. The Honorable Kale Burdick bound the case over to the district court Thursday. Snyder was arrested Oct. 8 after allegedly making threats, during a phone call and through text messages during the w...

  • Bobcats upset undefeated Bayard in district volleyball final

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    The Summerland Bobcats came out swinging, Saturday, when they met undefeated Bayard in the Class C2 district final, in Brady. Those swings led to 32 team kills, five ace serves and a three-set sweep over the Tigers. Bayard jumped to an early lead in set one, but the Bobcats remained calm and collected, narrowing the Tigers' lead, point by point. With the match tied at 24, Ady Mlnarik stepped up to the service line and sent a rocket across the net. The volley ended with a Lydia Robertson block....

  • PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE UPPER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT

    Nov 2, 2023

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE UPPER ELKHORN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT The Board of Directors of the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District (“board”) will hold a public hearing at 12:30 p.m., on Nov. 27th, 2023, at the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources District office, 301 North Harrison Street, in O’Neill, Nebraska, 68763. This is not a question-and-answer hearing. The purpose of this hearing is to receive testimony relevant to the adoption of proposed amendments to the district’s chemigation rules and regulations. A summary of the proposed amendments...

  • NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Nov 2, 2023

    NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular meeting of the board of trustees of the village of Clearwater will be held Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at the fire 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. Angie Hupp, Village Clerk...

  • NOTICE OF HEARING VILLAGE OF EWING PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD

    Nov 2, 2023

    NOTICE OF HEARING VILLAGE OF EWING PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Ewing Planning and Zoning Board will hold a public hearing for a conditional use permit for a daycare at 416 N. Spruce Street, Suite 1, in Ewing. The hearing will be held Nov. 8, 2023, at 7 p.m. at city hall. An agenda, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Ewing Village Clerk’s office and may be modified at such meeting to include items of an emergency nature, pursuant to Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Revised S...

  • Judge orders arrest of man who failed to appear in court

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Nov 2, 2023

    Jay L. Herrera, 22, of Vermillion, South Dakota, failed to appear in the Antelope County district courtroom in Neligh last week for a pretrial hearing on a charge of making terroristic threats, a Class 3 felony alleged June 7 in Neligh. His court-appointed attorney, Martin Klein of Neligh, asked the judge to continue the hearing. Klein said he had no way to contact his client but he had talked to the defendant’s “now ex-girlfriend,” who told him Herrera has no phone. Smith objected. The Honorable James Kube denied the request, revoked Herre...

  • Two sentenced to probation on assault convictions

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Nov 2, 2023

    The Honorable James Kube handed two defendants, who had been convicted of two misdemeanor counts apiece after accepting plea deals in August, concurrent 18-month probation sentences during the Oct. 25 session of Antelope County district court at the courthouse in Neligh. They were also informed of their right to petition the court to have their convictions set aside after successful completion of their probation. Jordan Knievel, 22, of Neligh faced Kube for sentencing on two Class 1 misdemeanors, third-degree assault and obstruction of a peace...

  • Your gastrointestinal system – no reason to be grossed out

    Kelly Evans Hullinger MD, Prairie Doc|Nov 2, 2023

    A common lament I hear from my patients as they try to discuss a real concern they have about their body: “I’m sorry; this is so disgusting!” Their cheeks burn with shame as they tell me how their bowels have betrayed them. No matter what the issue is, so many of my patients are mortified discussing their diarrhea, constipation, fecal incontinence. My response, always, is “you can’t gross me out – we talk about poop every day in this clinic.” Plenty of things can go wrong in the gastrointesti...

  • Clearwater Legion plans veterans dinner

    Nov 2, 2023

    Clearwater Sons of the American Legion will serve a Veterans Day dinner, Sunday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Legion. A freewill donation will be accepted. Veterans eat for free....

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