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Articles from the March 26, 2020 edition

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 By LuAnn Schindler    News    March 26, 2020

School facilities to remain closed

It's the end of the school year as we know it. Unlike the comeback line of R.E.M.'s 1987 pop hit, not everyone feels fine about the decision, which was announced Monday afternoon. Ewing Public,...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    March 26, 2020

First COVID-19 deaths reported in Nebraska

The first deaths in Nebraska, related to COVID-19, were reported Friday. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, a 50-year-old man from Douglas County, with underlying...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    March 26, 2020

Seminarians return from Rome

On a normal day, the streets of Rome bustle with activity: tourists tossing coins into Trevi Fountain, viewing mosaics at St. Peter's Basilica or taking in ancient history at the Colosseum or...

 

Sunset Store temporarily closed

The Sunset Store, in Ewing, will be closed until further notice because of COVID-19 concerns. Donations will not be accepted at this time....

 

Orchard alumni event rescheduled

The Orchard Alumni have decided to postpone the 2020 alumni gathering from May 23 to July 25. Members will be receiving notifications by mail or social media. Alumni festivities will be joining in the activities of the Orchard Celebration Days, July...

 

New flag poles to be installed in Ewing

New flag poles will be installed at the Ewing Cemetery after a donation from Elkhorn Rural Public Power District's community development fund, Operation Round Up. Sarah Ahlers, a member of ERPPD's...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    March 26, 2020

Holt County officials limit access to courthouse

Effective Monday, March 23, the Holt County courthouse and annex are open to customers by appointment only. Holt County supervisors approved a motion to limit access to the courthouse during an...

 

-Isms: Views on life in rural America

As I neared age 40, a wave of depression washed over me, sweeping me into an abyss of self-pity. When I look back at that time, life was a jumbled mess and saying I was unhappy was an understatement....

 

Failure to follow directed health measures may result in misdemeanor charges

Many unprecedented events have taken place over this past week. In my March 13 newsletter, I wrote about the Legislature giving first-round approval to the budget bills. Since then, COVID-19 has compl...

 

Governor requests emergency funding to fight COVID-19

Governor Pete Ricketts announced he is requesting $58.6 million of emergency funding from the Nebraska Legislature to support the state’s efforts to combat coronavirus 2019 disease. Dr. Gary Anthone, the state’s chief medical officer, joined the...

 

Iowa's solar compromise serves as national model

CODY SMITH Policy Associate, Center for Rural Affairs After a lengthy fight during the 2019 Iowa legislative session, a unique coalition of agriculture and environmental groups joined forces with MidAmerican Energy, the state’s largest...

 

Jacquette "Jackie" Bartak

Funeral services for Jacquette "Jackie" Bartak, 84, of Ewing, will be held privately for her family, due to the present healthcare precautions. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery rural...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    March 26, 2020

State's high court denies Antelope County man's appeal

The Nebraska Supreme Court has denied the appeal of an Antelope County man. Darryl Lierman, 53, who was sentenced to 70 to 140 years in prison in March 2018, appealed his conviction in April 2018. He...

 

Thiele named to dairy board

Bill Thiele, Clearwater, has been appointed to the Nebraska Dairy Industry Development Board. The appointment was announced March 18 by Governor Pete Ricketts. Thiele joins Kent Pulfer and Douglas Temme, of Wayne. Appointees are unpaid and are not...

 

NNTC offers student credit, Wi-Fi hotspots during COVID-19 closures

Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company will offer a one gigabyte credit for customers with a student at home, per closed school day, per student, during the coronavirus outbreak. Customers with...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    March 26, 2020

Holt County judge hands down sentences

Lindsey A. Rokahr, 37, of Ewing faced the Honorable Kale Burdick on March 17 in the Holt County court for arraignment on three counts: Count I, possession of marijuana, less than one ounce, second...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    March 26, 2020

Neligh man pleads to attempted stalking

Douglas D. Carpenter, 43, of Neligh, who was scheduled to face the Honorable Donna Taylor for a bench trial in the Antelope County courtroom Monday, March 23, reached a plea agreement with prosecutor...

 

Antelope County Courthouse limits access due to COVID-19 concerns

Antelope County Commissioners approved a motion during an emergency meeting, March 18, to limit access to the courthouse. Beginning March 19, individuals needing to conduct business with local...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    March 26, 2020

Severe blood shortage due to COVID-19 outbreak

The need for blood donations is always present. According to Governor Pete Ricketts, approximately 4,000 blood drives across the country have been canceled since the COVID-19 pandemic began. U.S. Surg...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    March 26, 2020

Loaded for bear

Multiple sightings of bears have been reported across the area. A nationwide movement to hunt bears is underway, since schools have been closed due to COVID-19. Based on the popular children's book,...

 

Ricketts signs order allowing mixed drink carryout

Governor Pete Ricketts issued a new executive order, March 26, allowing restaurants and bars to provide mixed drinks with lids for takeout. "Our restaurants and bars have been some of the hardest hit...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    March 26, 2020

Positive COVID-19 test reported in Antelope County

North Central District Health Department reported Monday they were made aware of a positive COVID-19 case in Antelope County. The individual and family are in quarantine. According to a press release...

 

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