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  • Ewing Hall of Fame shines spotlight on esteemed recipients in Sunday presentation

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jun 1, 2023

    A longtime Ewing businessman and a couple known for service to the community were recognized Sunday as the 2023 class in the Ewing Hall of Fame. Don Ruroede and Yvonne and the late Clete Thramer were presented with the honor by village chairman, James Ramold, during Ewing's Funfest parade. Ruroede, a 1952 graduate of Ewing Public School, said he was "surprised and honored" to be a recipient. "It's a nice honor," he said. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years...

  • Sew Good

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jun 1, 2023

    It's graduation eve for Summerland senior Ashley Pischel. Instead of hanging out with classmates before they go their separate ways, Pischel sits in her sewing room, designing a dress to wear to the May 6 commencement activities. Pischel visualizes the dress, sketching a few ideas for her one-of-a-kind designer attire. Without the aid of a pattern, Pischel carefully cuts into a pink graduation gown originally worn by her mother, Maureen, in 1986, when she graduated from Spencer High School. "I...

  • School board finalizes pay increase for classified staff, approves superintendent pay increase

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jun 1, 2023

    Summerland School Board of Education members approved pay increases for three categories of classified staff members and finalized the superintendent’s contract during the May 16 meeting. Board president Steven Thiele said the Negotiations Committee met in April and reviewed items under consideration with Superintendent Kyle Finke. “We wanted to reconvene this month because of a new state law that will take effect over the next three years as it relates to minimum wage,” Thiele said. By 2026,...

  • -Isms: Views on life in rural America

    Jun 1, 2023

    You discover a different perspective when you rely on a walker for mobility for several weeks. Following hip surgery, I pushed a walker, primarily for stability, strength and balance. Man, woman and child, did I learn a lot. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines accessible as “a site, facility, work environment, service or program that is easy to approach, enter, operate, participate in, and/or use safely and with dignity by a person with a disability.” The ADA became law on July 26, 1990, and was amended in 2008 and 2010. Here’s an obser...

  • Lawmakers pass budget that includes a costly ditch and a new prison

    J.L. Schmidt, Statehouse Correspondent Nebraska Press Association|Jun 1, 2023

    Amid nasty debate about social issues, filibustering and theater playing out in the legislative chamber, lawmakers did manage to meet their constitutional obligation and pass a balanced budget on day 80 of the 90-day session. The two-year budget calls for about $5.3 billion a year in spending, with an average increase of 2.2%. It sets aside a generous amount for cuts in state income taxes and increases in tax credits for property taxes, as well as allocating the final funds for a $366 million...

  • Big pharma has gone fishing

    Andrew Ellsworth M.D.|Jun 1, 2023

    You are probably familiar with drug commercials. There are all sorts of them showing people being active and smiling as they attend a birthday party, go biking, go surfing or shopping at a flower shop. At some point, they start listing some of the side effects and precautions, including some obvious and some scary statements. “Do not take this medication if you take nitrates for chest pain, do not take this medication if you do not suffer from a disease or do not take his medication if you are a...

  • As planting season surges, barriers remain for organic farmers

    Kate Hansen, Senior Policy Associate Center for Rural Affairs|Jun 1, 2023

    If you are a farmer or live in a rural area, you know that planting season is in full swing. Progress rates are well ahead of last year. On May 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that 87% of Nebraska’s expected corn and 95% of Iowa’s, has been planted. Soybeans and other crops are not far behind. Each year, the first farmers planting are those using conventional production methods. Weeks will pass before organic farmers follow suit. Organic corn, for example, is typically pla...

  • Prison overcrowding discussed by legislators

    Sen. Barry Dekay|Jun 1, 2023

    A legislative proposal to make various changes to Nebraska’s tax system received second-round approval this past week. LB 727 is a Revenue Committee omnibus package that contains provisions from nearly 30 bills. The bill includes several provisions that I support, including: • LB 577, which would prohibit home equity theft by requiring personal service to property owners that their taxes are delinquent, making sure they know they are at risk of losing their home or land via the purchase of a tax...

  • Local resident receives vet tech degree

    Jun 1, 2023

    The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, in Curtis, recognized 87 graduates, during spring commencement on May 4. Students from 13 states, including Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Geoergia, Tennessee, Texas, California, Vermont, Virginia, New Jersey and Minnesota comprised the class of 2023. Emma Hollenback, of Ewing, earned an Associate of Science Degree in veterinary technology systems....

  • Governor announces new adjutant general

    Jun 1, 2023

    On May 26, Governor Jim Pillen announced the appointment of Brigadier General Craig Strong to become the 34th adjutant general of the Nebraska Military Department, which includes the Air National Guard, Army National Guard and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. Strong will take over for Major General Daryl Bohac, who plans to retire in July, after serving as adjutant general since 2013. "Brigadier General Strong is a man of courage, integrity and honor who has the experience necessary to...

  • Students complete path to graduation at University of Nebraska

    Jun 1, 2023

    The University of Nebraska–Lincoln conferred a record 3,748 degrees during commencement exercises May 19 and 20. The 3,664 graduates are from 59 countries; 47 states, the District of Columbia and Guam; and more than 240 Nebraska communities. The Bob Devaney Sports Center hosted a ceremony for students earning graduate and professional degrees May 19; Memorial Stadium hosted a ceremony for undergraduates May 20; and the Lied Center for Performing Arts hosted a ceremony for law graduates May 20. Chancellor Ronnie Green, who plans to retire at t...

  • Why Tornado Alley is moving southeast and how that affects Nebraska

    Jenna Gruber, Nebraska News Service|Jun 1, 2023

    For more than 70 years, a stripe through the middle of the United States extending from Texas north to Nebraska was known as Tornado Alley. But meteorologists say that in the last 20 years, the alley has shifted away from the Great Plains and toward the southeast, meaning fewer tornadoes are happening in Nebraska. “Historically, Nebraska is a unique point,” Ross Dixon, an assistant professor of earth and atmospheric science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said. “Where we are in Nebraska, maybe there will be less severe storms, espec...

  • Scavenger hunt draws fierce competition

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jun 1, 2023

    The premise was simple: Locate the 25 spots in or around Ewing, strike the designated pose on the entry form and snap a team photo or record a video. Oh, and return to the starting point in the fastest time possible. Four teams stepped up to the plate for the 2023 Funfest scavenger hunt challenge and showed their ingenuity and creativity. The event was sponsored by the "Summerland Advocate-Messenger." Several clues were simple, like take a group selfie at a fountain. Yes, the water fountain at...

  • Ewing FunFest

    Jun 1, 2023

    View the complete photo gallery online at summerlandadvocatemessenger.zenfolio.zom...

  • Funk, Napier top Funfest golf lineup

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jun 1, 2023

    Nobody walked home $250,000 richer after Sunday's Funfest hole-in-one competition at Summerland Golf Course. Travis Funk did lay claim to the 2023 title, after landing 21' 3 short of the pin. Dalton Williby placed second, with 34'; Scott Kester finished third, at 43'; Rita Anson, fourth at 60' 9 and Phill Thramer was fifth, 62' 9. Sixth place belonged to Eric Koenig, who ended 63' 3 away and Brock Kaczor ended seventh, at 67' 4. Scott Young, Troy Thramer and Luke Schilousky rounded out the...

  • Titans dominate in home opener, defeat opponents 13-5

    Jun 1, 2023

    SUBMITTED ARTICLE The 2023 American Legion Baseball season opened Tuesday, May 23, as Randolph traveled to Orchard to take on the Tri-County Titans. Coach Jeff Shabram said Tri-County is in its second year as a legion baseball program and is still a juniors-only team this season, with players from Orchard, Verdigre, Ewing, Page, Center, and Niobrara. The Titans won the game by a score of 13-5. Ryan Rifer took the mound and pitched four solid innings, allowing three runs while striking out eight...

  • All-star action

    Jun 1, 2023

    Two Summerland Bobcat basketball players participated in Friday's North Central Nebraska All-Star Basketball game in O'Neill....

  • C/P crushes Titans

    Jun 1, 2023

    SUBMITTED ARTICLE In a junior legion baseball game that could be called the "Clash of the Titans," played at Orchard Friday, May 26, the Creighton/Plainview Titans defeated the Tri-County Titans, 15-1, in five innings. Wyatt Shabram started on the mound for Tri-County, throwing four innings, allowing seven runs and striking out five batters. “Tri-County was just out of sync all night, committing errors at inopportune times on defense, while offensively just hitting the ball right to Creighton/Plainview fielders,” said Coach Jeff Shabram. Fou...

  • Donations accepted for Ewing trucker injured in devastating crash

    Jun 1, 2023

    A Ewing man was injured May 19, after a semi-tractor/trailer accident near Greeley. Jerry Wagner was transported to a St. Paul hospital following the crash and then transferred to a Grand Island hospital. Later, Wagner was taken, via air lift, to an Bergan Mercy Hospital, a trauma one intensive care unit facility, in Omaha, to accommodate injuries sustained in the accident. According to family members, Wagner suffered broken ribs in the front and back on the fight side, a hemopnuemothorax on the right lung, fractures at T4 and T12, manubrium...

  • ROAD CLOSING RESOLUTION 858th Road between 521st and 522nd Avenue ANTELOPE COUNTY, NEBRASKA

    Jun 1, 2023

    ROAD CLOSING RESOLUTION 858th Road between 521st and 522nd Avenue ANTELOPE COUNTY, NEBRASKA WHEREAS, the Antelope County Board of Commissioners directed the county highway superintendent to study the use of the county road (858th Road) located between Sections 1, Township 26, Range 7 and Section 36, Townships 27 North, Range 7 West of the 6th Principal Meridian, Antelope County, Nebraska. WHEREAS, a written report of the use of the road has been completed by the highway superintendent and is filed with the county clerk. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT...

  • NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING HOLT COUNTY ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION

    Jun 1, 2023

    NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING HOLT COUNTY ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION The Holt County Zoning and Planning Commission will meet in regular session, Monday, June 5, 2023, at 7 p.m., at the Holt County Annex meeting room, at 128 North 6th Street, O’Neill, Nebraska. The agenda for said meeting is available for review at the Holt County Clerk office and the meeting is open to the public. Gene Kelly Interim Holt County Zoning and Planning Administrator Published May 25, 2023 and June 1, 2023 ZNEZ...

  • NOTICE OF MEETINGS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ANTELOPE COUNTY, NEBRASKA FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2023

    Jun 1, 2023

    NOTICE OF MEETINGS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ANTELOPE COUNTY, NEBRASKA FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2023 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the county board of commissioners of Antelope County, Nebraska, will hold meetings in the county commissioner’s meeting room, in the Antelope County Courthouse Annex, Neligh, Nebraska, on the following dates and times: June 6, 2023 at 9 a.m. June 13, 2023 at 8 a.m. June 27, 2023, at 9 a.m. Meetings will be open to the public. An agenda, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Antelope C...

  • NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Jun 1, 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, June 12, at 8 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...

  • PUBLIC NOTICE ANTELOPE COUNTY ASSESSMENT ROLL

    Jun 1, 2023

    PUBLIC NOTICE ANTELOPE COUNTY ASSESSMENT ROLL This is to certify that the assessment roll of all real property for the taxable year of 2023 for Antelope County, Nebraska, have been processed and completed. Notices of Valuation Change were mailed June 1, 2023 to all Antelope County property owners. If you disagree with value, please come in and review your real estate records with the County Assessor. You may file a protest with the Antelope County Clerk, on or before June 30th. All protests must contain a name, address, legal description,...

  • O'Neill woman bound over on felony child abuse charge

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jun 1, 2023

    The Honorable Kale Burdick, on May 8, bound Paige X. Williams, 29, over to Holt County district court on a Class 3A felony allegation of child abuse. She is set for district court arraignment June 5. Bond, filed March 20, in the amount of $10,000, 10% cash is continued. Williams filed a written waiver to her right to preliminary hearing in county court May 5. She is represented by Holt County public defender Rod Smith....

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