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  • 'People of Holt County' project spotlights locals who love the 'good life'

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 10, 2024

    Ask Ally Sedlacek what is Holt County's biggest asset and she'll quickly share her point of view. "It's the people," she said. "Without the people, this wouldn't be such a great place to live." An O'Neill native, Sedlacek has first-hand experience with the supportive and welcoming nature of area residents. This summer, she is highlighting locals who "have made a positive impact" and sharing why they love life in rural Nebraska. The end product: The People of Holt County, a compilation of video...

  • Boggs tenders resignation as county road superintendent

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 10, 2024

    Antelope County is without a road superintendent. Following a nearly two-hour executive session on July 2, road boss Aaron Boggs announced, "I would like to formally submit my resignation at this time." What lead to the resignation was not made public. Commissioners entered executive session for personnel matters at 9:58 a.m. Chairman Charlie Henery asked Boggs to join commissioners at 10:38 a.m. He exited the closed session at 11:38. At 11:50, Boggs re-entered the exeutive session and left at...

  • The Royal Treatment

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 10, 2024

    Visitors to Royal's community celebration, scheduled for July 19 and 20, will find a slate of activities for all ages. On Friday, July 19, bring a partner and join the euchre tournament at the Royal Bar & Grill, 3020 E. Hwy 20. Cards fly at 7:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10 per person, with first, second and third prizes. Saturday events begin at 10:30 a.m., with registration for the tractor ride, at Royal Bar & Grill. Tractors are set to leave at noon. A light lunch will be provided for $10. For more...

  • Clearwater townhall meeting will provide DTR details

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 10, 2024

    Now that survey results from Clearwater's downtown revitalization study have been shared with village officials, the next step will include how to turn those dreams into a viable plan. Village engineer John Zwingman, with Advanced Consulting Engineering Services, will share cost estimates and provide an explanation of the project during a July 15 townhall meeting, at 6 p.m., at the fire hall meeting room. Paving, parking, storm sewers and water and sewer upgrades along Main Street were...

  • Postage rates increase July 14

    Jul 10, 2024

    For the fifth time in two years, the cost of a postage stamp will increase. The latest rate hike goes into effect July 14. The price of a first-class Forever stamp will increase from 68 cents to 73 cents, a 7.8% increase. Other increases approved by the Postal Regulatory Committee include a five-cent hike to 69 cents for a metered one-ounce letter; domestic postcard rates will bump up three pennies, from 53 to 56 cents; an additional ounce for single-piece letters will increase to 28 cents. International postcards and international one-ounce le...

  • Nebraskans urged to TickTagGo

    Jul 10, 2024

    North Central District Health Department officials are asking residents to help set baseline data on ticks in Nebraska by participating in the TickTagGo project at the University of Nebraska. The program aims to identify and record tick presence and locations where they are found. "The project relies on passive surveillance, the collection of ticks that you come across in your daily routine and activities on yourself and others you care for," officials said. Photographic data may be submitted...

  • Legislative gymnastics getting a tad elaborate to pass controversial bills

    Paul Hammel, Nebraska Press Association correspondent|Jul 10, 2024

    “When there’s a will, there’s a way.” That was a phrase that surfaced regularly at the end of state legislative sessions. It referred to the hope that bills that appeared dead might be resurrected. Somehow, someway – like the zombie in a horror movie that would never die – some of those bills came back to life and were passed. Again, when there’s a will, there’s a way. That was the case at the end of the tumultuous 2023 session of the Nebraska Legislature, when filibusters were a daily routine...

  • -Isms: Views on life in rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 10, 2024

    A person may not always verbalize how they feel. Trust me, their actions will always show you the truth. For example, I can tell when Courtney becomes frustrated with me when I voice my opinion and we don’t necessarily see eye to eye. She’s mastered the art of the eye roll, those long, thick lashes fluttering as she defends her way of thinking. Wonder where she learned that behavior? (Looking to my left, checking to my right, searching in the mirror to see if I’m the culprit.) Did I just roll...

  • Making wise decisions on a tax shift

    Rebecca Firestone, Reprinted from Nebraska Examiner|Jul 10, 2024

    Earlier this year, the governor and the Legislature tried and failed to develop a workable plan to reduce Nebraska property taxes through increases in sales taxes. Now, as decision-makers in Lincoln consider coming together in a special session, the options on the table still focus on using sales taxes to pay for cuts in property taxes. Why? Decisions made in the Legislature in 2023 shape what's possible now. In 2023, the Legislature used a historic budget surplus of $1.9 billion to cut income...

  • Umphress receives academic honor

    Jul 10, 2024

    Peru State College has released the dean's list for the spring 2024 term. To qualify, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 for the semester, complete at least 12 graded credit hours, have no incomplete grades and be seeking degrees. Bryna Umphress, of Ewing, was named to the list....

  • USD announces spring academic honors

    Jul 10, 2024

    Approximately 2,279 students at the University of South Dakota are being honored for their high achievement during the spring 2024 semester. Area students named to the dean's list include Taelyn Switzer, Clearwater, and Hadley Cheatum, Page. Full-time, undergraduate students are named to the dean's List if they received a 3.5 grade-point average for courses taken in the spring 2024 semester....

  • Blood drives planned in Orchard, Ewing

    Jul 10, 2024

    Area residents will have two opportunities to donate blood. On Tuesday, July 23, donate blood in memory of Rita Shabram at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Donations may be made between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Shabram, who died unexpectedly in April, helped organize blood drives by lining up donors and volunteering at the local blood drive. Shabram also donated 80 units of blood throughout her life. Appointments may be made by contacting Amanda Shabram at 402-394-1938, Kyle...

  • Ewing mom receives probation

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jul 10, 2024

    Jessica J. Snyder, 41, of Ewing appeared in the Holt County district courtroom in O’Neill on Monday, July 1 to be sentenced for her Class 3A felony conviction of making terroristic threats. The Honorable Mark Kozisec ordered a three-year term of probation for the September/October 2023 crime. She was taxed $165.46 costs of prosecution and ordered to pay a $30 probation enrollment fee. Monthly $25 program fees are waived during the time they are paid in a companion case. Snyder is not allowed to be within five miles of the residences of Ervin M...

  • Preliminary hearing rescheduled for man accused of vehicle theft

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jul 10, 2024

    Shane R. Farrier, 32, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, did not appear for preliminary hearing, as scheduled in the Antelope County courtroom in Neligh last week on a theft allegation but his attorney, Antelope County public defender Pat Carney did. Carney advised that his client had been sentenced out of Platte County district court and is now in the custody of the department of corrections. An oral motion to continue was sustained. The Honorable Donna Taylor continued the hearing to July 17, with an order to transport pending....

  • Valuation protests, budget review fill supervisors' agenda

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 10, 2024

    Holt County Supervisors will hear real estate valuation protests when they meet as a board of equalization, July 17, in O'Neill.The BOE will also review a destroyed property report , as well as receive a three-year plan of assessment from the assessor. The board of equalization will meet at 8:15 a.m., with the supervisor meeting set to start at 9:15. Budgets for the upcoming year will be reviewed, beginning at 10 a.m. Supervisors will also receive a semiannual report from the county treasurer...

  • Equipment, policies on school board agenda

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 10, 2024

    When the Summerland Board of Education meets July 15, policy updates, equipment and cement work will dominate the conversation. New superintendent Molly Aschoff, who began July 1, will lead discussion during a hearing to approve the Student Fee Fund Policy and the Parent Involvement Policy. Under new business, the board will discuss the purchase of custodial equipment and cement work, talk about disposal of an old school bus and review policy updates, handbooks and student fees. The meeting is...

  • What's in a (medical specialty) name?

    Jill Kruse DO|Jul 10, 2024

    Doctors are taught medical terms and jargon in medical school like a secret code. Many medical terms are rooted in Greek and Latin. Over the course of our training, these words become second nature and we become fluent in this medical "language," although we are also expected to talk to our patients using simple terminology. However, most specialties in medicine still use the original Greek and Latin roots for their names. Once you know where these names come from, everything makes sense. Most...

  • Man arrested at area cemetery bound over on drug charge

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jul 10, 2024

    Douglas J. Jacobs, 32, of Elgin faced the Honorable Donna Taylor in the Neligh courtroom Wednesday July 3, for preliminary hearing on a Class 4 felony, possession of methamphetamine, alleged May 18 at the Oakdale Cemetery. Taylor reviewed evidence and heard testimony from Antelope County deputy Trent Howard, after which she found there is probable cause for the case to continue. She bound the case over to the Antelope County district court, where Jacobs is set for arraignment July 31. Bond posted May 28, in the amount of $10,000, 10% cash, is...

  • NOTICE OF POSSIBLE QUORUM VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER

    Jul 10, 2024

    NOTICE OF POSSIBLE QUORUM VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER In compliance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Law, public notice is hereby given that a possible quorum of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Clearwater may attend a public meeting at the fire hall meeting room, Monday, July 15, 2024, at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend to discuss possible increase of sales tax funds and their usage. No agenda is available and no formal action or discussion of Village business will take place at this gathering. Village of Clearwater Angie Hupp,...

  • Juniors drop two in tourney action

    Jul 10, 2024

    The Titan juniors lost to Ord by a score of 2-11, when they met in the first round of the Elkhorn Valley Tournament in Creighton. Max Bruce was the starting pitcher, throwing three-plus innings, allowing nine runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out three batters. Jacob Pierzina came in relief to throw one inning, allowing two runs on one hit and three walks, with three strikeouts. Ord got on the board first with two runs in the first inning. Tri-County answered in the third inning on a Ryan Rifer RBI hit, scoring Pierzina. But Ord...

  • Titan seniors fall in opening round of league tourney

    Jul 10, 2024

    SUBMITTED ARTICLE The first round of the 2024 Elkhorn Valley American Legion League tournament was held in Orchard, with the Tri-County seniors taking on Creighton/Bloomfield. In a very efficient 90-minute game, Creighton/Bloomfield came out on top, 4-2. Wyatt Shabram took to the mound for Tri-County, throwing all seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits with five errors while striking out 10 batters. Pitchers Keldon Loecker, Taylor Nilson and Braxton Eggerling combined for the Creighton/Bloomfield victory. C/B opened the game with hot hi...

  • Titan seniors record triple play

    Jul 10, 2024

    SUBMITTED ARTICLE In a July 3 battle, the second game of the day, the Tri-County seniors were in action against Ord. The senior Titans lost this action-packed game by a score of 4-0. "The Titans played solid defense behind good pitching," coach Jeff Shabram said. Isaac Hoferer pitched three innings, allowing three runs on six hits, three walks, and one HBP, while striking out two batters. Jake Schroeder spent two innings on the mound. He allowed one run on one hit, two BB, and one batter hit by...

  • Neligh man sentenced to probation for 2021 assault

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jul 10, 2024

    Matthew R. Thomas, 37, of Neligh appeared in the Antelope County courtroom in Neligh on July 3 to be sentenced for third-degree assault, a Class 3 misdemeanor committed nearly three years ago - in October 2021. Antelope County attorney Joe Smith told the judge that Thomas’ former wife, who was not present at the hearing, had requested he receive some jail time so their children would see he got some punishment. Thomas’ attorney, Michelle Schlecht of Norfolk asked for probation. The Honorable Donna Taylor sentenced Thomas to a 12-month term of...

  • NOTICE OF MERGER OF ST. JOHN'S CHURCH OF DELOIT, ST. FRANCIS CHURCH OF NELIGH, CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL, AND ST. THERESA'S CHURCH OF CLEARWATER INTO ST. PETER'S DE ALCANTARA CHURCH OF EWING

    Jul 10, 2024

    NOTICE OF MERGER OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH OF DELOIT, ST. FRANCIS CHURCH OF NELIGH, CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL, AND ST. THERESA’S CHURCH OFCLEARWATER INTO ST. PETER’S DE ALCANTARA CHURCH OF EWING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN of the merger of St. John’s Church of Deloit, St. Francis Church of Neligh, Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and St. Theresa’s Church of Clearwater, each of which is a Nebraska nonprofit religious corporation, into St. Peter’s de Alcantara Church of Ewing, a Nebraska nonprofit religious corporation, and the surviving c...

  • NOTICE OF MEETING SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Jul 10, 2024

    NOTICE OF MEETING SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Summerland Public School Board of Education will be held Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m., in the school board room and will be open to the public. An agenda is kept continuously current and available for public inspection at the administrative office. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting. The Summerland Board of Education reserves the...

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