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  • Commissioners debate wages for road boss

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 1, 2022

    How much should Antelope County’s road superintendent be paid annually? Conversation about wages for Aaron Boggs, who fills the position, filled approximately 30 minutes of discussion, Aug. 24, when the commissioners met to discuss budgeting for next year. A committe, comprised of commissioners Dean Smith and Regina Krebs, met with Boggs and reviewed pay for the same position in surrounding counties. “Our suggestion for the road superintendent will be his salary will be the same as the cou...

  • A heart of 4-H green and gold

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 1, 2022

    A 12-year-old Clearwater youth with a heart of gold - and green - demonstrated the true meaning of the 4-H pledge during the Antelope County 4-H Premium Auction, held Aug. 6. While Landyn Coffey and his blue-ribbon pig took a lap around the show ring, Coffey knew he pledged his head to clearer thinking and his hands to larger service. Coffey smiled as he turned the last corner to set his barrow. As the auctioneer urged bidders to go higher, Coffey pledged the auction proceeds to improve someone'...

  • Labor Day closings announced

    Sep 1, 2022

    Copy and advertisements for the Sept. 8 edtion of SAM will be due Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon. The Advocate-Messenger office will be closed Monday, Sept. 5. Summerland Public School will not be in session Monday. Classes will resume at the regular time, Tuesday, Sept. 6. Antelope and Holt county courthouses will be observe the Labor Day holiday, Monday. Offices will be closed....

  • -Isms: Views on life in rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 1, 2022

    Are Nebraska diehards the worst fans in college football or do they live up to the perceived hype of being the greatest? After Saturday, I’m embarrassed by the actions of multiple so-called armchair quarterbacks who hide behind a keyboard and, on social channels, chastise an entire coaching staff and a team of 18-20-something-year-olds who play a game. Calling for the coaching staff to be fired immediately? Pointing out players’ mistakes on social media? Everyone has an opinion on how to coa...

  • Microenterprise Tax Credit applications increase in 2021

    Jonathan Hladik, Policy Director Center for Rural Affairs|Sep 1, 2022

    A program incentivizing microentrepreneurship, by encouraging business investment, is seeing renewed interest after updates made last year. Established in 2005, the Nebraska Advantage Microenterprise Tax Credit experienced strong usage from 2008 to 2014 but saw a decline to only 75 applicants in 2019 and 81 in 2020. These dwindling participation rates encouraged a small group of senators to propose canceling the program. Understanding its value to rural communities, the Center for Rural Affairs...

  • Nebraska's agricultural innovation

    Gov. Pete Ricketts|Sep 1, 2022

    Nebraska is a land of pioneers. Our state was settled by hardy homesteaders who ventured across windswept prairies in search of opportunity. While we often celebrate the grit and determination of these early Nebraskans, they deserve equal credit for their ingenuity. Their inventiveness helped transform the Great Plains into some of the most productive agricultural land in the world. This spirit of innovation remains a driving force behind our state's global leadership in agriculture. Nebraskans...

  • Aspirin: Is it right for you?

    Phillip Meyer M.D., The Prairie Doc|Sep 1, 2022

    For most people, taking a daily 81-mg aspirin to prevent stroke and heart attack is more risky than beneficial. Aspirin has been in use as a pharmaceutical for over 150 years making it one of our oldest. One might assume with all this experience we would know exactly how to use it, but today’s recommendations are based on better evidence gained from better science. Originally used to treat pain, aspirin evolved to become a cornerstone for cardiovascular protection after compelling research in t...

  • Orchard LB840 modification to be on fall general election ballot

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 1, 2022

    Orchard residents will determine if the village's current LB840 formula will be adjusted, following approval of a resolution, Aug. 24, by village board members. Chairman Stephanie Cleveland addressed fellow trustees about reallocating the distribution of funds from the 1.5% sales tax on taxable sales within village limits. The current plan allocates 50% for economic development, with the remaining half going into village coffers. If voters approve the resolution, 25% would be earmarked for econo...

  • Eighty-nine-year-old man faces judge for protection order violation

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Sep 1, 2022

    Denis F. Kerkman, 89, of Tilden faced the Honorable Donna Taylor in the Antelope County courtroom in Neligh on Aug. 17, to be arraigned on a Class 1 misdemeanor, violation of a protection order. If convicted, Kerkman faces a potential penalty of up to a $1,000 fine and/or one year imprisonment. Kerkman requested court-appointed counsel, specifically asking for Martin Klein. Taylor initially appointed Antelope County public defender Pat Carney, but as Kerkman appeared to misunderstand her multiple times, she finally asked Abler if he had any...

  • Bobcat girls finish third at Burwell

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 1, 2022

    Summerland cross country runners didn't let the heat get to them, Thursday, as temperatures pushed into the low 90s at Burwell at the Calamus Golf Course. The Bobcat girls' team finished third overall, with two contestants earning medals. West Holt won the team title, scoring 10 points. CWC finished second, with 24. The Bobcat runners were paced by Aislynn Kester, who finished 12th, and Carlee Livingston, 13th. Kester ran the course in 21:24 and Livingston, 21:37. Both athletes said they felt go...

  • Duck Slam begins fourth year of challenging hunters

    Sep 1, 2022

    It won’t be long. The first of the duck seasons almost is here. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Ducks Unlimited bring back the popular Nebraska Duck Slam, a challenge for duck hunters to take advantage of Nebraska’s duck hunting opportunities. The Duck Slam challenges hunters to harvest a teal (blue-winged or green-winged) of either sex, as well as drakes of three other species: an American wigeon, a mallard and a northern pintail. All ducks must be harvested in Nebraska and hunters must upload a photo of each harvest at Out...

  • Lady Cats start season with two wins

    Sep 1, 2022

    Summerland volleyball sits at 2-0 on the season, following opening night wins against West Holt and Elkhorn Valley, Aug. 25. The Cats outdistanced the Lady Huskies, 25-17 and 25-19. Lydia Robertson and Hadley Cheatum led the squad with five kills each. Caydence Schumacher finished the match with two kills. After downing EV 25-12, the Lady Falcons gave Summerland a run for the money in the second set. The Bobcats held on to claim a 25-22 win. Robertson and Adyson Mlnarik finished with nine set...

  • Warriors control Bobcats

    Sep 1, 2022

    Summerland Coach Tom Thramer said Crofton would be "a different animal coming down from the 11-man ranks." Crofton proved him right, taking advantage of the second half to claim a 42-20 win. At times, Thramer said, his band of Bobcats "did a good job against them." "We have to find more consistency on offense and defense to come out on top in games like that. I thought are kids played tough, but Crofton did a good job of wearing on them with their style of play," he said. While the Bobcats held...

  • NOTICE OF MEETING VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER BOARD OF TRUSTEES

    Sep 1, 2022

    NOTICE OF 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, Sept. 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...

  • PROCEEDINGS ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

    Sep 1, 2022

    PROCEEDINGS ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS NELIGH, NEBRSKA Aug. 24, 2022 Chairman opened meeting. Notice of meeting published as required by statute. Approved agenda. Tabled appointed officials reviews and wage increase. Discussion of budget and official requests Set a follow-up budget meeting for Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Meeting adjourned. Antelope County Charlie Henery /s/ Chairman of County Board Attest: Lisa Payne /s/ Antelope County Clerk Published September 1, 2022 ZNEZ...

  • NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

    Sep 1, 2022

    NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Antelope County Board of Commissioners are convening a special meeting on Thursday, Sept.1, 2022, at 8 a.m., in the county commissioner meeting room, Antelope County Courthouse, 501 M Street, Neligh, to discuss and possibly act on 2022-2023 budget and other matters that might be necessitated. The meeting is open to the public and will be available via Zoom. Lisa Payne, Antelope County Clerk Published September 1, 2022 ZNEZ...

  • NOTICE OF MEETINGS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ANTELOPE COUNTY, NEBRASKA FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2022

    Sep 1, 2022

    NOTICE OF MEETINGS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ANTELOPE COUNTY, NEBRASKA FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2022 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the county board of commissioners of Antelope County, Nebraska, will hold meetings in the county commissioners’ meeting room in the Antelope County Courthouse Annex, Neligh, Nebraska, on the following dates and times: Sept. 6, 2022, at 9 a.m. Sept. 13, 2022, at 8 a.m. Meetings will be open to the public. An agenda, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Antelope County clerk’s off...

  • PROPERTY FOR SALE

    Sep 1, 2022

    PROPERTY FOR SALE Summerland Public Schools is accepting sealed purchase offers for the main school building, the south building, a vacant part of the street between tracts and the football field, all in Ewing, Nebraska. Only one bid for ALL properties will be accepted. All offers must indicate “Ewing Property Bid” on the envelope and be delivered to Summerland Public Schools, Attn: Superintendent, 51293 857th Rd, Ewing, NE 68735, no later than 3 p.m., on Sept. 8, 2022, at which time the bids will be opened by the superintendent. The off...

  • VEHICLES FOR SALE SUMMERLAND SCHOOL

    Sep 1, 2022

    VEHICLES FOR SALE SUMMERLAND SCHOOL Summerland Public Schools is accepting sealed bids for the following: 1. 2000 Ford Econoline Wagon E350 2. 2003 Ford Econoline Wagon E350 3. 2005 Ford Econoline Wagon E350 4. 2009 Ford Econoline Wagon E350 All offers must indicate “Van Bid” on the envelope, use the school’s bid form, include a 10% down payment and be delivered to Summerland Public Schools, Attn: Superintendent, 51293 857th Rd, Ewing, NE 68735, no later than 3 p.m., Sept. 8, 2022, at which time the bids will be opened by the super...

  • Oakdale man bound over to Antelope County district court on felony theft charges

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Sep 1, 2022

    Haiden M. Sleister, 18, of Tilden faced the Honorable Donna Taylor in the Antelope County courtroom in Neligh for further arraignment on two counts alleged between March 19 and April 6, Count I, possession of a stolen firearm, a Class 2A felony, and Count II, theft, $500-$1,499, a Class 1 misdemeanor. Sleister waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Count I was bound over to Antelope County district court, where he was set for arraignment Aug. 31. Count II was dismissed without prejudice, to be refiled in district court at the...

  • What is the history of Labor Day?

    Erin Schwager, Journalist|Sep 1, 2022

    With the three-day weekend in store, people across the world are grateful for Labor Day, but how many people truly know what Labor Day is, the sacrifices that were made and how the holiday came about? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day originated in the 19th century "when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America's strength, prosperity, and well-being." During the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution had people of...

  • Award-Winning Cookies

    Terri Hahn, Journalist|Sep 1, 2022

    Are you ready for the State Fair? It's set to start Friday, Aug. 26, in Grand Island and runs through Labor Day. I've been able to make it the past two years - not sure about this year, although I'm going to make it work. The 2020 fair was unlike any other I'd previously attended thanks to the pandemic. No carnival, no concerts, a reduced number of vendors, and everything spread out, made the fairgrounds seem a little empty. Last year was better although I still couldn't find my favorite food... Full story

  • Orchard man convicted of possessing meth with intent to deliver, leads officers on foot chase

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Sep 1, 2022

    A 47-year-old Orchard man, who had been released from jail after posting 10% of a $50,000 bond in November 2021, was back in custody shortly after his case was heard in the Antelope County district courtroom in Neligh on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Justin M. Golter pleaded guilty to a Class 1D felony, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, pursuant to a plea deal with Antelope County prosecutor Joe Abler. In return, Abler dismissed three Class 4 felony allegations, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of theft by...