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Articles from the September 21, 2023 edition


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  • Navy grads raise awareness, funds for veterans

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    The distance between Seattle, Washington, and Annapolis, Maryland, is 3,423 miles. Graduates from the 1983 Naval Academy class traveling the route want to raise funds for veterans' non-profit organizations and increase awareness about obstacles faced by veterans. Since Aug. 23, Navy '83 group members have been pedaling their way across the country. They departed from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island after dipping the back wheels of the bicycles in the Salish Sea. The ride will end Oct. 5, after...

  • Ewing, Clearwater trash rates increase

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    Residents in Ewing and Clearwater will see an increase in garbage rates following action taken by trustees in both villages. Ewing Village Chairman James Ramold said representatives from Bud's Sanitary Service, of Newman Grove reported costs have gone up since Green Fiber has closed. "He has more tonage he has to take care of," Ramold said. Ewing residents will pay $18.75 per pick up, following approval by trustees when they met Sept. 11. Residential properties in Clearwater will pay $21 per...

  • Appointments accepted for Orchard, Ewing blood drives

    Sep 21, 2023

    Area residents will have two opportunities to donate blood next week. On Monday, Sept. 25, donations will be accepted at St. Peter's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, in Orchard. The blood drive will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m. To set up an appointment, contact Rita Shabram at 402-893-2691. Individuals who donate in September will receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sports Clips Haircuts and will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a trip for two and a VIP...

  • Public comments accepted about state broadbnd map

    Sep 21, 2023

    The Nebraska Broadband Office recently announced the release of the new Nebraska Broadband Availability Map. The geographic information system map represents all served, underserved and unserved broadband locations across the state. As part of the map availability, ongoing public engagement across the state will take place, including a series of eight public meetings and an open comment period, which began Sept. 14 and continues through Oct. 14. During the open comment period, the public will be asked to provide comments on the broadband map,...

  • Decision on carbon pipeline conditional use permit continued until Oct. 5

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    The saga of Summit Carbon Solutions and its quest for a conditional use permit for a carbon pipeline, proposed to cross the northern tier of Antelope County will continue. At least for now. Following a public hearing, held Sept. 14, in Neligh, and after discussion amongst county planning and zoning commission members, a decision will wait until Oct. 5, when the group is scheduled to reconvene at 3 p.m. The proposed pipeline would transport CO2 emissions from ethanol plants in a five-state area...

  • Let's Snake Dance

    Sep 21, 2023

    New traditions • (l-r): Summerland seniors Preslie Robertson and Adyson Mlnarik lead members of the student body in a snake dance, Sunday, at the parking lot near the former Ewing School. A pep rally, bonfire and snake dance were organized by Bobcat Spirit, a group of Summerland community members promoting school spirit. The homecoming week kickoff will alternate sites annually, organizers said....

  • Isms: View on life in rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    I wonder if people who think nothing cool happens in Nebraska have paid attention to the Coolest Thing Made in Nebraska contest, sponsored by the state’s manufacturing alliance. ICYMI, here’s how it works. Manufacturers and related sectors were invited to nominate their favorite Nebraska-made product. The top 16 were placed in a bracket, with head-to-head voting taking place. What products made the top 16? Chocolate Meltaways from Bakers Candies; M Grills Big M Smokers made by Kinney Man...

  • Dear Colorado, what is hatred anyway?

    JL Schmidt, Nebraska Press Association Statehouse Correspondent|Sep 21, 2023

    An open letter to Colorado. It's fitting that I am writing this on the 22nd Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, the day that hatred manifested itself openly on American soil. I am writing about a now-past football game and the comments made by the showboat coach of the University of Colorado and his son the star quarterback who said to more than one media outlet "We don't like Nebraska." That comment is somewhat toned down from Saturday evening reports that he uttered that he "hated" Neb...

  • Breast cancer can affect anyone

    DEBRA JOHNSTON MD, Prairie Doc|Sep 21, 2023

    My mother had six siblings, 16 aunts and uncles and innumerable cousins. She was the first of them all to be diagnosed with breast cancer. I think of my mom every time one of my patients tells me they aren’t concerned about breast cancer because it doesn’t run in their family. Unfortunately, that is true of most people who are diagnosed with the disease. I also think of my mother every time I do a breast exam or teach someone else how to do a self exam. Her breast cancer was one not det...

  • Options, not mandates, bring the best outcomes

    Rep. Adrian Smith|Sep 21, 2023

    Poorly considered policy driven by ideological agendas can have devastating consequences for Americans, bringing the greatest harm to those with the least recourse when good intentions go awry. There’s always room for improvement in federal policy. However, damage is often avoidable if decision-makers simply take the time to consider the impact of their decisions upon Americans and the variety of their needs and lifestyles across our country. This week, the House considered legislation to addres...

  • Richard Meyer

    Sep 21, 2023

    Funeral services for Richard Meyer, 69, of Orchard, were held Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Orchard. Pastor Janene Reynolds officiated. Burial was in Pleasant View Cemetery in Orchard. Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton was in charge of arrangements. Richard died Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at CHI St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. ~~~~~ Richard Duane Meyer, son of Robert and Laurel (Jones) Meyer was born July 21, 1954, in Orchard. He graduated...

  • O'Neill man's cases go to drug court

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Sep 21, 2023

    A 24-year-old O’Neill man has been given the opportunity to resolve a pair of felony cases through the North Central Problem Solving Court. Problem-solving courts allow for an alternate route through the criminal justice system for nonviolent drug-related offenders, utilizing a specialized team process within the existing court structure. The court's goal is to protect public safety and increase the participant's likelihood of successful rehabilitation by utilizing validated risk and need assessments, early and individualized behavioral h...

  • Bobcat runners compete in O'Neill

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    Summerland's Carlee Livingston keeps pace with a Bloomfield-Crofton runner at the halfway mark during Friday's O'Neill Invitational. She finished 26th, running 26:02. Savannah Gallagher finished 53rd, completing the course in 29:27.60. In the boys' division, Zander Cepel finished 56th in a field of more than 75 runners. He crossed the line in 22:57. Times were unavailable for the junior high girls' race. Cadi Soper ended in 38th. Kiptyn Belzer ended 31st in the junior high boys' race, running...

  • Spoiler Alert

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    Sometimes, things just all come together. It happened Friday, in Norfolk, when Summerland defeated a scrappy Lutheran High Northeast football team, 38-24. "I thought the biggest take away from Friday night is how well our defense played all night. We had been struggling stopping a power-run team but we did a really good job of it Friday," said coach Tom Thramer. With the score knotted at 6 apiece at the end of the first quarter, the Bobcats scored 16 unanswered points to take a 22-6 lead to the...

  • Lady Cats sweep Creighton, Boyd County

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    Summerland's varsity volleyball team traveled to Creighton, Sept. 12, and returned home with two wins. In the first match, the Lady Bobcats controlled Boyd County, winning 25-11 and 25-16. Adyson Mlnarik recorded 13 kills in the match and Bailey Ahlers landed five strikes on the court, hitting .444. Junior Sarah Wiese served four aces. Defensively, Preslie Robertson led Summerland with eight digs. Ella Bolling recorded seven and Talya Nilson added five. Lydia Robertson added to her assist...

  • Pillen proclaims National Hunting and Fishing Day

    Sep 21, 2023

    Gov. Jim Pillen on Friday proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 23, as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Nebraska. "Hunting and fishing continue to be an integral part of the good life outdoors in Nebraska," Pillen said. "Over recent years, hunting and fishing have offered a growing number of participants a chance to connect with nature, create memories with friends, and experience both mental and physical health benefits. "The economic impact hunting and fishing has on our state is tremendous," he...

  • Holt County judge issues warrant for North Platte man

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Sep 21, 2023

    The Honorable Kale Burdick issued a warrant for the arrest of a 45-year-old North Platte man during Holt County court proceedings Sept. 5 in O’Neill. Heath L. Foster did not show for arraignment on a charge of driving during revocation, alleged July 25 in O’Neill. Burdick revoked Fosters’ $ 1,000 personal recognizance bond and set a new bond of $3,000, 10% cash. A written waiver of the right to a preliminary hearing, filed by Mark K. Brower, 33, of Omaha was accepted by Burdick Sept. 6 and Brower was bound over to Holt County district court on...

  • Notice of Continued Hearing Antelope County Planning Commission

    Sep 21, 2023

    NOTICE OF CONTINUED HEARING ANTELOPE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Notice is hereby given that at the Antelope County Planning Commission meeting on Sept. 14, 2023, after closing the public hearing, the commission moved to continue deliberation of the Conditional Use Permit 2303-Summit Carbon Solutions, for the purpose of a carbon dioxide pipeline, to Oct. 5, 2023, in the county board of commissioner’s meeting room in the Antelope County Courthouse Annex at 3 p.m. The agenda is kept continuously current and is available for public inspection at t...

  • JV volleyballers earn runner-up trophy

    Sep 21, 2023

    Summerland's junior varsity team volleyball team finished second at Saturday's St. Mary's tourney. Team members include (front row): Leah Wiese; (middle row, l-r): Lenora Kester, Jaycee Reynolds, Charlee Wagner, Ava Rittscher, Karley Dawkins; (back row, l-r): Kenna Brabec, Beatrice Milken, Abbey Chipps, Kaylee Thiele, Kenzie Sanne, Abryelle Kester and Sarah Wiese. The Bobcats swept St. Mary's and Crofton and lost 0-2 to Battle Creek. Coaches Bill Tabbert and Dwaine Birch reported Leah Wiese...

  • Notice of Meeting Village of Ewing LB840 Advsory Board

    Sep 21, 2023

    NOTICE OF MEETING VILLAGE OF EWING LB840 ADVISORY BOARD The annual meeting of the LB840 Advisory Board, for the Village of Ewing, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., at the village office. This is open to the public. Published September 21, 2023 ZNEZ...

  • Proceedings Budget Meeting Village of Ewing Board of Trustees

    Sep 21, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS BUDGET MEETING VILLAGE OF EWING BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Ewing Village Board of Trustees convened for the budget meeting, Sept. 11, 2023, at 7:03 p.m., at city hall, which was advertised in the “Summerland Advocate-Messenger” and posted at three locations in the village. Notice was given to the posed location of the open meetings law. Board members present were Dustin Jorgensen, Kane Fry, Katie Cunningham and Dustin Wright. James Ramold was absent. Also present were Alan Potter and Sharon Swails. Motion by Jorgensen, seconded by Fry...

  • Proceedings Village of Ewing Board of Trustees

    Sep 21, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS VILLAGE OF EWING BOARD OF TRUSTEES September 11, 2023 The Ewing Village Board of Trustees convened in regular session on Sept. 11, 2023, at 7:04 p.m., at the city hall. Notice of the meeting was published Sept. 14, 2023, in the “Summerland Advocate-Messenger.” An agenda was kept current and on file at the village office. Chairman-pro-tem, Dustin Wright, called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Notice was given to the posted location of the open meetings law. Board members present were Dustin Jorgensen, Dustin Wright, Kane Fry and...

  • Proceedings Summerland School Board of Education Budget Hearing

    Sep 21, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION BUDGET HEARING Sept. 12, 2023 Summerland School Board of Education held a budget hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at the school board room. President Steve Thiele opened the budget hearing at 5 p.m. Public participation. Public comment was heard. Superintendent Finke presented the proposed budget information and answered questions. President Thiele closed the hearing at 5:10 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Sally Finch Recording Secretary Published September 21, 2023 ZNEZ...

  • Proceedings Summerland School Hearing to Set the Final Tax Request

    Sep 21, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND SCHOOL HEARING TO SET THE FINAL TAX REQUEST Sept. 12, 2023 Summerland School Board of Education held a hearing to set the final tax request, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, immediately following the budget hearing, in the school board room. President Steve Thiele opened the tax request hearing at 5:10 p.m. There was no public participation. Superintendent Finke presented the proposed tax requests. President Thiele adjourned the meeting at 5:17 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Sally Finch Recording Secretary Published September 21,...

  • Proceedings Summerland School Board of Education

    Sep 21, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION Sept. 12, 2023 Summerland Public School Board of Education met in regular session, immediately following the tax request hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. President Steve Thiele called the meeting, which was advertised in the Sept. 6, 2023, newspapers, to order at 5:17 p.m. Thiele noted the Open Meetings Act posted in the boardroom. Roll call was taken. Present: Ed Nordby, Nate Schwager, Scott Thiele, Steve Thiele, Austin Twibell, Jeremy Wagner. All board members present. Motion by Nordby,...

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