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 By LuAnn Schindler    News    August 6, 2020 

Trio Tackle continues family legacy

Great ideas begin at the kitchen table. For Max Heiter and Gary Jones, a hobby hooked their interests and they turned it into a well-known business, H & J Lures, based in Royal. Now, the small-tow...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    August 6, 2020 

Entrepreneur lures in customers

Ten-year-old Taylor Sonnenfelt enjoys fishing. She also likes earrings. After her dad, Brandon, and uncles, Alex and Derek Sonnenfelt, took over H & J Lures, she thought the teardrop lures looked...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    August 6, 2020 

Antelope County leaders review budget requests

As the 2020-2021 fiscal year neared its second month, Antelope County leaders started their annual budget work with a special workshop meeting last week at the courthouse in Neligh. The budget must...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Local villages receive USDA drinking water, wastewater infrastructure grants

The Trump administration announced Monday that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $462 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across rural...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Breakfast honors development corporation member

Page Development Corporation members host a pancake, egg and sausage breakfast, Aug. 2, at the Kountry Korner Café. Donations will be used for building maintenance at the café. Corporation members...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    August 6, 2020 

Two sentenced for alcohol-related offenses

Connor A, Napier, 18, of Ewing was fined $100, $49 costs and his driver’s license was impounded for 30 days by the Honorable Kale Burdick in the Holt County courtroom July 14. Napier pleaded guilty...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    August 6, 2020 

Rodeo grounds to receive upgrade

When the 2021 version of Clearwater's Big Rodeo occurs next June, attendees will notice yet another improvement on rodeo grounds. Last week, a group of Clearwater Chamber of Commerce volunteers...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

State budget approved, anti-abortion bill stalls and eviction moratorium fails

Luna Stephens and Katie Anderson Nebraska News Service During the Nebraska Legislature’s second week back in session, senators advanced the state’s budget to final reading. Senators also attempted to bring new pieces of legislation to address...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Senators debate, advance $9B budget

Luna Stephens and Katie Anderson Nebraska News Service Senators passed two state budget bills on July 31 including $55.2 million for damage from the 2019 floods, $10 million to the rural workforce housing investment fund and $3.7 million increase in...

 
 News    August 6, 2020 

Five new positive COVID-19 cases reported in region

North Central District Health Department has been made aware of five additional positive COVID-19 cases in the district. One case in Cherry County is currently under investigation. One case in Holt...

 
 By Mark Mahoney    News    July 30, 2020

Orchard business knocks it 'out of the park' with sports offering

Jeff Shabram is always game to talk to people about a longtime hobby of his. The 43-year-old collector owns and operates Around The Horn Sportscards, located on the southeast corner of the...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    July 30, 2020

Veteran journalist joins SAM staff

A community journalist with Nebraska ties joined the Advocate-Messenger staff, July 22. Mark Mahoney, an Omaha native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, will cover the Antelope County...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    July 30, 2020

Ewing grads leave high school careers in rear view mirror

The class of 2020 has left the building. With diplomas in hand, the last class to graduate as Ewing Tigers spent Sunday afternoon together, surrounded by family and school personnel, during a 2 p.m. g...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    July 30, 2020

Holt County Suupervisors discuss force spraying for weed control

Holt County Supervisors spent nearly one hour discussing force spraying, conducted by the Holt County Weed Department, during the board's July 16 meeting. Superintendent Bill Babutzke told the...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    July 30, 2020

Holt County Fair begins Tuesday

The 2020 Holt County Fair, in Chambers, will have a different look this year. All livestock shows will be show and go, with youth bringing and taking home livestock the days of the shows. "The public...

 

Orchard couple recognized for 50-year membership

Mt. Vernon Chapter #84 members of the Order of Eastern Star, of Plainview, traveled to Orchard to present 50-year pins to Hoyt and Arlene Sirek. They joined Eastern Star at Orchard, July 16, 1970....

 

Winners named in hospital CoRUNa virus 5K

Thirty-two individuals participated in the Antelope Memorial Hospital Wellness Center’s CoRUNa Virus virtual 5K. Tessa Hain, of Neligh, claimed the top spot in the women’s division, clocking a time of 22:20. Brenna Sokol placed second, running...

 

Department of Ag warns about seed packages from China

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday Nebraska citizens have received unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail in recent days. "Our team has, and will continue to, work with USDA...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    July 30, 2020

Oakdale man sentenced for unlawfully possessing firearms

Max Kerkman, 30, of Oakdale was sentenced to 24 months in prison, with three years of post-release supervision, for being an unlawful user in possession of a firearm. Kerkman was sentenced by Chief...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    July 23, 2020

A sweet sound

Barbara Bolte isn't exactly sure when she began collecting wind chimes, but she knows what prompted her to hang the collection of 400 unique pieces from the rafters in the garage of her Orchard home....

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    July 23, 2020

Antelope County leaders vote to bond $3 million for road repair

The Antelope County commissioners voted, last week, to issue $3 million in bonds to repair county roads. All five commissioners voted aye to a motion made by commissioner Carolyn Pedersen, seconded by...

 
 By LuAnn Schindler    News    July 23, 2020

Ready, set, celebrate!

A weekend of family-friendly fun is on tap, July 24 through 26, in Orchard. Orchard’s annual community celebration begins Friday, with a drive-through chicken dinner planned at the Rex. Orchard...

 

Enrollment applications for Medicaid expansion available

MADELEINE GRANT Nebraska News Service More than 90,000 additional Nebraskans are now eligible to apply for Medicaid, the government’s health insurance program for low-income individuals, the governor has announced. Nebraska residents can begin appl...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 23, 2020

Preserving the Past

Orchard residents consider it a fortunate town when it comes to preserving the history that has taken place hundreds of years ago. Those who have toured the District 57 Schoolhouse or visited the Rex...

 
 By Sandy Schroth    News    July 23, 2020

Antelope County courtroom sees variety of cases in loaded docket

The Honorable Donna Taylor presided over an array of cases last Wednesday, stemming from fights, traffic crashes, driving while intoxicated or under suspension, to dog attacks. In a rare move, Taylor...

 

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