Bourke receives first-ever Betty Mertens Spirit Award

Pat Bourke smiles big after receiving the first-ever Betty Mertens Spirit Award during the Can Care-A-Van event Monday in Sutton. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Bourke receives first-ever Betty Mertens Spirit Award

Gail Gee, left, and Carson Mau, right, help Bill Weekly of Lincoln unload his vehicle during Monday’s event. Weekly and his wife, Pam, said they like to donate to smaller communities, and brought 159 pounds of food and other necessities to the Can Care-A-Van event. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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For the first time ever, the Betty Mertens Spirit Award was given to a community member during the annual Can Care-A-Van Monday, in Sutton. Pat Bourke, a board member of the Bread Box and... + continue reading
Sandy Creek seniors in the spotlight at Aug. 1 graduation

Valedictorian Jordan Heinz gives his speech while classmates listen during Sandy Creek’s graduation ceremony Saturday. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Sandy Creek seniors in the spotlight at Aug. 1 graduation

Salutatorian Connor Crumbliss returns to the mic after jokingly saying, “Look, I’m not good at speeches,” before briefly walking away from the mic, as laughter ensued. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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“Happy Mother’s Day,” Darnell Pernicek said starting his speech at Sandy Creek’s graduation Saturday. Of course, it wasn’t Mother’s Day or even May, but that... + continue reading
Harvard Council hires new city attorney
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In a unanimous decision at its July 28 meeting, the Harvard City Council approved the hire of David Solheim, with Solheim Law Office in Crete, as the city’s new attorney, replacing Bixby Law... + continue reading
A moving memory

Gerald and Tonya Schmidt talk with Sam Aughe, center, owner of the 1946 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery parked at the Harvard Veterans Car Show. The Chevy is covered in names of veterans, police and first responders, some of whom have passed away. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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A small portion of the Chevy, which is covered in names of veterans, police officers, and first responders.

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From far away, the 1946 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery looks, as its owner says, unattractive. But move closer and one would see the beauty the Delivery has turned into, despite its make and model.... + continue reading
BG’s changes owners July 16

A ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted for the Hoffman family on Saturday, July 25, welcoming them to the community after they purchased BG’s, Thursday, July 16. Pictured, from left, in front: Sutton Chamber of Commerce member Jessica Moore, Katie VanderLey, Shawn Hoffman, Timothy Hoffman, Elijah Hoffman, Bobby Dean Hoffman, Nicole Hoffman holding Michael Hoffman, and Sutton Chamber member Tony Huber. Pictured in the back, from left: Howard Blecha, Dakota Maschmann, Debbie Blecha, Erin Maschman holding Elenora Marschman, and Diane Hoffman. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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BG’s in Sutton has new owners, as of Thursday, July 16. Shawn and Nicole Hoffman of Clay Center officially closed on the business after several months of thinking about the idea of taking... + continue reading
Harvard Council hires new city attorney

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With some modifications, the Deweese Festival, set for Aug. 8 and 9, will go on as planned. Social distancing rules will apply to all events, and the chicken dinner, provided by J&P Catering, will be takeout only (4 p.m.-?, Sunday, Aug. 9). To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://etypeservices.com/Clay%... + continue reading
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On Aug. 1, South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) officials reported that new state-directed health measures (DHM) were being issued by Nebraska to replace the current DHM which expired at midnight, July 31. The new DHM went into effect at midnight, Aug. 1. To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition. http://... + continue reading

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SHDHD area jumps to 381 COVID cases

South Heartland’s COVID-19 Risk Dial, as of Monday, July 20.

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South Heartland District Health Department’s four-county area coronavirus cases have increased by 20— to 381—since July 13, according to a press release by the health department on July 20. Clay County showed the highest case increase within the past week with nine, from 31 to 40. Adams County cases moved up eight from 317 to... + continue reading
Sutton graduation full of strong emotions, messages

Karis Andres, Sutton’s 2020 class valedictorian, gives her speech near the start of Saturday’s graduation ceremony. Behind her is the class quote. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Sutton graduation full of strong emotions, messages

Will Burns, left, and Jackson Perrien share a tearful handshake during the flower presentation at Sutton’s graduation July 18. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Sutton graduation full of strong emotions, messages

Salutatorian Sterling Cloet gives his speech during the graduation ceremony Saturday. Instead of sitting on the stage, graduates lined the center aisle in one of the rows of chairs with their family members. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Resilient was a word used to describe Sutton’s 2020 graduating class. The class of the 31 resilient Sutton seniors were reminded to not look back on this year as a time when a virus took away their final months of high school, but instead look back on everything the class accomplished. Those words came from SPS’s Secondary... + continue reading
SC finalizing return-to-school pandemic plan, SC finalizing return-to-school pandemic plan
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Sandy Creek is slated to open its school doors on Aug. 18, and it looks like in-person, on-site instruction is a go. Julie Otero, superintendent of the South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5, and the district’s administrative staff, answered questions from parents and board of education members about the return-to-school... + continue reading

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Fairfield Seniors sweep Doniphan-Trumbull in finale

Jason Brockman hits a foul ball during the Fairfield Seniors’ game against Smith Center, KS, July 28. MELISSA WHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Fairfield Seniors sweep Doniphan-Trumbull in finale, Fairfield Seniors sweep Doniphan-Trumbull in finale, Fairfield Seniors sweep Doniphan-Trumbull in finale
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A season finale sweep on the road for Fairfield closed out the 2020 baseball season for the Fairfield Seniors on a high note, as Fairfield rolled past Doniphan-Trumbull in the first game of a... + continue reading
Sutton Juniors finish season with double-header wins

Myles Jones watches from third base as Carson Mau takes his turn at the plate; this pitch was deemed a ball. In the third inning, Sutton had a two-point lead, 3-1, as seen on the scoreboard in the background. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Sutton Juniors finish season with double-header wins, Sutton Juniors finish season with double-header wins
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Harvard trio leads NE 6-man all-stars to shootout 52-25 win over WY

Noah Okraska, left, tackles a Wyoming player to make room for David Reazola, carrying the ball, while attempting to outrun a tackle from another Wyoming opponent. Nebraska won the annual Nebraska-Wyoming six-man game, 52-25, on July 23. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Harvard trio leads NE 6-man all-stars to shootout 52-25 win over WY

Ryan Harms (24), top left, assists with tackling this Wyoming player during the NE-WY six-man game. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Sutton Juniors earn 2 wins over Fairbury

Paxton Olsen prepares to pitch during Thursday’s game against Fairbury. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

, Sutton Juniors earn 2 wins over Fairbury, Sutton Juniors earn 2 wins over Fairbury
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Keep a curious mind
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Having a curious mind makes life more interesting. For example, on Saturday I was walking around the Harvard Veterans Car Show and had been there for maybe an hour or so and decided to head for home... + continue reading

Agriculture

4-H’ers shine at revised county fair, 4-H’ers shine at revised county fair, 4-H’ers shine at revised county fair
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Overall numbers were down in shows at the Clay County Fair July 8-11, but there were still quite a few 4-H’ers participating in events. Here, Lily Griess, back right, Kyler Hegemann-Wharton,... + continue reading
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An area row crop ag producer discs a field south of Clay Center along Highway 14 Wednesday afternoon. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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