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11
Dec
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Five years of growth, laughter, mess-ups & everything in between

Five years of growth, laughter, mess-ups & everything in between

In reality five years isn’t that long of a time frame, but in hindsight, a ton can happen in five years.

My first official day in Clay County was Dec. 13, 2014; it was 10 p.m. and I was knocking on what I hoped was my landlord’s door (thankfully it was), and by Dec. 14 I was moving all my stuff into my first adult home (I was scared stiff and had no clue what the next year was going to look like, let alone the next five).

On Dec. 16 I covered my first-ever event as a CCN staff member—Clay County Giving Tree (shout out to Robyn VonSpreckelsen for being my first interviewed person and patiently explaining to me what this awesome event was all about). From then on I never looked back.

 

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Wed
11
Dec
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It was more like a sputtering change of gears

It was more like a sputtering change of gears

Last week I spoke of the “quick change of gears,” from the end of the football season to the start of the winter sports season. For me, it was more like a sputtering start to the winter season.

As we near the end of our second year of operating Printing MD, combine that with the late edition of our winter sports preview and the work involved with our annual Christmas Wishes edition, which comes out next week, the winter sports season kind of fell by the wayside for me last week.

Well, hopefully the ole’ engine within me gets a little more fuel for the fire this week, as December rarely gives me the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit until after our Christmas Wishes edition is done.

Wed
27
Nov
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Remembering what’s important

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When I moved from Chadron into my “adult” life, all of my furniture was given to me by family members, or I had it from my childhood/ teenage years, and it followed me to Clay County.

Throughout the years some items broke and had to be thrown away, but for the most part I still had all of that furniture.

Recently I had to get rid of some it—the things I had been given when I moved, and I’ll be honest it was difficult. Writing this now it’s strange that I had such a connection with things such as furniture, but I did.

 

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Wed
27
Nov
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It’s a culture, it’s been a magical ride this year

It’s a culture, it’s been a magical ride this year

Tory Duncan • ccntory@gmail.com

It’s a culture, it’s been a magical ride this year

It’s not often, even a rarity, that a community newspaper gets the privilege to cover two football state championship game. I have to say, this year’s run by the Mustangs and the Cardinals was special in many ways to me! Harvard claimed the D-6 state title; coach Scott Trimble’s fifth title in his career, Harvard’s first-ever state six-man football championship. Sutton’s program, making it’s 10th straight Class C-2 playoff run, was capped with a tough 19-0 loss to Oakland-Craig Tuesday night in Lincoln. No matter a win or a loss, it has been an amazing run this year.

Standing on the sidelines at each game was a reward that we gained because of the hard work, the dedication and work ethics of both teams. You don’t just happen to get to a title game, you work your fanny off to get there. Just ask any one of the guys on each team, ask their parents, and certainly the coaches of each team. Hard work leads to great success.

Wed
13
Nov
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In the game of football, never say never

In the game of football, never say never
In the game of football, never say never

Friday night’s quarterfinal round for both the Harvard and Sutton football teams were true gut checks.

Harvard seemingly had a comfortable lead in the first half, leading, at one point, 32-6 early in the second quarter, but had to hold on for dear life in a 78-72 win to advance to the Class D-6 semifinals for the fourth straight year.

The Mustangs had to rebound from a 21-8 halftime deficit to outscore the visiting Battle Creek Braves, 36-7, in the second half to reach the Class C-2 state semifinals.

 

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13
Nov
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Other states have different approaches to prison reform

Other states have different approaches to prison reform

Schmidt

Oklahoma has decided to alleviate prison overcrowding by releasing inmates doing time for some non-violent offenses. And, they have lessened some penalties on those same crimes to avoid sending more inmates into the system in the future.

In Nebraska, we’re giving hiring bonuses to attract guards and forcing mandatory 12-hour shifts. The prison system remains at 159 percent capacity at one institution, but wages and work hours have created a bigger staffing crisis, which has attracted the attention of the system’s top brass and Governor.

The Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee has been working on alternative sentencing and other measures to reduce the population. But the “do the crime, do the time” mentality prevails.

 

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Wed
06
Nov
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IN THE POSTAL KNOW

IN THE POSTAL KNOW

Ozenbaugh

We did it!! We sold out of the Breast Cancer stamps in Sutton! Thank you for helping to “fund the fight” and “find a cure” campaign.

Now for another challenge. November is here, which is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Awareness semipostal stamp was issued Nov. 30, 2017.

The artwork is of an older woman in profile with a hand on her shoulder, with the suggestion of sunlight behind her, and clouds in front of and below her.

The sales since November 2017 through July of this year are $953,000, which is over 7.1 million stamps.

Sutton has 300 Alzheimer’s stamps to sell throughout November. Help in the research on Alzheimer’s by purchasing the semipostal stamp. Again the difference of one dime goes toward research and to community awareness.

 

 

Wed
06
Nov
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One Acts nearing competition time

One Acts nearing competition time

RAMBLES

It’s season No. 2 for Ahlona and I coaching the Sutton One Act, and it’s still a learning curve, but we’ve caught on to things for the most part.

Although I have yet to see Harvard and Sandy Creek’s one acts perform, I’m guessing their shows are entertaining and the students’ talent shines through just has they have in year’s past.

To shine some light on our students a tiny bit; we have many younger students this year (freshman, sophomores), and for a lot of them this is their first time performing on a stage.

I don’t know how many of you have performed in something, but it takes a great deal of courage to go out on stage and perform a monologue, let alone act something out.

From the beginning of the season to now, it’s clear how much these first-year students—as well as our “veteran” performing students—have grown and how their confidence has grown, and we’re incredibly proud of them for auditioning for one act.

Wed
30
Oct
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IN THE POSTAL KNOW

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Ozenbaugh

The Postal Service has many different positions within our organization. For the most part, the public only sees the Postmaster, clerks, city and rural carriers and the substitute carriers. But behind the scenes are the mail handlers, machine operators, truck drivers, and a diverse group of office personnel for many different departments (safety, training, operations, etc.).

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30
Oct
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An eventful weekend, Monday

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An eventful weekend, Monday

RAMBLES

This past weekend has been one to remember, at least, it has been for me.

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