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Wed
12
Jun
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Shop local, buy local

Remnants of old businesses line main street, most of which are accompanied by chipped front steps, closed off doors, and signs stating “CLOSED,” forever hanging in the front window.

More and more often this scene is viewed while driving through rural towns throughout Nebraska, but also throughout the midwest.

The phrase “Shop Local, Buy Local” isn’t one rural towns should take for granted.

Living less than an hour from Hastings and York, and about an hour from Grand Island and Lincoln, it’s easy to forget how important shopping local is.

Currently in Clay County there are three grocery stores—Harvard Food Mart, Corner Market (Edgar), and Brown’s Thrift Store (Sutton).

In early 2018, Clay Center’s grocery store closed; community members responded by creating a committee in hopes of bringing a store back to Clay Center. This has been an ongoing effort for the committee—and various other community members—for the last 16 months.

 

Wed
12
Jun
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An addition to a busy summer run

Even through it’s not quite summer in an official sense, the summer of 2019 has taken off like a rocket to the sky...fast.

We’ve seen all sorts of all-star athletic events, the chase is on for parents and grandparents alike, going to a baseball or softball game, nearly every night, at least when weather has permitted.

Many events have been canceled or altered with the weather patterns as of late, but here in a few weeks, what I call the really busy stretch hits in our business, with the season of community festivals and celebrations, along with the county fair just around the corner.

 

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Wed
05
Jun
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Knowing when enough is enough

By Ashley D. Swanson

There are some people in this world, myself included, who think they can do everything for everyone and be some sort of superman/woman without any consequences.

What these people (most of the time) don’t realize is that constantly being on the move and never taking time to just be still and not worry about how they can fix other people’s problems or never say “no” to favors is actually hurting them.

They need to know when enough is enough. That it’s OK to say you can’t take anymore on your plate, that you can’t help someone with something, that you just need a break.

 

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Wed
05
Jun
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Oh my how 10 years have flown by

By Tory Duncan

Sometimes time can drag on, and yes, I’ll admit that over the past 10 years since beginning with the Clay County News, it has! But...as I began a reflective past couple of weeks, a lot has changed in my life over the these 10 years with this newspaper.

I decided to take a little deeper look, thanks to an online calendar calculator. It’s kind of eye opening when you take a look like this. There have been 523 weeks worked since I walked into the front door of the news office on June 1, 2009. That equates out to 3,654 days and 87,696 hours, which means this rendition of the Bull is the 523rd in my career at the Clay County News.

Some have been good, some have been emotional, some have been goofy and yet some have seemingly been just so-so, if that!

 

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Wed
29
May
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MURMAN’S CORNER

dmurman@leg.ne.gov

(402) 471-2732

Hello Neighbor,

We only have two days of session left. Those will be used to confirm the few remaining appointments, pass a few more bills, and override any vetoes from the Governor.

The legislature passed the budget with some property tax relief added by adding $51 million per year to the property tax credit program. This brings the amount in that program to $275 million.

Even though we increased the amount in the property tax credit program, I could not support a budget that increased spending. We have increased spending constantly every budget cycle. It may not sound like much, but 3 percent every time we pass a budget adds up to a whole lot more spending.

 

 

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Wed
29
May
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SCUD considers student cell phone policy at SC

Nearly every student at Sandy Creek Middle and High School brings a cell phone to school. This doesn’t become a problem until it comes time for class. Then the controversy begins.

“I don’t feel a cell phone is necessary in a classroom,” said Deweese’s Cheryl Brockman, a member of the South Central Unified #5 School District’s Board of Education during its regular meeting on May 20, at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

The board reviewed Sandy Creek’s cell phone policy for students during the meeting.

 

 

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Wed
22
May
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What happened to playing outside?

RAMBLES

This past weekend I was talking with my grandma and the conversation came up about how you see less and less kids outside playing these days.

I blame technology and smartphones, like I usually do. Granted, I’m not outside anywhere near enough, but I’m also not a kid, some evenings, if I have nothing going on, all I want to do is sit on the couch and do absolutely nothing.

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Wed
22
May
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10 years ago I was a little ‘green’

BULL

So as the month of May, a long month of May, comes to an end here with our May 29 issue next week, it will complete 10 full years with the Clay County News for me. I’ll admit today that when I came to Clay County I was a little green, even a tad bit spooked.

I had been away from the newspaper industry since 1994 when I came back to the industry in 2009. I had moments of “can I do this...should I do this?”

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Wed
15
May
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Embracing our level of smart

As of late I’ve been watching this television series called “Regular Show,” which is about this group of “people” running a park and typically have to fight off supernatural beings and all that fun stuff. (Side note: I put people in quotes because they’re not really peoplethe main characters are a blue jay and raccoon, that can talk and have people skills, etc.).

Yes, this is a cartoon, and yes, the viewing ages were focused on young adults...and I’m a few years from 30, but let’s not dwell on that.

Anyway, the show was on air from 2009 to 2017 and in the last episode of season seven (there are only eight seasons), Rigby (the raccoon) is giving a graduation speech, which is surprisingly inspirational given the fact that this is a cartoon.

Broken down his speech is about embracing the smarts we have and that no matter if we’re street smart, book smart or just specialize in one certain area of life, we can all still suceed in what we do.

Wed
15
May
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Time is flying past me before my eyes

Another school year is about to be history and it seems to me, after 10 full school years with the Clay County News, that like every year, when I look back on the year it just blew past me like Buzz Lightyear on an adrenaline rush.

All three high schools have sent off another graduating class, Harvard on May 4, while Sutton and Sandy Creek sent their seniors off into the next stages of their lives this past Saturday.

What really hits me each year is the fact that many of these young men and women were second graders when I came to Clay County....SECOND GRADERS!

Then, add in the fact that some of the students I have covered these past 10 years are married and starting their young families. The sheer signs to me that right before my own eyes time is flying and if I’m not careful, I’ll miss something.

 

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