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May
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City of Sutton updates: Delay of pool opening

City of Sutton updates: Delay of pool opening

This is an unparalleled time in our nation, state, and city, in which every community leader is considering the best practice to protect the public health of citizens and those utilizing our pool facility and parks through a pandemic. A multitude of conference calls, Zoom meetings, and electronic data sharing has been occurring between Sutton leadership and the State of Nebraska DHHS, the governor’s COVID weekly conference calls, the South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD), updates from the League of Nebraska Municipalities staff, interaction between fellow NCMA colleagues and other sources. One of the many subjects discussed is potential the COVID-19 mandates would have on opening municipal public operated pools across the state. There are many logistical impacts and challenges that the Directed Health Measures, to protect the public health have created for city leaders to consider before opening pools.

Wed
20
May
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A Memorial Day salute, a different way

A Memorial Day salute, a different way
A Memorial Day salute, a different way

Memorial Day, a day that originally began as Decoration Day in the years following the Civil War, becoming an official holiday in 1971. It’s official recognition began after General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War Veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance in late May. The date of May 30 was the date selected in 1868 to begin what started as Decoration Day.

It was in 1968 that Congress passed the “uniform Monday Holiday Act,” which established Memorial Day as falling on the last Monday of May, to create what we now know as the three-day Memorial Day weekend. It officially became a federal holiday in 1971.

This year, as we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, to protect our rights as American’s, Memorial Day takes on a completely different look.

 

 

Wed
13
May
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The backside of Mothers Day, 2020

The backside of Mothers Day, 2020

You’ve all read in my column, many times, the remembrance of my mother. Lucky for you, you get to hear about it one more time this week. The moment hit me pretty strong Saturday night while watching the seniors at Sutton High School parade through the community.

I will never forget waking up the Saturday morning of my graduation in 1983. To me, it was just another day. To mom, it was a big day. Her oldest “baby” was graduating.

Here is the strange part of that day. I was never an early riser, mom was, everyday. For some reason I was up and ready to go. Something clicked between she and I that morning though.

I remember sitting at the dinner bar, grant you not the dinner table, but the dinner bar. French toast, if I remember right; this is at sevenin the morning. Dad was still asleep grandpa and grandma were still fast asleep; my sisters, I’m not sure when they came in to the mix of that day.

 

Wed
06
May
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Appreciating our teachers

Appreciating our teachers

I hope you are all doing well and are healthy and happy.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.

It may not be so apparent to us when we’re kids or maybe even as teenagers, but teachers make a huge difference in our lives.

If you’ve been reading my column for a little bit, you know I’ve mentioned how I was not a great student in school—not a good test-taker, homework was done in a subpar way, and studying was almost nonexistent.

 

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Wed
06
May
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The primary election and our moms

The primary election and our moms

Clay County, as many of you know, next Tuesday, May 12, is your final chance to vote your mind in the 2020 Primary Election. All registered voters should have received their ballots in the mail in recent weeks.

Thankfully, given the current state of things, Clay County’s Board of Supervisors and our clerk’s office made the decision to go to all mailin ballots in 2020. Otherwise, they, along with us, as registered voters would be scrambling like so many other counties in Nebraska, as well as, throughout the country, to cast our votes.

Ballots must be mailed and in the possession of the Clay County Clerk no later than 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 12.

For even greater ease, the clerk’s office has a drop box located at the south entrance of the courthouse; just drive up to the box and drop your ballot off.

 

Wed
29
Apr
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Economic impact of coronavirus slowly emerging

Economic impact of coronavirus slowly emerging

The coronavirus which is killing Nebraskans and making others very sick also has the potential to greatly injure Nebraska’s economy, an impact which will be felt for at least the next three years or longer.

That impact is already changing the Nebraska Legislature and the hopes and dreams of some lawmaker’s ability to push pet projects through to completion in the final 17 days of the current legislative session, whenever that happens.

There will be things, big things, that just won’t make it. Things like property tax relief and increased school aid–sponsors just don’t have the votes necessary to push that big rock up the hill.

Economic incentives for big businesses, a plan to rewrite current law which expires in July, is likewise burdened by some who tie its passage to the passage of the property tax bills.

Wed
29
Apr
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ELECTION OP-ED

I would like to address a couple of the issues that we have heard about, and I would like to encourage anyone with concerns to contact our office. The information being posted on social media has, for the most part, been inaccurate unless it comes from our office.

Everyone that was a registered voter was sent a bright orange postcard on Oct. 31, 2019, informing them that Clay County had been designated as an “all mail” county for all elections moving forward. The cards that came back as undeliverable helped us to be able to put those individuals on our NVRA list.

The Secretary of State and the Post Office work together to extract forwarding or changed addresses. They send us a list of those in Clay County. In mid-January, we sent out cards to those on that list to get verification of current addresses.

 

 

 

 

Wed
22
Apr
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Celebrating during hard times

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In about one-and-a-half weeks I’ll turn 28 years old. Yes, I know I still look like a teenager, but the birth certificate I have says it’s true.

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Wed
22
Apr
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MURMAN’S CORNER

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Hello Neighbor,

One of the many changes that have happened as a result of COVID-19 is that more people have expressed an interest in early voting, particularly voting by mail.

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Wed
15
Apr
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Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

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Ricketts

The next several weeks will be key to slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nebraska. The virus is expected to peak in Nebraska during the next month. We can expect more recorded cases as testing expands, and additional deaths as we approach this peak period.

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