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Wed
22
Jan
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Introducing a one-person book club

Introducing a one-person book club

RAMBLES

Once per month I’m hoping to write a column focusing on one book I’ve read recently (or in the past, depending on how much time I got in to read a new book).

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Wed
22
Jan
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Baylor University names honor students

WACO, TX—More than 4,400 Baylor University students were named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2019 fall semester.

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Wed
15
Jan
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Senators introduce more than 200 bills in opening session

Senators introduce more than 200 bills in opening session

LINCOLN-Property taxes and prison reform are just two of the major proposals that state senators are expecting to discuss during the 60-day session, which began last week at the Nebraska Legislature.

Nebraska state senators returned to the Capitol in Lincoln Jan. 8, and introduced more than 100 new bills on the first day of the new session.

Senators said they are expecting to hear proposals on reducing property taxes, prison reform and healthcare.

Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth said he is expecting to hear lively debate on several topics early in the session. He said he will be paying close attention to the property tax discussion, particularly to how Nebraska values agricultural land.

“We are the only state that takes a market approach of ag land as opposed to productivity,” he said. “That’s what has helped aggravate this crisis out here in the rural schools.”

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan
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The 106th Legislature: The State of the State

The 106th Legislature: The State of the State

CAPITAL VIEW

Today’s the big day. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts delivers the State of the State address to members of the 106th Legislature, Second Session. It’s his budget recommendation and his agenda for the rest of the session.

So, what is the State of the State? Well, thanks to unseasonably warm January weather, at least it’s NOT flooding. But wait, it’s Nebraska, and all that could change. Not to worry, the Governor is planning targeted increases in the current state budget to help finance repair of some of last year’s record flood damage. Good for you Governor!

Wed
15
Jan
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PRESIDENT’S OP-ED

PRESIDENT’S OP-ED

Carter

PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

As students and faculty return for a new semester of classes in Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and Curtis, I’m reminded again of how lucky I am to be able to serve at a place like the University of Nebraska.

Not quite two weeks into my new role, I am more convinced than ever that this is truly one of the country’s great institutions of higher learning.

Every day I read another story about the life-changing research our faculty are doing in water and agriculture, medicine, national defense and other areas.

Every day I learn more about how our campuses are helping our 51,000 students succeed. Every day I meet thoughtful, engaged Nebraskans who are kind enough to extend well-wishes and share their thoughts on where the university system should be headed.

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan
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A tribute to Angie Ridgway

A tribute to Angie Ridgway

Dear Editor:

I recently learned that long-time Fairfield resident Angela Ridgway passed away at the age of 87. Upon learning of Angela’s passing, I felt compelled to write this letter to the Clay County News.

I met Angie Ridgway in the early 1990s when John, Jay, and Patrick Sullivan agreed to hire me as a summer intern in the long-time Clay County law firm known as Sullivan Law Offices. Angie served for decades as the Sullivans’ assistant and paralegal.

At the Sullivan law office as an intern, I essentially worked for Angie. I had never been in a law firm or a courtroom before the Sullivans hired me, and Angie showed me what attorneys in small town practice really do. I learned from the three generations of Sullivans in the firm at the time that it was Angie who kept the trains running on time in the law office.

 

 

 

Wed
01
Jan
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Finding success in resolutions

Finding success in resolutions

Tis the season for people all over to make some New Year’s resolutions they intend on keeping for the entire year, but slowly drop as the month of January moves on.

I’m guilty of doing just that—making a ton of New Year’s resolutions I swear I’m going to stick with... and then by February I’ve maybe have one left.

I don’t know about anyone else, but last year I only kept one of my nine-or-something resolutions, and that was to stop drinking soda. Minus a couple of mixed drinks, I didn’t have any soda the entire year of 2019, and although that’s a small feat to accomplish, I’m pretty proud of it.

Maybe everyone else had this figured out, but slowly I realized you can’t just make a resolution such as “I’m going to be more healthy this year,” and expect to stick to it. That was, in fact, one of my resolutions last year, but it’s too broad a statement to make, so I narrowed it down.

 

Wed
01
Jan
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The beginning of yet another year....

The beginning of yet another year....

BULL

Tory Duncan

ccntory@gmail.com

Aging makes one think a little differently as the years go by; this year is no different for me. You see, I have a tendency to keep moving and letting the hours and days just fly by. I guess I can chalk that up to the business choice I made long ago.

As I reflect back on the most recent decade of my life, really, the last 11 years of my life, since moving to Clay County, I stand amazed with all that has taken place, and the changes that have occurred.

Since the move from Lincoln to the county in late May of 2009, I’ve made some great, long lasting friends and of course, I’ve lost some along the path since 2009, starting with the loss of longtime friend Jay Kenney, who came to the county with me. There aren’t many days that pass that I don’t remember Jay’s drive and friendship.

Wed
25
Dec
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2019’s top 9

2019’s top 9

Getting to cover two of our county teams at the same time is always great, but when I get to cover it with my coworkers it’s even better.

To start off 2019 I introduced my top nine moments of 2018, and since we were on a short deadline and by the time you’re reading this Christmas has come and past, I figured this would be a decent time to introduce my top nine moments of 2019 (designated specifically toward work moments).

And yes, this is a cheap and easy way to write a column, but this column is called “Rambles” for a reason... sometimes you never know what I’m going to say.

 

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Wed
18
Dec
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Don’t worry, your weekly newspaper is still here

EDITORS NOTE: The following article is being published with permission from the original writer of the story, Nathan Arneal, publisher and owner of the North Bend Eagle. We feel it is a very fitting article, and we share Arneal’s sediments, thus we felt that we’d like to share with our readers of the Clay County News.

BY NATHAN ARENEAL,

THE NORTH BEND EAGLE

Don’t let the front page [featuring the headline “What if there was no local newspaper?] scare you too much. We’re still here, and hope to be for a while.

The newspaper business has always been an interesting one. While, yes, the Eagle is a privately owned business, it also provides a public service. It keeps you informed. It keeps you connected with products, services and events offered in the community. We are a group effort, with the whole community contributing to the paper.

 

 

 

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