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Wed
01
Apr
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MURMAN’S CORNER

Sen. Dave Murman

Hello Neighbor,

This past week the Legislature returned to session for three days for the sole purpose of providing emergency funding for health departments and the state to combat the COVID-19 virus. The importance of the bill was evident so the bill passed unanimously with no debate. I am proud that we were able to come together and get this done quickly for the people in this state. The proposal totaled $83,619,600 and included emergency appropriations to allow for COVID-19 testing, lab equipment, healthcare staffing to cover response needs, and a cash reserve if needed.

The coronavirus outbreak has led to economic havoc across our country. From falling ethanol, grain, and livestock markets , household goods flying off the shelves, cancellation of travel and school, and the fear of getting sick and having to quarantine for an extended time.

Wed
01
Apr
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PUBLIC SAFETY

Sen. Dave Murman

The COVID-19 Pandemic is an emergency where the U.S. and the world have not faced a need, which requires a unified citizen response to make a difference, since World War II. This is not a fire, flood, tornado, or terrorist attack. This is a microbe that can affect each of us in different ways. The way we beat it is not with fire trucks, bulldozers, or law enforcement response. We will beat this virus by each citizen standing up, making changes now, doing each of our part and making a difference.

Wed
01
Apr
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Don’t think it can’t happen to you

Don’t think it can’t happen to you
Don’t think it can’t happen to you

Common sense battles with mindset in this battle we’re all dealing with and the COVID-19 “bug.”

What has become unfortunate and now a reality for me is that this virus has hit reasonably close to home, in my hometown of Shelton. It has impacted some long-time family friends and it hurts!

In sharing some of this information with my family, one aunt replied to me, “your story makes me sad. I think too many in our state and small towns, and too many here too, think that COVID-19 won’t be where they are—not on their street, not in their lives, not with their neighbors—and are still not practicing safe social distancing.”

It’s true folks. I think that there are definitely areas where we all need to improve in this.

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Wed
25
Mar
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Aries season is upon us

Aries season is upon us

Most people who read this column probably don’t pay too much attention to zodiac signs (I could be wrong, I’m not assuming, just guessing). Right now we are in what some age groups call “Aries Season.”

This refers directly to which zodiac sign is “ruling” right now, which is Aries. People who share the Aries sign were born between March 21 and April 19. I know many people born between those dates, more specifically closer to home would be my twin cousins, Hannah and Michael, who turn 20 on March 30; and my dad, April 10. My uncle Jack’s birthday is April 20 and barely misses the Aries season, but I fully believe he fits into the Aries category instead of the Taurus he would be classified as.

Here’s a brief overview of the zodiac signs and their birth dates, starting with January:

 

Wed
25
Mar
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#TOGETHER we can, we must!!

#TOGETHER we can, we must!!

Community strength and pride are going to be challenged as we all go through this Coronavirus/COVID-19 ordeal, but as I shared in a opinion piece last week, now is the time to come together and stand strong within our communities and in Clay County as a whole.

#TOGETHER, a “hashtag” that the Clay County News has used in several social media posts, is what can and will help our hometowns fight back against what many national financial institutions are predicting to be an economic bust for our country.

We at the Clay County News understand that people are going to get sick and tired of hearing news about the COVID-19 virus, and we expect that it’ll get old, but...news both on a local level and state level, even on a national level will remain a consistent part of the Clay County News each week. It has to be, because it is our job to get reliable information from a local view to help get through whatever the future holds.

 

Wed
11
Mar
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Crunch time at the Legislature. time to prioritize

Crunch time at the Legislature. time to prioritize

Priorities. A good thing to have. An especially good thing to have when time is of the essence. Here’s what Nebraska lawmakers have on their plates with the session more than half over.

Tax reform, state school aid, business investment tax incentives, a funding commitment to a $2.6 billion project at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha ... and many others.

Buoyed by the latest upward projections from the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board, thoughts run wild on using increased income for more property tax relief or to fund any of the afore-mentioned bills.

Given coronavirus induced activity in the stock market and world economy projections, at least one popular think tank is urging caution.

Renee Fry, Director of the Open Sky Policy Institute, said “More money in the cash reserve is a good thing for the state, particularly if there is economic fallout from a potential pandemic.”

 

 

 

Wed
11
Mar
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Being the best-prepared state for COVID-19

Being the best-prepared state for COVID-19

Ricketts

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been all over the news and top of mind for Americans as the virus reaches new corners of the world. As it spreads, we’re working hard to make Nebraska the best-prepared state in the country. We’ll need everyone’s help to blunt its impact on Nebraska and to keep our families and communities as healthy as possible.

Coronavirus has the potential to spread quickly, and we need to take immediate action to be prepared.

As you prepare, think of how you would get ready for an incoming snowstorm. If you wait until it starts snowing, it’s too late. Now is the time to make sure you have two weeks’ worth of food and water, to ensure a continuous supply of prescription drugs, and to plan for what to do in case schools and daycares close or you have to work from home.

Practicing good health habits can also help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory infections:

Wed
11
Mar
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The Coronavirus: be vigilant, smart

The Coronavirus: be vigilant, smart
The Coronavirus: be vigilant, smart

Crazy as it feels, the world health crisis with Coronavirus (COVID-19) has certainly woke us all up, as it should! Health departments and officials locally, all over the state, in the United States, and of course around the world are working diligently to figure out a way to at the very least slow down this dangerous virus.

With three reported cases (at the time of writing this week’s Bull, Monday afternoon) in the State of Nebraska, and all the potential impact from the first diagnosed case in Nebraska last Thursday has certainly woken the Cornhusker State up, and quickly.

The reality, from what I’ve read and heard, is that if exposure has been had, health officials and governmental officials have shared that people need to self-quarantine for 14 days, due to the fact that if one is going to contract the Coronavirus, symptoms, if they show up, are said to appear anywhere from 2-14 days after the potential exposure.

 

 

 

Wed
04
Mar
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That’s why they play the game

That’s why they play the game

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That’s why they play the game

Strained vocal cords and all, Monday night’s 59-56 win for the Sutton Mustangs in the C2-3 District Final at Columbus High School wasn’t a game for the faint of heart, rather for those that can stand the nervous jitters!

The CHS gym, which by the way I’d love to cover another game there, the BEST shooting environment of the year by far for a camera operator, but nonetheless, this week’s Bull isn’t about my likes for photography, it’s about a team that stuck together through some pretty adverse and tense moments.

I’ve heard the old adage “That’s way they play the games,” many times in my life. Monday’s three-point Mustang win was chocked full of ups and downs, beginning with the loss of leading scorer Cade Wiseman, who exited the game with a head injury with about two minutes left in the first quarter.

 

 

 

Wed
26
Feb
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Rumsey named Outstanding Weed Supt.

Rumsey

Rumsey

Clay County’s weed superintendent Bruce Rumsey has been named an Outstanding Superintendent by the Nebraska Weed Control Association.

He received this honor at the NWCA’s annual conference on Feb. 10-12, in North Platte.

The NWCA awarded Rumsey this title for Region 4, a 19-county area of Nebraska that includes Clay County.

“Your dedication and efforts to provide the residents of Clay County with a strong noxious weed program are greatly appreciated by everyone,” wrote Mitch Coffin, Noxious Weed program manager at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in Lincoln, in a letter that Rumsey included in his report to the Clay County Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting on Feb. 25, at the county courthouse.

 

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