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Wed
02
Dec
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Find time to give this holiday season

Find time to give this holiday season
Find time to give this holiday season

Holidays for many can be truly tough, especially this year given the pandemic. But this year each and every one of you who are reading the Bull this week, whether it is in the form of you personally or as a family, I encourage every one of you to find a passion of yours and to give that passion.

I wasn’t able to be around family for Thanksgiving and we will see if I’ll be able to be around family for Christmas, but I know my family well enough, as small as we are we can be powerful when our hearts are involved.

Find a good cause this year to give the gift that goes unnoticed; give from your heart to something that you truly believe in supporting and make a difference.

Thu
26
Nov
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‘Home’ for the holidays

‘Home’ for the holidays

Since the pandemic firmly planted roots in the U.S., nursing homes and assisted living facilities have had to shut their doors to visitors, and even reduced the amount of contact from resident to resident, all in an attempt to keep residents healthy and safe.

 

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Thu
26
Nov
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Harvard One Act is TVC champion

Harvard One Act is TVC champion

Piper Porter, left, and Ashley Nierman react to a moment during Harvard’s One Act, “110 Stories.” Nierman was one of seven students to earn honorable mention performances during the TVC One Act competition Nov. 17. XAVIER MARBURGER | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard’s One Act earned the top spot at the Twin Valley Conference meet Tuesday, Nov. 17.

This is the second first-place victory this season, having previously earned ones from every judge and ultimately placing first at the Wilcox Hildreth One Act Festival Nov. 9.

 

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Wed
18
Nov
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Where is your hope?

Where is your hope?

In case you missed it, two weeks ago we had a presidential election. But it was more than just a presidential election, it was one of the most divisive and contentious elections I can recall in my lifetime. The last election that even resembles this one was 20 years ago in 2000 when vice president Al Gore went up against Texas Governor George W. Bush. In that election, it all came down to the state of Florida. Recount after recount. Hanging chads, dimpled chads, swinging chads. In the end, the United States Supreme Court had to step in to put an end to the recount madness.

Wed
18
Nov
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The family affair tradition lives on in the Nebraska Legislature

The family affair tradition lives on in the Nebraska Legislature

Schmidt

It’s another first for the nation’s only nonpartisan, onehouse legislature. The first brother-sister act is coming to the Nebraska Legislature in January.

John Cavanaugh will be sworn in to represent Omaha’s District 9. He’ll serve with his sister Machaela who was elected in 2018 to represent District 6. They’re the children of John Cavanaugh who served one term in the Legislature after his 1972 election. He then served as a U.S. Representative from 1976 to 1980. With Machaela’s election, the Cavanaugh’s became the first father-daughter to serve. Now it’s father-daughter and father-son.

The family affairs started in 1937 when the late Charles Warner of Waverly was elected to the very first Unicameral where he served as the first Speaker of the Legislature. He had served in the Nebraska House from 1901 to 1907 and had served in the Nebraska Senate from 1919 to 1936. He also served four terms as lieutenant governor.

Wed
11
Nov
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Putting life as we live it now in perspective

Putting life as we live it now in perspective
Putting life as we live it now in perspective

It would be really easy for me this week to tell the tale of Friday night’s state quarterfinal game for the Sutton Mustangs from my own personal perspective, in addition to talking about some great senior leaders on the Sandy Creek and Harvard football teams, since my mind was locked in to football this past week yet.

But this week I’m putting life in perspective as we know it now, especially after Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts finally put some stiffer mandates in place in regards to COVID-19.

After reading this week’s letter to the editor from South Heartland Health District President Nanette Shackelford, and board of health members in our district, it’s time to return to the importance of the growing pandemic that we face. The letter appears on page 5A this week.

Wed
11
Nov
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Pandemic fatigue is real, COVID-19 takes toll

Pandemic fatigue is real, COVID-19 takes toll

Dear Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, & Webster County Residents:

As board members of the South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) we know that pandemic fatigue is real and that COVID-19 has taken a toll on how businesses, schools, and our very lives are conducted. We also know that the people in our communities are tenacious, tough, and innovative. These characteristics will need to be drawn upon to fight the coronavirus over a long winter until effective vaccines are available to all, which most likely will not happen until late spring 2021 or later.

Wed
11
Nov
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The power of inncumbency, the Legislative elections

The power of inncumbency, the Legislative elections

Schmidt

Two appointed incumbents and two who were previously term-limited tried to make a comeback during Nebraska’s general election. In many cases they were bolstered by funds from the Governor who dug deep this year. Pete Ricketts and his family spent nearly a million dollars on legislative races and ballot issues.

Appointed members Julie Slama in southeast Nebraska’s Legislative District 1 and Andrew La Grone in the Gretna area faced stiff challenges. Both are Republicans in the officially non-partisan Legislature. Slama defeated Republican Janet Palmtag of Syracuse. Le Grone lost his District 49 seat to challenger Democrat Jen Day who had also outpolled him in the primary.

Wed
28
Oct
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Supporting through wins, losses

Supporting through wins, losses

When spectators walk into a gym, theatre or toward the stands near a football field, they’re usually there for a main purpose—to support their kid(s) or the team as a whole.

And with every competition or game, there has to be a winner and a loser. There are no ties. One school is left cheering while the other is left silently walking away.

Throughout the season you can either be one of two people—at least, from my perspective—you can be the type of fan who cheers and claps and shouts words of encouragement regardless of if your team/school is winning or losing; OR you can be what I call “fake fans,” or those who only cheer, clap, shout words of encouragement when their team/school is winning.

 

 

 

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Wed
21
Oct
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Keeping history alive

Keeping history alive

For a couple of hours last Tuesday, I spent time in Hansen learning about an incredible human being.

On June 30 there was a fire in Hansen—a small town just inside Adams County, maybe six miles northwest of Trumbull.

Honestly, I didn’t think too much about this fire other than reading through and placing the article and a photo on the page.

It was unfortunate, as fires usually are, especially when there’s loss of property and/or life. But other than a shop being lost no lives were injured, and that was a good thing.

But then I got a call about the gentleman who owned that building and fast forward a few months and there I was, pulling up to a grassy parking spot alongside a gravel village road, listening to the sounds of hammers and drills and constant conversations.

 

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