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29
Mar
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In the postal know

By Ozenbaugh

As I write this on Sunday, March 26, I'll share a Postal tidbit that today is the tenth anniversary of the Forever stamp. Forever Stamps are first-class stamps that you can buy at the current first-class postage rate, and they remain valid even if that rate rises in the future. The design for the Forever Stamp, an image of the Liberty Bell, was unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service on March 26 in 2007. It officially went on sale on April 12, and sold for forty-one cents each. In the first year, the USPS sold more than six billion Forever stamps.

In the last ten years, the Forever stamp has changed prices eight times--from .41 in 2007, to .42 in 2008, to .44 in 2009. It then did not change until 2012, to .45, to .46 in 2013, and to .49 in 2014. It went down to.47 in 2016, and back to .49 in 2017.

Wed
22
Mar
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Finishing up a season well done

By Ashley Swanson

Speech is coming to a close pretty soon, actually, Thursday to be exact. Thursday marks the annual state speech competition, where students from all across Nebraska come together to compete against people they’ve come across before, and people they’ve never seen.

For Clay County, we have nine students going—eight from Sutton and one from Sandy Creek, and it was a tough battle to get there.

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Wed
22
Mar
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American agriculture...It’s a way of life

By Tory Duncan

American agriculture, we celebrate the hardworking men, women, and most definitely, families, this week with it being National Agriculture week and National Agriculture Day, which by the time most of you have read the Clay County News this week, has come and gone.

Nevermind the fact that our salute to American agriculture has come out during the week, as time to celebrate the vast amount of families that produce what we put on our plate each and everyday.

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Wed
15
Mar
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All in the family...Duncan style

By Tory Duncan

No, Archie and Edith Bunker, along with Meathead and Gloria, aren’t my focus this week. However, you have to admit, at least in my mind, that was a classic show.

Nope... this week, I speak of “All in the Family,” in terms of MY family.

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Wed
15
Mar
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Thankful for a place I call home

By Ashley Swanson

Facebook likes to remind people about their past by popping up stories and sharing them with you privately.

A year ago this week, I posted this article written by a man who was angry with the fact that all Nebraska was known for was Runzas and Husker fanatics. He then went on to say other reasons why Nebraska should be recognized for more than a sports team and some fast food.

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Wed
08
Mar
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It’s Newspaper in Education Week

By Tory Duncan

This marks a week, that to any newspaper involved with students at the high school and college levels, even in the elementary classrooms that, I truly cherish.

Since moving to Clay County to take over this newspaper, our team at the Clay County News has been involved in some way shape or form in working with all three Clay County High Schools’ journalism students.

What I have found, as well as many of my collegues in Nebraska, that working with students, is not only just as rewarding as an editor of a newpaper, but it has also become a way in which to reach out to students that show an interest in community journalism and to bring home those students that have received formal education in college, or at the community college level.

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Wed
08
Mar
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Fighting back when Mother Nature hits

By Ashley Swanson
Monday started out like any other Monday. People got up and dressed and then grabbed their stuff and went to work.

But for those who fight back when Mother Nature comes knocking, their regular day became long, tiring, and a rush to keep people’s property safe.

According to the National Weather Service in Hastings, the wind speed reached 51 mph, while wind gusts reached 60 mph. Driving in it was slightly terrifying and keeping attention to the road and your surroundings was of immense importance.

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Wed
01
Mar
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Learning the Appropriations Committee budgeting process

By Keuhn

There are multiple steps in the Appropriations Committee budgeting process. First, agencies submitted budget requests through the budget office last fall. Next, Governor Ricketts introduced his recommended budget when he addressed the Legislature in his State of the State address. Then, the Appropriations Committee worked with legislative fiscal analysts to comb through agency requests and developed a preliminary budget. This past week, we began the next step of the process, which is four weeks of public hearings, where we will hear from state agencies, stakeholders and citizens about proposed funding.

 

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Wed
01
Mar
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Celebrating Nebraska’s 150th

By Ricketts

Broken Bow is nestled in the foothills of Nebraska’s picturesque Sandhills in the middle of everything our state and our country. In many ways, it’s a community that represents a cross section of the Cornhusker State. It’s a rural town where Main Street is thriving thanks to the state’s largest industries: agriculture and manufacturing. Employers, ranging from feedlots to a major medical supplier, provide good-paying jobs for families in Broken Bow and the surrounding area.

 

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Wed
22
Feb
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Balancing Nebraska’s budget

By Ricketts

Balancing the budget is not only a tradition in Nebraska, but it’s also a requirement because our state cannot borrow money to finance the state’s budget. Just like Nebraska households, state government does not spend money we do not have. This principle is so foundational to who we are as a state that Nebraska’s Constitution places strict limits on the state’s ability to borrow in Article XIII. This fiscal responsibility has earned Nebraska the distinction of ranking second best in the nation for fiscal health, according to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Lagging tax revenues caused in part by lagging commodity prices have put the budget front and center during this legislative session.

 

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