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Wed
28
Sep
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Standing for Those Who Serve

By Smith

 

At a recent event I attended in the Third District, Arlene, a woman 106 years young, also participated. As the festivities began, and the opening words of the national anthem were sung, I saw something which will stay with me for quite some time. Arlene placed her hands firmly on the armrests of her wheelchair and pushed herself up to stand for the entirety of the national anthem. Her love of country was too strong for her to stay seated.  

 

Wed
21
Sep
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The season to be aware in rural areas

 
By Tory Duncan
 
One of the best parts about living in rural Nebraska, or should I say, rural America, is the ability to breath the fresh clean air and take a walk, spending most of that walk, you know the kind of walk I’m talking about... speaking to each dog you pass by name as they wag their tail, or the kind of walk when everyone stops and asks if you need a ride because they want to talk. We, at times, take for granted how life is for us folks that live in a little slower pace of life. We don’t have hundreds of thousands of people to walk around just to simply get from place to place each day. I was thinking Monday night back to my time spent in Omaha, Lincoln and even Kearney, where there was constantly someone around you, even while trying to take a walk for the health of all, or just for the heck of it! 
 
 
Wed
21
Sep
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Wall of Remembrance an emotional experience

 
By Ashley Swanson
 
Despite not much going on in the county, Saturday was a rather busy day for myself and my weekend visitor, Loetta. One item on our list for Saturday was to view the Wall of Remembrance at Fox Hollow. While driving up the short hill toward the wall, it dawned on me that Lo never actually saw the event with her own eyes. She wasn’t born until a little after a year following the attacks. Granted, I was only nineyears- old when 9/11 happened, but, just like everyone else, I remember everything that happened that day. For Lo, this was history to her, not something she had lived through, and for a few seconds, I had to let that sink in. 
 
 
Wed
14
Sep
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Remembering why we have our freedom

By Tory Duncan
 
As we honor and cherish our freedom during this 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon, as well as the attacks on our freedom that fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001, I reflect back on that day of shock, dismay and utter disbelief. The attack on our livelihood and freedom not only came with great shock and a certain numbing sensation of horrific grief, it was apparent throughout that day and the years that followed, that our world, as I knew it growing up, had drastically changed during that fateful moment in time.
 
Wed
14
Sep
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Stumbling upon lost arts at Old Trusty

By Ashley Swanson
 
While wandering around the Clay County Fairgrounds Saturday, I found myself immersed in the past. Other than the usual take-photos-of-everything, I was on a mission to find at least two stories for this week’s paper. South of the activities building, I stumbled upon a blacksmith named Dave Zahm. I watched him for a few moments, snapped some photos, and then looked to my left and noticed a sign that said “Apple Butter.”
 
Wed
07
Sep
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Strategic Decisions About Education Funding of the Utmost Importance

By Senator John Kuehn
 
Balancing education spending with learning outcomes is a difficult task, as any member of a local school board can attest. The needs and wants are almost endless, while the resources available from local, state and federal taxes are finite. Evidence based discussions happen far too infrequently in exchange for generalizations and platitudes.
 
 
Wed
07
Sep
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It’s That Awkward Time of Year

By J.L. Schmidt
 
The county fairs are over. The State Fair is done. High school football is well under way and Husker football has started. It’s that awkward time of the year. The presidential election is still a couple months away. If you ignore the constant palaver coming from that direction, it would appear that a news shortage has gripped the nation. But wait, there’s hope. The Nebraska Legislature continues interim studies season.
 
 
Wed
31
Aug
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Cultivating Blue Courage

By Tory Duncan
 
The thin blue line. It’s the men and women who put on their uniforms each and every day in our communities to serve and protect. They are the officers who put their lives in danger to keep our families, homes and schools safe. They are the agencies that help uphold the rule of law. They are the leaders who recruit, train and employ the officers who are ready to sacrifice everything to protect public safety.
 
 
Wed
31
Aug
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Tax Policy Needs Public Education

By Senator John Kuehn
 
At the center of the discussion of tax policy in Nebraska is public education. The public investment in K-12 education is one of the most critical functions of government, a responsibility mandated by the Nebraska Constitution. The national average of $11,500 invested per pupil makes the United States a global leader in education spending. That has not translated into success in performance of U.S. students compared to other nations. In Nebraska, our statewide per pupil cost of just under $12,000 places us in the top half of every ranking of overall education spending. This fall, I begin my 17th academic year as a member of the biology faculty at Hastings College. The proficiency of Nebraska graduates is an important issue to me. Over the next several weeks I will discuss a number of topics related to the educational success of Nebraska students.
 
 
Wed
24
Aug
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Something New...

by Tory Duncan
 
This week, the Clay County News introduces the 2016 Fall Sports teams to our readers near and far. After making several trips to all three county schools, hopes are high that it will be a successful year for our student-athletes, both on and off the field.

 

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