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Wed
22
Apr
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MURMAN’S CORNER

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Hello Neighbor,

One of the many changes that have happened as a result of COVID-19 is that more people have expressed an interest in early voting, particularly voting by mail.

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Wed
15
Apr
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Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Stay Connected.

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The next several weeks will be key to slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nebraska. The virus is expected to peak in Nebraska during the next month. We can expect more recorded cases as testing expands, and additional deaths as we approach this peak period.

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Wed
15
Apr
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It’s happened before; lawmakers took a (sort of) break

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It’s happened before; lawmakers took a (sort of) break

The last time the Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature adjourned for an indefinite period was in 1985 when a serious budget impasse had to be resolved but a solution couldn’t be found. Two special sessions followed in September and October. It took two more special sessions in 1986, in November and December to finally resolve the matter.

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Wed
08
Apr
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The world is still spinning

The world is still spinning

We as humans have a false sense of control on life. We believe that the world happens around us. The events in our lives are the most important. In all reality, this “control” we have on life is flimsy at best, probably nonexistent. We don’t control the weather or the seasons, the sun or the moon, the animals or the bacteria.

This reality is hitting many people as we sit at home in self-isolation. Businesses are closing down, events are postponing, gatherings are being cancelled. And yet, as you look out the window, life goes on. The flowers are still blooming and the animals are still roaming, the sun is still setting and the world is still spinning. As you look out that window, the Earth moves on like nothing’s happening. How is this possible when everything is changing? Easy, it’s because we don’t have control.

 

 

 

Wed
08
Apr
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Breaking down COVID-19 assistance

Breaking down COVID-19 assistance

Smith

In order to address COVID-19, Congress and President Trump have enacted three major pieces of legislation to fight this disease and help as many Americans as possible stay employed, with the goal of resuming our strong economy as soon as possible when this pandemic subsides. While agencies such as Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are working to roll out these programs as quickly as possible, I hope the information below will be helpful to you in this challenging time. With any of these programs for small businesses, I strongly recommend you work with your accountant and regular lender as soon as possible to understand the full parameters of each program, review your eligibility, and determine which options are most appropriate for you. Please contact any of my offices if I may be of further assistance.

SBA PROGRAMS

PAYCHECK PROTECTION

PROGRAM (PPP) LOANS

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.

 

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