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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.”

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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04
Mar
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That’s why they play the game

That’s why they play the game

BULL Tory Duncan ccntory@gmail.com

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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Weight Limits posting on paved roads March 9

Weight limits are going into effect on Clay County’s paved roads, beginning March 9.

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the action during its regular meeting on Feb. 25, at the courthouse in Clay Center. Clay County Highway Superintendent Tom Roemmich Jr. had recommended the weight limits during his report to the board.

“What’s got me worried is the way the weather’s been,” he said, “freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw. It’s going to be in the 50s this weekend, 60s next week.”

 

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Joe: A ‘kid’ to look up to!

Joe: A ‘kid’ to look up to!
Joe: A ‘kid’ to look up to!

Determination, work ethic and a deep desire. These are all words that I would use to describe Sutton’s latest state wrestling champion, Joe Hinrichs.

His drive, hard work, belief and passion led this young man to a state title Saturday, Sutton’s fifth all-time on the mats. This one, it was different. It was special, not that the other state medalists weren’t; I’ve been fortunate to have witnesses three of the five state title wins. The aura around Joe’s win Saturday, the ultimate win, it wasn’t just about Joe, it was far bigger.

You see, Joe and his family lost a dear family member on Friday, Feb. 14, to a drunk driver. It has forever left a “dent” in the Hinrichs family, but it drove Joseph, it propelled this fine young man to a gold medal like no other.

A state championship like no other. One that certainly means the world to Hinrichs, but one that wasn’t just about Joe, Sutton’s fifth state champion.

 

Wed
19
Feb
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A Tweet that spoke volumes

A Tweet that spoke volumes
A Tweet that spoke volumes

Monday night, following an evening of girls sub-district basketball, I saw a tweet from a good friend of mine that shares the same battles of community newspapering.

Willis Mahannah, the editor of the West Point News, after posting a picture of a mild accident of Facebook and Twitter accounts the West Point paper, made the following comment: “We’re a rural weekly paper in Nebraska and we get quite a few looks at our Facebook posts. So much so that it tells us newspapers are not dead. People still want the news, but many just don’t want to pay for it. If we had as many subscribers as viewers we could cover a lot more.”

That really got me to thinking. While we ALL have jobs and careers that keep us hoping, as I was getting ready to settle in for the night, I penciled out some figures on what it takes for us to cover events throughout the county.

Wed
12
Feb
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Once an Eagle, always an Eagle

Once an Eagle, always an Eagle

The Clay County News is a member of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) and each month the NNA sends out a newsletter full of newspaper trends, happenings in politics related to newspapers, and features on NNA members.

February’s main feature focused on a member that will forever hold a strong place in my heart and mind—The Eagle, Chadron State College’s 100-year-old student-run newspaper.

It’s been five years since I called myself a staff member of The Eagle, but no matter where my journalism career takes me, I’ll always have been an Eagle journalist first.

And those four and half years of memories I made and the lessons I learned in the newsroom will forever hold steady in my mind.

 

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One down, a few to go...

One down, a few to go

Surviving conference tournament week is always a plus, but it certainly leads to many more busy weeks ahead. We’ve got one down, “a few to go,” and we’ll have some tough moments, along with some hopeful big moments ahead in the coming weeks.

Sutton’s boys captured their second straight Southern Nebraska Conference tournament championship with another win over Centennial in the title game, making that two straight years the Mustangs have downed the Broncos in the title game.

Saturday’s four-game set for the two Sutton teams and Sandy Creek’s boys and girls was a workout, but nothing like what is about to hit as the end of this week begins. Girls basketball nears the end

 

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