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Wed
09
Jan
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The three-point shot mental block

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Tory Duncan • ccntory@gmail.com

Three-point shots in basketball can certainly be a huge game changer, and while I didn’t play high school basketball in the era of the three-point shot, I can only share what I see and think about what it does and doesn’t do...from my perspective.

There is no doubt that the shot has had a big impact on the game, and IF a team has players that can shoot it with reasonable accuracy, it truly is a huge weapon, if you will. Saturday, as I was watching some youth basketball in Lincoln, namely watching my nephew Rowen, it occurred to me with some kids how the three-point shot is ruining the game, or more specifically, how it is impacting individual kids in a negative way and ruining their form because of the way so many kids have to shoot it from nearly 20 feet away from the hoop.

 

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Wed
09
Jan
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Government shutdown is hurting Americans

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Ashley D. Swanson

ccnashley@gmail.com

Our country’s current partial government shutdown is on its way to becoming the longest in history. As of Jan. 8, the shutdown was on day 18, tied with the second longest shutdown in government history in 1978.

The longest shutdown was in 1995, which lasted 21 days. By Saturday, we’ll have exceeded that.

A wall in the amount of more than $5 billion started the shutdown. After the president was not granted his billions of dollars to construct a wall on the southern border, and no compromise could be found, the government went into partial shutdown, as, thankfully, several areas of the government’s funding had already been passed.

However, some areas had not, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Department of Agriculture, to name a few.

 

Wed
02
Jan
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Highlighting my top 9

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Instagram has this stream of posts pop up every December called #mytopnine. This series involves the user posting their top nine moments of that year through the use of photos. As I love photos, I figured it wouldn’t surprise anyone if I did that series here. Here are my top nine moments from 2018, specifically related to work (in some way or another).

 

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Wed
02
Jan
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Thoughts from the year that was...2018

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Because of the crazy deadlines for production the past couple of weeks, writing my third column in two weeks for this issue and the previous two has kind of left me with a barrage of thoughts from the year that was, 2018.

The tough moments proved to be the loss of a dear person that really helped me be a part of coming to Clay County nearly 10 years ago.

It all started for me in hearing that Bob Rose of Edgar had passed away suddenly early last January. Bob and I had what I’d like to think was a unique relationship. He’d give me a hard time, but was always coming to me with ideas that I always, and I mean always, respected. That was a tough hit losing a man like this, not just for Edgar, but for Clay County as a whole.

Bob....you ARE truly missed for your opinions, advice and just the idle conversations we’d have at a game! It’s still hard to believe that it’ll be one year this coming Sunday that this world lost a great man!

Wed
26
Dec
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Mission: Keep 2019 resolutions

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Typically, New Year’s resolutions fall under the following three categories: eat healthier, get more exercise, and save money.

I’m guilty of making all three of those resolutions, and I always fall back into my usual routine of eating unhealthy food, lazying on my couch when possible, and not having the option of saving money.

Going into the new year I wanted good resolutions that I know I would stick to, and ones that I knew were obtainable. Simply saying I want to eat healthier is too broad a resolution. That could mean drinking more water and no soda, or reaching for some fruit instead of that candy bar. However, I never focused in on exactly what goal I was trying to accomplish by stating, “I want to eat healthier in [insert year here].”

In searching through Google, I found some resolutions I believe I can stick to and have fun with; maybe some of these will fancy your interest too.

Wed
26
Dec
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January kicks off a milestone year

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Jan. 1, 2019...It’s a date that kicks off a milestone year for me; it marks the point in my career that features my 10th year in Clay County. More directly, after moving to the county over Memorial Weekend of 2009, I’ll call June 1, 2019 the official completion of 10 years at the helm of the Clay County News.

In reflection, a lot has come about in the past 10 year. People have come and gone, memories... too many to remember, have taken place since pulling into the county in a U-Haul truck.

Miles and miles of travel have taken place on all stretches of the highways and byways in Nebraska. By the way, it’s the “byway” roads that I love the best.

Events to cover for our schools and communities have taken me to Cody, to Lincoln and so many other places in between.

Wed
19
Dec
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Four years and counting

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Ashley D. Swanson

ccnashley@gmail.com

By the time you read this I will have been in Clay County for four years, and tonight (Wednesday) I will be heading to my first-ever event covered in the county, that being the Giving Tree (my favorite event of the year).

My first Giving Tree will always stick out in my mind. Tory took me with him to cover the event, and I was scared out of my mind. Suddenly I was being introduced to Robyn VonSpreckelsen and interviewing her on what the event was all about. I was truly amazed at all the work and volunteers it took to make this wonderful event happen each and every year, and it’s an event I’m incredibly happy to be a part of now.

Four years isn’t a long time, especially compared to everyone else here at the office; however, my four years has granted me too many adventures to count. They have granted me several wonderful people I call friends, and just as many people I enjoy visiting with.

Wed
19
Dec
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Spoiling a Christmas tradition for the Duncan’s

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Tory Duncan • ccntory@gmail.com

After nearly 10 years of writing the Bull, I can never remember (because of age no less) what Christmas stories I’ve shared from my growing years in the Duncan household, but here goes nothing.

And yes, after last week and my “Ho Hummmm” thoughts, I’m getting a little more into the Christmas spirit, but I’m not quite there.

Nonetheless, I think back to when my baby sister Tara was a teeny youngster, maybe in kindergarten?

It was a tradition that on Christmas Eve, all the Duncan’s trekked to Minden to Grandpa and Grandma Duncan’s home for soup and all the Christmas goodies, especially Grandma Duncan’s one-of-a-kind, amazing popcorn balls. But it was one year that the Duncan kids, my sisters and I, “hounded” mom and dad all the way from Minden back to Shelton to open gifts on Christmas Eve night.

 

Wed
05
Dec
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A rewarding one act season

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It’s difficult to imagine one act season being over. Usually, when the season ends, it’s simply me moving to the next season knowing that there are basketball games and wrestling meets to cover and then eventually speech begins.

This year, however, is different because I served as one of the Sutton One Act directors. What started out as having rehearsals each week, figuring out blocking, props, conferring about costumes, keeping track of 30 students, and knowing where competitions were suddenly stopped.

We no longer have that responsibility...at least for another year.

As first-year coaches, Ahlona Landauer and I experienced several challenges this one act season. No bad challenges, but we certainly learned some things.

Wed
05
Dec
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Hansen: A quiet leader...a quality person

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Tory Duncan • ccntory@gmail.com

There are times in life when you come upon a person that just stands out, a person who is quiet in his or her way of leadership, but who is a quality person to the core.

This past Saturday, 2016 Sandy Creek graduate, Corbin Hansen, the son of Hooter and Chris Hansen of Deweese, reminded me of the quality “kid” that this young man has always been!

Not because he earned All-American honors in the NCAA Division II national cross country meet in Pittsburgh, PA. Nope, that honor came about with sheer grit, hard work and a deep desire within this young man.

Corbin, since I had the luxury of getting to know this young man, wasn’t always a quiet leader; his demeanor oozes leadership, because of his drive, his heart and his work ethic.

He’ll be the last “kid” that would ever bring focus to himself and his successes no matter what this young man does. That’s not his style!

 

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