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16
May
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‘Home....or Away,’ a big step for graduates

By Tory Duncan

Over the past 35 years since I have graduated high school, as I mentioned last week, I’ve covered 20 some odd graduation ceremonies in my newspaper career. I have had the luxury of listening in on several salutatory and valedictory speeches that have really hit home! I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard a snoozer speech, because students, within their own way and personality, always deliver strong final speeches to their classmates and those attending.

This year, of the four speeches that I was able to hear, two in Sutton on Saturday and two at Sandy Creek, I once again stood amazed at the level of what Casey Van Kirk and Nathan Hohensee spoke on Saturday and how relaxed and meaningful Sandy Creek’s speakers Maggie Rieckman and Charlotte Okraska were while having fun closing out their high school careers.

 

Wed
16
May
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Benefiting from early mornings

By Ashley D. Swanson

There’s something wonderful about the early morning. Something almost calming.

I’m not a morning person; I’ll be the first to admit it. However, on those days when I pull myself out of bed before 7 a.m., I love what the morning brings.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Sappy graduation column continues

By Ashley D. Swanson

Sorry, but I’m going to talk about graduation again, mainly because there are two people in my life that need to be recognized.

My twin cousins, Michael and Hannah, will be graduating from Deshler High School Saturday, May 12. They will be the second/third people in two generations to graduate from high school.

 

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Wed
09
May
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35 years ago this month...it goes so fast

By Tory Duncan

You know it’s pretty amazing how fast 35 years can blow past you! This month 35 years ago, as a spry young 6 foot, 6 inch 185-pound senior in high school, I had the luxury of walking across the stage, saying my goodbyes to Shelton High School and, in many ways, Shelton the community, as I had no idea at the time what path my life would take.

I knew I wanted to be in the newspaper business, that’s what I grew up with, that’s what I knew, and yes, I knew quite a lot about the printing business, as well, just because of the upbringing that I had with my parents.

 

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Wed
02
May
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He’s more than a starter...He’s a track fan

By Tory Duncan

For over nine years now, as I inch closer and closer to starting my 10th year at the Clay County News, I’ve had the luxury of experiencing some amazing moments, not just athletically, but in so many ways.

Saturday, while covering the Southern Nebraska Conference Track and Field meet at Sandy Creek High School, something hit me...again!

This time, however, it was a little deeper, it got to the core of what I have been seeing and witnessing for the last nine track seasons.

All of us in this region know Don Bottorf, he’s the guy at the starting line and at the finish line of so many big meets in this region.

White hair and always smiling, with two guns in his hands.... Safe to say Don is shooting smoke!

 

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Wed
02
May
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Let the campaigning begin, primary up next

In less than two weeks, Nebraska voters go to the polls to begin sorting out the cast of characters for the 2019 Legislature and other statewide offices at the primary election.

There are six seats that have been term-limited and a handful that could have contentious races if Governor Pete Ricketts chooses to, once again, flaunt his personal wealth to derail some incumbents with whom he disagrees. Given the failure of his property tax proposal, that list may have grown.

Two senators have chosen to leave after only one term and two more are hoping to leave at mid-term by running for other statewide offices. Sens. Roy Baker of Beatrice and John Kuehn of Heartwell are calling it quits after one session. Sen. John Murante of Gretna is running for state treasurer in a race against one other Republican. Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse is running for a seat on the Nebraska Public Service Commission against two other Republicans and two Democrats.

 

Wed
25
Apr
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Final Relay For Life bittersweet

By Ashley D. Swanson

Sometimes it’s funny how things happen in life. For example, how I went from being the “new kid on the block” in December 2014, and walking through the doors of the Clay Center Senior Center to cover a meeting, to being able to call myself a member of one of the greatest groups I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know.

I’m not exactly sure on the date, but I know when I went to the Relay For Life meeting at the beginning of 2015, I wasscared stiff, as I was still new, and when I walked through those doors I was greeted by a decently-sized group of people (none of which I knew).

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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A year of great moments and memories

By Tory Duncan

Once in a great while we all go through moments in life that just leaves a lasting impact. That has been the case for me this past year as I served as the Nebraska Press Association’s advertising service’s president.

The experience impacted me in so many ways, but in the biggest way, would be the impact that the Clay County News staff has allowed my service to our 180 member newspapers throughout the State of Nebraska.

 

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Wed
18
Apr
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Remembering that someone cares

By Ashley D. Swanson

When I look at my stove, I get a smile on my face...not because it’s a stove, but because of what it stands for.

The same smile comes across my face often when I look at my dining room table, or my recliner, or the many photographs hanging on the wall.

I smile because of what they represent, and that’s that someone out there cares.

 

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Wed
18
Apr
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Let’s be careful of our small town life...

By Tory Duncan

If we’re not careful with our small-town life, things could very well change fast in smalltown America!

Small towns are going to become smaller, school districts are going to become even smaller and a focus will become what happened to small-town America... In our case small-town Nebraska!

We’ve seen this all across the state and nation, small towns slowly getting smaller.

 

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