An overflow crowd of over 300 supporters of the Rainwater Basin Pheasants Forever annual banquet, the committee of the event, in its 27th year, filled the Sutton Community Center Saturday, Feb. 25, which nearly busted the seams of the banquet hall. According to Chapter President Corey Ebert, the event continues to amaze him and the committee with the annual support given year in and year out. “We planned for around 270 people this year and we’re estimating that around 320 or so showed up for this year’s banquet.”
A smaller meet greeted the Harvard speechletes Wednesday, Feb. 22, during the TVC speech meet in Deshler. Walking away with medals would be Kylie Doupnik, who earned first in Poetry and second in Serious Prose; the duo of Adi Ramirez and Brizeth Medina, placed fourth in Duet; and Lynnae Bennett, earned a fifth place medal in Humorous Prose. A tough competition was in store for Sutton and Sandy Creek speechletes during the SNC competition on Saturday, Feb. 25.
For 23 years, Joe Svoboda has been bringing Nebraska Husker players to Fairfield for the fire department’s annual fund raiser. That fact brought the crowd to their feet at this year’s event, to say thanks to Svoboda. Many football and volleyball players have come to town to sign autographs, take pictures and even participate in the auctioning off of items.
Final plans are being made for the 26th annual Rainwater Basin Pheasants Forever chapter’s banquet, planned for this Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Sutton Community Center. The banquet, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m., will have a social hour, running from 5:30-7 p.m., with the meal slated to begin at 7 p.m. Meal tickets are $15 each, while a membership to the Rainwater Basin Chapter costs $35.
An upstairs furnace complication resulted in a loss of a Sutton family’s home Sunday, Feb. 19. Sutton, Grafton, and Clay Center Fire Departments, as well Sutton EMTS, Police Department, state troopers, and county officers responded to the evening call. Firefighters fought the flames for over three hours before the state fire marshal began conducting their investigation.
Harvard’s City Council discussed two new ordinances at their Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting, including the South Central Economic Development Ordinance No. 830 and ATV Ordinance No. 831. Ordinance No. 830 is to amend the nuisance ordinances, provide for the abatement and enforcement procedures, which then provides when this ordinance will be in full force and go into affect.
A list of approvals and discussion topics claimed the Edgar City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 14. Water meters, which Edgar has been installing over the last couple of months, should be completed within the next week. Council members decided to send the readings from March and April to customers to show them what their bill will look like, and then will begin actual bills per each meter on June 1 (per usage in May).
Purchasing a new mower and one HVAC unit were approved during the Harvard Public School Board meeting Thursday, Feb. 9.
A major part of the mower tractor used by HPS,used yearround for mowing and snow plowing, among other items, broke and is leaking oil. The price to replace that part cost $4,912.54, while purchasing a new mower, altogether, cost $7,000. The board unanimously approved buying a new mower.
The annual Sutton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Showcase was held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Sutton Public Schools. Here, Mary Scott, pastor of the Sutton Federated Church, along with Paula Bergen work with kids during the event at the church’s booth. In all, over 40 vendors took part in the annual show.