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Plans set for future of Sutton Community Home

The vision of the Sutton Community Home has led the facility down a new and positive future, as after several months of examination and discussions about what direction to build the future of the home has finally come to life.

The SCH staff and board have been working hard to battle the financial burdens of drastically reduced Medicaid rates—a large number of residents currently residing at the home are on Medicaid—combined with low occupancy numbers off and on.

In addition, low staffing challenges, at times, have forced the Sutton facility to have to rely on agency staffing, which in many cases costs 50 percent more than workers who are employed by the home.

After months of discussion, members of the Sutton Community Home Board and staff have made the decision to move forward with a plan that will include three different levels of assisted living care.

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Colorful-fun morning had in Harvard Saturday

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard Rest Haven hosted a color run Saturday morning, in an effort to raise funds for the home. Here, Cory Marshall, left, tosses color onto Nax Ruiz as she runs through the color run.

 

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Omaha’s Group to lead SCH Foundation study beginning June 24

COURTESY OFTHE STEIER GROUP | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

A native of Plainview, NE, Dr. Kevin Warneke, the director of Client Advancement for the Steier Group, will be involved in the planning study with O’Shaughnessy.

The Sutton Community Home Foundation has retained the services of the Steier Group, a development consulting firm based out of Omaha, to conduct a comprehensive planning study into the funding of a new facility for the Sutton Community Home.

The comprehensive planning study will allow both the SCH Foundation and the SCH governing boards, with the aid of the Steier Group, to gather information and thoughts from the community through both a printed survey, as well as an online survey, in order to determine if there is sufficient support to move forward with a major fundraising effort to reach the goal of building a new facility for the Sutton Community Home.

Plans are to kick off the study on Monday, June 24, with Corey O’Shaughnessy, an executive vice-president with the Steier Group, set to lead the study as the campaign manager for the Sutton project.

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SCNUSD #5 named top CTE program

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The South Central Nebraska Unified District #5 was honored Tuesday as the Outstanding Secondary Career Education Program in the State of Nebraska during the annual Nebraska Career Education Conference at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. Pictured from the left is Dr. Stan Essink, Lawrence-Nelson principal Dana Epley and Sandy Creek principal Jason Searle.

For the second year in a row, a Clay County school district has been honored as the top Career and Technical Education program in the state of Nebraska, as honored by the Nebraska Department of Education, during the annual NDE Career Education Conference, held at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

The South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5 Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies program was honored during a special honors program early Tuesday afternoon as the outstanding secondary program in the State of Nebraska. Sutton’s program was honored as the top secondary program in 2018.

Receiving the honor on behalf of the SCNUSD program Tuesday was Dr. Stan Essink, District NCAPS Coordinator, Jason Searle, 6-12 Principal at Sandy Creek and Dana Epley, Pre Kindergarten through 12th grade Principal at Lawrence-Nelson.

 

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Students rate SC high in belonging, culture

BY RITA BRHEL

Sandy Creek’s students think very highly of their school in some ways, while other aspects present opportunities for improvement.

SC secondary principal Jason Searle presented the results of the online YouthTruth survey during the South Central Unified School District #5’s Board of Education regular meeting on May 20, at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

YouthTruth is a tool that schools can use to aid in needs assessment and strategic planning. All SC middle and high school students completed the survey earlier this year, rating the school in the areas of academic rigor, belonging and peer collaboration, college and career readiness, culture, engagement, and relationships.

 

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Brown’s Thrift Store ownership changing

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

On July 1, Mark and JoAnn Brown, pictured at right, will hand the title of owner of Brown’s Thrift Store over to Ty and Anna Itzen, at left.

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Since 1949, Sutton has had a grocery store located at the corner of Saunders Avenue and West Grove Street, first belonging to Forrest and Verna Brown, before being passed down to their sons Mark and Alan in 2007.

In 2012, when Alan passed away, Mark became the sole owner, running the store alongside his wife, JoAnn.

Today, the store is well known and heavily used by Suttonites and area communities, and on July 1, the changing of owners will once again take place.

 

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Remembering those who fought for our freedom

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Towns across Clay County celebrated the memory of those who fought for our freedoms but are no longer with us today, during Memorial Day services Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27.

 

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School board approves $100K of security upgrades at SC

Sandy Creek will be getting a big upgrade to its security system over the summer, with a complete revamp on how staff and high school students access the building after hours.

The South Central Unified #5 School District’s Board of Education voted to spend a total of $100,140 to update security equipment on the Sandy Creek campus during its regular meeting on May 20 at the Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

“I don’t want you to think this is something we just brought up,” SCUD Superintendent Julie Otero said. “This is something we have been working on for a long time.”

 

 

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Flooding issues hamper Clay County

School Creek flowed across Highway 6 west of Sutton Monday causing the Nebraska Department of Roads to close the highway from Sutton to Highway 14 northbound to Aurora until the flood waters recede.

MELISSAWHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Water flows over a gravel road east of Fairfield Monday morning. Flooding was prevalent throughout the county, shutting down several roads.

A strong weather system hit all of Clay County Sunday evening through early Monday morning, making the Memorial Day events and services a messy situation. Fairfield and Harvard services were forced to be held indoors, as many areas of the county, according to the website NeRain, had over three inches of rainfall cover hundreds of acres of farmland in many reaches of the county.

As of early Monday afternoon, the Little Blue River in southern Clay County was flowing out of its banks, while along Highway 6, water from School Creek flowed over the road, forcing the Nebraska Department of Roads to close a section of the highway from Highway 14 north to Aurora to the western edge of Sutton.

 

 

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Co. Board, sheriff consider wages for deputies

The Clay County Board of Supervisors likes the direction that the Clay County Sheriff’s department is going—the county now has a full slate of eight deputiesand the board wants to keep it that way.

With an ongoing national shortage in law enforcement officers, especially in rural areas, wages are a key way for Clay County to stay competitive in the job market, as well as retain the deputies currently on force.

Sheriff Jeff Franklin gave a wage comparison with area police forces during the board’s regular meeting on May 21 at the courthouse in Clay Center.

 

 

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