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16
Aug

Total solar eclipse hits Monday

Clay County to feel full effects of eclipse Aug. 21

In less than a week, thousands of people from near and far will be looking to the sky for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as a total solar eclipse crosses the United States.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the solar eclipse will cross over Clay County around 1 p.m. (times will vary depending on town).

This is the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States from coast-to-coast since June 8, 1918. This will also be the last solar eclipse to cross over the county until 2106, making it a true once-ina- lifetime event for hundreds in the area.

Communities throughout the county, including Sutton and the Harvard and Sandy Creek School districts, have events planned from the start of the partial phase, until totality starts.

Wed
16
Aug

Deweese festival draws large crowd

ABOVE: A huge crowd watches as participants of the 40th annual Deweese Demo Derby slam into each other during a round on Sunday, Aug. 13.

 

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Wed
16
Aug

Sutton Council implements recreational use hours

In an effort to reduce city vandalism that has taken place in recent months at cityowned recreational areas, the Sutton City Council instituted an administrative order, allowing the city to implement a curfew in all city-owned park properties during their August meeting held Monday, Aug. 14.

Under the advisement of City Attorney Don Bottorf, council members approved the administrative order that will place in effect recreational use hours in all city owned recreational areas from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., each day.

These new hours will take affect immediately, with signs being posted at each main entrance to all city-owned recreational properties.

 

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Wed
09
Aug

No decision made at Edgar rezoning public hearing

After hearing many public opinions at a public hearing Thursday, Aug. 3, Edgar’s Zoning and Planning Committee decided to leave its opinion out of the matter of changing the south half of Block 10, Lots 13-24 from urban-residential to commercial.

This change was brought forth beginning in May when Brock Domeier approached the Edgar City Council about building storage units on the lots.

Domeier was turned down because the lots are zoned urban-residential and it has to be commercial before anyone can put a potential business there. The topic was sent to the Zoning and Planning Committee, who disagreed with changing the lots after Edgar citizens offered opposition to the storage units.

 

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Wed
09
Aug

‘I Love U Guys’ Foundation being taught to schools, EMS

On Sept. 27, 2006, a lone gunman entered the Platte Canyon High School near Bailey, CO, armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

While wandering throughout the halls, 52-year-old Duane Roger Morrison was never stopped or questioned. He eventually took six girls hostage, eventually killing 16-year-old Emily Keyes.

Keyes’ parents were two of several concerned parents awaiting news of their kids outside the walls of Platte Canyon. Wanting to know her whereabouts, her dad asked a local reporter to text Keyes, who had received a cell phone just a week prior for her birthday.

They text Keyes, “R u Ok?” Keyes immediately responded with, “I Love U Guys.” It would be the last communication the Keyes would have with their daughter.

 

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Wed
09
Aug

MESO travels to Sutton

Dr. Dimitri Klebe, of the National Space Science and Technology Institute, will be bringing MESO and about half a dozen scientists to Sutton, Wednesday, Aug. 16, for hands-on experimentation with the Sutton community.

MESO, Mobile Earth and Space Observatory, is a mobile space lab designed to “engage and excite students, teachers, and local residents with hands-on educational and research activities focused on earth and space sciences, renewable energy, and scientific instrumentation,” according to MESO’s website.

Klebe said he will be bringing the lab to Sutton for its first deployment and plans to be set up in town Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Monday, Aug. 21. The lab will be set up near the school parking lot.

Wed
09
Aug

SNAKES & SCALES

William Floe, with The Snake Guy’s Exotic Experience out of Hastings, holds his python, Leviathan, while teaching kids and adults about snakes during his visit to Clay Center on Friday, Aug. 4, at the Community Room. At the end of the presentation, kids were able to get up close and personal with the snakes.

 

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Wed
02
Aug

Sex trafficking an issue in Nebraska’s Heartland

Whether it’s ignorance or simply dismissing the facts, many people believe that sex trafficking doesn’t happen in their area.

Meghan Malik, Trafficking Project Manager at Women’s Fund of Omaha, said that’s one major misconception people have about sex trafficking.

“It does happen here, in our backyards, in our back pockets with cell phones; no zip code is immune,” she said.

 

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Wed
02
Aug

Stolen cattle case moves to district court

Two witnesses were called to testify at a preliminary hearing for Austin Petr, who was accused of stealing, with the intent of selling 28 head of cattle from Alan D. Johnson of Blue Hill in January 2017.

Johnson, a farmer, was one of the witnesses, stating he raises livestock—cows/calves—at 1615 Road U, near Blue Hill, where he resides. At the start of the testimony, it was noted by Johnson that he knew of Petr because he resided down the road from him, but had otherwise not completed business with him.

On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Johnson said he noticed a calf was out in the field and assumed his cattle had gotten out of their pen. It was then that he also noticed truck and trailer tracks around the pen area and contacted the Webster Sheriff’s Office.

 

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Wed
02
Aug

Hulinsky joins CCN staff

Jordyn Hulinsky, a May 2017 graduate of Chadron State College, has joined the Clay County News staff this week, with her emphasis being on Clay County sports as the new sports writer and photographer.

Hulinsky was born in Colorado Springs, to her Nebraska-native parents, Jerome and Cheryl Hulinsky.

The family lived in Colorado for a few years before moving to St. Paul, when she was about three years old. Her one and only brother, Jarred, was born in St. Paul when she was four.

 

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