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Dutchman’s Woodshop opens in Harvard

Dutchman’s Woodshop opens in Harvard

Located on the main strip in Harvard, Dutchman’s Woodshop, owned by Frank and Luana Van Campen, pictured, officially opened for business Saturday, Nov. 28, and will again be open Saturday, Dec. 5. Starting in January 2021, the couple said they plan to be open the second Saturday of each month. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Dutchman’s Woodshop opens in Harvard

The Van Campens create several different home furniture and decor all out of refurbished barnwood and fence boards, including framed mirrors, coffee tables, crosses, and signs. Additionally, the couple re-purposes old furniture, giving it a fresh coat of paint and polish. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Dutchman’s Woodshop opens in Harvard

Everything has a history and when the couple de-constructs a barn they make sure to find out what that history is. On many of their creations, tags can be found with a photo of the barn in which the wood comes from, as well as a brief history on the back of how the barn came to be.

To be able to take something such as old barnwood and fashion it into something polished, unique and usable is a skill that requires patience, a knack for working with ones hands, and a creative mind.

For Frank and Luana Van Campen, such a skill is obvious in an endeavor that has spanned over the past seven years and has come to fruition in a business of their own called Dutchman’s Woodshop.

While the couple has been making pieces of furniture and other home decor since 2013 out of old barnwood, the Van Campens had a goal of always wanting a place where all of their creations could be in one building, and easily accessible to the public.

After speaking with and eventually renting a building from a friend, the couple set to work on the main street building in Harvard, painting and cleaning the interior, and putting up wood panels from older fence posts on one wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SHDHD reports 161 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in past four days

SHDHD reports 161 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in past four days

On Nov. 30, South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) officials reported 161 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past four days (Friday–Monday), bringing the cumulative number of cases in the four-county health district to 2,859.

The new confirmed cases for the four-day period include: 104 in Adams, 21 in Clay, 22 in Nuckolls and 14 in Webster. By county, the new cumulative totals are: 1,898 cases in Adams, 437 cases in Clay, 281 cases in Nuckolls, and 243 cases in Webster.

SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever also reported the department had received 249 positive lab reports during the holiday week ending Nov. 28, an average of 36 positive tests per day.

The positivity (percent positive tests) was 15.6 percent, up from 14.5 percent the previous week. By county, the positivity was 13.8 percent in Adams, 14.0 percent in Clay, 27.0 percent in Nuckolls and 21.6 percent in Webster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mailboxes set up for letters to Santa, phone calls from north pole

Mailboxes set up for letters to Santa, phone calls from north pole

A mailbox will be set up by Keller Williams Realty Office (located on Saunders Avenue a block north of the railroad tracks) for kids to drop off their letters to Santa.

There will also be a form available for parents/guardians to fill out if they want their children to receive a phone call from an elf, Mrs. Claus or Santa. Your child’s original letter to Santa and the form can be put together in the box; children will be contacted on the number provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas in Clay Center set for Dec. 2

Christmas in Clay Center is set for 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, around the square in downtown Clay Center. Social distancing and masks are highly recommended. There will be no restrooms available.

Tree lighting will kick-off the event at 5:15 p.m., hosted by downtown businesses, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus making their appearance from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There will be no sitting on Santa/Mrs. Claus’ laps; the jolly couple will arrive on a trailer and remain social distanced. Pictures will be limited.

 

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Edgar farmer to be new co. weed supt.

As Edgar’s Bruce Rumsey looks forward to his end-of-year retirement from his longtime position as Clay County Weed Superintendent, the Clay County Board of Supervisors is planning for smooth transition for his successor.

Rumsey’s position was offered to Greg Shuck, also of Edgar, who has accepted. Shuck doesn’t officially take on the title until Rumsey retires, but has begun training for the position.

 

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Press conference focuses on Public Health Thank You Day; providers discuss COVID, importance of mask wearing

Press conference focuses on Public Health Thank You Day; providers discuss COVID, importance of mask wearing

Several health providers, board members, school superintendents and a Lincoln business owner joined for an online press conference for Public Health Thank You Day Monday, Nov. 23. While the superintendents and business owner discussed the challenges facing them, health providers gave an overview of the importance of wearing masks and continuing to following social distancing and avoiding crowds. SCREENSHOT FROM PRESS CONFERENCE | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

“Thank you to health care providers across the state for what you’re doing for your patients,” Kim Engel, Director at Panhandle Public Health District, said Monday during a Public Health Thank You Day press conference.

Several health care professionals and a couple of school administrators and a Lincoln business owner spoke about what Public Health Thank You Day means, especially in 2020, but also how the coronavirus has affected schools and local businesses.

 

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A cheery holiday view for all

A cheery holiday view for all

Since the beginning of November, Christmas lights have started popping up around towns, adorning trees, houses and other outdoor structures, shining a cheery light for all to see.

 

 

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Clay County schools salute local veterans virtually

Clay County schools salute local veterans virtually

Harvard’s kindergarten class says “Thank You” to veterans during a video put together in place of the annual Veterans Day program, which was streamed online for viewers. SCREENSHOT OF VIDEO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

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Charlie Shaw reads his Thank you letter to veterans during Sandy Creek’s video on Nov. 11. SCREENSHOT OF VIDEO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Clay County schools salute local veterans virtually

Sutton veterans and other attendance members watch a video called “Speak with Silence,” which was also streamed live through Zoom to SPS students on Veterans Day Nov. 11. The program, which is typically hosted at the school, was conducted from the Sutton Legion. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

There were no gyms full of people or in-person speeches, but there were still salutes and thanks you’s.

Despite being unable to host an in-person program, county schools still honored their area veterans with virtual Veterans Day programs Nov. 11.

Harvard and Sandy Creek released a pre-made video, with Sutton hosting a zoom program from the Legion, for students and staff at SPS.

“This year has proven to be a challenging one, with many events and programs, as well as activities cancelled, changed or gone virtual...it is an honor that our students are able to perform and honor and thank all of our veterans with this virtual Veterans Day program...,” HPS Activities Director Blake Thompson said at the start of the video.

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Co Board OKs Saronville Solar Project

Clay County’s first solar farm is expected to break ground in March 2021.

A zoning permit for the one-megawatt proposed project was approved unanimously by the Clay County Board of Supervisors during its Nov. 17 meeting at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center.

The solar project will sit on nine acres of farmer Tom Alberts’ land near the corner of Highway 6 and Spur 18-G near Saronville. After being developed by Central City-based Interconnection Systems Inc. (ISI), this site will feature 3,300 anti-glare solar panels on fixed-axis racks, facing south.

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COVID-19 causes sharp dip in gaming funds in Sutton, Harvard

COVID-19 causes sharp dip in gaming funds in Sutton, Harvard

The Nebraska Department of Revenue released gaming figures for the first three quarters of 2020 and, as expected, with many COVID-19 related shut downs of gaming outlets through the state, gaming funds both statewide and locally in Clay County have taken a strong hit.

Locally, compared to the first three quarters of 2019, Sutton witnessed a loss of $78,763 in gaming funds, while in Harvard, a loss of $95,688 was felt locally.

From Jan. 1, 2019 through Sept. 30, 2019, Sutton gaming funds brought in $274,562, compared to this year’s total of $195,799 in the first three quarters.

Harvard gaming brought in $310,554 during the first three quarters of 2019, while this year, during the same timeframe, gaming funds dropped to $214,866.

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