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Edgar, Fairfield meet about water project; public hearing set for Dec. 4

After a joint discussion between the Edgar and Fairfield City Councils last week, their water project appears to be moving forward.

The two councils held a special meeting on Nov. 27 at the city auditorium in Fairfield to review a Water Purchase Agreement, which guides the logistics of Edgar buying Fairfield’s water via a pipeline running along the Union Pacific Railroad. Completion of the new water system would be done by Dec. 31, 2020.

A public hearing has been set for 7 p.m., Dec. 4 at the Edgar City Hall. This is the opportunity for Edgar residents to ask questions and give their input on the direction of the Edgar-Fairfield Water Project.

Both Edgar and Fairfield City Councils have agreed to continue with plans for the new water system, though with some revision to the Water Purchase Agreement. Much of the debate surrounded concerns about future nitrate levels in Fairfield’s water supply, as well as the cost to Edgar of digging a new well in Fairfield.

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Clay County catches Christmas fever

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Held by Mrs. Claus, Kinsley Griess stares at Santa as he tries to get her to look at her mom for a photo during the jolly couple’s visit to Sutton’s Parade of Lights Monday night.

 

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SC Beef Boosters asking for donations to serve local beef in school lunches

Sandy Creek is hoping to be the latest school in Clay County to bring on the Beef in Schools program, joining Sutton Public Schools in this statewide Nebraska Cattlemen initiative.

If the SC Beef Boosters is able to garner enough support by Dec. 31, Sandy Creek’s students would have not just a new high school to greet them in the second semester, but also the regular opportunity to eat local beef in their school lunches.

“Our students will get to experience locally raised beef in their meals at least once, if not twice, a week during the school year,” Dawn Caldwell, Edgar producer helping to head up the SC Beef Boosters, said.

 

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Sutton’s Parade of Lights set for Dec. 3

Monday, Dec. 3, Sutton’s downtown will be busy with families moving from one event to another, all for the annual Parade of Lights.

This year’s festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a vendor and craft show at the Sutton Community center, followed by children’s ornament decorating at the library and kids cookie decorating at the bakery from 4:30-6 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department will have an open house complete with free hotdogs, cups of chili, coffee, and hot chocolate.

 

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NCAPS opens opportunities to rural students

BY RITA BRHEL

The effects of over-exercising; a stress-free elementary math lesson; how to diagnose a transmission problem; and starting a farrier business are just a sampling of the 48 topics to be covered by high school student presentations on Dec. 5 from 11:50 a.m. -3:30 p.m., at Sandy Creek High School.

The public is encouraged to join the audience as Sandy Creek juniors and seniors give presentations about what they’ve learned during this past semester in South Central Unified’s NCAPS program.

 

 

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Blizzard slams county with ice, snow

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

A snow-covered car sits in a ditch southeast of Harvard on Road 319. A Sunday blizzard caused dangerous road conditions for drivers throughout the state.

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Warmer-than-usual weather kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, reaching a maximum of 63 degrees on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), keeping relatively low wind speeds and gusts of 16 and 29 mph, respectively.

Nov. 23 and 24 continued with warmer temperatures, staying in the lower and upper 40s; however, wind speeds and gusts began to climb, hitting a high of 29 mph (speeds) and 37 mph (gusts).

Despite the welcoming warmth, weather stations forcasted blizzard conditions to end the weekend, expecting between 2 and 4 inches to hit eastern Nebraska.

 

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Harvard School’s kindergartners entertain grandparents

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard Public School’s kindergarten class hosted grandparents day Wednesday, Nov. 14; this was the 20th year for the event. This year’s class performed a play about pilgrims and Native Americans, sang songs, and did a reading exercise and writing activity with their grandparents/ special guest. Here, Titus Fields reads with his grandparents, Dave and Kay Wolf.

 

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USDA grant for Edgar water project depends on connecting to Fairfield

Something needs to be done to help Edgar’s city water, but the options are thin.

The Edgar City Council voiced resentment during its monthly meeting on Nov. 13 at not having more freedom of choice if it wants to take advantage of a USDA grant that would pay 75 percent of the cost to fix its nitrate situation.

“It’s hard to give up free money,” Edgar’s Mayor Brad Brennfoerder said. “The last thing we want to do is break the city.”

The problem is, the USDA grant is contingent on running a pipeline between Edgar and Fairfield—an unpopular idea as of now.

The Edgar City Council has long been considering how to address the high nitrate levels in its city water. State regulations require nitrate levels in drinking water to stay below 10 parts per million. Edgar’s nitrate level sits at 11 to 12 parts per million, according to the city’s engineer Mike Schultes.

 

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Harvard 3rd at TVC; Sutton 6th, SC 9th at SNC One Act

ALYSSA FERGUSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Pinocchio, played by Cory Marshall, bites Gepetto, played by Ryan Harms, in the arm during Harvard’s performance.

Harvard’s One Act team took home third place during the TVC One Act competition Tuesday, Nov. 13, while at the SNC competition at Centennial, Sutton took home sixth place, with Sandy Creek earning ninth.

At the TVC competition, Deshler took home the champion title, with Kenesaw coming in as the runner-up.

During the SNC competition, David City was named champion, while Fillmore Central earned runner-up.

Several students from each school were named outstanding actors/ actresses.

 

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Fairfield Council to decide fate of old city office

BY RITA BREHL

Fairfield’s main street building with the iconic landscape mural painted on the south side is about to be posted for sale, but potential buyers beware that a purchase comes with stipulations.

The former City of Fairfield office, located at 401 D Street, has some issues—the least being a bad roof. But the last thing the Fairfield City Council wants to see happen is for the building to fall into further disrepair.

The City Council deliberated possible solutions at its monthly meeting on Nov. 12 in the city auditorium.

City superintendent Jim Moore opened the discussion with a report on the condition of the old city office building, explaining the condition of the roof and how that is further compromising an already deteriorated indoor environment.

 

 

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