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Uniting under one voice

COURTESY OF NATHAN DRUDIK | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

With no end of the line in sight, thousands of participants of the 2019 March of Life Jan. 18 walk down a street in Washington D.C. Those wearing yellow beanies, which were called the Beacons of Hope, were part of the Lincoln Diocese group.

Thousands of participants gathered for the 46th annual March of Life in Washington D.C. Jan. 18, one of which was Sutton Public School senior Nathan Drudik.

Drudik first heard about the march when Jeff Schinstock, director of Youth Ministry in the Lincoln Diocese, visited CCD at the Sutton Catholic Church the first week of December 2018, explaining great opportunities youth could do for their church.

Following Schinstock’s visit, Drudik thought more about the trip, eventually deciding to go.

“I thought, maybe I should go to this; it’ll be cool,” he said.

A little more than a month later, Jan. 16, Drudik and several other students were loading a bus at St. Cecilia in Hastings to start their 26-hour journey to D.C.

 

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Wed
23
Jan
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Barnell, Mau receive Sutton Chamber awards

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Suttonnites Mark Barnell, left, and Gwenda Mau received the Friends of the Community and Volunteer of the Year awards during the Sutton Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Monday, Jan. 21. Standing with them is Chamber President JJ McKenzie.

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Three members of the community were recognized during the Sutton Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Monday.

Mark Barnell and Gwenda Mau were honored with Friends of the Community and Volunteer of the Year awards, respectively, while Cheri Rolfes was honored with her Dugout Days Grand Marshal plaque.

Due to a flash downpour, the 2018 Dugout Days parade was canceled, leaving the chamber unable to properly present Rolfes with the award.

 

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Wed
23
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Cow, Calf College covers variety of items at Jan. 14 event

Not even the longest federal government shutdown on record could derail this year’s Cow/Calf College.

Traditionally held at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center west of Clay Center, this 19th annual University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension event for the region’s beef producers was moved to the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center. US MARC is a federal facility.

 

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Wed
16
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Murman begins term as District 38 Senator

With the beginning of the 106th Legislature, Clay County’s own Dave Murman takes over as Senator of the 38th District, replacing John Keuhn, who didn’t run for a second term last year.

Murman, who with his family operates a family farm near Glenvil, defeated Marsha Fangmeyer of rural Kearney County to gain the District 38 seat.

A 1971 Sandy Creek High School graduate, Murman began his role as Senator of District 38 officially when the Nebraska Legislature convened on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

During his run for the seat to represent the 38th District, Murman shared that his top priorities are to substantially lower property taxes, while maintaining quality education and fairer funding for our schools, to encourage economic development, especially in relations to agriculture and to strengthen main street and local communities.

Wed
16
Jan
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Cheryl Brockman

MELISSAWHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Deweese resident Cheryl Brockman was nominated by five people in and around the Sandy Creek School District for the 2018 Person of the Year honors.

“She cares, and it shows.”

This phrase, plucked from one of the five letters nominating Cheryl Brockman for Clay County News’ sixth annual Person of the Year, sums up the Deweese woman fittingly. It is evident in all that she does, in how she raises her children and supports the communities that she calls home, that what drives Brockman’s life is a single truth—that she cares.

“Cheryl donates her time to so many things,” according to another nomination letter, “and I believe that she has gone over and above for any organization out there.”

Humble doesn’t even begin to describe Brockman, who doesn’t see herself as doing anything out of the ordinary.

“I’m very honored,” Brockman said about being named 2018 Person of the Year, “but I definitely don’t think it’s necessary, because our communities are filled with people who are eager to help all the way around.”

Wed
16
Jan
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Officer hiring hot topic at Harvard Council meeting

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard Council members are, from left: Jeff Bushnell, Neil Riley, Zach Rudy, Keith Ljunggren, Chad Williamson, Lisa Jodway, and Bruce Smith.

Discussion on hiring a second full-time officer drove the Harvard City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Harvard Police Chief Wayne Alley reported there is not enough time to complete everything he’s required to do.

With a large amount of cases occurring, which all require a report written, and the fact Alley cannot be on duty 24/7, he asked the council to consider bringing another full-time officer on board.

Although the amount of cases happening over the years has declined, Alley reported there were 87 cases in 2018, and he’s already begun the year with some.

Some council members were on the fence about hiring another officer, but recognized the need Alley reported on and the number of cases coming up.

 

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Wed
09
Jan
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SPS Board discusses NSCAS scores, window project

NSCAS scores and updates on the upcoming energy project were discussed at Monday’s Sutton School Board’s work session.

Elementary Principle Shawn Carlson reported some grades have bounced back from the change in the reading test from 2017 to 2018.

Due to yet another change in the assessment by the state, math scores took a dip this year.

 

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Wed
09
Jan
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Clay County officials take oath of office Jan. 3

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

County officials were sworn in to their continuing or new positions Thursday, Jan. 3, taking an oath of office and making the first step at a new year. Here, Clerk Magistrate Julie Bergen swears in people for county board, treasurer’s office, clerk’s office, assessor’s office, sheriff’s department, district court, and attorney.

 

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Wed
09
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2018 Year in Review • July - December •

OCTOBER

Memorial Health, based in Aurora, announced the construction of a new clinic in Clay Center, which is expected to be complete by summer 2019. The new clinic is being constructed at the site of the current Clay Center Clinic, without interruptions to daily happenings.

JULY

The 4-H group, Minute Milkers, celebrated 70 years and began with leaders Royce Hendrix (leader) and Earl Hoppens (assistant leader). When the club first came into existence, members were of Fairfield; however, members are now from Fairfield, Deweese, Edgar, Glenvil, and Clay Center.

AUGUST

Fundraising efforts allowed the Sandy Creek’s Cougar Pride Booster Club to unveil a 2004 SETRA S417 56 passenger charter bus the club had purchased, during a football game. The bus was added to Sandy Creek’s transportation fleet to make activity trips a bit more comfortable.

 

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02
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2018 Year in Review • January - June •

JUNE

The Sutton Career and Technical Education program was honored as the top secondary CTE program in the State of Nebraska, while Brandy Thompson, secondary principal at SPS, was honored by her peers in the education field as the outstanding principal, during the annual Nebraska Department of Education’s Career Education Conference.

JANUARY

Sutton’s Tammie Steinhauer was honored with the Nebraska FFA Alumni Al Sick Jr. Distinguished Service Award for her continued active involvement and support of the Sutton FFA Chapter. Steinhauer serves as the treasurer and secretary of the local FFA Alumni Association. A graduate of Sutton Public School, she has since been a huge supporter of the school and community, and continues to assist the FFA with events.

FEBRUARY

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