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Itzen, Woodard say goodbye to Sutton Public Schools

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

After 29 and 26 years, respectively, Bobbie Itzen, left, and Pam Woodard retired from the bus fleet at Sutton Public Schools.

After more than 20 years at any one place, a person usually has an abundance of stories to tell.

For Bobbie Itzen and Pam Woodard, this statement is no different.

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SCUD approves administrative staff wage increase

The South Central Unified #5 School District’s Board of Education approved giving Sandy Creek and Lawrence-Nelson administrative staff a wage increase Monday night, but not without some discussion.

Board members took several points into consideration before going to a vote during their monthly meeting on May 20, at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

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Roadside dumping site found near Inland

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Trash and household junk fills a ditch near Inland.

Old mattresses, tires, and other junk don’t belong in the ditch.

Yet this is exactly what’s lying alongside Road 320 between Roads C and D, two miles north of Inland.

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Northrop recognized for 75 years of service to American Legion

COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

On Thursday, May 16, former Clay Center resident Jack M. Northrop was recognized for 75 years of continued service to Post #87 American Legion in Clay Center.

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Wed
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May
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Sending them off toward new adventures

Sandy Creek and Sutton said goodbye to the 2018-19 seniors Saturday, May 11. Above, SC seniors Jaekob Spitz, far left, Rami Hinrichs, Sam Stapleman, Devoney Keeler, Brock Sutton, Jordan Kempf, and Bailey Switzer burst into laughter during the guest speakers speech at Saturday’s graduation. At right, Sutton senior Nate Andres gives his speech to the crowd after being named valedictorian for the class of 2019, during Sutton’s graduation ceremony.

 

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Skalka selected to attend Junior Law Cadet program

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Eli Skalka, the son of Gabe and Amy Skalka of Sutton, has been honored with being selected into the 2019 American Legion Junior Law Cadet program, set to be held June 10-13, at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.

Skalka, a junior at Sutton Public Schools, is one of a possible 60 students from across Nebraska that can take part in the program.

Skalka will represent the Nebraska American Legion District #10, as well as Sutton’s Argonne Post #61 in what will be the 51st annual academy.

Students that have been selected from all 14 Nebraska districts will spend the four-day program exploring and experiencing the various aspects of law enforcement and receive training from numerous city, county, state and federal law enforcement officers.

 

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Fairfield cracking down on nuisance violations

BY RITA BRHEL

The Fairfield City Council reminds residents to mow their lawns regularly now that the growing season is here.

“It’d be good especially with Memorial Day weekend coming up,” Jim Moore, city superintendent, said during the council’s regular monthly meeting on May 13 at the city auditorium in Fairfield.

Weed control is but one of many aspects of staying within the city’s nuisance ordinances, and property owners within city limits are receiving a hard look from Fairfield’s new nuisance officer.

Monday marked the first Nuisance Abatement Program report since the Holdrege-based South Central Economic Development District (SCEDD) has been under contract with the Fairfield City Council to enforce nuisance ordinances. The contract was signed April 8 at the regular council meeting.

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May
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Hey look, ma, we made it!

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Hunter Wilkerson embraces a family member during the flower dedication at Harvard’s graduation. Seniors handed out flowers to loved ones and friends, while the song “When We Were Young” played in the background.

Valedictorian Jayleesa WIlkerson gives her speech during Harvard’s graduation ceremony Saturday, May 4, encouraging her classmates for the future, but also thanking several people who have helped them get to the moment of graduating.

 

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Energy Leadership Camp an electrifying experience

What many may not be aware of is the Nebraska Rural Electric Association hosts a camp each year, to inform kids on electricity and the role of power public districts in their area. And it’s anything but boring, according to Clay Center’s Aspen Binder.

She, along with Neika Buschkoetter, of Lawrence and a student at Sandy Creek, attended the Youth Energy Leadership Camp near Halsey in June 2018.

Over the course of a week, students discover how power works, create projects where an alarm is trigged if the box is opened, as well as go canoing, dancing, and partake in picnics and other group activities.

The activities also include touring local power plants, such as the Kingsley Hydro-Electric Generating Station near Lake McConaughy and the Gerald Gentleman Station, where kids witnessed labs and learned about the many jobs it takes to run the buildings.

Binder noted her favorite parts of the camp were canoing and visiting the Gerald Station.

 

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Thunderstorms in county cause slight flooding, brings hail

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Low-forming clouds, fueled by an incoming thunderstorm, head east over Sutton Sunday evening.

The severe weather season is just beginning, as a large thunderstorm hit the area Sunday, May 5, bringing with it thunder, lightning, heavy rain, and between dime and ping pong sized hail.

A recorded 1.12 inches of rain fell on Clay County Sunday, prompting flash flooding in the streets of Fairfield.

Another 2.5 inches and 2.94 inches were recorded Monday and Tuesday, according to the NeRain reports.

The county was fortunate with wind speeds, as they only reached 22 mph Sunday, with wind gusts hitting 28 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Hastings.

 

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