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SCAL Field Day features hail simulator research

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Researcher Justin McMehan discusses the effects of SCAL’s hail simulator (seen at the right) on soybeans.

Few scenarios are as disappointing in farming as a long-awaited rain accompanied by damaging hail. But shredded leaves aren’t a sure sign of a lost yield. Corn and soybeans can take quite a beating and still go on to be viable crops. “The best management decision is to let that crop respond,” Justin McMechan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension crop protection and cropping systems specialist, said. He presented one of the sessions during South Central Agricultural Laboratory’s Field Day, Aug. 1, at the facility located just southwest of Harvard.

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Clay Center bids farewell to pool

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Preparations for the demolition of the Clay Center Pool—removing fencing and checking gas lines—began Monday, Aug. 5, with the official demo beginning early Tuesday morning, as Plains Excavating of Clay Center began demo of the bath house and pool Thuesday.

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Cheering on and watching a turtle during the turtle races set for the Farewell Pool Party in Clay Center Aug. 1 are, from left: Olivia Eberhardt, Tatum Eberhardt, Zailey Cantrall, Briley Bieck, and Brek Bieck. Standing behind them (in green with hat) is Jace Eberhardt.

August kicks off the start of the school year and the beginning of fall, but this year was the end of a pool that’s served a community since 1958.

Following months of planning, the passing of two propositions during the November 2018 election, and continuously working to raise funds for the construction of a new aquatic center, the Clay Center community said farewell to their aging pool Aug. 1.

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Harvard Car Show grown much since 2006 inception

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

More than 60 vehicles covered the lawn at the Harvard City Park Saturday, covering a spectrum of makes, models, colors, and age. Here, visitors look over a pickup during the car show.

Harvard’s annual car show, which features a number of activities, a well-entered parade, and several cars, wasn’t always as it is today.

Fourteen years ago, the car show was the only part of the community event.

In 2006, during the dedication of the Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Harvard, Gayle Shore suggested hosting a car show, to which he, and soon after Kenny Reutzel, were eventually put in charge of.

The funds of the annual car show go toward the memorial wall each year.

After talking with some people on how to run a car show, the duo started in and hosted the first-ever Harvard Veteran’s Memorial Car Show.

 

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Buescher tabbed as next U.S. District Court judge

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Brian C. Buescher, a 1993 graduate of Sandy Creek High School and a native of Deweese, has been tabbed as the next U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nebraska.

In early October 2018, Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse recommended Buescher to President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left when Judge Laurie Smith Camp announced that she would be taking senior status, prompting Fischer and Sasse to launch an application process, in which Buescher was selected and nominated to fill the seat left by Smith Camp.

It was announced on Wednesday, July 24, that Buescher was indeed selected to fill the vacancy by a 51-40 vote in the U.S. Senate.

Sasse noted in a release that “Today is a good day for this body (the Senate), for the State of Nebraska and for every American who is committed to the rule of law, including our first freedom, which is religious liberty.”

 

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SCH Foundation outlines project at Coffee, Convos

To inform the public and combat rumors about the Sutton Community Home, the SCH Foundation hosted Coffee and Conversations Thursday, July 25.

Although nothing is set in stone, preliminary potential phases of the construction were presented; the new facility will include three levels of care, including assisted living, heavy assisted, and memory care.

Parts of the northern brick area of the facility—which serves as office space now—will be removed. The existing assisted living facility will be re-purposed for the memory care unit.

Fourteen proposed one bedroom units will be added at just over 600 sq ft a piece, with an additional pair of two bedroom units constructed at just under 900 sq ft a piece.

The facility will also include an administrative area, as well as a welcome area; private dinning room; and the rooms in the current assisted living will be remodeled and upgraded.

 

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Sutton survey open house set for Aug. 1

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

In continuing efforts to grow Sutton’s downtown, the City of Sutton released a Downtown Revitalization Plan Survey, which was compiled and will be available to the public during an open house from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at Sutton City Hall.

According to Bobbie Pettit, a planner on the project, after looking at the results of the survey, exterior appearance of the downtown area in Sutton proved to be the most desirous place for improvements.

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AW Broadway Academy focuses on others

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Students of the 2019 Allegro Wolf Broadway Academy open Saturday’s showcase with “I Got You,” from “Bring It On!” See more photos on pgs. 2A and 3A.

In preparation for the seventh annual Allegro Wolf Broadway Academy, several items had to be set up and ready to go once students arrived Sunday, July 14.

The most students AWBA has ever hosted filtered into the Allegro Wolf Arts Center Sunday, to meet directors and staff and greet their host families for the week.

Thirty-nine students—coming from Clay County, Aurora, York, Iowa, and Colorado, to name a few places—along with 13 directors and mentors, rehearsed for hours on end, enjoyed group times with their mentors, and grew friendships, all-the-while preparing for the main event at the end of the week—the student showcase and the staff’s dinner theatre.

 

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Harvard Veterans Mem. Car Show is Saturday

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For the 14th year, Harvard will host the Veterans Memorial Car Show in the city park Saturday. A number of other activities have been planned for the community event.

Harvard’s 14th annual Veterans Memorial Car Show has been set for Saturday, July 27.

The car show portion of the day will go from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the City Park (505 East Walnut), with registration from 10 a.m.-noon; entry fee is $15.

Trophies will be presented at 3 p.m.; there will be prize drawings throughout the car show. All proceeds will go to the Harvard Veterans Memorial Wall, and food onsite will be sponsored by the United Church of Christ.

 

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Pedal Pull returns to Clay County Fair

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

LEFT: Kyra Nejezchleb smiles big as she pedals down the makeshift track in front of the grandstand at the Clay County Fair Wednesday, July 10, for the Kids Pedal Pull. Nejezchleb earned first in the 4-yearold girls. RIGHT: Tyler Hajny, who took first in 4-year-old boys, pushes forward during a round of tractor pulling.

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South Central Ag Lab Field Day is Aug. 1

A field day is planned at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s South Central Agricultural Laboratory on Aug. 1. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at 851 Hwy. 6 near Harvard.

Attendees will be able to choose from multiple field research trials to tour. Topics will focus on improving crop production and profitability. Each year more than 100 applied field research trials are conducted at SCAL by Nebraska faculty and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists. Trials are focused on irrigation and water management, soil fertility, entomology, weed science, cropping systems and disease management.

The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by tours of research sites through 4 p.m. Lunch and refreshments included. Attendees are asked to preregister by July 29 for planning purposes.

Continuing Education Units have been applied for and are pending.

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