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Harvest underway throughout Clay County

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Following several weeks of rain and flooding throughout Clay County, farmers have finally been able to get into fields to kickoff the 2019 harvest. Here, a farmer moves through a soybean field near Fairfield.

 

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Career Exploration Day shows job opportunities to students

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Jim Jones Jr. answers a question Sept. 19 during the first-ever Career Exploration Day.

Sutton Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Career Exploration Day appeared to be a success, as students seventh through 12th grade were able to talk with business owners and employees in and around Sutton Sept. 19.

Prior to breaking off into individual sessions, 12 panel speakers answered questions for students in the theatre, featuring the seventh through ninth graders first.

Businesses represented included Black Hills Energy, South Central Chiropractic, Sutton Vision Center, Van Kirk Bros, and Farm Credit, among others.

Among the questions was what is the hardest part about running a business. Jarod Griess, Mustang Media owner, and Cory Ebert, South Central Chiropractic owner, said managing people and the daily grind.

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CCN Publisher Gill to be inducted into Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame

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CCN Publisher, T.M. (Ted) Gill will be inducted into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 25.

Three will join Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, during an evening banquet and program at the Nebraska Club in Lincoln, NE.

The Hall of Fame honors those distinguished persons who have made significant contributions to journalism, their communities, the state or the nation. A selection committee of Nebraska Press Association and UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications representatives select the inductees from those who have been nominated. Since the First Hall of Fame ceremony in April, 1975, 112 honorees have been inducted.

This year, the Nebraska Press Association and the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications will induct Ted Gill, Les Mann and Joe Starita.

 

Wed
18
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SCUD Board OKs budget, levy

South Central Unified School District #5’s tax payers will see a slight increase on their property taxes to go toward Sandy Creek and Lawrence-Nelson Public Schools during the current school year.

This year’s increase, at 77 cents per $100 of property valuation, over 2018-19 amounts to just 84 cents.

“Not even a penny,” Julie Otero, SCUD superintendent, said during the school board’s regular meeting on Sept. 16 at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

 

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SC pays tribute to Patriot Day

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Wednesday, Sept. 11, is a day thousands of people will never forget. For youth who were too young or not born yet, 9/11 is a day to remember everyone who was lost, hurt, or responded to the call that day. Sandy Creek paid tribute to Patriot Day by retiring flags in a proper burning ceremony and giving speeches. Here, scout members, from left: Wesley Biltoft, Christian Shaw, and Joshua Spray salute the flag prior to the ceremony beginning.

 

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Passion for farming, tractors, faith runs deep in VonSpreckelsens

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Members of the VonSpreckelsen family are, in back, from left: Steven holding August, Britney, Merle, Scot, Josey, Jesse holding Coy, Lexi, Libby, Sam, Bethany, Peggy, and Lyle. Not pictured: LaVon and Robyn.

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The late Bob VonSpreckelsen and his wife, LaVon, sit on one of the family’s John Deere’s during a previous Old Trusty Show.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Robyn and her granddaughter, Lexi, lead the family through the annual Old Trusty Show parade Saturday, driving the family’s John Deere 5010.

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Faith. Family. Tractors.

These are three common ingredients of what makes up the VonSpreckelsen family of Clay Center.

Focusing on John Deere was their year to showcase the family’s 12 JD tractors—and one Allis Chalmers—during the 37th annual Old Trusty Show. The oldest of the bunch, a 1947 B, was the last tractor to be refurbished by Robert VonSpreckelsen before his passing.

 

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Clay Center Auxiliary celebrates 100 years

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Kathy Gosser, far left, presents certificates for years of consistent membership to Lou Bedlan, 65 years, second from left; Nancy Godtel, 60 years, second from right; and Judy Kalvoda, 50 years, far right.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Gary Wooten, State Legion commander, addresses the crowd Sunday, during the Clay Center Auxiliary’s 100th celebration.

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Clay Center’s Auxiliary celebrated 100 years Sunday, Sept. 15, with entertainment, speakers, and a meal.

Prior to the meal being served, Mari Hamburger of Harvard sang some songs from the 1950s-60s era, such as “It’s a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong, and finishing with “God Bless America.”

Kathy Gosser, Auxiliary member, then presented certificates to present Auxiliary members for their many years of continuous membership, including Lou Bedlan, 65 years; Nancy Godtel, 60 years; and Judy Kalvoda, 50 years.

 

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Old Trusty a passion, tradition for Schlick family

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The Schlick family earned the grand marshal plaque and ribbon during the 37th Old Trusty Show Saturday and Sunday in Clay Center. Pictured is, from left: Lee Sherman, presenting the plaque and ribbon, Mike Schlick, Patty Britton, Levi Schlick, Joyce Schlick, Jacob Schlick, Ann Schlick, Caleb Schlick holding Aiden, and Lyndsay Schlick holding Rafe.

When it comes to Old Trusty, which hit its 37th year last weekend, everyone in the Schlick family is involved in some way.

The family got their foot in the door of Old Trusty during the first collectors show hosted at the Clay County Museum in Clay Center 38 years ago. That gateway event soon led to the first-ever Old Trusty Show in 1982.

Having grown up on or around the same farm that has been in the family for 100 years in Spring Ranch, which was noted during the Clay County Fair in July when the family received the Pioneer Award, each family member has a deep love for agriculture.

 

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CCC admins tour NCAPS building

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sandy Creek’s Ashley Borer and Stan Essink gave a tour of the NCAPS addition to Central Community College-Hastings president Jerry Wallace on Sept.

5. Also included in the tour was Dr. Nate Allen, dean of Skilled and Technical Sciences; Mark Funkey, associate dean of Skilled and Technical Sciences-Hastings; Jason Davis, associate dean of Skilled and Technical Science-Columbus; and Scott Volk, vice president of MetalQuest. Here, the group talks to SC’s secondary business teacher Nanette Shackelford, sitting down at the right.

Sandy Creek’s Ashley Borer and Stan Essink gave a tour of the NCAPS addition to Central Community College-Hastings president Jerry Wallace on Sept. 5. 

 

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Longtime CCN editor Aufdenkamp passes away

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Aufdenkamp

Evelyn June Aufdenkamp, a former longtime editor of the Clay County News, passed away in O’Neill on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Aufdenkamp began working at the Clay County Leader in Clay Center in 1979, before taking her talents to the Clay County News, in Sutton in 1981, working for the CCN until her retirement in 1993.

 

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