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Rich Knoell shares 30-year television career, highlights

BY TORY DUNCAN

Rich Knoell, a 1985 Sutton High School graduate, never once in his life, while in high school, thought that he’d ever be doing what he’s done for nearly 30 years—having a long career in television, mostly as a video journalist for KABC Channel 7 in Los Angeles.

“I’d have never dreamt that I’d be in the business I’m in while growing up. I was a quiet, keep-to-myself kid and I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to do,” said Knoell.

 

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Wed
03
Jan
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Clay County receives first snowfall of season

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

For the most part, the winter season until Dec. 24 was without much moisture and temperatures stayed reasonably high for the usually cold season.

Sunday, Dec. 24, Clay County saw the first measurable snowfall of the season, with an average of four inches falling. Temperatures plummeted with the snowfall, with the maximum temperature reaching 24 degrees, Dec. 24, and dropping to 15 as the day went on.

Dec. 25 and 26 temperatures dropped into the lower teens, keeping at a steady 13 degrees at max, with a 6 and 4 found on the thermometer as a minimum, respectively.

 

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Wed
03
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SPS plans community meeting for Jan. 9

The Sutton Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a community meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the high school library.

This community discussion, which will go from 5:30-7 p.m., is part of a larger Strategic Planning process and will give the Board of Education and district administration the opportunity to listen to community stakeholders. The results will help formulate a vision of the future, and identify goals and strategies necessary to move the district forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

 

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Wed
03
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Iowa man arrested on 3 charges

Clay County officers, with the assistance of state patrol, arrested an Iowa man Saturday, Dec. 23, after he was reported by concerned citizens.

James J. Fox was noted after he approached a house south of Clay Center, acting unusual. Fox was also cited by citizens after he was found driving through fields, damaging fence lines south and east of Clay Center, Sheriff Jeff Franklin said.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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County school administrators reflect on NeSA scores

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Administrators in all three Clay County K-12 schools are looking toward a higher goal when it comes to preparing students for next year’s Nebraska State Standards Exam.

This year’s NeSA scores were released later than usual, in December, with expectations of lower scores across the board in schools throughout Nebraska. The lower scores are in part because of a change to the exam. In 2016, the exam focused on Math, Science, Writing, and Reading; this year’s switched gears to Math, Science, and English Language Arts, which replaced Writing and Reading. Another change this year was specifically for the 11th graders, who, in the past, also took the exam but were switched to only taking the ACT this year.

“I think administrators across the state knew that this round was going to be a tough round as far as how scores were going to come out,” Sutton Superintendent Dana Wiseman said.

 

Wed
27
Dec
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Clay Co. Giving Tree still going strong 32 years later

Christmas came a little early for some in Clay County Wednesday, Dec. 20.

The 2017 Clay County Giving Tree welcomed more than 100 volunteers of every age, to help wrap, sort, and deliver gifts to nine of the 11 towns in the county.

All it took was about an hour and a half to wrap more than 800 gifts for 402 individuals throughout the county. What started out with one family—Ed and Judy Barnes—has grown to a highly anticipated event each year for many, to spread a little extra Christmas spirit to those in need.

 

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Wed
27
Dec
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Christmas comes to Edgar

Delores Springer talks to Santa during his visit to Edgar on Dec. 20.

 

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Wed
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HPS Board hears Skills USA, preschool reports

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Industrial teacher at Harvard Public School, Chuck Conway, discussed the up-and-coming Skills USA, which focuses on building students’ skills through a variety of occupational options, competitions, and projects, during the Thursday, Dec. 14 Harvard School Board meeting.

One hundred and thirty different occupational options are open for students to delve into. Information from a curriculum is developed straight from the companies and organizations of fields students are studying in.

 

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Wed
20
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Johnson to not re-run for Clay Center Mayor

As time approaches for interested parties to file for various offices to be filled in November 2018, with the primary in May, L. Wayne Johnson will not be seeking re-election for the position of Mayor of Clay Center.

Johnson said, “I am an avid proponent of term limits. I fully believe after eight years in an elected office there should be a change. Too bad this isn’t the case in Washington D.C.”

 

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Wed
20
Dec
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Tower Garden useful to all Sutton Public students

Sutton’s Education Foundation is a two part, non-profit organization founded to support goals and curriculum of Sutton Public Schools, but also to supports students who intend to pursue a post-secondary education.

The organization does this by accepting donations, and managing and distributing scholarship funds to senior graduates of SPS.

 

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