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County feels first real snow storm of season

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

John Thompson shovels snow from in front of South Central Chiropractic in Sutton during one round of snowfall in Clay County last week. A reported almost five inches fell on the county between Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16.

The expected snowfall on the county and surrounding areas last week certainly hit, resulting in 2.7 inches of snow recorded Friday, Feb. 15, and an additional 1.7 inches falling on Saturday, Feb. 16, according to the National Weather Service in Hastings.

Temperatures between Thursday, Feb. 14, and Monday, Feb. 18, ranged from the upper 30s to the low teens.

Clay County was among 18 counties put in a winter weather advisory Tuesday, Feb. 19, into Wednesday, with expectations of more snow and slippery road conditions.

 

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Rainwater PF banquet is Saturday

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An event for all ages makes its return to Sutton Saturday, Feb. 23, when the Rainwater Basin Pheasants Forever Chapter will host their 28th annual banquet at the Sutton Community Center.

The banquet, which will feature a large number of live and silent auction items to be bid on throughout the evening, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, running until 7 p.m. Dinner is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Meal tickets are $15 each, while a membership to the Rainwater Basin Chapter cost $35.

Much like in years past, a live auction will feature some big ticket items, including a 2019 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab 4x4 pickup donated, for the seventh straight year, by Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton.

According to chapter president, Corey Ebert, a weeklong Alaskan salmon fishing trip will be auctioned off. Additionally a choice of trips will be auctioned off, with a choice of going to Belize, Costa Rica or St. Thomas.

 

Wed
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Meyer officially hired as new Sutton police officer

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton police chief, Tracey Landenberger, right, officially welcomed new police officer, Mitch Meyer, to the Sutton force during Monday night’s Sutton City Council meeting.

Members of the Sutton City Council announced the official hiring of a new police officer, Mitch Meyer, during it’s February monthly meeting, Monday night.

Meyer has signed an 18-month contract with the City of Sutton at a base salary of just over $32,000, with bonus incentives involved, including the completion of training to serve as Sutton’s new canine leader, with the city’s K-9 officer, Falco.

Meyer has been serving the Sutton department on an interim basis since Jan. 21, pending his official hiring Monday.

Meyer was also approved as a new member of the Sutton Volunteer Ambulance Service during Monday’s meeting.

 

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Fundraiser is Saturday for Sutton Argonne Post

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A night of fun is planned by the Sutton American Legion Argonne Post #61 this Saturday evening, in an effort to help the post be able to better fund students that will attend the Cornhusker Boys State program locally, as well as assist with building maintenance and to help create a new permanent plaque in honor of military members of Argonne Post #61.

The evening of events is slated to begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m., where a prime rib dinner will be served for those that attend.

Casino night activities will run from 7-9 p.m., where games, such as: Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Holdem’ Poker and Bingo will be open for the fundraising activities.

Each person that attends the fundraiser, will receive four tickets, which can be redeemed for 500 gaming tokens per ticket, or a total of 2,000 tokens for gaming purposes.

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Winter weather brings freezing rain, slick roads

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Ice clings to a drain pipe on the side of a building, following a freezing drizzle over the county Monday. As of Tuesday morning, a thin layer of snow had fallen overnight, with temperatures reaching to a high of 37 degrees.

Despite groundhog Punxsutawney Phil not finding his shadow, which typically means we’re in for an early spring, the weather outside is still bitter and cold, and doesn’t seem to be rising in temperature this week.

Monday, a winter weather advisory left a thin layer of ice on Clay County and the surrounding areas. Mixed in with a 21-mph wind, the 28 degrees felt more in the teens.

Chilly and nightly-repeats of freezing temperatures brought with them wind speeds up to 21 mph and wind gusts reaching 33 mph.

There is an expectation of temperatures reaching 35 degrees Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Hastings, with Thursday night dipping below freezing to 10.

 

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Quality Healthcare hosts ribbon cutting for specialty clinic

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Myrna Ulmer, center, cuts the ribbon for the new Quality Healthcare Specialty Services Clinic, while her granddaughter, Ashley Bronson, and Quality Healthcare NP Kristi Eggers, far right, stand near by, as a large crowd watches the ceremony take place Friday, Feb. 1.

Friday, Feb. 1, marked a special day for Quality Healthcare staff, as well as family members of Virgil Ulmer, as a ribbon cutting ceremony took place to unveil the new specialy services clinic provided by Quality Healthcare.

Ulmer served as a huge part of the success that is Qualith Healthcare in Sutton; the ribbon cutting also served as a dedication day to the late Ulmer, revealing a plaque created especially for him.

 

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NCAPS forming Advisory Council

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Spencer Schoof, NCAPS industrial tech/manufacturing instructor, explains one of the school’s machines available for students to use in the classroom.

BY RITA BRHEL

It’s been a month since Sandy Creek welcomed students back after Christmas break with the gift of a new high school.

They’ve taken to the $11 million building as if they had never been anywhere else.

On any given day, teachers lecture about such topics as psychology, business, and Spanish in nooks lined with cushy chairs.

In the health lab, students learn how to take the pulse on a patient simulator mannequin so real-like that its eyes blink, chest rises as if breathing, and pupils dilate when pulsed with a pin light.

Over in the industrial shop, Spencer Schoof guides his class on welding techniques in making hammers. And in the kitchen, students are making salads as part of their healthy living lesson.

“I’ve been having a whole lot of fun in this new building,” Jason Searle, Sandy Creek’s secondary principal, said during a special open house for NCAPS business partners on Jan. 30.

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Hoyt, Roemmich Clay Center firefighter, EMT of the year

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HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Award recipients during the Clay Center Firemen’s sixth annual ball are, from left: Community Supporter of the Year: Scott and Robyn VonSpreckelsen; EMT of the Year, Haley Roemmich; Firefighter of the Year, Dakota Hoyt; and Rookie of the Year, Jesse VonSpreckelsen.

Members of the Clay Center Fire and Rescue Departments were recognized for their efforts during the sixth annual Firemen’s Ball Saturday, Feb. 9, hosted at the Clay County Fairgrouds.

Of those, Haley Roemmich was honored by the department as the EMT of the Year; Dakota Hoyt earned the Clay Center Fire Department Firefighter of the Year, while Jesse VonSpreckelsen earned the department’s Rookie of the Year honors.

Scott and Robyn VonSpreckelsen received the honor of the Community Supporter of the Year during their annual honors night.

Years of Services awards were also given out, going to firemen Mark Bailey, 37 years, and Joe Cooney and Tom Roemmich Sr., 35 years of service for each leader and mentor of the department.

Service awards going to EMT’s included Mark Bailey, 37 years; Sherrill Echternkamp, 44 years; Loren Uden, 35 years; and Bob Swanson, 33 years.

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Gaming slows significantly in Clay County over the past two years

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With the release of the 2018 charitable gaming report last week by the Nebraska Dept. of Revenue, gaming in Clay County and in Sutton showed a stark decline in bets made, specifically with keno, but in Harvard, keno wagering rose significantly, as compared to 2017.

Since a record year of $1,482,900 in keno wagering took place in 2016, Sutton’s Keno wagering, in 2017, fell just over $900,000 and dropped another $329,261 in 2018.

In contrast, Harvard’s wagering with keno alone has been on the rise the past two years. In 2016, keno wagering in Harvard brought in $178,999. In 2017, that figure nearly doubled in Harvard, bringing in $333,349 in keno wagers. In 2018, wagers made in Harvard rose to $455,243, nearly reaching a record for Harvard, as in 2012 Harvard Keno reached $539,647 in sales, while in 2013, that figure dropped to $490,438.

Keno first came to Harvard in 2011, while Sutton began keno in 2014.

 

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SC FFA paints Greenhand award

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MELISSAWHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Monday, Jan. 21, Sandy Creek’s FFA recognized a number of its members for the Greenhand Award. In the foreground, Caitlyn Rempe gets her hand painted by Calie Schliep, while in the background, Jason Brockman records Chase DeVries painting a member’s hand. Other students earning the greenhand award include: Micah Biltoft, John Brodrick, Brynn Claycamp, Rami Hinrichs, Lexie League, Josh Shaw, Hayden Shuck, Jake Shuck, and Kynnzie Skalka.

 

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