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Flooding still prevalent in county

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Even though less than one inch of rain fell between March 28-30, heavy flooding is still apparent in some areas throughout the county. Here, a pond of water can be seen across County Road T, just south of Road 310. 

 

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Sutton CTE program continues to flourish

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BY WHITNEY WINTER

As the Career and Technical Educators at Sutton Public School gear up for their last year for the reVISION grant, they continue to open their school to outsiders for tours and a chance to learn about their Career Pathway Program.

Sutton Public Schools started the journey of converting their curriculum to what it is now, back in 2013-14. There was no program that existed at the school prior to Secondary Principal Brandy Thompson starting at Sutton, that she knows of.

Thompson and SPS’s Guidance Counselor Sharon Zoucha consider 2013-15 to be the planning period before any significant changes were made. During this time, Zoucha and Thompson visited and observed schools that had career pathways and shared the Career Pathway Program with the superintendent, Curriculum Committee, and the school board.

 

Wed
27
Mar
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Clay County departments give back

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Several members from each of the Clay County Fire and Rescue Departments came together, with the help of county citizens, to purchase and deliver much-needed items to fellow first responders in the state, following the historic flooding recently. The group headed to Lynch on Thursday, March 21, and also donated items to Niobrara and Wakefield.

When the historic flood and blizzard hit Nebraska, leaving behind hundreds of miles of devastation, first responders and volunteers stepped up to help out.

Departments in Clay County wanted to help out also, prompting a meeting between the fire chiefs, assistant chiefs, and EMS captains from Clay Center, Edgar, Fairfield, Glenvil, Harvard, and Sutton, to find a way they could help their fellow first responders.

With each department donating money toward the cause, phone calls were made and eventually the departments found Lynch, a town of 296 people nestled in north central Nebraska.

Haley Roemmich, with the Clay Center Fire and Rescue Department, said they were told by neighboring departments that Lynch was hit hard by flood waters, but had little help.

After discussion with Lynch’s fire chief and his wife, it was determined that Lynch’s Department was in desperate need of chest waders and waterproof gloves.

 

Wed
27
Mar
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County Board terminates emergency manager

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The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to force the resignation of Loren Uden as the current Clay County Emergency Manager during its regular meeting on March 26.

The termination goes into effect on April 1, and an advertisement to fill the position will commence shortly.

Uden began serving as the county’s emergency manager in March 2011, after serving in a consulting role near the end of the late Bob Rose’s contract as emergency manager.

The board’s decision is the culmination of evaluations of Uden’s job performance and working relationships with local volunteer fire and rescue departments dating back to 2017, reported Board Member L. Wayne Johnson of Clay Center, who spoke on behalf of the board committee appointed to look into the matter. The evaluation was originally spearheaded by former Board Member Todd Nuss of Sutton.

Wed
27
Mar
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Sutton places 5th at state speech, SC competes Friday

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton placed fifth overall at the state speech competition March 21, at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Pictured here are, from left: Head Coach Allison Leinen, Karis Andres, Ben Andres, Victoria Hofmann, Jared Switzer, Nate Andres, Megan Fehr, Assistant Coach Vincent Friesen, and Will Burns.

State speech proved successful for several students, as all six of Sutton’s state qualifiers went home with a medal and placed fifth overall, with 60 points.

March 21, Sutton competed in Class C1, with the following students earning a medal: OID consisting of Nate Andres, Megan Fehr, Ben Andres, Victoria Hofmann, and Jared Switzer, earned second; Karis Andres and Fehr, third, Duet; Karis, fourth, Entertainment Speaking; and Ben, fifth, Informative Speaking.

Overall, the team placed fifth behind Bishop Newman (62 pts), fourth; Aquinas Catholic (74 pts), third; David City (118 pts), second; and Omaha Brown Talbot (128 pts), first.

 

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Mar
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Sutton VFD hosts award banquet Saturday

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton Fire Chief John Schurman, center, presented Jesse Hofmann, left, with the Firefighter of the Year award, while Brett Gibson, right, was honored as the Rookie of the Year during Saturday night’s annual awards banquet for the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department.

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TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton Fire Chief John Schurman, right, presented Brandon and Melissa Scheidemann with the Business of the Year award Saturday night during the 2019 Sutton VFD annual awards banquet. The Scheideman’s were honored for their support of the department from their business, Clay County Tree Service.

The Sutton Volunteer Fire Department hosted their annual awards banquet Saturday, March 16 at the Sutton Community Center.

Former Sutton Fire Chief Pat Merrick devoted a few moments of time to those attending, as the departments guest speaker.

Merrick spoke from his perspective as a Nebraska State Fire Marshal and shared with department members the expressed need for safety, sharing that “in the past several weeks we’ve seen several accidents involving emergency equipment, with people hitting fire rigs and ambulances.”

 

 

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Wed
20
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SCUD votes to add 4th classroom to SC Pre-School

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The Sandy Creek Preschool is full to bursting, but there’s still room to growand the school board voted Monday night to let it do just that.

The South Central Unified #5 School District Board of Education heard a report about the Sandy Creek Preschool during its regular meeting on March 19, at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

“I’ve never been to a school that offered full-day pre-K, and I give you kudos for that,” SCUD Superintendent Julie Otero dsif. “I just think it’s the best thing for our kids.”

She and Sandy Creek Elementary Principal Julie Studnicka addressed the burgeoning preschool enrollment during the meeting.

 

 

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Griess family makes challenge donation to SCH Foundation

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The family of the late-Leota Griess made a $25,000 challenge donation to the Sutton Community Home Foundation Friday, March15. Pictured from the left is, Bruce Trautman, vice-president of the SCH Foundation, Tory Duncan, president, Sophie Carlson, Ron Griess, Bethany Schmit, director of nursing for the Sutton Community Home, and Kathy Douglas, treasurer of the SCH Foundation.

The family of Leota Griess, who passed away Feb. 11, 2019, including her husband Ron and daughter Sophie Carlson, made a special donation in memory of Leota to the Sutton Community Home Foundation Friday, March 15.

The donation from the Griess family totalled $25,000, and according to Ron, “Leota and I talked about this long before she passed away. She really wants a new home to be built for this community and area, and she requested that we kick off more fundraising efforts for a new facility with a challenge donation,” Ron said.

“Our family hopes that with Leota’s wishes, others in Sutton and the surrounding area will help to match or exceed our donation of $25,000.”

 

 

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Wed
13
Mar
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Zoning change, grants, LEOP plan approved by Sutton council Monday

Members of the Sutton City Council cruised through a reasonably light agenda Monday night in the Sutton Council chambers at City Hall.

Leading off the key points of the meeting, council members, at the suggestion of the Sutton Planning and Zoning Board, approved a change in zoning for Aspegren Repair, located at 1004 East Maple Street in east Sutton.

The property had been labeled as an industrial zoned property over the course of the history of the property, but Planning and Zoning members, along with council members, heard from owner Jarrod Aspegren and his request to change the zoning to commercial, allowing Aspegren and his staff to upgrade the property and expand for future growth when deemed necessary by he and his staff.

Aspegren shared with both boards that Clay County deems the property as commercial, thus he asked to have the City of Sutton also place the property to run his auto repair and towing business into a commercially zoned property.

Wed
13
Mar
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12 heading to state speech

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KARLA FEHR | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton speech students heading to state are, from left: Victoria Hofmann, Megan Fehr, Jared Switzer, Nate Andres, Ben Andres, and Karis Andres.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sandy Creek student Atley Van Emmerik will head to state in Poetry (third at districts), and OID (first at districts). Here, she performs her Poetry selection on self-love.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Although she didn’t make it to state, first-time speech student Kinzee Derr, of Harvard, earned a sixth-place medal in Humorous Prose during districts at Sandy Creek Monday.

District speech proved successful for Clay County speech students, with several earning medals and 12 heading to state March 21 and 22, at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, in seven events.

Hosting their district meet Monday was Sandy Creek, where Harvard also competed. The Cougar clan saw six students earn district champion medals in three events, with Noah Shackelford placing first in Extemporaneous Speaking, with the OID consisting of Atley Van Emmerik, Serenity Caves, Jordan Heinz, Rami Hinrichs, and Kristen Rohrer for the first-place earning.

Also punching their tickets to state from SC was Van Emmerik in Poetry, third.

 

 

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