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Sutton Post #61 baseball meeting planned for Sunday

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A meeting for all players interested in playing baseball for the 2020 Sutton American Legion Post #61 is set for this Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Sutton American Legion.

For additional information, contact the Sutton Legion Restaurant at 402-773-5503.

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SCUD aces effect size education measure

The South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5 is so far excelling in an educational measure outlined by the new LtoJ system adopted by Sandy Creek and Lawrence-Nelson public schools, reported SCUD Superintendent Julie Otero to the Board of Education during its regular meeting on Nov. 18 at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

LtoJ is an approach to teaching designed to promote a true love of learning through the 12th grade. Among its core strategies is assessing students on a weekly basis as to how much information they are retaining from key concept to key concept covered in a teacher’s cumulative lesson plans. The results of these assessments are then graphed on both individual student and classwide charts.

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Education consultant revisits SC

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RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Lee Jenkins, an education consultant, revisited Sandy Creek Public Schools recently, monitoring staff progress in adopting his LtoJ system of teaching.

Education consultant Dr. Lee Jenkins revisited Sandy Creek Public Schools last week to monitor staff progress in adopting his LtoJ system of teaching.

He was previously on the Fairfield campus in September.

“Coming back makes it exciting to see what they’ve done since the last time I was here,” said Jenkins, who travels from his home in Scottsdale, AZ.

The overarching idea behind LtoJ is to shift American education away from a model that promotes cramming, and then forgetting, to an approach that creates a true love for learning through 12th grade, he explained.

“Historically, schools have thousands of ways to extrinsically motivate kids,” Jenkins said. “Intrinsic [motivation] is what they start kindergarten with. They want to learn. So our job in education is not to motivate them. It’s to maintain what they started kindergarten with.”

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SCUD Board reviews 2018-19 spending

South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5 spent $1 million more than what it brought in during its 2018-19 fiscal year, according to an audit conducted in August.

SCUD Superintendent Julie Otero reported key findings from the audit during the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Nov. 18 at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

“Overall, there was nothing out of the ordinary except for the NCAPS building,” she said.

Receipts for the last fiscal year totaled $15,249,366.30, Otero explained, while disbursements for the same time frame totaled $16,298,516.82. The difference in spending accounted for outlays for the Nebraska Center for Advanced Professional Studies (NCAPS) facility located on the Sandy Creek campus near Fairfield. Construction was completed in Dec. 2018.

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Edgar Police report positive; city council talks dog issue

The Edgar City Council received a positive police report during its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 12 at the city hall in Edgar.

There have been very few calls about suspected criminal activity in the community since the City hired a law enforcement officer this summer. Likewise, reports of drug activity that had fueled concerns earlier this year have dropped.

This has allowed the city’s police officer, Doug Hartman, to follow up on broken ordinances, such as issuing tickets for unlicensed vehicles sitting on the street and delivering letters to residents whose properties have been declared a nuisance.

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DU establishing endowment to help with property taxes

Ducks Unlimited has established a $30,000 endowment fund to further close the property tax gap created when land has been acquired for waterfowl conservation.

Tim Horst, Ducks Unlimited’s Nebraska land manager, of Edgar, announced the endowment during the Clay County Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting on Nov. 12 at the courthouse in Clay Center.

“It’ll help pay the difference,” he said.

Clay County has 16 designated waterfowl protection areas, totaling 6,709 acres, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Land repurposed for federal wildlife refuge is exempt from property taxes, as is the 35,000-acre federal U.S. Meat Animal Research Center situated between Clay Center, Fairfield, and Glenvil. A total of approximately 11.3 percent of Clay County’s 367,360 acres does not collect annual property taxes.

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SCUD Board discusses installing bus cameras

Sandy Creek’s school buses may be getting security cameras during the 2019-20 school year.

Heather Wharton, South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5’s transportation coordinator met with the Board of Education about the topic during its regular meeting on Nov. 18 at Lawrence-Nelson High School in Nelson.

“I just really believe that these cameras will help out the drivers,” she said, adding that footage can be reviewed to help discern concerns expressed by parents and students.

Route buses do have bus monitors on board Monday through Thursday when preschool is in session. However, the bus monitor cannot observe every interaction on the bus, Wharton explained, and are primarily available for the preschool students.

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Fairfield City Council considers community recycling bin

Like other small communities in the county, Fairfield was notified earlier this fall that Woodward’s Disposal would no longer be providing a recycling bin to the town.

The Hastings business has since rescinded, again offering a recycling bin but at a cost to communities, according to a letter read during the Fairfield City Council’s regular monthly meeting on Nov. 11 at the city auditorium in Fairfield.

“The fee will help offset the tremendous cost of shipping material out,” read Rita Engel, council member.

A $200 fee would be required each time that the recycling bin is picked up by Woodward’s. The estimated schedule would be one pick-up every other month, reported City Clerk Miranda Ward.

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Edgar’s Sept. water leak cost $72,000+

The discovery of a water leak under the Union Pacific Railroad in Sept. was good news, in a way, to Edgar. City officials had long been scouting for the source of unaccounted water use, since the community first installed its water meters.

Repairs to resolve the leak took more than a week, but the city’s monthly water loss decreased by approximately 60 percent, reported City Clerk Chris Shuck, during the Edgar City Council’s regular monthly meeting on Nov. 12 at the city hall in Edgar.

Total cost of the repair project comes to more than $72,000. The Council decided to use existing funds to pay for the repair, rather than adding the expense to the loan amount for the Edgar-Fairfield water project.

There was no news on developments in the water project. The council expressed concern that no word has been received from easements attorney John Hodges and plans to contact him for a progress report.

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Operation Christmas Child taking boxes until Nov. 25

Operation Christmas Child taking boxes until Nov. 25

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Bentley Farmer, left, and Kinsley Brodrick pack a shoebox to be sent to a child somewhere around the world. Gordon Hays assists the two boys in packing the box.

Operation Christmas Child taking boxes until Nov. 25

Khyla Durgan, left, holds shoebox while Neviah McBride grabs some gloves to put in the box to be mailed.

Walking into the hall of the United Church of Christ in Clay Center Wednesday, Nov. 13, one would see many tables full of toys, shoes, shirts, hats, and toothbrushes.

These items would eventually be put into a box that would be sent across the world, spreading some Christmas joy, good news, and God’s love.

Operation Christmas Child, under the direction of Samaritan’s Purse, delivers shoes boxes to children in more than 160 countries.

On Nov. 13 several youth assisted in filling those boxes to the brim with anything they could fit inside to be mailed.

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