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Nov

Differing sides of Medicaid expansion heard at meeting

By Rita Brhel

Medicaid expansion supporters and opponents gathered in Grand Island Tuesday during the final of three public hearings before voters decide the fate of Initiative 427 on election day.

Nebraska’s Secretary of State John Gale called the Oct. 30 meeting impressive.

“The testimony has been superb on both sides,” he said. “It has been a terrific public record.”

Wed
31
Oct
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Clay Co. to see many contested races on General Election Tuesday

Several signs sporting candidates names and the position they are running for have been seen adorning front lawns, edges of cornfields, and on the sides of streets for weeks. The amount of time spent on marketing themselves will show on Nov. 6, as Clay County comes together to vote.

Much like the May election, there are many contested races placed on the November ballot.

 

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Wed
31
Oct
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Historic Sutton building partially collapses Sunday

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BY TORY DUNCAN

A building housing Gail’s Carpentry and Cabinetry, which is owned and operated by Gail Griess of Sutton, suffered extensive damage in the early evening hours of Sunday, Oct. 28.

Griess’ building, which was built in 1891 by Samuel Carney Sr., according to Sutton historian Jerry Johnson, was compromised by a fire that occurred on Oct. 31, 2014, to a building next door to the south of Griess’ property.

 

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Wed
31
Oct
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Clay County offers spooky fun

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ABOVE: A creepy clown version of Noah Okraska smiles at the camera during the Clay Center Community Club’s Haunted House Saturday.

 

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Wed
31
Oct
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Clay Center to vote on pool propositions next Tuesday

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BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Two propositions from Clay Center will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Proposition No. 1: Bond issue for new pool; Proposition No. 2: 1/2 cent sales tax to service the bond for the pool project.

The current Clay Center Pool is 60 years old, being constructed in 1958, and was originally designed to last about 25 years before updates would be needed.

Along with excessive water leakage, the pool has a number of issues that have come with age, including the need of a filter system replacement, where the parts are obsolete; the pool currently does not meet ADA accessibility standards; and the decking is beginning to sink, causing extra safety issues.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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SCH’s Town Hall meeting insightful, draws large crowd

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BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Support, interest, and feedback on the current situation affecting the Sutton Community Home was highlighted during the SCH’s Town Hall meeting Oct. 16, which more than 300 people attended.

SCH Administrator Hannah Elliott informed the crowd that due to last fiscal year’s Medicaid reimbursement rate cut, which plummeted 7.17 percent, tagged along with a significant decrease in census and nursing rates, SCH has found itself in a tough spot. The 7.17 percent cut from the state contributed to “severely depleting the capital funds” SCH had stored away.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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Three years and counting

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Attendees at the Sutton Sale Barn watch as a new set of cattle are brought into the ring. Sutton Sale Barn celebrated three years of being open for business on Friday, Oct. 19.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Buescher nominated to U.S. District Court judgeship

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Deweese native, 1993 graduate of Sandy Creek

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, President Donald Trump nominated Brian C. Buescher of Omaha to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) recommended Buescher to the president for this judgeship.

With the nomination by the president, Buescher, who is a native of Deweese and a 1993 graduate of Sandy Creek High School, will be going through the Senate confirmation process. There will be a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and once that hearing has concluded, the committee will vote on the nomination. If the nomination clearscommittee, it will then head to the full Senate for a vote.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Clay Center breaks ground for future clinic

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Tuesday, Oct. 16, Clay Center kicked off the start of a new clinic, which is expected to be complete by summer 2019. Diane Keller, at left, CEO at Memorial Community Health, based in Aurora, said, “We’re excited to begin a new era of operations in Clay Center. We hope to have the opportunity to grow and continue with service to the community.”

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Music has a strong impact at Harvard Public School

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Spring musical announced during fall extravaganza Oct. 9

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

When the Harvard community comes together, it’s often times in support of the students attending Harvard Public School.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 was no different. Despite being moved inside due to rain, a large crowd filtered throughout the school, enjoying a picnic-type meal, “street” performances from students, and the eventual main event the fall music extravaganza.

 

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