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03
Oct
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A look at the Harvard Rest Haven

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Medicaid causing struggles; use of agency, low census not factors

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Harvard Rest Haven and Harvard House, the nursing home and assisted living in Harvard, are feeling the same struggles other homes across the nation are experiencing.

Of those struggles, Medicaid plays a huge factor in causing issues for homes.

“Most nursing homes rely on Medicaid; it’s what most residents pay with,” HRH Administrator Ruth Sands-Jerke said. “We know Medicaid doesn’t meet the cost of paying someone to care for another person…I think Medicaid affects everybody simply because it doesn’t pay all of the cost. If, say, it costs $150 a day to take care of someone and we only receive $125, then how long can you manage to do that and continue to lose money?”

 

 

Wed
03
Oct
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Clay County 4-H evolving to reach more kids

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BY RITA BRHEL

Since its inception more than a century ago, the goal of 4-H has always been to equip the next generation in becoming future leaders of their communities. For Clay County 4-H, this means constantly evolving the program to stay relevant with the times.

“4-H has changed so much over the years,” Holli Alley, 4-H program coordinator at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Extension Service in Clay Center, said. “It’s not just the traditional county fair. That’s still a strong component, but there are so many resources that we want more children to be able to experience them.”

 

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Brhel joins CCN staff

Living on the edge of Fairfield, Rita Brhel has been writing professionally for more than 20 years. She grew up on a farm in the Pauline area and attended school in Blue Hill, where she began her newspaper career at the Blue Hill Leader as a sportswriter at age 16.

After graduating high school, greatly influenced by her activities in 4-H and FFA, Brhel majored in agricultural journalism at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, where she competed with the collegiate Equestrian Team, Speech Team, and Agri-Marketing Team. She was also involved with the college yearbook and worked on staff for the school newspaper as a sportswriter and features writer.

 

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Wed
26
Sep
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‘Who are these Medicaid residents citizens of ?’

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Ross speaks of troubled nursing home industry and the key components that are impacting the industry

BY TORY DUNCAN

Leaders within the nursing home industry will call on the Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriation Committee and Health and Human Services on Friday, Oct. 19, to begin discussions on exploring different ways in which to pay skilled and assisted nursing facilities, according to Ron Ross, president of Rural Health Development (RHD), based out of Cambridge and Lincoln.

Wed
26
Sep
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Clay Center mayor declares Constitution Week at council meeting

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During the Sept. 18 Clay Center Council meeting, Mayor L. Wayne Johnson gave a declaration marking Sept. 17 as the 231st anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

Also stated in the declaration: “Whereas it is the privilege and duty of the American people to commemorate the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America with appropriate ceremonies and activities...therefore, I, L. Wayne Johnson, by virtue of the authority vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Clay Center in the State of Nebraska do hereby proclaim the week of Sept. 17 through 23 as Constitution Week, and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals of the Framers of the Constitution... by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to use through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights my never be regained.”

 

 

Wed
26
Sep
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Sutton Public School implements security system Tuesday

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BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Sutton Public Schools activated its new security system Tuesday.

SPS is now using a system that’ll have the doors locked throughout the day, giving security and safety to students and staff.

“We’re at the point in time where this is necessary...it’s a great thing for the kids,” Superintendent Dana Wiseman said.

The new system, installed by Integrated Security Solutions out of Hastings, was installed for the safety of the students, staff, and visitors of SPS.

 

 

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Wed
19
Sep
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IN A PINCH:Medicaid reimbursement rates, nursing shortage causing struggles at Sutton Community Home, countless care facilities nationally

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BY TORY DUNCAN

Nationally the nursing home business is struggling with two major impacts to a care facility’s bottom line—Medicaid reimbursement rates and a shortage of nursing candidates, both of which have an uncontrollable impact on the industry.

In Sutton, those two key factors, as it was announced during the Sutton Community Home’s annual meeting Monday, Sept. 10, have hit the local nursing facility hard.

 

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Wed
19
Sep
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Police, schools attend training for ‘See Something, Say Something’ app

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BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

By May, there was a recorded 23 school shootings in the United States, according to CNN.

Hall County Sheriff Jerry Watson shared, during a training on the new app “See Something, Send Something” Sept. 11, that in certain school shootings some people knew something wasn’t right, but didn’t speak up about their suspicions.

 

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Wed
19
Sep
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Edgar Council covers pool, bids, ordinances at meeting

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Discussion on the pool, nuisance properties, and laundromat bids fueled the Sept. 11 Edgar Council meeting.

Edgar’s current pool has some issues with it, resulting in talk of either replacing the broken items or building a new pool entirely.

Nothing is a guarantee at this point, as the pool committee and council are just starting discussion on the topic.

 

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Wed
12
Sep
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Old Trusty features crafts from past

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Sorghum syrup-making a community activity

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

At first glance, the sorghum plant doesn’t look as if it’s filled with sweetness. However, push the plant stalks through a sweetener machine and boil it until it becomes an amber-colored syrup, and the plant’s sweetness comes to life.

For the past several years, Larry Pirnie of Broken Bow has brought his old-fashioned sweetener machine to Old Trusty, and with the help of several volunteers, turns sorghum plants into syrup.

 

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