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Wed
28
Nov
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Blizzard slams county with ice, snow

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

A snow-covered car sits in a ditch southeast of Harvard on Road 319. A Sunday blizzard caused dangerous road conditions for drivers throughout the state.

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Warmer-than-usual weather kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, reaching a maximum of 63 degrees on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), keeping relatively low wind speeds and gusts of 16 and 29 mph, respectively.

Nov. 23 and 24 continued with warmer temperatures, staying in the lower and upper 40s; however, wind speeds and gusts began to climb, hitting a high of 29 mph (speeds) and 37 mph (gusts).

Despite the welcoming warmth, weather stations forcasted blizzard conditions to end the weekend, expecting between 2 and 4 inches to hit eastern Nebraska.

 

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Wed
21
Nov
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Harvard School’s kindergartners entertain grandparents

RITA BRHEL | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard Public School’s kindergarten class hosted grandparents day Wednesday, Nov. 14; this was the 20th year for the event. This year’s class performed a play about pilgrims and Native Americans, sang songs, and did a reading exercise and writing activity with their grandparents/ special guest. Here, Titus Fields reads with his grandparents, Dave and Kay Wolf.

 

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Wed
21
Nov
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USDA grant for Edgar water project depends on connecting to Fairfield

Something needs to be done to help Edgar’s city water, but the options are thin.

The Edgar City Council voiced resentment during its monthly meeting on Nov. 13 at not having more freedom of choice if it wants to take advantage of a USDA grant that would pay 75 percent of the cost to fix its nitrate situation.

“It’s hard to give up free money,” Edgar’s Mayor Brad Brennfoerder said. “The last thing we want to do is break the city.”

The problem is, the USDA grant is contingent on running a pipeline between Edgar and Fairfield—an unpopular idea as of now.

The Edgar City Council has long been considering how to address the high nitrate levels in its city water. State regulations require nitrate levels in drinking water to stay below 10 parts per million. Edgar’s nitrate level sits at 11 to 12 parts per million, according to the city’s engineer Mike Schultes.

 

Wed
21
Nov
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Harvard 3rd at TVC; Sutton 6th, SC 9th at SNC One Act

ALYSSA FERGUSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Pinocchio, played by Cory Marshall, bites Gepetto, played by Ryan Harms, in the arm during Harvard’s performance.

Harvard’s One Act team took home third place during the TVC One Act competition Tuesday, Nov. 13, while at the SNC competition at Centennial, Sutton took home sixth place, with Sandy Creek earning ninth.

At the TVC competition, Deshler took home the champion title, with Kenesaw coming in as the runner-up.

During the SNC competition, David City was named champion, while Fillmore Central earned runner-up.

Several students from each school were named outstanding actors/ actresses.

 

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Wed
14
Nov
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Fairfield Council to decide fate of old city office

BY RITA BREHL

Fairfield’s main street building with the iconic landscape mural painted on the south side is about to be posted for sale, but potential buyers beware that a purchase comes with stipulations.

The former City of Fairfield office, located at 401 D Street, has some issues—the least being a bad roof. But the last thing the Fairfield City Council wants to see happen is for the building to fall into further disrepair.

The City Council deliberated possible solutions at its monthly meeting on Nov. 12 in the city auditorium.

City superintendent Jim Moore opened the discussion with a report on the condition of the old city office building, explaining the condition of the roof and how that is further compromising an already deteriorated indoor environment.

 

 

Wed
14
Nov
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Lindvall named Outstanding 4-H Leader

During the 4-H Award Program Nov. 2, Ann Lindvall, left, was presented with the Herman and Arlene Valentine Memorial Leader Award for being an Outstanding 4-H Leader in Clay County. Presenting the plaque to her is Extension Educator Brandy VanDeWalle.

 

 

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Wed
14
Nov
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Clay County feels strong artic blast last week

Snow blows over DLD Road east of Saronville Thursday, Nov. 8. Clay County was placed in a Winter Weather Advisory Nov. 8, which brought temperatures of 29 degrees, two inches of snow, and freezing wind gusts up to 23 mph. Friday, Nov. 8, had an average temperature of 18 degrees and wind gusts up to 44 mph, causing the snow that had fallen Thursday to blow over roads.

 

 

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Wed
14
Nov
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Clay County schools honor and remember local veterans, their service

FAR LEFT: Members of the Fairfield Boy Scout Troop #94 post the colors at the start of the Sandy Creek Veteran’s Day program, held Friday, Nov. 9, at Sandy Creek High School. Mike Thompson, Commander of the Sutton Legion Post #61 delivers the opening message for the Sutton Veteran’s Day program. 

 

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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SCUD votes for new feasibility study for possible performing arts theater

BY RITA BRHEL

The future of a performing arts center at Sandy Creek Schools may be not be clear, but school board members are willing to explore more options in how to make it happen. The South Central Unified District #5 School Board narrowly passed a motion authorizing a $25,000 feasibility study on the possible construction of the school theater during a special meeting on Nov. 1, at Sandy Creek Elementary.

 

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Wed
07
Nov
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Boggess takes over as US MARC directorClay Center Clinic floor plan laid out

ASHLEY D. SWANSON 

Clay Center broke ground Oct. 16 for a future clinic, which will replace the current facility sitting on the corner of Glenvil Street and Fryar Avenue. The clinic is owned by Memorial Community Health, based in Aurora; the new clinic will be constructed by Chief Construction. During the groundbreaking ceremony, MCH CEO Diane Keller 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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