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Hachtel leads HPS Board candidates with 227 votes

A total of 2,548 county ballots were cast for the primary election May 12.

The only contested race for Clay County—Harvard School Board—saw eight people vying for six spots to move on to the general election in November.

Votes totaled: Janet Hachtel, 227; Michelle M. Callahan, 202; Andrew Burbach, 190; Michael B. Nierman, 164; Bonnie Roberts, 145; Cory Marshall, 138; Jerrold Hester, 106; and Texas Wagner, 92.

 

 

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SCNUSD Board not giving admin. staff raises

Sandy Creek’s administrative staff will not be getting wage increases for the 2020-21 school year, thanks to the uncertain future course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So voted the South Central Nebraska Unified School District #5’s Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting on May 13, held remotely via Zoom video conferencing.

“I personally think with everything going on we should leave these wages flat for a year,” Board member Chad Dane of Clay Center said.

 

 

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Surprise parade celebrates HPS teacher’s retirement

Surprise parade celebrates HPS teacher’s retirement

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

On her last day as Harvard Public School’s kindergarten teacher, Shelley Stone was surprised when family, friends, colleagues, and community members from Harvard and surrounding area’s came parading by the Stone home on Thursday, May 14. The line-up, as seen above, featured lots of honking vehicles, several signs, music, and lots of laughter and smiles. At the left, Stone bursts out in laughter with a smile from ear-to-ear as cars drive by to celebrate her retirement after 31 years as a teacher, all at HPS.

 

 

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Outlook for beef prices less than ideal amid pandemic

Outlook for beef prices less than ideal amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, along with several other factors, have left the cattle market up in the air for cattle producers throughout the county, state and country. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Clay County is no small player in the U.S. beef industry.

With $109 billion in sales of cattle and calves per year, according to the 2017 Ag Census, Clay County ranks 29th out of Nebraska’s 93 counties and 122th out of the nation’s 3,055 cattle-producing counties.

When COVID-19 slammed into the national meatpacking network this spring, the ripples of effect were quickly felt throughout the beef industry, with spot prices dropping 30 percent in less than a week, and then quickly spread into futures.

 

 

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Harvard graduates reminded to live in the moment

Harvard graduates reminded to live in the moment

Celina Chrisman gives her valedictorian speech. A video of Harvard’s graduation ceremony was posted to the school’s website and social media sites Saturday, May 9, the day of the original graduation date. Due to COVID-19 an in-person ceremony was not possible. SCREENSHOT FROM VIDEO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard’s graduation ceremony was unlike none anyone had ever seen. There was no big audience of family members and friends waiting to hear speeches and see their student receive a diploma. There was no band playing, flower ceremony or flashes from several cameras going off.

And yet, it was a ceremony to remember, and carried with it a series of well-thought out, sincere speeches from the graduates and class speaker.

“For a while I was frustrated with this whole situation… our senior year was cut short and all of the memories and experiences we would have had are now just a distant dream,” Salutatorian Ellie Fields said. “What I’ve learned during this time, though, is to be thankful for the little things.” Fields, and Valedictorian

 

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Stone says goodbye to HPS after 31 years

Stone says goodbye to HPS after 31 years

Shelley Stone will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year after 31 years at Harvard Public School. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

To say Shelley Stone liked being a teacher for 31 years is a huge understatement—in her words, she has “absolutely loved it.”

The 2019-20 school year closed out a 31-year career as a teacher at Harvard Public School, first as a third-grade teacher for seven years, and then as the kindergarten teacher for the remaining 24 years.

Her love and want to become an educator began when she was in school, all thanks to several of her own teachers, including Barb Colvin, Marsha Sukup, and Craig Barfknecht, among others.

“They’re all excellent role models and all very respectable people,” she noted about her former teachers.

At the time, Stone was thinking about going into the cooking and nutrition side of home economics, but one area of the subject wasn’t her forte.

 

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Sutton celebrates graduates of all ages

Sutton celebrates graduates of all ages

Saturday, May 9, the day Sutton’s senior class of 2020 was supposed to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas, instead was a different sort of celebration. Due to COVID-19 and a postponement of their graduation ceremony, seniors paraded around town in vehicles decked out in 2020 decorations, writings, and streamers. Here, the line of seniors make their way south on Saunders Ave under a Sutton Mustangs flag hung by the Sutton VF Department.

 

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Clay County COVID-19 cases jump to 13

Clay County COVID-19 cases jump to 13

Between April 27 and May 4, Clay County’s COVID-19 lab-confirmed cases increased from six to 13.

The South Heartland District Health Department announced May 4 that an additional five new cases have been confirmed in the four-county South Heartland Health District, bringing the district total to 221. There have been five deaths.

County totals of May 4:

• Adams—203

 

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Stormy weather blows over county

Stormy weather blows over county

Tis the season for stormy weather, with a taste of the severe weather season hitting Clay County Wednesday, April 29. Here, dark, low-hanging clouds move over a field east of Harvard. The rain, dark sky, and brief cold temperatures quickly moved east, leaving behind nothing but sun and 60-degree weather. 

 

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Seniors last day a bittersweet ending

Seniors last day a bittersweet

What started out as a way to celebrate their seniors as students checked out for the last time turned into a community event. Hurts Donuts visited Sutton Public School’s parking lot Friday, May 1, first allowing seniors to grab a donut as they returned any items needed on their last day of high school. At 9 a.m., the donut truck opened to community members. Here, Emmy Haight picks up a dozen donuts during her turn in the line. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

 

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