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Boggess takes over as US MARC director

by RITA BRHEL 

Mark Boggess is forever a farm kid at heart. A native of rural Villisca, IA, located about an hour east of Nebraska City, he grew up showing pigs, cattle, and sheep at the county fair. He has the State 4-H Sheep Award to prove it, along with ample showmanship honors, readily recalling the year he won the rosette in all three species. Graduating high school, Boggess attended Iowa State University and came back home in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.

 

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Citizen Testimony: Proponents outnumber opposition for Medicaid expansion

By Rita Brhel

Eighteen people spoke in favor of Initiative 427, eight in opposition, and one as neutral, during the Oct. 30 Medicaid expansion meeting in Grand Island.

Many of those adding to the public record repeated the arguments made in the opening remarks, but a few testimonies stood out:

For: “She doesn’t have insurance, because she can’t afford insurance at all”

Proponents Robin Vodehnal identified her sister as one of the potential beneficiaries of the Medicaid expansion. She described how her sister’s $800 monthly income is not enough to allow her to qualify for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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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
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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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Historic Sutton building partially collapses Sunday

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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Clay County offers spooky fun

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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Clay Center to vote on pool propositions next Tuesday

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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SCH’s Town Hall meeting insightful, draws large crowd

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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Three years and counting

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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