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Buescher nominated to U.S. District Court judgeship

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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Clay Center breaks ground for future clinic

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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Music has a strong impact at Harvard Public School

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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Sutton Community Home town hall meeting is Oct. 16

BY TORY DUNCAN

The Sutton Community Home and its governing board will be hosting a town hall meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Slated for the Sutton Community Center, located at 200 S. Saunders Ave., this meeting will focus on the current state of the community home and the future direction in which the SCH board hopes to go with the facility.

 

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Colors fly during SPS run Friday

Griffin Bergen smiles as he runs through a cloud of blue chalk during the Sutton Elementary Color Run Friday. 

 

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Weather-related harvest trouble been brewing since summer

BY RITA BRHEL

It’s not hard to imagine how the latest stretch of wet weather has delayed Clay County’s farmers yet again. Combines sit stranded in fields abandoned midway through cutting, and the grain elevators have been eerily quiet for early October.

But the truth is, this fall’s biggest harvest troubles hasn’t been the rain. This past summer’s weather was setting up crops for challenges long before the fields dried down.

 

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Women’s Honor Flight humbling, unforgettable for Sutton’s Higby

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

At 2:30 in the morning, most people would not want to hear a band playing at top notch, nor would they want hordes of people cheering. For the 135 women attending the 12th annual Honor Flight, however, this noise hit their hearts and brought tears to their eyes as they boarded a plane for a once-ina- lifetime trip.

For 10 hours, these women veterans entered areas of Washington D.C. where intricate, heart-affecting memorials were designed in honor of many.

The Sept. 24 flight, hosted by Bill and Evonne Williams, featured veterans, pilots, crew, and media personnel, all strictly women.

The decision to host an all-women’s flight came just three days before Christmas, 2017—in less than a year, contacts were made and the flight became a reality for several women veterans across the U.S.

 

 

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A look at the Harvard Rest Haven

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?”

 

 

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Clay County 4-H evolving to reach more kids

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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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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