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Clay County Board moves solar project forward

Clay County Board moves solar project forward

A rendering of a map of Clay County gives a rough estimation of where the Big Allis Solar Area will be constructed. COURTESY | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Clay County has begun the process of drawing up zoning regulations for all levels of solar energy facilities, from residential and on-farm use to community-based to industrial.

On Tuesday morning, the Clay County Board of Supervisors ended the months-long debate of whether to pursue solar-specific zoning ordinances, originally spurred by a 305-megawatt solar project proposed for 3,000 acres in the Spring Ranch area by Virginia-based APEX Clean Energy.

The board agreed to move the issue forward during its regular meeting on Feb. 11, at the courthouse in Clay Center. The vote was six in favor, none in opposition, and one abstention by James Pavelka of Glenvil.

Board member Dick Shaw, of Edgar, reminded that giving the go-ahead on solar zoning regulations in the county does not carry a guarantee of the APEX project. This board decision is only the first step in project development.

 

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Serving up soup, desserts in Harvard

Serving up soup, desserts in Harvard

Harvard’s VFW Auxiliary Post hosted its annual Soup and Dessert Supper Sunday, Feb. 9. Here, crowds of people get their soup while others enjoy food and conversation. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard’s VFW Auxiliary Post hosted its annual Soup and Dessert Supper Sunday, Feb. 9. Here, crowds of people get their soup while others enjoy food and conversation.

 

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Sutton Council hears moderate agenda Monday

Members of the Sutton City Council, following a brief discussion about the city’s 2019 audit report from Kyle Overturf of AMGL CPA’s and Advisors, heard from Todd Wilson and Jeff Shuck of Superior iNet.

Wilson and Shuck shared some very preliminary reports related to a survey that was sent out by the internet provider, based out of Edgar.

Wilson told members of the council that they received an 18 percent return rate on the survey and that more data was being sought to share with the city of Sutton about the possibility of delivering fiber based internet services to Sutton.

Wilson shared that they would like to return to the Sutton council agenda in what he hoped to be during the April meeting with more concrete information, and information about the possible costs and gain additional feedback from council members about the possibility of bringing the faster based internet service to the community.

 

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Clay Center man named homeless shelter’s volunteer of year

Clay Center man named homeless

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Homelessness may not look the same here as in Chicago or even Omaha, but this issue is very much present in rural Nebraska—if not as upfront as a transient encampment under a San Francisco bridge.

A Clay Center farmer, Merle VonSpreckelsen is doing his part in helping a Hastings shelter tackle the issue of homelessness. He has been named the 2019 Volunteer of the Year at Crossroads Mission Avenue.

 

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Clay Center names firefighter, rookie, EMT of year

Clay Center names firefighter, rookie, EMT of year

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

During the Clay Center Fire and Rescue’s annual firemen’s ball, members were honored with certificates, thanking them for their service during 2019. Of those members, Jesse VonSpreckelsen, far left, was named Firefighter of the Year; Trey Dasher was named Rookie of the Year; and Jim Piper was named EMT of the Year. Below, comedian Quionez Berry gets the crowd laughing while performing his script following the awards ceremony Friday, Jan. 30, at the Clay County Fairgrounds.

 

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SCH proposed project geared toward AL center

SCH proposed project geared toward AL center

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Architect Jeff Ahl, with arCuretecture, explains the most updated proposed project for the Sutton Community Home during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Jan. 29.

For the past four years, the Sutton Community Home Board has gone through several options for a new nursing home, but those options haven’t come without substantial costs.

Sutton Community Home’s building has exceeded its 50-year mark and doesn’t meet ADA regulations.

“The current building needs to go away,” Jeff Ahl, an architect with arCuretecture, said during a town hall meeting Jan. 29. “SCH’s building has reached the end of its life.”

He later commented on how well the SCH administration and staff continue to care for residents, despite the challenges the home presents.

“Janet [SCH administrator] has done an amazing job getting people in the nursing home,” he said, adding, “it’s a real challenging situation and I commend the staff for making it work.”

 

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Celebrating 100 days, 10 decades at Sutton Elementary

Celebrating 100 days, 10 decades at Sutton Elementary

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Walt Becker helps students lead the Sutton Elementary School’s 100th day parade Tuesday. His sign states,

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21 students earn medals at Thayer Central Speech Meet

21 students earn medals at Thayer Central Speech Meet

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton’s Melanie Minchow addresses the audience Jan. 25 during her Informative Speaking piece on blue light. Minchow earned second place.

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ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sandy Creek’s Novice OID competes during the finals round at Thayer Central Saturday, Jan. 25. Pictured from left is: Savannah Ford, Joanie Schultz, Kacie Herbek, Jessie Himmelberg, and Fayth Brudvig. The OID earned sixth place.

Sandy Creek and Sutton found success during the Thayer Central Speech Meet Saturday, Jan. 25, with 21 students taking home medals.

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Tickets still available for Clay Center Firemen’s Ball

Tickets still available for Clay Center Firemen’s Ball

Clay Center’s Fire and Rescue squads will be hosting their seventh annual firemen’s ball Friday, Jan. 31, at the Clay County Fairgrounds.

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Clay Center Council swears-in Johnson, moves pool bond forward

Clay Center Council swears-in Johnson, moves pool bond forward

Steve Johnson joined the Clay Center City Council last week.

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