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Strong winds heavily damage areas of county

Strong winds heavily damage areas of county

A broken tree lays across a street in northeast Edgar, which fell after a strong thunderstorm system moved through the county late July 8-9. The tree took down a power line, which can be seen wrapped under the tree; crews were working early July 9 to remove the tree. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Strong winds heavily damage areas of county

Wayne Peshek pulls two of the bigger fallen branches to a pile following an overnight thunderstorm. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

When Clay County residents woke up the morning of Thursday, July 9, tree branches were everywhere.

An overnight severe thunderstorm hit the county around midnight, Wednesday, July 8, dropping 1.38 inches of rain in some areas, according to NErain.

The National Weather Service in Hastings recorded wind gusts of 67 mph, which prompted the downfall of several tree branches of all sizes throughout the county, as well as some trees.

 

 

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County fair far from normal, but still meaningful

County fair far from normal, but still meaningful

With a determined look on her face, Anna Paus races toward the finish line during barrel racing at the horse show Wednesday. Paus earned a purple ribbon and was named champion in the event. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Unusual and different.

A couple of words used to describe this year’s Clay County Fair, which lacked the typically large amount of cars, people and, at times, was quieter than one would be used to.

“Families, leaders and council members understood the situation and made the best of it,” Holli Alley, Clay County Extension 4-H associate, said prior to the swine show Saturday, which ended the annual fair.

Numbers of 4-H’ers were down and the layout of the 148-year-old fair had changed due to the on-going pandemic and regulations from the state and local health departments.

 

 

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Clay County Fair to be live-streamed

Clay County Fair to be live-streamed

Clay County’s Fair, beginning July 8 and ending July 11, will look a bit different this year, but will still feature 4-H events for youth.

Due to Direct Health Measures set by local health districts and the Nebraska Department of Ag, attendance at the 4-H shows will be limited to the exhibitor, immediate family, and grandparents only.

All livestock shows will be live-streamed online at facebook.com/UNLClayCounty .

4-H static exhibits were dropped off at the fairgrounds Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

 

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Constitutional march celebrates patriotic unity

Constitutional march celebrates patriotic unity

Members of the Clay Center Legion position themselves north of the veterans memorial and flag on the courthouse lawn during a constitutional march July 4. About 100 people gathered for the event in honor of their nation’s birthday. Due to COVID-19, the annual Fourth of July celebration event in Clay Center was cancelled. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

“And I’m proud to be an American...”

No truer words were spoken during Clay Center’s Constitutional March on Saturday, July 4.

About 100 people arrived donning red, white and blue clothing, hoisting flags high up in the air, and loudly and proudly singing those words in “God Bless the U.S.A,” so many are familiar with.

When the march first began it looked as if it was simply a few legionnaire members and some golf carts following behind.

But what started out with few then became many, and suddenly there were several cars and then a semi with a large flag flying behind it, leading a line of semis and a Clay Center fire truck.

Flags could be seen everywhere—attached to vehicles, people holding them, stitched onto shirts and shorts and hats—blotting the lawn and street in front of the courthouse in those three colors.

 

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Sutton PD remains on the drug trail

Sutton PD remains on the drug trail

Sutton officer Mitch Meyer works the scene during a July 1 stop that brought 11 counts, including five felony charges against Dustyn C. Stultz of Colorado Springs, CO. COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The Sutton Police Department continues to ramp up their efforts to control and remove individuals off the street that are associated with drug activity. In the past week and a half Sutton officers have made two more busts in and around the Highway 6 corridor in Sutton.

In all, the two most recent cases have a combined 20 offenses related to them.

On Monday, June 29, officer Mitch Meyer pulled over a gold Chevrolet Impala for what they called “crossing the fog line,” at around 1:10 p.m.

 

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Co. Board hears update on solar zoning progress

Despite the pandemic, a three-member zoning committee has continued discussions on how best to write solar-specific zoning rules for Clay County.

Zoning Administrator Barb Barnett gave an update during the Clay County Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting on June 23 at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Clay Center.

VA-based APEX Clean Energy has proposed a 305-megawatt solar project to be placed on approximately 3,000 acres in the Spring Ranch area. County solar zoning rules are among the necessities for this project to begin.

 

 

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Two arrested for burglary in Sutton early Sunday

Two arrested for burglary in Sutton early Sunday

An inside view shows a shattered front door at George’s 66 Station in Sutton, after two out-of-county individuals broken in around 1 a.m., Sunday, stealing almost $600 worth of property and cash.PHOTO COURTESY OF TRACEY LANDENBERGER | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Two out-of-county people were detained by Sutton Police Officer Mitch Meyer early Sunday morning, June 28, for burglary and several other charges. The incident occurred at around 1 a.m.

Meyer shared that he noticed an unusual vehicle parked in the Nelson 4x4 auto dealership directly east of George’s 66 Station. Meyer noted that as he turned his vehicle the suspect vehicle made a right onto Maltby Ave.

Meyer, in turn, turned his cruiser to head northbound on Maltby Ave., to come up behind the suspect vehicle, which was traveling at a speed higher than the posted limit.

Meyer activated his radar and clocked the vehicle, a gray Nissan Maxima, traveling at 35 miles per hour in a 25 mph speed zone.

 

 

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Clay Center Pool opens; Edgar hosts fireworks show

Clay Center Pool opens; Edgar hosts fireworks show
Clay Center Pool opens; Edgar hosts fireworks show
Clay Center Pool opens; Edgar hosts fireworks show

Clay Center’s new aquatic center officially opened Thursday, June 25, bringing in young children and their families. The new pool offers a lily pad climbing area, as seen at top right; zero-depth entry; sprinkler-type features; two diving boards; and swim area for all ages. At the bottom right, Jadiah Witherspoon, daughter of Kayla Anderson, walks around one of the sprinkler-type features at the pool. At the bottom left, a flourish of fireworks erupt into the sky during the Edgar Volunteer Fire Department’s fireworks show Saturday, June 27.

 

 

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Harvard Rest Haven is a 4-star facility

Harvard Rest Haven is a 4-star facility

Harvard Rest Haven has received a fourstar rating, following an October 2019 report done by the State of Nebraska, as reported on the U.S. government Medicare site.

The four-star rating matches up with the previous year’s rating, which didn’t come as a surprise to HRH Administrator Ruth Sands-Jerke or staff.

“We have been pleased that we’re doing so well,” Sands-Jerke said. “We have a very good and very caring staff…the main reason they’re here is to care for the residents and they’re dedicated in what they’re doing.”

Finding those dedicated staff members hasn’t been an issue either, she said, added how being located in a small town and being a smaller facility allows more personal attention and care to their residents.

 

 

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Blessing cases moves forward to district court

Following his hearing Tuesday, Wesley L. Blessing’s two cases have moved on to district court.

Blessing’s two cases have four and five counts, respectively. The first four include attempted assault on an officers; use of a deadly weapon; possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person; and possession of a controlled substance. The second five include attempted assault on an officer; use of a deadly weapon; attempted assualt on an officer; using a weapon to commit a felony; and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.

 

 

 

 

 

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