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‘Who are these Medicaid residents citizens of ?’

Ross speaks of troubled nursing home industry and the key components that are impacting the industry

BY TORY DUNCAN

Leaders within the nursing home industry will call on the Nebraska Legislature’s Appropriation Committee and Health and Human Services on Friday, Oct. 19, to begin discussions on exploring different ways in which to pay skilled and assisted nursing facilities, according to Ron Ross, president of Rural Health Development (RHD), based out of Cambridge and Lincoln.

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Clay Center mayor declares Constitution Week at council meeting

During the Sept. 18 Clay Center Council meeting, Mayor L. Wayne Johnson gave a declaration marking Sept. 17 as the 231st anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

Also stated in the declaration: “Whereas it is the privilege and duty of the American people to commemorate the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America with appropriate ceremonies and activities...therefore, I, L. Wayne Johnson, by virtue of the authority vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Clay Center in the State of Nebraska do hereby proclaim the week of Sept. 17 through 23 as Constitution Week, and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals of the Framers of the Constitution... by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to use through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights my never be regained.”

 

 

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Sutton Public School implements security system Tuesday

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Sutton Public Schools activated its new security system Tuesday.

SPS is now using a system that’ll have the doors locked throughout the day, giving security and safety to students and staff.

“We’re at the point in time where this is necessary...it’s a great thing for the kids,” Superintendent Dana Wiseman said.

The new system, installed by Integrated Security Solutions out of Hastings, was installed for the safety of the students, staff, and visitors of SPS.

 

 

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IN A PINCH:Medicaid reimbursement rates, nursing shortage causing struggles at Sutton Community Home, countless care facilities nationally

BY TORY DUNCAN

Nationally the nursing home business is struggling with two major impacts to a care facility’s bottom line—Medicaid reimbursement rates and a shortage of nursing candidates, both of which have an uncontrollable impact on the industry.

In Sutton, those two key factors, as it was announced during the Sutton Community Home’s annual meeting Monday, Sept. 10, have hit the local nursing facility hard.

 

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Police, schools attend training for ‘See Something, Say Something’ app

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

By May, there was a recorded 23 school shootings in the United States, according to CNN.

Hall County Sheriff Jerry Watson shared, during a training on the new app “See Something, Send Something” Sept. 11, that in certain school shootings some people knew something wasn’t right, but didn’t speak up about their suspicions.

 

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Edgar Council covers pool, bids, ordinances at meeting

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Discussion on the pool, nuisance properties, and laundromat bids fueled the Sept. 11 Edgar Council meeting.

Edgar’s current pool has some issues with it, resulting in talk of either replacing the broken items or building a new pool entirely.

Nothing is a guarantee at this point, as the pool committee and council are just starting discussion on the topic.

 

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Old Trusty features crafts from past

Sorghum syrup-making a community activity

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

At first glance, the sorghum plant doesn’t look as if it’s filled with sweetness. However, push the plant stalks through a sweetener machine and boil it until it becomes an amber-colored syrup, and the plant’s sweetness comes to life.

For the past several years, Larry Pirnie of Broken Bow has brought his old-fashioned sweetener machine to Old Trusty, and with the help of several volunteers, turns sorghum plants into syrup.

 

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County experiences flooding due to consistent rainfall

A steady stream of water flows through a usually-small creek east of Highway 14 near Sandy Creek. RIGHT: Crooked Creek Golf Course experienced an extreme rising of water throughout the course, due to constant rainfall over a three-day course, which amounted to about 8 inches of rain.

 

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Sutton Council approves pool, sprinkler updates

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

During the Sutton Council meeting Monday, members approved about $49,400 on items for the swimming pool and an extension on the city park sprinkler system.

One item approved for the city park is an extension to the sprinkler system between the tank and pump area along the bike trail.

 

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Hassler honored with Quilt of Valor at state fair

Butch Hassler, of rural Sutton, is no stranger to the military or 4-H way of life, and due to his involvement in both, was honored with a Quilt of Valor at the Nebraska State Fair Monday, Sept. 3.

His father joined the Navy first, then careered out in the Air Force, resulting in both Hassler and his brother, David, growing up as “military brats,” moving frequently.

Hassler served in the Air Force in 1977, serving his enlistment stateside, mostly at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT, as a crew chief on the Air Force F4 fighter jets.

Along with his brother being enlisted in the Navy, Hassler also has a niece serving in the Coast Guard.

 

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