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Boot-stomping fun found at HART Legacy event

HANNAH COLLINS | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Lillian and Bruce Larsen swing dance during the HART Legacy event Saturday, April 13, at the Clay County Fairgrounds. The event, Boots and Blue Jeans Ball, featured a prime rib meal, silent auction, wine pull, kids area, and dancing. Lillian was named the winner of the best boots with her white, sparkling pair.

 

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HPS Board terminates Guinyard due to poor performance

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After about 10 hours of hearing witness testimonies and deliberating, the Harvard School Board voted 4-2 to terminate Jermaine Guinyard’s contract, effective at the close of the 2018-19 school year.

Guinyard, Harvard Public School’s current physical education teacher, was terminated on the grounds of unprofessionalism toward administrators and co-workers; failing to meet district standards in lesson plans and in the classroom; and was viewed as unsafe to supervise students.

More than 100 people witnessed the special meeting of the HPS Board, which began at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 10.

Guinyard first came to Harvard during the 2015-16 school year and had a great performance year, with only proficiencies found on his evaluations.

During his time at HPS, he was viewed as an exceptional leader who was diligent in establishing hard work and teamwork within students, as noted by Ed Harms, one of the witnesses to testify for Guinyard.

 

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Fehr earns state FFA office

COURTESY PHOTO | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Sutton senior Megan Fehr was selected to serve as a Nebraska State FFA officer for the upcoming year during the 91st Nebraska FFA State Convention April 3-5 in Lincoln.

Sutton High School senior Megan Fehr, the daughter of Bruce and Karla Fehr, was named a 2019-20 Nebraska State FFA officer during the 91st annual Nebraska FFA State Convention, held in Lincoln, April 3-5.

Fehr is the first state officer from Sutton since 2007, when then senior Matt McElfresh served as an officer.

Each year seven students from across Nebraska’s 189 total FFA chapters are chosen serve as state officers. This year, joining Fehr as an officer is Kooper Jelinek of West Holt, president, Savannah Gerlach of Tri County, secretary, along with five vice-presidents.

 

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CCN staff honored at 145th annual Nebraska Press convention

Clay County News Staff, back row, from left: Ashley D. Swanson, Rita Brhel, Tory Duncan, and Teri Majors. In front, Glenda Griess, left, and Karla Fehr. Not pictured: Melissa Whitefoot, Jordyn Hulinsky, and Hannah Collins.

The staff of the Clay County News was honored with 11 awards during the Nebraska Press Association’s 145th annual convention held Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Kearney Holiday Inn Convention Center.

The CCN staff, during the Better Newspaper Contest Saturday night in Kearney, had a strong showing, finishing in the top three for the first time since 2014, placing in a two-way tie for second place with the Neligh News & Leader, with the Aurora News Register winning the Class C division, which is the second largest class in the NPA membership.

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Edgar Fire, Rescue honors its own

MELISSAWHITEFOOT | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Saturday evening, Edgar’s Fire and Rescue Departments gave thanks and honors to their members during the annual honors night banquet. At the left, Chris Tripe shakes hands with Gene Babcock after earning Firefighter of The Year. This year’s EMT of the Year was given to Brad Brennfoerder, show at the right, shaking hands with Darrell Beck, while Chantel Anderson claps.

 

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Local farmland values decline, reflecting state of farm economy

This is a hard time for Nebraska farmers.

For the fifth year in a row, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln survey has found that the state’s agricultural land values have declined—a continued reflection of increasingly tight profit margins.

Statewide, average farmland values have dropped approximately 20 percent since reaching a high of $3,314 per acre in 2014, according to the 2019 Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Survey.

 

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Flooding still prevalent in county

Even though less than one inch of rain fell between March 28-30, heavy flooding is still apparent in some areas throughout the county. Here, a pond of water can be seen across County Road T, just south of Road 310. 

 

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Sutton CTE program continues to flourish

BY WHITNEY WINTER

As the Career and Technical Educators at Sutton Public School gear up for their last year for the reVISION grant, they continue to open their school to outsiders for tours and a chance to learn about their Career Pathway Program.

Sutton Public Schools started the journey of converting their curriculum to what it is now, back in 2013-14. There was no program that existed at the school prior to Secondary Principal Brandy Thompson starting at Sutton, that she knows of.

Thompson and SPS’s Guidance Counselor Sharon Zoucha consider 2013-15 to be the planning period before any significant changes were made. During this time, Zoucha and Thompson visited and observed schools that had career pathways and shared the Career Pathway Program with the superintendent, Curriculum Committee, and the school board.

 

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Clay County departments give back

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Several members from each of the Clay County Fire and Rescue Departments came together, with the help of county citizens, to purchase and deliver much-needed items to fellow first responders in the state, following the historic flooding recently. The group headed to Lynch on Thursday, March 21, and also donated items to Niobrara and Wakefield.

When the historic flood and blizzard hit Nebraska, leaving behind hundreds of miles of devastation, first responders and volunteers stepped up to help out.

Departments in Clay County wanted to help out also, prompting a meeting between the fire chiefs, assistant chiefs, and EMS captains from Clay Center, Edgar, Fairfield, Glenvil, Harvard, and Sutton, to find a way they could help their fellow first responders.

With each department donating money toward the cause, phone calls were made and eventually the departments found Lynch, a town of 296 people nestled in north central Nebraska.

Haley Roemmich, with the Clay Center Fire and Rescue Department, said they were told by neighboring departments that Lynch was hit hard by flood waters, but had little help.

After discussion with Lynch’s fire chief and his wife, it was determined that Lynch’s Department was in desperate need of chest waders and waterproof gloves.

 

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County Board terminates emergency manager

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to force the resignation of Loren Uden as the current Clay County Emergency Manager during its regular meeting on March 26.

The termination goes into effect on April 1, and an advertisement to fill the position will commence shortly.

Uden began serving as the county’s emergency manager in March 2011, after serving in a consulting role near the end of the late Bob Rose’s contract as emergency manager.

The board’s decision is the culmination of evaluations of Uden’s job performance and working relationships with local volunteer fire and rescue departments dating back to 2017, reported Board Member L. Wayne Johnson of Clay Center, who spoke on behalf of the board committee appointed to look into the matter. The evaluation was originally spearheaded by former Board Member Todd Nuss of Sutton.

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