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Primary election ballot features 4 contested races

Primary election ballot features 4 contested races

This year’s primary election, set for May 12, will see four contested races, all of which come in from Harvard and Sutton.

Harvard’s City Council has two vying for a spot in Ward 2; Sutton’s City Council also has two vying for an open seat in Ward 2; and Sutton’s School Board has four running for one of three open seats.

However, the Harvard School Board’s three open seats have drawn the most attention, with eight people running for a spot.

Rueben Hock and Dean Winchell are running against each other for Harvard Council Ward 2 seat, which is currently held by Jeff Bushnell. Also reapplying for their seats are Bruce L. Smith, Ward 1, and Keith A. Ljunggren, Ward 3.

 

 

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Supply, demand high at grocery stores

Supply, demand high at grocery stores

Brown’s Grocery Store’s front door shows signs stating out of toilet paper, not bringing in reusable grocery bags, purchase limits on certain items, and how the food supply is strong. TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Businesses are feeling the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stores selling goods such as toilet paper, food, and cleaning supplies have seen the brunt of bulk purchases and panic buying.

Despite the sudden high need for various groceries and goods, Brown’s Thrift Store and Edgar’s Corner Market are working to keep up with the supply and demand of customers.

On March 18, Brown’s owners Ty and Anna Itzen posted a notice stating changes in hours of operation and restrictions on how many of certain items people can buy at a time.

Some items with restrictions include toilet paper and gallons of milk.

Additionally, the Sutton Bakery, which sits adjacent to the grocery store and producing items such as cabbage pockets, cake orders, and kuchens, has been closed until further notice.

 

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‘Shrek’ is a comical music adventure

‘Shrek’ is a comical music adventure

Cast members Phoenix Sadd, far left, playing Donkey; Ellie Fields, playing Princess Fiona; and Ryan Harms, playing Shrek, perform a song during a dress rehearsal Sunday, March 15. See a full story and more photos of Harvard’s spring musical “Shrek” on pg. 6B.

 

 

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Local medical facilities continue taking steps for COVID-19

Local hospitals and clinics have all taken steps to increase precautions while continuing to provide care for those who need it.

Facilities have shared if a person has symptoms associated with the coronavirus— coughing, fever, shortness of breath—to first call their medical provider, instead of going straight to the facility.

Quality Healthcare in Sutton states they are screening patients prior to them coming into the building, and those with signs/symptoms who call ahead will be set up with telehealth. This program is a HIPPA-compliant system where Quality Healthcare sends the patient a link they can use to have a face-to-face conversation with a provider through the use of a computer.

 

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SPS Board puts plans in place after school closes

Educating students when they’re not in school can be a challenge, but Sutton Public Schools has taken that into consideration should it be closed for more than the already-stated two weeks, due to being proactive against COVID-19 spread.

For now, while being closed March 18-27, students will not be given homework or lessons online. Instead, supplement and enrichment activities will be posted to the school’s website and Facebook page that students can access and use.

These activities will not be graded, but simply serve as provided resources at the student’s discretion.

 

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County schools close

As the coronavirus continues spreading throughout the world, closer to home closings, cancellations and postponements are becoming more and more common.

On Sunday, March 15, Harvard Public School became the first county school to close its doors through Friday, March 20. This closing included no practices and no activities, including the postponement of the spring musical, which was supposed to open for the public March 21 and 22.

 

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Harvard Council discusses nuisance properties

How to handle nuisance properties was a large discussion point during the Harvard City Council’s March 10 meeting.

Harvard Police Chief Wayne Alley and Lacie Kaiser, a program support specialist with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, approached the council about developing a health board to deal with nuisance properties.

 

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Early spring snow blankets county

Early spring snow blankets county

Clay County and surrounding areas felt an early spring snowfall March 14, with 1.6 inches falling, according to the National Weather Service in Hastings. Additionally, .52 inches of rain hit the area March 14, with another .30 inches falling March 15.

 

 

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Co. clerk reminds voters of mail-in ballot system

Clay County Clerk Deb Karnatz reminds all registered voters that your ballot will be automatically mailed to you 22 days prior to the Primary Election set for May 12, 2020.

The ballot will arrive in a large white envelope clearly marked Official Election Mail. Inside the white envelope will be a brown envelope and your ballot. Please use a black ink pen to mark your ballot, insert the voted ballot in the postage paid brown envelope, seal it, and affix your signature at the bottom of the brown envelope.

 

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Co. Board talks local COVID-19 concerns

The Clay County Courthouse strongly encourages all members of the public to call ahead before coming into the courthouse—if people are unable to find a way to get their county business done via mail, online or phone options.

The County Board of Supervisors issued a public statement with this request, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during its regular meeting on March 17, at the courthouse in Clay Center. The statement is available on Clay County News’ Facebook page.

There was also much discussion during the meeting among board members as to what is possible with paid time off (PTO) options, given that many courthouse functions cannot be completed in a work-from-home position due to security reasons.

 

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