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Monday accident results in 1 fatality

A two-vehicle accident resulted in one fatality Monday afternoon at about 4:10 p.m., on Highway 74 near Fairfield.

A westbound SUV rear-ended a straight truck, also heading west, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The straight truck had slowed down and was preparing to turn into a south field.

The driver of the SUV, 31-year-old Haley Bohlen of rural Fairfield, died as a result of the collision. A passenger in the vehicle, a rear-facing infant, was transported to Mary Lanning Hospital. As of Tuesday, the infant is doing well and is expected to recover.

The straight truck driver was also transported to Mary Lanning for minor injuries.

Assisting with the accident was Fairfield Fire and Rescue, Clay Center Fire and Rescue, Nebraska State Patrol, Clay County Highway Department, and the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

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Changes for voters to come in 2020

Changes in how people vote during an election will be implemented for the 2020 and all future elections.

A ballot will automatically be mailed to voters from the Clay County Clerk’s Office. Voters will no longer go to a polling place to vote.

This change comes from a number of reasons, including increased costs, more stringent ADA requirements, difficulty finding poll works; and an increased concern in polling place security.

If those registered to vote have moved, changed their name, etc., contact the clerk’s office at 402-762-3463 or clerk@clay.nacone.org so that your information can be updated.

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Some amazing highlights this Fall

Some amazing highlights this Fall
Some amazing highlights this Fall

National Newspaper Week is this week, but instead of my focusing in on that directly, I’m choosing to focus on what makes my job easier, because of what we get to cover, and more specifically, the past several weeks of fall sports.

I’ve come to realize how different this year feels to me than in years past. I’ve certainly been blessed over the past 10 and a half years, covering some state championship and state runner-up finishes. I’ve had the luxury of covering some amazing athletes, who are also great people.

This year just feels different. We have the unbeaten and 6-Man top ranked Harvard football team that is just bulldozing their way through the 2019 season, most recently crushing a previously unbeaten Heartland Lutheran team.

Despite a tough loss for Sutton’s football team this last Friday, the Mustangs still rank second in the power point standings after their loss to Kearney Catholic.

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Harvard, SC among over 200 entries in Harvest of Harmony parade

Harvard, SC among over 200 entries in Harvest of Harmony parade

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Harvard, SC among over 200 entries in Harvest of Harmony parade

Harvard and Sandy Creek marched in Saturday’s Harvest of Harmony parade, in Grand Island. Harvard, pictured above, earned third place in Class D, following Heartland Community School (first), and McCool Junction Public School (second). Osmond High School earned fourth place behind HPS. Pictured here, both schools head south on Eddy Street near the underpass in the early morning hours of the parade.

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Health director warns of vaping dangers, offers help with policies

Health director warns of vaping dangers, offers help with policies

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced 805 cases of lung injury reported in people with a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping. The cases come from 46 states and one U.S. territory. Seventeen deaths were confirmed in more than 10 states.

The CDC also gave summary information about 373 of these cases for which age and sex information was available: About two in every five cases (38%) are in people 21 years or younger. Nearly three fourths (72%) of cases are male.

This week information regarding the first reported Nebraska death associated with e-cigarettes or vaping was released. South Heartland District Health Department Executive Director Michele Bever said she’s concerned there’s cases here in the South Heartland counties, too.

ARE KIDS USING

VAPING PRODUCTS

HERE?

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CTE program topic of coffee, conversations

CTE program topic of coffee, conversations

TORY DUNCAN | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

The Daktronics Vision Board shows a public announcement about sportsmanship prior to a Sutton volleyball match. The board is completely run by students.

CTE program topic of coffee, conversations

Sutton Public School’s CTE program has flourished and is continually expanding and improving, heading into its eighth year.

Thursday, Oct. 3, Secondary Principal Brandy Thompson and Business teacher Zach Parrish gave an overview of the CTE program during Coffee and Conversations at the Sutton Legion.

Something new that will be implemented during the spring semester is that juniors will be able to start introduction to internship, whereas the class was previously only for seniors.

This school year Parrish said there are 18 seniors in Intro. to Internship, with 16 juniors signed up for the class. For internship, there are an estimated 11 to 13 seniors signed up to intern at one of about 90 businesses—in Sutton and the surrounding areas such as York, Aurora, and Hastings, to name a few.

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Stimulating the mind

Stimulating the mind

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

Kindermusik instructor Michelle Schmer drapes a scarf over Aiden Schliep and Jacquelynn Rapp during a class Monday evening in Sutton.

Stimulating the mind

ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

A Kindermusik class begins Monday evening in the basement of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Here, Schmer, moms, and children, start the class with hellos to each student.

Sounds of chattering and instrumental clicks can be heard well before reaching the door to the classroom.

Once inside the room, toddlers are seen walking from place to place, from mom to mom, and snapping castanets (also known as clackers) between their hands.

This scene is just the beginning of a new class offered for youth, and is run by Suttonite Michelle Schmer, who is also a kindergarten teacher at Sutton Public Schools.

Kindermusik is an early childhood music curriculum that combines Schmer’s love of music and her passion for helping children grow.

Schmer’s Kindermusik class is the only one of it’s kind in the immediate area, as the next closest is Kearney. This reason is part of why she wanted to start the class in the first place.

“I started teaching because of my love for music and working with young children,” she said. “I also felt this type of program would benefit our community and surrounding communities.”

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Nierman part of the GI Little Theatre season

Grand Island Little Theatre announced its first show of the 2019-20 season, “The Battle of Shallowford,” a comedy by Ed Simpson, set to be opened to the public at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11, 12, 18, and 19, and 2 p.m., Oct. 13 and 20, at the College Park Auditorium, 3180 West U.S. Highway

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Cast members include Lexi Kleint as Ruthie Mock; Steve Spencer as Burton Mock; Keith Smith as Lonny Hutchins; Brendan Nierman, of Harvard, as Clunette Campbell; Mike Stewart as “Mr. Roy” Sprinkle; Christian “Chris” White as Dewey Sowers; Scott Miller as Newsome Jarvis; Greg Sallans as “Doodad” Jarvis; and Greg Sanchez as Fred Martin.

This comedy is set on a quiet Sunday night in October of 1938 at Burton Mock’s general store in Shallowford, NC. The rest of the world is on the brink of war, but Shallowford folks are only interested in local gossip, until they turn on the radio and learn that the martians have invaded.

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7 uses for fallen leaves

7 uses for fallen leaves

By the time autumn hits full swing, many trees will have shed their leaves for the season, and the last vestiges of red, yellow and orange magic will have faded to brown. Raking, blowing and collecting leaves becomes the primary chores of lawn and yard maintenance, and presents most homeowners with large piles of gathered leaves to tend to.

It is impossible to count just how many leaves fall to the ground each year, or just how many pounds of leaves get collected curbside, but the numbers are substantial. Cleaning up leaves is considerable work, but not all of those leaves need to be carted away. In fact, there are several different uses of leaves that can be beneficial.

1. Spread leaves as a protective mulch to cover tender perennials or root crops/ bulbs in the ground. The leaves will form a natural insulating cover that keeps the soil and the plants within a bit warmer over winter.

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NEBRASKA AGRICULTURE PROGRESS

Here is the latest data from the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service, as of Sept. 29: This past week, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

CORN

Only 52 percent of corn is mature, well behind last year’s 82 percent and the five-year average of 72 percent. So far, 95 percent of corn has dented, near last year’s 99 percent and the five-year average of 98 percent.

Harvest has begun, with 8 percent of fields cut, behind last year’s 16 percent and the five-year average of 11 percent.

Corn condition rates at 73 percent good to excellent, 20 percent fair, and 7 percent poor.

SOYBEANS

A little more than half of beans have dropped leaves, at 75 percent, behind last year’s 91 percent and the five-year average of 84 percent.

Bean conditions rate at 75 percent good to excellent, 20 percent fair, and 5 percent poor.

PASTURE

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