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Sportin’ a new look

Sportin’ a new look
Sportin’ a new look

Fairfield’s water tower has a fresh coat of paint on it, as well as some new fonts.

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02
Sep
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NDOT has several area road projects slated in their 2021-25 planning program

NDOT has several area road projects slated in their 2021-25 planning program

The Nebraska Department of Transportation has targeted several area road improvement projects, listing those in Clay County on it’s five-year planning program.

The Nebraska Dept. of Transportation has announced that several surfacing and road projects in and around Clay County have been placed on its fiveyear planning program, running from 2021 to 2025.

One bridge rehabilitation project in the program includes a bridge along the Deweese Spur west of Highway 14 at an estimated cost of $840,000.

Several key routes through Clay County will see milling, resurfacing and bridge projects taking place in the five-year plan, with the biggest being a resurfacing project along Highway 6 from the Harvard spur to Sutton. The 16.2-mile project is estimated to cost just under $5.8 million.

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02
Sep
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Phase 3 DHM extended through Sept. 13 for Clay

South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) officials reminded residents that new state-directed health measures (DHM) were being issued by Nebraska to replace the current DHM which expired at 11:59 p.m., Aug. 31.

The new DHM went into effect at midnight, Sept. 1, and extends to 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 13.

According to SHDHD executive director Michele Bever, the DHM will extend Phase 3 of ‘reopening.’

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Wed
26
Aug
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Making progress on the new Harvard Fire Hall

Making progress on the new Harvard Fire Hall

The Harvard Fire Hall project is moving along quickly, as in the beginning of July the lot was empty, excluding the concrete groundwork and a small cement structure. As of Aug. 25, it’s clear how far the project has pushed forward, as a frame now covers the lot, as shown here looking to the east. The new fire hall will include three double bays with doors on the east and west sides to enter and exit; a meeting and training room, office, locker room for equipment and attire, a secure storage for medical supplies, and a mechanical area. A new fire hall will allow more room for the department’s trucks and ambulances; the building will be able to house 12 vehicles, as well as additional equipment. ASHLEY D SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug
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County seeking to update safety measures in courthouse

Clay Center’s L. Wayne Johnson has joined Dick Shaw, of Edgar, to represent the Clay County Board of Supervisors on the county’s safety committee—a move toward updating how county employees respond to safety and security issues in the courthouse and off-site offices.

Tim Lewis, county emergency manager, began the discussion by reporting of an $11,000 bid to install security cameras inside the courthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug
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NE State Fair begins Friday

Nebraska’s State Fair is scheduled and set to open Friday, Aug. 28, in Grand Island, albeit with some changes due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The state fair will run through Sept. 7.

According to a COVID-19 policy document on statefair. org, the annual event has restructured the livestock show schedule, separating terms for 4-H, FFA, and open class.

Additionally, fewer entries will be on the grounds each day, and several livestock competitions have already been cancelled.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug
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Supervisors talk solar energy project, approve feed operation

Wayne Williams was present during Tuesday’s Clay County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, to give the board an idea of what solar energy technology is.

Williams, with Interconnection System, Inc, explained how nameplate tax works, specifically noting the $3,518 per megawatt that would come back to the county.

The monetary local and economic standpoint, Williams said, is astounding, adding how Clay County is fortunate to have been chosen for this project.

Questions from supervisors stemmed from the life expectancy of the panels, to handling weather damage and fire control.

Williams explained there’s a .8 percent degradation on the panels per year. After 40 years these panels will still be pushing out about 60 percent power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Aug
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Harvard Public opens for school year

Harvard Public opens for school year

Harvard Assistant Principal/AD Blake Thompson takes the temperature of students as they arrive for the first day of school Aug. 18. ASHLEY D. SWANSON | CLAY COUNTY NEWS

 

 

 

 

 

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26
Aug
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South Heartland District falls back to yellow on risk dial, reports 482 cases

South Heartland District falls back to yellow on risk dial, reports 482 cases

After a brief moment of rising to the orange (elevated) section on the South Heartland District Health Department’s risk dial, the district is back to yellow (moderate) as of Aug. 23.

There have been 482 confirmed coronavirus cases, with Clay reporting 61. Adams still has the highest number reported with 399, while Webster has 14, and Nuckolls, eight. There have been 445 recoveries.

As stated in an Aug. 24 press release, SHDHD Executive Director Michele Bever reported that the department received 220 lab test results for the week of Aug. 16-22, with 18 of these being positive results.

“Our positive test rate for last week was 8.2 percent, up from 4.4 percent the week before. Of note, we had fewer test results reported to us last week than the previous week, when we received 388 results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Aug
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Fehr places 2nd in NNA Better Newspaper Contest

Fehr places 2nd in NNA Better Newspaper Contest
Fehr places 2nd in NNA Better Newspaper Contest

Recently released results from the National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest showed the Clay County News earned a place on the winner’s list.

Karla Fehr earned second place in the Best Single Ad Idea, Black and White, Non-daily Division, circ. less than 5,000, for her 2019 ad on Katie VanderLey’s sales from that year.

Fehr led this category as three other newspapers also placed, with a third and two honorable mentions, with no first place awarded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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