Wed
22
Aug
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Losing a good one...too much food

By Tory Duncan

Once in a while you hear news that you just dislike hearing. Sunday, at least for me, was one of those days, as Lee Barfknecht, one of my alltime favorite in-state sports writers, after a 39-year career with the Omaha World-Herald is retiring!

No direct high end journalism from this man, ever again! The journalism world will NOT be the same, especially in the world of sports writing!

 

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Wed
22
Aug
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Shaw attends LEAD Conference in Montana

Juniors representing Nebraska at the 2018 Leaders Engaged in Angus Development Conference, Aug. 2-5, in Billings, MT, are from left: Miranda Raithel, Falls City; Rudy Pooch, Tecumseh; Rachel Smith, Osceola; Michaela Clowser, Milford; Sydni Lienemann, Princeton.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Sutton approves zoning change, looks at pedestrian bridge replacement

BY TORY DUNCAN

Sutton’s planning and zoning commission forwarded a zoning change option to the Sutton City Council Aug. 7, to approve the construction of a new 21-unit storage unit facility on East Maple Street, during their monthly meeting, Monday, Aug. 13.

Council members took up the change, as proposed by Mark Fehr of Sutton, approving the construction of the new mini-storage facility, which will be located at 1009 East Maple, directly north of Aspegren Repair.

Originally, the land in which Fehr will build the units was zoned residential, and per the suggestion by the Sutton planning and zoning board, council members approved the change of the zoning status from residential to commercial.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Clay Center future pool facts presented at Back-to-School Bash

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

During the annual Clay Center Community Club Back-to-School Bash Monday, a rendering for the possible future pool in Clay Center, along with information about the project was available for attendees.

The current pool is 60 years old, being constructed in 1958, and was originally designed to last about 25 years before updates would be needed.

Along with excessive water leakage, the pool has a number of issues that have come with age, including the need of a filter system replacement, where the parts are obsolete; the pool currently does not meet ADA accessibility standards; and the decking is beginning to sink, causing extra safety issues.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Slow, steady wins the race

A group of kids, their parents, and onlookers watch as turtles break free from the center of the ring for the finish line (white circle) during the annual turtle races at the Deweese Festival Sunday, Aug. 12.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Oregon Trail Re-enactments

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Hidden in the fields and scattered throughout tree roots surrounding Oak are moments from the past.

Those moments tell of fights, deaths, happy moments, and a lifestyle now forgotten by many in today’s world.

To bring back those moments, the ones that shaped history for one person or another, Oak gathers handfuls of volunteers to host re-enactments of the Oregon Trail.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Many turnout for Deweese Demo Derby despite heat

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

As the temperatures outside grew hot, so did the dirt track set up for the 41st Deweese Demo Derby Sunday, Aug. 12.

The drivers had a large crowd as they took their positions on the make-shift track, engines running and tires ready to fling dirt.

With the countdown, the sounds of engines flaring up broke loose, with cars slamming into each other, causing dents, popping tires and spilling antifreeze.

In the first heat of the 90s and New Old School, the usual scenery explained above showed as it came down to the top two drivers—Heidi Ploen, of Lemars, IA, and granddaughter of Keith Hansen, and Deweese-resident Jared Brockman.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Participants dig deep at Deweese Tractor Pull

Kurt Wenske attempts a full pull during the annual Deweese Tractor Pull on Saturday, Aug. 11.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Will expanded healthcare in NE finally see the light of day?

For seven years, lawmakers have failed to expand health care coverage for an estimated 90,000 Nebraskans who can’t afford to purchase insurance on their own.

Governor Pete Ricketts and Governor Dave Heineman before him successfully thwarted the attempts in what has become one of the largest, most divisive partisan struggles in the officially nonpartisan Legislature. In case you forgot, there are way more Republicans than Democrats in the Legislature, well, in Nebraska for that matter. And the oft-suggested vehicle for providing the insurance — Medicaid expansion–apparently sounded too much like Obamacare.

 

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Wed
15
Aug
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Clear costs, fuzzy benefits of tax incentive programs

Each year the Nebraska Department of Revenue submits a report of the financial details of Nebraska’s tax incentive programs. Although the Nebraska Advantage Act is the largest, the report provides the benefits paid to companies participating in seven distinct programs. This year’s report identifies the fiscal impact to Nebraska taxpayers of 132 qualifying projects that have received benefits under one or more of the seven programs.

The Annual Report contains specific, detailed information about the benefits participant companies have received and will continue to receive from the program. To date, a total of $905 million in tax credits and $187 million in sales tax refunds have been given, with another $37 million in sales tax refunds pending approval. While sales tax refunds are paid to the company when earned, the tax credits represent a cumulative liability to Nebraska taxpayers.

 

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