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IN A PINCH:Medicaid reimbursement rates, nursing shortage causing struggles at Sutton Community Home, countless care facilities nationally

BY TORY DUNCAN

Nationally the nursing home business is struggling with two major impacts to a care facility’s bottom line—Medicaid reimbursement rates and a shortage of nursing candidates, both of which have an uncontrollable impact on the industry.

In Sutton, those two key factors, as it was announced during the Sutton Community Home’s annual meeting Monday, Sept. 10, have hit the local nursing facility hard.

 

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Police, schools attend training for ‘See Something, Say Something’ app

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

By May, there was a recorded 23 school shootings in the United States, according to CNN.

Hall County Sheriff Jerry Watson shared, during a training on the new app “See Something, Send Something” Sept. 11, that in certain school shootings some people knew something wasn’t right, but didn’t speak up about their suspicions.

 

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Edgar Council covers pool, bids, ordinances at meeting

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Discussion on the pool, nuisance properties, and laundromat bids fueled the Sept. 11 Edgar Council meeting.

Edgar’s current pool has some issues with it, resulting in talk of either replacing the broken items or building a new pool entirely.

Nothing is a guarantee at this point, as the pool committee and council are just starting discussion on the topic.

 

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Wed
12
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Old Trusty features crafts from past

Sorghum syrup-making a community activity

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

At first glance, the sorghum plant doesn’t look as if it’s filled with sweetness. However, push the plant stalks through a sweetener machine and boil it until it becomes an amber-colored syrup, and the plant’s sweetness comes to life.

For the past several years, Larry Pirnie of Broken Bow has brought his old-fashioned sweetener machine to Old Trusty, and with the help of several volunteers, turns sorghum plants into syrup.

 

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County experiences flooding due to consistent rainfall

A steady stream of water flows through a usually-small creek east of Highway 14 near Sandy Creek. RIGHT: Crooked Creek Golf Course experienced an extreme rising of water throughout the course, due to constant rainfall over a three-day course, which amounted to about 8 inches of rain.

 

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Sutton Council approves pool, sprinkler updates

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

During the Sutton Council meeting Monday, members approved about $49,400 on items for the swimming pool and an extension on the city park sprinkler system.

One item approved for the city park is an extension to the sprinkler system between the tank and pump area along the bike trail.

 

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Wed
05
Sep
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Hassler honored with Quilt of Valor at state fair

Butch Hassler, of rural Sutton, is no stranger to the military or 4-H way of life, and due to his involvement in both, was honored with a Quilt of Valor at the Nebraska State Fair Monday, Sept. 3.

His father joined the Navy first, then careered out in the Air Force, resulting in both Hassler and his brother, David, growing up as “military brats,” moving frequently.

Hassler served in the Air Force in 1977, serving his enlistment stateside, mostly at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT, as a crew chief on the Air Force F4 fighter jets.

Along with his brother being enlisted in the Navy, Hassler also has a niece serving in the Coast Guard.

 

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Many storms create flash flood hazards

September started out with consistent rainfall, resulting in flash flood warnings and watches and flood warnings. Clay County experienced its highest rainfall on Sept. 2, with 2.45 inches; 1.60 and 1.47 inches fell on Sept. 1 and 3, respectively, according to NeRain reports.

The excessive rainfall placed Clay in a flash flood watch. Various areas around the county showed signs of the excess rainfall, including flooding in ditches, fields, and the extreme rising of the Little Blue River, which runs through the southern part of the county.

 

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Edgar EMTs train in SIM vehicle

BY ASHLEY D. SWANSON

Taking the shape of a semi, the Simulation in Motion-Nebraska is much more than it appears from the outside.

Equipped with an emergency- room set up in the front and an ambulance-like area in the back, the SIM acts as a training tool for new and veteran EMTs.

Thursday, Aug. 22, some Edgar EMTs used the SIM to increase their knowledge and how to best treat a patient under intense situations.

 

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Fairfield Fire Department practices with control burn

Fairfield’s Fire Department took time Saturday morning to burn down a dilapidated house in Fairfield. Here, some of the firefighters sit and keep a close eye on the house as flames engulf it.

 

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