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Wed
31
Oct
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Time for a change in Nebraska’s playoff system?

By Tory Duncan

Nebraska in many ways, regarding high school football, is very unique in some aspects...in other ways, we’re just like most other state’s playoff systems, but something really made me think after the first week of the NSAA playoffs for all six classes.

First off, the D-1 and D-2 playoffs with still having 32 teams advance to the playoffs is far too many teams. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned this, especially after the C-1 and C-2 playoffs backed off from 32 teams to 16.

Class C-2 was the only class this year that didn’t have a team with a losing record advance.

 

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Wed
31
Oct
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Halloween is a haunting time

By Ashley D. Swanson

Loetta and I spent Saturday in Clay Center preparing for the community club’s second annual haunted house.

This year our mission was to scare people worse than last year, which sounds mean, but it was all in good spirit.

A majority of the day was spent setting the 4-H building up—with the amazing help of the Piper family. Then 5:30 p.m. rolled around, which meant it was time for makeup.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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Them: a call to community

By Schmidt

Nebraska’s thoughtful and well-spoken U.S. Senator Ben Sasse has released a new book with an important theme and an alarming title: “Them: Why We Hate Each Other — And How To Heal.”

I’ve not read the book yet, so this isn’t a book review. From what I’ve heard, this is a book that explores the lonely isolation of the growing tribalism and alienation that separates us as individuals and neighbors and denies us a shared sense of truth. That sounds like the us versus them mentality with which we have become all too familiar.

 

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Wed
24
Oct
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Medicare enrollment is open now

By Smith

During Medicare open enrollment, current and prospective beneficiaries are able to update or initiate Part D coverage as needed. This year’s open enrollment will take place from October 15 to December 7, allowing seniors to make decisions regarding their 2019 Medicare coverage.

While no action is required if current beneficiaries are happy with their coverage, formularies can change from year to year and it is highly recommended every beneficiary review their coverage annually. In order to guide Nebraska’s seniors through this sometimes difficult process, my office will conduct our annual Senior Services Fairs in Scottsbluff and Grand Island.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Holding close to family

By Ashley D. Swanson

I n the past almost-four years, I’ve talked about my family quite a bit, because, well, I kinda like them and enjoy sharing stories about them.

My family is far from normal, yet we all understand how the other works, even if the outside world doesn’t.

In previous columns I’ve also talked about the number of things my family has taught me, mainly handson items such as car maintenance, cooking, sewing and caring for others.

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Huskers issues have me wanting more

By Tory Duncan

Once a Husker....Always a Husker! But as we all know, the bottom, as I see it hit Saturday afternoon at Northwestern.

If I look back at Saturday’s meltdown loss, though, it was the first time in at least two, maybe three years I was mad, that I let that loss effect my day, at least for a little while!

After cooling my jets, I finally figured out why I was so mad, it wasn’t because of the way we lost, well okay, it was, that is what caused my disgust. But in reality, after two to three years of just not carring that much, I figured out that even at 0-6 now, I care as much as I did about Husker football as I did when Bo Pelini was here.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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#CancerSucks BrookeRocks

By Ashley D. Swanson

When you’re young, sometimes you don’t truly understand the gravity of any given situation. Most of the time, you sit there in silence or ask a ton of questions, only to be given half answers or blank stares.

My family, like so many others, is plagued with cancer. For the generation growing up now, and for our parents and remaining grandparents, I truly hope we don’t develop it because I know and have seen what it can do to a person and those around them.

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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Winter district action to be a distance race

By Tory Duncan

October is just one week old and I’ve already got my mind on the month of February. As you read the Bull this week, some of you are going to be thinking in your head, “Duncan, why are you already talking about district wrestling and boys and girls basketball?”

Well.....Here’s why! The Nebraska School Activities Association came out with the district wrestling set up for Feb. 8-9, and the 2018-19 sub-district boys and girls basketball. I’ve got to say, for us here at the Clay County News, we’ll be running!

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Sit on your hands? OR... ‘Take the bull by the horns?’

By TORY DUNCAN

For the past several weeks I’ve been reading over and over and over again a condensed article that was shared with me via email from an editorial that was published in the Smith Center County Pioneer in Kansas.

The author of the editorial, Darrel Miller, shared some perceptive thoughts regarding a study that was done by former Kansas State University professor Dr. Cornelia Flora. Flora’s study gave thoughts as to why some communities prosper and why others “wither away.”

 

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Wed
03
Oct
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Let’s gather around the table, have some leftovers

The Legislature convenes in a few months. It’s a long session in a non-election year, traditionally the best time to talk about that 800-pound elephant in the room, taxes.

Yes, we’re having leftovers, but everything is on the table. Or should be to deal with the problem of property taxes. And, the entire Legislature should join the newly minted Revenue Committee at the table. The governor and lobbyists should respectfully await their turns.

The state’s two largest think tanks have already weighed in. As expected, the conservative Platte Institute says the problem is sales tax exemptions. Director Jim Vokal of Omaha said those exemptions already cost the state $4.8 billion a year. Removing some of them would bring in more revenue for property tax relief.

 

 

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