NORFOLK - Registration for spring 2014 classes at Northeast Community College remains open through the first day of classes on Monday, January 13. Returning students may register weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or online at www.northeast.edu through their My Northeast account.
New degree-seeking freshman students at Northeast are required to participate in registration before the first day of classes. Students will meet with advisors to plan class schedules at registration. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.
Registration sessions are planned for Thursday, December 5th from 5:15 p.m.-8:00 p.m., and Friday, January 10th from 1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. All sessions will be held in the College Welcome Center on the campus in Norfolk.
New, incoming students are reminded that their ACT or COMPASS scores must be on file at Northeast Community College before registration. If the student has not taken the free COMPASS test, he or she is encouraged to contact the Northeast Testing Center at (402) 844-7281 to schedule an appointment to complete the test before Registration. Those able to complete the testing before registration will expedite the entire registration process and finish earlier than those who have not been tested.
Anyone planning to attend a Registration Session should pre-register by calling Northeast Community College at (402) 844-7261 or register online at https://www.northeast.edu/2014/Registration/ so an advisor can be available for all students. For more information, call (402) 844-7261.
LINCOLN - Nebraska landowners and operators have until Jan. 17, 2014, to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. CSP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their agricultural and forestry land.
CSP applications are accepted at any time. However, only applications received by the Jan. 17 cutoff date will be considered for the current ranking and funding period.
Craig Derickson, NRCS state conservationist in Nebraska, encourages Nebraska farmers and ranchers to not miss out on this opportunity.
“The Conservation Stewardship Program is unique. CSP participants will receive an annual land use payment for the environmental benefits they produce on their operations. Under CSP, participants are paid for conservation performance - the higher the operational performance, the higher their payment,” Derickson said.
According to Derickson, CSP has been a very successful program for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. Over 2,000 CSP contracts occur in all 93 counties and cover 4.8 million acres in Nebraska.
“CSP is popular in Nebraska because farmers and ranchers don’t have to take land out of production to participate. CSP helps conserve natural resources on working lands. Keeping land in production while protecting natural resources creates a win-win for all Nebraskans. CSP makes it possible to produce crops and livestock while also improving water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat,” Derickson said.
CSP is available statewide to individual landowners, legal entities, and Indian tribes. Eligible land includes cropland, grassland, prairie, improved pastureland, non-industrial private forestland, and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe. Contracts are set at five years and include all the land controlled by an operator.
The Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA in conjunction with Health and Human Services encourages Antelope County residents to go to The Pinnacle Bank or The Heritage Bank in Neligh to pick up a ribbon from Antelope County’s Annual Ribbon Tree. On the ribbon will be a list of Christmas gifts to give to those in need. Please attach the ribbon to the package and return it to the Ribbon Tree by December 12th.This ongoing project sponsored by the Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA in conjunction with HHS provides families as well as residents of the Golden Living Center with an opportunity for a better Christmas.
Chambers FCCLA members helped to make the holidays more festive for the residents of the Golden Living Center in O’Neill by decorating and wrapping gifts on Sunday afternoon, December 1. The members annually enjoy doing this service project.
Pictured are Chambers FCCLA members (back row, L to R) Leanne DeKay,
Bethany Lambert, Alexa Farewell (front row) Molly Lambert, Kacie Gribble (not pictured) Jeremy Hubel
The High Plains Friends of the NRA has announced their December and Christmas gun giveaway winners.
The December gun is a Weatherby 12 guage shotgun. The lucky winner is #16: Joe Pongratz from O’Neill. The Christmas gun is the Henry Golden Boy .22. The winner of this gun is #345, Bob Atkeson from O’Neill.
Congratulations Joe and Bob. You may contact Tom at Boardman’s Furniture and Pawn to claim your guns.
Tickets are also on sale for the 2014 Gun of the Month drawing. Please contact a Friend of the NRA Committee member to buy your tickets today. You may contact Tim Gray, Jim Rabe, Steve Anson, or any other committee member.
The Atkinson Chamber of Commerce held their first "Christmas Bucks" promotion drawing on Monday, December 2. The winner received double their receipt amount up to $60 and the first name drawn out this season was Margaret Trujillo of Stuart, Nebraska. Margarets receipt was from RF Goeke Variety and doubled it netted her $40 in Atkinson Christmas Bucks.
Here are the rules and when the other drawings will take place and what prizes will be given.
The customer’s receipt of $10.00 or greater from the participating business member of the Chamber of Commerce is their entry ticket for this promotion
Each receipt must have the name of the business on it, and be signed by the customer along with having their address and phone number on the back of the receipt.
No photocopies of cash register receipts will be accepted.
Receipts must be dated November 25, 2013 – December 23, 2013 to be eligible.
The dates of the remaining drawings are: December 9th: ONE customer will win double the amount of their receipt ($60 is the maximum amount) in Atkinson Bucks. December 16th: ONE customer will win double the amount of their receipt ($60 is the maximum amount) in Atkinson Bucks, and FIVE customers will win $50 each in Atkinson Bucks. December 23rd: ONE customer will win double their receipt ($60 is the maximum amount) in Atkinson Bucks, and TEN customers will win $50 each in Atkinson Bucks.
The First United Methodist Church will be holding a Community Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 15. The celebration will include Christian speakers and singers via a webcast. The community is invited.
Two organizations started the Thanksgiving Holiday out nice by presenting the Holt County Animal Shelter with some nice donations.
Ariel Lichy of the O'Neill FCCLA Chapter started at "Penny War" at the O'Neill High School, and the students and faculty really came through. Wednesday afternoon FCCLA Members Ariel Lichty and Abby Krysl presented the Holt County Animal Shelter with a check for $682.00.
Ariel Lichty (left) and Abby Krysl of the O'Neill FCCLA Chapter
Also on Wednesday afternoon, members of the "Up & At It" 4-H Club presented the Shelter with a nice donation of $425.00 from a fund raiser they had.
"Up & At It" 4-H Members present check to Holt County Animal Shelter President Therese Sullivan
left to right: Becky Hupp, Kelsey Osborne, Harlie Pinkerman, Christopher Jennings
The Nebraska Music Educator’s Association is pleased to announce that the All-State Children’s Choir once again performed as part of the 2013 Nebraska Music Educator’s Conference. The Choir was under the direction of internationally known choral director and composer, Emily Crocker. The choir consisted of fourth and fifth grade students representing 93 schools from throughout the state.
O’Neill Elementary 5th Graders - Becky Hupp, Christopher Jennings, Kelsey Osborne and Harlie Pinkerman were among the 350 students selected to be part of the 2013 Nebraska All-State Children’s Choir. The celebration was a one-day event held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, and culminated with a concert at 4:00 p.m. at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
Verdigre Community Chorus Christmas Concert To Be December 8th
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The Verdigre Community Chorus will present their Christmas Concert, "Let Heaven and Nature Sing" on Sunday Dec. 8 at 1:30 PM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Verdigre and a repeat performance will be given that same evening, Dec. 8 at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomfield at 7 PM. A free will offering will be taken at both concerts. Refreshments will be served following each concert.
Laurel Johnson is the director and Nancy Pavelka is the accompanist.
Nebraska Farmers Union 100th Annual Convention Dec. 6 & 7 in Grand Island
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“Proudly Serving Family Farm & Ranch Agriculture Since 1913” is the theme for the 100th annual Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) state convention.
John Hansen, NeFU President said, “This year’s convention will be a celebration of 100 years of our organizations accomplishments and service to family farm and ranch agriculture and their rural communities while we also gear up for the challenges facing us next year. This historic convention will take a look back at the fascinating history of the state’s 2nd oldest general farm organization. NeFU accomplishments include organizing over 440 cooperatives, establishing Nebraska’s unique 100% public power system, authority for community colleges, putting the strongest anti-corporate farming restrictions in the country in the state Constitution, and pioneering the development of ethanol and wind energy.
Registration cost is $35 and begins at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday mornings. Convention begins at 9:00 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. As always, all members and the public is always welcome. More information is available at: www.nebraskafarmersunion.org or at 402-476-8815.
The 62-member cast and crew from St. Mary's competed in the NVC west division meet one-act competition on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Chambers.
St. Mary's won the meet, earning two 1's and one 2nd from the three-judge panel.
St. Mary's play, "Boy, Blue" was written by SMH director LuAnn Schindler. The play examines the 1985 death of 9-year-old Danny Stutzman, whose body was discovered in a field near Chester, Nebraska in Thayer County. Through flashback scenes, including actual courtroom testimony, the drama follows the timeline of events that led to the discovery on Christmas Eve in 1985.
Three St. Mary's students received acting honors. Kyle Regan, portraying Eli Ali Stutzman, Josh Cuddy, playing the role of Danny Stutzman, and Wil Hupp, portraying State Patrol Investigator Jack Wyant were recognized.
St. Mary's will present a public performance of the play on Sunday, Dec. 1, along with O'Neill Public, at 5 p.m. in the O'Neill High School gym.
The next day, St. Mary's travels to Wausa for district competition.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting an Ag Progress Show Dec. 11 at the Atkinson Community Center in Atkinson, Neb.
The show will feature speakers who will present timely, research-based information on a range of crop and beef production systems. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers and topics include:
Tamra Jackson-Ziems, "Fighting Corn Diseases in Bins and Bags."
Jerry Volesky, "Annual Forages to Complement Grazing Programs."
Tim Shaver, "Sensors for Variable Rate Nitrogen Management."
Cody Wright, "Mineral Supplementation for the Cowherd."
Al Dutcher, "Have We Turned the Corner on our Extended Drought Period?"
Kate Brooks, "Nebraska Beef Cattle Industry Outlook."
The show will feature commercial exhibits and a complementary lunch will be provided. There will also be a door prize drawing for two tickets to the Nebraska-Florida Atlantic football game on Aug. 30, 2014. For more information, contact the Holt County Extension Office at 402-472-2760.
Darcy Poese (left) of O'Neill PEO Chapter PT and Michelle Jarman CNCS
The O'Neill PEO Chapter GT chose to donate personal hygiene products,including soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion and skin care products, as these are just a few products that the facility is in need of.
Please join in the Holiday spirit and donate to the local CNCS Food Pantry.
Your donation can help support someone in need.
PEO is a philanthropic organization that motivates women to achieve their highest aspiration.
Three Series Remain In Nebraska Women Of Agriculture
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Our communities revolve around the importance of agriculture and women play a vital role in this process. This is the inaugural year of this program and its goal is to provide education to local women on topics that can assist them in their business. Whether the information is related to business or family focus, overall the knowledge gain will assist in making informed decisions for the entire business and family.
Program will start at 6:30 PM with a provided supper with the speaker following from 7:00-8:00 PM.
Dec 5th – “Time Saving Meals” at Antelope County Fairgrounds in Neligh, NE
Jan 14th – “A Pot of Beans” at Firehall in Spencer, NE
Feb 4th – “Choosing the Right Beef Guy aka Bull” at Holt County Annex in O’Neill, NE
Registration is required one week prior to the program by call the Holt County Extension Office at 402-336-2760. Cost is $20 per program.
A vehicle stolen in O'Neill has been recovered near Ewing. The Nebraska State Patrol and O'Neill Police Department recoverd a black 2000 Dodge Dakota from a field located apporximately three miles south and two miles west of Ewing. The vehicle was discovered by hunters. The Dakota had been reported as stolen on November 19th.
The Holt County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol, and O'Neill Police Department continue to investigate this incident. If anyone has any information regarding the stolen vehicle please contact the O'Neill Police Department at 402-336-1313, located at 317 South 4th Street in O'Neill.
O'Neill - Cases of flu are cropping up in Nebraska. If you have not gotten your yearly flu shot, there is no better time than now.
National Flu Vaccination Week is Dec. 8-14, 2013 and health officials across the nation are urging people to get vaccinated. They say vaccination is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves but their loved ones as well.
CDC recommends a yearly flu shot for all people 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu shot is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research shows will cause the most sickness during the flu season. For people over 65 years old, there is a flu shot available to protect against four main flu strains. Getting the flu shot as soon as it becomes available each year is always a good plan, and the protection you get from the shot will last throughout the flu season.
Also, you can take every day preventative steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to lessen the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to stop spreading the flu to others.
Officials say almost all can benefit from getting flu shot. Vaccination is mostly of great value for protecting those at high risk for serious flu problems, including:
. Young children
. Pregnant women
. Adults 65 years and older
. A person with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease
ATKINSON — West Holt Medical Services employees kicked off a week-long collection drive for care package items on Veteran’s Day, November 11. The items collected are for Nebraska troops stationed overseas.
Beth Tielke, the Director for Nebraska Troop Support, paid a visit to the hospital to say thanks to the employees. Many employees contributed a variety of items that the troops will enjoy.
Nebraska Troop Support sends 40 packages a month to service men and women from Nebraska that are serving overseas. Everyone can contribute items for the care packages. To see the list of items the troops wish to receive, visit www.nebraskatroopsupport.com. One of West Holt Medical Services’ core values is Community Involvement. Michael Coyle, CEO at West Holt Medical Services shares, “Employees ensure they are an asset to our region by providing community service, volunteerism, education, and economic development. All of us here at West Holt are extremely proud to be able to provide assistance to our troops through the Nebraska Troop Support program.”
On November 19, 2013 the O'Neill Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from 501 North Archer Street, on the east side of the O'Neill Cemetery. Stolen was a black, 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Pickup Truck with Nebraska License Plate 36-2416. The pickup was last seen in the driveway last night. The vehicle has four full sized doors and there is a white New York Yankees "NY" sticket in the middle of the rear sliding window. There was also a blue/black colored childs booster seat in the backseat.
Anyone with information on this vehicle are urged to call the O'Neill Police Department at 402-336-1313.
The accompanying photos were taken at approximately 4:30 a.m., on November 13, 2013, at the BankFirst building, located on East Hwy 20/275, O’Neill, Nebraska. The subject in the photos is considered a person of interest regarding recent thefts which occurred in O’Neill, Nebraska.
Anyone with information please contact us at (402) 336-1313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The O’Neill Police Department wishes to thank the public for your assistance with this matter, as well as previous investigations in which our community members were an invaluable source of information.
Christmas Closet Looking For Donations
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The Christmas Closet is a great way to donate your good, rarely used items to bless others this Christmas. In an effort to spend less and give more, consider donating good used items to the Christmas Closet. Christmas Closet donations will be given away to those in need following the Mobile Food Pantry distribution at 6 PM, Thursday, December 19th at the O’Neill Community Center. Some suggested donations include items that would make a nice Christmas gift for someone. Things like games and children’s toys, home decor, Christmas decorations, good, clean winter clothing, and small kitchen appliances like toasters, blenders, slow cookers, electric mixers and coffee pots. Everything needs to be complete, clean and in good working order. The last day to drop off donations is Sunday, Dec. 15. Bring your items to any of the following churches in O’Neill: Assembly of God, Christ Lutheran, Faith Community, First Christian, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, St. Patricks Parish Center, Word of Life Assembly of God, or call Chrisy Yates at 402-336-6202 for pick up or volunteer opportunities. Items can also be left at her home, located next to the O’Neill Elementary School at 1717 N. 4th St.
Mrs. Melanie Stepp's 4th Grade Reading Class presents check and supplies to
members of the Holt County Ainmal Shelter and "Sugar"
O'Neill Elementary School had a fundraiser for the Holt County Animal Shelte rin O'Neill. Mrs. Melanie Stepp's 4th grade Reading Class has been talking about service projects. They sent a shout out with posters, and a donation jarasking all the kids at the grade school to participate. In a week's time, they raised $400.61 for the Shelter. They also collected 101 items for the Shelter. (dog bones, trash bags, dish soap, detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaners and dog toys) What an effort! The kids were so excited to help.
From left, back row: P.E.O. Members: Darcy Poese, Brenda Podany, Karlee Hofer From left front row: Angie Robertson, Candi Schindler, Katy Rowan Not Pictured: Jenna Thiele
The O’Neill P.E.O. Chapter GT will host their annual P.E.O. Tour of Homes in O’Neill on Saturday, December 7 from 3 pm to 6 pm with a Social to follow at the O’Neill Country Club. Homes that will be toured this year are Angie and Ramsey Robertson, Candi and Jason Schindler, Katy and Brook Rowan and Jenna Thiele. Tickets for the event will be $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advanced tickets are on sale at The Clothing Company and at McIntosh Jewelry in downtown O’Neill or at KBRX. Proceeds from this event are used for local scholarships.
It’s on track to be the biggest wind power purchase to date for the Omaha Public Power District.
The District’s Board of Directors has approved an agreement to buy 400 Megawatts (MW) from the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, northeast of O’Neill.
Board members approved the deal at their meeting October 17. The matter now goes to the Nebraska Power Review board for consideration.
The wind farm is expected to be operational by the second half of 2015, and it would produce enough electricity for OPPD to supply power to 118,000 customers. The contract term is 20 years.
Once online, the new wind farm will move OPPD to among the leaders in renewable energy usage as a percentage of its retail sales.
OPPD considered a number of wind energy proposals from Nebraska projects that were far enough along to take advantage of the 2013 federal production tax credit. Grand Prairie was selected since it offered the best value for our customers. Simply put – it was the right deal at the right time and was all about affordability.
OPPD already has existing contracts with other wind farms, all within the state of Nebraska. They include farms in or near Ainsworth, Bloomfield, Broken Bow, Crofton, Humboldt, Elgin and Petersburg. The latest agreement brings OPPD’s renewable energy portfolio to 817 MW, nearly doubling the current capacity.
With the latest deal, the District anticipates 30 percent of its retail sales to customers will come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2015. That would substantially surpass our corporate goal of 10 percent by 2020.
Jack Hoffman (right) and his family along with Thermal Services staff were
present for the drawing.
Kratz Heating and Air who recently has changed their name to Thermal Services held a drawing on Friday to award a Heating and Air Conditioning Unit including installation as part of a fund raiser for the Team Jack Foundation.
Jack Hoffman and his family were present and Jack pulled out the winning ticket. The winner of the unit is Terri Vrooman of Atkinson.
All proceeds from this raffle were donated to the Team Jack Foundation.
The O'Neill Gun Club held their end of the season League awards and Trophy Shoot. They would like to remind you that there is still open shooting on Monday nights beginning around 6:30 pm and is open to the public through September.
Here are the end of the season results:
Top Shooter for the year was Steve Reiser who finished with an average of 24 out of 25.
Nebraska’s Big Rodeo wants to extend a big CONGRATULATIONS to our new 2013 Rodeo Queen Olivia Hunsperger! We are excited to have Olivia represent Nebraska’s Big Rodeo. Come to the rodeo and look for her during the Friday and Saturday night performances. Stop afterwards on the track to get her autograph.