KBRX's Scott Poese took a 45 minute drive around O'Neill with his camera and thought we'd let you see how busy O'Neill is! This was done in 45 minutes and if he missed something please let him know. E-mail him at email@example.com
Ground has been broken for the new Northeast Community College campus in east O'Neill
O'Neill Electric Motor Company removed a deteriorating building this week.
The "Solid Rock Youth Center" at Faith Community Church is nearing completion.
It will offer classrooms and a large hall for activities.
AMK Dental Lab, Anne Kersenbrock opened her new lab.
Finish Line Chiropractic, Dr. Daniel Nekolite, opened in the former O'Neill Family Practice building.
Kracl Irrigation will be moving to this new building on North Hwy 281.
Grosch Irrigation have a new office.
First Christian Church has a new addition to their church.
M & M Auction has a new building and on a new lot just Northeast of O'Neill.
Cargill has new offices and the two big silos behind are new.
The Holt County Animal Shelter in south O'Neill has new outside fence and a new central air unit.
Pioneer Seeds in south O'Neill has new offices and updated storage facilities.
On a sad note, the Rectory at St. Patrick's Cathlolic Church is beyond repair
and will be tore down.
NORFOLK – In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all offices of Northeast Community College in Norfolk and its extended campuses in O’Neill, South Sioux City, and West Point will be closed on Monday, September 1. Offices at all four Northeast Community College locations will reopen on Tuesday, September 2, at 8 a.m.
The Loup Valley Livestock Challenge was held in Ord August 16-17. Sponsored by the Loup Valley Ag Society, the invitational show is open only to county fair 4-H and FFA champions. 2014 marked the first year of a sponsoring partnership with area NAPA Auto and Truck Parts Stores. NAPA’s contribution significantly increased the prize money offered and also provided college scholarships to show champions. In addition, other local businesses continued their loyal and generous donations which have sustained the show since its inception.
Miles Stagmeyer’s feeder heifer was named Reserve Champion of its division at the 2014 Loup Valley Livestock Challenge in Ord on August 17. The Challenge is an invitational show open only to county fair champions and is sponsored by the Loup Valley Ag Society with the help of NAPA Auto and Truck Parts Stores. His awards were donated by Just-IN Feeds of Wolbach, Nebraska and presented by NAPA store owner Gaylord Boilesen (left) of the Parts Bin in Ord, St. Paul and Columbus, and Loup Valley Ag Society Vice President Harry Walahoski (center).
The Holt County Fair champion, shown by Jace Stagmeyer of Page, went on to be named the Grand Champion Breeding Heifer at the Loup Valley Livestock Challenge. In addition, Stagmeyer was the top showman in the division. His awards were donated by Farm Credit Services of America and Burwell Livestock Market. Stagmeyer will also receive a college scholarship courtesy of O’Neill Auto Supply and other area NAPA stores. Congratulating him on a fine performance were (left to right) Gaylord Boilesen of NAPA, Dave Haupt of Farm Credit Services and Loup Valley Ag Society Vice President Harry Walahoski. 2014 marks the eighth year of Challenge, which is held at the Valley County Fairgrounds.
Businesses sponsoring awards for the exhibitors included The Parts Bin in Ord, St. Paul and Columbus (Gaylord and Jeff Boilesen), Big Red Feeds, Country Partners Cooperative, Ericson State Bank, Farm Credit Services of America, Genex (Luke Kovarik), Green Plains-Ord, Jager Farms, JK Livestock, Just-In Feeds, North Loup Valley Bank, Ord Feed, Pathway Bank, Pinnacle Bank-Columbus, Setlik Feedyard, Syngenta Crop Protection (Roger Gentrup), Jerome Thunker, Trotter Grain and Feed-Purina, Trotter’s Whoa & Go, and West Fork Ranch.
Sherman/Valley Farm Bureau Federation and Harold Benton of Farm Bureau Financial Services teamed up to provide a shirt for each exhibitor. The Chamber furnished breakfast on Sunday for the families, and the Burwell Livestock Market donated personalized jackets for showmanship winners in each livestock division. Blake Guenther (Cuming County), Cathryn Hanzlik (Knox County), Colton Kleinschmidt (Clay County), Sophia Lentfer (Gage County), Allee Maronde (York County), Olivia Rath (Platte County), Keeley Russman(Cuming County), Jace Stagmeyer, (Holt County) and Cora Svoboda (Valley County) are the showmanship winners who will receive jackets.
This year’s 230 total entries reflects a slight increase as the show continues to grow in popularity. Thank you to all the local businesses and residents who welcomed the exhibitors and made their visit to Valley County enjoyable. If you missed attending the shows, be watching for an opportunity next year.
(left to right) Chief Justice Michael G Heavican, Tara Price, Ross Tomjack, Judge Francie Riedmann Tommy Newcombe, Tera Newcombe, Judge Karin Noakes, Judge Tami Schendt, Judge James Orr, Judge Alan Brodbeck, Doug Stanton
The North Central Problem Solving Court met Wednesday afternoon at the Holt County Courthouse in the District Court Room for a graduation celebration for Tera Newcombe.
In attendance for the ceremony was Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, Judge of the Court of Appeals Francie Riedmann, Judge Alan L. Brodbeck, Judge Karin Noakes and Judge Tami Schendt. The courtroom hosted a capacity crowd for this event.
Judge Francie Riedmann spoke and told those that have graduated from Problem Solving Court that they are an inspiration to all of us. The hard work, effort and changes that they make show those that are in the program that it can be done. She stated that “no change can be made without a challenge” and she commended them for taking a giant step toward a better life. Judge Riedmann ended with this quote, “Failure is not when we fall down, it’s when we refuse to get up.”
Chief Justice Heavican then commended the new graduate and all of those that have went through Problem Solving Court. He presented the new graduate with a medallion to symbolize her hard work and new beginning.
Judge Alan Brodbeck then spoke and emphasized the importance of the this program and that it gives those involved something you rarely get and that is a second chance. Brodbeck told the graduate to use this second chance and to “always have a plan, have something to look forward to.”
Neligh, Nebraska — Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe "Trail of Tears."
Proceeds from the "Harvest the Hope" concert will go to Bold Nebraska, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal lands. The daytime, outdoor concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by the Tanderup family, who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline.
WHAT:"Harvest the Hope Concert" featuring Neil Young & Willie Nelson
WHY: Benefit for Bold Nebraska, IEN and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The farm of Art & Helen Tanderup, near Neligh, NE
Art and Helen Tanderup are part of the "Cowboy & Indian Alliance," a group of farmers, ranchers and tribal members united in their desire to protect land and water, and in their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. This spring, the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma partnered with the "CIA" to hand-plant several acres of sacred Ponca corn on the Tanderup farm — the tribe's ancestral homeland — where it will be harvested this fall for the first time since the Ponca people were forced out of Nebraska 137 years ago.
Last fall, the same land also became home to the world's largest living crop art installation, when artist John Quigley collaborated with Art Tanderup to create an image the size of 80 football fields featuring the Cowboy & Indian Alliance icon along with the words "Heartland #No KXL."
"Our family has worked this land for over 100 years. We will not allow TransCanada to come in here and destroy our land and water for their profit," said Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup. "The Heartland is more than a place, it's our home. We hope Americans from across the country join us to Harvest the Hope and stop the Keystone XL pipeline."
"Farmers, ranchers and tribes that have been standing up to TransCanada are rock stars in my eyes," said Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb. "Now we will have the honor to have music legends Neil Young and Willie Nelson stand with us against this risky pipeline that threatens our water and our livelihoods. It is our hope that Pres. Obama in the end stands with us over Big Oil."
In addition to sets from Neil Young and Willie Nelson, the "Harvest the Hope" concert will also feature performances by Frank Waln, a Native American hip-hop artist from the Rosebud Sioux tribe, and the "Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars," a collection of local Nebraska artists who performed on a benefit album recorded inside the clean energy-powered barn built by Bold Nebraska and volunteers on land directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last year, near York, Nebraska.
The event will also be a "Get Out the Vote" effort by Bold Nebraska, which is aiming to help elect candidates in November who give a darn about protecting our land and water.
Tickets for the benefit concert will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 20 online via BoldNebraska.org. The "Harvest the Hope" concert is being produced locally by 1% Productions in partnership with Bold Nebraska.
The 3rd annual Holt County TeamMates Tailgate Gala will be held on Sunday, August 24th at the O’Neill Community Center. The event will be a celebration of the past year’s successes. Social hour will start at 6 PM and dinner at 7 with the program to begin after the dinner. A silent auction will also be held with all proceeds to benefit the Holt County TeamMates program.
Keynote speaker for this year’s Tailgate Gala will be DeMoine Adams, a motivational speaker who is also a former University of Nebraska-Lincoln standout Husker football player. Adams also serves as a post- secondary specialist for the TeamMates program.
Learn more about the TeamMates program by attending this motivational event. Tickets are $25 and sponsorship packages are available. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at the Holt County Economic Development Office or O’Neill Family Eyecare. Tickets can also be reserved by calling Holt County TeamMates Coordinator Connie Gildersleeve at (402) 340-4783.
Holt County TeamMates mission is to positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring.
If you have a child that would benefit from having another caring adult in their life, please learn more about the TeamMates program at a special Parents meeting on Monday, August 25th at 6 PM at the O’Neill High School Lecture Hall. If you would like to become a TeamMates mentor, a 2-hour mentor training will be held on Monday, August 25th at 7 PM at the O’Neill High School Lecture Hall.
OMAHA, Neb. (August 18, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.
Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Here are the area upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Sept. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Legion, 103 N. Norvell in Chambers
Sept. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St. in ONeill
Sept. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Wheeler County 4-H Building, Third St. in Bartlett
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Wagner will once again celebrate Labor Day with their 114th celebration, including the annual parade, races, dancing, rodeo, carnival, and many other events. The celebration begins August 30th and runs through Sept. 1st. Click here to open a pdf of the schedule, or click the picture to open a jpeg of the banner.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has recognized its top network primary care physicians from across the state. And named among the list is Dr. Barbara Gutshall of Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.
“These physicians are providing the best care for our members, particularly those with chronic conditions, in a very complicated and fragmented health care system,” said Steve Martin, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.
The 23 physicians received the honor based on a Value Index Score (VIS) which measures the quality and value of several factors including educating, immunizing and screening for disease prevention, preventing further complications, ensuring appropriate care and support for patients, and efficiently using medications and ancillary resources such as radiology and lab tests.
Studies have shown the stronger a patient’s ties to his or her primary care physician, the better the quality of care the patient receives, and the more efficiently care is delivered.
The Holt County Sheriff's Department responded to a call Sunday, August 17, 2014 around 2:55 pm of a private plane that made an emergency landing in an alfalfa field northeast of O'Neill, Nebraska. According to the Sheriff's Department, the plane left from the O'Neill Airport, lost power and was forced to land in the alfalfa field approximately 2 miles northeast of O'Neill. The plane made a safe landing and all passengers were ok. The pilots name was not released at this time.
Columbus, Neb. –There have been an increased number of phone scam incidents reported this week to the Nebraska Public Power District by NPPD customers. Incidents in Kearney and O’Neill have prompted NPPD to advise all customers, statewide, to be wary of suspicious calls.
Customers have reported receiving scam calls from individuals stating that they are with ‘the electric utility’ and they are collecting for a past due amount on an electric bill. They state the bill must be paid immediately or the power will be shut off. Sometimes the scammer’s caller-identification is falsified so it appears to originate from the utility company, a practice known as ‘spoofing’.
In the case of a Kearney customer, the caller advised to go to a local store, purchase a “green dot” or pre-paid card, then contact the caller with the card information.
In O’Neill, NPPD customers have been told there would be a ‘meter upgrade’ or a power outage, situations that sound like utility business, but when questions are asked, the caller hangs up or puts the customer on hold.
To help customers be wary of such scams, NPPD offers the following tips and suggestions:
NPPD, as a business practice, does not call to ask customers for a credit card number.
NPPD does not demand payment with a pre-paid card.
Any customer receiving such a call should not attempt to make payment over the phone.
Write down the call back number or consider asking where the caller is located.
Contact law enforcement.
Let NPPD’s Centralized Customer Care Center at 1-877-ASK-NPPD (877-275-6773) know about the call.
If served electrically by a rural public power district or municipality, customers should contact that organization before providing any type of payment.
“Unfortunately, these scams take place every year throughout the country,” said Vice President of Customer Services Ken Curry. “Anyone who receives such a call should not let their guard down. Instead, know that NPPD offers a variety of payment plans to help customers who may have challenges paying their bills, and inform local law enforcement of the incident.”
On May 12th, 2014, K-9 Officer Wilson, with the O'Neill Police Department, observed and radioed in to the Boyd/Holt E911 Dispatch Center a residential structure fire during the early morning hours. K-9 Officer Wilson met two residents exiting the house and they advised their adult son was still in the basement. K-9 Officer Wilson proceeded to the northeast basement window, removed the window, and woke the male. K-9 Officer attempted to help the male through the window but the window was too small. the male barely escaped the basement and residence before the entrance to the basement collapsed.
K-9 Officer Wilson was nominated for the Life Saving Award through the National Awards Program which is a program included in the American Police Hall of Fame. After review of the nomination by the Award Committee, it was determined K-9 Officer Wilson would be issued the Life Saving Award. K-9 Officer Wilson was presented the Life Saving Award on August 14,2014 by Mayor Bill Price, Chief Matt Otte, and Sergeant Robert Jensen.
NIOBRARA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office says a northeast Nebraska woman has been sentenced to probation and community service after her conviction for stealing money from the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation.
The attorney's office announced Tuesday that U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced 53-year-old Lila Mechaley, of Niobrara, to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service. He also ordered her to repay $16,726 to the Village of Santee.
Mechaley was convicted of stealing the money from March 2010 through June 2012, when she worked as village clerk. She had been writing checks to herself and forging the name of the village board chairman. A village board official discovered the theft after reviewing bank statements and cancelled checks related to a grant awarded to the Village of Santee.
August 13, 2014 (Omaha, NE) – Monsignor James E. Gilg is retiring as executive director of the Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year, bringing to an end a 49-year career in Catholic education.
“Serving Catholic schools and engaging in the ministry of Catholic education has brought joy to my life as a priest,” Gilg said. “My prayers and best wishes will continue for all who are involved in the future days of Catholic schooling in the Archdiocese of Omaha.”
The Atkinson, Neb. native has served in various positions during his career:
1966-1968 – Religion teacher, Cathedral High School – Omaha
1968-1970 – Superintendent and religion teacher, Cathedral High School – Omaha
1970-1972 – Religion teacher and co-chairman of Humanities Department, Pope John XXIII High School – Elgin, Neb.
1972-1983 – Director-Principal, Dominican High School – Omaha
1983-1991 – Director-Principal, Father Flanagan High School – Omaha
1991-2006 – President, V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School – Omaha
2006-2013 – Superintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Omaha
2012-2014 – Executive Director, Omaha Catholic School Consortium
Archbishop George Lucas had Gilg’s experience in mind when he appointed him to lead the Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium. Gilg was tasked with uniting five south Omaha school sites (Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, Ss. Peter & Paul, St. Bernadette, and St. Thomas More Schools) under a single administration.
“I say thank you to Monsignor Gilg in the name of all in the Archdiocese of Omaha,” Lucas said. “He has been a courageous pioneer in important Catholic education initiatives over many decades.”
Patrick Slattery, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Omaha, said students are the beneficiaries of Gilg’s devotion to Catholic education. “A countless number of students have benefitted from his leadership, care, and compassion,” Slattery said. Slattery said Gilg’s 49-year commitment to Catholic education in the archdiocese is among the longest tenures of any educator serving in the system.
Dan Maher, chairman of the consortium board, stated “The Omaha Catholic Schools Consortium is pleased and blessed to have had Monsignor Gilg at the helm for its first two formative years. His experience and insights into Catholic education will continue to benefit this organization and more importantly the children of our community.”
Gilg will continue in his duties as pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Parish in downtown Omaha.
Slattery said the Omaha Catholic School Consortium Board of Directors will work with the archdiocese’s Catholic School Office to discuss transition plans for the consortium leadership position.
Founded as a diocese in 1885, the Archdiocese of Omaha serves spiritual and human needs in a 23-county area of Northeast Nebraska. Through its 140 parishes and missions, the archdiocese reaches out to 230,000 Nebraska Catholics. With two Catholic universities, 53 elementary schools, 17 high schools and a parish-based religious education program within its boundaries, Catholic education enriches the lives of some 58,000 young people. The Archdiocese of Omaha is one of the largest private social service providers in the region. Catholic Charities and the Family Life Office lead a network that ministers to the broadest and most fundamental needs of our community. Generous support to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is symbolic of the collective faith that allows the Archdiocese of Omaha to continue the mission of Jesus Christ. www.archomaha.org.
Get in the spirit for St. Pats and celebrate half way to St. Pat's, O'Neill's Annual Celebration!! Register for the Half Way to St Pat's 5K Run/Walk on September 13! This is an untimed event. Don't to forget to wear your best St Pat's/Irish gear for the costume contest! You can register by filling out the form on our website www.oneillchamber.org or call the office at
LINCOLN - Archery deer hunting season opens Sept. 1 in Nebraska. The early opener was requested by archery hunters to allow hunting of deer when bucks are still in velvet. Opening day had been Sept. 15 for the past 35 years.
"For those who don't mind hunting what could be warm days, with lots of leafy vegetation, this is a good time to be out in the woods, when hunter numbers can be expected to be low," said Kit Hams, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's big game program manager.
The archery deer season runs through Dec. 31. Archery permits are valid statewide, with restrictions, and unlimited in number. The permit bag limit is one deer of any kind. To purchase permits or view the 2014 Big Game Guide, visit OutdoorNebraska.org.
Game and Parks, UNL to Survey Hunters About Public Land Use in Nebraska
LINCOLN - This fall the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Nebraska will begin a three-year survey of hunters who use public lands in Nebraska.
Beginning Sept. 1, hunters at wildlife management areas or private lands enrolled in the Open Fields and Waters program may be approached by UNL researchers or Game and Park staff, who will ask a series of questions about their hunting experiences. Game and Parks will use insights gained from the surveys to improve opportunities and access on existing public hunting lands, as well as to help guide future land purchases. Hunters' participation in the survey is voluntary, but they are encouraged to share their experiences and opinions.
"Hunters are important conservation partners, and we want to ensure that they have ample hunting opportunities in Nebraska," said Karie Decker, assistant wildlife division administrator for Game and Parks. "Learning more about how hunters use and perceive public lands is a critical component of making sure our hunters have quality places to hunt."
The research is funded by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Restoration Grant administered by Game and Parks. More information on the project is available at FishHunt.unl.edu.
OSMOND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a northeast Nebraska motorcyclist who died in a collision with a semitrailer.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office identified the motorcyclist as 36-year-old Anthony Higgs, of Plainview.
The crash occurred around 8 a.m. Monday on Nebraska Highway 121 just south of Osmond. Deputies say the northbound motorcycle struck the southbound semitrailer as the trucker was attempting to make a left turn off the highway.
The 61-year-old driver of the semitrailer was not hurt. He was identified as Daniel Hoffman, also of Plainview.
(left to right) Shelia Johnston, Jennifer Jordan, Kesha Gentele,
Shannon Olberding, Andrea Kerkman & Karla Slaymaker
On Saturday, August 9th, two teams of Holt County Runners completed a continuous triathlon to benefit Team Jack. Participants included Jennifer Jordan, Shannon Olberding, Andrea Kerkman, and Karla Slaymaker of Atkinson, Kesha Gentele of Stuart, and Shelia Johnston of O’Neill. Together the teams continuously biked, ran, and swam for a total of over 41 miles in about 2 ½ hours. Donations were received at the Atkinson Pool and online in the amount of $2,525.00.
These runners will now compete in the Omaha Marathon Events on September 21st. This year, the Team Jack Foundation is the Official Charity of the Omaha Marathon and will have a team of runners from all across the state to run with them and raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research.
Friday night at the Holt County Fair, a storm moved in quickly and as a result two blow up rides, a bouncy house and a slide were caught by the wind and blew over. As a result there were some injuries.
Landyn Mlady was thrown about 20 feet to the ground, she sustained a severely broken arm, chip out of her skull and 5 pelvic fractures. Word was received today, Monday, August 11, that no surgery will be needed to correct the pelvis fractures.
Logan Eacker suffered a fractured skull and bad concussion. He suffered a little setback Sunday morning where he was getting dehydrated and didn’t want to eat anything, probably a side effect from the concussion. He should be getting dismissed hopefully this afternoon, Monday, August 11.
If you would like to send these kids get well wishes their addresses are:
Landyn Mlady Room 6215, The Nebraska Med Center, PO Box 6159, Omaha, NE 68198-2350
Logan Eacker, PO Box 271, Ewing, NE 68725.
AseraCare Hospice of O’Neill achieved Level Four partner level in the We Honor Veterans (WHV) partner program sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This achievement represents the highest level of participation in the WHV program and illustrates AseraCare of O’Neill ’s dedication to providing specialized end-of- life services to this cherished population.
“We are proud to have achieved level four of the We Honor Veterans partner program and to deliver quality hospice care to the men and women who have served and fought for our country,” said Holly Cole, representative for AseraCare Hospice of O’Neill.
“Of the 2.4 million deaths in the United States each year, approximately 680,000 are Veterans,” said Angie Hollis, President of AseraCare. “Through this program, we can better understand their specific hospice needs since the vast majority of Veterans are not aware of the end-of-life services and benefits available to them.”
As a Level Four Partner, AseraCare of O’Neill has:
Increased its professional and organizational capacity to provide quality services for Veterans and their families
Created a Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program to pair recruited Veteran Volunteers with our hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans.
Developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, Veteran organizations and other healthcare organizations
Promoted hospice care for Veterans
Demonstrated the impact of its Veteran-centric organizational programs
“By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, We Honor Veteran Level Four Partners are better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending,” says NHPCO President and Chief Executive Office, J. Donald Schumacher. “In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, these partners are now capable of providing tools to help support those under their care.”
In less than two years, the program has grown from 1,500 hospice care partners to more than 2,100 hospice care agencies today that participate in the We Honor Veterans program. All 59 AseraCare agencies across the country now are recognized as partners with the WHV partner program with over half achieving the Level Four partner designation.
The AseraCare of O’Neill office serves 10 counties. The services offered are: RN available 24/7, hospice aides, social worker, spiritual guidance, bereavement counseling, volunteers, respite, inpatient and continuous care, and medical directors to oversee care. For more information about AseraCare Hospice, call 402-336-3988 or visit www.aseracare.com
Ewing, Neb., July 31, 2014—USDA Rural Development announces funding of $18,100 to the Village of Ewing. The funds will be leveraged with $6,100 of village dollars to replace two emergency warning sirens.
"Being able to warn our residents in advance of possible danger or emergency is imperative. Minutes could be the difference on saving lives," said Dustin Wright, Village of Ewing.
“Having a working alert system is crucial to rural residents. "Fires, tornadoes and other emergencies all could impact residents and the sirens will give them the advanced warning they need,” said Community Programs Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development.
The project was funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant program.
KEARNEY – More than 200 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred at the University of Nebraska at Kearney commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 1) in the Ponderosa Room in the Nebraskan Student Union.
In all, there are 214 candidates for degrees – 96 undergraduate and 118 graduate degrees.
For those unable to attend commencement in person, the event will be available as a webcast. Information for the webcast is located at www.unk.edu or by visiting the UNKearney channel on You Tube. Graduating from the KBRX area are:
Bassett - Alyx Friedrich, master of business administration, business administration-accounting
Neligh - Kristen Evans, master of science in education, instructional technology-library media
O'Neill - Rita Hood, bachelor of science, radiography, Honorable Mention
The O’Neill Police Department would like to thank the public for their overwhelming support during the Jail N’ Bail fundraiser to support the O’Neill Police Department K-9 Unit. A total of 114 “warrants” were issued and we were able to raise over $6,100 and only had one jail break. The donations will be deposited in the O’Neill Law Enforcement Account with the O’Neill Community Foundation. This money will be used to maintain and further enhance the K-9 Unit program through purchasing equipment, continued training, and regular maintenance/expenses. We at the O’Neill Police Department had a lot of fun Friday at the Jail N Bail and we hope you did too.
A special thanks goes out to the those who helped make the event possible and enjoyable. Thank you to Stock Realty (John and Toni Waterbury), Delray Kumm, Bomgaar's, Viaero Wireless, Ranell Otte, KBRX Radio, The Holt County Independent, Holt County Sheriff's Office, Big Red Bakery, The Horseshoe Restaurant, Dairy Queen, and Tim and Nikki Davis.
Members of the American Legion Riders escourted the exhibit into O'Neill.
Members pictured with the creator of the exhibit, Bill Williams.
The O’Neill American Legion Riders Post #93 are sponsoring “Remembering Our Fallen”, a photo exhibit of Nebraska’s fallen since 9/11/01. The exhibit will be on display from July 18th to July 20th at the O’Neill National Guard Armory. The display will be open from 9:00 AM to 8 PM with the Opening Ceremony Friday at 8:30 AM. The exhibit features photos of over 80 Nebraskans killed in The War on Terror while wearing our nation’s uniform in Afghanistan or Iraq.
The Village of Pilger will hold a community meeting Monday, June 23 at 8 a.m. in the park. The meeting will cover an update of recovery progress and upcoming recovery activities.
“We have made great progress in recovering from the June 16 tornado but we have a lot left to do,” said Kim Neiman, Village Clerk. “We would like as many village residents to attend as possible so we can get a clear idea of where we stand.”
More Updates from Pilger: Pilger will stay closed until 8 p.m. Monday night to allow cleanup operations to continue in full force for one more day.
Damaged Vehicle Removal, Disposal Forms Available
Damaged vehicles in Pilger are becoming a hindrance to cleanup efforts. The Village Clerk has provided a form that all vehicle owners must complete before damaged vehicle can be removed. The Consent, Release and Waiver is available at the check-in location and at the food pavilion in Pilger. The form is to be used by the vehicle owner (including an insurance company who acquired ownership after settlement) to transfer the vehicle to the Village for removal and disposal at no cost to the owner and with no payment or consideration to be paid to the owner. Attach documents evidencing the title to the form.
Tetanus Vaccine Clinics
The Logan Valley District Health Department will be offering tetanus booster shots for people who are not up-to-date with their tetanus shots or who are unsure about their immunization status. The clinics will be offered Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily at the Pilger Pool Bath House. Anyone wanting to receive a shot should bring their immunization record if possible.
Call-in Number For Pilger Recovery Efforts:
A call-in line will be in place to address all volunteer opportunities and donations in Pilger. The number is 402-833-1515 and will be in operation from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
The NEMA field team and mobile emergency operations center in Pilger are working with emergency managers in the areas affected by storms. The State Emergency Operations Center in Lincoln is open. NEMA will continue to monitor river levels and participate in daily flood updates. Additional information, photos, and videos can be found on the following NEMA sites: https://www.facebook.com/nema.page, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNEMAtube, and https://twitter.com/NEMAtweets
Items Needed for Northeast Nebraska Tornado Relief The residents of the northeast Nebraska Counties hit by the June 16 tornados are very grateful for all the items Nebraskans have donated to help them recover. To help with the recovery they, and the workers helping them, need these certain items and also do NOT need certain items as they have ample supplies until further notice:
Anti-itch (cream, lotions, sticks) for bug bites
Telescopic magnetic pick up tools
ITEMS NOT NEEDED at this time
Any clothing other than plus size women’s clothing
Bring donated items to the Wisner Auditorium, 1001 Avenue D. If anyone has questions, please call the Volunteer Help Center at 402-833-1515.
A shelter opened on June 20 at the Wakefield Community Schools, 802 Highland St. On 6/20/14 the population was 27 and on 6/21/14 – 25.
The shelter that was previously operating at Wisner-Pilger High School moved on June 20 to Northeast Community College, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk. The population on 6/20/14 was 7 and on 6/21/14 – 7.
Red Cross is available to meet with those impacted by the storms at their offices in Wayne (112 E. Second St.) and Norfolk (2602 W. Norfolk Ave.) Caseworkers will be at the Red Cross Shelter in Wakefield as well.
Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR)
Highway 15 is open, although it is restricted on speed. Drive at lower speeds and watch for signs. If you have good reason to be on the highway, it is open but traffic may be heavy due to debris removal near Pilger. S. Highway 275 is open, but people are advised not to stop or walk on the roadway.
Weather permitting, work will begin the week of June 2nd, on Highway 81, from the Highway 81/59 Junction to the Highway 81/84 Junction. The project will include resurfacing the existing shoulders and adding shoulder rumble strips. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in this area.
During the period February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013 Station KBRX AM & FM had no new hires
In an effort to keep the public informed of our personnel needs, KBRX AM & FM broadcasts two 30 second ads per week, informing the public to apply when an opening occurs. The help ads are run in class A times, and are scheduled