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O'Neill Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day Raises Money For Hospitals


08/02/15 07:38 PM

Miracle Treat Day was held on Thursday, August 30 at Dairy Queen in O’Neill.  Dairy Queen Owner George Holm reported to KBRX that the support from our area is overwhelming and as a result of Blizzard Sales on Miracle Treat Day, the O’Neill Dairy Queen store will be donating approximately $600 each to Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill and to Children’s Hospital in Omaha.  The staff at Dairy Queen appreciates their customers!!

NECC Prepares To Move Into New O'Neill Facility


08/02/15 07:29 PM

O’NEILL – With construction coming to a close and classes beginning in less than a month, faculty and staff at Northeast Community College are beginning the process of moving into a new extended campus facility in O’Neill. Classes will begin in the College’s new operation at 505 East Highway 20 on Monday, August 24. They were previously held in a former elementary school building the College has used for a number of years at 409 East Adams Street.

Merri Schneider, director of the extended campus in O’Neill, said the present office on Adams Street will close for the last time on Monday, August 10, at 5 p.m., in order to move some equipment and supplies to the new building. The new building will open on Wednesday, August 12, at 8 a.m.

“We will be busy moving our operations from one building to another and plan to make the transition by Wednesday, August 12. I cannot stress enough how important it is for students to register for fall classes with the new academic year less than a month away. These students will be part of history as they will be among the first to take classes in the new building.”
Schneider said an advisor will be available at the new extended campus on August 12 for student registration and advising.

Northeast Community College’s new 15,075 square foot extended campus facility in O’Neill has state-of-the-art classrooms, high technology computers, advanced health and science labs, and an attached technical training wing that will accommodate welding, industrial, and agriculture-related courses.

Schneider said in addition to offering college transfer course work, Northeast will provide a variety of non-credit workshops and classes such as business, computers, supervision, regulatory, compliance, and personal interest, as well as technical skill training in a number of different areas. Adult education, GED, and English as a Second Language will be offered too. 
Northeast has leased the former elementary school building from the O’Neill Public Schools since 1998. Schneider said the College values its relationship with the school district in how it has supported Northeast.

“We can’t say enough about Superintendent Amy Shane and her staff while we have operated out of the current facility and now as we transition to our new facilities. Over these past 17-years, the O’Neill Public School District has been very accommodating in allowing us to bring higher education to our constituents in the region. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the district and will be forever grateful for its support.”     
                    
“Our constituents are excited as we are about to open our new extended campus,” Schneider said. “We regularly attract students from a 75 mile radius and this new extended campus will be so convenient for a wide range of people. Everywhere I go, I meet people who are thrilled the College is expanding its presence in its western service area – allowing them to be able to take additional classes while being so close to home.”

A dedication ceremony and open house will be held at the new extended campus on Tuesday, September 8th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ponca Tribe Of Nebraska Pow Wow To Be August 7-9


08/02/15 07:20 PM

The 2015 Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Annual Pow Wow will take place from Aug. 7-9 at Niobrara State Park.  

The annual pow wow has an important place in the tribe’s cultural history. It’s a time for tribal members and visitors to come together to reunite with old friends and family and to make new friends by sharing laughter, tears, food and traditions. A wide variety of dances and drums are featured throughout the pow wow, and it is an opportunity to support each other and help bring younger members into the circle. It’s also a great way for visitors to learn more about the rich tradition of the Ponca Tribe. More information is available online. 

New Options For Nebraska Hunter Education


08/02/15 07:16 PM

New options are available for people who want to become certified in hunter education in Nebraska. These options are designed to make the course accessible to more people.
There now are two certification options for both firearm and bowhunter education for each of two age groups.
People age 11 to 15 may complete hunter education (firearm or bow) either by taking a traditional 10-hour classroom course or by taking an online course followed by participation in a two-hour Hunt Safe Session.
People age 16 and older may take a 10-hour classroom course or take an online course. Participation in a Hunt Safe Session is optional for this age group.
The Hunt Safe sessions are designed to make hunter education more convenient and easily accessible for new hunters statewide. To register for a session, visit our website.

Suspect In Shooting On Wagner's Main Street Arrested


07/31/15 08:30 AM

WAGNER, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man accused of shooting another man in Wagner earlier this month.

The Charles Mix County Sheriff's Office says a SWAT team acting on a tip arrested 33-year-old Joseph Bruguier in Sioux Falls on Thursday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if he had attorney representation.

Authorities earlier had issued an arrest warrant for Bruguier, after a July 1 incident in which 22-year-old Donovan Patterson was shot in the stomach during an altercation on Wagner's Main Street that involved about half a dozen people.

Authorities said Patterson's injury was not life-threatening.

Gov. Ricketts Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Approval of Keystone XL


07/27/15 02:56 PM

Lincoln – 
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that his office sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of the Keystone XL pipeline project. In his letter, the Governor urged the Obama Administration to issue a permit for the pipeline:
 
“Like many other Nebraskans, I support the revised route and the construction of the pipeline; however, you alone have the power to approve this important infrastructure project that will bring good-paying jobs and much-needed tax revenue to Nebraska counties during construction and for years to come. Consequently, I urge you to issue a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.”

Court Date Set for October 19 in Landowners vs. TransCanada Lawsuit


07/27/15 02:00 PM

Landowners and supporters stand on the Holt County courthouse steps after a hearing on the lawsuit challenging eminent domain for TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Photo courtesy Mark Hefflinger, Bold Nebraska

O'Neill, NE — Holt County District Court Judge Mark Kozisek today set a trial date of Oct. 19 to hear a lawsuit filed by Nebraska landowners against the foreign pipeline corporation TransCanada, challenging the law (LB 1161) that gave the company the power to invoke eminent domain for private gain for its proposed Keystone XL pipeline as well as the route in the state.
 
Attorneys Dave Domina and Brian Jorde of Domina Law Group represented landowners suing TransCanada. Attorneys on both sides agreed that there will be no live witnesses during the Oct. 19 hearing — all evidence and affidavits from landowners will be submitted in writing ahead of the hearing date.
 
There will be no jury at the hearing, as the case centers on constitutional issues.
 
Today's hearing was one more step towards protecting property rights and taking the case back to the Nebraska Supreme Court.
 
When landowners addressed the Supreme Court previously, four of the seven justices agreed with the merits of the landowners' case, but since TransCanada had not yet invoked eminent domain rights, the remaining three justices did not render an opinion on constitutionality.
 
Standing is now conceded by TransCanada, and the landowners press forward challenging the law (LB 1161) that gave the Governor sole power to grant eminent domain rights to foreign corporations.
 
Before the hearing, Bold Nebraska hosted a Meetup for all supporters at Westside Restaurant in O'Neill. Jane Kleeb provided an update on the pipeline.
 
"Landowners remain united and resilient in the lawsuit to ensure no foreign company can use eminent domain for private gain," said Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb. "Former Gov. Heineman violated our state constitution by granting a route to TransCanada, and as citizens we will not let politicians step over our rights, our land and our water. President Obama can reject the pipeline any day, and we will remain committed to getting this bad law off the books and property rights protected."

Atkinson Hay Days Events


07/27/15 11:01 AM

Atkinston Hay Days provides four days of fun in mid-August. Check out the events by clicking on the banner below.
 

 

KBRX Area Students To Graduate At UNK Summer Commencement


07/27/15 09:19 AM

KEARNEY – Graduate and undergraduate degrees for 244 will be conferred at University of Nebraska at Kearney commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31. The exercises are in the Nebraskan Student Union.
 
From the KBRX area those graduating include:
Chelsea Thurlow of Atkinson, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science & Wellness
Cameron Mueller of Bassett, Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management
Megan Nelson of Burwell, Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Park & Tourism Management
Megan Hoffman of Chambers, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies
Emily Huston of O’Neill, Bachelor of Science in Radiography
 
Doors to the Ponderosa Room (second floor, Nebraskan Union) open at 8:30 a.m. Parking is available east of the Nebraskan Student Union, north of College of Education, west of Cope Stadium, and in lots near Centennial Towers East and West. Because of renovation and construction in the Nebraskan, the east lower level is closed. The south doors, central and main entrances are suggested. The north entrance on the west end is also available, and has an elevator.
 
The national anthem will be performed by 2003 UNK alumna Kami Graves.
 
An overflow area will be available for watching in the Sandhills Room of the Nebraskan.
 
For those unable to attend in person, UNK commencement ceremonies are webcast at www.unk.edu

KBRX Junior Golf Tournament To Be August 6


07/27/15 07:01 AM

The KBRX Junior Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, August 6 starting at 9 am at the O’Neill Country Club.  This is for girls and boys.  Age groups are 10-12 and they play 9-holes, 13-15 play 18 holes and 16-18 play 18 holes.  The entry fee is $15.  KBRX will provide lunch for all participants and prizes will be given in each age group.  You can sign up online by clicking on this link https://kbrx.formstack.com/forms/kbrxjuniorgolftournament or sign up at 8:30 am the day of the tournament. 

OHS FFA Members Visit Washington


07/23/15 04:42 PM



Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) welcomed O’Neill FFA students Tayte Jussel, Amanda Pischel, and Tejlor Strope to the U.S. Capitol today during their visit to Washington, D.C. 
 

Smith Welcomes O'Neill FFA Students To U.S. Capitol


07/23/15 03:08 PM

O’Neill FFA students Tayte Jussel, Amanda Pischel, and Tejlor Strope with 
Congressman Adrian Smith on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) welcomed O’Neill FFA students Tayte Jussel, Amanda Pischel, and Tejlor Strope to the U.S. Capitol today during their visit to Washington, D.C.  

Douglas Stahlecker Wins KBRX Summerfest Flip For Cash


07/23/15 12:12 PM

Douglas Stahlecker & Micah Crosby were the last ones standing in the Coin Flip
KBRX held their “Wooden Nickel Coin Flip” on Saturday during O’Neill’s Summerfest celebration.  A large crowd gathered at 4th & Douglas and at the end of 6 flips of the coin it came down to Douglas Stahlecker of O’Neill  who won our $200 in Shamrock Buck.  Congratulations Douglas Stahlecker.

O'Neill Community Fund Foundation Spotlight: Lion's Kiddie Park


07/22/15 10:55 AM



The OCFF continues to highlight projects that have been part of their 10 years of grant making.

Several years ago, the O’Neill Lion’s Club took on the task of upgrading the Lion’s Kiddie Park in O’Neill.  With the help of community members and the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund, they were able to raise enough money to put quality, safe and attractive playground equipment in the community.

The OCFF grant, along with other donations, helped the Lion’s Club purchase unique playground equipment and add ground covering to aid with safety.  They were also able to provide the only handicap accessible park, which includes a toddler swing for the disabled.

Often, projects such as these have a hard time securing funds.  With the help of the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund and gifts from the community, the Lion’s Club was able to meet their goal instead of settling for a lesser design.  A big thank you to the Lion’s Club for making O’Neill a better place for our youth.
 

2015 Holt County Fair Schedule


07/17/15 04:29 PM

The Holt County Fair begins Tuesday, August 4th and runs through Saturday, August 8th. Check out all of the events going on in Chambers during the Holt Co. Fair by clicking on the banner below.



 

Classes To Begin Next Month At NECC's New Extended Campus In O'Neill


07/17/15 02:37 PM

Northeast Community College administrator’s meet with the construction superintendent of the College’s new extended 
campus building in O’Neill earlier this summer. Classes will begin in the new facility on Monday, August 24. 
​A dedication and open house is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8. (Courtesy Photo)

 
O’NEILL – Students who will attend classes this fall at Northeast Community College in O’Neill will start the new academic year in brand-new surroundings. The College’s new extended campus building opens to students on Monday, August 24.

“We are thrilled to be able to move into our new building,” said Merri Schneider, extended campus director. ”Northeast has seen the need to expand opportunities for residents in the College’s western service area and this new facility will give us the extra space and flexibility to expand our programming.”

The $3.9 million facility, at 505 East Highway 20, was funded primarily through a capital campaign. The 15,385 square foot extended campus will have state-of-the-art classrooms, high technology computers, advanced health and science labs, and an attached technical training wing that will accommodate welding, industrial, and agriculture-related courses.  It will replace the use of a 76-year-old former elementary school building that Northeast has used for a number of years.

In addition to offering college transfer course work through the extended campus, Northeast will provide a variety of non-credit workshops and classes such as business, computers, supervision, regulatory, compliance, and personal interest, as well, as technical skill training in a number of different areas. In addition, adult education, GED, and English as a Second Language will be offered.       

Northeast is also partnering with Bellevue University. Bellevue will work with Northeast students by providing additional coursework and opportunities to earn bachelor and master’s degrees through the new extended campus.

Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast President, cited the new extended campus is as an example of the College fulfilling its mission of student success and the success of the 20 county service area.
“This new extended campus will provide lifelong learning opportunities for area residents with the goal of having them remain in the region to live and raise their families. Through this new facility, Northeast will provide a much more robust educational experience for our constituents that will eventually lead to better job opportunities and stimulate more economic growth for North Central Nebraska for generations to come.” 

A dedication and open house of Northeast Community College’s Extended Campus in O’Neill will be held Tuesday, September 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A program will be held at 5 p.

Warrants Lead to Two Arrests in Neligh Tuesday Afternoon


07/14/15 05:14 PM
Information courtesy of MyAntelopeCountyNews and the Neligh News
Photo courtesy of MyAntelopeCountyNews


Two Neligh residents were arrested and taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Captain Paul Hattan confirmed two arrest warrants were served at 508 W 10th St. in Neligh and two individuals were taken into custody. Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler filed a motion Tuesday for an arrest warrant for both Darryl Lierman and Julie Lierman of Neligh, according to court documents.

The Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team and other officers Nebraska State Patrol were utilized in the execution of the warrant. Hattan said no injuries were reported. 

According to at press release from the Antelope County Attorney's office, the charges range from four counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, Class 1B Felonies, to three counts of Third Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, and four counts of Child Abuse, all Class IIIA Felonies. Class 1B felonies have a penalty range of a minimum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum of life imprisonment, class IIIA Felonies have a penalty range of no minimum and a maximum of 5 years imprisonment.

Darryl Lierman is currently being held at the Madison County Law Enforcement Center. Julie Lierman was also arrested for the offense of Child Neglect, a Class I misdemeanor.
 

West Boyd FCCLA Members Attend National Convention


07/13/15 01:26 PM

(left to right) Rhiannan Smalley, Kelsey Reiman, Layne Swanson & Janet Ahlers
 
Members of the West Boyd FCCLA Chapter attended the National Convention in Washington, DC and brought home medals.  Medalists were Rhiannan Smalley & Kelsey Reiman--Gold in Interpersonal Communications, Junior,  and Layne Swanson & Janet Ahlers--Gold in Chapter in Review Portfolio.

Chambers FCCLA Brings Home Gold From Nationals


07/13/15 01:22 PM
 
(left to right): Kyra Farewell, Chyenne Burrell, Jamie Koenig, Molly Lambert, BrookLynn Burrell
Five Chambers FCCLA members recently attended their National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. from July 5-9 and competed in STAR events. All five brought home high scores and gold medals. Chyenne Burrell in Career Investigation, Senior; Molly Lambert in Food Innovations, Senior; Jamie Koenig in Illustrated Talk, Junior; and BrookLynn Burrell and Kyra Farewell in Food Innovations, Junior. 

O'Neill FCCLA Brings Home Medals From Nationals


07/13/15 01:18 PM

(Back Row left to right) Emily Morrow, Blair Langan, Marissa Lichty, Allison Becker & Allison Ludwig
(front row left to right) Lauren Osborne, Ariel Lichty and Emma Krysl
O’Neill Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America members joined 8,500 other FCCLA members from across the country as they attended the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting in Washington DC July 5-9.
State Officers and State Peer Education Officers had the opportunity to meet with Nebraska’s congressional delegation.  This included Allison Becker and Allison Ludwig.
The results from the STAR competition included:
O’Neill:  
Gold medals:
Ariel Lichty in FCCLA Website Design, Senior
Emma Krysl in Environmental Ambassador, Junior
Lauren Osborne in Illustrated Talk, Senior.
Silver medals:
Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow in Digital Stories for Change, Senior
Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan in Promote and Publicize FCCLA, Junior.
Also attending was Chapter advisor Ann Mann, O’Neill.

O'Neill Man Dies After Pickup Tire Blows While On Interstate


07/13/15 07:50 AM

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old O'Neill man has died on Interstate 80 in central Nebraska after losing control of his pickup.

Lexington radio station KRVN-AM reports that Brady Wakefield of O'Neill was driving westbound around 7 p.m. Sunday about three miles west of Kearney.

Authorities say Wakefield lost control because of a blown tire. The pickup rolled into the median and came to rest in the eastbound passing lane.

A passenger in the truck, 58-year-old Jeff Hoier of Herman was transported to CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. His condition was not available.
 

Niobrara Valley Electric Testing Poles Near Niobrara and Verdel


07/09/15 10:44 AM

Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation will be testing poles in an area starting west of Niobrara and continuing west to a point north of Verdel. The work will begin Thursday, July 9th and finish in approximately 30 days. Personnel from S&L Pole Maintenance Company will complete the work. Unlike the familiar yellow trucks of Niobrara Valley Electric, S&L Maintenance may use a variety of vehicle colors during the project. Please drive carefully through this area in the next month. Niobrara Valley Electric appreciates your help and understanding throughout this necessary assessment.
 

Bicyclist Riding For Childhood Cancer Visits With KBRX


07/08/15 02:32 PM
This is Ken Bettencourt.

Ken is traveling across the United States and passed through O’Neill on Wednesday, July 8 en route to Bend, Oregon.  Ken is a two time survivor of brain cancer and is wanting to do his part in helping find a cure for childhood cancer. At the end of his trip he will have traveled over 11,000 miles helping to fight childhood cancer.

You can help Ken in his  attempt to raise over $10,000 by donating on his web page at www.kens10000milesforchildhoodcancer.com).  You can also go to his page on Alex’s Lemonade Stand website at  www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1121793

O'Neill Fire Department Elects New Officers


05/21/15 11:24 AM
The O'Neill Volunteer Fire Department members recently voted for new officers at its annual election in May.

The new officers include Terry Miles as fire chief, Matt Schmitz as assistant chief, Dale Waterman as city captain, Tim Cahoy as rural captain, Scott Grosch as aerial captain, Jason Swerczek as training captain and Don Baker as ambulance captain.

The new officers will be installed on June 1.

The fire department is under an inter-local agreement with the Holt County Rural Fire District. Via this contract, the fire department responds to all fire emergencies in the 98-square-mile district that circumference the city. The department houses and maintains all apparatus owned by the City of O'Neill and Rural Fire District. All of the O'Neill Fire District's equipment stands ready for immediate response.

The O'Neill Fire Department is active within the Holt and Boyd County mutual aid system. Through this mutual aid association, the city is able to utilize additional equipment and extra manpower upon call.

The O'Neill Ambulance Service provides a BLS (Basic Life Support) level of service. The O'Neill Rural Fire District Ambulance Service is not restricted to 911 emergency response. Inter-county, inter-state and intra-state patient transfer is a daily routine. A separate fee is assessed for EMS service and all revenue collected becomes part of the department budget.

NECC Seeks Nominations for Alumni Hall of Success Recognition


05/20/15 10:58 AM
 

NORFOLK – Nominations are being sought to honor alumni of Northeast Community College.

The Alumni Hall of Success Award is presented to former students, either living or deceased, who have achieved significant success in their profession, exhibited exemplary citizenship qualities, or made significant contributions to their communities and/or community affairs, according to Holly Quinn, director of development at Northeast and award committee co-chair.

“This is a way for the Board of Governors and the College community to honor individuals for career success, achievement and distinguished service following graduation from Northeast Community College.”

Candidates should have completed a recognized diploma or degree from Northeast (or its predecessor colleges) or completed at least 24 credit hours to be applied toward a degree at another college or university.

Quinn said, “Candidates that will be considered for induction must have achieved significant success in his/her profession; exhibited exemplary citizenship qualities; and made significant contributions to his/her community and/or community affairs. They should have demonstrated maturity, with preference given to those who have at least five years of work experience in his/her occupation or profession.”

Two formal letters of recommendations must accompany the nomination. Nomination forms are available on the Northeast Community College website at http://www.northeast.edu/2015/Achievement-Awards.

Anyone interested in nominating more than one individual will need one form for each nominee.

Nominations are due by May 31. Completed nomination forms along with attached recommendations may be mailed to: Northeast Community College, Foundation Office, P.O. Box 469, Norfolk, NE 68702.
 

Area Students Graduate From Hastings College


05/18/15 04:23 PM

(Hastings, Neb.)
 – On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Lynn Farrell Arena, 235 undergraduates and eight Master of Arts in Teaching students graduated from Hastings College.

Graduates from the KBRX area include:

Michael James Schumacher of Ainsworth, Degree in Sociology
Joe Robert Holmquist of Burwell, Degree in Biology
Shelby Kristina Sanford of O’Neill, Degree in Exercise Science

Governor Allows Bill For Higher Brand Inspection Fees


05/14/15 06:37 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The cost of brand inspections for cattle could rise to as much as $1.10 per head under a law signed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts notified lawmakers Wednesday that he approved the legislation, which allows the Nebraska Brand Committee to charge the higher maximum fee. Committee employees inspect cattle that are about to be sold and investigate reports of missing or stolen livestock.

Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis told lawmakers last month that the committee has reached the maximum fee it can charge under state law. The ceiling was last increased from 65 cents to 75 cents per head in 2005.

Davis says the committee needs to upgrade its records system, and is struggling to recruit and retain quality employees because of low salaries.

The bill is LB85.

Delmont, South Dakota Residents Being Let Back In Town Today


05/11/15 08:34 AM
DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — Residents of the tornado-ravaged town of Delmont are being allowed back into the community for 10 hours to assess their property. Authorities say Delmont residents and business owners will be allowed back from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Tripp-Delmont School District has called off classes today because school facilities are being used for emergency shelter.

Tractor Safety Courses To Be Offered In Nebraska


05/11/15 06:59 AM

Mark Hinze, former Nebraska extension education, covers the pre-operation 
inspection with students attending the 2014 Tractor Safe Course at Kearney
 
Nebraska Extension Tractor Safety/Hazardous Occupations Courses will be offered at seven locations in Nebraska in May and June.  Any 14- or 15-year-old who plans to work on a farm other than his/her parents' should plan to attend.

Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from working on a farm for anyone other than their parents or guardian. Certification through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and do field work with mechanized equipment.

Tractor Safety Course Schedule
  • May 27-28, Kearney, Buffalo County Fairgrounds
  • June 1-2, Valentine, Cherry County Fairgrounds
  • June 5-6, Lincoln, Lancaster County Event Center
  • June 8-9, Gering, Farm and Ranch Museum
  • June 11-12, North Platte, UNL West Central Research and Extension Center
  • June 15-16, Wayne, Wayne County Fairgrounds
  • June 17-18, Grand Island, College Park
The most common cause of death in agriculture accidents in Nebraska is overturn from tractors and all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), said Sharry Nielsen, Nebraska extension educator. Tractor and ATV overturn prevention are featured in the class work.
"Instilling an attitude of ‘safety first' is a primary goal of the course," Nielsen said, "where youth have the chance to learn respect for agricultural jobs and the tools involved." 

Classes consist of two days of instruction plus homework assignments. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The first day of class will consist of intensive classroom instruction with hands-on demonstrations, concluding with a written test that must be completed satisfactorily before students may continue driving tests the second day. Classroom instruction will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program. Homework will be assigned on the first day to turn in the next day.

The second day will include testing, driving, and operating machinery. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course as well as hitching PTO and hydraulic systems.

Pre-registration
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at least one week before a location's start date to the Extension Office at the course site. (Click here to get contact information.) Cost is $60, which includes educational materials, testing, supplies, lunches and breaks.  For more information, contact the local Extension Office or Sharry Nielsen at (308) 832-0645, snielsen1@unl.edu.

Teachers To Retire At Clearwater/Orchard School


04/20/15 03:11 PM
Story by Connie Cronin
As the 2014-2015 school year wraps up, three long time Clearwater/Orchard teachers prepare to wrap up their teaching careers.  Mr. Paul Horman, Mrs. Betty Schomberg, and Mrs. Donna Ziems will be retiring at the end of this school year.  These three dedicated teachers have given a total of more than a century of their expertise to educate the students in the area.  In honor of their service to the profession and to congratulate them on their retirement, an open house will be held on Sunday, May 17th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Clearwater School.  A short presentation will be held beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Livestock Expansion Guidelines


04/02/15 06:13 AM


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Livestock operations that want to expand will still have to comply with county requirements under a bill that won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers.

The legislation would create optional statewide standards for producers that want to build or expand facilities. Lawmakers voted 34-3 Wednesday on the proposal by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse.

Advocates say the bill encourages growth of animal agriculture by simplifying the permit process for out-of-state producers.

The original bill would have mandated the standards and created a state-level board that could overturn county-level decisions. After three days of fierce debate, senators compromised with a measure that would rely on state, county and university experts to create the standards. Counties would have the option to use them as guidelines.

The bill is LB106.

KBRX Area with 3 Golds in C2 State Speech, West Holt Team 3rd


03/27/15 05:11 PM

Class C2 State Speech Results

West Holt, finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes
McKenna Young, West Holt, 1st place Poetry Interpretation
Alex Fritz, West Holt, 1st place Informative Speaking
Alex Fritz, West Holt, 4th place Humorous Interpretation
Josiah McAllister & McKenna Young, West Holt, 3rd place Duet Acting
Chase Kallhoff, Neligh-Oakdale, 1st place Humorous Interpretation
Katie Funk, Clearwater-Orchard, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking
Sara Trease, Clearwater-Orchard, 5th place Poetry Interpretation
Sara Smith, Creighton, 6th place Extemporaneous Speaking

Nurse aide course to be held at Northeast Community College in O?Neill


03/20/15 03:24 PM
O’NEILL - Northeast Community College in O’Neill will offer a Nurse Aide course beginning in April.
The course (NURA 1110/15S & CRN #22789) will be offered April 8-30. Classes will meet from 4-8:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays, in the Northeast Extended Campus, Room 301, at 409 East Adams Street.
In this course, students will learn the basic skills needed to provide safe, effective, and caring services to the elderly or chronically ill patent of any age, in a long-term care facility.
Upon completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the state written and practical skills exam.  After successfully passing this examination and completing the application procedures, the student’s name will be placed on the basic nurse aide registry at the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure, Credentialing Division. 
It is recommended that students be 16 years old to register for the Nurse Aide Course.
Cost is $303, plus $50.82 for a textbook. Karen Hoffman is the instructor. There is an additional $40 fee if a student chooses to register to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the end of the course. This $40 fee will be required at the time of the non-credit exam registration.
To register for this class, call Northeast Community College in O’Neill at (402) 336-3590

Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." To Play At O'Neill High School


03/18/15 02:43 PM
O’Neill, NE Monday, March 23, 2015 - Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at O’Neill High School on April 18-19, 2015. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The O’Neill High School cast contains approximately 40 students led by Jonathan Jaques.
 
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is a wonderful, heart-warming musical story of friendship, love, and self-discovery for the whole family.  This show is so fun to perform!” – Jonathan Jaques
 
This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
 
Performances of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. are open to the public at O’Neill High School on April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm and on April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  Admission is $4 for adults and students, children 5 and under attend free.  Tickets are available at the door.
 
The O’Neill High School drama department has been producing student-performed musicals each spring for many years.  These shows have included classics like Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz and new shows like Dear Edwina and Striking 12.  All cast members are in grades 9-12 and all crew members are in grades 7-12.  A combination of great student talent and committed staff members has made O’Neill High School’s musicals events that nobody should miss.  

Mobile Food Pantry In O'Neill March 17th


03/16/15 07:40 AM

The mobile food pantry, sponsored by We Care, Inc, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 5:30 pm 
at the O'Neill Community Center. Volunteers are needed and appreciated for the food pantry from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Wear your green and be a part of something great!  We will also have a direct link through Skype to Natalie, a bilingual assistant with Foodbank from the Heatland in Omaha, to help persons with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). If you have questions about your account, would like to sign up, or wonder if you qualify, come to the O’Neill Community Center from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, March 17. Natalie will be glad to assist you free of charge.  

O'Neill FCCLA Competes At District STAR


01/29/15 09:18 AM

Front l/r:  Marissa Lichty, Lauren Osborne, Ephraim Bunner, Julia Bauer, and Haley Schmeichel.
Back row l/r: Blair Langan, Amanda Pischel, Robyn Isom, Emma Krysl, and Tayte Jussel. 

 
Members of the O’Neill FCCLA Chapter traveled to Wheeler Central High School to compete in the District STAR competition on January 25, 2015.  They joined nearly 100 other FCCLA members from Ainsworth, Burwell, Central Valley, Chambers, Ord, West Boyd, West Holt, and Wheeler Central.
O’Neill results include:
Amanda Pischel, National Programs in Action, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Lauren Osborne, Illustrated Talk, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist;
Robyn Isom, Chapter Service Project, Senior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Emma Krysl, Environmental Ambassador, Junior division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan, Promote and Publicize FCCLA, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold Medalist;
Haley Schmeichel and Julia Bauer, Chapter Service Project, Junior Division, District Champion, State Qualifier, and Gold medalist;
Ephraim Bunner, Illustrated Talk, Junior Division, Silver medalist;
Tayte Jussel, Nebraska Health and Wellness, Junior Division, Silver medalist.  

Legislature Proposes Numerous Property Tax Bills


01/26/15 10:49 AM

By Sophie Tatum, Nebraska News Service

LINCOLN--Gov. Pete Ricketts and state lawmakers seem to agree that addressing property tax issues are priority, and they'll have plenty of options to choose from based on the legislative bills introduced.

The state does not levy property taxes, which primarily support public schools and local government. But as farmland values have increased, rural taxpayers in particular have expressed widespread concern about the impact of those taxes.

Here is a compilation of notable property tax-related bills that have been introduced in the 104th Legislature.

LB 71, Introduced by Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, would provide a tax relief for agricultural and horticultural land.  The relief would be credit that landowners would receive.

LB 178, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would make agricultural and horticultural land a separate class of land for property taxes. This class of land would be valued at only 75 percent of its actual value, except for school district taxes. School district taxation would value the land even less starting in 2016 and would continue to decrease each year.

LB 186, Introduced by Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, would adopt the Property Tax Circuit Breaker Act, revising the percentage of credit property owners would receive.

LB 259, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would make the first $25,000 of a taxpayer's tangible personal property exempt from taxes.

LB 260, Introduced by Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island, would give the Property Tax Administrator the ability to recertify values if an error is discovered within three years of the original tax distribution date.

LB 309, Introduced by Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, would move $25 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund.

LB 345, Introduced by Sen. Rick Kolowski of Omaha, would adopt the Property Tax Relief Act, which would provide property tax relief for property taxes on certain homesteads. It would also create the Property Tax Relief Fund to reimburse counties for revenues lost when they grant homestead exemptions.

LB 364, Introduced by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, would move $60 million from the General Fund to the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund for the property tax credit program.

LB 398, Introduced by Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha, would exempt all tangible, personal property from property taxes. 

   
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