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Farm Bill Meetings Give Farmers A Chance To Learn About Coverage Programs


11/20/14 04:39 PM

The Holt- Boyd Farm Service Agency and UNL Extension Service is hosting a Farm Bill meeting on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the Our Saviour's Lutheran Hall in Spencer and at 2:00 p.m. at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall in O'Neill. The meeting is free and open to the public. 

UNL Extension Service , will demonstrate the online decision-making tools that are available to producers to help make important enrollment decisions regarding the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Learning more about ARC and PLC is extremely important for producers who must make a one-time decision about base and yield updates as well as ARC or PLC election and enrollment decisions. An FSA representative will be in attendance to answer any questions on ARC and PLC policy and procedure.

For more information about the meeting, please contact the Holt-Boyd County FSA Offices at 402-336-3796 extension 2.
Access to a full schedule of statewide Producer Information Meetings is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/ne or farmbill.unl.edu.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting/event/function should contact the Holt-Boyd FSA office at 402-336-3796 extension 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339
 

Neligh Businesses Wish You "Merry Monday" With Sales


11/20/14 04:33 PM

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O'Neill FCCLA Members Recognized At State Capital Ceremony


11/20/14 01:44 PM

(left to right) Governor Dave Heineman, Emily Morrow, Allison Ludwig, Allison Becker and Dr. Matthew Blomstedt
 
On Monday, November 17, Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow, members of the O’Neill FCCLA Chapter were recognized at the Commissioner’s Recognition Ceremony in the State Capital Rotunda.  They were acknowledged for their efforts during the National FCCLA Conference last summer when they competed in the STAR competition earning a gold medal and 99.4 % score.  They received their certificates from Governor Dave Heineman and Commissioner of Education Dr. Matthew Blomstedt.   On hand to observe the ceremony were their family members: Bart and Paula Becker, John and Cheryl Ludwig, Kevin and Drew Morrow, as well as O’Neill Superintendant Amy Shane and chapter advisor Ann Mann.

O'Neill Public School Seeking Public Input On Career Education Courses


11/20/14 06:52 AM

O’Neill Public School District will be hosting a strategic planning session called reVISION on Monday, November 24th at the O’Neill Community Center. The purpose will be to align Career Education programs with Nebraska’s economic and workforce development priorities to help ensure that students leave high school with the knowledge and skills required for employment or the continuation into   postsecondary education program. We need your help! Your input is needed to help align Career Education courses with local, regional, and state workforce demands, and we will also be seeking input on the knowledge and skills that students need for jobs in our local/regional economy. Meeting will be Monday, November 24th at the O’Neill Community Center. Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM and the meeting will conclude at 8 PM. Please RSVP to Nicole Sedlacek at 402-336-1504 or nicole@growholt.com or Amy Shane at 402-336-3775 or amyshane@oneillschools.org by Friday, November 21st. 

Tony Bosn Spends $1410.56 In 3 Minutes at Rotary Club Shopping Spree


11/19/14 02:40 PM

Tony Bosn did a little damage in 3 minutes!  $1410.56
The O'Neill Rotary Club recently sold tickets for a chance at a 3 Minute Shopping Spree at O'Neill Super Foods.  Tony Bosn of O'Neill was the lucky individual that won the drawing and Wednesday, November 19 had 3 minutes to fill his shopping carts at O'Neill Super Foods.  Tony, along with his wife Chris coaching him, filled over 3 carts with groceries and goodies and when he was done the dollar amount totaled $1410.56

Curt Shambram of O'Neill was the second place prize winner and received a $300 gift certificate to O'Neill Super Foods. 

The O'Neill Rotary Club would like to thank all that purchased tickets. 

Tony Bosn along with his wife Chris & O'Neill Rotary Members get ready to haul groceries out!

Tony Bosn along with O'Neill Rotary President Mike Hammerlun

Raise Roof Soup Dinner To Be Sunday in Orchard


11/19/14 07:06 AM

Senate Votes Down Keystone Approval Bill


11/19/14 06:38 AM

Story Courtesy Bold Nebraska
The Senate voted today to reject a bill forcing approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. 

“Today’s defeat of Keystone XL should send a strong signal to the incoming GOP-led Congress that farmers and ranchers will never back down to their oil soaked intentions. We call on Pres. Obama to stand up and reject Keystone XL now,” said Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska.

In spite of heavy pressure from the oil industry’s friends in Congress like Sen. Mary Landrieu, key Senators held strong against the dangerous project, recognizing that the pipeline would not be in our national interest because it would threaten our land, water, and climate while bringing no economic benefit to the American people.

Today’s vote is yet another blow to the pipeline’s prospects, as recent momentum has shifted against approval of the controversial project. Recent polling showed that as Americans have had more time to learn about the Keystone XL, support for the pipeline has waned. President Obama has also made it clear that he has serious reservations about the project, telling reporters last week that the pipeline would “[provide] the ability of Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else. It doesn’t have an impact on US gas prices.” The president has also reaffirmed his commitment to evaluating the pipeline based on its impact on climate, which experts agree would be significant.

Holt County Hometown Leadership Graduates Recognized


11/18/14 03:15 PM

2014 Hometown Leadership Graduates
(left to right) Brian Sedlacek, Joyce Miller, Kris Frederick, Tom Hoover, Jacque Kiser, Amanda Greger & Ashley Hipke
(Photo Courtesy of Holt County Independent)

 
The Holt County Economic Development Annual Banquet was held Sunday, November 16 at the O'Neill Community Center.  This year they celebrated ten years of the HomeTown Leadership Institute.  Since it's inception in 2005 over 100 graduates have gone through the program.  This years graduates are Kris Frederick, Amanda Greger, Ashley Hipke, Tom Hoover, Jacque Kiser, Joyce Miller, Makayla Oltjenbruns, Brian Sedlacek and Amy Westphalen.

For more information on how you can enroll in the next institute contact the Holt County Economic Development Office at 402-336-1504 or go to www,growholt.com

KBRX Page News Reporter Charlene Ickes Passes Away


11/18/14 11:22 AM

Charlene Ickes
KBRX Radio is saddened to hear the news of the death of our longtime Page News Reporter Charlene Ickes.  Charlene has been reporting the news from the Page area for 30 years and always had a positive, bright and cheery way of delivering the news each Tuesday.  Charlene passed away Monday afternoon, November 17 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill.

Today, Tuesday, November 18, Charlene's daughter Teri Meyer reported the Page News with a special tribute to her mother.  Click here to listen to the Newscast and listen all the way to the end so you can hear Charlene sign off on the Page News one more time.

Memorial services for Charlene Ickes, age 83, of Page, will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at The United Methodist Church in Page, NE.  Burial will be at a later date in the Page Cemetery.  Memorial Visitation will be Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm, with a 7:30 pm Prayer Service at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill.  Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

O'Neill Christmas Closet Needs Your Help To Help Others


11/17/14 04:06 PM
After the Mobile Food Pantry at the O’Neill Community Center on Tuesday, December 9, we will continue to share the love of God for people in need. Participants can enjoy a soup supper provided by the American Legion, Sons of American Legion and the Legion Riders as well as pictures with Santa. Children and adults will be able to pick out a few nice, free gifts to re-gift to their loved ones. We need your help to make it a success.

We need donations of new or gently used items that would make nice gifts for people. Suggestions include toys, home decor, small kitchen appliances, and Christmas decorations. The only clothing we need are winter coats, hats, mittens and scarfs. Also, gift wrapping paper is appreciated as volunteers will be wrapping gifts
.
Drop Off your donations by December 4 to any of the following locations in O’Neill:
ALCO 
Bank First
Great Western Bank 
Pinnacle Bank
Tri County Bank
Shopko 
Most of the local churches

Volunteers are needed and appreciated!Work Days include Saturday, November 22 and December 6 at 9 a.m. at the Northeast Community College Gymnasium for cleaning and organizing. Several volunteers will be needed all day on Tuesday, December 9, at the community center. Contact Chrisy Yates at 402-336-6202 to volunteer or ask
questions. Sponsored by We Care, Inc.

Nathaniel & Christopher Jennings At Albion College International Piano Festival


11/17/14 02:42 PM

left to right  - Nathaniel Jennings,- Dr. David Abbott, Professor of Piano at Albion College - Christopher Jennings
November 7 through 9, 2014, Nathaniel and Christopher Jennings were invited to participate in the 7th Annual Albion College International Piano Festival held in Albion, Michigan.  Since its inception in 2008, the Piano Festival has grown in popularity and stature.  The purpose of this festival is unique – it offers a festival for pre-college pianists of all levels from beginner to advanced.  In addition to their performance, each participant is given the opportunity to play in a master class and take a private lesson from a member of the Albion College piano faculty.  The fundamental emphasis is on learning and celebrating the love of the piano and piano music. 
 
Students traveled from all over the state of Michigan, the Upper Peninsula, Nebraska and Indiana to participate.  This year’s festival clinicians and guest artists were Professor Edmund Battersby from the renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Professor Kevin Chance of the University of Alabama.  Mr. Battersby has performed all over the world with major orchestras and chamber groups.  Dr. Chance has performed in Carnegie Hall, at the Lake District Music Festival, and with several orchestras across the United States. 
 
Nathaniel and Christopher attend O’Neill Public Schools and are the sons of William and Molly Jennings.  They study piano with Laurie Hacker of O’Neill and Patricia Will of Omaha.

Jace Stagemeyer Piece Featured at Celebration of Youth XXI


11/17/14 01:50 PM

Jace Stagemeyer with his PVC Lamp
The pvc lamp of Jace Stagemeyer of Page, Nebraska was showcased in the 21st annual Celebration of Youth in the University of Nebraska—Lincoln’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design October 20 – November 8, 2014.  Items in the exhibition in the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery were selected from the thousands of exhibits in the Clothing, Fashion Show, Home Environment and Quilt Quest departments at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair. 
On November 8, the department hosted a day of workshops for the youth and their parents, culminating in the exhibition’s closing event on November 8.  Each exhibitor in the Gallery gave a short artist’s talk about their piece.  The program was followed by a final opportunity to see the exhibition in the Hillestad Gallery, and a reception hosted by the Friends of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery.   

4-H Awards Presented at 2014 4-H Achievement Ceremony


11/17/14 01:34 PM
The 4-H Achievement Ceremony is held annually in the fall. This year, the ceremony was held Sunday, November 9th at O’Neill Lanes in O’Neill. 4-H Families were encouraged to attend for an afternoon of bowling fun and 4-H awards. A total of 47 4-H youth in attendance participated in bowling. A number of volunteers and youth were presented with awards. At this year’s ceremony, the Host 4-H Club included members of the Eagle Hustlers Club of Page. The Masters Of Ceremonies were: Travis Halsey and Tyler Beeks. Membership pins were presented to one, three, five, seven, nine, ten, and eleven year members. Leadership pins were presented to two, five, fifteen and twenty year leaders. Leaders receiving awards for two years of service include: Joel Coburn, Christy Deseive, Amy Gubbels, Ann Kurpgeweit, Christi Larby, Sherry Melcher, Katie Olson, Judy Tomjack, and Lee Woita. Leaders receiving awards for five years of service include: Michelle Haburchak and Kerri Klabenes. Leaders receiving awards for ten years of service include: Kevin DeKay and Lynn Nichols. Scott Moore received an award for twenty years of service. Thank you to all these volunteers who have so graciously donated much of their time to the Holt County 4-H program. Awards were given for youth who completed the 4-H Career Portfolio, Diamond Clover Application, and Camp Scholarships. Special awards were presented: Heart of 4-H Award – Mary Pospichal; Friend of 4-H Award – AgLand Electric Motor Service, Atkinson; Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award –Rick Doolittle, Outstanding 4-H’er Award – Lindy Woita. The afternoon concluded with a Holt County 4-H Council fund-raiser conducted by auctioneer: Travis Dougherty. 2014 Volunteers (l to r) Joel Coburn, Sherry Melcher & Kevin DeKay 1st Year Members Back Row (L to R): Matthew Koehlmoos - , Starlea Bowen, Jessica Green, Andrew Koehlmoos, Autumn Hoppe Front Row (L to R): LaShanna Werth, Elizabeth Olson, Zeke Klabenes, Miya Carey, Wade Krysl 3-5 Year Members Back Row (L to R): Cale Buss – 3 year, Lawrence Werth – 5 year, Levi Cronk – 5 year, Lucas Olson – 5 year, Tyson Stracke – 5 year, Tate Krysl – 3 year Middle Row (L to R): Ashley Pischel – 5 year, Emma Green – 5 year, Jordyn Laible – 5 year Front Row (L to R): Hannah Olson – 3 year, Ashley Melcher – 3 year 7, 9, 10, 11 Year Members Back Row (L to R): Leanne DeKay – 10 year, Javin Klabenes – 7 year, Lindy Woita – 10 year, Meagan Carr – 10 year, Dani Laible – 7 year, Andrew Koenig – 7 year Front Row (L to R): Joshua Klabenes – 7 year, Casey Coburn – 7 year, Jade Buss – 7 year, Travis Halsey – 7 year

Gov. Heineman Announces Members of 2015 Nebraska Ag Youth Council


11/17/14 11:40 AM


Kory Wagner of Creighton (back row, 4th from left) was selected to the NAYC.

(Lincoln, Neb.) Today, Gov. Dave Heineman and Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach announced the selection of the members of the 2014-2015 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council (NAYC). The council is comprised of college-aged students from throughout the state who exhibit a passion for agriculture and promote the industry through educating others.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the agricultural industry, and each of these young adults has exhibited a passion for educating others about the importance of agriculture,” said Gov. Heineman. “These are the future leaders of our agricultural industry, and I am excited to see what these students accomplish during the upcoming year on the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council.”

The NAYC is entering its 44th year with the installation of the new council members. Throughout the year, the council coordinates several agricultural learning experiences for Nebraska youth including: visiting elementary classrooms to discuss where food comes from, taking urban youth to experience farms and what a day in the life of a farmer is like and visiting with high school students from across the state. The primary focus of the NAYC is to coordinate the annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI), a five-day summer conference for current high school juniors and seniors.

This year’s council is comprised of 21 college-aged men and women.

The 2014-2015 NAYC leaderships includes: Johnny Ference, Ord, Head Counselor; Trent Mastny, Howells, Head Counselor; Larissa Wach, Wauneta, President; Morgan Zumpfe, Friend, Secretary; Samantha Schneider, Cozad, Vice President of the Communications and Social Media Committee; Hannah Gaebel, Ashland, Vice President of the NAYI Improvement Committee; Eric Wemhoff, Humphrey, Vice President of the Promotion Committee; Aksel Wiseman, Hershey, Vice President of the Sponsorship and Alumni Relations Committee; and Toni Rasmussen, Albion, Vice President of the Youth Outreach Committee.

Additional members are: Elizabeth Rice, Murray; Railen Ripp, Kearney; Dylan Dam, Hooper; Grant Uehling, Uehling; Haley Bledsoe, Blair; Kate Likens, Swanton; Kory Wagner, Creighton; Landon Swedberg, North Platte; Maggie Louthan, Smithfield; Rachel Ibach, Sumner; Rebecca Cornelius, Madrid; and Sarah Wollenburg, Beatrice.  

To learn more about the NAYC or NAYI, please visit the NAYI website at www.nda.nebraska.gov/nayi/ or search for Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute on Facebook.
 

Deer Outlook Good For 2014 Firearm Season


11/14/14 10:02 PM

Rod Doggett with his buck taken last year
A good season of deer hunting is expected in Nebraska for the Nov. 15-23 firearm season.
“Most hunters should see more deer this year after two good years of fawn production,” said Kit Hams, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s big game program manager. “The number of older bucks should also remain high as hunters have continued to be selective in their harvest.”
Hams estimated Nebraska deer harvest for all seasons may end up similar to 2013 and surpass 45,000. The deer population is recovering from a 2012 outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.
Game and Parks reminds hunters to make safety a priority this firearm season. View safety tips and requirements online.

Public Invited to Meetings In Our Area About Niobrara River Studies


11/14/14 09:56 PM


LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission invites the public to attend informational meetings regarding studies completed on the Niobrara River.

Game and Parks will present information from the six studies it has completed about the function and values of the river. Those studies include the science behind the water levels in the river; the economic and social values of recreation on the river; the economic and social values of the river for agricultural, industrial and municipal uses; and the impact river flows have on fish and wildlife.

The meeting schedule is:

-- Dec. 8 – Chadron, Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District, 430 E. Second St., 6:30 p.m.

-- Dec. 9 – Valentine, Niobrara Lodge, 803 E. U.S. Highway 20, 6:30 p.m.

-- Dec. 10 – Butte, Community Hall, 520 Thayer St., 6:30 p.m

-- Dec. 16 – Lincoln, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, 4703 N. 44th St., 6:30 p.m.

Nicole Sedlacek Receives NECC Distinguished Service Award


11/14/14 09:39 PM

Nicole Sedlacek
NORFOLK - The Northeast Community College Board of Governors and campus community have honored five individuals for career success, achievement and distinguished service following graduation from the institution.

John W. Davies, Pilger, John Hollatz, Lexington, SC, Thomas Rudloff, Battle Creek and Master Sergeant Loren Zimmer, Washington DC, were inducted into Northeast's Hall of Success during a reception and ceremony Thursday evening at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Norfolk campus. The Hall of Success is awarded to individuals for achieving significant professional success, exhibiting exemplary citizenship qualities or making significant contributions to their communities and/or community affairs.

Also at the ceremony, Nicole Sedlacek, O’Neill, was presented with the Northeast Community College Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated active service to higher education and who have played a significant role in the development of Northeast Community College.

Dr. Chipps presented the Northeast Community College Distinguished Service Award to Nicole Sedlacek of O’Neill
Sedlacek, a 2006 graduate of Northeast Community College, is currently the executive director of Holt County Economic Development based in O’Neill. She is very active with Northeast, serving as an adjunct instructor for the west region of the service area; served as a co-chair for the College’s O’Neill Extended Campus Campaign and is a member of the Northeast Community College Foundation Board.
She currently serves as the president of the Nebraska Economic Developers Association, is secretary/treasurer for the Holt County Teammates organization and is treasurer for the O’Neill Community Foundation.

In her letter of nomination, Merri Schneider, director of the Northeast Community College Extended Campus in O’Neill wrote, “When the decision was made to embark on the journey to begin a capital campaign to build a new extended campus in O’Neill, Nicole agreed to be a campaign co-chair and went above and beyond to ensure that we would be successful. She was also instrumental in the effort to get an LB 840 (economic development package) approved in O’Neill. People from the Holt County area know that if they want to get something accomplished they want to have Nicole on their team.”

Schneider said Sedlacek has a great deal of passion for her work. “Nicole often says that she “gains energy” from being involved in many projects at the same time. She is a great example of the story about filling a jar. In this case, it is a professor filling a pickle jar with golf balls, followed by pebbles, then sand and finally water. This signifies making room in your life for everything that is really important, but also including all the other things too. I am confident that Nicole ‘fills her jar’ every single day!”                  
Sedlacek said Northeast Community College impacted her life in many ways. “The education I received was top notch. My classes gave me hands on experience that would prepare me in numerous ways for my careers.”

She said education is one of life’s top priorities. ”Put your education first! Even if you have to work part or full-time while attending college, stay on top of your classes. It’s easy to let life happen and put your education on the back burner, but you are the only one who has control over your future.”

Sedlacek, and her husband, Brian, have two daughters, Ally and Emma.

City Council Ward I Recount Results


11/13/14 04:44 PM
The Holt County Canvass/Resolution Board conducted an automatic recount on November 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. for O’Neill City Council Ward I.  The election night results had Don Baker with 193 votes and Michelle Liewer with 189 votes.  After the Provisional Ballots were counted Don Baker remained at 193 votes and Michelle Liewer’s votes were 191.  
The Official certified election results were as follows:
Don Baker – 193
Michelle Liewer – 191
The recount verified the results for Ward I.
 

Applications For Ribbon Tree in Neligh Extended Until November 21st


11/13/14 09:14 AM

The applications for the Ribbon Tree are now available to pick up at Willows, Golden Living Center, Heritage Bank, Pinnacle Bank, AMH Family Practice, Neligh Clinic, Neligh-Oakdale Pre-school, Health and Human Services Office, Thriftway,  Food Pantry, Neligh Library, and at the Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools.  In Elgin, the applications can be picked up at Dean’s Market, the Elgin Public School or St. Boniface. The applications need to be returned or mailed to Health and Human Services: POB 1, Neligh, NE 68756.  (or email to 
Patti.Brady@nebraska.gov).  This ongoing project sponsored by the Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA in conjunction with HHS provides families as well as residents of the Golden Living Center and Willows with an opportunity for a better Christmas.
 
The deadline for the applications has been extended to November 21st.
 
If you’d like to purchase a gift for the Ribbon Tree, you can find them on the Christmas trees at Heritage Bank, and Pinnacle Bank in Neligh after November 25th.
 

Ag Progress Show In Atkinson Will Help Producers Increase Profitability


11/12/14 11:15 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. — A December 17th  Ag Progress Show at the Atkinson Community Center in Atkinson will give producers an opportunity to hear research-based information on current topics that potentially could increase their profitability, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator said.
 
            Anyone who raises crops or beef cattle should attend the show, said Amy Timmerman, extension educator in Holt/Boyd counties.
 
            Timmerman said past participants have said the show is "very informative" with "relevant speaker topics."
 
            The show will start at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. The exhibit hall will close at 5 p.m. Commercial exhibits present during the entire show.
 
            No registration is necessary. The show will include a beef and cropping systems meeting and a door prize drawing for two tickets to the Nebraska vs. BYU football game on Sept. 5, 2015.
 
            Speakers and presentations include:
 
            – Tim Lemmons, UNL Extension Educator, "2014 Farm Bill Opportunities and Decisions"
 
            – Dale Blasi, Kansas State Extension Specialist, "Stocker Receiving and Health Management" and "Animal Electronic Identification Technology"
 
            – Joe Luck, UNL Extension Specialist, "Precision Agriculture"
 
            – Roger Elmore, UNL Extension Specialist, "Corn Growth, Development and Management"
 
            – Matthew Spangler, UNL Extension Specialist, "Genetic Selection Tools in Beef Cattle: What to Use and When to Use It"
 
            Lunch is complimentary, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Timmerman at the Holt County Extension office at 402-336-2760.

Pinnacle Bank Announces First Quarter Paying For Grades Winners


11/11/14 03:36 PM

Pinnacle Bank of O’Neill would like to announce the winners for the first drawing of “Paying for Grades” program. 
Our first winners of the this school year are as follows:  
Taylor Ross  -  O’Neill Elementary
Miya  Carey  -   West Holt Public Schools
Traci Vandersnick  -  St. Mary’s High School
Grady Novak  -   St. Mary’s High School
Allison Ludwig  -   O’Neill Jr/Sr High
 
Congratulations to all of our winners and keep up the great work!  It “Pays” to have good grades!

O'Neill Super Foods Gas Reward Program


11/11/14 12:48 PM


Ron Anderson and Deb Young use The Super Foods Reward Card to save on gas at Gokies Fast Mart. For more information stop out to Gokies Fast Mart or Superfoods in East O'Neill. 

O'Neill Elementary Students Selected For Sing Around Nebraska


11/11/14 08:45 AM

(left to right( Kelsey Osborne, Dr. Rollo Dilworth & Spencer Otto
The Nebraska Choral Directors Association was proud to sponsor the 2014 Sing Around Nebraska Children’s Honor Choir!  This event was held on November 7th and 8th, 2014 at the O’Donnell Auditorium on the campus of the Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The choir of 150 fifth and sixth grade students, were selected from across the state through an audition process.
 
Selected from O’Neill Elementary School were Kelsey Osborne and Spencer Otto.  They rehearsed and performed under a guest clinician, Dr. Rollo Dilworth, Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of Music Education and Music Therapy at Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Also performing on this concert were three collegiate choirs from Nebraska.   Their concert took place at 7:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Wesleyan University’s O’Donnell Auditorium on November 8th.

O'Neill P.E.O. Tour Of Homes To Be December 6


11/07/14 08:43 PM


Back row (l-r) Delight Becker, Ruth Harder, Tiffani Shoemaker 
Front row (l-r) Lindsay Loutzenhiser, Sandy Hoefer, Kathy Prouty

The 2014 O’Neill P.E.O. Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, December 6 in O’Neill from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This year’s tour will include the homes of Delight Becker, Sandy Hoefer and Lindsay & John Loutzenheiser. The tour will also include the newly remodeled Dan Ryan Theatre which is the home of the O’Neill Irish Dancers and also the Solid Rock Youth Center which is a new addition to the Faith Community Church.  After you’ve toured the homes and other facilities you are then invited to the O’Neill Country Club for coffee and desserts.  Ticket prices are $8 in advance or $10 at the door, and your ticket entitles you for a chance to win free door prizes.  Tickets are on sale at The Clothing Company and also at McIntosh Jewelry in downtown O’Neill.

O'Neill Members Awarded New FFA Jackets


11/06/14 11:08 AM

O’Neill FFA members awarded the Nebraska FFA Foundation Jacket Scholarship. 
(L to R) Tessa Rainforth, Cauy Shaw, and Haley Schmeichel.

 
(O’Neill, Nebraska) – The Nebraska FFA Foundation was pleased to present Haley Schmeichel, daughter of Jeff and Brenda Schmeichel; Cauy Shaw, son of Jay and Jennifer Shaw, and Tessa Rainforth, daughter of Monte and Rhonda Rainforth; of the O’Neill FFA Chapter their very own FFA jacket. These three students were of approximately 200 students selected statewide for the honor.
            “FFA jackets are costly and this is a great way for deserving students to apply and potentially be selected to receive a jacket through this program,” said Stacey Agnew, executive director of the Nebraska FFA Foundation. “All of us who have been FFA members understand the excitement of putting on your blue jacket for the first time and wearing it proudly as you represent your chapter and state at various activities. This program rewards and encourages members who are eager to continue Nebraska’s outstanding FFA tradition.”
            The idea for the jacket fund came from similar programs in New Jersey and North Dakota. “We had an excellent response this year of the program, with 650 deserving members applying for jackets,” said Agnew. “All of the students receiving jackets have been so grateful for this opportunity. We know they will wear their jackets well, representing an outstanding legacy of youth in agriculture,”
            Agricultural educators, former state officers, FFA officer teams, and other generous contributors have come forward to support the annual campaign. For more information about the Nebraska FFA Foundation’s annual campaign, contact Stacey Agnew at 402-472-5846 or stacey@neffafoundation.org.
            The mission of the Nebraska FFA Foundation is to enhance quality agricultural education/FFA programs in order to achieve excellence in leadership development, curriculum innovation and scholastic advancement of students.

Atkinson Man Taken Into Custody For Role In Death Of Infant


11/03/14 11:58 AM
From Atkinson Police Department - On November 1, 2014 Michael A. Schroeder, age 26, of Atkinson was taken into custody by members of the Atkinson Police Department for his role in the death of Kalium D. Ebsen, age 8 Months, of Atkinson.  Schroeder is currently being held in the Holt County Jail on a 10 percent of $1 million bond.

Mattie McCabe Awarded American FFA Degree


11/02/14 08:09 PM

(R to L) Chapter Advisor Mrs. Krystl Knabe, Mattie McCabe, Martha McCabe, and Mike McCabe in Louisville, KY after Mattie was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 87th National FFA Convention.
 
Louisville, KY- Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.
 
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. Less than 1% of FFA members are awarded this degree.
 
Mattie McCabe, a member of the O’Neill FFA Chapter in O’Neill, Nebraska, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo October 28-November 1 in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Mattie is the daughter of Mike and Martha McCabe of O’Neill and her FFA Chapter Advisor is Mrs. Krystl Knabe. Mattie is the second O’Neill FFA Chapter member to receive the American FFA Degree since the chapter was re-chartered in 2009. The first member was her brother, James McCabe.
 
The American Degree is sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit Services of America and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agriculture business, production, processing or service programs.
 
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agriculture experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
 
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at the National Convention on Saturday, November 1st. This year members were also given frames from sponsors so they may proudly display their achievement.

O'Neill Public 4th Grade Reading Class Learns About Volunteering & Raises Money


10/31/14 02:44 PM

Mrs. Melanie Stepp's 4th Grade Reading Class 
Mrs. Melanie Stepp's 4th Grade Reading Class at O'Neill Public Elementary learned about volunteering and also raised money to hel[ the Holt County Animal Shelter. 

The students first volunteered and helped out at the Holt County Animal Shelter in O'Neill.  They then wrote speeches that they would use when they went and asked individuals and businesses to donate to the Holt County Animal Shelter.  The class also had help from all grades and faculty at O'Neill Elementary in raising over $430 along with treats and supplies for the dogs at the Holt County Animal Shelter.

Mrs. Stepp said "this was about the students learning about volunteering, they received nothing else for this, except the satisfaction of helping the four legged friends at the Holt County Animal Shelter'.  

Holt County Animal Shelter volunteers and also some of the wonderful dogs at the facility came up to O'Neill Elementary on Halloween to meet the class and receive their donation.

WHMS Foundation Receives Donation in Memory of Don and Zola Mills


10/31/14 02:13 PM

Amy Westphalen, PA-C with the new Pediatric Crash Cart

ATKINSON — West Holt Medical Services Foundation received a generous donation in memory of Don and Zola Mills. This monetary gift from Dwaine and Susan (Mills) Olberding and D. Max and Claudia Mills allowed West Holt Medical Services’ Emergency Room Department to purchase a Broselow Pediatric Crash Cart.

The Broselow-Luten system was created to simplify the complexities of pediatric resuscitation which is a length based color-coding system for emergency care of children. The color zone has appropriate medication doses for resuscitation drugs and equipment sizes listed on a tape. This crash cart is designed specifically for young patients during an emergency.

“We hope to not have to use it, but when we do, we will be prepared,” says Amy Westphalen, Physician Assistant, at West Holt Medical Services. “By using a color coded system tool, we are able to concentrate on more important factors of care during the emergency, such as securing the airway, maintaining circulation and making a diagnosis,” explains Westphalen.

There is no longer a need to rely on memory or calculations to select the appropriate size equipment or drug dosage. The Broselow Pediatric Emergency Tape is divided into color-coded segments that estimate a child's weight based on length. This system assigns children to a color zone based on their length. Equipment (endotracheal and nasogastric tubes, suction catheters, and IV fluids, etc.) and medications are organized and stored by color to permit easier access in an emergency.

It can help simplify some of the decision-making in an emergency by eliminating the need to estimate a child’s weight, which is typically used to calculate the correct dosage for a medication. In an emergency, the estimation of a child’s weight and drug dosage calculation is done under stressful conditions, increasing the likelihood of dosage errors.

The sooner basic and advanced life support is initiated, the greater the child’s chance for complete recovery. Knowledge and skills required at the time of a pediatric emergency are not those used on a daily basis by the emergency care provider, so this new pediatric crash cart is crucial.

For more information about West Holt Medical Services Foundation, visit www.westholtmed.org, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
 

Caitlin Cole Named Miss Nebraska Sweetheart


10/28/14 04:11 PM

Caitlin Cole
Caitlin Cole, a senior at West Holt Public High School was crowned Miss Nebraska Sweetheart this weekend at the Iowa/Nebraska National Teenager Scholarship Organization's Pageant held in Omaha.
 
Caitlin was also First Runner -Up in the modeling competition, First-Runner-Up for her involvement in Community Service and received First Place for the written Essay Competition and received the Organization's Dove Award for academics, compassion, drive and giving.
 
Caitlin will go on to represent Nebraska at the organization's national level that will be held in Nashville, TN, July 26th - August 2nd, 2015.
   
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