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RC&D Council Reviews Activities


05/29/15 09:26 AM

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council met at their office in Plainview recently and reviewed the activities of on-going projects.  The Grandparent-Grandchild Day will be Saturday, August 1st from 10 – 3 at the historic Mars campground.  The day will include exploring animal tracks with the Nebraska Game & Parks outdoor activity trailer and an artifact search in the Verdigris Creek.  The Farmers Market starts on June 10th in the RC&D parking lot with sales going from 9 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.  Additional vendors – and of course customers – are always welcome.

The two pop-up canopies and 4 tables arrived and are now available to Plainview community members.  A deposit fee is required and only a small processing fee will be retained when the items are returned in good condition. 

The W.O.W. Tour – Wings on Wildflowers is Saturday, June 27th.  Participants will gather at the RC&D office at 8:30 and be transported to various sites in Pierce County to view wildflowers, learn how to harvest them, while discovering more about their use by pollinators.  Outstanding speakers will make this event a must-do.  Pre-registration is required by June 18th

Electronic waste recycling events will be held this summer in the communities of Tilden, Plainview, Hartington and Wakefield.  These collection events are for households only, no businesses.   The project is being funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and hosting communities. 

Shirley Hoffmann, Plainview, has another beautiful quilt on display.  This quilt top was a shower gift given to Shirley in 1956 and it was then hand-quilted by her grandmother.  The 50’s fabric is cool!  Shirley also has one of her own hand-embroidered quilts on display as well.

The RC&D Council looks forward to continuing their service to citizens through projects that will make life better for people in Antelope, Cedar, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Pierce, and Wayne counties.
 

Antelope County Crane Accident Kills Colorado Man


05/29/15 06:15 AM
From Antelope County Sheriff Department
A call came into the Antelope County Sheriff's Office at 9:23 am on Thursday, May 27.  Caller advised that a large crane had rolled a quarter mile north of the intersection of 527 and 100 Avenue in Antelope County.  The crane was being used by Wanzek Construction Company for the wind towers project southeast of Elgin, Nebraska.  it appears the crane was being operated north of the intersection of 527 and 100 road and the crane had gotten too close to the east edge of the road and rolled into a pasture owned by John Larson.  Rescue and Fire Departments from both Elgin and Petersburg were called to the scene. 
The operator of the crane was Thomas L. Bales, age 40, of Denver, Colorado and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was ordered by the Antelope County Attorney's Office and the accident is being investigated by the Antelope County Sheriff's Office

Can Care-A-Van To Stop In O'Neill Again This Year


05/28/15 10:41 AM
 

The 2015 10-11 Can Care-A-Van dates have been set!!!  On Monday, June 8th the 10-11 Can Care-A-Van will again be stopping in O’Neill. 

The10-11 Can Care-A-Van has been going in Nebraska for many years.  It is the largest fundraising/food drive for food pantries in the State of Nebraska.  All monetary donations and food donations raised in O’Neill that day will go to the Central Nebraska Community Services Food Pantry. 

Last year the CNCS Food Pantry had a goal of 1500 pounds of food and that goal was shattered in the first hour of the drive.  CNCS Food Pantry Coordinator, Michele Jarman, says “We live in such a caring community. A community that always wants to help us out and we are truly blessed!”

The Casey’s parking lot will again be the collection site.  We will have a tent set up and feel free to bring food donations or monetary donations to the site.  Each $1 donated equals 2 pounds of food!  Most cans of food may only be a pound or less. 

The food pantry would like to collect donations to help with their Christmas giving project which provides gift certificates to families in need to purchase items for their Christmas meal and between  $4 to $5,000 is spent by the food pantry every year on this project.

This year Spencer Schubert has been assigned to come to O’Neill.  Schubert joined the NBC Nebraska News team in February 2015. He's the evening anchor Sunday-Thursday alongside Catherine Silver.  NBC Nebraska is located in Hastings, NE and is an affiliate of Channel 10-11 of Lincoln.

Spencer is no stranger to Nebraska, having been born in Lincoln and raised in Kearney. He, like many others, grew up a big Husker fan and loves to keep up with all of the teams even after leaving the state for a few years. He most recently was Sports Director for WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, WV where he had the fortune of covering three different Division I schools (West Virginia, Marshall & Virginia Tech). He also had the rare treat of covering the annual PGA Tournament, the Greenbrier Classic, as well as anchoring coverage from New Orleans Saints training camp, which relocated to West Virginia in 2014.  Spencer now returns to Nebraska thrilled to tackle the news scene after several years in sports.

Casey’s will also be having some awesome specials that day.  Stop out and purchase two pieces of pizza and receive a 32 ounce fountain drink for FREE!!

So stop out at the Casey’s parking lot on Monday June 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to drop off your monetary donations or food donations, and don't be afraid to come up and say hi to Spencer Schubert!
 

"Redneck Romp" Scheduled for Late June


05/28/15 10:37 AM

The 2nd annual Redneck Romp will be Saturday, June 27th at the Marcellus Ranch near Atkinson. There will be 17 redneck obstacles that combine running, climbing, lifting, sliding, balance and mud! The “Half-A-Redneck” course is 1.5 miles and the “Completely Redneck” course is 3 miles long. There is also a “Lil’ Rompers” course for ages 4-10.

Participants get a medal and a free T-Shirt. Registration runs from $15 to $40, and you will get your free T-shirt by signing up by June 19th. For more information and registration go to www.redneckromp.org or call (402) 925-1956.

The Redneck Romp is a fundraiser for West Holt Medical Services Foundation with all proceeds going toward the Staff Development and Scholarship Fund.

Check out the flyer to the right.
 

Next Goodwill Donation Drive in O'Neill to be June 8-15


05/27/15 04:06 PM

Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska is looking forward to their next donation drive in O’Neill beginning at noon on Monday June 8 through Monday June 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, or earlier if the trailer becomes full. The donation trailer will be parked at the Shopko Parking Lot, 404 E. Hwy 20, O’Neill to receive donations.

Donations of clothing, computers, computer equipment and household items which are in good condition (what you would want to buy) can be placed inside the trailer. However, because of limited storage space, Goodwill cannot accept televisions, furniture or large appliances. Tax donation slips will be available at the trailer.

Our last drive was a great success, and the generosity of the citizens of O’Neill and the surrounding area is very much appreciated. Revenue earned through the sale of donations at Goodwill retail stores help support programs for persons who have developmental disabilities or a long-term mental illness. Goodwill’s mission is to assist these individuals in achieving independence in the community, including providing job training and job placement.
 

Homebuyer Education Workshop Scheduled For Central City in June


05/27/15 04:03 PM
 

For families dreaming of owning their own home, but uncertain about how to make that dream a reality, the Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD) will conduct a REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational workshop in Central City in June.  This workshop will be held at the Venture Center at 1530 17th Avenue on June 11 & 18, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings.  Participants are required to attend both evenings to receive a certificate of completion.

CNHD has a down payment assistance program, and participation in a REACH-certified workshop is a requirement for applying for these funds or other down payment assistance, as well as to qualify for low-interest mortgage loans.  To participate in these special programs, all persons to be listed on the property deed must complete Homebuyer Education.

The cost of the workshop is $50 per person, which covers books and materials.  Pre-registration is required.

To sign up for this workshop, or to inquire about future workshops, please contact Melissa Krysl, Marketing Specialist, at 402-340-6464 or via e-mail at melissa.krysl@cnedd.org, or visit the CNHD website for housing information at www.cnhdhome.org.
 

Chambers FCCLA Installs Officers And Confers Honors


05/27/15 03:35 PM

(L to R) Incoming and outgoing Chambers FCCLA Officers.
Chyenne Burrell, Nicole Beed, Kacie Gribble, Jamie Koenig, Schyler Burrell, Molly Lambert, 
Kyra Farewell, Jeremy Hubel, and Brant Pavel. Not pictured, Jacie Laetsch.

 
Chambers Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently  installed officers and recognized members and others who contributed to the success of the chapter during the 2014-2015 school year.
 
The new Chambers officer team includes: Molly Lambert, president; Jacie Laetsch, executive vice president, Schyler Burrell, secretary; and Molly Lambert who will serves as President of the District 9 2014-2015 Officer Team. Program vice presidents whose duties will be decided at a later date include Kyra Farewell and Jamie Koenig.
 
Receiving outstanding member awards were: Taylor Peter, Sydney Beed, BrookLynn Burrell, Jamie Koenig, and Schyler Burrell. The outstanding officer award for 2014-2015, as chosen by the other officers, went to Molly Lambert.  Chyenne Burrell received the President’s Award for her service as chapter president.
 
Molly Lambert led the recognition of senior members and thanked the twelve seniors for their leadership and contributions to the chapter. Each senior officer gave a farewell address. Senior parents were also presented with certificates of appreciation. Recognized for outstanding support to the Chambers Chapter were bus driver Kevin DeKay, state room sponsors Lenone Koenig, Alexa Farewell, and Denise Burrell. Others receiving certificates of appreciation included Barb Hubel, Justin Frederick, Celine Filsinger, and Katie Waldo.

Herrick, South Dakota Man Dies In 2-Vehicle Crash


05/27/15 03:21 PM

HERRICK, S.D. (AP) — A Herrick man is dead in a two-vehicle crash near the southeastern South Dakota town.

The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Steven Wheeler was driving a car that was struck by a pickup truck at a rural intersection shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Wheeler died at the scene. The driver of the pickup suffered injuries that the patrol called serious but not life-threatening.

4th Case Of Bird Flu Found In Knox County


05/27/15 03:19 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A fourth case of bird flu has been confirmed on a northeast Nebraska farm.

The state Agriculture Department said Wednesday the latest case involves 3 million hens on a farm in Knox County.

The new case of contagious bird flu was found 50 miles away from three cases in Dixon County that involved 4 million birds. All four of the infected farms are owned by the same company.

The Knox County farm has been quarantined, and nearby farms with birds will be tested.

Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says poultry farmers should restrict how many people and vehicles enter their farms.

Officials say the bird flu doesn't represent a significant health risk for humans, but more than 40 million birds have been killed nationwide to limit the spread of the disease.

Construction on 10th Street in O'Neill to Begin Soon


05/27/15 11:02 AM

To the relief of all men, women and children in O'Neill, construction is to begin on 10th street in the coming weeks.

A&R Construction will be moving in equipment, barricades and signs this week for Phase I of the 10th Street Paving Project. Phase I includes work from Benton Street to Shannon Apartments. Removal of current street material may begin later this week or the beginning of next week (week of June 1st).

The City of O'Neill will continue to update the public on the work schedules as the project continues. They appreciate everybody's patience and cooperation as the project gets underway.
 

Molly's Miracle Makers Fundraiser Raises Over $17,000


05/27/15 11:02 AM

Local Cancer Survivors & Star Wars Characters
Molly’s Miracle Makers CureSearch Fund Raiser was held Saturday night at the Holt County Fairgrounds.  A big thanks to all that came and also all that donated items for the auction.  There was over $17,000 raised at the event this year.
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Molly Lambert (right) & Jo Harkins at the front table

The Red Rooters Band Entertained The Crowd

Ewing Summer Fun Fest Golf Winners


05/27/15 09:12 AM

Putt For Dough Top 10 Finalists

 
Summerland Golf Course was the sight for the Putt for Dough and the Hole in  One Shootout held during the Ewing Summer Fun Fest Celebration on Sunday. 
Here are the results:
Putt For Dough
1st Place – Travis Funk, holed out the 10’ putt and left the 30’ putt at 12 ½”
2nd Place – Tyler Fry, 10’ putt missed by 7 ½”
3rd Place – Brock Kaczor, 10’ putt missed by 20 ½”
Hole In One Shootout – Shot was from 165 yards out
1st place – Seth Anson, 4’3” from the pin
2nd place – Brock Kaczor, 6’9” from the pin
3rd place – Dalton Williby, 11’1” from the pin

Road Work to Begin on N-11 North of Atkinson


05/26/15 11:25 AM

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of June 1 on N-11, from the junction of US-20/N-11, north of Atkinson, proceeding north for 8 miles, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Vontz Paving, Inc., of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $1,726,576 contract, which will include minor grading and erosion control, milling and asphalt paving on the roadway, and resurfacing of driveways and intersections throughout the project.

Traffic will be maintained during construction with use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Work is anticipated to be completed by late June.

The Department of Roads’ project manager is Dan Ziska of O’Neill.  Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.
 

Verdigre Kolach Days Calendar of Events


05/26/15 11:14 AM

Verdigre will be celebrating their annual Kolach Days Thursday, June 11th through Sunday the 14th.

You can click here to open the flyer with all of the events in .pdf form or click the left picture below to open a .jpeg. Also, the Chad Lee Band will be playing on June 12th, and that flyer is on the right.
   

 

John Hurley Wins 2015 Gateway Buick GMC Classic


05/23/15 02:43 PM
 

John Hurley with his trophy and check presentation!  (Photo courtesy Adams Pro Tour)

O'Neill's John Hurley captured his first pro win on the Adams Golf Pro Tour on Saturday, May 23 at the Firewheel at Garland Bridges Masters/Champion Course in Garland, Texas.  Hurley shot rounds of 67-64-69-68 on the Par 72 course for a four day total of 20-under-par..  He finished the day Saturday with 6 birdies and 2 bogeys.  Robby Ormand of Austin, Texas was one stroke behind at 19-under for second place.  The winner's purse was $15,000 for this tournament. Congratulations John!

Click here for full leaderboard http://agpts.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/agpt15/event/agpt157/contest/1/leaderboard.htm
 

Area Students On President?s and Deans? List Released at Northeast Community Col


05/22/15 03:22 PM

NORFOLK - Officials at Northeast Community College in Norfolk have released the President’s Honor List and Deans’ Honor List for both full and part-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester.
To be named to the President’s Honor List, students must earn a perfect grade point average of 4.0 and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.  Some 173 students made the President’s Full-time Honor List this spring semester. Students named to the Deans’ Honor List must have earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above and be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. Two hundred-two students were named to the Deans’ Honor List.
Another 173 students named to the President’s Part-Time list attained a 4.0 grade point average while taking at least six credit hours, and 46 students named to the Deans’ Part-Time list earned a grade point average of 3.75 or above while taking at least six credit hours.
Northeast serves residents in 20 counties in Northeast Nebraska.

PRESIDENT’S HONOR LIST - Full-Time, Spring 2015
Following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the President’s Honor List for full-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester at Northeast Community College.  

These students earned a 4.0 grade point for at least 12 hours.
Atkinson - Danial Frickel, Jonathan Schulte
Bloomfield - Kenna Fiedler, Bethany Luedke
Chambers - Chanda Schnoor
Creighton - Shayna Kruse
Elgin - Nicklaus Heithoff, Melissa Leistman
Emmet - Brock Schueth
Niobrara - Brianne Dekay
O'Neill - Lucas George, Taylor Mitchell, Kelsey Mundhenke, Jamie Olberding
Orchard - Matthew Burden
Osmond - Daniel Wiese
Petersburg - Sydney Schumacher
Plainview - Katie Goetzinger, Cory Sonnichsen, Cranston Thornburg
Spencer - Laura Ohri
Tilden - Michaela Grubb, Cynthia Stuckwisch
SD, Lake Andes - Sierra Svatos

DEANS’ HONOR LIST-Full-time, Spring 2015
The following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the Deans’ Honor List for full-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester at Northeast Community College. These students attained a grade point average of 3.75 for the semester while being enrolled for at least 12 credit hours.
Ainsworth - William Kackmeister, Schylar Philben
Atkinson - Thomas Rentschler, Bryce Rossman, Shaely Thiele
Bloomfield - Kash Poppe
Brunswick - Celine Eggerling
Burwell - Jillian Spencer, Zachary Turek
Clearwater - Taylor Pokorny
Creighton - Jenna Hemenway, Brytnn Henery, Brittany Jelinek, Karissa Rudloff
Crofton - Jared Allen
Elgin - Chelsi Mescher, Nash Schindler, Preston Schrage
Emmet - Noble Wentworth
Ewing - Alexa Farewell, Kayloni Spangler
Neligh - Connor Bentley, Bailey Carpenter, Courtney Pellatz, Dillon Smith
Niobrara - Daniel Red Owl
O'Neill - Candace Calkins, Miranda Ollendick, Cheyenne Rosenkrans, Colette Sherman, Elizabeth Wallace
Oakdale - Angela Richart
Petersburg - Peter Starman
Spencer - Dempsey Tapley
Springview - Kelsi Mizner
Stuart - Kayla Bouska
Tilden - John O'Brien
Verdigre - Hayden Liska, Karly Liska
Wausa - Adam Kleinschmit

PRESIDENT’S HONOR LIST—Part-time, Spring 2015
The following is a list of students, and their respective hometowns, named to the President’s Honor List for part-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester at Northeast Community College.  These students attained a perfect grade point average of 4.0 for the semester while being enrolled for at least six credit hours.
Amelia - DeLynn Strand
Atkinson - Jeff Kreitel
Bartlett - Chelsea Nichols, Teresa Tunender
Bassett - Hollie Morton
Bloomfield - Katelyn Miller, Grace Pokorny
Brunswick - Marissa Frank, Hannah Smith
Burwell - Jeremy Tarr, Lacey White
Butte - Kristen Mohr
Chambers - Donna Libolt
Clearwater - Sara Parks, Kelsie Waller
Creighton - Rebecca Eggerling, Claire Fanta, Jessica Gragert, Tessa Vogt
Elgin - Yoli Anderson, Kyle Heithoff
Ericson - Kristin Mahony
Ewing - Michala Winings
Lynch - Madison Rossmeier, Mykah Strom
Naper - Amber Bendig
Neligh - Wendy Bolling, Hollie Jisa, Taylor White
Niobrara - Jenny Motacek, Katie Ryan
O'Neill - McKenzie Adamson, Lala Hinton, Tyson Hostert, Walker Liewer, Nathaniel Reiser, Kelsey Sibbel, Lydia Sigler, Kathy Timmerman
Orchard - Keelie Meyer, Kaci Schacht, Briana Stelling
Osmond - Jessica Beacom, Cheri Carlson, Alicia Gutz, Caleb Krohn
Petersburg - Courtney Schumacher
Plainview - Tyan Boyer, Rachel Stolp
Royal - Shelby Snodgrass
Springview - Moriah Heerten
Tilden - Tanya Sharples
Verdigre - Kathi Liska

DEAN’S HONOR LIST Part-Time, Spring 2015

The following students, with their respective hometowns, were named to the Deans’ Honor List for part-time students for the Spring 2015 Semester.  These students attained a grade point average of 3.75 for the semester while being enrolled for at least 6 credit hours.
Bloomfield - Ashley Laible
Clearwater - Ashley Petersen
Creighton - Khristina Stevens
Elgin - Amanda Dworak
Neligh - Beth Damme, Tera Henkenius, Jennifer Rudolf
Niobrara - Hannah Stark
O'Neill - Arianna Dugan, Mandi McIntire, Marie Sitz
Osmond - Jason Stech

Fund Raiser To Be June 7 To Benefit Delmont, South Dakota Residents


05/22/15 01:12 PM
There will be a benefit concert to help assist the citizens of Delmont, South Dakota that are recovering from the tornado that caused extensive damage on May 10.  The concert will be performed Sunday, June 7 at 12:30 pm at the Tripp High School Gym in Tripp, South Dakota. Entertainment will include Bumble Bee’s Music Show, The South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame, Tyndall Accordion Club and several others.    Members of the historical Zion Lutheran Church, which was destroyed in the disaster, will be handling the concessions.  Admission for the event is a free will donation.  

Sen. Davis Brand Inspection Bill Signed by Governor Ricketts


05/22/15 10:17 AM
On May 13, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB85, a bill introduced by Senator Al Davis from Hyannis. Sen. Davis had designated LB 85 as his personal priority bill for this legislative session.
 
LB 85 raises the brand inspection fee cap from 75 cents to $1.10. The Nebraska Brand Committee, which is comprised of five people representing the cattle industry and appointed by the Governor, has the authority to raise and lower the per-head brand inspection fee within the cap, which was last set in 2005 at 75 cents. The committee has exercised fiscal restraint, raising the fee when their cash reserve sinks below 20 percent of their budget, and lowering the fee when their cash reserve exceeds 45 percent of their budget. The cash reserve has been averaging below 20 percent for several years.
 
“The Brand Committee has demonstrated a significant need for this cap increase,” Sen. Davis said. “It’s important to ensure that our Brand Committee has the resources to update their technology and to maintain competitive salaries for prospective employees, as several veteran inspectors are nearing retirement.  I am pleased to see it go forward with strong support from my colleagues and the Governor.”
 
LB 85 passed its final round of debate in the Nebraska Legislature with 44 senators voting for the bill and no senators voting against.  

Work To Begin On Ewing Link In Holt County


05/22/15 09:44 AM

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of May 25 on L-45B, the Ewing Link, from the junction of US-275/L-45B, proceeding north 5.83 miles to the junction of US-20/L-45B, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Vontz Paving, Inc., of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $476,115 contract, which will include milling and asphalt paving on the roadway throughout the project.
Traffic will be maintained during construction with use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle. Work is anticipated to be completed by early June.
The Department of Roads’ project manager is Dan Ziska of O’Neill. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

O'Neill PEO Chapter GT Announces Scholarship Winners


05/21/15 04:13 PM

(left to right) Delight Becker, Molly Atkeson, Natalie Brodersen, Rahtaya Young, Ariel Lichty and Janice Vosler
O'Neill PEO Chapter GT announces their 2015 Scholarship Winners. Recipients were Molly Atkeson, Natalie Brodersen, Rahtaya Young and Ariel Lichty. Each of these girls were awarded $250 PEO Scholarships this year.  Proceeds from the PEO Tour of Homes are used to help fund these scholarships.  PEO members Delight Becker and Janice Vosler made the presentation.

Timothy "Cooper" Knaak Recognized By Governor For Top SAT Score


05/21/15 03:31 PM

Plainview's Timothy "Cooper" Knaak on far right was recognized by Governor Pete Ricketts
Lincoln – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts recognized 15 Nebraska high school students for their academic achievement in earning top scores of 36 on the ACT or a 2400 on the SAT college admissions exam.
 
Ceremonies were held at Westside High School in Omaha and Lincoln East High School.
 
“Earning top scores on the ACT and SAT exams are great achievements for our Nebraska students,” Governor Ricketts said.  “These students from Hastings, Lincoln, Omaha, and Plainview represent our state’s talented and ambitious youth who are leaders both in and outside of the classroom.”
 
The Governor was joined by Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education, as well as  representatives of ACT and the College Board to honor Nebraska’s seniors earning the highest possible composite scores on the exams.
 
Top scoring ACT students are Jack Bruck of Creighton Preparatory School; Shaket Chaudhary and Jennifer Solheim of Westside High School; Jonathan Collins of Mount Michael Benedictine High School; Emma Cooney of Lincoln East High School; Ryder Mays of Hastings Senior High School; Daniel Parr and Shuowei Quin of Lincoln East High School; Anna Russert of Lincoln Northeast High School; Anne Stratman of Duchesne Academy; Jainaha Srikumar of Brownell-Talbot School; and Zachary Warneke of Millard South High School.
Timothy “Cooper” Knaak of Plainsview received a top score on the SAT.  Cooper is the son og Tim and Patty Knaak of Plainview.
 
Erin Cooney of Lincoln East High School and Celine Qui of Millard North High School received top scores on both exams.
 
"Perfect ACT/SAT scores are a substantial accomplishment for students and a great honor to the work of parents, teachers, and of course, the students,” said Nebraska Education Commissioner Matthew Blomstedt.  “High achievement and excellence are reflected in these scores and it serves as a reminder of the efforts to continuously raise the bar and improve outcomes for all of Nebraska's students.  Congratulations to the students who reached this high mark this year."
 
The ACT consists of four tests scored on a scale of one to 36. In Nebraska, 17,768 students out of 1,845,787 students nationwide completed the ACT in 2014. Nebraska ACT testers have increased by ten percent since 2010.

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.

Crop Certification Deadline is July 15


05/21/15 10:52 AM
 

Are you done planting?  If so, call the FSA Office to schedule an appointment to certify your crops for the 2015 year.  The final reporting date is July 15, 2015 and appointment times will go fast so don’t wait. Give Farm Service Agency a call at 402-336-3796 ext.2.
 

Lions Club Announces Scholarship Winners


05/21/15 10:43 AM



The O'Neill Lion's Club has picked their scholarship recipients this year. They are: Jon Marvin, Natalie Brodersen, Bridget Schneider, and Riley Wakefield.
 

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.
 

West Holt Medical Services Foundation's Spring Scholarship Winners


05/20/15 09:59 AM

ATKINSON — West Holt Medical Services Foundation would like to announce the spring 2015 $500 scholarship winners, Payton Kennedy and Jessica Thomassen.

Kennedy is a 2012 graduate of West Holt Public Schools and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-Lincoln Division. After graduation in May of 2016, she hopes to obtain employment as a Registered Nurse at West Holt Medical Services. Kennedy shares, “I couldn’t be happier with my career choice. I love all aspects that are involved with nursing and truly love taking care of people.”

Thomassen is currently working at West Holt Medical Services as a Registered Nurse. She is furthering her education at the University of Phoenix by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through their online courses. Thomassen obtained her nursing degree from Bryan College of Health Sciences in 2004. Thomassen shares, “I enjoyed growing up in a small town and love that I can contribute my skills to those in need in our community. West Holt Medical Services has given me the opportunity to remain in a small town. My career goal is to become a nurse manager and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will provide me a solid foundation to achieve this goal.”

The next deadline for the scholarship application submission is November 15. Anyone interested in receiving further information about the scholarship program, please visit our website at www.westholtmed.org and click on the Foundation tab or call the Foundation office at 402-925-1956.

For more about West Holt Medical Services Foundation, visit them online at www.westholtmed.org, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. The mission of the West Holt Medical Services Foundation is to obtain, invest, and distribute funds which will help advance and improve the quality of care in North Central Nebraska provided by West Holt Medical Services.
 

One Room Schoolhouse In Garfield County To Close After 45 Years


05/20/15 06:11 AM

BURWELL, Neb. (AP) — A rural one-room schoolhouse in Nebraska is set to close after 45 years.

The Grand Island Independent (http://bit.ly/1c4cikC ) reports the District 70 School in Garfield County will close Wednesday. The Burwell Public Schools board decided in January to close the school at the end of this school year.

District 70 was created in 1970 after four other rural schools were consolidated. Over the years, the school shrank to one teacher, a paraeducator and five students in grades four through six.

Two of the students will travel to Burwell to attend school next year, prompting parents to send their siblings as well. This partly contributed to the board decision to close the school.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

Mitchell Equipment Announces Two Scholarship Winners


05/19/15 12:20 PM
 

(Atkinson, Nebraska) - Mitchell Equipment has awarded two $500 scholarships to area graduates.  Helping young people continue their education is one of the greatest benefits to living and owning a business in rural Nebraska. According to Boyd Mitchell, Owner and President of Mitchell Equipment, “giving back to the rural communities that support our business is one small way we can help to make a difference for our young people.”

The first $500 scholarship has been awarded to a West Holt High School student with an interest in returning to the North Central Region of the state, as well as good citizenship in school and community. The recipient of this scholarship is Paige Mitchell, a 2015 graduate of West Holt and will be entering her freshman year at South Dakota State University this fall. She will be seeking a degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Horticulture at the University’s College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.  Paige is the daughter of Kurt and Pam Mitchell of Atkinson.

The second $500 scholarship is available to area students who currently reside in one of the following counties:  Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Garfield, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Loup, Rock or Wheeler. Scholarship selection was based on the student’s interest in Agriculture or an Ag related field of study, an interest in returning to the North Central Region of the state, as well as good citizenship in school and community.  The recipient of the Multi-County Scholarship, Moriah Heerten, a 2015 graduate of Keya Paha County High School and will be entering her freshman year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall. She will be majoring in Agronomy and Ag Economics at the University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.  Moriah is the Daughter of Ron and Sandra Heerten of Springview, Nebraska.

“Miss Mitchell and Miss Heerton have both set an excellent example for fellow students to follow, and both are deserving recipients of this scholarship. We are extraordinarily grateful to do business in this area of the state and appreciate each and every customer”, says Mitchell.

Since 1991, family-owned Mitchell Equipment has grown to become the #1 Case IH dealer in North Central Nebraska. They sell, service and support a full line of new Case IH farm equipment and other leading equipment brands like JCB. They also feature new Yamaha ATVs, Side by Sides and generators; Cub Cadet lawn and garden equipment; Land Pride zero-turn mowers; and the full line of Traeger Grills. They maintain a large parts inventory and employ factory-trained service technicians who provide expert service on every brand we sell. Stop by today and check out the best selection of quality new and used tractors, combines, farm equipment, ATVs and lawn mowers in Atkinson, Nebraska.
 

Lynch to Host Boating Education Class June 9


05/19/15 09:16 AM

There will be a boating education class taught at the Lynch Fire Hall on June 9 from 6-9pm.  This will be the option B class. Students will have to download the study material at www.outdoornebraska.org under the boating education link.  State law requires any person born after December 31, 1985 must take the class.  For more information contact Jared Finnegan at (402) 340-6882.  The class is limited to 30 people so you must sign up to reserve your spot by calling Jared.
 

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

2015 Holt County Public Speaking Contest Results


05/18/15 02:05 PM

The Holt County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held Friday, April 24th at the Holt County Courthouse Annex in O’Neill. Through the 4-H Public Speaking Contest, youth have an opportunity to write a Speech or a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that incorporates the topic of 4-H and deliver it to an audience.  4-H Public Speaking Contests also help youth develop skills for communicating about current issues to real audiences, learn how to organize and prepare a speech, develop speech delivery skills, learn how to present themselves to others, and develop self-confidence.

Results are as follows:

SPEECH
Clover Kid Division:
Clover Kid Participation Ribbon:
Alex Otte, O’Neill
Anna Otte, O’Neill
Cale Deseive, Atkinson
LaShanna Werth, O’Neill
Emerson Mlady, Atkinson
Cassie Livingston, Orchard
Jameson Estill, Stuart
Case Shane, Atkinson


Clover Kid Speech Contest Participants:
Back Row (left to right): Jameson Estill, Anna Otte, Emerson Mlady, LaShanna Werth
Front Row (left to right): Cassie Livingston, Case Shane, Alex Otte, Cale Deseive


Junior Division
Sydney Estill, Stuart: Champion - Purple
Tucker Stagemeyer, Page: Reserve Champion - Purple
Emma Otte, O’Neill – Purple
Lawrence Werth, O’Neill – Purple
Oliver Shane, Atkinson – Blue
Carlee Livingston, Orchard – Blue

Senior Division
Cadrien Livingston, Orchard: Champion – Purple
Travis Halsey, Chambers: Reserve Champion – Purple


Speech Contest Participants:
Back Row (left to right): Travis Halsey, Tucker Stagemeyer, Lawrence Werth, Cadrien Livingston
Front Row (left to right): Sydney Estill, Oliver Shane, Carlee Livingston, Emma Otte


PSA’s
Junior Division
Sydney Estill, Atkinson: Champion - Purple
Miya Carey, Atkinson: Reserve Champion - Purple
Ashley Pischel, O’Neill – Purple
Carlee Livingston, Orchard – Purple

Intermediate Division
Starlea Bowen, Chambers: Champion – Purple
Jordyn Laible, Atkinson: Reserve Champion – Purple

Senior Division
Travis Halsey, Chambers: Champion - Purple
Amanda Pischel, O’Neill: Reserve Champion - Purple
Dani Laible, Atkinson – Purple
Cadrien Livingston, Orchard – Blue


Public Service Announcement (PSA) Participants:
Back Row (left to right): Jordyn Laible, Travis Halsey, Cadrien Livingston
Front Row (left to right): Ashley Pischel, Sydney Estill, Carlee Livingston, Miya Carey
Not Pictured: Amanda Pischel, Starlea Bowen, Dani Laible

 

Lower Loup Natural Resources District Receives Grant for Scrap Tire Cleanup


05/18/15 01:06 PM
 

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has been awarded a 2015 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant – Scrap Tire Cleanup from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

A Scrap Tire Collection will be held Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway, 330 South Highway 11 Burwell, Nebraska – south of Longhorn Lanes, across the highway east of the Burwell Jr. Sr. High School.  Tires on rims and tires for which a disposal fee has been received will not be accepted at the collection.  Tires of all sizes: tractor, combine, pivot, truck and auto tires will be accepted. Local Veterans will be taking the following information from those bringing in tires: name, address, phone number, number of tires and from where the tires came.  The Scrap Tire Collection is for the residents Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties in Nebraska.  The Burwell FFA Chapter and Advisor Mr. Philip Simpson will be helping with the unloading of the tires and a free will donation will be given to the chapter.

The recycling end use market will determine how the tires from the Tire Collection cleanup event will be used.  Potential uses include feed bunks, sidewall rings for silage cover weights, traffic cones, and alternative cover for landfills.  The Scrap Tire Cleanup is sponsored by the Loup Basin Resource, Conservation and Development Council(RC&D), Lower Loup Natural Resources District, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway.  For more information contact Janet Sanders, Executive Director, Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393, email at info@loupbasinrcd.org or stop by the office at the 330 South Highway 11, Burwell, Nebraska.
 

Greg Ptacek Of Neligh On State Leadership Class


05/18/15 11:49 AM

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the members of its Leadership Nebraska Class VIII, which will begin in mid-June 2015.  Of the 28 selected from across the state we have from the KBRX area Greg Ptacek from the City of Neligh Economic Development.
 
The State Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska was founded in 2006 to identify current and emerging leaders, enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our state.   Participants are selected from different regions of the state and possess varied backgrounds and diverse talents.  All candidates have demonstrated an abiding interest in Nebraska and its future.
 
The program consists of six sessions covering a broad range of Nebraska issues including economic development, health care, education, agriculture, government and public policy development.  Sessions will be conducted in various locations throughout the state.  Class VIII will conclude in February 2016 with a commencement ceremony in Lincoln. 
 
Barry Kennedy, president of the Nebraska Chamber, said: “Graduates of Leadership Nebraska have a broader understanding of our state and are better prepared to move into leadership responsibilities – whether in their career, their community, or at the state level.”

Peace Office Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony Held In O'Neill


05/15/15 04:56 PM
 

The 2015 Peace Officer Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony was held today at the O'Neill Cemetery. Speakers were Police ...

Posted by KBRX O'Neill on Friday, May 15, 2015

Run/Walk for Type 1 Diabetes To Be Held in Creighton June 20


05/15/15 09:06 AM

There will be a “Run for Type 1 Diabetes” during Berry Pepper Weekend in Creighton.  The 5K/10K Run or 1 Mile Walk and Kiddie Run will be held Saturday, June 20.  Registration will begin at 7 am at The Park and the Run/Walk starts at 8 am.  The entry fee is $20 for the 5K/10K – 1 Mile Walk which includes a t-shirt and $10 for the Kiddie Run which includes a t-shirt.  You must register by June 3 to get a t-shirt.  To register contact Lindsay Nelson at 402-640-7699 or e-mail nelson1979@live.com

Officials Monitoring Avian Flu Outbreak In Nebraska


05/14/15 03:04 PM
The Regional Watch Center is monitoring impacts of an Avian Influenza outbreak in the state of Nebraska.
 
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a flock of 1.7 million birds at a single facility near Wakefield, NE in Dixon County.  All birds will be euthanized and buried on site.  The facility is currently being quarantined by local law enforcement to include controlled access with traffic control points.  It is expected that the Governor of Nebraska will issue an Emergency Declaration. 
 
CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have been detected at this time. 
As a general precaution, people should avoid wild birds and observe them only from a distance; avoid contact with domestic birds (poultry) that appear ill or have died; and avoid contact with surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from wild or domestic birds.

Please see the following link for more information from the USDA regarding the H5N2 presence in Nebraska.
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INFORMATION

 
NCDHD is continuing to monitor this situation.  We are working with the State and other Health Departments to get any new information out.   If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please call our office, toll free at 877-336-2406.

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.

Red Cross Opening Resource Center in Delmont


05/14/15 06:14 AM


DELMONT, S.D. (AP) — The Red Cross is partnering with local disaster relief organizations to open a resource center in Delmont to help those affected by the recent tornado.

The humanitarian organization says it will open the Multi-Agency Resource Center at noon on Thursday at the American Legion in Delmont.

The center will have trained Red Cross caseworkers available to help people create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork and find assistance.

Representatives from 10 non-profits, religious groups and government agencies will also be on hand to assist people impacted by Sunday's tornado that injured nine people and damaged at least 84 structures in and around Delmont.

A donations management center has also been opened in Delmont for anyone wanting to donate to affected residents.

Ewing Summer Funfest 2015


05/11/15 04:21 PM

Hole-In-One Qualifying at Summerland Golf Course
May 16th & 17th.....................................................5:00pm-Dark
May 23rd..............................................................1:00pm-9:00p

Friday May 22nd 2015
Kids Dance………Tigerland…..….6:00-9:00
Hot Dogs-Pop-Popcorn
Sponosored By EYMC

Saturday May 23rd 2015
Ewing High School Alumni Banquet...................7:00pm

Sunday May 24th 2015
Breakfast At Fire Hall.....................................8:00am-1:00pm
Sponsored By Ewing Fire & Rescue
Bubby's Race...................$15.00 Entry Fee.................9:00am
In Memory Of Bev Thramer-For Details
Contact Makala @ (712) 389-2124 Or Deb @ (402) 626-7584
Community Church Service.....................................10:00am
United Methodist-Presbyterian Church
Ping Pong Ball Drop....................................................2:00pm
9th Fairway Summerland Golf Gourse
Calcutta.......................................................................3:00pm
$10,000 Putt For Dough Contest..........................3:30pm
Sponsored By EYMC
$250,000 Hole In One Contest...............................4:30pm
Sponsored By EYMC and KBRX
Dessert Social..............................................................4:00-8:00pm
At Ewing United Methodist/Presbyterian Church
Sponsored By United Methodist-Presbyterian Women
BBQ-Ewing Fire Hall....................................................5:00-7:30pm
Sponsored By Ewing Public School Classes Of 2017-2018
Cruise Night..................................................................6:30-8:30pm
Sponsored By Eymc
Street Dance With The Rumbles
9:00pm To 1:00am
$10.00 Admission (Absolutely No Refunds)
All Bags Are Subject To Search       No Coolers - Id's Required
Raffle Drawing 12:00am
1st Prize 50" Lg Led Hdtv          2nd Prize Husker Football Tickets
(Donated By Dan & Jan Miller)
Raffle Drawing For:    
$1000.00 - $500.00 - $300.00 - $100.00 - $100.00
Sponsored By Ewing Fire & Rescue

Orchard's Skyler Strope Designs NECC Graduation Ticket


05/11/15 12:21 PM

Skyler Stope, Orchard, a Northeast Community College graphic design student, holds the ticket he designed that will be distributed for Northeast’s 42nd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16. This is the third year a Northeast graphic design student has designed the ticket. (Courtesy Photo) 

KBRX Area Students Graduate From NECC


05/11/15 12:11 PM

NORFOLK – The 42nd Commencement of Northeast Community College will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the Cox Activities Center on the Norfolk campus.  CLICK RED HEADLINE ABOVE TO SEE A COMPLETE LIST OF AREA GRADUATES.

KBRX Area Graduates From UNMC


05/11/15 11:47 AM

University of Nebraska Medical Center spring commencement ceremonies were held May 7-9 in Norfolk, Kearney, Lincoln, Omaha and Scottsbluff. Diplomas were conferred on 960 students.

Here are graduates from the KBRX area:

UNMC College of Nursing Kearney Division
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Burwell -- Mark Dearmont
Crofton -- Bryce Zavadil (With High Distinction)
Ewing -- Tiffany Thramer (With Distinction)
 
UNMC College of Nursing Lincoln Division
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Crofton -- Cassandra Tramp (With High Distinction)
O'Neill -- Davida Smidt
 
UNMC College of Nursing (Omaha)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bloomfield -- Minnie Sauser (With Academic Excellence)
Tilden -- Lauren Awe
 
UNMC College of Nursing Northern Division (Norfolk)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Clearwater -- Allison Kester
Creighton -- Alexandra Asher
O'Neill -- Jessica Marvin
Petersburg -- Jay Reicks
 
UNMC College of Nursing (Omaha)
Master of Science in Nursing
O'Neill -- Stephanie Bunner
 
UNMC College of Nursing (Omaha)
Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing
Butte -- Jenna Witt
Creighton -- Heather Mosley
  
UNMC College of Medicine (Omaha)
Doctor of Medicine
Atkinson -- Kelli Garwood, Jacob Peterson
Creighton -- Alison Hirz, Matthew Nielsen
Elgin -- Kathryn Score
Spencer -- Mikaela Koenig
Tilden -- Karolyn Fox-Dahl, Kelli Osborn
 
UNMC School of Allied Health Professions
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
Atkinson -- Becky Frerichs (With Highest Distinction)
 
UNMC School of Allied Health Professions
Bachelor of Science in Radiation Science Technology
Atkinson -- Emily Miksch
Elgin -- Jessica Heithoff
 
UNMC School of Allied Health Professions
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Oakdale -- Anthony Garcia
Osmond -- Michele Weeder
Verdigre -- Lianne Boggs
 
Graduate College
Master of Science
Petersburg -- Savannah Baker
  
UNMC College of Public Health
Certificate in Public Health
Verdigre -- Angela Boggs Sucha

O'Neill High School Music Department Takes Spring Trip


05/11/15 09:33 AM
On Friday, May 8th the O'Neill Band and Choir members traveled to Des Moines, IA. There they went to the Des Moines Civic Center to watch the broadway production of "The Lion King". Then on Saturday, the group enjoyed their day at Adventureland Theme Park. This was the Music Department's bi-annual overnight trip. In the past they have traveled to Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Omaha, and Kansas City. Senior Drum Major Marie Sitz commented on her experiences, " From The Lion King to Adventureland, I had a great time making memories with friends. I will surely miss all the fun I had through the Fine Arts!" 

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.

Kim Schneider To Attend American Legion Jr. Law Cadet Program


05/08/15 11:54 AM

Kim Schneider, daughter of Todd and Joy Schneider of O’Neill, has been selected by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post #93 and the Legion District review committee to attend the American Legion Jr. Law Cadet Program. 

The program is held at the Nebraska State Patrol training center in Grand Island the week of June 8 through June 12, 2015.

Activities include finger printing, accident investigation, physical fitness, lie detector, crime and drug investigation, driving a patrol car, firing a service weapon and self defense among other activities.

Kim is a Junior at St. Mary’s High School and is involved in One Acts and Speech.  She actively participates in BRAVO and sometimes help teach kids at Developing Eagles about bullying.  She is employed at Torpin’s Rodeo Market.  Her future plans include enlisting in the National Guard and going to Northeast Community College for building construction. She stated that she “ thanks God and the American Legion for this great opportunity.”

Judges Place Ainsworth And Lyons Nursing Homes In Receivership


05/07/15 06:47 PM

Lincoln--Nebraska judges in Brown and Burt Counties entered orders today placing nursing homes in Ainsworth and Lyons in receivership.  The Ainsworth Care Center located in Ainsworth and the Logan Valley Manor located in Lyons were both ordered placed in receivership with Klaasmeyer & Associates of Omaha appointed as Receiver.  The receiverships were ordered after Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson filed court proceedings seeking receiverships at the request of Courtney Phillips, the Chief Executive Officer, of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
 
Both nursing homes are owned by Deseret Health Group, headquartered in Bountiful, Utah.  Deseret Health previously notified DHHS that it was ceasing operations at the nursing homes.  DHHS determined that receivership proceedings were necessary to protect the health and welfare of the residents of the nursing homes because Deseret Health has been financially unable to pay staff and insure the future care of the residents. The Ainsworth Care Center currently has 24 residents and the Logan Valley Manor has 12 residents.
 
Klaasmeyer & Associates has served as a court-appointed receiver for Iowa health care facilities, having been appointed as receiver by Iowa courts for at least four Iowa health care facilities.  Deseret Health Group has been cooperative with the Attorney General’s Office and with DHHS in the receivership proceedings.
 
John E. Sampson, District Judge for Burt County (Lyons) and Mark D. Kozisek, District Judge for Brown County (Ainsworth) were the respective judges receiving the orders.

O'Neill FCCLA End Of Year Banquet Held


05/07/15 11:55 AM
Members of the O’Neill Chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America held their year-end banquet on Monday, May 4, 2015, in the high school gym.  Members and their guests enjoyed a carry in meal followed by a program to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. 
 
Seniors were recognized and thanked for their years of service to the organization.  They included: McKenzie Adamson, Lacey Dow, Danielle Isom, Ariel Licthy, Breanna Ross, Marie Sitz, Brandi Taylor, and Rhianna Wilson.
   
           Out going officers (left to right) :McKenzie Adamson, Emma Krysl, Marie Sitz, Ariel Lichty, Amanda Pischel. Grace Bunner, Abby Gillham                        
Outgoing officers were thanked for their efforts throughout the year.  They were:  President Ariel Lichty; Vice President Amanda Pischel; Secretary Grace Bunner; Treasurer Abby Gillham; Public Relations Marie Sitz; Historian Emma Krysl; Student Council Representative, McKenzie Adamson. 
 
Awards were presented to the members for their years of participation in the organization.  One, two, three, four, and five-year members were recognized. Six-Year member were McKenzie Adamson, Lacey Dow, Ariel Lichty, Breanna Ross, Marie Sitz, Brandi Taylor, and Rhianna Wilson.
 
Outstanding members (left to right):  Faith Walton, Marissa Lichty, Robyn Isom, Amanda Pischel, Ariel Lichty, and Emma Krysl, not pictured Baylea Conato
Outstanding member awards were presented to seventh grader Baylea Conato, eighth grader Faith Walton, freshman Marissa Lichty; sophomore Robyn Isom, junior Amanda Pischel; senior Ariel Lichty; and overall outstanding member Emma Krysl.  

 New officers:  Emily Morrow, Marissa Lichty, Emma Krysl, Amanda Pischel, Grace Bunner, Allison Ludwig, and Abby Gillham
Newly installed officers include: President Amanda Pischel, Vice President Grace Bunner, Secretary Abby Gillham, Treasurer Allison Ludwig, Public Relations Emma Krysl, Historian Marissa Lichtym and Student Council Representative Emily Morrow.  

O'Neill Stage Band Entertains Young & Old On 11th Annual Tour


05/07/15 06:37 AM

O'Neill Stage Band Playing At O'Neill Elementary
On Wednesday, May 6th, the O'Neill High School Stage Band took to the road for the 11th Annual Stage Band Tour. The 24 member group played at the Evergreen and the Golden Living Center in the morning. They followed that up with performances at St. Mary's Elementary and the O'Neill Elementary. In all they played 49 tunes on tour. They played some old favorites such as "Woodchoppers Ball", "Tuxedo Junction", "Minnie The Moocher". For the younger crowd, some newer tunes were performed like "Sweet Caroline" and "Cupid Shuffle". Every concert traditionally opened with the KBRX Partyline Theme "Friend And Neighbours". Director Mr Dean commented "It was a fun, exhausting day. The kids learn what it's like to be a touring musician, and we get to give the gift of music to people throughout the city."

KBRX Area Students To Graduate From Wayne State College


05/06/15 11:22 AM

(Wayne, NEB.) -- Wayne State College will hold commencement for graduate and undergraduate students May 9. The graduate ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. in Rice Auditorium and the undergraduate ceremony will be at 2 p.m. in the Willow Bowl, Wayne State’s outdoor amphitheater. President Curt Frye, who is retiring in June, will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony.
The graduate ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in Rice Auditorium will confer degrees on 107 students, which includes master’s degrees in education, business administration, organizational management, curriculum and instruction-instructional leadership, and educational specialist degrees. 
The undergraduate ceremony will feature multiple awards honoring excellence among the college’s faculty, alumni and supporters, as well as the commissioning oath of a second lieutenant who has completed Wayne State’s ROTC program. There are 439 students graduating with their bachelor’s degrees.

CANDIDATES FOR DEGREE
Graduation is contingent upon successful completion of the current semester.
++August 2015 Graduate

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
  
Neligh - Laura Elaine Newton - Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Leadership/Business & Information Technology Education 
B.S., Wayne State College, 2011 
  
O'Neill - Mark Duane Hunt++ - Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Leadership/Social Sciences Education
B.A., Doane College, Crete, 1987 
 
Orchard - Michael Dean Williamson++ - Counselor Education/Clinical Mental Health Counseling - B.S., Wayne State College, 2011 
Community of Learning South Sioux City - 
  
Tilden - Kyleigh Jo Parham Lewis++ - Curriculum & Instruction-Instructional Leadership/Business & Information Technology Education
B.S., Wayne State College, 2013      

SCHOLARSHIP HONORS
Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 

JOHN G. NEIHARDT SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The John G. Neihardt Scholars Program provides special academic and scholarship opportunities for outstanding students enrolling at Wayne State College.

Each year the Scholarship Council selects a limited number from the qualified applicants to participate in the program, which offers special classes, colloquia and advisement.

Students accepted into the program, who maintain their eligibility, are awarded a four-year scholarship for tuition up to 128 total credit hours, eight semesters of room waiver and an annual stipend of $500.

John G. Neihardt Scholars
Clearwater - Sydney Grace Pokorny, Magna cum Laude with High Honors in the Major Life Sciences/Biology
Senior Research Project: Overcoming Osteoarthritis of the Knee: An Exploration of Treatment Options
Colloquium Advisor: Dr. Ronald E. Loggins
 
Stuart - Shelby Nicole Myers, Magna cum Laude with High Honors in the Major Life Sciences/Biology
Senior Research Project: Emotions Affecting Self-Evaluations of Health and Well-Being
Colloquium Advisors: Dr. Mark F. Hammer and Dr. Joe Blankenau

Magna cum Laude
Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 
Cumulative grade point average between 3.80 to 3.89
Atkinson - David J. Buller
Atkinson - Kendra Moonyeen Vanderbeek
Battle Creek - Shavon Nicole Bonner
Clearwater - Sydney Grace Pokorny
Columbus - Derek Thomas Prososki++
Crofton - Alissa Ann Woockman
O'Neill - Jamie Lynn Goldfuss Jakubowski
Stuart - Shelby Nicole Myers

cum Laude
Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 
Cumulative grade point average between 3.70 to 3.79
Neligh - Travis Scott Coleman++
O'Neill  - Heather Marie Vandersnick

Honorable Mention
Based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to their semester of graduation. 
Cumulative grade point average between 3.50 to 3.69
Clearwater - Michaela Ann Thiele
Stuart - Logan Wayne Kaup
Tilden - Kacey Lea Eggers

CANDIDATES FOR DEGREE
Majors follow hometowns, minors/supplemental endorsements in italics

Graduation is contingent upon successful completion of the current semester.

++August 2015 Degree Candidate

Bachelor of Science
Ainsworth - William Robert Hunt English Education, Coaching
Atkinson - Addie Jo Abner Family & Consumer Sciences Education 
Atkinson - David J. Buller Industrial Technology/Drafting, Planning & Design, Construction Management 
Atkinson - Elizabeth Ann Ziska English Writing & Literature, Editing & Publishing 
Atkinson - Kendra Moonyeen Vanderbeek English Education, Art
Brunswick - Brieanne Grace Todd++ Life Sciences/Biology, Environmental Studies
Burwell - Grant Preston Hitchcock Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Emergency Management
Callaway - Joel Allyn Stryker Health & Physical Education PK-12, Coaching
Clearwater - Michaela Ann Thiele Early Childhood 
Clearwater - Sydney Grace Pokorny Life Sciences/Biology 
Emmet - Deidre Jo Judge Business Administration/Finance 
Ewing - Alexander Raymond Hyde Health & Physical Education PK-12, Coaching 
Ewing - Austin John Kaczor Exercise Science, Coaching 
Ewing - Chase Elliott Funk Exercise Science, Coaching 
Lynch - Dustin Ryan Black Business Administration/Management, Marketing 
Neligh - Travis Scott Coleman++ Exercise Science 
Neligh - Zachary Dale Baker++ Business Administration/Management 
O’Neill - Katelyn Rose Schneider English Education 
O’Neill - Mollie Kristine Schindler Criminal Justice, Psychology 
O'Neill - Brock James Reynoldson++ Sport Management 
O'Neill - Heather Marie Vandersnick Elementary Education, Special Education MMH K-12 
O'Neill - Jamie Lynn Goldfuss Jakubowski Elementary Education, Coaching, English as a Second Language 
Orchard - Preston Jon Blackmore Health & Physical Education PK-12 
Osmond - Courtney Marie Wiese Life Sciences/Biology 
Osmond - Craig Anthony Dennis Health & Physical Education PK-12, Coaching 
Osmond - Danielle Lauriana Vinson Stech Elementary Education, Special Education MMH K-12 
Osmond - Garret Arthur Kuhl Business Administration/Management 
Stuart - Erin Nicole Blakley++ Human Service Counseling, Criminal Justice 
Stuart - Logan Wayne Kaup Criminal Justice, Political Science
Stuart - Shelby Nicole Myers Life Sciences/Biology 
Tilden - Kacey Lea Eggers Business Administration/Accounting, Sport Management 

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