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Cornhusker Community Book Drive is going on now through May3rd.  Cornhusker Community Book Drive promotes literacy in rural areas of Nebraska.  They are taking new or used books new to fair condition, books can be dropped off at the Court House Annex, O'Neill Super Foods, Rodeo Market, Douglas Street Coffee, Dollar General, and O'Neill Elementary School. 


There will be lots of things to do at the Atkinson Public Library during National Library Week - April 13 - 19, 2014!   Celebrate our nation's libraries and all of the things they offer.  There will be prizes for all ages, so be sure to stop in and register.  Adults can participate in the Crossword Puzzle Contest and Book Grab Bag!  Monday through Thursday afternoons that week, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., there will be Crafts for Kids and Photo Booth Fun for the kids! 


There will be a Non-sanctioned Cribbage Tournament in the lower level of the Burwell Legion Club on Saturday, April 19th.  Registration starts at 9 a.m. with play starting at 10 a.m.  Entry fee is $12 and includes dinner.  Call Dennis Derner with any questions 402-340-0248

The Parkside Manor Easter egg hunt in Stuart has been postponed to a later date.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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The Sybrant Community Church south of Bassett is having an Easter morning service brunch at 9:30am, there will be no Sunday School.  Children's Church and Morning Worship is scheduled for 10:30am. 


Northeast Community College offices in Norfolk, its extended campuses in O’Neill, West Point, and South Sioux City will be closed on Monday, April 21 for Spring Break.  College offices will reopen Tuesday, April 22, at 8 a.m.


The National Weather Service in North Platte will provide storm spotter training in Ewing, NE on April 22 at 7:00 at the Ewing Fire Hall. If you would like to assist our community by becoming a volunteer storm spotter and reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service, or if you simply want to learn more about severe weather, consider attending the class.  The class is free and training lasts approximately two hours.  The class provides information on the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure, and storm reporting and safety information. If you need more information contact Chad Napier at 402-336-6210.

The OUTLAW TRAIL ANNUAL MEETING will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Lynch Niobrara Valley Retreat Center at 10 AM.  D. R. Haskins, author of 'The Hills of Mars' and a continuing saga of the pioneer settlement of Mars in Northern Antelope County in Nebraska, will be the afternoon speaker.  Attendees are asked please bring salads and desserts as they would be appreciated for lunch.  Marita will bring a casserole.

O'Neill Family Eyecare will be closed until 1:00pm.  They will be open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm



The O'Neill Women's Golf League Spring Dinner will be held Wednesday, April 23rd with social at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse.

Avera St. Anthony's Health Fair will be April 23rd from 5:30am to 8:00am.  No food or drink at least 10 hours prior to draw.  Drink ample amounts of water the day before the draw and limited amounts the day of the draw.  Take all medications at normal times.  $45 per Health Screen, $15 per PSA, and $5 per Hemoglobin A1C.


Atkinson Knights of Columbus will be meeting Thursday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m.


The April Birthday Party at the Butte Healthcare Center in Butte will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, April 25th at the center in Butte.


Turn in your unused or expired medications for safe disposal on Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the O'Neill Police Department.  You can visit or call 1-800-882-9539 to find a collection site near you.


Days Of Music Bloomfield Q 125 event Sunday April 27th pancakes free will at 10 and music starts at 11am music until 6:30 p.m.  $10 .  Lunch , Bake sale and Silent Auction.  Dancing encouraged from 2:30 – 6:30 featured band at 2:30 Phil Blum and Friends Orchestra a 10 piece Lawrence Welk type band playing from 2:30- 3:45.


The Atkinson Antique Club will meet on Monday, April 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Rhonda's in Atkinson with the lesson on Black Hills Gold.


Ladies, you are cordially invited to attend an evening of good friends, great food and uplifting entertainment at the 3rd Annual Spring Salad Supper on April 30th at the First United Methodist Church, 404 W Cedar in O'Neill.  Social hour begins at 6:30pm and the Supper and Program at 7:00pm.  Program:  Don't Miss HIS Blessings!  by Lynelle Allison.  A meal will be provided.  This is sponsored by the O'Neill United Methodist Beatitudes Group.  Please R.S.V.P. to Susan, 402-366-3355, by noon on Monday, April 28th.  Due to limited space, the first 150 guest are guaranteed seating.

Relay For Life of Holt County needs your help.  Team captains, committee members and anyone wanting to learn more about how to get involved, please plan on joining us for the next Team Captain and Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00 p.m. at Cubby's in O'Neill.  Register your team and find more details about the event by going to or follow us on Facebook at Relay For Life of Holt County Nebraska.  If you have questions, please call Stephanie at 402-270-1070.


There will be a work week the week of April 28th through May 2nd at the Bartlett Cemetery, starting every evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Come join the Spring Community Service.  If you have any questions call Dennis & Sharib at 402-843-2384 or cell 402-340-0248 or David 308-750-3371


 The Nebraska Muzzle Loading Rifle Association returns to Fonner Park for their annual Gun & Sport Show.  Bigger and better than ever, the Gun Show will be held once again in the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center at Fonner Park and will host over 400 dealers and exhibitors.  Dealers and exhibitor tables are still available for a fee of $30 per table.  All guns must be tied and all guns will be checked and secured at the door.  Additional information is available by contacting NMLRA Inc., P.O. Box 241, Grand Island, NE  68802-0241 or Neal Kelley at 308-384-7565.  The show will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is only $4, children under 12 are FREE.


You are invited to celebrate the 75th Jubilee of our Sisters of St. Francis - Sacred Heart Province (Marycrest Sisters from Denver, Colorado). Since early 1900's the Sisters have been ministering in a myraid of ways in the O'Neill community, especially by starting at sponsoring St. Mary's High School and St. Anthony's Hospital for many years.  Please join them at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Sunday, May 4th for 2 p.m. Mass and the reception following at the Parish Hall.  If you have any questions contact Sr. Colleen Mahony at or 402-336-6013


On Monday, May 5 a "Ridin' on Faith" presentation will be at the Wakefield Ranch. Everyone is invited! A free will donation will replace admission. They will be grilling out at 6 p.m. with Bobbi LeAnn giving her testimony as well as playing a selection of songs that she has written at 7 p.m.


The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band Vortex at the O'Neill Community Center on Tuesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.  This is open to the public and free of charge.  Sponsored by the O'Neill Friends of the Library.


The West Boyd FCCLA members who will be competing at National FCCLA STAR competition in early July will be hosting the annual Memorial Day Breakfast, Monday, May 26th from 7:30 to 10:30 at the West Boyd Multi-purpose Room in Spencer.  They will be serving French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee.  Free will donation.

Atkinson Head Start

The Atkinson Head Start Center in taking applications for the 2014/2015 school year.  Clients must bring a "copy" of income verification documents (most current income tax form, or a years worth of paycheck stubs, etc.) to attach to the completed application form. Children must be 3-4 years old to be eligible.  Children with disabilitites are also encouraged to apply.  It is not necesasry for children to be present for the application process.  Your cooperation in coming to the Head Start Center to put in your application will be appreciated.  For more information contact the Head Start staff at 402-925-2058 or stop in at 406 East 2nd Street Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Head Start is a comprehensive child development program sponsored by Central Nebraska Community Services, Loup City, NE 

Lucky Learners Preschool

Lucky Learners Preschool is currently taking applications for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  We serve children ages 3 and 4 in our Preschool.  Children with diabilities are also encouraged to apply.  There is no cost for your child to attend Lucky Learners.  If interested please call 402-336-4309 to schedule a time to fill out an application.

General Announcements

The Women of Cancer meets on Monday evenings at O'Neill Avera St. Anthony's Chemotherapy Room from 7 to 8 p.m.  Upcoming meeting dates are February 3rd, April 7th and June 2nd.  This is a women's support group for all cancer types.  Sharing hope and help to other women in our area. For more information contact Terry at 402-340-0371

The O'Neill Simonson American Legion Post #93 meets the second Tuesday of each month.  Please call 402-336-1200 for further information.
An educational tour of Costa Rica is in the works for June of 2014.  Obviously the European Experience group usually takes tours of European destinations, but it was thought that students and adults might be interested in this tour as well.  Costa Rica:  A Touch of the Tropics offers active participation and includes white water rafting, forest canopy ziplining, horseback riding , kyaking, visiting a local school, and planting a tree among other activities.  Check out our website at  The tour number is 1456675FJ   Contact Pat Wax at 925-5182 with any questions.

In fulfilling its responsibility to optimize the health and healing of every Veteran, VA is currently embracing the opportunity to moving away from a problem-based disease healthcare approach to a patient centered focus.  To accomplish this, VHA created the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.  During the month of October, the O'Neill Outreach Clinic will be supporting the Veterans Affairs efforts in Patient Centered Care.  This new office became operational at the end of 2010.  It is charged with making sure VA tranforms from physician-centered care to personalized, proactive, patient centered care based on relationships--relationships built on trust and committed to positive results over the Veteran's lifetime.  Veterans are encouraged to stop by the clinic to learn about the services offered at the O'Neill Outreach Clinic and to share feedback with VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System's leadership about their health care experiences.

The Atkinson/Stuart Food Pantry will be open on the first Monday of every month.It will be open at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 2:00-5:30 p.m. and also at the Stuart Community Church from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Nebraska Troop Support has been ask to make ZIP LOCK CARE PACKAGES, these will keep everything they need together when showers are available:
2 wash clothes ---not knitted or crocheted ( these do not hold up in the laundry)
Soap plus (plastic bag for wet soap)
tooth brush
Q tips
disposable razor
Shaving soap --(not aerosol)
Hand Sanitizer
They can be left at Tia Zia or Tielke's --there is no limit on number donated

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the decay of radium in the soil. Since radon is a gas, it is able to move through the soil and enter the air or your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked. It is important to test your home for the presence of radon. Testing your home is simple. North Central District Health Department has free test kits available. Please call Kelly Lynne or Peggy at 1-877-336-2406 if you have any questions or to request a test kit for your home North Central District Health Department covers Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce and Rock counties. This Public Service Announcement is being brought to you by the friendly people at North Central District Health Department and this radio station.

Flu activity has been rapidly increasing in Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services has reported two flu related deaths so far & an increase in the number of hospitalizations for people with influenza-like illnesses.  The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get a flu shot.  It is not too late to get a flu shot if you have not already received one.  Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.  Some people are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu, such as young children, older people, people with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long term health conditions & pregnant women.  After you receive a flu shot it takes about 2 weeks for your body to build immunity so get your flu shot as soon as possible.  This public service announcement is brought to you by the friendly people at North Central District Health Department and this radio station.

This is the one year plan for O'Neill City street improvements.  This plan was part of a public hearing last night in a special meeting of the O'Neill City Council.  There was no public comment.  The one year plan and the six year plan will be sent to N.D.O.R. for approval and funding.
For Funding:
Project Number 206: 10th Street, Kros Drive to Benton Street - Construct 8" P.C. concrete paving, sidewalk, storm sewer & inlets.  Estimated Cost: $1,300,000.
Project Number 225: 9th Street, Hynes Avenue to John Street - Construct 6" P.C. concrete paving, storm sewer & inlets.  Estimated Cost:  $235,000.
Project Number 223: 2nd Street, Benton Street to Adams Street (Project let and will be built Summer 2014).  Estimated Cost: $227,000.

The O'Neill Police Department has partnered with North Central District Health Department to bring a resource to the community. The citizens of Holt County and the surrounding areas have a new resource for the disposal of unused, expired and unwanted medications. A MedReturn unit is a permanent receptacle for disposal of medicines. Prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines can be brought to the O'Neill Police Department at 317 South 4th St, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for disposal.  The MedReturn unit will not accept needles, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, medication from businesses or clinics, ointments, lotions, or liquids.  The permanent disposal site makes it easy for people to dispose of their unwanted medications without waiting for a Drug Take Back Day. It is a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless information is provided specifically instructing you to do so. Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medications based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A medicine that works for you could be dangerous for someone else. This resource is funded through a grant from Region 4 Behavioral Health Systems. For information you can contact the O'Neill Police Department at (402) 336-1313, or North Central District Health Department at (402) 336-2406.If you have questions and suggestions, please contact me at: or phone at: 402-336-2406.

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