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The annual Special Youth Challenge fund raising weekend is coming August 23rd &24th.  SYC is a Christ Center Ministry that enables young people with special needs the opportunity to experience the great outdoors and the sport of hunting at no cost.   A Fun 10-K Run—5-K Walk starts the day, Saturday Aug 23, with a 7:45 a.m. check-in, 8:15 start at Camp Witness, 87979 Red Wing Road, Long Pine NE.  Directions are: Turn North at Camp Witness sign on Hwy 20.  You can pre-register at or call/text 402-322-0332.  Pre-registration fee is $25, day of is $35—T-Shirt Included.  The Family Fun Days begin Saturday, the 23rd at 9 a.m. with 5 Stand Sporting Clays, 3D Archery Course, Quick Draw Competition, Tomahawk Throw, Trap Shoot, Youth BB Gun Shoot (free), Youth Archery (free), Recreational Trout Fishing, Silent Auction [Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.], Evening meal [5 p.m.] followed by a Live Auction at 6 p.m.  [guns, outdoor equipment, interior décor, baked goods]  Sunday, the 24th will begin with church service at 9 a.m. and a pot luck at noon.  Outdoor activities will continue after the church service.

Darrell Paxton, a gread Husband, Dad and Friend has Stage 4 Kidney Cancer - It's time to bring in the Herd for help.  Darrell's Rodeo Dinner Auction Benefit will be August 23rd at the Stuart Park with good weather - City Auditorium if it rains.  The Ranch Rodeo starts at 1:00pm, Dinner at 5:00pm and Auction at 6:00pm.  Darrell was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer.  He is taking a trial treatment in Denver, Colorado and needs to travel there every three weeks for treatment for one full year.  All proceeds for the Benefit will go directly to the family to cover the expenses for treatment.  We welcome any donated Auction items.  If you can donate items please drop them off at Cobb Motors in Stuart or Bob Malone's Auto body shop in Atkinson no later than Friday, August 22nd. 


There will be a Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction Benefit for the Mlady Family to help defray cost of medical and travel expenses.  The Benefit will take place Sunday, August 24th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Atkinson KC Hall.  This is a Free Will Donation.  Sponsored by Atkinson and Stuart 4-H Clubs and Families.  Supplemental funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial Sandhills Chapter.

There will be a Road Rally Fund Raiser for Alzheimer's Awareness & Research on Sunday, August 24.  Registration will be from 1 pm to 3 pm at TJ's Market Parking Lot in Orchard. Cost is $25 per vehicle. Winners & Prizes will be announced at the Double D Saloon following along with "Vittles" for a free will donation. For more information contact Darla, Aimee, Ashley or Aaron Hauf, Dawn Montgomery or Desirae Schwager.
The O'Neill Fraternal Order of Eagles #3644, will be holding their annual noon picnic at the Nissen Cabin on Sunshine Bottom this coming Sunday August 24 for Eagle members and their families.  Each family is to bring meat to grill, drinks, and a salad or dessert of their choice.  Directions to get to the cabin will start at the bridge going north out of Lynch.  It will be about a nine mile drive from there on some dirt roods that are a little winding and steep.  Plan to come and enjoy yourself with fishing, boating, swimming, play cards or just sitting around enjoying the scenery.  If you have any questions call MaryAnn Nissen at 336-3835 or cell at 340-3162.  If you wish to car pool, please meet at the club at 10:15 am and be ready to go by 10:30 am.


The Atkinson Antiquer's will meet at Bassett for the August 25th meeting at 6:30 p.m.  Carpoolers will leave from the Presbyterian Church in Atkinson at 5:45 p.m.  The lesson will be on Unusual or unique crocks.


West Holt Public Schools will hold a long range planning meeting to address the growing elementary enrollment and adequate space issues.  All community members are invited to attend Thursday, August 28th at 7 p.m. in the school lecture hall.

The Atkinson Fire & Rescue will be hosting a National Traffic Incident Management Training Class brought to you by the Nebraska Department of Roads Hwy. Emergency Program on Thursday, August 28th starting at 6 p.m. at the Atkinson Fire Hall.  This training is open to all law enforcement, fire fighters, state and local departments of transportation, towing, medical personnel and other incident responders. 3 CEH's will also be awarded for EMS continuing education.  For more information contact Renae at 402-560-7327


Terra Drueke, FNP-C will return to Spencer clinic August 29th.


Rough Riders Labor Day Trail Ride will be held in Verdel on Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st.  Sunday's ride will start at 1 p.m. and Monday's ride will start at 9 a.m. There will be a free will donation supper from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday and a dance Sunday night at the Verdel Legion Hall from 9 to 1 p.m.  Breakfast Monday morning will be from 7-10 a.m.


Monday, September 8th there will be a Lunch and Learn Series offered by the West Holt Health Ministries presented by Roxanne O'Neill from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Atkinson Presbyterian Church, lunch will be provided.  September 8th's session will be on Bipolar.

Doublin Our Fun On This 5K Run

Get in the spirit for St. Pats and celebrate half way to St. Pat's, O'Neill's Annual Celebration!! Register for the Half Way to St Pat's 5K Run/Walk on September 13! This is an untimed event. Don't to forget to wear your best St Pat's/Irish gear for the costume contest! You can register by filling out the form on our website or call the office at


The Boyd County Senior Center's 3rd Annual Fundraiser 4 Person Scramble Golf Tournament will be September 14th at the Butte Golf Course.  Registration is at 10:00am and a Shot Gun Start at 11:00am.  All teams are welcome, any age, men, women and coed, it's 18 holes, cost is $35 per person or $140 per team, includes a snack and New York strip steak supper.  Call 402-589-1291 to make team reservations or if you will need a Golf Cart rental.  Limited to 27 teams.  Proceeds to benefit the Boyd County Senior Center.  For additional information call: Karen Crooks at 402-589-1291 or Wes or Sybil Sedivy at 402-589-1227.


Monday, September 15th there will be a Lunch and Learn Series offered by the West Holt Health Ministries presented by Roxanne O'Neill from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Atkinson Presbyterian Church, lunch will be provided.  September 15th's session will be on Depression and Anxiety.


Monday, September 22nd there will be a Lunch and Learn Series offered by the West Holt Health Ministries presented by Roxanne O'Neill from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Atkinson Presbyterian Church, lunch will be provided.  September 22nd's session will be on Anorexia and Bulimia.


Monday, September 29th there will be a Lunch and Learn Series offered by the West Holt Health Ministries presented by Roxanne O'Neill from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Atkinson Presbyterian Church, lunch will be provided.  September 29th's session will be on Psychiatric Illness, Schizophrenia, Etc.

General Announcements

The Atkinson Hay Days Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday from April through September at 7 p.m. at the Sandhills Guesthouse in Atkinson.

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.

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.
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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