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Niobrara Valley Electric Pole Testing

Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation will be testing poles in an area between the communities of Spencer, Bristow, Lynch and north in the Gross area.  Crews will be working from the South Dakota state line, south to the Niobrara River.  The work began Tuesday, October 14th for approximately 30 days.  Personnel from S & L Pole Maintenance Company will complete the work.  Unlike the familiar yellow trucks of Niobrara Valley Electric, S & L Maintenance Co. may use a variety of vehicle colors as well as the use of 4 wheelers during this project.  Niobrara Valley appreciates your help and understanding throughout this necessary assessment.


Heartland Counseling Services is putting on a "trade or treat". This will be held Thursday, October 30th at 6-7:30 p.m. Their location is 405 West Douglas Street in O'Neill (just south of the State of Nebraska Department of Roads). Parents, bring your kids out along with some canned goods and Heartland Counseling will trade you for treats! All proceeds will be donated to Heartland Counseling's food bank.

West Holt Elementary is hosting a reading banquet on Thursday, October 30th in the West Holt High School Gym.  Doors open at 7 p.m. with a musical performance at 7:30 p.m.  Please call the school at 402-925-2848 to reserve your seat, dessert, and book. Free will donation

Senator Tyson Larson will be a guest from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at Michelle's Restaurant and Lounge in Atkinson.  Take this opportunity to meet and visit with our Senator and enjoy appetizers and refreshments.

The Holt County Animal Shelter will be meeting on Thursday, October 30th at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Cubbys.  

The O'Neill Area Special Olympics Team will be selling Big Red Raffle Tickets at Torpins today from 3-7 pm. The grand prize is 2, 2015 Husker Season Tickets on the 50 yd line, 2nd prize is 2 Southwest Airline Tickets, 3rd prize is a 40 inch flatscreen tv. One ticket is $5, or you can get a book of 5 tickets for $20. Stop by Torpins or call Crystal at 402-340-2877 to get tickets! If today doesn't work for you, call Sherry at 402-340-6434. The last day of Sales is Tuesday. Thank you to the community and businesses that have supported our team through the raffle.


The Evergreen Assisted Living in O'Neill will be welcoming trick-or-treaters on Halloween, October 31, from 4:00-8:00 pm.

The O'Neill Assembly of God will be hosting it's 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 31st at the church at 204 North 7th Street.  This is a fun safe environment for children to enjoy the evening.  If you are interested in decorating a vehicle or donating to the event please call Patty Durre 402-340-0678 or call the church office at 402-336-2272 by Monday, October 27th


Atkinson's 37th Annual Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 1st from 9 to 4 at the Atkinson Community Center.  There will be a lunch stand available.  Come and do your holiday shopping.

There will be a Fundraiser for the family of Kalium Ebsen to help defray medical and funeral expenses on Saturday, November 1st at Tia Zia in the back party room. There will be vendors such as Pure Romance, Jamberry Nails, Mary Kay, Vantage Life and Scentsy set up and will be donating 10% of their sales to the family.  There will also be a raffle for $100 worth of products from Pure Romance and a silent auction on Tupperware items.  If you wish to donate or to help out please call Marla 402-925-8357 or Paula 402-340-9139.

The next monthly Storytime at the Orchard Public Library will be on Saturday, November 1st at 10:30 a.m.  Children 3 and older are invited to attend.  The younger ones may need help with the craft so a parent or older sibling might want to be here with them.

Special Guest Gracia Burnham will be featured speaker at the Thanksgiving Banquet at Camp Witness in Long Pine on Saturday, November 1st.  This no cost event will begin with a meal at 6 p.m. with program to follow.  Gracia and Martin Burnham were captured by Islamic Terrorists in 2001 and held for over a year.  Martin was fatally wounded during their rescue. Hear Gracia's powerful testimony of God's working in the most difficult of situations. Everyone is invited and an RSVP is appreciated by not required.  Call 402-273-4352 or email


There will be NO MASS Sunday, November 2nd at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Amelia.

Friends and Family of Connie Schaaf of Atkinson will be having a Benefit Soup Supper and Silent Auction on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the KC Hall in Atkinson from 5:00-7:30. Please come and support Connie Schaaf at the Soup Supper on Sunday. The Silent Auction will end at 7:30 at the soup supper.  Also if you would like to order a t-shirt call Sandra Schrunk at 402-340-3854 or 402-925-5957 the T-shirts are $15.00.

Dorsey Church Fall Celebration will be held at the church located northeast of O'Neill at 50644 887 Road on Sunday, November 2nd starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Soup Supper being served until 6:45 p.m. and the World Class Juggler Steve Dearmont performing at 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend.  For more information contact Bruce Cole 402-336-1689 or Pastor Joel 402-340-3370

O'Neill High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is having its 5th annual "Treat or Treat” night this Sunday Nov 2nd. The members will be coming around town Sunday night collecting canned goods for the O’Neill Food Pantry.  Please give generously!



The Women’s Ministry of Ewing Full Gospel Church will hold their annual “Election Day Bazaar” on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the church fellowship hall located at 320 E. Lincoln St. in Ewing.  They urge everyone to PRAY first and then get to the polls and VOTE.  They will be serving Chicken Noodle and Chili soups; Sub sandwiches and desserts from 11am to 8pm.  Stop by anytime for a meal or to stock up on baked goods and craft items at the Bake Sale.

The Atkinson Presbyterian Church Chicken and Biscuit Supper will be held Tuesday, November 4th starting at 5 p.m. Includes Salads, Pies and Desserts for a free will offering. Everyone is welcome to attend.


There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Ewing High School Gym on Wednesday, November 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


The Immanuel Lutheran Church LWML Soup Supper and Bake Sale will be held on Thursday, November 6th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church which is located on North Highway 11 in Atkinson. They will be serving Chili, Chicken Noodle and Potato Soups, along with salads and pies.  Proceeds will support our Lutheran Women's Mission League (LWML) to fund our Misson Service Projects.

The Page United Methodist Church is holding their annual Harvest Supper, Thursday, November 6th at the church from 5:30-7:30.  There will be steaks, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad & pies.  A free will offering is the cost.  The back room will have baked goods, rugs, crafts & white elephant items.  Come out for a fun night!


The West Boyd FCCLA's Girls night out will be November 8th from 4-8pm at the West Boyd Multi-Purpose Room in Spencer.


Creighton Ministerial Association is looking for people who enjoy Christian music to sing and play specials at a Gospel Sing Benefit in Creighton, Sunday, November 9th. Music will start at 2:00 p.m., with refreshments following.  The Gospel Sing will be at Faith, Hope & Love Fellowship, 504 Oak St., in Creighton.  Special musical guests include Evangelists Tom and Karen Cobb. There will be church ensembles, and other local talent.  To be placed on the program contact Pastor Casey and Jan Nelson (847-3400).  This event is open to the public. Proceeds of the freewill offering will be used for the Creighton Ministerial fund. That’s the Creighton Ministerial Association Gospel Sing, Sunday, November 9th, 2:00 PM at Faith, Hope & Love Fellowship in Creighton, NE.


The Gathering, sponsored by FLAME Women's Ministry will be held Tuesday, November 11th at 7 p.m. at Faith Community Church. Gather to smaple a variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvers catered by Kim Reiter of Uptown Catering and meet other women of faith and encourage one another.  Please register by Monday, November 10th by calling and leaving a message with Teresa Janzing 402-925-2228 or Pat Anson 402-336-4524.  There is NO cost just register so we know how much food to prepare.


Do you have questions about the Nebraska sales tax exemption on agricultural repair and replacement parts?  Effective October 1, 2014, sales of all repair and replacement parts used to repair agricultural machinery and equipment used in commercial agriculture are exempt from sales and use taxes.  The Nebraska Department of Revenue is offering 1-hour seminars on this major legislative change The seminar in O’Neill will be on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Shamrock Livestock Café from 9 – 10 a.m..


The Naper Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 15th at the Naper Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


There will be NO Ewing or Page Satellite Clinic on Tuesday, November 18th


5th Annual Eagles Club Holiday Bazaar will be held Friday, December 5th 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 6th 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Vendors and Non-profit Organizations will be there.  Tables are still available $20 per table, additional tables only $10.  Contact Cathy Menish 402-336-7606 or Nancy Schmitz 402-340-3898.  One table free for non-profit, additional tables $10.


There will be NO Ewing or Page Satellite Clinic on Tuesday, December 9th


There will be NO Chambers Satellite Clinic on Wednesday, December 10th


There will be NO Chambers Satellite Clinic on Wednesday, December 17th


There will be NO Ewing or Page Satellite Clinic on Tuesday, January 20th


There will be NO Chambers Satellite Clinic on Wednesday, January 21st

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 the new West Holt Ministry building 108 West State Street from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and also at the Stuart Community Church from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 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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