A true sign that summer is winding down, area swimming pools have scheduled their closing dates.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, the end-of-the-year swimming party is planned at the Neligh swimming pool from 1 to 4 p.m. However, the pool will be open until 8 p.m. that day. Sunday, Aug. 12 is scheduled to be the last day. Sunday's pool hours will be 1 to 8 p.m.
The Orchard swimming pool's last day of the season will be Sunday, August 19. Upcoming hours for the pool are Monday, Aug, 13 from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 1-5 p.m., then closed to the public for Orchard Public’s Back to School Bash; Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 2-8 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 16 from 4-8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 17 closed; and Saturday, Aug. 18 & Sunday, Aug. 19 from 1-5 p.m.
The Elgin swimming pool is set to close for the season on Sunday, Aug. 12. Pool hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Two hours of free swimming will be hosted by the Antelope County Does Care organization on Monday, Aug. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the National Night Out. The event, which will be held at the Elgin swimming pool, is open to all ages and encourages positive relationships between the community and those who serve and protect them. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience drunk googles will be available. Brownie sundaes will be served.
The Tilden swimming pool will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. until Thursday, Aug. 16, which is slated to be the last day of the season. The pool will not be open in the evenings.
The Antelope County courthouse saw some special guests Thursday, as part of Chief Justice Mike Heavican’s annual summer tour.
Each summer, Chief Justice Heavican dedicates several days to traveling to courts outside of the Lincoln area to meet with judicial branch staff, tour courtrooms and learn about special projects. This year, five associate judges joined him on the tour.
The group toured 15 courthouses and had two educational sessions in South Sioux City within the five-day tour. This year, the group came to northeast Nebraska.
“We use this week in the summertime to always go around and visit courthouses and bar associations and other associated parts of the legal profession and folks who support the courts around the state,” Heavican said. “Part of that is to thank all of you folks from the clerk’s office and so forth who support the courts, and most especially, to thank the county commissioners because we know the courts are the responsibility of both the state and each of our local counties.”
“We can’t do our court system without you,” he said. “You provide the courthouses, the courtrooms, security for our courts and the supplies for our local judges and for the probation offices. We are very appreciative of what you do for us.”
Traveling with the Chief Justice were Nebraska Supreme Court Justices Stephanie Stacy, William Cassel, Jonathan Papik, Jeffrey Funke and John Freudenberg.
“This is part of my judicial district as a supreme court judge,” said Hon. William Cassel. “I’m very happy to be out here in greater Nebraska. My colleagues have heard me say this many times, not only today but previously, ‘I’m stationed in Lincoln, but my heart is in greater Nebraska,’ so I really enjoy being out here again.”
Three of the Antelope County commissioners were also in attendance during the tour: LeRoy Kerkman, Eli Jacob and Ed Schindler, all of who said they were very appreciative of the Chief Justice and associate judges for coming to tour the courthouse.
“It’s good for people to come out and put a face to what we work with. It’s something that I had no idea what you did or who you are or anything, but it’s just good to communicate with the people you work for,” Commissioner Schindler said.
Judge Donna Taylor was also in attendance. “We just appreciate you coming out to our community and giving our commissioners and other people…a chance to meet you so that everyone isn’t a faceless name that’s mentioned in the newspaper when they read about the Supreme Court making some kind of decision. Now they can associate those decisions with at least six faces, so thank you,” she said.
Heavican spoke highly of Judge Taylor, saying, “She is one of our favorite judges because Judge Taylor does not shy away from work. She volunteers to do all kinds of extra things, and we are really appreciative of that.”
The Chief Justice explained that the principle responsibility of the Nebraska Supreme Court is to be the court of last resort for the state. Another responsibility is for supervising the administrative leadership for the entire court system in the state.
“That leads to why we are on this particular tour,” Heavican said. “We like to come out during one week of the summer, meet as many people as we can who work in the courthouses and in our courts and support our courts. That’s why we love to see the county commissioners here, because we know it’s a joint project in Nebraska between state government and local governments to make sure that the courts run and run well.”
“We want to thank the people in the clerks’ offices, thank the local probation officers, thank the sheriffs and the people who provide security for the courts, and again thank those county commissioners for their help in funding the courts,” he said.
Heavican also had nothing but good things to say about the Antelope County courthouse.
“Almost every community sees the courthouse as a point of pride for the community, and you can see that here in Antelope County, the way the lawn is kept up and so forth,” he said. “This is a wonderful courtroom with a lot of space, and you can tell that the county wants to make sure that there is adequate space and attention given to the justice system.”
Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Mike Heavican and several associate justices will visit the Antelope County Courthouse on Thursday.
The visit, which includes a tour and talk, will run from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 2.
Each summer, Chief Justice Mike Heavican dedicates several days to traveling to courts outside of the Lincoln area to meet with judicial branch staff, tour courtrooms and learn about special projects. This year, several associate judges of the Supreme Court are joining in on the tour, which will include two education sessions in South Sioux City and stops at 15 courthouses in northeast Nebraska.
The educational meetings include a day-long tristate meeting regarding juvenile justice with Chief Justices from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota and a morning meeting with Nebraska tribal courts and tribal representatives. During the 15 courthouse tours, the Chief Justice and fellow justices will meet with various state senators, county board members, lawyers and community leaders.
In discussing the purpose of the summer tours, Heavican noted, "It is really important for us to get feedback from our local court staff, from judges, from community members and from lawyers as to how certain programs are working and what we might be able to do better for a particular community or for a larger statewide program. We use that feedback to help make the system better."
The Endangered Missing Advisory activated to determine the whereabouts of Terrese Tressler, has been cancelled.
"The alert has been cancelled due to Missing Person Located," the Nebraska State Patrol reported.
The previous alert stated that an Endangered Missing Advisory has been issued for eastern Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol was attempting to locate, Terrese A. Tressler, who is a 63 year old, white female, approximately 5'6" tall, approximately 200 lbs, with blonde/grey long hair, and blue eyes. Tressler has a tattoo on her right wrist of infinity and a tattoo on her right big toe of a flower. Tressler wears glasses and has a scar on her forehead. Tressler is missing from the Meadow Grove area and was last seen in the Nebraska City area at about 2:30 AM, July 30, 2018. Tressler is known to drive a silver, 2012 Toyota Corolla, bearing Nebraska license plate number 7C5071. If you have any information, please call 911 or contact the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-331-3333.
This advisory was for the following State Patrol Troop Areas: Troop A, Troop B and Troop H.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Terrese Tressler.
The Nebraska State Patrol's Twitter post mentioned that Tressler suffers from dementia.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been issued for eastern Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol is attempting to locate, Terrese A. Tressler, who is a 63 year old, white female, approximately 5'6" tall, approximately 200 lbs, with blonde/grey long hair, and blue eyes. Tressler has a tattoo on her right wrist of infinity and a tattoo on her right big toe of a flower. Tressler wears glasses and has a scar on her forehead. Tressler is missing from the Meadow Grove area and was last seen in the Nebraska City area at about 2:30 AM, July 30, 2018. Tressler is known to drive a silver, 2012 Toyota Corolla, bearing Nebraska license plate number 7C5071. If you have any information, please call 911 or contact the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-331-3333.
This advisory is for the following State Patrol Troop Areas: Troop A, Troop B and Troop H.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Terrese Tressler.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been issued for eastern Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol is attempting to locate, Terrese A. Tressler, who is a 63 year old, white female, approximately 5'6" tall, approximately 200 lbs, with blonde/grey long hair, and blue eyes. Tressler has a tattoo on her right wrist of infinity and a tattoo on her right big toe of a flower. Tressler wears glasses and has a scar on her forehead. Tressler is missing from the Meadow Grove area and was last seen in the Nebraska City area at about 2:30 AM, July 30, 2018. Tressler is known to drive a silver, 2012 Toyota Corolla, bearing Nebraska license plate number 7C5071.
If you have any information, please call 911 or contact the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-331-3333.
Jami and Bailey Legate fell into a “cornmance” in the summer of 2012.
About five years later, they were married.
A cornmance can be defined, according to Nate Metschke, as when two youth have a romance while detasseling together over the summer.
“Sometimes we tease the kids if we think they’re kind of having a little romance, we call it a ‘cornmance,’ just because it happens in the summer,” said Metschke, who oversees crews for NBS Detasseling LLC.
Youth tend to not know each other well on the first few days of detasseling, but as the season progresses, they become friends, he said. Sometimes they start dating.
“We had a young man from Neligh and a young lady from Battle Creek who met detasseling,” Metschke said. “And the next thing you know, they’re going to prom together and they’re dating, and then they graduated from high school and now they’re married and they have two children.”
In her freshman year at Battle Creek, Jami Legate decided to detassel since it was a good way to make money.
“My brother (Jesse) did it a couple years before I started,” she said. “And, it was good money in a short amount of time.”
During her second year of detasseling, Jami started talking to her future husband, Bailey.
“We met just on the bus, I guess,” she said. “We started talking during detasseling on the bus. That was the only time I ever met him.”
However, Bailey said that when she didn’t sit by him for a few days, he eventually took a seat by her.
“She didn’t want to sit by me because she was nervous,” he said.
Jami’s beauty and her passion for hunting, as well as other activities they had in common, drew him to her, Bailey said.
The long hours of difficult work also brought the two together, allowing for them to get to know each other better.
“It was just the long, hard days and we were always together,” Jami said. “I mean, we worked together every single day during detasseling, all day some days.”
Bailey started detasseling in eighth grade and continued throughout his four years at Neligh-Oakdale High School. Although, he first attempted to detassel when he was only 10 years old.
“The first year I detasseled, I was 10 and my brother was 12 and we detasseled together the first year, and I got kicked off of the crew because I was too young,” he said. “So, I had to wait two years to do it again.”
After the detasseling season ended, Jami and Bailey continued their friendship until February, when they started dating.
“At first, it was a lot of fl irting, and when we actually got together, it was pretty fun because we got to hang out all of the time,” Bailey said.
Their dates involved spending a lot time with family and doing outdoor activities together.
“We went to the drive-in in Neligh quite a bit, and then we just hung out with my family and his family quite a bit. We’d go hunting, fishing,” Jami said.
When prom rolled around, they went together for their junior and senior years and stuck to a camouflage theme for their dresses and tuxes, as they both like to hunt.
In 2014, they graduated from high school and enrolled in Northeast Community College, where Jami received her associate’s degree in early childhood education and Bailey completed some years for diesel mechanics.
Since they were both at the same college, and Bailey had rented a house in Norfolk, it was not difficult for them to spend time together.
“He rented a house in Norfolk with one of his friends, and I had to come to Norfolk, so we were pretty close,” Jami said. “Like, he didn’t live in Neligh and drive back and forth or anything.”
They continued dating throughout college, and during Jami’s baby shower for their first child, Bailey proposed to her.
“He had a chalkboard wrapped up in a gift with my baby shower gift. And when I unwrapped it, he was standing there with a ring,” Jami said. “The chalkboard said, ‘Will you marry me?’ And, it had a check for yes or no.”
Bailey said his idea was inspired by the song, “Check Yes Or No,” and a note he wrote to her during church.
“Shortly after we started dating, when we were in church, we just listened to the song that says that,” he said. “I wrote, ‘Do you love me?’ and put the boxes to check yes or no on a little note in church. And, she found that note right before the baby shower one day. So, that’s what I thought of.”
On June 10, 2017, they got married at Kelly’s Country Club in Norfolk but didn’t forget how they first met.
“It was also a camouflage wedding, and we actually had jars of corn on the tables with pictures because of detasseling,” Jami said. “Because we met detasseling, we thought that would be appropriate.”
Jami and Bailey bought a house together in Norfolk in August of 2017, where they live with their two kids.
If detasseling is still around when their children, Bentley, 2, and Emersyn, 4 months, grow up, Bailey said he would like to see them follow suit and detassel.
“If it’s still around, I hope they do it because it gives you good work ethics for the future,” he said. “Metschke actually drives people to work. When he’s out there, he’ll walk down the rows and kind of spy on you.”
According to Bailey, Metschke, who was their crew leader at the time, would spy on him and Jami, too.
Metschke’s humor made the detasseling work more fun, Jami said.
“He was really good; he was really funny, so he was really easy to work for,” she said. “He made the day go by a lot quicker. He called us ‘in a cornmance.’”
While Metschke only knows of one couple that got married from detasseling, he said it’s still a successful way for people to meet.
“We’ve had several kids that have gone out on dates or whatever. But, we’ve only ever had one couple ever get married,” he said. “But, that’s probably a higher success rate than, like, 'The Bachelor,' 'The Bachelorette' on TV. But, I don’t have any stats to back that up.”
Bailey called Metschke’s use and creation of the term “corny,” yet he agreed cornmances are more than just a fantasy.
“I encourage everybody to detassel,” he said. “It gives you good work ethics and you can eventually find your future wife.”
Two Antelope County volunteer fire departments were among the 109 rural fire districts to receive the 2018 Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grant.
The Neligh Volunteer Fire Department received $4,250.00, while the Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department received $4,500.00. The grant money can be used for requests such as personal protective equipment, prevention and communication gear.
The state of Nebraska was awarded an additional $100,000 in grant money this year due to the increase in amount of wildfires and fire departments responding to those fires, according to NFS Fire Program Manager Matt Holte.
The full list of recipients and amounts are as follows:
Abie Volunteer Fire Department
Ainsworth Volunteer Fire Department
Alliance Volunteer Fire Department
Arapahoe Fire Department
Ashton Volunteer Fire Department
Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department
Aurora Volunteer Fire Department
Axtell Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Banner County Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Bartlett Volunteer Fire Department
Battle Creek Volunteer Fire Department
Bayard Volunteer Fire Department
Beaver City Rural Fire Dist.
Beemer Fire and Rescue
Bellwood Volunteer Fire Department
Bennett Rural Fire Department
Bennington Volunteer Fire Department
Bertrand Fire and Rescue
Brule Volunteer Fire Department
Cedar Bluffs Suburban Fire
Chadron Volunteer Fire Department
City of Friend Volunteer Fire Department
Clarks Volunteer Fire Department
Colon Volunteer Fire Department
Curtis Volunteer Fire Department
Dannebrog Volunteer Fire Department
Dix Volunteer Fire Department
Dodge County Mutual Aid Assc.
Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department
Douglas Volunteer Fire Department
Eagle Fire & Rescue
East Central NE Fire Prevention Co-op
Edgar Volunteer Fire Department
Ericson Volunteer Fire Department
Fairbury Rural Fire Department
Fordyce Volunteer Fire Department
Fort Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department
Franklin Volunteer Fire Department
Fremont Rural Fire Department
Garland Volunteer Fire Department
Genoa Volunteer Fire Department
Gering Volunteer Fire Department
Giltner Rural Fire Department
Gordon Volunteer Fire Department
Grant Volunteer Fire Department
Greeley Volunteer Fire Department
Guide Rock Volunteer Fire Department
Hadar Volunteer Fire Department
Hampton Volunteer Fire Department
Hay Springs Rural Fire Department
Hershey Volunteer Fire Department
Hildreth Volunteer Fire Department
Hordville Volunteer Fire Department
Jansen Rural Fire District #9
Kenesaw Volunteer Fire Department
Keystone-Lemoyne Fire Rescue
Linwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Malmo Volunteer Fire Department
Mead Volunteer Fire Department
Minatare/Melbeta Fire & Rescue
Minden Volunteer Fire Department
Morrill Volunteer Fire Department
Nebraska Firefighters Museum
Nehawka Volunteer Fire Department
Neligh Volunteer Fire Department
Nelson Volunteer Fire Department
North Bend Volunteer Fire Department
NSVFA Fire Prevention
NSVFA Fire School
Oakdale Volunteer Fire Department
Ohiowa Volunteer Fire Department
Ord Volunteer Fire Department
Orleans Volunteer Fire Department
Oxford Volunteer Fire Department
Peru Volunteer Fire Department
Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department
Phillips Volunteer Fire Department
Pierce Volunteer Fire Department
Pilger Fire and Rescue
Plainview Fire Department
Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department
Ponca Rural Fire Department
Potter Volunteer Fire Department
Prague Rural Fire Department
Primrose Rural Fire District 5
Randolph Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Ravenna Volunteer Fire Department
Raymond Volunteer Fire Department
Red Cloud Volunteer Fire Department
Red Willow Western Rural Fire Dept.
Rushville Volunteer Fire Department
Scottsbluff Rural Fire Protection District
State Fire Marshal’s Office Training
Sidney Volunteer Fire Department
Snyder Volunteer Fire Department
Snyder Volunteer Fire Department
St Edward Volunteer Fire Department
Stanton Volunteer Fire
Sterling Volunteer Fire Department
Sutherland Volunteer Fire Department
Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department
Thedford Volunteer Fire Department
Ulysses Volunteer Fire Department
Venango Volunteer Fire Department
Verdigre Volunteer Fire Department
Winslow Rural Fire District
WIRAT Team State Fire Marshall's Office
Wynot Volunteer Fire Department
Yutan Volunteer Fire Department
Antelope County drivers will be able to make their commutes a little faster after speed limit increases on multiple roads went into effect on Friday.
Legislative Bill 1009 went into effect on Friday morning, which changed speed limits on some state highways and roads. Highways affected that were 55/60 previously were increased to 65, and expressways affected increased from 65 to 70.
Highway 14 in Antelope County saw an increase in sections of the highway. From Neligh north to the 14/20 junction, the speed limit was increased to 65. The increase to 65 was also seen on Highway 14 south of Elgin. Highway 14 from Elgin to Neligh will continue to be 60.
Other highways affected were Highway 70 west from Elgin and Highway 45 south from Tilden to the 32/45 junction, which both increased to 65.
Two area girls recently achieved the highest honor in Nebraska 4-H archery— the triple crown.
Caydence Schumacher, 10, of Clearwater and Jailee Hogancamp, 13, of Tilden each won three state 4-H archery championships in 2018. This is referred to as the triple crown, a feat that is rarely achieved, according to Mark Eggers, Antelope County Shooting Sports coordinator.
“It was a great end to state 4-H weekend,” Eggers said. “Caydence and Jailee have both achieved the highest honor in Nebraska 4-H Archery by winning all three state titles in the same year. This is the Randy Latimer Triple Crown Award. Only three shooters this year were able to achieve this.”
Schumacher and Hogancamp each won state archery titles for indoor target, outdoor target and 3D shooting. The state outdoor and 3D contests ended last month at the Heartland Public Shooting Park near Grand Island. The state indoor meet was held in January at Columbus.
Neither girl expected to fare so well at the state level.
Winning the triple crown came as a huge surprise to Schumacher since this was her first year competing at state. In fact, her state competition began almost exactly one year from the day she first started shooting archery.
“I was just hoping I would medal,” the Clearwater fifth grader said. “But after I won the outdoor, my goal was to get the triple crown.”
The daughter of Shannon and Courtney Schumacher, she had a special reason for her goal—to honor a man who meant so much to her dad.
“The triple crown award is named after Randy Latimer, who was my shooting instructor at Pierce,” Shannon Schmacher said.
Although Hogancamp earned the state indoor title in 2017 and won both the outdoor target and 3D contests in 2016, she didn’t come into this season with any expectations. After all, she had never even placed in both the indoor and outdoor competitions during the same season.
“I was surprised to win all three,” Hogancamp said.
This year’s triple crown win brings her total to six state titles in three years. She is the daughter of Jason Hogancamp of Norfolk and Jennifer Cowling of Tilden.
The Elkhorn Valley seventh grader credits her success to archery practice.
“I practice every Tuesday,” she said.
Their triumphs can also be attributed to the Antelope County Shooting Sports program.
“I shot BB gun and air rifle,” Shannon Schumacher said.” “I never shot archery. Mark (Eggers) and the Christiansens (Rod and Lisa) have helped a lot.”
Hogancamp competes in the intermediate division for archery and Schumacher competes in the junior division. In addition to archery, Schmacher also shoots BB gun and air rifle.
The Antelope County Shooting Sports program has a storied history. Since 2002, county archers have won an impressive 113 state 4-H titles and 20 triple crowns.
Eggers said four kids, all from Antelope County, made up the Nebraska team that won nationals in 2009 and set a new high score record.
“They probably still hold that record,” he said.
Eggers said the county shooting sports shirts used to be blue and earned them a nickname from other counties.
“They’d call us ‘The Blue Crew’ when we showed up at competitions,” he said.
Eggers said the state and national contests were competitive, but there was one even tougher.
“When we got back to Antelope County, all of our top shooters had to shoot against each other,” he said with a grin. “We always joked that Antelope County was the toughest shoot in the state.”
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