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Saturday, March 31 - Brunswick will hold an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. A bake sale, sponsored by the Brunswick Library, will be held in conjunction with the hunt. Both events will take place at the Brunswick Fire Hall.
Saturday, March 24 - The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. in the park for children up to age 8. A family book bingo will be held in the fire hall after the egg hunt. The Clearwater Public Library invites children in sixth grade and below to play bingo for a chance to win free books from the library. One hundred books will be given away. In case of inclement weather, both events will move to the Clearwater Public School.
Saturday, March 24 - Oakdale is planning an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Oakdale Park for ages 0-10.
Sunday, March 25 - The Neligh Young Men’s Club is hosting its annual Easter egg hunt and pancake feed on Sunday, March 25. The pancake feed will be held in the Neligh American Legion Hall from 8 a.m. to noon. The egg hunt is planned at Neligh’s Riverside Park at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will move inside the Legion as well. The Women of Neligh are planning a bake sale at both events.
Friday, March 30 - Neligh Care & Rehabilitation Center is sponsoring an Easter egg hunt on their lawn, located at 1100 N. T St., on Friday, March 30 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 - Elgin is planning an Easter egg hunt in the Elgin City Park on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m.
Friday, March 30 - Prairie View Assisted Living will host an Easter egg hunt at its location on 100 S. Pine in Tilden on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m. for ages 10 and under.
One man was sentenced to jail and several others pleaded not guilty to their charges in Antelope County District Court last Wednesday.
Christian Sidzyik, 29, was sentenced to jail on attempted possession of methamphetamine, a class I misdemeanor. Judge James Kube ordered Sidzyik to served 6 months in the Antelope County Jail and was fined $340.40 in court costs.
Kube asked Sidzyik how long he has used meth and what difference it made when using it intravenously.
“I started using in November 2015, so on and off about 1 ½ years now,” he said. “It turned me into a monster. There is a more intense high intravenously. I put my son second and all these charges added up.”
The judge said Sidzyik needs to decide where his priorities lie.
“You’re 29 years old, you’re not a young man anymore, but you do have a lot of time left and you have a child,” Kube said. “At some point, you have to grow up and realize what you want out of life. You probably have hopes and dreams, even if it is just wanting to be a good dad.”
Before sentencing, Sidzyik said he doesn’t want to be “locked up too long, so I can watch my son grow up.”
The judge recommended he get outpatient treatment and get a sponsor, “you can’t do it alone.”
“Put a picture of child in your wallet,” Kube said. “Anytime you think about using, pull it out and look at your son. Know that what you are doing, you are doing to your son. Eventually, that child will be old enough to know that my dad chose meth over me, so don’t let that happen.”
In other matters, numerous arraignments were held and pleas were entered by:
Members of the Clearwater, Neligh-Oakdale, and Ewing subcommittee joined for more consolidations talks focusing on the RFP proposals during the Monday night meeting.
Board members representing Clearwater was Amy Thiele, Regina Krebs, Marty Kerkman, principal Mike Sanne, and superintendent Dale Martin. Attending on Neligh-Oakdale’s behalf was David Wright, Ron Gilg, Corey Furstenau, and superintendent Scott Gregory. Speaking for Ewing’s board was Jason Schindler, Pete Funk, principal Greg Appleby, and superintendent Ted Hillman.
The subcommittee meeting was called to discuss the clarification of the request for proposals the school initially approved. Clearwater superintendent Dale Martin said that he thought is was important to make sure the schools were advertising for what they were specifically agreeing to look for. Quick to explain how the boards could continue in its consolidation plans, Clearwater member Regina Krebs gave a visual explaination of what paths could be taken.
“I think as a subcommittee need to discuss what we need moving forward. What kind of information we need moving forward. And who might best facilitate that process moving forward,” Krebs stated.
Two different paths were explained by Krebs, the first being a design bid. She explained that within this option the board would have to initially hire an architect that would design what the districts could agree on and receive blueprints once drawn up. From there, the blueprints would be sent to a hired construction firm that would follow their bid while bringing in outside subs and other needed resources. Krebs explained that with this option, the boards would have minimal say over the project after hiring the initial architect.
Explaining other issues with the first path, Krebs explained, “The problem with school districts is because we are a public entity, we can’t use their architect. We have to come in and hire another architect to oversee what this one is doing. But, ultimately, it is still down to the construction company that you hire. So they don’t see that process used very much at all in a public school system.”
Stepping away from the first option, Krebs explained the second path of construction management. With this, the board would be hiring both an architect and a construction manager. Although the two would work together in the process, Krebs explained that they would also be working very independently in hiring their own consultants to put together the architectural design and plan and the hiring of subs. Overall, the two individuals would ultimately find what building system would work both for all districts and what will work in the budget.
In the second option, the board also has the option to hire and owners rep that would be the middle man between the board and the architect and construction manager. This seemed to interest many members as they looked for the best course to take.
Neligh-Oakdale president David Wright explained, “With the owners rep, he is making sure those two other players are playing fair. He doesn’t have any skin in the game. His only skin in the game is to represent you people and your budgets.”
This course seemed to strike for many members are they continue to look out for the best interest of each of their districts.
Along with the clarification of what course the consolidation should take, the subcommittee amended the RFP in one specific area in which to clarify that each applicant would also be requested to coordinate a site selection and analysis.
The request for proposal was updated by the three district’s administrators to be properly distributed. The proposals are due and will be opened by the administrators on April 2 at the Ewing Public Schools.
The next meeting dates were set for a subcommittee meeting on April 11 at tentatively 6 p.m. in Neligh to look over the applications for a district/owner’s rep. All 18 members will then meet later on April 11 at 7 p.m. in Neligh for a curriculum report. Next the subcommittee will meet in Clearwater on April 25 at 7 p.m. to look over applications for an architect. Finally, the boards will meet on May 16 in Ewing for presentations from the subcommittees’ architect recommendations.
Full meeting video can be found online on the Antelope County News Facebook.
Due to weather conditions, the ESU 8 High School Quiz Bowl, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th in O’Neill at the NECC Extended Campus, has been moved to Wednesday, March 7th. The Quiz Bowl for students in Grades 6-8 has been cancelled.
The High School competition will still start at 9 a.m. with sign-in starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be an hour break about noon for lunch, and then the competition will resume with trophies and medals being awarded about 2:30 p.m.
High school teams participating are: Battle Creek Public Schools, Chambers Public Schools, Clearwater Public School, Elgin Public Schools, Elkhorn Valley Schools, Ewing Public Schools, Madison Public Schools, Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools, Norfolk Catholic School, Norfolk Lutheran High Northeast, Norfolk Senior High School, O'Neill School District, O'Neill St. Mary's School, Orchard Public School, Osmond Community Schools, Plainview Public Schools, Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School, Stanton Community Schools, Stuart Public Schools, Verdigre Public School, and Wheeler Central Schools.
Questions or concerns should be directed to Marlin Seevers, ESU 8 Quiz Bowl Director, at 402-887-5041, ext. 1236 (email@example.com).
Several new candidates filed for office with the Antelope County Clerk last week.
County, city and school offices that were previously uncontested now feature non-incumbent opponents. Non-incumbents had until March 1 to file for office.
Kevin Hild of Neligh, a non-incumbent, filed for Neligh-Oakdale School Board. Also on the ballot will be incumbents David Wright, Kenny Reinke and Ryan Koinzan. Voters will be asked to select three.
Tedd Hupp and Steven Thiele, non-incumbents, have filed for Clearwater School Board. Incumbents Tom Thiele and Regina Krebs will also be on the ballot.
Gordon Schrader, a non-incumbent, has filed for Orchard Public School Board. Also on the ballot are incumbents Nathan Schwager, Terri Hergert and Candice Hoke.
Todd Heithoff, Ron Bode, Luke Hinkel and Janet Koinzan are all non-incumbents who filed for Elgin School Board. Lisa Welding is the only incumbent who will be on the ballot.
Brent Pickrel is a new candidate for Neligh City Council. Incumbents also on the ballot will be Ted Hughes and Stephanie Wanek. Joe Hartz refiled for mayor.
Marty Henn, a non-incumbent, has filed for Elgin City Council, Ward 2. Incumbent John "Mike" Dvorak will also be on the ballot for Ward 2. Duane Miller has refiled for Ward 1 and Mike Schmitt refiled for mayor.
Michael Klabenes is a new candidate for Clearwater Village Board. Incumbent Paul Horman will also be on the ballot.
Ryan Dietz, Thomas Wilkinson and Jude Freeman are all non-incumbents for Oakdale Village Board. Incumbent Karen Berg will also be on the ballot.
Brunswick and Royal Village Boards are uncontested races, as only incumbents filed. Brunswick candidates are Craig Forbes and Lynn Pellatz. Royal candidates are Max Heiter, Myron Hergert and Jim Bright.
At the county level, just the commissioner races are contested.
Incumbent Jerald Schwager, a Democrat, refiled for District 1 Commissioner. Non-incumbents Greg Koinzan and Dean Smith, Republicans, are contesting the race.
Allan Bentley, Republican, is going against incumbent Eddie Schindler, Republican, for District 3 Commissioner.
Tom Borer, Republican, is facing incumbent Leroy Kerkman, Democrat, for District 5 Commissioner.
You still have time to order your favorite Girl Scout cookies!
To make up for weather that shut down cookie booths and thwarted door-to-door sales, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska will extend the cookie program one week, to Sunday, March 11.
“Though Mother Nature hasn’t been very cooperative this year, customers are hungry for more opportunities to purchase their favorite cookies,” said Denise Moore, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Chief Product Program Officer. “We want girls to be able to get out and reach their Girl Scout Cookie Program goals in friendlier weather.”
The Girl Scout Cookie Program powers amazing leadership experiences for girls. That’s because all net revenue—100 percent of it—stays in Nebraska. Girls and their troops use their cookie proceeds for community service projects; leadership development; camping and outdoor experiences; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs; and so much more.
To find a Girl Scout Cookie Booth near you or connect with a troop, visit GirlScoutsNebraska.org, call the Cookie Hotline at 800.695.6690 or download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app on your smart phone.
Visitors to Antelope Memorial Hospital are seeing a new face as Angela Sucha takes on the role of physician’s assistant.
Sucha, who started in September, is originally from Verdigre. She said that returning to a small town was important for her and her husband.
“It was important to my husband Nolan and I that we return to a rural area to start out roots and raise our children. This hospital is only 30 minutes away from my hometown, so it was definitely attractive,” she said.
Sucha said that she was first notified about the position by her sister who works in Overland Rehab. She pointed out how it would be close to home.
“My sister had brought it to my attention that there was an opening here and that it was close to home,” she said.
Sucha has spent the last few months getting to know her fellow providers and assistants at the hospital, and said that everyone has been positive.
“I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone that works here, from providers to other staff members. Everyone works really well together as a team.”
Sucha also said that her fellow staff are willing to go out of their way to assist with whatever she would need help with.
“They are always willing to help you out with whatever you need,” she said.
After completing her education in Wichita, Kansas, Sucha said it was relieving to be back to living in a small town.
“It’s really nice to be back in a small town again. It’s nice to know people as patients and as members of the community.”
Sucha said that being a PA gave her everything she wanted.
“As a physician’s assistant, it let me do everything I wanted to do in a rural setting.”
Sucha’s supervising physician is Dr. Rodger Rudloff.
Prairie View Assisted Living is celebrating five years of resident care in Tilden.
Angela Cuffe, the administrator at Prairie View, said that, although the facility is small, it makes the quality of relationships better.
“We are all like a little family. It’s a small enough facility to where they are not just a number.”
Prairie View includes residential apartments, a dining room and fire place for residents, a hobby/activity room, a spa, a beauty salon, and outdoor covered patios among other amenities.
Cuffe says it is important to have a facility like this in the community because it can allow lifelong community members to stay in the community.
“It allows members of the community to stay in the community that they have spent all of their life in.”
Prairie View does provide transportation for doctors appointments and hospital visits. However, most residents won’t have to travel far to get care, as the doctors are right across the street.
“Our doctors are right across the street from the facility, so it makes it easy for the residents to get care,” she said.
Cuffe said that Prairie View provides activities and church times for residents to be able to enjoy as part of their daily routine.
“Church comes in here every Friday. We do devotions every morning at 10 a.m. There are daily activities, such as arts and crafts. We also bring entertainment in for the residents,” she said.
Cuffe said she likes to refer to the slogan of Prairie View when describing the center because it encompasses the quality of life the residents experience in a simple phrase.
“We are family serving family. We are small enough to care,” Cuffe said.
Two Rivers Irrigation is celebrating their first full year of being the “one stop shop” for irrigation needs in Neligh.
Cody Frank, the owner of Two Rivers Irrigation, purchased the lot in between Elkhorn Rural Public Power and Green Line Equipment and had a new headquarters for Two Rivers built on its place. They moved into the new building in February of 2017.
Frank said the first year of being in Neligh has worked out well for the business.
“Our first year has been good. We had a real good year and picked up a lot of good customers. It has been a great move,” he said.
Frank said that the bigger facility allows Two Rivers to better serve their customers.
“We have a bigger facility, so we can house more parts. We can be a bit more organized. We were running out of room where we were at.”
As the Zimmatic dealer in Neligh, Two Rivers has state-of-the-art irrigation equipment that they can install on customer’s pivots. Frank said the FieldNET technology allows for complete monitoring of your systems from your phone.
“FieldNET products give everyone the possibility to monitor their irrigation from their phone or computer. Whether they are at a ball game or sitting on a beach somewhere, they can always keep tabs on their pivots and see what is going on.”
Frank said that having Carquest in house adds another aspect to the business.
“Carquest brings another side to the business here. It gives us the ability to take care of everyone for their filter needs, replacement parts for their pickups, tractors, irrigation motors. They can stop in here and we can take care of them in whatever ways they need.”
Whether a customer needs a part for their pickup or pivot, wants to upgrade their system to newer technology, or wants to install a new pivot, Two Rivers Irrigation has it all. Frank said that the business has become the only place one would need to go to take care of their irrigation needs.
“We are a one stop shop to take care of all of your irrigation needs.
This year marked 40 years of business for White Realty & Appraisal, and they continue to provide services to the community today.
Keith White, the founder of White Realty & Appraisal, started White Realty in 1976, and the business became White Realty & Appraisal in 1977.
White Realty specializes in residential, farm and commercial real property appraisal. The primary counties that White Realty covers are Antelope, Brown, Boone, Boyd, Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Greeley, Holt, Knox, Keya Paha, Madison, Nance, Platte, Rock, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston, Wheeler and Wayne counties.
White Realty & Appraisal helps with individual land owners, partnerships, corporation, trust estates, and non-profit organizations’ valuation services, purchasing assistance , selling and consultations regarding any type of property assets.
White Realty’s staff includes other agents that can assist with real estate or appraisal needs.
Nancy White is a Certified General Real Property Appraiser and has been an appraiser since 1995. She is also a real estate broker.
Julie Harrison has been involved with real estate since 1993. She joined the White Realty & Appraisal team in 2009 and became a real estate salesperson in 2011. Harrison is a general notary, certified abstracter, and licensed title agent.
White Realty also provides appraisal for agricultural, commercial and residential real estate. Consultation and advisory services for many purposes are also offered by White Realty & Appraisal.
White Realty is located at 508 M St in Neligh, and can be reached at 402-887-5142.
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