20 Antelope County 4-Hers are now trained in animal quality assurance.
At the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Training held on Thursday, June 14, 4-H youth ages 8 to 18 were taught the importance of quality assurance when raising livestock. YQCA is a requirement for 4-H members showing livestock at the county fair.
During the training, youth learned how to properly feed, handle and raise various livestock species like beef, sheep, swine, goats, dairy, poultry and rabbits.
4-H members could either attend the face-to-face training or complete online training. Steve Pritchard, the Extension Educator from Boone and Nance counties, was the instructor for the face-to-face session.
Renewing the unification was the main topic of discussion at the Nebraska Unified District #1 meeting on Monday night.
The unification renewal process will be a monthly agenda item until an agreement is made or until the June 2020 deadline comes and the unification is up for the current seven-year cycle.
Superintendent Dale Martin said activity coops are also going to be important to consider because those decisions need to be made by spring 2019 for most of the coops and by November 2019 for the football coop.
“These things are going to be coming up faster than we want them to in some cases, but I think we need to keep them on our radar and be prepared for them, and hopefully get some things thought out ahead of time,” Martin said.
Regarding the discussion on renewing the unification, both Orchard and Verdigre are content. However, Clearwater may be interested in looking at an agreement that would be shorter than the current seven-year cycle.
Joe Thiele said, “Coming off some of the issues we went through the last couple years, I suppose there are people a little gun shy,
Board members also discussed whether consolidation would make sense.
Marty Konapacek said, “It’s been tough, but we’re making [the unification] work. You’ve got schools in all three communities.”
Terri Hergert questioned if consolidation made sense with Verdigre in the picture. Terra Williby commented, “I’m perfectly content with unification. I don’t feel I am interested in consolidation.” Hergert said she doesn’t think that the schools are to the point of consolidation yet.
Discussion was also held on whether or to bring other interested schools, if there are any, in the beginning of agreement talks or after an agreement has already been reached.
“If there’s interest, then I think they should be involved in the beginning,” Williby said.
“What I would say is you have an agreement that would be there for those three schools, regardless of what happens with someone else, and then if someone wants to come in, they agree to be a part of that,” Martin explained. “I think it’s going to be tougher for each school that you add in to come to an agreement. Every time you add somebody in, they’re going to have some different wants and some different needs, and it’s going to be tough to come to consensus.”
It was decided that a decision needs to be made at the advisory board level first on whether or not the three schools are still interested in the unification. “We need to know if it is going to be these three boards right here working on an agreement,” said Williby.
Another main item of discussion was adding grill guards to the school vans due to recent encounters with deer. The board came to the agreement to get quotes from body shops in the three towns and add grill guards to three vans in the hope that they will prevent significant damage in the event of an accident.
Other items discussed during the meeting were classified staff pay and new staff contracts. A motion was passed to give the classified staff a raise that would be equivalent to that of the certified staff. Two new staff contracts were approved - Alicia Janek and Tiffany Beckman were approved as paraeducators at Verdigre and Orchard, respectively.
The board also approved changes and updates to the board policies, including policies on raising the substitute teacher pay and graduation requirements.
The next Unified board meeting will be July 16 at 7 p.m. in Orchard.
Antelope County Clover Kids visited the Antelope County Law Enforcement Center on Tuesday for a safety talk and fingerprinting as part of a Color/Safety Workshop.
Sheriff Bob Moore and dispatcher Jared Jacob also spoke about what to do in the case of a child abduction and the importance of fingerprints in case a child goes missing.
The Clover Kids finished the workshop at the courthouse by completing some colorful fingerprint art pieces.
Former Neligh resident Jason Schindler is donating his time for a cause that has been important to his career over the years.
Since 1999, Schindler has fl own for Schindler Flying and worked in aerial application. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-
Lincoln in ‘99, where he studied mechanized systems management, he flew as a primary pilot for his father, Rick, at Schindler Flying in Neligh.
In 2010, Schindler branched off and decided to establish his own Schindler Flying company in O’Neill. While there, the EAA (Experimental
Aircraft Association) recently reached out to him for help in an aircraft event.
The EAA is an organization that tours the United States and gives people the opportunity to ride on one of the first mass-produced airliners, a 1929 Ford TriMotor, Schindler said.
Schindler is volunteering to work as chairman for the event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday at O’Neill’s airport. The 10-passenger aircraft will go on flights for 15-20 minutes around the O’Neill area.
According to Schindler, the EAA doesn’t typically bring this opportunity to smaller communities.
“It was just in York, and that’s probably one of the smallest communities it’s ever went to,” Schindler said. “So, to have the opportunity to have it here is pretty neat.”
The Ford TriMotor is not cheap to run, so many of the proceeds go toward operational expenses. Its three engines burn about 100 gallons an hour and fuel alone costs nearly $500 an hour, Schindler said.
“The pilots, and me and anybody else associated donate their time,” Schindler said. “And the rest of the money goes back into the EAA organization both locally and nationally to help promote other events.”
This experience is more than just a flight, as it sends people on a trip back in time, Schindler said.
“They do this to promote interest in aviation, to give people the opportunity to do these things and to see something in history – a historical airplane that they never would have the opportunity to see,” Schindler said.
Walk up tickets for adults 18 and older go for $75, but purchasing advance tickets online at flytheford.com reduces the cost to $70. Tickets for children 17 and under cost $50, and children 2 and under can go for free on the lap of an adult.
More than 50 students and band directors from across the area participated in the 2018 Northeast Nebraska All-Star Band.
Three students from Clearwater and 17 from Neligh-Oakdale participated in this year’s event.
Band members met Tuesday through Friday in preparation for the performances during the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football game at Memorial Field in Norfolk on Saturday afternoon. The band also performed at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Norfolk on Friday night. Saturday’s halftime show, featuring lively songs and coordinating movements from the marching band, drew loud applause from the fans.
Directors helping with this year’s All-Star Band were Jason Stech of Wayne State College, Clint Dennis of Wisner-Pilger, Todd Cook of Norfolk High, Samantha Hahn of Norfolk Catholic, Carrie Jensen of Stanton, Chad Jensen and Mike Sindt of Pierce, Brad Weber of Wayne State College and Nate Metschke of Neligh-Oakdale.
Totus Tuus are being held in the coming weeks in both Tilden and Elgin.
Tilden's is scheduled June 16-22 at Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. Programs for grades 1-6 will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch for the daytime session. Students in grades 7-12 will meet 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.
Jointly hosted by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Tilden and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Neligh, Totus Tuus focuses on five pillars: 1. The Holy Eucharist; 2. Marian Devotion; 3. Catechetical Instruction; 4. Vocational Discernment; and 5. Fun. The 2017-18 theme is “The Apostle’s Creed, and the Luminous Mysteries.”
Elgin's Totus Tuus is scheduled June 10-15 at St. Boniface Parish in Elgin. Programs for grades 1-6 will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students in grades 7-12 will meet 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.
The cost is $10 per student or $25 per family for the whole week. Registration forms are available on stbonparishes.com.
The Antelope County District Court judge handed down four jail sentences and ordered probation for another in a long day of court on Tuesday.
Nathaniel Henn, William Anson, Cody Luscomb and David Kinnan were all ordered to jail following their district court appearances.
Nathaniel Henn, 29, was the first to be sentenced that day. Judge James Kube sentenced Henn to 9 months in the Antelope County Jail for attempted consumption of a felony, a class I misdemeanor. He was given credit for 8 days served.
Henn’s charge was related to his role in the theft of a ripper from a Knox County farm. He told the judge that he “didn’t steal the ripper” and “didn’t know it was stolen.” His attorney Brad Montag said Henn “changed the lighting and paint on it,” but did not steal it, which is why the original theft charge was amended. Montag requested probation for his client, stating that he has struggled with drug usage and it would “give him a better chance to stay clean.”
“If he can’t follow simple bond terms, how can he follow probation terms?” Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler questioned.
“I’m of the mindset that actions speak louder than words,” Judge Kube said.
He said judging by Henn’s poor attitude toward authority, seeking treatment and his bond conditions, “It doesn’t appear to me that you want probation.”
William Anson, 34, who appeared on two felony charges--attempted burglary, a class 3A felony, and possession of burglary tools, a class 4 felony, was the second sentencing of the day.
Anson was sentenced to 3 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on the first charge and 2 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on the second charge, to be served consecutively.
Judge Kube said when Anson took gas from a farmer’s property, he could’ve been faced even more trouble.
“Going onto a farmer’s property, you’re probably lucky you didn’t have somebody take the law into their own hands,” he said.
The county attorney agreed with the judge.
“You’re right in saying he’s lucky, because the farmer was home, and he actually got shot at and ran off,” Abler said.
Anson admitted that he has “a severe drug and alcohol problem” and that being incarcerated “is the only way to stop me.”
The judge told him that in addition to jail time, he was going to order him to two consecutive 12 month terms of post release supervision.
“Keep a picture of your kids in your wallet,” Judge Kube told Anson. “When you’re with your buddies and want to use, take out those pictures. Life is bigger than yourself and doing drugs.”
Cody Luscomb, 34, appeared for sentencing on the charge of defacing a firearm, a class 3 felony and was ordered to serve 6 months in the Antelope County Jail. He was given credit for 5 days served. Three other felony charges were dismissed as part of the case.
Judge Kube asked Luscomb why he had firearms in his home, considering they are illegal for him to possess as a convicted felon.
“I want my kids to have proper gun understanding of how guns work so they aren’t the next one to go shoot up a school,” Luscomb said.
The judge recommended that he use a hunter safety course to teach them.
“You have a job, you have kids to take care of, but it seems like you’re of the impression you can do whatever you want,” Judge Kube said.
In addition to his jail sentence, Luscomb was also ordered to 12 months of post release supervision.
The final jail sentence of the day was handed down to David Kinnan, who appeared on an amended charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, a class I misdemeanor.
Pursuant to a plea agreement, other charges were dropped and Kinnan pleaded guilty. The charges stemmed from a June 30, 2017 search warrant at his home in which drugs, drug paraphernalia and a credit card reader were found.
Kinnan, who was transported from the Buffalo County Jail, is facing charges in several other counties as well. Judge Kube expedited the process and sentenced him the same day in Antelope County.
After stating that Kinnan “was not a candidate for probation,” he was ordered to serve one year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. He was given credit for 32 days served.
Christopher Brady, 27, appeared on information to revoke probation. He is on probation for an original charge of driving during a period of revocation, a class I misdemeanor.
Abler said Brady hasn’t completed any of his probation programs, so “the state’s at a loss as what to recommend.” However, the county attorney commended him for securing a job and said “he’s making some steps.”
“I’ve been going to AA meetings,” Brady said. “I want to stay on probation.”
Judge Kube told him he needs to take more initiative to follow his probation orders.
“I’ll give you another chance at probation,” the judge said. “If you come back in front of me, I’ll give you a year. That’s the maximum. And that’s mostly because you will have wasted so many people’s time. Don’t come back in front of me.”
Kube ordered that 6 months be added to his probation time for a total of 24 months.
Antelope County recently participated in a state-wide food drive.
The 10/11 Can Care-A-Van collected food across Nebraska during the week of June 4.
Five Antelope County communities helped stock the shelves of their local food pantries. On June 6, nearly 1,000 pounds of food was collected, including 13 pounds in Neligh; 24 pounds in Oakdale; 59 pounds in Elgin; 222 pounds in Tilden and 911 pounds in Orchard.
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol issued more than 100 citations for seatbelt violations during the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign which ran for two weeks surrounding Memorial Day.
The enforcement ran from May 21 through June 3 in conjunction with efforts of numerous other departments around Nebraska and agencies all over the country. The campaign included high-visibility patrols, special enforcement areas, and vehicle checks.
In addition to the 101 seatbelt violations, NSP issued 27 citations for improper child restraint and made 37 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Troopers also arrested 68 people on drug possession charges and performed 460 roadside motorist assists.
Other statewide enforcement statistics for NSP’s “Click It or Ticket” enforcement include:
101 – Seatbelt citations
27 – Child Restraint citations
1,601 – Speeding citations
37 – Driving Under the Influence
37 – Open Container
23 – Minor in Possession
70 – Driving Under Suspension
60 – No Proof of Insurance
68 – Drug Possession arrests
9 – Stolen Vehicle Recovered
17 – Fugitives Apprehended
6 – Reckless Driving arrests
2,691 – Total citations
460 – Motorist Assists
“Click It or Ticket” was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $28,830 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.
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