Earlier this week on Tuesday the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) awarded Brunswick $25,000.
From the 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) open cycle funding in the Planning Category has been offered to Brunswick, Ewing, Fairbury and Thurston.
Brunswick will use the $25,500 to complete a comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, blight and substandard study, general redevelopment plan and infrastructure mapping utilizing GIS. The plan will provide Brunswick with a “vision” for future development and identify goals and policies articulated through public input processes.
Applications for the open cycle, will be accepted until the CDBG Planning Category funds are either depleted, or the first cycle of the next program year commences, whichever comes first.
Up to $30,000 is available for communities and as much as $50,000 is available for multi-communities, counties, or regional applicants.
Planning activities considered for funding include community strategic planning, such as environmental assessments, citizen participation, downtown revitalization and fiscal management. Analyses of impediments and barriers to fair housing choices and neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic development plans may qualify.
Also considered are functional or special studies for housing, infrastructure, community economic development, land use/regulatory measure, main street improvement districts, downtown revitalization, energy conservation and transportation. In addition, environmental, heritage tourism and historic preservation studies may qualify.
Four different fire departments were called to a fire last night that kept them there until 4 a.m. and caused nearly $1 million in damage.
A call came in for a structure fire one mile west and two miles north of Highway 14/20 intersection at about 10:45 p.m., according to Brunswick Fire Chief Ed Wahrer. He said the structure was nearly fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
"We just had to contain it," explained Wahrer.
He said the 70 x 100 building, owned by Dean Smith, contained a semi-truck, a pickup and three tractors. All are considered a total loss and the price of the damage amounts to $900,000, according to Wahrer.
"A passerby saw it on the highway," Wahrer said. "And then they alerted him (Smith), and he called it in."
The fire marshal was present, but the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, Wahrer said.
There was assistance from the Brunswick, Royal, Orchard and Creighton Fire Departments.
By Natalie Bruzon
In 1916, Brunswick’s small local bank was granted its original Charter from the State of Nebraska.
Now, 100 years later, the bank and its customers gathered together to celebrate a century of excellence and growth.
“We did a pulled pork BBQ on Thursday night for the hundredth year celebration,” said Chris Twibell, the bank’s president. “We served over 220 people, roughly. We had some people from Plainview, some from Orchard, and really quite a few from surrounding communities.”
The meal was free for all attendees, and part of it was catered by Rhonda’s Bar in Brunswick.
“The meal was free to our customers,” said Twibell. “We sent out direct mailing to our Brunswick customers and did some email invitations as well.”
Chris Twibell, originally from Orchard, took on the role of president for Brunswick State Bank when new ownership took over in October of 2007.
In the nine years he has been a part of the bank, Twibell has seen growth, from $35 million in assets when he started out, to over $98 million.
The bank also emerged in the digital world with their mobile banking app, which launched in the spring.
“We’ve had online banking for a while,” explained Twibell, “but we launched our own mobile app that also has the ability to do remote deposit.”
Brunswick State Bank is not afraid of moving with the times, however, their focus is on providing quality services for the community.
“At the moment, we’re not trying to grow a lot,” said Twibell. “We’ve kidn of reached our peak as far as what we can handle, as far as staffing wise and capital restraints. We are focused on trying to maintain and keep services in the local community.”
Before the current ownership took the bank, it was purchased from the Jerry and Mary Lou Lueders family. Mary Lou’s parents, Dean and Yvonne Hales, were the prior owners and Leonard & Mary Hales owned it prior to Dean and Yvonne.
Currently, the bank has two locations, Brunswick and Winnetoon.
“We expanded and remodeled the Brunswick location in 2010,” Twibell said. “The Winnetoon location was purchased in 1984. It was a Credit Cooperative at that time run by Gary Vesely. Gary Vesely still manages the Winnetoon location as Exec. V.P. and has over 32 years of service with BSB.”
Brunswick State Bank offers ag/commercial lines, farm and commercial real estate lending and all types of consumer lending as well. We have a full range of deposit options along with debit cards, online banking and earlier this year we launched mobile banking with our own phone app that includes remote deposit capabilities.
A memorial picnic structure has been constructed in Fredric D. Anson Memorial Park.
The 24x30 foot shelter was built with the help of donations to the Brunswick Community Club and contributions from two Brunswick businesses. The shelter was built in memory of Clair “Sarge” and Lorraine Schroth, Sharon Rumsey and Mark Mullins.
Previous donations to the park have helped to fund playground equipment, a community event sign, picnic tables, planted trees, and a military service memorial.
Wayne State College Philomathean President's Honorary Society gathered to induct new members. The purpose of this association is to bring together Wayne State College's most distinguished students to be the trusted keepers of tradition, instigators of thought, catalysts of student camaraderie, and strong supporters of the intellectual enterprise of Wayne State College.
Among the thirty-five new members inducted:
Hannah Smith – Brunswick, Neb.
A Brunswick native recently performed her award-winning prose for the public.
Celine Eggerling of Brunswick, a 2013 graduate of Plainview, reads her short story, “Concrete Coma,” during Northeast Community College’s Arts Night recently. Her story won first place in prose in the College’s annual Voices Out of Nowhere publication.
Eggerling was one of several Northeast students to take part in the evening of poetry, prose, performance and art. The 2016 Voices Out of Nowhere publication was released and awards were presented to the winners.
Voices Out of Nowhere is a collection of student art work, creative writing and photography which is published annually by the Northeast Community College English Department under the supervision of Instructor Bonnie Johnson-Bartee.
A 20-year-old Brunswick native recently received national recognition for his support of American veterans.
Corby Forbes, son of Doug and Judy Forbes, accepted the APCA Nationals Service Event of the Year honor earlier this month in Dallas.
Representing Northeast Community College, Forbes accepted the award for the college’s Student Government Association, which he serves as president.
Taking top honors this year was the Blankets for Vets project completed by Forbes and his fellow NECC students. Each year a member of the SGA is assigned a veteran from the Norfolk Veteran’s Home.
Unique blankets, designed to match the interests of the residents, are hand-crafted by the students and presented to the veterans as Christmas gifts.
"We do this because we know many of the veterans won’t receive a gift for Christmas and we feel like it would be a great way to give back considering all they have done for us,” says Forbes. “It was a very special moment, and I’ll never forget how happy they were when they received them.”
Forbes was also nominated individually for National Programmer of the Year. NECC advisor, Carissa Kollath and Erika Rupprecht, whom nominated Forbes, both traveled to the APCA Nationals thanks to special funding.
Although falling short of winning the National Programmer of the Year award, being nominated and attending the ceremony was still a huge accomplishment.
Forbes will graduate from Northeast Community College in May with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration then plans to pursue his bachelor’s or master’s degree at the University of Nebraska.
An additional 26,000 acres was added to the eligible area for local farmers to receive financial assistance installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips, terraces, no-till and other erosion control practices.
State Conservationist Craig Derickson announced that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the National Water Quality Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve water quality in two impaired watersheds - Bazile Creek in Antelope, Pierce and Knox counties and Wahoo Creek in Saunders County.
"This is the third year these watersheds were selected to participate in this program. Also, the Bazile Creek watershed eligibility area was expanded by over 26,000 acres to the south and west of Creighton," Derickson said. "This means even more landowners will have the opportunity to participate in this program."
The deadline to apply is April 1.
The targeted watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the USDA State Technical Committee. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is working with the local Natural Resources Districts in these watersheds through the Nonpoint Source Water Quality Grants-Section 319 Program. Including these watersheds in the National Water Quality Initiative will strengthen the overall effort to improve water quality in impaired streams in Nebraska.
“Through this effort, eligible producers in the selected watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities," Derickson said.
NRCS will provide funding and expertise to farmers and ranchers interested in installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips, terraces, no-till and other erosion control practices to improve water quality. NRCS staff will work with individual landowners to develop a conservation plan to apply practices that work best for their farming operation in each particular watershed.
Interested landowners and operators should check with the local NRCS office to see if their farm or ranch is located in one of the targeted watersheds. Additional information about the National Water Quality Initiative, and detailed maps of the sign up areas, are available HERE.
Antelope County will be part of the decision-making process for the 2016 Presidential Race next week at its democratic caucus.
Antelope County Democratic Party Chair Barbara Ross said this is essentially the primary vote.
"This is a very tight race between Hillary (Clinton) and Bernie (Sanders)," Ross said. "If someone is passionate about one or the other, this is their chance to get with other Democrats and discuss it."
The event will be held at the Neligh Senior Center on Saturday, March 5.
Ross said that because this is such a hotly contested race on both sides Nebraska could play a pivotal role in the election.
"This is a chance to have a voice and be heard," Ross said. "Every county is important."
Ross said the way a caucus works is the room is divided into sections for supporters of each candidate and a section for those undecided.
Democrats are encouraged to actively campaign for candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. They can organize, give speeches, pass out literature or anything they think might sway participants to shift their support.
Voting is done by moving to the different sections of the room. At regular intervals a participant may move to a different group and realign with a different candidate. A candidate's group must have at least 15 percent of the total participants to remain viable.
At the end of the caucus, the Caucus Chair reports the percentage support Antelope County is granting each presidential candidate.
Ross said the caucus is run very much like an election and has legal procedures to follow. Voting must be documented and submitted. Once the caucus begins, no one else can be admitted.
Ross said that the caucus system is relatively new to Nebraska and was first used during the 2008 primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Nebraska Democrats decided to begin using the caucus because they wanted to play a bigger role in the selection of candidates. To date, the Nebraska Republican Party has not made use of the caucus system.
Democrats who are unable to attend the caucus can complete an absentee presidential preference card request form, downloaded from www.nebraskacausus2016.com. Their vote must reach the Nebraska Democratic Party by March 1.
Observers are welcome to attend, but only registered Democratic Party participants may vote on caucus matters. Guests will be asked to sit in a separate area and must remain quiet and cannot be involved in discussions.
Marissa Frank of Brunswick has made the Fall 2015 Dean's List of Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD,
The Dean's List at Mount Marty College is defined as a full time undergraduate student completing a full-time load of graded course work with a minimum term grade point average of 3.5.
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