A woman has passed as a result of injuries suffered during a collision in Clearwater on Thursday night.
According to a press release, at 5:51 p.m. on Thursday, the Antelope County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Colorado Street and Highway 275 in Clearwater.
A sliver 2004 Buick LeSabre bearing Nebraska license plate 36-E761 was traveling westbound on Highway 275 when it struck a westbound Caterpillar front-end loader. The driver of the loader, Jeremy Paul Hanson, 45 year old, from Spicer, MN was traveling on the shoulder of the highway, signaling to make a right turn onto Colorado Street and was operating with all warning lights activated.
The driver of the Buick was Clayton C. Johnson, 85 year old of O’Neill, NE. Johnson failed to observe the loader and attempted to avoid striking the loader by entering the eastbound lane. Approaching traffic prevented Johnson from making an abrupt lane change and resulted in him striking the rear of the loader. Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.
Both Johnson and wife, Lois Johnson, 83 years old, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, were transported to Antelope Memorial Hospital by Clearwater Rescue. Lois Johnson succumbed to fatal injuries at AMH. Clayton was admitted to AMH for treatment.
Both occupants of the Buick were not restrained at the time of the accident. Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the accident.
Every year, local schools put together a program honoring the veterans in their communities and all over the world. But this year, Clearwater’s class of 2018 found their own way to say thank you.
As Veteran’s Day rolled around, the Clearwater senior class began to prep for their upcoming program. This year, the students chose to focus on honoring the World War II veterans with inspiration from the foundation called the Quilts of Valor.
The Quilts of Valor (QOV) is a foundation started as just a dream by Catherine Roberts whose son was deployed in Iraq. The message of her dream was that ‘quilts = healing.’ Starting this foundation, Roberts knew the importance of quality, and that the quilts were to provide support and reliability. She began setting the guidelines that shaped the standard of excellence for the foundation.
The first QOV was awarded in 2003 to a young soldier who had lost his leg in Iraq, thus the foundation was made. This first quilt awarded showed just how much veterans around the world would come to appreciate the support.
From the first quilt on, the foundation has grown drastically by word-of-mouth and the internet. The Quilts of Valor movement has made sure to keep to their mission statement “to cover all those service members and veterans wounded physically or psychologically with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor” as they continue to grow. As of today, the QOV has awarded 171,434 quilts.
Although the Clearwater students did not go through the Quilts of Valor, they had similar motives giving them to the veterans as ‘Thank You’ quilts. All seven quilts were made by science teacher, Laurel Miller, who spent a total of 90 hours assembling them. After five hours of cutting, five hours of sewing, two hours of assembling, and three hours of binding, Miller looked at the quilts with satisfaction knowing what she had done was well-appreciated. Miller found this inspiration looking back on what Veteran’s Day meant to her.
“I was a college student during the Vietnam war and was aware of both sides of the issue. Friends served during this war and I saw the toll it took on some of them. Now I have relatives that served in Afghanistan or overseas in other areas. The sacrifice is self evident and I appreciate it. Also living/visiting some countries affected by our willingness to protect others and the citizens' response to Americans because of this is heart warming as is the opposing attitude eye opening,” said Miller.
During the program, each member of the senior class shed some light on the World War II veterans in their community and their military experiences. Among those interview and presented with a quilt were Orval Hankla, Carroll Holz, Don Maulding, Lyle Mitteis, Glenn Wolfe, Joan Hoffman, and the late William Kruger.
Tyler Wright and Cade Mlnarik had the honor of sitting down with Don Maulding who shared his experience. Wright told about Maulding’s time serving over 1 year and 1 day, while receiving the good conduct medal. Wright explained that he believes every military member, whether they served for a short or long time, overseas or not, each member matters.
“It was really nice to sit down and hear the stories. I was glad Don was open to talk about his experience, and it’s always nice to hear what they have to teach us,” said Wright. “Personally, to me. I am so thankful for those who have sacrificed and who are everyday so that we can be safe and live in the land of the free.”
Along with these stories and quilts awarded, the program included speeches from the Girls and Boys State representatives, songs by the band, and so much more.
Every year, local schools put together a program to honor their veterans. But, Clearwater's class of 2018 found their own way to say thank you.
During Clearwater Public School's Veterans' Day program, several veterans were presented with a quilt from the senior class thanking them for their service. The quilts were made by science teacher, Laurel Miller.
The program was filled with stories of veterans from the senior class, playings from the band, and speeches from the Girls' and Boys' State representatives.
The Clearwater Sons of the Legion are once again encouraging the public to attend a free-will offering dinner Saturday to honor veterans. All veterans will eat for free.
Meals will be served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Clearwater American Legion, and the public is encouraged to attend to support the American Legion and veterans.
Funds collected will go toward paying utilities and upkeep on the legion.
Principal's Honor Roll: (L-R) Haley Blecher, Brooklyn Chipps, Allison Kerkman, Taylor Sanne, Julia Thiele, (2nd Row) Dillon Moser, Andrew Steskal, Liam Odell, and Jake Long.
Honor Roll: Madison Kester, Grace Rittscher, Katie Stearns, Julian Tuttle, Cassidy Bearinger, (2nd Row) Jacob Behnk, Rafe Grebin, Clay Thiele, Chris Kester, Travis Rudloff, (3rd Row) Alex Thiele, Faith King, Taylor Ann Bolling, Morgan Erhardt, James Kester, (4th Row) Eli Thiele, Hunter Klabenes, Tyler Hupp, and Zach King.
A conflict of interest was questioned during the Nebraska Unified District’s discussion on the interlocal agreement between Clearwater, Ewing and Neligh-Oakdale.
After a majority of the meeting breezed by, the members of the board stumbled upon the topic that raised questions of the district’s unification and superintendent responsibilities.
Superintendent Dale Martin presented to the board the discussions that have been held about the potential merger, as well as his involvement in the talks. He explained that many of the meetings have been informational and that his involvement has been very minimal. However, Orchard board member Terri Hergert was very concerned with possible changes.
“I guess the one thing I am kind of struggling with is in my mind (is) I see a little bit of a conflict between your involvement in this. I mean we are all in this to protect the unification. To me, your involvement in that is not conducive to the unification because that is going to change if this goes through,” she said. “Unification as we know it is going to change, if that passes. And I guess I don’t understand your involvement in that because you’re the top one in our Unified District, so I am having a little trouble seeing your role in this.”
As Martin currently stands as superintendent of the Unified District, meaning he oversees three schools, he explained his obligation is to represent Clearwater just as he would for the other two in a situation like this.
Along with this concern, board members also questioned how Martin’s involvement in the potential merger could interfere with unified time and whether the unified would be pushed to the side in certain instances. Martin stated that although his involvement could shift a little more, he knows that “there is a fine line.”
The three boards from Clearwater, Neligh-Oakdale and Ewing are set to meet on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Neligh-Oakdale. The public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be livestreamed on the Antelope County News Facebook page.
The halls of Clearwater School are ringing with beautiful voices these days thanks to a number of recognized singers.
Two Clearwater students were named to the 2017 Children's All-State Choir and nine more were selected to participate in Sing Around Nebraska.
Irelyn Bearinger and Lenora Kester from Clearwater were selected to participate in the 2017 Children's All-State Choir in Lincoln, NE. The two or just a couple of the 350 singers from the whole state in grades fourth and fifth that were selected. They will perform in the opening concert of the Nebraska Music Educators Convention on November 16.
Nine more students from Clearwater Public School have been selected to participate in the Sing Around Nebraska Festival Choir held in Bartlett on Saturday, February 24, 2018. These students are: Daley Bearinger, Kelsey Schlecht, Raina Krebs, Caydence Schumacher, Julie Olivan, Shaylie Kester, Irelyn Bearinger, Lenora Kester, and Bennet Flenniken.
Sing Around Nebraska is a festival choir for students in grades 4-6 and held every two years. There are multiple sites and dates of performances across the state, and the same music is performed at each site.
Fire Prevention Week runs through Oct. 14, and Antelope County is proud to honor the volunteers with the Clearwater Fire Department. Thank you for your dedication.
Members are: Mike Sanne, Jay Snider, Chris Herley, Aaron Kruger, Dick Kester, Dave Timm, Dennis Herley, Steve Stearns, Duaine Filsinger, Jarrod Long. Middle Row: Jeremy McConnell, Sam Funk, Jeremy Sanne, Chad Funk, Virginia Filsinger, Shelly Mlnarik, Tina Snider, DeeAnn Sanne, Terry Sanne, Carla Jacob. Front Row: Steve Hankla, Ted Mlnarik, Paul Kester, Bill Kester, Kevin Filsinger, Linda Hankla, Melodie Funk, Nick Klabenes, Curt Thiele, Mark Allemang.
Lauren Behnk of Clearwater Public Schools has been selected to attend the HOBY Community Leadership Workshop this summer.
During this three to four day program, Behnk will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on leaderships activities, meet leaders throughout the state, and explore their own personal leadership skills. The program's curriculum is based around the Social Change Model of Leadership with develops leadership from three perspectives: Personal Leadership, Group Leadership, and Leadership for Society.