The Neligh Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on New Year’s Day.
At around 3 p.m., the fire department, along with the Neligh-Oakdale Jaws of Life, Neligh Rescue and Neligh Police Department, were called to a fire west of Neligh on 519th Ave.
The vehicle caught fire on the gravel road between 848th and 849th Road.
No details on the fire are available at this time.
Since opening two years ago, 719 Fitness Center in Neligh has maintained a goal of wanting to help people develop a healthier lifestyle through a number of programs and offerings. Their latest endeavor to reach that goal has proved to be their most successful yet.
The downtown gym recently wrapped up their Six Week Challenge. More than 50 people completed the challenge that focused on nutrition, a diverse workout program and accountability.
“We had a meal plan for them, we had recipes at home for them, we had workouts at home for them and they also got to meet with us three times a week,” explained Shelby Snodgrass, who owns 719 with her husband, Seth. “Then they had the accountability component of it which included a Facebook group where they could talk amongst themselves and they had to post their groceries every week just to be accountable.”
Each individual had a very specific goal for the six weeks, depending on their gender. Females were aiming to lose 20 pounds or five percent of their body fat while males attempted to lose 25 pounds or six percent of their body fat.
Overall, the challengers lost 701 total pounds throughout the six weeks, including a number of individuals that hit the 20 pound mark. One of those successful individuals was Dave Jacobsen, who lost more than three pounds a week in the six weeks.
“It helped me break through a plateau,” Jacobsen said. “I had already lost 23 pounds before the challenge, but the pounds were coming off slow. Having to be there three times a week with Seth and Shelby helped. They made you push yourself harder each workout with more reps and weight each time.”
The program, which Shelby describes as a physical therapy-based program, was done in a group setting. Each challenger was required to attend three sessions a week and were asked to schedule those sessions ahead of time to help maintain accountability. Each session was designed to improve the individual’s performance outside of the gym as well.
“It gears towards your everyday life, basically. Whether it be getting out your car, getting off the couch or lifting boxes at work,” Seth explained.
Challengers ranged in age from 25 to 66 years old. The program was flexible enough to make it beneficial for everyone regardless of age. The progress made across the board for members was phenomenal, according to Shelby.
“We had a few people who couldn’t do any sit ups at all, for example. By the end (of the six weeks), they were doing sit ups with weight.”
719 has offered a number of different options to help people hit their goals in the past, but this challenge was by far their most successful. What made it such an outstanding program?
“Just us being there 24/7,” Seth said. “Every question they had, they asked and we had an answer for them. That helped a lot.”
“I would also say the accountability. They had to check in on Facebook,” added Shelby. “That and the group environment. It was motivating and we all became like a little family.”
719 plans to offer more challenges after the holidays. In addition, a majority of those that completed the first challenge chose to continue on to a second challenge, also beginning shortly after the holidays.
Oh, you were a fun one on Thursday, Mr. Grinch.
Thanks to more than a dozen local businesses, including organizers Two Rivers Irrigation and Carquest, the inaugural Grinchmas stole the hearts of more than 100 children who attended.
Abigail Frank, who founded the event, said she was thrilled with the turnout, especially since it was planned in little more than a week.
“The kids had a great time, and we had such great support from the Neligh Chamber of Commerce businesses,” Frank said. “There were lots of games, activities, snacks, photo booth and even Santa Claus. It was a great event for families, and it was all free for them.”
Frank said she simply asked businesses if they would like to help with the event, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to the community support and strong attendance, Frank said they plan to make this an annual event.
“This is just the beginning,” Frank said. “It’ll be bigger and better next year. We have so many ideas and so do other people. Grinchmas is going to be a lot of fun next year and will keep growing thanks to all of the support. Thank you, everyone!”
The Neligh Public Library is an enchanting place accessible to everyone. With the use of a library card the enchanting worlds come alive through the pages of a book or plot of a movie.
Check out the newest arrivals: Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini, One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson, A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay, Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra, Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford, People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson.
The DVD collection includes Mind Blown, White Fang, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Forbidden Empire and many others.
Join the staff at the Neligh library for some family-friendly programs each week. Story Time is every Friday at 10:00 a.m.
Just a reminder, the library will be closed on Monday, January 1st in celebration of the new year. In addition, there will not be After School programs on Thursday, December 28th, Tuesday, January 2nd and Thursday, January 4th.
The City of Neligh is seeing new development, as the progression of The Flats on 8th continues.
With the outside nearly finished, the apartment management expects the units to be move-in ready by July 1, 2018. The apartment complex will provide 1 or 2 spacious bedroom units with high-end finishes.
Individuals of all ages will have the opportunity to live in the complex, giving tenants the ability to select from several tiers of service from basic “no maintenance” to packages that include meals and housekeeping. Individuals of all ages will have the opportunity to live in the complex, with a hope for a waiting list.
Manager Trisha Howard said that many of the details are still being worked on but information will be provided accordingly, and the website will be updated with the latest available information.
"We are thrilled to bring another living option to Neligh. There are so many people who love living in the area, but want an easier lifestyle than home ownership provides. The Flats on 8th will offer various tiers of service - from someone to do the yard work and snow removal to housekeeping, meal delivery, and beyond. This is a one-of-a-kind development that we hope will benefit the people who live there and the entire community," Howard said.
Shreaks of excitement could be heard at the Neligh Chamber of Commerce office Friday afternoon as $1,000 in was given away in the grand prize drawing for Buisiness Bingo.
Neligh Rich Burgess joined Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen for the drawing, which was uploaded on the Antelope County News. Brenda Martinson was the first name drawn for $750 in Neligh Big Bucks while Steve Simonsen was second with $250.
Sheridan-Simonsen said participants earned a bingo spot for every $20 or more receipt they brought into the Chamber office from one of the nearly 100 Chamber members. Whether it was a retail or service receipt, she said they all counted toward bingos.
Both Martinsen and Simonsen finished the four-week game with blackouts, so they each spent at least $480 in Neligh during the bingo game.
Sheridan-Simonsen said more than $4,000 was turned in for bingo spots during the final week, showing just how much people are spending locally.
There were also four $100 winners drawn each week, so the Chamber of Commerce gave away a total of $1,400 in Big Bucks for the promotion. Sheridan-Simonsen said all of the prize money was given out in Neligh Big Bucks, ensuring that the $1,400 will also be spent locally.
Downtown Neligh got some big news late Wednesday morning.
The Nebraska State Historical Society announced that the Downtown Neligh Historic District, generally situated along Main Street from 5th Street and 2nd Street, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Downtown Neligh Historic District contains 41 contributing resources that demonstrate the commercial development of Neligh from roughly 1887 to 1964. The historic district functioned as the central business area of Neligh since the opening of the Neligh Mill one block south of the District at the southwest corner of Main and West 2nd Street in 1874, largely in support of the local agricultural community.
The commercial buildings within the District illustrate the evolution of Neligh from a mill site and railed depot to a thriving agricultural community and county seat. The resources within the District represent the evolving commercial needs of the citizens of Neligh.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's inventory of properties deemed worthy of preservation. It is part of a national program to coordinate and support local and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect the nation's historic and archeological resources.
The National Register was developed to recognize historic places and their role in contributing to our country's heritage. Properties listed in the National Register either individually or as contributing to a historic district are eligible for State and Federal tax incentives. For more information on the National Register program in Nebraska, contact the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office at the Nebraska State Historical Society at (402) 471-4775 or visit history.nebraska.gov.
Smiles and giggles filled the Neligh Legion on Thursday night as the inaugural "Grinchmas" event drew more than 100 children.
Hosted by Two Rivers Irrigation and Carquest and sponsored by many other Neligh Chamber of Commerce businesses, the event was a hit with games, crafts and snacks. Santa Claus also paid a visit.
A full photo gallery is below.
Families throughout Antelope County count their blessings each Christmas season as they look back at all they have been given.
It is also a season that many individuals give back to those in need. The Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA Chapter have made sure that giving back is easy to do each year. Spending hours cuttings ribbons and decorating trees in the local banks, the members of the chapter dedicate their time to make the Red Ribbon Tree possible.
“We really don’t get to see the people reacting to opening their presents. But, it’s just fun to see how many different people there are and what they want for Christmas, and just how little they do ask for,” said FCCLA president Kendall Wiseman.
Donating gifts to people of all ages in need, individuals from around the county grabbed a ribbon in hopes to bring joy to another’s Christmas. The program has been running since 1985 and will continue on spreading Christmas cheer.
With the holiday season in full force, many churches are offering special Christmas services. One such church is Calvary Bible Church in Neligh.
The church invites everyone to join them on Christmas Eve, Sunday December 24, for a Christmas Eve candlelight service. From 6 p.m. until 7 p.m, the service will be held, with coffee and cookies to follow.
Calvary Bible Church is located at 1100 East 3rd Street in Neligh.
For years, the Neligh Young Men’s Club has been known for their community-wide events such as Old Mill Days and Easter egg hunt. However, two of their favorite events come with plenty of holiday spirit.
One of those events is the annual distribution of stocking caps. For nearly a decade now, the Young Men’s Club has met at West Ward Elementary School in Neligh to give the students stocking caps and gloves as the temperatures drop in December.
“Jason Schindler started it and we did the entire grade school,” explained Adam Mortensen, the current chairman for the event. “When we started it, we did the whole grade school and then decided to do just pre-schoolers.”
One of the highlights of the day for Mortensen is the excited reactions from the kids.
“They think its pretty cool. They’re actually more excited about the candy cane,” Mortensen quipped. “They like us coming. They’re always excited to see anyone new.”
The hat distribution isn’t the only way that NYMC spreads cheer during the holiday season. Each year, the group invites the public to join them for an evening of caroling throughout town.
“When it started, it was just guys wanting to get together to spread the spirit,” Mortensen recalled. “It started with on a flatbed trailer and some hay bales. It’s morphed into using (Jeff) Hixson’s camper and now the Smith boys are nice enough to borrow us their bus.”
The group now decorates that bus each year and cruises around town with Christmas music blaring from the speakers of the bus, hoping to bring some holiday joy to Neligh residents. However, they don’t want it to just be the club enjoying the night.
“Anybody is more than welcome to come. We’re an open club. Besides being a male to be a member, we like to open it up to anybody that wants to partake in community pride and spread community togetherness,” said Mortensen.
Abigail Frank was recently voted the new Neligh Chamber of Commerce secretary.
Frank, of Brunswick, and her husband Cody own Two Rivers Irrigation and Carquest in Neligh.
A former economic development director, she originally hails from the Colfax County area near Clarkson and has an educational background in organizational leadership.
Frank is also a member of Connecting Young Nebraskans, a division of the University of Nebraska Lincoln Rural Futures Insitute.
"I am confident whatever is on the horizon for Neligh and Antelope County area is thanks to volunteers making a small impact," she said. "I look forward to future conversations and engaging in the Antelope County sector."
Christmas time is here, and Two Rivers Irrigation is helping get the community into the Christmas spirit with their event on Thursday night.
"Grinchmas" will take place on Thursday night at the American Legion, and families are invited to come out for a night of fun. Activities during the event include "Human Hungry Hippos" and a holiday themed photo booth. Parents are invited to participate in the activities along with their kids during the night. Santa will also be making a stop Thursday for kids to see at the event.
Abigail Frank, the wife of Cody Frank, the owner of Two Rivers Irrigation, said that they wanted to do something to give back to the community.
"We wanted to do something to give back to the community, to the customers, since they have been so welcoming!"
This January will mark one full year of Two Rivers having their home in Neligh. Abigail said that she came up with the idea as a way to give back, and she took it to the Neligh Chamber of Commerce.
"I really wanted to do this. I pitched the idea to Cody. He said he really liked it and told me to pitch it to the (Neligh) Chamber. I came up with the idea in my head, and they really liked it."
The holidays are a time of joy for many people, but for others, they can get moody. Abigail said that people like that are the reason she wanted to have the event themed after the popular Christmas story.
"A lot of people can be really grinch(y) during Christmas. A lot of it I based off of Cody because Cody is always a grinch."
There are many events for kids that pop up during Christmas time. However, Abigail said they wanted to center their event around involving the whole family.
"With this event event too we wanted to make it interactive. Parents can sit down with their kids and do the activities."
Abigail has assisted with events like this in the past. She said she hopes to use that experience and make this event a way to help grow the community.
"My background is big with community based projects, and we wanted to help grow Neligh more."
Cory said that he thinks that this event will be a great way to kickoff Christmas break for the kids in the community.
"I think it will be good for everyone in the community to have a little celebration and kick off the kids getting out of school."
Brownie Girl Scouts in Neligh just made birthdays a little bit brighter for those in need.
Brownie Troop #50336 of Neligh made birthday bags to donate to the Antelope County Food Pantry in honor of Juliette Gordon Low's birthday. Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912.
"We decided what to put in the bags and then the girls sorted everything into the separate bags," Scout Leader Tina Wilson said. "The girls were saddened when they heard that possibly some people may not be able to have a birthday cake on their birthday. This was an amazing way for them to help others in our community."
The birthday bags contain basics for a birthday celebration, including cake mix, icing, sprinkles, and candles. The bags are available at the Antelope County Food Panty.
Ten Neligh-Oakdale students were selected for honor bands at Wayne State College and the University of South Dakota
Wayne State Honor Band selections for Neligh-Oakdale High School were Emma Bixler, Griffin Claussen, Hailey Bixler, Wynter Fulsaas, Meredith Wiseman, Dani Beyer, Andrew Sanderson and Parker Tinsley. The concert will be held at 4:30 p.m. on January 29 in the Ramsey Theater located on the WSC campus.
Neligh-Oakdale Junior High students chosen for the Wayne State Honor Band were Krystal Fulsaas and Thomas Johnson.
Selected for the USD Quad State Honor Band Festival were Emma Bixler, Andrew Sanderson and Wynter Fulsaas of Neligh-Oakdale. The honor band concert is set for 7 p.m. on January 27 in the Aalfs Auditorium on the USD campus.
The students are all under the direction of Nate Metschke.
An open house was held for the new AMH Family Practice Clinic in Neligh on Sunday afternoon.
More than 200 area residents attended the event to view the new clinic. It will officially open in early 2018.
The clinic’s new entrance is located on the east side of the AMH facility, just north of the hospital’s main entrance.
“We have planned for this project several years,” said Jack Green, AMH Administrator. “It’s exciting to now begin offering our clinic services in a new setting that is professional, spacious and aesthetically pleasing to our patients.”
The new clinic has nine rooms for patient clinic visits, one procedure room and additional work space for the providers and staff, added Green. It is designed to maximize the flow of patients in-coming and out-going. It aims to better accommodate and enhance the services and health care excellence provided by the medical staff.
In the mid-1990s, Antelope Memorial Hospital purchased the current Neligh AMH Clinic from Dr. John Byrd. Joanie Smith, APRN, provided its clinic services at that time and was soon joined by Dr. Roger Rudloff and Dr. Troy Dawson in 1997. They later were joined in practice by nurse practitioner, Patti Good (February 1999). Other providers who joined the current AMH Medical Staff more recently are Dr. Lockee (January 2015), Lindsey Badertscher, PA-C (June 2016), Ashley Thies, APRN (July 2016) and Angela Sucha, PA-C (September 2017). Dr. Kelli Osborn will join AMH in 2018.
The clinic’s moving date is set for the first week in January with its official opening to follow. The AMH Medical Staff also provides clinic services at AMH Family Practice’s four satellite clinics located in Elgin, Clearwater, Tilden and Orchard. For an appointment in Neligh or one of the satellite clinics, call 877-887-5440.
It is time for pre-kindergarten registration!
If you would like your child to have the opportunity to attend the 2018-2019 Neligh-Oakdale Pre-kindergarten program, please call the West Ward Office at 402-887-4754. Neligh-Oakdale will begin accepting pre-registration phone calls on Wednesday, January 3 at 9 a.m. Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by July 31 in order to enter the pre-kindergarten program. The state limits the school to 20 students per class; therefore, Neligh-Oakdale will accept students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your child must be potty-trained in order to attend pre-kindergarten.
The student information will be collected and an acceptance letter will be sent with information regarding registration and the class your child will be in at a later date. If you child is currently on the waiting list for the 2017-2018 school year, you must call in to pre-register for the 2018-2019 school year.
Pre-registration will only be accepted by phone calls, no walk-ins. When you call West Ward, you must speak with Mrs. Tina Wilson, the school secretary. You may not leave a voicemail for the pre-registration process. Prior to the beginning of the school year, if your child is accepted, we will need a copy of your child’s state certified birth certificate, his/her social security number, and up to date immunization records.
Congratulations to the winners of this year's Christmas lighting contest sponsored by the City of Neligh and Neligh Chamber of Commerce.
The winners each receive $100 off of the electric bill from the City of Neligh.
Ed and Jeanie Krick of 208 H Street won the religious category while Justin and Sadie Kallhoff of 808 3rd Street took the residential honor.
Two Rivers Irrigation, owned by Cody and Abigail Frank, won best lights for a Neligh business in the commercial category.
Three juveniles were involved in a rollover Friday night northeast of Neligh.
According to the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, on December 15, 2017 at 9:56 p.m. the Antelope County Law Enforcement Dispatch Center received a call reporting a single vehicle rollover northeast of Neligh on 529 Ave. south of 850 Rd. It was reported that there were three juveniles involved: one male and two females.
The Antelope County Sheriff’s Office responded with Neligh Fire and Rescue. The vehicle had been traveling south bound on 529 Ave. when it went left of center, overcorrected and went into the ditch on the west side of the road, where it overturned. Two of the juveniles were transported by Neligh Rescue.
This accident is remains under investigation and more details will be added as they are released from the Antelope County Sheriff's Department.
(courtesy of the Antelope County Sheriff's Office)
“On January 15, 2018, our next ‘Biggest and Best Loser’ Contest begins here at Antelope Memorial Hospital,” said Bethany Schacht, AMH Wellness Director. “I look forward to assisting the participants in meeting their personal health and wellness goals. This contest is a great opportunity to start making healthy choices and the perfect way to bring in the New Year!”
Last year’s winner of the men’s division was Tim Kester of Clearwater.
“The contest really helped me to be successful in reaching my goal,” said Tim. “The weigh-ins made me accountable and helped me work harder. Plus, the staff was very encouraging and supportive, which made a big difference. I would definitely recommend this program to others.”
The contest has three categories for men, women and teams. It runs for 10 weeks from January 15th - March 23rd. For early registration (by January 10th), the cost is $30 for individuals and $100 for teams of four. After January 10th, the costs are $40 and $120, respectively. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, weekly weigh-ins (on Tuesdays and Thursdays), use of the AMH Wellness Center and the S.T.A.C. (Strength Training and Cardio) fitness class (times TBA). In addition, two presentations about health and nutrition, will be presented by Brad Averill, UNL Extension Educator. Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall first-place winner of each category.
The S.T.A.C class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays (times TBA) in the AMH Wellness Center from Monday, January 22nd - Wednesday, March 14th. S.T.A.C incorporates a variety of exercises to improve strength and cardiovascular endurance. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to attend S.T.A.C, regardless of fitness level.
Individuals who are not contest participants may become members of the AMH Wellness Room for $20/month for individuals under age 55 and $17 for those 55 and older. Regular hours are: M - Th: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and F: 7:30 – 4 p.m. (Hours may vary.)
For more information or to register (required) for AMH’s “Biggest and Best Loser” Contest or wellness program, please call 402.887.6204 or visit the wellness booth at the AMH Health Fair on January 6th. On-line registration forms for the contest may be obtained from www.amhne.org.
Receiving awards (for number of years honored) were (l-r) front row: Connie Knuth (15), Tammy Struebing (15), Jesse Mitchell (Caring Kind), Gayle Carlson (20) and Carol Anderson (40); back row: Gay Hixon (20), Elizabeth Furstenau (15), Jeanette Henn (30), Janice Esau (25), Rhonda Meyer (35), Rhonda Novak (35) and Tami Kester (5). (Not pictured: Danielle Van Buren (5), Mary Tomjack (5), Kim Stuhr (10), Janet Mignery (15), Karol Michael (20), Cynthia Knievel (20), Michael Mortensen (30).
Antelope Memorial Hospital honored a number of employees for the longevity over the weekend.
During the hospital’s annual Christmas party on Saturday, AMH honored 18 different employees for their years of service.
Tami Kester, Danielle Van Buren and Mary Tomjack were all recognized for five years with the hospital. Kim Stuhr was honored for her 10 years of service. Connie Knuth, Tammy Struebing, Elizabeth Furstenau and Janet Mignery all notched 15 years of service.
Employees recognized for 20 years were Gayle Carlson, Gay Hixon, Karol Michael and Cynthia Knievel. Janice Esau was honored for her 25 years of employment. Jeanette Henn and Michael Mortensen were both noticed for 30 years of employment.
Incredibly, there were a number of employees that have more than three decades under their belt. Rhonda Meyer and Rhonda Novak both recorded 35 years of service. Carol Anderson was the big winner on the night, posting 40 years of service to the hospital.
One employee was also recognized for his outstanding citizenship. Jesse Mitchell was officially awarded the Caring Kind award after having been previously announced as the winner. Each year, the Nebraska Hospital Association honors employees from hospitals across the state as “Caring Kind” employees. The honored employee must exemplify the spirit of someone who gives that “something special” to others.