Clearwater-Orchard senior Adrian Love claimed a medal on Friday at the state speech meet.
In poetry, Love finished fourth.
Ashley Williams competed in the informative division but did not make finals.
Orchard-Clearwater came up as victors for the 2017 Norfolk Home and Garden Show’s “Green” Project Industrial Tech Contest.
Due to the Norfolk Home and Garden show falling on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the show featured a “Green” theme with a focus on environmental friendliness. Projects could be built out of materials that were upcycled, recycled, green energy, green building, or any other type of environmentally friendly building material. The finished products were to be designed and built with user safety as a priority.
Multiple schools from Northeast Nebraska participated in the contest alongside Orchard-Clearwater. All students were encouraged to seek donations of supplies and materials from their local community. The projects were also put up for sale to the public for various amounts of money where anyone could purchase the project for the proposed donation amount.
Orchard-Clearwater seniors Jerod Bolling, Travis Kerkman, Grady Bellingtier and Shane Van Ostrand while under the instruction and supervision of Mike Odell, Industrial Arts instructor at Orchard-Clearwater, built a first-place project that consisted of two benches and a firepit.
To stay within the “Green” theme, a majority of the materials were salvaged and no paint was applied to the metal. A water resistant finish was applied to the cedar bench tops. Lag screws (used to attach the bench tops), a welding rod, and the finish were the only materials that were not salvaged on the project. The cedar for the benches were retrieved from dead cedar trees along the Elkhorn River and milled with a chainsaw mill, the steel wheels were purchased from a local repair shop, and the disc blades were stacked and welded together to form the fire pit.
The project took the four seniors only a week and half to build, with the time being spread out waiting on the arrival of various parts for the project.
“When we started out were were actually going to make a globe out of a propane tank but we couldn’t find one. We went over to my neighbor’s place and found a bunch of disc plates, so we decided to make a design out of those,” Kerkman said.
“We were originally going to do four benches but we couldn’t find enough wheels, so we only did two,” Bellingtier added.
The event started on Friday, March 17 and went until Sunday, March 19. The first place award for the contest was $500, second place for $250, and all other participants were awarded $100.
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There will be a Fish Fry held at the public school in Orchard on March 24. This Fish Fry in particular will be a fundraiser for wrestling mats for the Orchard school.
“The money that we’re raising for this is going towards wrestling mats. Orchard hasn’t had wrestling up until the sports co-op and they’ve never actually had a wrestling site. We would like to get mats so the kids can start wrestling in Orchard,” said Orchard school board member Kristi Schutt.
There will additionally be a free will donation for the fundraiser. Fish, Cheesy Potatoes, Coleslaw, Dessert, Tea and Water will all be served from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
A discarded cigarette may be to blame for a fire west of Orchard on Sunday afternoon.
Crews were called to a grass fire approximately four and a half miles west of Orchard along Highway 20 according to Orchard fire chief Duane Risinger.
“The fire started right on the very edge of the road and almost certainly was caused by carelessly discarding a cigarette,” Risinger said.
The area in which the fire occurred is actually in Ewing’s fire district, according to Risinger. However, at the time of the call, the Ewing Fire Department was involved with an ambulance call. That prompted the call to Orchard to take care of the situation. In all, 10 firemen from Orchard responded along with two firefighters from Royal. Risinger predicted that the crews were on scene for about an hour and a half.
He attributed the dry weather the area had been experiencing for the quick spread of the flames.
“It was burning out so quick, you could be the greatest runner in the world and have a hard time staying ahead of it. It was really moving,” he said.
With the theme of "starry night," Clearwater-Orchard celebrated its prom on Saturday night .
Seniors Travis Kerkman and Alexis Pokorny were crowned royalty. Travis is the son of Marty and Janette Kerkman and Alexis is the daughter of Bob and Jayne Pokorny.
The evening began with the grand march and followed the crowing of royalty. They students then took photos and were to have the dinner, dance and post prom events all at Orchard.
In the spirit of agriculture, Northeast Nebraska is lending a helping hand to those affected by the deadly wildfires.
Greg Meyer, a Creighton graduate, along with Jesse Rader, an Orchard and owner of Rader Feed & Supply in Creighton - have set their sights on assisting various Kansas farmers/ranchers in response to the aftermath of the wildfires that broke out earlier this month. The wildfires spread across parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Meyer and Rader are more specifically trying to bring relief to the Southern Central Kansas area. The numbers are estimated to be around an average of 500,000 acres burned and a loss of 500,000 head of cattle in Kansas alone. Between the aforementioned states, there were over a million and a half acres of pasture ground that were lost to the fire.
“I wanted to do something where I could go be a part of it and help out. We have some people lined up and some contacts down there that have put me in touch with farmers and ranchers that would accept the help and the fencing. We’re focusing mostly on the labor side of it. I want to bring as many materials as possible down there to help them out,” Meyer said.
Meyer and Rader put out the message on social media Wednesday evening and have already received an outpour of support as well as commitments to monetary donation and fencing supplies.
“Whatever they need...if they request it I’ll take it. This isn’t through a volunteer organization, we got a wild hair and decided to go. It turned out to be a pretty big deal already,” Meyer said.
The efforts by Meyer and Rader are being put on as a collaborational effort, with Rader Feed & Supply in Creighton being a drop-off point for supply and equipment donations.
“One of my friends called and asked me if he could donate. I thought that since we’re here all day long, we might as well have this as a drop off location for supplies. Hopefully the farmers and ranchers around the area are willing to help. I’ve been telling people that if they have steel fence posts that they aren’t using, that would be a great thing to donate. Anything is better than nothing,” Rader said.
“I think that the agriculture community is a tight group of people, no matter where you’re at. I just want to make sure everyone gets good recognition for what they donated. I want to give businesses good advertising that helped out with this.” Meyer added.
The two, along with other workers being lined up to help, plan on leaving March 31. They plan to spend the weekend assisting farmers and ranchers with the various tasks that have stemmed from the disastrous fires.
“I come from a small family farm...It has to be devastating for those people to lose everything they have, including the herds they’ve built up for years. Some of the big ranchers have had the same cattle for several years and raised them. There were people who sacrificed their life to try and save the livestock. There are people that died in this, and it’s saddening,” Rader said.
The death toll from the wildfires is estimated to be around six people.
“These people care more about their livestock than they do themselves. That is what they have and what they do. It’s just like any farm from around here where it was passed on from multiple generations. It took some of these people 50 plus years to build up what they had. A lot of these people lost their homes...everything. Despite that, they’re still concerned most about their cattle,” Meyer said.
“You can rebuild a house, you can’t just build a livestock operation overnight,” Rader added.
Supplies that would be most beneficial to donate include wood posts, corner posts, and anything in relation to fencing.
For any additional information on contributions and donations, contact either Greg Meyer at 402-394-5605 or Jesse Rader at 402-640-2678.
On March 10, 2017 at approximately 10:00 a.m. the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Eric Von Seggern stating during the night of March 9, 2017 or early morning hours of March 10, 2017 someone had taken two bulls and several cows from their cattle yard 17 miles west of Creighton on 872nd Rd. It was determined that sometime the evening before someone had come onto the place with a pickup and trailer and taken 2 Angus bulls and 5 cows. The investigation revealed that Jeremiah McClellan had sold cattle to Cimpl Packing Company in Yankton, SD matching the description of the stolen cattle, on March 9, 2017. During an interview McClellan admitted to taking and selling the cattle from Von Seggern’s. McClellan was arrested on the charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking, a class IIA felony. McClellan was booked into the Knox County Jail on the charges. During a later interview McClellan also admitted to stealing and selling 10 head of cattle from Holt County, NE on July 22, 2016 belonging to Jared Nolze of Clearwater, NE and also to stealing and selling 9 cows and 1 bull from Edward Sukup of Rural Orchard, NE on November 27, 2015. All reports will be forwarded to the county attorneys of Knox County and Holt County.
On March 12, 2017 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Jim Joachimsen of 54521 897 Rd Crofton, called and stated the evening before his mailbox had been destroyed. An investigation determined that sometime between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. a larger vehicle probably with a cattle guard, veered from the road and struck the mailbox. A sign and the box that were destroyed were valued at over $150. NO other vandalism was reported in the area at this time.
On March 12, 2017 at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle non injury accident that occurred at the intersection of 121 and South Shore. Joshua Tweedy, 89210 548th Ave Crofton, reported that around 10:00 a.m. he had dozed off and left the road on the curve by South Shore and buried his truck deep in the trees. He was able to back out and drive his vehicle home before reporting the accident. The red F-150 sustained damage to nearly every panel and will likely exceed $5,000 in damage.
At 7:47 p.m. March 12, 2017 the Knox County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two vehicle accident located approximately five miles north of Crofton on Hwy 121. The accident was head on and caused a passenger van to roll over. The accident involved a Santee Sioux Health Center passenger van, driven by Deon LaPointe of Santee, with several minors and a 2004 Toyota Tundra driven by Joseph Pinkelman of Crofton. Pinkelman was traveling northbound and crossed the center line striking the southbound van. Crofton Fire and Rescue were on scene along with Yankton Rescue. The subjects were all transported to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. The incident is still under investigation at this time.
2-27-2017 Glenda Denney, 30, Santee
I. Possession of controlled substance- meth ingestion
2-27-2017 Matthew J. Cole, 28, McCook
II. Theft by unlawful taking
III. Possession of weapon
3-2-2017 James A. Eggers, 47, Creighton
3-6-2017 William Decora, 40, Winnebago
(Knox County Warrant)
3-7-2017 Dustin Walter, 28, Norfolk
I. Domestic Assault
III. False Imprisonment
3-8-2017 Victoria Hallum, 18, Niobrara
I. Resisting arrest
II. Obstructing Police Officer
3-10-2017 Glenda Denney, 30, Santee
I. Possession of controlled substance- meth ingestion
II. Probation Violation
3-10-2017 Latessa Thomas, 20, Santee
I. Failure to Appear
II. Possession of Controlled Substance- ingestion
III. Obstructing Police
IV. Disturbing the peace
3-10-2017 Tyral Denney, 22, Santee
Probation violation- Santee Sentence
3-10-2017 Roy Merrell, 36, Creighton
I. Burglary- Knox Co. Sentence
3-11-2017 Jeremiah McClellan, 40, Verdigre
I. Theft by unlawful taking
A longtime Orchard restaurant is officially under new ownership and has a new name.
Rahn and Gloria Olson, who owned the The Lunch Box since 1991, handed over ownership to Jessica Scott of Niobrara on Wednesday March 15. It’s now called Sugarz.
Gloria Olson delightfully recalled the history of The Lunch Box and it’s beginnings.
“Marion Schacht was the one who originally named The Lunch Box. We bought it in 1991 and have owned it for 26 years. What I’ve enjoyed the most over the years is having the younger kids work for me and to watch them grow up and see how successful they’ve become,” Olson said.
When asked why Scott decided to purchase The Lunch Box, both had a laugh as they talked about the transition.
“I love to cook, and I’m a people-person. I’ve always wanted something like this so Gloria and I talked about it, and here it is,” Scott said.
Scott has made plans to move forward and make improvements to the restaurant under the new name. Just of the few of the improvements Scott mentioned were the installation of a new ventilation hood - which will lead to Sugarz being closed for a week when this is happening - remodeling of the interior and exterior, replacing the larger tables with smaller tables, and removing a wall for the inclusion of a handicap-accessible unisex bathroom.
Scott will, however, keep some of the same traditions that The Lunch Box has held over the years, including the same hours, being open seven days a week 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a similar meal reward system that uses punch cards.
“I’m going to be getting business cards that serve as a punch card. If they spend $5 or more when they pay their ticket, they can get their card punched. When they have 11 holes punched, they may receive a free meal,” Scott said.
Scott also wanted to let the public know that Sugarz will be looking for a full-time cook with experience.
For more information, contact Scott at 402-394-1281.
Clearwater-Orchard students at the Orchard site dressed in blue recently for colon cancer awareness.
According to the Colon Cancer Coalition, colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer people experience. Although it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, no one likes to talk about it.
So what is colon cancer? Is it different from colorectal cancer? Understanding the disease is important both for those who have been diagnosed with it as well as those trying to prevent it.
Colon Cancer vs. Colorectal Cancer
Colon cancer is a malignancy that begins in the colon or large intestine. The large intestine is a long tube-like organ near the end of the digestive system. After food passes through the stomach and small intestine, the colon is responsible for removing fluid and some nutrients from the food you eat. The colon then pushes the remaining solid waste into the rectum where it can be expelled from the body.
Colorectal cancer is another commonly used term that includes not only cancers of the colon, but also cancers that form in the rectum. The rectum is the last part of the large intestine where stool, the body’s waste product, is expelled through the anus.
How Does Colon Cancer Start?Most colon cancers begin as benign polyps. These are either flat or knob-like growths on the lining of the large intestine. Occasionally, the growths produce symptoms such as bleeding, constipation or blood in the stool. But often, the cells produce no symptoms at all, so people may not know that they have them.
The best way to detect the presence of polyps is with a procedure called a colonoscopy, which is performed in a physician’s office.
While some polyps remain benign (non-cancerous), some may become malignant (cancerous) over time. For this reason, when a physician finds one or more polyps during a colonoscopy, they are generally removed during the procedure.
So how do you prevent polyps from forming in the first place? A family history of polyps or of colon cancer may increase your chances of getting them. People who are over the age of 50 also have a higher risk of forming polyps in the colon. But there are also lifestyle factors that play a role in the development of these growths. Obesity is a risk factor for the development of polyps. Smokers, people who consume a high fat diet, and those who consume alcohol are also at higher risk.
Who Gets Colon Cancer?
Anyone can develop colon cancer. Some people are at higher risk. If you have a family history of colon cancer, physicians generally recommend that you get screened at an earlier age because your risk of getting the disease may be higher. For those who have no family history of the disease, recommended screenings generally begin at age 50 because this is when the risk of getting colon cancer begins to increase.
However, even if you are under the age of 50 and have no family history of colon cancer, if you experience symptoms including abdominal pain, blood in the stool, narrowing stools, or a change in bowel habits, you should speak to your health care provider about getting screened. Be sure to provide as much information as possible, including when the pain or discomfort started and the severity and/or frequency of symptoms.
How To Prevent Colon CancerResearch shows that a high fat diet is a risk factor for colon cancer. Some studies have also suggested that a diet high in fiber and a lifestyle that includes moderate exercise are helpful in preventing the disease. Staying aware of symptoms and getting recommended screenings are key factors in prevention of the disease.
After speaking to family members and gathering a complete health history, talk to your primary care provider about ways to improve your diet and lifestyle to prevent colon cancer and about scheduling preventative screenings when necessary.
Information provided by Colon Cancer Coalition
On March 2, elementary students in Kindergarten – Fourth Grade celebrated Read Across America Day by having a slumber party in the gym with a focus and awareness on reading.
Students brought pajamas, blankets, pillows and their favorite books to school where they read books and listened to books being read aloud by teachers and students.
Read Across America Day was started by the National Education Association in 1998, and is held on Dr. Seuss’s birthday every year.
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