Two people are in custody following the seizure of drugs, cash and paraphernalia from an Orchard residence on Thursday.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Fred Beyer, 41, and Sadie Eberhardt, 34, were taken into custody after a search warrant was served at a residence in Orchard. They reside at 140 3rd Street.
Seized from the home were more than 3 ounces of methamphetamine, 1.5 ounces of marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia. Four minor children in the household were taken into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to the NSP.
The agencies involved were the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, SNARE Drug Task Force and the Nebraska State Patrol.
Eberhardt is being housed at the Antelope County Law Enforcement Center and Beyer at the Pierce County Jail.
During the village’s monthly meeting, a big stride was made for the Orchard Economic Development Association (OEDA) as their proposal to proceed with putting a sales tax on an upcoming ballot was approved by the board.
Being a main item on the March agenda, individuals speaking on behalf of the OEDA brought their proposal to the board explaining the different options and benefits a sales tax could bring to Orchard.
Explaining the different alternatives, business owner and member of the OEDA, Stephanie Cleveland presented neighboring town’s sales tax percentages, as well as how that percentage could be split amongst the village and the OEDA. She explained that percentages are really seen all over the board with Creighton, Neligh, Niobrara, Osmond, and Stuart at 1 percent, and O’Neill, Meadow Grove, Ord, Plainview, Tilden, Verdigre, and Clearwater up to a 1.5 percent sales tax.
OEDA members attending the meeting recommended the board approve a 1.5 percent sales tax for the ballot, considering percentages from the area towns. Along with the sales tax percentage proposal, the OEDA representatives explained how the sales tax could benefit both the village and the economic development by splitting the funds collected from the sales tax.
Member of economic development, Tammy Cheatum said, “We’ve been talking as an economic development board, and what we originally thought was put 25 percent toward us and 75 percent toward the town. But we just thought a 50/50 split would be more likely to go, because people really do want to see both.”
Many benefits of the sales tax were brought forward from taking steps to clean up the town to the possibility of providing low-interest financing.
Stressing an important point, Cleveland explained, “You are getting sales tax from anybody that comes in. I can tell you right now that we get a lot of out of town people coming in to eat lunch down there. And I’m not saying that is a huge amount of sales tax, and there’s sales tax through other things. But, when I go to O’Neill, when I go to Plainview, when I go to Norfolk, they’re getting my money. So, why not when they come through here, why shouldn’t they be dropping an extra penny to help us out? I don’t think there is anything wrong with us doing that.”
A motion was taken from John Ferguson, with a second from Dwight Van Ostrand for the approval of the OEDA’s proposal to proceed with putting a 1.5 percent sales tax on a special election ballot. A decision to split the funds received from the sales tax between the village and the OEDA was put off for a later meeting.
Taking the next steps, the OEDA plans to meet with village attorney Joe McNally to write up a proposal for the village board, and begin to coordinate meetings for the public.
Orchard inducted six students into the National Honor Society during the 18th annual Unified District ceremony on Thursday night in Clearwater.
Inductees were Jaccob Bennett, son of Jim Ferris and Misty Bennett; JoCee Johnston, daughter of the late LaRue and Jackie Johnston and Greg and Sue Walmer; Holly Schacht, daughter of Lee and Terri Schacht; Julian Tuttle, daughter of Cheri Brandt and Jeremy Tuttle; Ryan Wilhelm, son of Steve and Jana Wilhelm; and Nalleli Zermeno, daughter of Jose and Felicia Zermeno.
They joined Kirby Willats, son of Bob and Vicki Willats; and Erin Schwager, daughter of Ken and Deb Schwager.
Inductees for Clearwater were Kierra Bearinger, daughter of Jarod and Tammy Bearinger; Zach King, son of Brian and Chantel King; Liam Odell, son of Mike and Elizabeth Odell; Taylor Sanne, daughter of Mike and Jackie Sanne; and Julie Thiele, daughter of Jim and Leenda Thiele.
They joined members Allison Kerkman, daughter of Kelly and Amy Kerkman; Travis Rudloff, son of Paul and Pam Rudloff; and Andrew Steska; son of Tony and Michele Steskal.
Inductees for Verdigre were Blake Bartling, son of Tim and Alisha Bartling; Ashley Hamilton, daughter of Kevin and Shelly Hamilton; Alexis Hrbek, daughter of Mike and Kathy Hrbek; Morgan Hrbek, daughter of Mike and Kathy Hrbek; Ethan McCormick, son of Loren and Melissa McCormik; Rachel Pavelka, daughter of Doug and Jean Pavelka; and Emerson Randa, daughter of Kevin and Paige Randa.
They joined Isaac Cook, son of James and Lisa Cook; Megan Cook, daughter of James and Lisa Cook; Emily Knust, daughter of Brian and Julie Knust; Bailey Frank, daughter of David and Donna Frank; and Stephanie Shakespeare, daughter of Aland Judy Shakespeare.
An Orchard residence is under investigation by the Antelope County Sheriff's Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.
The departments are serving a search warrant at 140 3rd Street in Orchard. Passersby are asked to stay clear from the property while under investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and will updated accordingly.
Westside Middle School teacher David Shabram has been awarded the Emerging Leader Distinction by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
Shabram, who teaches Engineering and Technology at Westside Middle School, will be formally presented with his award at the association’s annual conference in Atlanta in April.
Dr. Blane McCann, Superintendent of Westside Community Schools, was among those who nominated Shabram for this honor. He wrote: “David is an excellent educator and extremely innovative as a classroom teacher. He is constantly evolving and trying new things to engage and challenge his students in lessons and in becoming lifelong learners. He shares his knowledge with his colleagues, serving on a number of district committees and is very active at the state level as well. This recognition by the ITEEA is well-deserved.”
“David is one of the most outstanding teachers I have worked with in my 38 years as an educator,” said Dr. McCann. “He is an inspiring teacher and his students are engaged in the classroom on a daily basis. He is a leader in his field and a well respected colleague.”
Get to know Emily Heithoff, the K-12 music, band, choir and general music teacher at Orchard Public Schools.
Where did you graduate from high school? What year? I graduated from North Platte High School in 2008
What college did you attend? (years & degree) I went to Wayne State College from 2008 - 2014. I have a Bachelors of Science in Music Education with a Kindergarten - 12th grade endorsement
What places have you taught? I have taught in Orchard and Clearwater.
What subject/class do you teach? I teach K-12 Music, Band, Choir, and general music.
What is your favorite part of teaching? I love getting to work with the kids everyday. My favorite thing to see is their growth throughout the year and those "Ah-ha" moments!
What are most excited about for 2017-18 school year? I have a "new" job this year. It is my first year teaching K-12 music so it has been really great getting to work with the lower elementary kids!
Do you have any extracurricular activities you are in charge of? (explain if yes) I am the assistant One-Act Director.
What are your classroom goals for the year? To get my band and choir students playing and singing better than ever.
What brought you to teach here? My husband is the PK-12 music teacher in Elgin so when the OC job opened up 4 years ago it was a no brainer. I am so glad that I came to work here, I can't see myself anywhere else.
Can you tell me a little bit about your family? I am married to Eric Heithoff. We have 2 kids, Brian, age 11, who is a 6th grader at Elgin Public School and we recently had a baby girl, Robin, 4 mo. old and she has been an amazing addition to our family.
What are your hobbies? I like to read in the summer, hang out with my kiddos and cook!
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