Four Elkhorn Valley students were selected to participate in Hawkfest, a new music festival at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.
Angel Qualset, Mitchell Petersen, Christian Yaw and Amaya Smith were selected for the festival’s honor choir.
Hawkfest will be held Monday, Oct. 22 and will feature more than 80 students from 17 area high schools.
The honor band will be under the direction of Kevin McLouth, director of instrumental studies at Northeast, while the honor choir will be led by Stewart Cramer, Northeast’s director of vocal activities.
They will rehearse throughout the day and give a public performance of their work at 5:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on Northeast’s Norfolk campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
Participating high schools include Battle Creek, Columbus Lakeview, Elkhorn Valley, Neligh-Oakdale, Norfolk, O’Neill, Osmond, Orchard, Pender, Pierce, Plainview, Randolph, St. Edward, Shelby-Rising City, Wakefield and Winside.
The Tilden Young Men’s Club’s Night of Terror will be Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5-9:30 p.m. at the City Auditorium in Tilden.
Those wanting only a mild scare should attend from 5-6:30 p.m., while those wanting a more aggressive scare should wait to attend from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The event is a free will donation.
A Tilden man was arrested early this morning after he was found in a Norfolk couple’s bedroom.
Norfolk residents awoke at 4 a.m. to a stranger lurking in their bedroom doorway. When officers arrived at the home, Kody M. Bromley, 28, was found in the living room of the home, according to a press release by the Norfolk Police Division.
Bromley was arrested for first-degree criminal trespass. He was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.
U.S. Bank® and the Nebraska School Activities Association are proud to announce the 2018-19 local school winners of the Believers and Achievers award. Every member school is able to submit two senior students for recognition in this awards program.
Prestin Vondra and Amber Miller have been chosen to represent Elkhorn Valley. The announcement of the 48 statewide winners of the U.S. Bank® Believers & Achievers award will be announced by the NSAA at a later date.
Amber Miller and Mitchell Petersen were crowned 2018 Elkhorn Valley homecoming royalty on Friday afternoon.
Miller is the daughter of Tony and Kristi Miller. Petersen is the son of Bob and Tonya Petersen.
The other 2018 queen candidates were Destiny Beard, Kimberly Frey, Hannah Ollendick and Sierra Rystrom. Selected as king candidates were also Joshua McFarland, Brock Schaecher, Julio Sierra and Prestin Vondra.
The Elkhorn Valley High School introduced its homecoming court Friday before the football game against Osceola/High Plains.
Members of the homecoming court were presented in front of the Falcon faithful, along with their parents, as a short bio was read about them.
Check out all the photos of everyone dressed for tomorrow's big dance, a a few football players dressed for the game!
When Friday rolls around, most kids are excited for the end of the school week.
However, there are many students who wish the weekend would never come. According to the Blessings in a Backpack website, there are 13 million kids in America who won’t have enough food to eat this weekend.
The Elkhorn Valley School in Tilden is looking to change that with their local Blessings in a Backpack program, which allows volunteers to discreetly place bags of food into students’ backpacks for their use over the weekend.
After talking with EV school personnel and community members, organizer Chrisi Rutjens said she realized there were families in the school system that could use their help. Along with help from teacher Mrs. Sherry Lawson as well as some friends in the community, Rutjens started Elkhorn Valley School’s Blessings in a Backpack weekend food program in September 2017.
“We modeled our program after the successful Blessings in a Backpack program in Norfolk Public Schools, as well as other similar weekend food programs in area schools,” she said. “We operate under the national Blessings in a Backpack organization, a nonprofit entity.”
Rutjens said the hunger problem can be an even greater concern in rural communities.
“Food insecurity is an issue in small towns, and the problem is magnified due to our rural location,” she said. “ We have no other readily-available resources such as a food pantry, Salvation Army or Rescue Mission that larger communities may have; further, physically getting to these places may be an economic or logistical challenge for many of the children we serve.”
Rutjens said bags of food are discreetly put into students’ backpacks each Friday. Each bag typically contains two entrees, two breakfast items, shelf-stable milk and two healthy snacks. In addition, she said the volunteers are usually able to provide fresh fruit in the bags.
“All items are kid-friendly,” Rutjens said. “For example, anything that comes in a can has a tab opener. The idea is that the children are able to prepare the food themselves if needed.”
She said participation in the program is voluntary and confidential—only school personnel know which students are enrolled—and families sign up at the beginning of the school year.
“Last year, we were able to provide weekend food for 18 students (preschool – 6th grade) during the school year. This year, we are expanding and offering enrollment for all students through 12th grade,” Rutjens said. “We are currently getting students signed up for this school year.”
She said it costs approximately $150 per student for an entire school year’s food.
“There have been so many in the Tilden-Meadow Grove community who’ve donated to make this program a success – several individuals, churches, organizations, and businesses,” Rutjens said. “In addition, I’ve applied for and received two grants to help fund the program. We will be receiving a Venture Grant from Norfolk Area United Way in 2019.”
She said although Tilden is a small town, big things are happening due to their outstanding volunteers.
“We are a small town, and we don’t have many of the amenities that larger cities are able to offer, but we do have a caring and compassionate group of citizens who have worked hard to come up with a way to help our students and families in need,” Rutjens said.
She is pleased to see everyone pulling together to make the program a reality.
“I've been dreaming of getting this project rolling for a few years now, so it has been very exciting to see it finally come together!”
Tilden Legion Post 170 will host its 17th Annual Rib Fest on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The bar will open at 10 a.m. and judging is set to begin at 4 p.m. Judges will pick the best tasting ribs for first, second and third place winners. A People’s Choice award will also be presented for hors d’ oeuvres. Hors d’ oeuvres will be available at 1 p.m. with final voting at 3:45 p.m.
Ribs will be served at 4 p.m. until they run out. Attendees may go to the chef of their choice to get ribs straight off the grill or at the serving table. All-you-can-eat pork BBQ ribs will be served with beans and chips. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12 and under age 5 is free. Carry out orders are available.
Those interested in entering the cook off may contact the Legion at 368-5370 or text Tom at 410-456-8804.
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