The Lexington Public Schools Board of Education had a jam-packed agenda for their regular scheduled meeting on Monday evening.
The School Board approved for the School District under the direction of Superintendent Dr. John Hakonson to fill out the needed applications to become a future member of the Central-10 Conference for activities.
The purchase of two 2016 Dodge Grand Caravans from Platte Valley Auto in the amount of $19,800 per vehicle was also approved by the School Board.
The 2017-2018 district budget was approved by the Lexington Board of Education along with the approval of the proposed 2017-2018 property tax request as well.
The school board also heard rave reviews about the first Mobile Food Pantry that was hosted at Lexington Middle School. There were over 320 families that were served. The details are being worked out to host the event once a month to serve those in need.
The Lexington School district has been in contact with Tyson Foods, Inc. about the use of local beef in the Lunch Program. The Lexington Schools Lunch Program director Kerry Teetors has been doing research about the potential of using local beef as well.
The Skills Armory that is adjacent to the Lexington Public Schools Central Office hosted an open house on Tuesday to showcase the facilities that will host automotive and welding technology programs.
The school board were informed of the professional development inservice that is slated for September 18th for the staff of Lexington Public Schools that will spotlight on Calmer Classrooms: Working with Traumatized Students. It will empower staff members to reach out to all students in need as a result of their diverse backgrounds.
The Lexington Board of Education also approved resolution to close specified programs to option students for the 2017-2018 term.
The review of the agenda was approved by the Lexington School Board as was the approval of minutes, the payment of invoices and the financial report.
The next regular scheduled Lexington Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, October 9th at the Lexington City Council Chambers at 7 p.m.
The Cozad City Council met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5th.
A public hearing was held on the 2017-2018 fiscal budget as presented. Council members approved to increase the restricted fund amount of one percent above the two and one-half percent allowed by the state statutes and approved the 2017-2018 fiscal budget as advertised and filed the fiscal budget as required by law.
Highlights of the proposed 2017-2018 budget include:
• Re-codifying the municipal code book
• Two new aid packs and bunker gear for the Cozad Volunteer Fire Department
• Replacement of Cozad Police Department laptops and security cameras
• Continuation of monitoring the closed landfill as per Department of Environmental Quality
• New mower for Parks Department and completion of the restroom/concessions building at Sportsman Park
• Finishing up on the Owner/Occupied Rehab grant
• Widening of the downtown alley between 8th/9th and Meridian/H Streets
• Providing of all municipal services for the safety of the citizens
• Adding infrastructure in undeveloped areas within the city limits (residential/commercial)
• Demolition funds for removal of substandard structures
• Continuation of providing recreation and the recreational facilities
A public hearing was then conducted on setting the property tax request for fiscal year 2017-2018. Council members approved the resolution setting the property tax request.
Under New Business, approval was granted for the request for an extension of the Owner/Occupied Rehabilitation Grant until December 31, 2017.
The amended resolution with new wordage on the city sales tax was also accepted.
Council members discussed and considered the proposals received to form a new Redevelopment District and deblight existing land. Bobbie Pettit appeared to explain the proposal, informing the council members that the proposal would be at 47 percent. It cannot exceed 50 percent.
Also receiving approval was the ordinance pertaining to compensation and salaries for city employees and the resolution establishing municipal wages.
The ordinance pertaining to Solid Waste, Compost Materials, Recycling Materials and costs assessed for removal was introduced and the resolution setting non-residential sanitation services as approved. As a result, the sanitation fee will be going up $1.00 per month for both residential and commercial users.
Claims were approved excluding none and the Treasurer’s Report was accepted and filed for audit.
The next regular meeting for the Cozad City Council is scheduled for Monday, September 18th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers in the City Office Building.
Gothenburg’s 103rd annual Harvest Festival celebration with the theme “Celebrate BIG!” has been awarded NE150 status as one of many events across the state commemorating Nebraska’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebration.
The “Celebrate BIG!” theme was chosen with Nebraska’s 150th birthday in mind, according to Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce director Deb Egenberger.
The Harvest Festival will offer four days of activities Sept. 14-17th, including a second straight year of the Nebraska State Hand Cornhusking Contest at Hecox Farms.
Activities will kick off on Thursday when Kennedy Landscape Services will host the annual Garden Fest. It’s a mini-fair with vendors, a salsa contest, produce sampling and games from 4-7 p.m. Eastside Animal Center is also sponsoring the Dog-N-Jog again on Thursday evening.
New on Thursday is a country music concert at the Sun Theatre. Jake Gill is a young country artist working on his fourth album. He grew up in Kansas, earned a degree as a chiropractor but always had music on his mind. Gill, who auditioned for “The Voice,” has written or co-wrote every song on all his albums. Tickets for the concert will be $15 and will be available at the theatre.
Friday’s activity is new to Harvest Festival. There is no school on Sept. 15th, so it allowed the Chamber to plan a community birthday party 4-7 p.m. in Ehmen Park to “Celebrate BIG!” The birthday celebration will begin with a kids costume parade around the park and will continue with music, food, games, balloons, contests and lots more fun activities for all ages.
“We’re incorporating a car show and, of course, we’ll be serving free birthday cake,” Egenberger said.
Saturday will begin with the “Celebrate BIG!” parade down Lake Avenue starting at 10 a.m.
“We moved the parade up a half-hour to help accommodate those who want to do both the parade and Cornhusking,” Egenberger said.
The Sun Theatre has added another new event to Harvest Festival on Saturday afternoon. The movie “Dear Eleanor” will show as a matinee at 2 pm on Saturday. The 2016 film stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Josh Lucas, Liana Liberato and Jessica Alba and chronicles a 1962 cross country trip taken by a couple of teenage girls in a 1948 Chrysler convertible. One of the cars used in the movie belongs to Kent and Marian Peterson of Brady and will be on display during the show.
Another new Harvest Festival event is planned for Saturday. The Platte Valley Tractor Pullers Association will have a sanctioned antique tractor pull at the Gothenburg rodeo grounds beginning at 1 p.m.
“We’re trying to pack the weekend full of things to do for all ages,” Egenberger said.
Proud to be an American is more than skin deep for many citizens of the TRIBUNE-Area. For Carolyn Wize of Willow Island, she has displayed her patriotism and pride in her families heroism for more than 20 years. Wize choose to decorate a building on the Wize homestead with an American Flag barn quilt in remembrance and dedication to the ‘Miller 8’ which included eight brothers that served in the United States Military. Wize’s father was one of the proud soldiers in the ‘Miller 8’.
Over 20 years ago, Carolyn Wize painted the barn quilt in dedication to her father and his brothers and just recently, she updated the flag with bright red, white and blue paint to continue to display her pride in her family members and their service to the United States as members of the military.
The ‘Miller 8’ along with three girls were the children of Pete Miller and Katherine Kehm, who both immigated to America from Russia to escape persecution.
Oldest son John Miller was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army where he served from 1940-1943. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and was killed in action on the Aleutian Islands.
Henry Miller and Fred Miller both earned the rank of Technician Fifth Grade in the U.S. Army, where the duo served from 1942-1945.
Pete Miller was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army where he served from 1943-1944. Pete was killed in action during war related events on Omaha Beach in France.
Career military man David Miller earned the rank of Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army by serving from 1944-1964. He served overseas in Korea, Japan, Germany and in Ethiopia. Within the lower 48 states, David was stationed at Fort Dix (NJ), Fort Bliss (TX) and Fort Knox (KY) before his retirement from the military.
Technical Sergeant Harold Miller was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1947-1953.