Disaster relief services specifically for farmers and ranchers is available. Those in need can post on the website below if they are in need of certain items or help. People also post what they can offer to those in need. They are offering to come from all over with hay, equipment, feed, fencing, labor, etc.
Authorities are searching for a missing Yankton woman and are asking for the public's help looking for her.
Tamara LaFramboise, 46, has been missing since March 1. She was last seen at her apartment located on Deer Boulevard that morning.
LaFramboise is 5-2, weighs 143 pounds, has hazel eyes and blonde hair.
Contact the Yankton County Sheriff's Office at 605-668-3567 if you have information on LaFramboise.
Time is running out to nominate students for this scholarship. People interested in nominating Nebraska high school seniors for the 2019 D.J.'s Hero Awards scholarships have just a few days left to send in their nomination forms.
The Salvation Army is seeking nominations for the scholarships-named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol. Nominations must be postmarked by Saturday, March 2. Forms are available at most Nebraska high school guidance offices, at www.salarmyomaha.org or by calling 402-898-5906.
Selected Nebraska high school seniors receive a $10,000 scholarship toward the college or university of their choice for their commitment to helping others and the community. Plus, the awards program is expanding this year to include an eleventh scholarship, which will have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focus. Honorees will be recognized at the D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon on May 7 at CHI Health Center Omaha.
Criteria for selecting honorees include:
* Nebraska residency
* High school senior
* Commitment to helping others and the community
* Courage in the face of adversity and the ability to overcome challenges
* For the new STEM-focused scholarship, demonstrated interest and success in STEM-related study
Additionally, all 2019 winners will be assigned a TeamMates+ mentor to provide encouragement, support and guidance during their college years-plus, Avenue Scholars will help with tracking data on the benefits of the scholarships and the mentoring effort.
The ten core scholarships continue to be funded via the generosity of David and Peggy Sokol. The eleventh-a new, STEM-focused scholarship known as the Teresa Hunzeker Memorial Scholarship-is underwritten by the Fred Hunzeker family, fellow Salvation Army supporters.
Applications for the Patefield-Green Memorial Scholarships offered by the Lewis and Clark NRD must be received at the NRD office by March 1, 2019. The Patefield – Green Memorial Scholarship is available to students who intend to pursue an agricultural related career, plan to return to the area, and help local communities to conserve and protect our natural resources.
If you are a high school senior or know a high school senior that could benefit from this scholarship you can obtain applications from the high school guidance counselors, the Lewis and Clark NRD, or the following website https://lcnrd.nebraska.gov under the education tab.
School bus safety is something drilled into young children's brains at an early age, and something that is stressed to them almost every year in school. Videos are watched and lectures are given so that the children understand every aspect of bus safety.
Somewhere along becoming an adult, some tend to forget all the rules. Cars driven by these types of people tend to be a danger to many as they speed around buses waiting for children and ignore the “STOP” arm.
Bloomfield is no exception to this epidemic. Marlene Folck works for the Transportation Department at Bloomfield Schools and said she sees this danger right here in Bloomfield.
Folck hears stories from around the country about children being killed while boarding or getting off of school buses.
“Hearing those stories makes me sick,” she said.
According to Folck, many of Bloomfield’s bus drivers experience some incidents that have been too close for comfort.
Just a few weeks ago, a bus was stopped at a farm house, waiting for a child to cross the street to board the bus. As the child left the house and made their way to the bus, a car was approaching.
She said she had noticed the car slowing down to stop for the bus and wait when the car driver decided to try and make it around the bus before the child made it to the road. The car sped up in the attempt to pass.
“The bus driver was so caught off guard that all she could do was lay on the horn, hoping to get the child’s attention,” Folck said.
Another bus driver experienced a similar situation just the other day Folck said. Just outside of city limits, a semi hauling grain drove right past the bus with the stop arm extended and lights flashing. This time the child did not have to cross the road, but what if the child did need to cross? Would they be alive today?
“When you see a bus with yellow lights on, we are letting you know that we will be stopping to pick up or drop off students,” Folck explained. “When the red lights are flashing and stop arm is extended, you need to stop!”
Bus drivers turn the lights to red and give the children the go ahead to exit the bus and cross the road if need be.
According to the Nebraska state law, when the bus driver opens the bus door, and the red stop lights and stop arm activates, other drivers should stop and remain stopped until the bus driver retracts the stop arm and deactivates the red warning lights. Drivers should stop a reasonable distance from the bus.
Nebraska does not specify the distance from the bus, but many other states specifically state cars need to stay 20 or even 30 feet away from the bus while they are stopped.
Passing a school bus with its arm extended and warning lights flashing is a Class IV misdemeanor in Nebraska with a fine of $500 and three points assessed against driving record.
“Our Knox County Sheriff and County Attorney are prosecuting for these offenses,” Folck said.
Folck explained many buses are on a tight schedule as it is and will only be stopped for a minute or so. She hopes drivers can be patient enough to stop and wait such a short time.
Knox County is in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan. A major portion of the updated Comprehensive Plan focuses on Community Engagement. The Community Engagement component looks to get feedback from
residents of the county on key aspects.
Knox County has scheduled Town Hall meetings for the County Engagement Process. The Town Hall Meetings will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Creighton VFW; Monday, February 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crofton Pulley Museum; Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. at the Niobrara Fire Hall; and Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bloomfield Community Center. All meetings are anticipated to last for no more than 2 hours. The meeting will be conducted by the consulting team of Marvin Planning Consultants. Please plan to attend.
In addition, please remember to fill out the county-wide digital survey via this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KnoxCountyCompPlan or via Facebook by searching “Knox County Comprehensive Plan” or “@knoxCoNeCompPlan”. Also, there are postcards and posters around the county, if you have a QR Code scanner, people then do the survey on their smart phone or tablet/iPad. There are also hard copies available throughout the county. The survey will close at midnight on March 10, 2019.
Brittany Spieker, originally from Pierce, started on Feb. 1 as the Food, Nutrition and Health Extension Educator in Knox County, but will also be serving Antelope, Boone and Nance.
“It’s really exciting to come back, be closer to family,” Spieker said.
Spieker has spent the last seven years in Lincoln for her undergraduate and master’s degree studies, both in nutrition and health sciences. Her undergrad was an emphasis in dietetics, while her master’s had an emphasis on community nutrition and health promotion with a minor in leadership studies.
Her main focus in her new role will be on kids, “but I will also be working with adults, so my spectrum can be working with about anybody, and so even if I’m working with adults, a lot of those adults do have contact with kids as well,” she said. “Kind of working with the whole community to help lift the whole community up in their health and wellness together.”
Spieker said she is “looking forward to partnering with a lot of different organizations around in the communities and potentially doing things with schools.”
She is also looking forward to working with libraries doing outreach with the schools and kids, and doing things with the grocery stores in the county like food demonstrations or tours.
“I’d be more than happy to partner with anybody that’s looking for activities or looking for continuing education for their students or for other group activities,” Spieker said.
Anybody wanting more information can contact Spieker at the Knox County Extension Office.
The Knox County Courthouse was buzzing with great spellers on Wednesday afternoon as the county-wide spelling bee was underway.
With two out of the three first place winners, the Bloomfield Bees came out ahead of the competition.
Carter Hans of Bloomfield was the first place winner for the fifth grade division and Molly Miller won in the sixth grade division. Hehaka Frazier of Niobrara took home the trophy in the seventh/eighth grade division.
The sixth grade division had some tough competition with 20 words spelled between the top two competitors before Miller was declared winner after spelling the words “leotard” and “firey” correctly.
The fifth grade division was over fairly quickly after Hans spelled the words “gnat” and “tattle”.
The seventh/eighth graders had tougher words like “cooperage,” hibiscus” and “haberdashery.” Frazier was declared winner after spelling “emaciated” and “piedmont”.
This was both Hans’ and Miller’s first time competing at the Knox County Spelling Bee, while Frazier competed last year in the sixth grade division but didn’t place.
“I don’t know, excited,” Frazier said when asked how she felt about winning.
Hans is going to make it a goal to qualify for the county spelling bee every year from now on.
“It feels really great to do something very good that I’ve never done before,” Miller said.
A full list of the results is below:
1. Carter Hans, Bloomfield
2. Gage Vesely, Verdigre
3. Ben Johnson, Creighton
4. Taylen Stark, Niobrara
5. Payden Anderson, Crofton
6. Emily Guenther, St. Rose of Lima
7. Autiana Yeargan, St. Ludger
8. Anya Peters, Wausa
1. Molly Miller, Bloomfield
2. Jack Schieffer, St. Rose of Lima
3. Chelsey Rohrer, Verdigre
4. Brooke Fanta, St. Ludger
5. Lori DeCora, Niobrara
6. Ty Diedrichsen, Creighton
7. Jessica Anderson, Wausa
8. Grant Schieffer, Crofton
1. Hehaka Frazier, Niobrara
2 Elizabeth Wortmann, St. Rose of Lima
3. Gabrielle Pavlik, Verdigre
4. April Guenther, Crofton
5. Emma Story, Wausa
6. Averi Waldow, Creighton
7. Marissa Bruce, Bloomfield
Miller, Hans and Frazier will go on to compete at the 2019 Omaha World-Herald Midwest Spelling Bee on March 2 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Omaha.
Once again Knox County has many graduates making the Dean's List. Here are the students from UNL that made their respective college Dean's Lists.
Dean’s List requirements:
Qualification for the Deans’ List/List of Distinguished Students varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Explore Center. Listed below are the minimum requirements for each entity and the name of its respective dean or director. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a four-point scale and a minimum of 12 graded semester hours. Students can be on the Deans’ List for more than one college.
Fall 2018 Dean’s List honorees:
•Joshua David Johnson of Bloomfield is a senior. He made the Dean’s List in the College of Engineering, where the students’ GPA must be 3.5. His major is mechanical engineering.
•Reece Jackson McFarland of Bloomfield is a freshman. He made the Dean’s Listin the College of Engineering, where students’ GPA must be 3.75. He is majoring in agricultural engineering.
•Clair Marie Trenhaile of Bloomfield is a junior. She made the Dean’s List in the College of Education and Human Sciences, where students’ GPA must be 3.75. Her major is communication sciences and disorders.
•Kaitlyn Michelle Hanvey of Center is a senior. She made the Dean’s List in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, where students’ GPA must be 3.75. She majored in agricultural education.
•Sarah Jo Erb of Creighton is a senior. She made the Dean’s List in the College of Education and Human Sciences, where students’ GPAs must be 3.75. She majored in social science.
•Eli Raymond Kliment of Creighton is a junior. He made the Dean’s List in the College of Arts and Sciences, where students must have a GPA of 3.7. He is majoring in biological sciences.
•Quinn Gregory Paulsen of Crofton is a freshman. He made the Dean’s List in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, where students must maintain a GPA of 3.7. He is majoring in sports media and communication, and advertising and public relations.
•Abby Jane Steffen of Crofton is a junior. She made the Dean’s List in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, where students’ GPA must be 3.75. She is majoring in agricultural and environmental sciences communication.
•Tashina Marie Denney of Niobrara is a senior. She made the Dean’s List in the College of Education and Human Sciences, where students must maintain a GPA of 3.75. She majored in pre-elementary education.
•Regan Marie Hennings of Wausa is a sophomore. She made the Dean’s List in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, where students must maintain a GPA of 3.7. Her major is music education.
•Samantha Irene Hennings of Wausa is a senior. She made the Dean’s List in the College of Education and Human Sciences, where students’ GPAs must be 3.75. Her major is elementary education.
Monday, January 28 was an exciting day for Megan Hanefeldt and Stacy Miller as they were given a long waiting opportunity to take the Nebraska State Tourism Director, John Ricks and his associate Callie Austatd, Industry Relations and Education Coordinator, around the beautiful county. When Hanefeldt and Miller asked if any of the tourism commissioners could come and speak at the Knox County Development Agnecy, they were thrilled to find out that the Director himself was willing to come.
“This was our opportunity to show him all we could,” Hanefeldt said.
In spite of attractions being closed in the winter wonderland Knox County is experiencing right now, Ricks and Austatd understood and could see the beauty that unfolds when spring starts to reveal all that Knox County has to offer.
“I had a great time visiting Knox County. Stacy and Megan promised we’d have an adventure and it was! I was able to slow down and enjoy the discovery of several new places. I ate delicious food and desserts all day, learned about the community’s culture and visited the Pulley Museum. Even with a full day of activities, the people are what stood out most to me. Everyone I met was friendly and inviting. They were excited to welcome us and share the place they call home, making the trip authentic, memorable and fun. I look forward to the time when I can visit again,” Callie said.
After touring from north to south and east to west, including adventure, experiences, culture and great food it was time to get ready for the Knox County Leadership Class graduation banquet where Ricks was to speak of Knox County’s Outstanding Marketing Campaign Award and Nebraska’s new marketing campaign.
During the time with Ricks he expressed that tourists and travelers don’t know county lines or even state lines. What matters is the attractions they can visit and the experiences they can have within an area they are visiting.
“We thank the Nebraska Tourism Commission for the opportunity,” Hanefeldt said.