The Knox County Sheriff's Department announced that the Pischelville bridge is now open.
Sheriff Don Henery announced the reopening of the bridge at 6 p.m. and thanked Kevin Barta and the Knox County Department of Roads, along with the private citizens and construction companies who helped and contributed.
Sheriff Henery went on to thank the Knox County Board of Supervisors, who made this project a priority to reunite Knox County, and to access Boyd County.
Fouette Dance Studio of Verdigre took two teams to the Rainbow National Dance competition at the Mid-America Center in Omaha earlier this month.
Tenly Gilsdorf (Bloomfield), Makenna Guenther (Niobrara), Summer Guenther (Niobrara), Evelyn Kucera (Verdigre), Emily Parks (Niobrara), Ashley Parks (Niobrara), and Emma Vortherms (Creighton) performed a jazz routine called “Sweet Dreams”. They placed fifth overall in high point winner and received a platinum score.
The second team, performing a jazz routine titled “Rockin in the Rain,” consisted of Aleia Lilly (Creighton), Brena Johnson (Bloomfield), Kara Kucera (Verdigre), Nora Kucera (Verdigre), Olivia Lauck (Bloomfield), Ava McFarland (Bloomfield), Claire Meyer (Creighton), Molly Miller (Bloomfield), Riley Miller (Verdigre). These young ladies received a Judges’ Choice Award “Most Entertaining” act and received High Gold score.
Foutte’s Dance Studio students will be performing in their free spring show Sunday, March 31st at 2 p.m. in the Verdigre gymnasium. All are welcome to come and support the arts and check out this year’s team of dancers.
Are you helping with the flood cleanup? Do you remember when your last Tetanus Vaccine was?
You should consider getting a tetanus vaccine if:
The North Central District Health Department will be offering Tetanus vaccine at the following locations:
NCDHD is also working to get clinics for the public set up in the Lynch area, Plainview, Tilden, and Oakdale.
Call NCDHD at 402-336-2406 with any questions.
With the help of the state government and the Nebraska Red Cross, the Nebraska Broadcast Association will have Nebraska Strong Drive for Flood Relief on Friday. All member television and radio stations across the state will participate in urging people to donate to the fund drive.
“Obviously the devastation is beyond description in many ways,” stated President of Nebraska Broadcast Association Jim Timm. “It’s clear that funding is going to be needed to help people, businesses and everyone involved with the recovery.”
Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts intends on declaring a ‘Nebraska Strong Day’ on Friday to help support the relief campaign.
There are two ways to donate. On Friday, you can call the call center in Omaha at 1-844-278-8555 from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., or you can call your local radio or TV station. You can also go to the Red Cross’ website, Redcross.org/donate, there is a disaster relief button you can click on and you can donate.
“We are urging people to call and make a donation to help people get back on their feet as this tragedy continues to unfold,” Timm commented. “To kick start this drive, the Nebraska Broadcasters have donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross chapter in Omaha to help encourage people to get behind us and raise money.”
The past week thousands watched as flooding impacted dozens of towns in Nebraska. This hits home for a local Lincoln, NE company. In response to this disaster, Midwest Unlimited is selling all pumps, hoses and generators going towards the residents and businesses affected by the flooding in Nebraska at dealer cost.
For more information call Midwest Unlimited at (402) 434-5446.
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.