The City of Crawford has declared a snow emergency from 6 pm tonight to 12 nooon on Tuesday, February 2nd. They ask residents to park on the odd side of the street, so they can plan the even side. Once the even side is cleared they would ask residents to move veichles so they can plow the odd side of the street. So no one is plowed in and they can open up all the the streets in Crawford.
SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS THE WESTERN NEBRASKA PANHANDLE THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL BE MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES THIS
EVENING ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE PANHANDLE…AND A WINTER
STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THIS AREA FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS…LOW VISIBILITY…AND SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW. TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BE DANGEROUS OVER THE SOUTHERN PARTS OF
WESTERN NEBRASKA. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE LESS OVER THE
NORTHERN PANHANDLE…AND IMPACTS WILL BE LIMITED TO HAZARDOUS
TRAVEL AND SOME DRIFTING SNOW.
The City of Alliance is advising residents to remove vehicles from Emergency Snow Routes in anticipation of overnight snow and blowing snow.
On Friday, January 29, 2016, Alex Fisher, along with his parents Matt and Jessica, travelled to
Columbus, NE to attend the State 4-H Archery Tournament. Alex competed in Cub, age 8-11,
compound bow with sights and release. He shot 12 rounds of 5 arrows with a possible 300
points. Alex shot a 290-21X. He received 3rd place in his division! The boys who placed 1st and
2nd shot a 291, so it was a very close competition. Alex is a member of Bordeaux
Trappers/Dawes County Shooting Sports. He was very happy to represent Dawes County, and
he looks forward to competition again next year.
CHADRON- The 27th Annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference will be in the Chadron State College Student Center Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20.
The schedule for Friday, Feb., 19, features various session options.
Dr. Kim Madsen, applied sciences professor, will lead a workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that explores language and literacy, as well as the importance of language-rich activities and print-rich materials in a child’s upbringing.
Madsen’s session is limited to 30 participants and costs $25, with an additional $15 for lunch and materials.
Sessions will also be offered on precautionary safety training Friday, Feb. 19.
Those sessions begin at 1 p.m. with consecutive presentations by Jennifer Baumann, co-president of the Panhandle Area Child Care Services Association. Baumann’s discussions are titled: “Safe with You: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome” and “Nothin’ But Baby—Preventing SIDS.”
Following Bauman, Brittain Trave, Early Development Network services coordinator, will present a discussion titled “Power to Protect—Preventing Child Abuse” set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 20, the conference will be highlighted by nationally renowned speaker, Denita Dinger.
Dinger, an early childhood professional and author based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will present on the importance of providing positive, play-centered environments for children. Using 13 years of expertise and a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, Dinger’s presentation emphasizes resourceful thinking to produce the most effective learning opportunities for children.
The presentation includes discussions, documentation drills and brainstorming sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Devin C. Hughes, speaker, coach and author will be presenting on the power of positivity in the Chadron State College Student Ballroom Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.
Hughes said when individuals choose to be positive, they have the power to change, be resilient in the face of adversity and to produce extraordinary results.
“Positivity is contagious,” he said.
Hughes’ presentation will look at bullying with an insight into finding inner happiness and a maintaining a positive outlook, according to Jen Schaer, director of Project Strive.
“This is a great opportunity to have Devin C. Hughes return to CSC. He presented to the Project Strive students three years ago and the message he shared at that time was dynamic. This time the message he will share with the community and the schools will help give students the insight to see that being positive and challenging oneself creates benefits for everyone,” Schaer said.
Hughes will also be presenting to the Chadron Public Schools Friday, Feb. 12, with sessions for K-4 students from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. and middle school and high school students from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium.
Shellie Johns, coordinator of conferencing, said Hughes looks at every day as an opportunity to impact someone’s life by passing along positive messages to become a better person.
“He is a true coach, teacher and mentor to everyone he comes into contact with. We are looking forward to having him on campus and taking part in making a difference in our community,” Johns said.
The author describes his book “Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past,” as one about acceptance, perseverance and love. He has also authored comic books and coloring books.
The program is sponsored by the Galaxy Series, the Diversity Committee and Project Strive.
Every fall Chadron State College welcomes new students with an extensive orientation program to ease their transition into college life and provide them with information on everything from academic requirements to the location of laundry facilities.
But students aren’t the only ones entering a new realm when fall classes begin, and new teachers can face as many challenges as students in getting acquainted with life at Chadron State, according to Dr. Tracy Nobiling, faculty facilitator for the New Faculty Orientation (NFO) program.
“There’s a huge learning curve for a new college teacher, or even a veteran teacher starting a position at a new school,” said Nobiling, a justice studies professor who is heading the NFO program this year.
CSC provided an orientation for new faculty when Nobiling started teaching some 20 years ago, she said, but it was “just a couple of days before school started” and covered only basic topics such as how to get keys to a room or check out a state vehicle.
Since then the teacher orientation program has gone by a variety of names and has evolved significantly to its present form, which includes one full day before classes start and six, hour-long sessions each semester.
The initial day-long meeting remains focused on basics, including an introduction to the campus, instruction in the college’s course management, testing and grading systems, and guidance in finding support resources and personnel, Nobiling said. A briefing on using computers, viewing screens and Internet access in classrooms is also included.
“When I came we still had chalk boards. That’s all changed,” she said.
The later meetings delve into many different areas, with the overall goal of providing new teachers the guidance and information they need, when they need it, said Nobiling.
“Most of it is directed at either teaching pedagogy or ‘Here’s what we can do to help you help students be successful,’” she said.
Topics covered so far include academic support services for students, planning, policies and procedures, assessment techniques and grading, and professional activities, among others. Each session has an agenda, a list of outcomes, and an extensive list of resources and contacts, with all materials posted online so participants can access them anytime, Nobiling said.
Nobiling and the professional staff members involved in the program follow up after each session and remain connected with participants throughout the year.
“That’s important, just to have somebody to call,” Nobiling said.
Discussion at some of the meetings has taken interesting turns, such as the talk about student use of service animals on campus, said Nobiling. One teacher had encountered the issue previously, while for another it was totally new and a bit perplexing, she said. A talk about academic honesty and student plagiarism was also lively, with varied perspectives from faculty members in different fields of study, Nobiling said.
This year’s NFO group has 10 members; half with previous experience at CSC and half completely new to the campus, according to Nobiling. One participant came to Chadron from Chicago, another from Florida and another from New Orleans.
“It is a diverse group,” she said.
CSC’s orientation program is much better than the one-day meeting provided at a large university where he worked previously, said Brooks Hafey, an assistant professor in the music department.
“I had to fend for myself and often felt lost,” Hafey said. “That experience is the polar opposite of what I have experienced at Chadron State College.”
McKay Tebbs, a first year assistant professor in music, agreed with his colleague, Hafey.
“The first year faculty orientation program helped me a lot by providing needed information and a place where I could bring my questions,” Tebbs said.
Terrie Wood, a lecturer in the business academy, also enjoys the camaraderie provided by the NFO.
“(The NFO is) one of the best I’ve been involved in,” Wood said. “Each meeting is relevant to the immediate needs of the new faculty. The ‘just in time’ format is really good. I like it.”
In addition to the benefits for students and the teachers themselves, the program helps Chadron State by giving new faculty members a sense of how they fit into the overall system, said Nobiling.
“It really is beneficial to see how all the parts fit together,” she said. “It certainly wasn’t something I understood as a new faculty member,” Nobiling said.
A robust NFO helps the college over the long term by making faculty members feel comfortable on campus and in the community, and thus more likely to remain at CSC, Nobiling mentioned.
“The more connected they are, the happier they are going to be, the better they are going to do their job and the more likely they are to stay,” she said. “We talk constantly about retention of students, but without retaining faculty, you aren’t going to succeed either … We want to do a good job that first year to keep them here.”
What is it? Local bars and restaurants host one miniature golf hole each. Teams of five, play a round of mini-golf by going from place to place to putt. All team members must be over 21 except the designated driver (DD). Teams will have a starting hole and then proceed from business to business until they complete their round. Team scores and individual scores will be posted. Once the team finishes they will report to the Post Party at the American Legion for a meal and prizes.
Purpose of this Event: 1) Provide a community event including our local business and 2) Raise funds for LGA and youth golf programs.
Prizes: 1st $400 (plus free entry next year), 2nd-$300; 3rd-$200; DD – low score $50; Individual low score-$50;
Best team costume-$100; flag prizes and door prizes.
Please return form with payment to one of our participating businesses: American Legion, Bean Broker,
Chadron Lumber, Country Kitchen, Favorite Bar, Fryday’s 120 Bar, The Grove, Olde Main, Pizza Hut, The Ridge, Ridgeview CC, and Wild’s Bar and Grill.
Team Entry Fee: $200.00. Entry fee includes a t-shirt and dinner for each player.
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tournament Director: 308-430-5230
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Deadline to register: February 11th
The Chadron State College Art Guild hosted area Girl Scouts Saturday at the fourth annual ArtVenture in CSC’s Memorial Hall.
Between 30-40 local Girl Scouts participated in painting, mobiles, Zen tangles/drawing, ceramics, digital photography, weaving and fiber art workshops led by CSC faculty, students and volunteers.
Chris Carattini, CSC alumna and Chadron Middle School teacher, volunteered and instructed the Girl Scouts on weaving in her workshop. The girls learned basic weaving techniques, then employed their skills on a larger group project.
Carattini has been volunteering to teach textiles the past three years at artVenture.
“I am a Family Consumer Science teacher at Chadron Middle School, and I also love working with different textiles and fabric. So, volunteering for artVenture is a lot of fun for me,” she said.
One weaving workshop attendee was Carattini’s daughter, Natalie Carattini. Choosing her mother’s workshop was easy, because weaving is the young Caratinni’s newfound hobby.
“I have been weaving and cross-stitching ever since we moved to Chadron a few years ago. I love it. It is a very relaxing thing to do, like reading,” she said.
Once group projects are complete, they are showcased at a local art show hosted by the area Girl Scouts and then sold at a fundraising auction, according to Mary Donahue, CSC professor of Art and Art Guild sponsor.
The CSC Art Guild was presented with a Community Benefactor Award from the Spirit of Nebraska Girl Scout organization Nov. 10, 2015. The award recognizes organizations not affiliated with Girl Scout members or troops, but who supply their programs with exceptional support.
The group plans to host another artVenture in January 2017.
The Chadron Police Department and Chief Tim Lordino says calls of resident, commercial, and attempted vehicle break in were reported last week. The investigation showed five resident and commercial burglaries, and seven vehicle break ins. The Chadron Police are asking residents for their help in finding three suspects
The thieves targeted items that could be easily removed from vehicles such as debit cards, checks, GPS units, and sunglasses.
Chief Lordino says “a combination of fresh snow and surveillance video showed 3 individuals were involved. But he says the video wasn’t clear enough to show the faces of any of the 3 suspects.”
Pleaese contact the Chadron Police Department at 308-432-0150 if you have any information. Crimestoppers number is 308-432-0519.
Chadron, NE – The Dawes County 4-H Shooting Sports members were on the road again, Sunday, January 24, competing at the Scotts Bluff County Panhandle Best Shoot in Mitchell, Nebraska.
Results in the BB Gun divisions were:
9-10 year olds – Ethan Johns, 3rd; Jorja Pieper, 7th; and Alex Fisher, 9th.
11-12 year olds – Jada Pieper, 2nd; Samantha Johns, 3rd; Hannah Walker, 8th; Garrett Reece, 11th; and Hayden Heine, 13th. The Dawes County ladies won all the positions with Pieper placing 1st in Standing and tying for first in Sitting while Johns won the Prone and Kneeling positions. Both girls also had scores that ranked in the top six of all 49 competitors with Pieper coming in 3rd and Johns 6th.
In the Air Rifle division, results were:
8 to 10 year olds – Ethan Johns, 4th; Alex Fisher, 6th.
11-12 year olds – Samantha Johns, 2nd, Jada Pieper, 4th.
15-18 year olds – Chance Snook was 6th in the division as well as 6th overall out of 36 shooters.
In the Air Pistol, Basic Supported, Ethan Johns placed first in the 8-10 year old division with sister, Samantha winning the 11-13 year old Standing Supported. Hannah Walker received 4th place in the 11-13 year old Air Pistol, Standing Supported.
The next Panhandle Best Shooting competition will be held February 14, in Hyannis.