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WASHINGTON — Eagle Communications Inc. has been selected by the National ESOP Association as the winner of the 2019 Total Communications, More Than 250 Employees, Annual Award for Communications Excellence. The Total Communications award recognizes overall excellence in efforts to educate the public and employee owners about a company’s ESOP and ownership culture.
Eagle was also selected as the runner-up winner for two other awards: Videos and the Employee Ownership Marketing category.
The Videos award distinguishes excellence in the use of original, printed materials to explain or promote the company’s ESOP to employee owners, customers, or the community. Eagle’s final nomination, in Employee Ownership Marketing, recognizes excellence in advertising and marketing the benefits of employee ownership to customers, the community, and the public.
Individually, Andrea Clinkscales was recognized as a finalist for National “Employee Owner of the Year.” She was recipient of the Heart of America “Employee Owner of the Year” Award in 2018.
“The great educational curriculum for employee owners includes ESOP 101 content, information discussed on weekly bulletin videos, a weekly revenue call, an ESOP Facebook group, eight educational videos, and a pre-retirement seminar. A leadership program is a great development opportunity for employee owners looking to take a greater role. The company also engages in local Chamber of Commerce events to share about the company and employee ownership,” commented the AACE judges.
The AACE awards are sponsored each year by the Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. The awards are presented each May at the Association’s National Conference in Washington, DC to companies who have excelled in communicating the ESOP and its meaning to the company’s employees.
AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOP’s and employee ownership communications.
Gary Shorman, CEO of Eagle Communications, is Chairman of the National ESOP Association.
“The National Conference brings together some of the best employee owned companies in the country,” he said. “For us to be represented as award winners shows the passion of our Eagle team for providing great customer service and “no excuses” employee ownership in the communities we serve.”
Eagle Communications is the parent company of Hays Post.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — A special prosecutor has charged an off-duty North Platte police officer who was involved in a crash last month with drunken driving.
The North Platte Telegraph reports that 28-year-old Sarah Jones is charged with first-offense reckless driving and first-offense DUI, both misdemeanors.
The prosecutor says Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded April 19 to a report of a crash on U.S. Highway 83 and found a pickup truck on its side and a sedan with heavy front-end damage. The pickup’s occupants were uninjured, but Jones — who was driving the car — was taken to a hospital for treatment. Deputies say her blood alcohol level tested at .185, which is more than twice the legal limit to drive.
If convicted, Jones could face some jail time.
Police Chief Daniel Hudson says Jones is still employed by the department, but has been off street duty since the crash.
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-Stephanie Campos-Reyes and Amanda Burri, finalized 4/08/19
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-Tracy L. Garza and Anthony M. Garza, finalized 4/01/19
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Governor Pete Ricketts was joined at the State Capitol by representatives from Nebraska’s beef industry to proclaim May as Beef Month. Nebraskans celebrate Beef Month every May to highlight the importance of the cattle industry to the state. The Governor hosted a press conference to sign an official proclamation and to provide an update on Nebraska’s growing beef industry.
“Nebraska’s beef producers are the best in the business. Thanks to their excellent work, Nebraska tops all states in commercial red meat production and cattle on feed,” said Governor Ricketts. “Nebraska beef has earned a worldwide reputation for its premium quality, and we’re now exporting more of it than ever before.”
Governor Ricketts has been an active proponent of Nebraska’s beef industry. He has led trade missions to Japan, China, and Mexico to encourage the growth of Nebraska’s beef exports. He has also promoted Nebraska beef domestically in places such as New York City.
In 2018, Nebraska led the nation in beef exports with a total export value of $1.44 billion. Nebraska’s beef exports increased by 14 percent from 2017 to 2018. Total beef exports have exceeded $1 billion each year since 2014. In 2018, Nebraska’s top beef export markets were:
Nebraska is first in the nation in rankings for beef exports, commercial cattle slaughter, and cattle on feed.
Governor Ricketts was joined at the press conference by Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman, Nebraska Cattlemen President Mike Drinnin, and Nebraska Beef Council Chairman Buck Wehrbein.
“Nebraska is a national leader in all aspects of the beef industry including production, exports, and cattle on feed, so we’re pleased that Governor Ricketts proclaimed May as Beef Month,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “The continued growth of the beef industry in Nebraska and the top rankings we’ve achieved show our support of agriculture as a whole and confirms what we already know: that delicious Nebraska beef is being enjoyed by consumers here at home and around the world.”
“There are a lot of unsung heroes who put their heart and soul into producing the best beef in the world raised right here in Nebraska,” said Mike Drinnin, President of the Nebraska Cattlemen. “Whether you’re fixing fence on a ranch, delivering feed to the cattle, or hauling the beef to restaurants, everyone’s important to showcasing Nebraska beef!”
“Exports are a tremendous value to beef producers and we are proud to work with NDA to promote beef from Nebraska in places like Hong Kong, the European Union, and other parts of the globe,” said Buck Wehrbein, Chairman of the Nebraska Beef Council. “International trade missions are a strategic way of investing the beef checkoff to support our beef community.”
At around 7:19 p.m., on April 27, officers responded to the 1500 block of West 3rd Street after receiving reports that a vehicle was driving through yards and hitting things.
Officers made contact with the driver, Joseph Brosious, who was seated in the vehicle after it struck a tree.
Police say Brosius admitted to officers that he was drunk and showed “significant signs of being drunk.”
Brosius was unable to perform a standard field sobriety test, but a breathalyzer revealed his blood alcohol level was .332.
After complaining of pain, Brosius was taken to Great Plains Health.
Due to his level of intoxication and injuries, police say Brosius was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and left at the hospital for treatment.
No injuries to others were reported, however, there was significant damage done to vehicle and other property.
Here is a video submitted by Tiffany Hernandez that shows the incident taking place.
Four men have been arrested following a burglary at Alliance High School.
According to Alliance Police Lieutenant Kendall Allison, on April 17, the Alliance Police Department responded to a burglary and criminal mischief at the Alliance High School.
Officers responded to a fire alarm at the high school just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, the suspects were gone, but had committed significant damage to the hallways and the gymnasium. The vandals used spray paint on the walls and hallways, said Alliance Police Chief John Kiss.
Three adult males and one male juvenile have been arrested, Allison said.
Jacob Adamson, 19, Zachary Rinard, 20, and Isaac Johnson, 19, were incarcerated on suspicion of burglary and criminal mischief.
“Officers also completed a search warrant related to this case and later recommended additional charges against Johnson for drug and weapons charges,” Allison said.
The juvenile was arrested and released to his parents on suspicion of burglary and criminal mischief. His name will not be released.
Damage to Alliance High School was estimated at approximately $10,000.
Hays, Kan., woman Addy Tritt, whose story about buying out the Hays Payless store to help Nebraska flood victims went viral, appeared on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on Monday. The show airs at 4 p.m. CST on Eagle channel 10 and 610.
Ellen surprised Tritt with a game of “Holey Roller” — which Tritt “won.” The prize money Tritt is coming home with is made possible by Cheerios.
Watch below, courtesy www.ellentube.com.
BARBER COUNTY, Kan. —Two people died in an accident just after 3p.m. Saturday in Barber County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Brandon Husband, 42, Fowler, was southbound East on River Road thirteen miles northwest of Medicine Lodge.
A vulture came out of the north ditch and struck the driver in the head. The vehicle traveled off the road into the north ditch, struck a barbwire fence and over turned.
Husband was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Larison Funeral Home. A passenger Jennifer Husband, 43, Fowler, was transported to Wesley Medical Center where she died. They were not wearing helmets, according to the KHP.
Barber County is in south-central Kansas.