KCOW, Double Q Country and Panhandlepost.com has received word from the Box Butte County Courthouse, that the Courthouse computer system is down today, Thursday January 5 and will probably be down for most of Friday, January 6 as well. Repairs are coming from State offices in Lincoln and hopefully will be completed by Friday. The Courthouse staff is encouraging anyone who needs to do business with the County to please call the respective office before you come to the Courthouse and the Staff will try and assist you over the phone. The Courthouse Staff apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and they hope to be back on line as soon as possible.
Several items were approved at the regular meeting of the Alliance City Council Tuesday night. Mayor Ralph Yeager presented plaques to outgoing Council Members Fred Feldges and Wally Seiler and thanked them for their service to the City of Alliance.
The Council also approved, on first reading, a request from Dale Jeske to rezone his property which is adjacent and north of Carhenge from A, Agriculture to C-3, Highway Commerical. Jeske is considering building an RV Park on his property overlooking Carhenge with 20 to 30 spaces for Campers and Recreational Vehicles, with the hope of attracting visitors to Carhenge and Box Butte County. Jeske says eventually he would like to have a building suitable for holding receptions and other gatherings as well as covered areas for picnicking.
The Council also accepted a $30,000 donation from Eva Knight in memory of her late husband Robert Knight for the enhancement of the Central Park Fountain. Alliance Parks Director Shana Brown said the funds would be used to upgrade the lighting system in the fountain from light blubs to an LED system, which would have a much longer life and would allow more flexibility. The Fountain lights could be programmed for specific colors and themes. The hope is to have the new system installed and and running by next spring.
The Council also approved the Managers Application of Audra Sauser for Maverik, Inc. and will forward the application back to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission with a favorable recommendation.
Also approved was a resolution to authorize a contract with JD Gray Group, LLC to assist with the recruitment of qualified candidates for the City Manager Vacancy. The Council also approved a Lease Agreement with WNCC for the facility and adjoining property for the Powerline School for a 50 year period and accepted the applications of Jensen Curtis to serve as a youth ex-officio member of the Library Board, Byron Reed to serve on the Alliance Housing Authority Board and Patrica Johnston and Marcia Buck to serve on the A-2 Downtown Improvement Board. Information on all of the City Boards is available on the City website www.cityofalliance.net
The Council approved a Change Order to the Laing Lake Rehabilitation Project for the amount of $14, 700 for additional lake bottom excavation and additional fill. This was necessary as Contractors, after completing the planned 8,800 Cubic Yards of excavation on the west side of the lake, discovered that more fill would be needed to complete construction of the Ice Skating Area. The City would be responsible for only $5,000 of this additional cost with the rest split between EA Engineering and the Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality.
The Council then went into closed session to consider a personnel matter.
Complete audio of the meeting is at the link below:
GREELEY, Neb. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing the home of the brother of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz, who died in a car crash this summer.
Greeley County Sheriff David Weeks says the man was arrested Tuesday, after having already been arrested on other charges in York County. Weeks declined to give the suspect’s name, saying he has not yet been charged.
The burglary happened sometime after the Foltz family left home around noon to attend Saturday’s game in Lincoln and before they returned around 3 a.m. Sunday. The thieves took tools and a television, all worth about $1,400, from Jordan Foltz’s home and vehicle in rural Greeley, Nebraska.
Sam Foltz, who would have been a senior at Nebraska this fall, died in a car crash in Wisconsin in July along with former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.
Foltz’s parents presented a scholarship in his name, and two of his nephews helped lead the team out before Saturday’s game against Fresno State.
The Alliance High School Activities Hall of Fame Committee has decided to accept more nominations for the Inaugural Hall of Fame Class. The Committee has selected Duane Dobson and Jordan Hooper, for the first class, but in reviewing the nomination process, the committee felt it would be best to re-open the nomination’s to other qualified candidates who are also deserving of Hall of Fame consideration.
The Activities Hall of Fame was organized as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of the successful activity programs at Alliance High School and to recognize and honor those who made significant contributions. Anyone who would like to nominate a former Student Athlete, Activities Participant, Team, Coach, Teacher, Administrator or Contributor may pick up a nomination form at the Alliance High School office. The Committee will accept nominations through Friday, September 30, 2016. Please return the completed forms to the AHS office. Those that are chosen will be recognized at the Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, November 19, 2016. Hall of Fame Honorees will also have a picture placed in the display case next to the Performing Arts Center. Those that are chosen will be announced in October.
KCOW, Double Q Country and Panhandle Post News has received word of a possible scam in Box Butte County. According to the Sheriff’s Department, There is a black, newer, crew cab truck, with no license plates, showing up door to door to people’s homes stating they can sell cheaper asphalt than anyone else in the area and they will redo your driveway. Reports have been happening all over Box Butte County. If someone does come to your door ask for references, ask good questions, and please call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 308-762-6464.
Panhandle Post News has received information regarding a recent audit of the Nebraska Brand Committee based in Alliance, by the Nebraska State Auditor’s Office. According to other media sources the audit mentioned several deficiencies of the Nebraska Brand Committee including misuse of State Vehicles, proof of ownership and back-dated forms.
The report states the committee was audited for 18 total issues which included receipt procedures, payroll issues and leave balances.
Nebraska State Auditor Charlie Janssen told KNEB Radio in Scottsbluff that he was dissappointed in the proof of ownership discrepancy…Janssen said “Proof of ownership is a big deal. I think that is what the Brand Inspection Committee was set up for back in 1941, so people weren’t bringing in other people’s cattle and getting paid for them. It is somewhat disappointing to see since that is your purpose.”
The audit is now at the Attorney General’s Office, where misdemeanor charges could be filed.
The Alliance “Save the Track” fund has now grown to over $233,000.00 thanks to 2 recent donations of $15,000.00. The Alliance High School Booster Club gave a donation of $10,000.00 and Dan and Sharla King donated $5,000.00. Dan King recently won the Alliance Lions Club Lottery Grand Prize and donated the entire amount to the track fund. The latest donations have now pushed the total to over $233,000.00 towards the goal of $600,000.00 to build a new, all weather track at Bulldog Stadium. The track committee continues to raise funds and solicit donations. Various levels are available to anyone who would like to make a donation. Please contact George Clear at Alliance High School at 308-762-3359. The Track Committee has several events planed for the upcoming school year.
Pictured front row from left: Dan and Sharla king, Sarah Glesinger Michelle Robinson, Steve Nelson. Back row from left: Greg Freisen, Debbie Wilson, Trista and Steve Hopp George Clear.
From left: Dan and Sharla King, Greg Friesen, Sarah Glesinger, Michelle Robinson, George Clear and Steve Nelson.
Chadron State Senior and Ogallala native Laramie Schlichtemeier was crowned 2017 Miss Rodeo Nebraska on Wednesday night during pageant competition in North Platte. Carly Woerman of North Bend, who was Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska 2014, was named first runner-up. Contestants were judged in various categories during 4 days of competition. Schlichtemeier won horsemanship, speech, personality, photogenics and congeniality.
Schlichtemeier received numerous prizes including scholarships, a tiara, a saddle, a buckle, chaps, tack and jewelry, among many other items.
She will remain in-waiting until January. Emily Taylor, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2016, will compete at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant at the end of this year. Laramie plans to graduate in December with a degree in business administration and an emphasis in agri-business. In the interim she will prepare for her year as Miss Rodeo Nebraska and will fill in at events when Emily Taylor is unable to attend.
Laramie is the daughter of Jeff and Shari Schlichtemeier of Ogallala and the granddaughter of Gary and Nadine Schlichtemeier of Alliance.
Here are the week 10 “Free Gas Friday” winners…Congratulations to Shirley Peters of Chadron who registered at TaDa Art Studio and Quilt Shop, Mike Halverson of Hot Springs who registered at Big Bats in Hot Springs, Sherrie Emerson of Crawford who registered at Chadron Express Lube, Becky Potmesil of Alliance who registered at Westco Main Station, Melissa Stricker of Alliance who registered at Sweet Bres Floral and Gifts and Connie Hicks of Alliance who registered at Team Automotive. Each will receive a $30 gas card. We have 2 weeks remaining in this contest, so sign up today at any Big Bats location or any Westco location. Dakota Ridge in Crawford, Express Lube or TaDa Art Studio & Quilt Shop in Chadron or Sweet Bres Floral and Gifts, The Grocery Kart, Team Automotive, Total Reflections, Cardio Connection Cafe or Great Western Bank in Alliance.
Here are the latest round of winners in week 9 of our “Free Gas Friday” giveaway…Congratulations goes to Sylvia Yellow Thunder of Hot Springs, who registered at Big Bats in Hot Springs. Jennifer Sorensen of Chadron, who registered at TaDa Art Studio and Quilt Shop in Chadron. Ryan Shield of Chadron, registered at Chadron Express Lube. Ronie Fernandez of Alliance, registered at Total Reflections. Judy Sample of Alliance, registered at Sweet Bres Floral and Gifts and Larry Curtiss of Alliance, who registered at Westco Main Station. Each winner will receive a $30 gas card. Sign up today for our next drawing June 17. Register at any Westco location or Big Bats location, Express Lube or TaDa Art Studio and Quilt Shop in Chadron, Great Western Bank, Cardio Connection Cafe, Total Reflections, Team Automotive, Sweet Bres Floral and Gifts or the Grocery Kart in Alliance, and Dakota Ridge in Crawford.