The Holt County Sheriff's Office have captured sex offender, Cody Mcintire Schomer.
Mcintire Schomer had a warrant for his arrest in Florida after he failed to properly register as a sex offender. He is also listed as absconded from the Nebraska sex offender registry. The fugitive was taken into custody today.
Police are asking those in Antelope and Holt counties to be on the look out for a black and silver F-250 pickup with Missouri plates 72A5GE.
According to the O'Neill Police Department, an individual in that vehicle is wanted in an attempted break in of a vehicle in Antelope County. No other information is available at this time on the attempted break in.
If you see the vehicle in question, contact law enforcement immediately.
Holt County residents will be treated to an evening of fun and music as the 43rd Army Band makes a stop in O'Neill and Atkinson.
The 43rd Army Band will be making a stop in Atkinson on July 15 at the City Park and in O'Neill on July 16 at Ford Park. Showtimes are set for 7:00 p.m., and they are open and free to the pubic. No ticket is required for the events.
Atkinson and O'Neill are being featured as one of the many stops during the Summer 2017 Concert Tour, put on by the Nebraska National Guard.
Join us for a retirement party for Gary Stauffer at the Courthouse Annex June 16th from 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Gary has worked with the Holt County Extension since 1990 and has used his expertise in horse training and livestock management to assist farmers, ranchers, and 4-Hers. Come celebrate all of his hard work and dedication on Friday.
A prominent agribusiness man with ties to Holt County was killed over the weekend in a helicopter accident in Texas.
According to The Eastern New Mexcio News, Don Oppliger was piloting a helicopter and was its only occupant when it crashed in Castro County, Texas. One of Oppliger’s employees found the crash site early Sunday morning, but Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries said Oppliger may have been killed as early as Saturday afternoon.
Family members began searching for Oppliger Saturday night when they realized he was missing. County officials joined in the search as well but the employee found the crash sight soon after.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
Oppliger operated owned and managed Oppliger Companies, a large, diversified agribusiness operation headquartered in Amarillo, Texas. He began his operation in Hereford, Texas in 1980 before expanding across Texas and New Mexico, before expanding to Nebraska in 1998 with a location in Lincoln County. Within the last decade, Oppliger Companies continued expansion across the state, including Atkinson Farms in Atkinson, O'Neill Ranch in O'Neill and Cottonwood Feeders in Stuart.
Here are the workshops that Holt/Boyd County 4-H is planning to offer this summer! Workshop registration is only available online (no phone calls please). Please sign up as soon as possible as some workshops have limits. If one site is full, the form will state that so please choose another site. Google Docs Registration Form is at https://goo.gl/forms/ekszZVbtp48UavWB2 Clover Kid-STEM Engineering Workshop - Cost - $7. Limit - 10 per site.
June 5- Holt County Courthouse Annex, O’Neill - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
June 6 - Holt County Courthouse Annex, O’Neill - 9:00 - 11:00 am
June 8 - Brown County Courthouse, Ainsworth - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Back to Nature 4-H Camp - Cost - $20.00/per person. Limit - 40 per site.
June 5 - East City Park, Ainsworth - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
June 6 - Community Center, Mills - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
June 7 - Atkinson Lake State Recreation Area, Atkinson - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
June 8 - Gazebo, Ford Park, O’Neill - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm o Wildlife Tracks - Enroll in Conservation & Wildlife o Campfire Cooking - Enroll in any Foods Projects o Leaf Shadow Painting - Enroll in Design Decisions o Vegetable Dye - Enroll in Sketchbook Crossroads or Beyond the Needle
June 27 - Holt County Courthouse Annex, O’Neill – 8-10 year olds 9:00 am - 12:00 noon and 11-18 year olds - 12:30 - 4:30 pm
TBA - Boyd County
Enter in STEAM Clothing: Beyond the Needle, Fundamentals, Simply Sewing, or A Stitch Further
Interview Judging Workshop - Holt and Boyd County Dates and Locations - TBA
For anyone taking static projects to the fair especially 1st year members
Table Setting Contest Workshop- Holt and Boyd County Dates and Locations - TBA
Enter in any cooking project
Rockets- Workshop - Holt and Boyd County Dates and Locations - TBA
Enroll in Aerospace, Rockets
Beef Showmanship Workshop-TBA Holt and Boyd County Dates and Locations - TBA
Enroll in any Beef project
Goat Showmanship Workshop-TBA Holt and Boyd County Dates and Locations - TBA
Enroll in any Goat project
We are needing help from Junior Leaders and Adult Leaders, so if you have a special interest in a specific project area, or want to volunteer to help with any of the workshops, please contact Gena Bills at email@example.com or call 402-336-2760.
(courtesy of Sue Moore - Nebraska Extension Office)
The North Central District Health Department and the Area Substance Abuse Prevention coalition are providing a free alcohol retailer education course. This course educates employees on the Nebraska alcohol laws, with an emphasis on checking IDs and denying service to underage and intoxicated patrons.
The following businesses sent their employees to a Responsible Beverage Server Training in the month of April: American Legion Post 86 in Atkinson, Atkinson Knights of Columbus, Tatanka Golf Course, Ohiya Casino, Argo Hotel Bed & Breakfast, Legion Post #128 in Crofton, Elgin One Stop, Scott’s Ranchland, and Turbine Mart.
Competitors couldn't have asked for a much better day than Thursday to compete at the Northeast Nebraska Track and Field Classic at Norfolk High School. The sun popped out and the wind died down, allowing the athletes to show their best in the all-class meet.
One of the top performers from the Holt County schools was Mikayla Marvin of O'Neill. She took gold in the pole vault with a mark of 11-00.00. Another Eagle, Caleigh Miles, also performed well in the pole vault, posting a mark of 9-06.00 to take third.
Another O'Neill competitor took gold on the day, this time on the boys side. Nathaniel Jennings took the top spot in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:00.77, just shy of the meet record of 1:59.18. Jason Hahlbeck also took gold, finishing first in the discus with a throw of 153-07.
Another top finisher from the county came from West Holt's 4x800 meter relay team of Breydon Mlady, Brandon Heller, Payton Williams and Jordan Tasler. The quartet edged out Crofton with a time of 8:33.12 to take gold.
Harlee Fischer of Stuart rounded out the Holt County champions. She took first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 59.05.
Results for Northeast Nebraska Track and Field Classic - Girls Girls 400 M Dash 1. Harlee Fischer, Stuart 59.05
Girls 800 M Run 9. Payton Birkel, O'Neill 2:30.29
Girls 1600 M Run 8. Kira Dickau, Stuart 5:51.10 10.Carlie Wetzel, West Holt 6:04.14
Members of the farmer-owned Central Valley Ag could be seeing some major changes in the future if a potential merger is approved.
In a press release sent out on Friday, it was announced that a merger of the York-based cooperative with a Beloit, Kans. based cooperative is nearing the final steps.
After a review of a recently completed merger study, the Board of Directors of Farmway Co-op, Inc. (Farmway) and Central Valley Ag (CVA) both unanimously approved the next step in a merger of the two cooperatives. The merger proposal will now be presented to Farmway members for a vote.
"By combining two strong financially-stable cooperatives in a merger, a unified cooperative would provide the opportunity for expanded services and facilities, increased savings and accelerated equity redemptions for the benefit of our member-owners," said Tim Porter, Farmway Board Chairman. "The Board of Directors asks for member-owner support by voting yes to the unification."
"The results of the merger study were conclusive and both Boards felt strongly in proceeding with a merger of CVA and Farmway," said Dave Beckman, Chairman of the Board for Central Valley Ag. "The study outlined benefits in terms of improved efficiencies and cost savings, which we will feel bring additional value to members of both cooperatives."
Initial merger discussions between the cooperatives began in January 2017, with the respective boards meeting in April to unanimously approve an Agreement and Plan of Merger. Farmway will host area informational meetings throughout May starting with the Farmway Annual Meeting on May 4 so members can better understand the results of the recently completed merger study and ask questions regarding the proposed merger. Shortly thereafter, Farmway will hold a series of voting meetings for the Farmway membership to vote regarding the merger. Farmway voting members are highly encouraged to attend these meetings and vote.
For the merger to be finalized, Farmway members must approve by a super majority, which is defined as 66%.
Many local farmers are familiar with CVA. The cooperative is considered an innovative leader in providing products and services in grain, agronomy, feed and energy to it's members.
Farmway is a Beloit, Kans. based cooperative. It has 37 facilities across nine counties in North Central Kansas, offering energy, agronomy, feed and grain solutions.