Doane University announced that 271 students have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester. Students must achieve a minimum 3.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and hold 12 graded hours to qualify for this academic distinction.
Charley Burtwistle, an O'Neill graduate, was one of the 271 students named to the Dean's List.
The Keystone XL pipeline received the support - albeit slim - by the Nebraska Public Service Commission thanks to a 3-2 vote to approve the TransCanada application.
The commission approved the "mainline alternative" route that will go through Holt County.
Crystal Rhoades was the lone commissioner to speak before the official vote and made her stand clear by citing six reasons as why she was about to vote no.
Rhoades and Mary Ridder voted against the application while Tim Schram, Frank Landis and Rod Johnston all vote in favor.
The application had three possible routes, including the “preferred” through Boyd, Holt and Antelope counties. The second routes or “mainline alternative” and takes a different path out of Antelope County to eventually follow the route of the existing Keystone pipelines.
The third route called the “Sandhills alternative,” would cross 13 counties in central Nebraska. It would go through 13 counties, including Holt, but not Antelope.
A woman has passed as a result of injuries suffered during a collision in Clearwater on Thursday night.
According to a press release, at 5:51 p.m. on Thursday, the Antelope County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Colorado Street and Highway 275 in Clearwater.
A sliver 2004 Buick LeSabre bearing Nebraska license plate 36-E761 was traveling westbound on Highway 275 when it struck a westbound Caterpillar front-end loader. The driver of the loader, Jeremy Paul Hanson, 45 year old, from Spicer, MN was traveling on the shoulder of the highway, signaling to make a right turn onto Colorado Street and was operating with all warning lights activated.
The driver of the Buick was Clayton C. Johnson, 85 year old of O’Neill, NE. Johnson failed to observe the loader and attempted to avoid striking the loader by entering the eastbound lane. Approaching traffic prevented Johnson from making an abrupt lane change and resulted in him striking the rear of the loader. Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.
Both Johnson and wife, Lois Johnson, 83 years old, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, were transported to Antelope Memorial Hospital by Clearwater Rescue. Lois Johnson succumbed to fatal injuries at AMH. Clayton was admitted to AMH for treatment.
Both occupants of the Buick were not restrained at the time of the accident. Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the accident.
The O’Neill Schools community and surrounding communities are invited to attend an information and enrollment meeting on Friday, October 13th at 7PM in the OHS Library for the June 2018 Ireland and Scotland Adventure!
Please join us on this 10 Day excursion, scheduled for June 4-13, 2018, which will take us through lands that were once home to ancient Celtic and Gaelic tribes and today blend seamlessly into the modern times. Step into the Middle Ages on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and under the towering spire of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. In Belfast, see how old conflicts have given way to an influx of restored 19th-century architecture and a thriving arts scene. Experience the highlands of Scotland where Mary Queen Of Scots fought for her reign and William Wallace fought for Scottish freedom. Finally, take a cruise on the famed Loch Ness, while trying to spot the legendary Loch Ness Monster!
Students, their parents or relatives, and community members have long enjoyed this biannual tradition of traveling far and wide to enrich their lives and broaden their horizons with knowledge about international history, geography, and culture. This will be the FINAL enrollment opportunity for this travel opportunity, so don’t wait! Please email Katrina Gotschall at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you cannot attend the meeting due to school activities, but wish to visit about details and the enrollment process, please also email Katrina.
The Holt County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on the dumping of two whitetail deer. According to the department, two deer were dumped east of O'Neill.
Anyone with information is encouraged to report this incident to the Holt County Sheriff's Department or the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Those reporting information may may remain anonymous.
A senior from St. Mary's has been announced as a winner of a prestigious statewide award.
Claire Everitt was named as one of 48 winners of the Believers and Achievers award.
U.S. Bank and the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) are proud to announce the 2017-2018 Believers and Achievers.
Believers and Achievers is a state-wide program designed by U.S. Bank and the NSAA to give recognition to Nebraska’s future leaders. Beginning in October 2017 and continuing through March 2018, 48 Nebraska high school seniors will be honored as Believers and Achievers. From those 48 finalists, eight will receive $500 scholarships from U.S. Bank to the college or university of their choice at a scholarship banquet to be held on April 29, 2018.
These students will be recognized at NSAA State Championships throughout the 2017-18 activities year and on bi-monthly posters sent to all NSAA member schools and U.S. Bank branches throughout the state.
Two local nurses have uprooted the clothing industry and are taking it by storm — or by truck — with their traveling boutique.
Brittany Sudbeck and Stephanie Drueke officially announced Uprooted: The Traveling Boutique last week on Facebook and already are the area’s most talked about new business.
“The sky is the limit,” said Sudbeck, who is a graduate of Orchard High School. “Everything has surpassed our expectations.”
The best friends, who are both nurses at Avera St. Anthony’s in O’Neill, debuted their boutique at the Antelope County Fair in Neligh on Friday and were barely open before shoppers started beating down their doors.
While there’s nothing new about two friends opening a boutique, the way they went about it is unique. Rather than selling online or at a storefront, the pair bought an old bread truck, renovated it and hit the road selling fashion from the four wheels.
The quirky blue bread truck is almost busting at the seams full of fashion. Both ladies admitted their surprise at how quickly their business has grown from the ground up.
“A few months ago I saw a bread truck for sale on a swap shop, so I personal messaged my husband and her and said, ‘Let’s start a boutique!’ ” Sudbeck said with a laugh. “She said, ‘I’m game!’ But the men weren’t quite on board.”
It didn’t take long for Sudbeck and Drueke to convince their husbands that their idea could sprout. In just four weeks, they remodeled the truck, loaded it with inventory and were off to the Antelope County Fair.
Of course, they pair made it Facebook official to announce their new venture. Now with about 6,500 members in their Facebook group, it’s safe to say the ladies have outgrown their earliest expectations.
“We are already booked out every weekend through November and have 56 people who want to book a party and in the 20s booked,” Drueke said on Friday, about 30 minutes into their first official show.
Uprooted: The Traveling Boutique was chosen as the name “because we’re going to go places,” Drueke said. They offer a variety of styles and accessories inside the truck, which also has a dressing room. Right now they offer about eight different labels and are looking at different brands daily. But what you won’t find is a lot of each item.
To ensure the don’t saturate the area, they only buy a couple items in each size. There may be more colors, but Drueke said when they sell out of a specific size, they won’t offer more. When it’s gone, it’s gone, she said.
As working moms, both ladies said having the truck will be key to their success. Gone are the days of women having to clean their homes to host a clothing party.
“You don’t even have to clean your house for this. We just come to your drive way. Just sweep your drive way off and call it good,” Sudbeck said.
Drueke added, “Put out a cooler and some chairs, and we’ll pull right in.”
The Nebraska 43rd Army Band visited Holt County last week performing a concert.
Joining the Army Band was six O'Neill Pubic School students who performed "The Thunderer March" by John Philip Sousa. Chad Dean was the guest conductor during the concert as well.
Pictured above is Christopher Jennings, Corbin Dean, Lauren Osborne, Sean Gildersleeve, Kolby Dean & Andrew Alder. The students are pictured with the Army Bands conductor Brian Anderson.
The Area Substance Abuse Prevention (A.S.A.P.) coalition would like to notify and invite community members to the July 21st meeting, from 11:30-1:30 pm, at the North Central District Health Department in O’Neill, NE. The mission of A.S.A.P. is to promote substance abuse prevention through action, balance, and choices.
If you would like more information, please contact the coalition coordinators Whitney Abbott and Jacquie Wilson at 402-336-2406.
(Courtesy of Whitney Abbott)
The O'Neill baseballers had yet another reason to celebrate this weekend.
The O'Neill Irish Pinnacle Bank Irish Seniors won the Creighton Wooden Bat Tournament on Sunday with a win over Creighton 9-5 Sunday evening.
The Irish jumped all over the Knox County squad with two runs in the first, four runs in the second, and three more runs in the third to take a 9-0 lead.
Josh Cuddy was a stud on the mound for the Irish throughout as he only allowed four hits throughout the game, however a leaky Irish defense helped Creighton score five runs in the 3rd to hang around in this contest. Cuddy struck out nine and only walked two before giving way to steady hand Esteban DeLaO who came in and closed the game in the 6th inning. DeLaO loaded the bases but worked his way out of the jam.
Devin Jurgensmeier continued his torrid hitting steak as he went 3-4 to pace the Irish bats. Bailey Thompson "wrestled" in two hits for the Irish as well and Nic Haburchak liked the wooden bats in the tournament and had two big hits as well. Alex Thramer scored three runs from the two hole in the lineup and the eight and nine hitters, Haburchak and Wyatt Liewer, each scored two runs.
"We will get to work on our defense and get that shored up as we head into our July schedule," said coach Greg Appleby. "We will get all pieces working together with pitching, defense, and hitting and be a tough team to beat late in the season. The depth of this pitching staff may rival that of any team I have ever coached."
The Irish now stand with a 15-3 season record.