Antelope County’s coffers will one day soon receive more than $2,600 following action earlier this week in District Court.
County Supervisor Harlan Brandt, 63, of Oakdale, accepted a plea agreement and entered a “no contest” plea to the charge of misdemeanor theft by deception. He had previously been charged with felony theft by deception.
As part of the plea agreement, Brandt will pay back Antelope County $2,601.35 in restitution.
In return for Brandt accepting the plea agreement Special Prosecutor Joe Smith dropped the theft charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.
During his time as county supervisor, between 2011 and 2014, according to the prosecution, Brandt charged fuel to the county which was used in his personal vehicle. He also, Smith indicated, purchased items from another county store which, investigators determined, were not for county use. The investigation was conducted by the Attorney General’s office, the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department and the Nebraska State Patrol.
Judge Johnson ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, at 9 a.m. at the Antelope County Courthouse in Neligh.
The Wolfpack Winter Awards Night was held Monday evening, March 16, at St. Boniface gymnasium.
Participants in boys and girls basketball, wrestling, dance and cheerleading were recognized during the program.
Student Managers: Araceli Palmer, Kaylee Martinsen and Allyson Wemhoff
Participation Awards: Heather Bauer, Lydia Behnk, Grace Henn, Calli Krebs, Paige Meis, Gracie Bullock, Amy Nelson, Taya Voborny, Kelsey Welding and Kaitlyn Polk
Letter Winners — Jordan Mescher, Liz Selting, Baylee Wemhoff, Nikki Beckman, Jenna Parks, Jill Schindler and Hayley Stamp
2014-2015 — Most Points Scored in One Season: 1248; Old record 1201 2009-2010
2014-2015 — Most Rebounds in One Season: 863; Old record 860 2011-2012
2014-2015 — Most Defensive Rebounds in One Season: 582; Old record 560 2011-2012
2014-2015 — Most Steals in One Season: 307; Old Record 298 2011-2012
2014-2015 — Most Steals in One Game: 27; Old Record 26 2009-2010
2014-2015 — Most Assists in One Season — 311; Old Record 298 09-10
Three individual records were all broken by Jenna Parks. They were:
Most Defensive Rebounds in One Season — Jenna Parks 163; Old Record 148 by Chelsi Mescher 2012-2013
Best Field Goal Percentage — (100 shots minimum) Jenna Parks 44.8%; Old Record was 40% by Jenna Beckman 2009-2010
2014-2015 — Best 3-point Percentage — (50 shots minimum) Jenna Parks 40% (32-80); Old Record was 33% by Chelsi Mescher and Jenna Parks
NVC FINAL FOUR — Lydia Behnk, Calli Krebs, Paige Meis, Jordan Mescher, Amy Nelson, Liz Selting, Baylee Wemhoff, Nicole Beckman, Jenna Parks, Kailtyn Polk, Jill Schindler and Hayley Stamp
1st Team NVC — Jenna Parks
2nd Team NVC — Baylee Wemhoff
NVC Honorable Mention — Liz Selting
Awards voted on by the team and by stats.
Most Improved Player — Jill Schindler
MVP Defense — Jenna Parks
MVP Offense — Jenna Parks
Practice Player of the Year — Jordan Mescher and Liz Selting
Most Valuable Player of the Year — Jenna Parks
Wolfpack Dedication Award — Baylee Wemhoff and Jenna Parks
Participation awards — Brody Hupp
Managers — Luke Henn, Kane VonBonn
Stats — Morgan Childers, Haley Zegers
Letter winners — Geoffrey Carr, Logan Henn, Ryan Pelster and Andrew Fangman
NVC 1st team — Ryan Pelster
NVC 2nd team — Logan Henn and Andrew Fangman
Most improved — Logan Henn
Wolf man award — Ryan Pelster
Outstanding wrestler — Andrew Fangman
Varsity Letter Winners — Dylan Behnk, Chad Bode, Jack Borer, Zach Eischeid, Kyle Heithoff, Kyle Kallhoff, Regan Kerkman, Austin Meis, Scott Moser, Evan Schindler and Seth Schumacher
Participation Awards — Kenny Bush, Ashton Evans, Liam Heithoff, Austin Miller, Hayes Miller, Cole Preister and Miles Schrage
Managers — Adam Dreger, Cade Heithoff and Hunter Reestman
Academic All-State — Kyle Heithoff and Seth Schumacher
NVC Honorable Mention — Jack Borer, Kyle Heithoff and Seth Schumacher
Outstanding Hustle Award — (Varsity) Kyle Heithoff and (JV) Dylan Behnk
Most Improved Player Award — (Varsity) Chad Bode and (JV) Cole Preister
Defensive MVP — Seth Schumacher
Offensive MVP — Seth Schumacher
Team MVP — Kyle Heithoff
Team Player Award — Regan Kerkman
Letter Winners — Lisa Dohmen & Kayla Nelson (Co-Captains), Brienne Gossman, Kaitlyn Polk, Zoey Bergman, Taylor Sehi, Jaime Hoefer, Erin Beckman and Brianna Hupp
2014-2015 Outstanding Cheerleader — Lisa Dohmen
Letter Winners — Gracie Bullock, Karissa Dicke, Brienne Gossman, Calli Krebs, Jordan Mescher, Kayla Nelson, Nicki Payne, Jill Schindler, Sharla Schindler, Elizabeth Selting and Taya Voborny
Master Choreographer — Jill Schindler
Most Improved — Sharla Schindler
Even if you already have a hundred good reasons to recycle, add another one to your list. Elgin’s Bargain Box will be the main drop off point for the “Caps of Love” campaign in Elgin. “Caps of Love” is a non-profit organization whose goal is to raise money to buy wheelchairs for disabled children in the United States.
According to Linda Kerkman, it was a natural fit for the Bargain Box to be a drop off point for the plastic caps.
“It fits in with everything else we recycle,” she said, referring to the thrift store’s role in the community. It also is fitting that monies raised at Elgin’s Bargain Box and Caps of Love go to benefit the needy.
What Type Of Caps?
So which caps should you save? “Only ones that are plastic,” explained Kerkman. HARD PLASTIC CAPS such as liquid laundry detergents, hand sanitizer, beverages, toothpaste, shampoo, spray paint, tennis ball can lids, grated cheese, cream cheese, salad dressing, peanut butter, medicines and many others. They can be any color but they must be clean with any paper or foil removed from them.
Absolutely no metal caps will be accepted. Also Kerkman said plastic caps like those on face creams and cosmetics are not acceptable. Pump tops can not be recycled through this program either. Soft plastic lids such as those on fast food or convenience store fountain drinks are also prohibited. If a plastic cap has a metal lining, it will not be acceptable.
Why Recycle Caps?
Recycling plastic caps raises money to buy wheelchairs for disabled children. It has an environmental benefit also as discarded caps are a different grade of plastic from the bottles and are valuable in bulk. They can be sold to companies using recycled “post-consumer” plastic to create new products such as plastic shipping pallets, park benches, plastic paint cans and more.
For more information on what items can be accepted or how your recycling will help the needy in the United States, visit their website (www.CapsOfLove.com) or facebook page (Caps of Love).
Another drop off box can be found at the east entrance of the St. Boniface Catholic Church basement.
The Elgin Community Club will be sponsoring the 2015 Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, March 28.
Plans are for the hunt to be held at the Elgin City Park, starting at 11 a.m.
An adult is asked to register their child/children in the appropriate age category beginning at 10:15 a.m.
As in previous years, each category will have a “special” egg. The holder of this egg will receive an Easter gift basket.
Students from Pope John Central Catholic and Elgin Public Schools have been chosen to join nearly 400 other high school juniors at the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State.
PJCC’s Austin Meis and EPS’ Alois Warner have been chosen to attend the event to be held May 31 through June 6 on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Meis, the son of Ben and Anna Meis, will be sponsored by AmericanLegion Post #229. Warner, the son of Buddy and Darlene Warner, will be sponsored by the Elgin Community Club.
The annual citizen-ship program, sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion, is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate.
Boys’ State is set up as a functional “51st state” and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Pete Ricketts and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard.
National acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.