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Improvement Seen in EPS NePAS Test Scores

October 30, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Once again, like most districts in the state, the Elgin Public Schools has some very good numbers and results in certain areas of the Nebraska Performance Accountability (NePAS). And, some other areas need continued work.
NePAS is the result of a federal requirement of state governments to provide additional accountability on local school districts.
EPS K-12 Principal Greg Wemhoff said one of the things everyone needs to realize in this complicated accountability system is that it shows three things:
• Your rank compared to other schools
• Your kids improvement per grade (this year’s classes compared to last year’s classes)
• The growth of the students from year to year (same student’s scores from last year compared to this year).
“With that said, and all three areas being legitimate measures of how a school is doing, our school improvement goals and educational goals have been adopted based on the ranking component,” Wemhoff said.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

Dollar $tore & More Coming To Elgin

October 30, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

As early as next week, Elgin could have a new retail business open on main street.
Alan Reicks, owner of Elgin Appliance & More, announced Monday morning the building which has housed his business for several years is now being turned into the new home of Dollar $tore & More.
Work has been done on the inside of the building for weeks now, removing carpet and returning to the wooden floors. On Tuesday, crews were in from a company which specializes in setting up and stocking shelves.
“Dollar $tore & More is similar to the typical dollar stores,” Reicks said, noting how it will bring more commerce to the community.
The family-owned store will be managed by Emily Fischer, he said.
It’s entirely possible the business could be open to customers sometime next week, he said.
“Customers will now have an opportunity to purchase items locally that they have gone to Neligh for (in the past),” Reicks said.
Business hours will be Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The appliance store will move its operations to a location just north of the current site at 114 North Second Street.
“Nothing is going to change with the appliance-heating business,” he said. There will be a counter, front office and appliances on display there at the new location. “We’re not changing anything with the business,” Reicks added.

Senior Night Special For Wolfpack Volleyball Team

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ELGIN — On ‘Senior Night’, the Wolfpack defeated Niobrara/Verdigre 25-19, 25-11 and 25-18.
Seniors Hayley Stamp, Taylor Schumacher and Sharla Schindler made their final regular season home game one to remember Thursday night, sweeping the Lady Cougars in three games.
Niobrara/Verdigre kept the score close in two of the three games, but on this night the Wolfpack were destined for another mark in the win column. The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 22-3.
After winning the first two games, the Wolfpack started out strong in Game Three as an ace tip by Stamp helped stake the team to a five to zero lead. Kills by Liz Selting helped grow the lead to 10 to 3. After the Cougars put together a small run to cut the margin to five points, a kill by Taylor Schumacher ignited a five to two run to make the score 16 to 6. During the scoring spurt, Jenna Parks had a kill at the net and Jordan Mescher contributed an ace serve.
A kill by reserve Paige Meis and an ace tip from Nikki Beckman made the score 23 to 11. The Cougars then put together a seven to one run of their own to cut the score to 24 to 18. However, on the match point, the Cougars’ serve went into the net.
For the match, Parks led hitters with seven kills, Selting had six followed by Stamp with four, Schumacher had three, Terri Seier, Nikki Beckman and Meis each had two.
The Wolfpack had 11 ace serves in the match, led by Parks with five, Mescher had three, Selting added two and Schumacher had one.
Terri Seier, Stamp and Selting each had one solo block.
Schumacher and Mescher tied for the team-high in digs with 11 apiece.
Parks led in set assists with nine, Baylee Wemhoff had eight and Beckman added three.
Mescher led the team in serve receive with 12, Schindler had six.

Wolfpack Claims D1-7 District Football Title

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

ELGIN — Call them DISTRICT CHAMPIONS!
Elgin Public-Pope John defeated Neligh-Oakdale 36 to 20 Friday night to claim the D1-7 district title and an automatic berth in the Class D-1 State Football Playoffs to begin later this month.
On a crisp fall night the Wolfpack made every big play necessary to defeat the Warriors, ending their four-game win streak and forcing them to qualify as a “wild card” if they hope to play postseason football.
The outcome of the game was decided in the trenches, particularly in the second half. The Warriors had an edge in size with their defensive front so the Wolfpack used blocking technique and better execution to wear down their opponent.
Having scored just before the end of the first half to take a 22 to 14 lead, the Wolfpack got the ball to start the second half. On the ensuing drive the Wolfpack pounded the Warriors play after play on a 10-minute possession which ultimately ended in a Wolfpack touchdown and a two-score lead which proved to be insurmountable.
“It’s not about how big you are,” Coach Randy Eisenhauer said. “We knew they were gonna be big, we knew we gotta push ourselves up front and win it in the trenches.”

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

NPPD Schedules Public Hearings on R-Project Transmission Line

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A series of eight public hearings on Nebraska Public Power District’s R-Project 345,000-Volt Transmission Line are scheduled to be held during the first two weeks of November. The hearings will be held in eight counties where the line route has been selected, with each meeting having a one-hour open house prior to the formal hearing.
NPPD plans to construct approximately 220 miles of transmission line from the District’s Gerald Gentleman Station, south of Sutherland, to a new substation to be constructed in Holt County. Besides the new substation in Holt County, a new substation will also be built at a location near Thedford. NPPD has not determined a final line route for the project.
This new transmission line will help enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system, relieve congestion from existing lines within the transmission system, and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects.
The public hearings will be held at various locations November 4, 6, 10, and 12. The following schedule has been shared with landowners along the final route:
Tuesday, November 4 – Logan County Fairgrounds, 71 Highway 83, Stapleton; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4 – Holiday Inn Express, 300 Frontage Road, North Platte; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 6 – Thomas County Fairgrounds, 83861 Highway 83, Thedford; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, November 6 – Brewster Community Center, 250 Garfield Ave., Brewster; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Monday, November 10  American Legion, 657 G Street, Burwell; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, November 10 – Loup County Community Center, 406 4th Street, Taylor; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 – Wheeler Central High School (new gymnasium), 214 5th Street, Bartlett; open house from noon to 1 p.m.; public hearing from 1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12 – Chambers Community Center, 107 E. Main Street, Chambers; open house from 6 to 7 p.m.; public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

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