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Wind Farm Construction Targeted For Summer 2015

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

With the necessary conditional use permit in hand, Invenergy is optimistic that construction of Prairie Breeze II will begin in less than a year.
With the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approving the permit at their meeting on October 7, the focus will shift to the Nebraska Power Review Board (NPRB).
Sara Birkett, a NPRB para-legal, said Tuesday morning Invenergy will need to file for a Special Generation Application for the authority to construct Prairie Breeze II, a new wind farm consisting of up to 70 wind turbines which will generate 125 MW.
“They will need to complete the same application process,” Birkett said. That means once the application is filed, the NPRB will print a public notice in area newspapers announcing the time and date for a public hearing on the application to be held in Lincoln.

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

Pumpkins To Fly At Petersburg Sunday

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

It’s not Fall in this part of the state unless pumpkins are flying through the air. That’s right, the 11th annual Punkin’ Chunkin’TM will be held this Sunday, October 26.
Admission is free to the event, sponsored by the Petersburg Community Club. It is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at a location along the highway east of town (follow the signs).

Tickets On Sale For Upcoming Dinner Theater

October 23, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Pope John Drama Team is preparing for their annual dinner theater to be held Saturday, November 22nd in the St. Boniface Gym.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m.
Ichabod Crane is new to Sleepy Hollow, he is takin’ over the choir, courtin’ the wealthy daughter, and sharin’ a ghost story or two. But not everyone is happy to see Ichabod and want to run him out of town.
Will the Headless Horseman be the end of Mr. Crane? Come and watch “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and see it as you never have before, ya’ll!
Tickets are on sale from any drama student or the high school office.

Elgin Public Schools Performance Accountability Data Is Positive

October 23, 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 and some other areas that need continued work. One of the things to realize in this complicated accountability system is that it show 3 things: Your rank compared to other schools, your kids improvement per grade (this year’s classes compared to last year’s classes) and 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. Our board of education, administration and staff are all concerned with improvement and growth and want to be in the top 1/3 of districts in the state in ALL areas. That is quite a high goal but one that we strive to achieve. With all that said please understand that in a small school just two or three kids not performing well can take our averages from 100% to 70% or 80% depending on the size of the grade. In a class of 100, it would take 20 or 30 students not performing well to cause the same effect and when you have such small classes, one high performing class leaving and a low performing one coming in can also skew results.

At Elgin Public we are once again performing well on the yearly indicators and have some areas to work on as well. Our elementary reading scores are up SUBSTANTIALLY from two years ago, our science has taken a big step as well. Junior high math scores are a concern, as are our high school reading but our reading and math in our other two age group areas are quite good. As I mentioned above our goal is to perform in all areas in the top 1/3 of all schools in the state and in 8 out of the 11 areas scored we achieve that goal. In our 3rd grade through 12th grade results we made our lofty goal in two of the three areas with the one only missing by about 35 schools. Science was our highest 3-12 area with a rank of 11th and our greatest areas of improvement were in 6-12 grade science and 3-5 grade math.

Pairings For NVC Volleyball Tournament Released

October 20, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

nvc-girls-vb-bracketsThe Wolfpack girls are the third seed going into next week’s conference tourney. Just ahead of them are perennial volleyball powerhouses Stuart and Crofton.

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