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.
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.
March 24, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Planning ahead for the summer, the District #18 Board of Education last week began looking at summer projects to complete.
Prior to the start of the meeting, the building & grounds committee met to go over a list of possible projects. During the regular meeting, which all six board members attended, the board gave Superintendent Dan Polk the go-ahead to proceed. Some of the projects are small, like adding to water stations the ability to fill water bottles and installing a metal door on the elementary building, to more expensive projects like replacing the cinderella steps on the southwest corner of school property. Polk said he will attempt to contract locally to have work done, but cautioned that it may be necessary to contract with firms outside the Elgin community to get the necessary work done before the start of the 2015-2016 school year. More such projects will be presented at the next regular meeting to be held April 9.
One project to be undertaken once school is out is the replacement of the gym floor. The Anderson Ladd floor company, who received the bid for the project, informed the school district it will cost an additional $2,900 to paint the Wolfpack logo at the center of the court. Polk said that the cost would still be under the bid due to not having to pay to have the old floor removed as a private contractor has agreed to do the work for free (a savings of up to $6,500).
Updating the school board on an early retirement incentive made available to a number of staff members meeting the necessary criteria, Polk said no one so far has applied. That doesn’t mean staff members oppose the initiative. On the contrary, the superintendent said numerous staff members have spoken to him to express their appreciation for the school board to offer the package. “They’re aware it’s a year-to-year thing,” he said, meaning the package might not be offered next year. Teachers have til early April to apply for the package.
In other action:
Salary — The board offered, and Principal Wemhoff agreed to, a three percent increase in salary for the 2015-2016.
Technology — A total of more than $47,000 in technology purchases were approved.
Purchase — After some discussion, the board approved the purchase of a new suburban vehicle at a cost of nearly $39,000. As a result of the purchase, the district will sell a minibus.
Building — The board approved a bid of $8,575 from Beckman Lumber to construct a storage building.
Agreement — The board approved a new one-year bus contract with Pope John.