April 26, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Elgin Review newspaper was recipient of four awards as part of the Better Newspaper Contest at the annual convention of the Nebraska Press Association (NPA).
The contest was judged earlier this year by members of the Arizona Press Assocation. The awards were presented Saturday night during the final session of the convention.
The Elgin Review, competing in Class B (based on circulation), won one first place award, one second and two third place awards.
The newspaper took top honors for “Single Retail Advertising Idea (B&W). The ad was titled “Bright Ideas for Your Farm” for the Bank of Elgin. The judges said, “Headline and graphic are great. Nice and clean layout, very pleasing to the eyes.”
The second place award came in the category of “Feature Photography.” The winning photo, taken by Lynell Morgan, was of the Moving Wall during Elgin’s Q125 celebration last June. “Expertly framed and invocative. Tells the whole story,” were the judges’ comments.
Third place awards were received in the categories of “Specialty Page” and “Building Circulation.” The specialty page was from a “Salute to Beef” special section which ran in May. “Building Circulation” focused on an ad created by the newspaper emphasizing how Elgin news comes in three shapes and sizes (print, website and Facebook).
“We are extremely happy to be recognized for our efforts,” Publisher Dennis Morgan said. We continue to be committed to providing the best newspaper for our subscribers.
The Elgin Review was the only newspaper in Antelope County to earn awards in the Better Newspaper Contest.
Winning multiple awards for their newspapers in Petersburg and Albion were former Elgin Review publishers Jim and Julie Dickerson.
New NPA President.
During the three-day convention, Morgan was elected president of the Nebraska Press Association for a one year term. “Being elected president is a great honor,” Morgan said.
He was elected Friday at the state press convention in Lincoln.
Other officers on the board are Jason Frederick, co-publisher of the Trenton Hitchcock County News, vice president; Peggy Year, co-publisher of the Hartington Cedar County News, treasurer. New to the board is Kevin Peterson, publisher of the Wayne Herald. Rod Worrell, publisher of the Ainsworth Star-Journal, will serve as immediate past president. Continuing their terms as board of directors of NPA are Kevin Zadina, publisher of the Seward County Independent; Tom Shaal, publisher of the Alliance Times-Herald; Lori Pankonin, co-publisher of the Imperial Republican; Terrie Baker, publisher of the North Platte Telegraph; and Deb McCaslin, executive editor of the Broken Bow Custer County Chief.
Allen J. Beermann is executive director of both the NPA and the Nebraska Press Advertising Service.
Membership in the NPA includes 171 weekly and daily newspapers with a total paid circulation in excess of 500,000 persons.
It was founded in 1873. NPAS includes all of the NPA membership and was founded in 1951.
The highest honor that can be bestowed upon members by the NPA has been awarded to Elna Johnson, former co-publisher of the Imperial Republican, Grant Tribune-Sentinel, Wauneta Breeze and Holyoke (CO) Enterprise.
“Elna is very deserving of our industry’s highest honor. She and her late husband Loral Johnson, dedicated their lives as journalists to promote Southwest Nebraska with their newspaper. We (Lynell and I) were fortunate to have worked for the Johnsons for 13 years at the Grant paper.”
She is the 44th person and first woman so honored by the NPA.
April 26, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Elgin FCCLA will be well represented when chapters from across the nation convene this summer in Washington, D.C. for the National Leadership Conference.
Jaime Hoefer and Paige Nichols earned a trip to D.C. by virtue of their performance at the state leadership conference earlier this month. Paige and Jaime each received a silver medal in Interpersonal Communications Sr. Hoefer and Nichols finished as state runners up in their division.
Altogether, nine members of the Elgin Public FCCLA Chapter attended the state leadership conference held in Lincoln April 12–14.
Attending from Elgin were Sharla Schindler, Kelsey Shoemaker, Tera Henkenius, Austin Miller, Dylan Widger, Taya Voborny, Zoey Bergman, Paige Nichols and Jaime Hoefer.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Toward New Horizons”.
The conference featured Kevin Wanzer, keynote speaker, tours and service projects, youth breakout sessions and an opportunity fair.
In addition to the conference Austin Miller served as a state officer candidate from District 8. As a state officer candidate, Austin participated in several interviews, an FCCLA test, and a Leadership activity along with chapter voting delegates.
Tera Henkenius, Paige Nichols and Jaime Hoefer also participated in the State STAR competition. Tera received a gold medal in Family Challenges.
April 25, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
NORFOLK — The instruments were in tune Friday as students from Pope John CC and Elgin Public took part in the District Music Contest.
Norfolk High School was the setting for the day-long competition featuring vocal and band/orchestra competitions.
Both schools turned in outstanding performances.
Results — and the rating (1=Superior, 2=Excellent) — were:
Women’s Vocal Ensemble — 1
Men’s Vocal Ensemble — 2
Brianna Hupp, Erin Beckman (girls duet) — 1
Jordan Mescher, Liz Selting (girls duet) — 1
Madison Dilly — 1
Scott Moser — 1
Karissa Dicke — 2
Nicole Beckman — 2
Concert Choir — 1
Piano Solo: Karissa Dicke - 2
Vocal Solo: Elizabeth Selting - 1; Jordan Mescher - 1
Pope John Chamber Choir - 1
Elgin Public School
Lisa Dohmen/Katie Polk (girls duet) — 2
Katie Polk, Hayley Stamp, Dylan Widger (mixed trio) — 2
Zoey Bergman — 2
Lisa Dohmen — 1
Concert Choir — 2
Concert Band & Orchestra — 3
Band/music director at Elgin Public is Eric Heithoff. At Pope John, the band/music director is Rachel Becker.
April 23, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Having considered sentencing County Treasurer Sandy Knapp to serve time behind bars, Judge Alan Brodbeck instead handed down a fine during court proceedings Thursday morning.
As part of a plea agreement, Knapp pled guilty to public official-misuse of property/funds and another charge (official misconduct) was dismissed. For the Class III misdemeanor, she was fined $500 plus $49 court costs by July 1, 2015.
The charges stemmed from her past actions as country treasurer, where she did not publish her own personal property taxes which were delinquent and subject to annual tax sales.
The case was prosecuted by the Nebraska Attorney General’s office. Assistant Attorney General Laura Nigro made no recommendation on sentencing. However, Knapp’s attorney, Ted Lohrberg urged the judge to only fine her the misdemeanor charge.
Brodbeck said his decision to issue only a fine came, in part, because voters re-elected her in November 2014.
April 15, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The Elgin Scholarship Drive has surpassed the $2,000 plateau.
Donations last week boosted the scholarship fund to $2,225, according to information supplied by Anne Parks. Making donations to the fund last week were Mildred Pelster, Loretta Krause along with Steve & Casey Busteed, all of Elgin; and Korene Fehringer of Columbus.
The 2015 Elgin Scholarship Drive is sponsored annually by the Elgin Area Community Foundation.
Individuals or families wishing to contribute to the fund can send their donations to the Elgin Area Community Foundation, Box 345, Elgin, NE 68636-0345.