April 2, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Two members of the Pope John Central Catholic speech team brought home medals Friday from the Class D-2 State Speech Contest held in Kearney.
Competing on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Marie Meis and Brody Hupp excelled in the finals.
Meis placed fourth in Informative Speaking.
Hupp, competing in Extemporaneous Speaking, placed fifth in the final standings.
Coached by Peggy Payne, PJCC had several other students competing at the state speech competition, turning in outstanding performances.
Karissa Dicke earned a “superior” rating in Informative Speaking, Lexie Heithoff received an “excellent” rating in Persuasive Speaking; and the school’s OID team of Maria Bartak, Karissa Dicke, Lexie Heithoff, Terri Seier and Scott Moser, were awarded an “excellent” rating.
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.