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Gun Show On Tap This Weekend In Neligh

December 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The 25th annual Antelope County Shooters Club Gun Show will be held this weekend.
The sale will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4, at the Antelope County Fairgrounds in Neligh.
Setup will be on Friday night, Jan. 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission will be $4 per day. Children under 12 will be admitted free if they are accompanied by an adult.
For table reservations or additional information, contact Duane Childers at (402) 843-5348 (home) or (402) 843-8753 (cell).

It May Be Time To Look For Another Insurance Provider

December 31, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

If you have been a health insurance policy holder - or just recently signed up for health coverage -  with CoOportunity Health, it may be time to look for a different health insurance provider.
It was announced on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) that the health insurance cooperative, which was designed to give individuals and businesses an affordable choice in the limited market following implementation of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), has been taken over by Iowa state regulators and could likely be insolvent in the near future. Several factors contributed, among them- lower federal aide received than anticipated and higher-than-expected enrollees.
The news came as a surprise to agents also and most read about the looming problem in the news. Elgin insurance agent Bev Clark is encouraging everyone to not delay in looking for another carrier.
“Contact your (insurance) agent,” she said on Monday. If you purchased your health insurance on your own, you’ll need to revisit the marketplace and select a new plan with a different company or visit with an agent about your options.
“For people just switching (to CoOpportunity), we will have to wait to find out if their previous provider will take them back,” added Clark.
If you purchased your policy with CoOpportunity before Dec. 16, 2014, you can continue using your policy however you should consider switching to another carrier.
The deadline for signing up with a compliant health insurance company is Feb. 15, 2015.

LES To Purchase Wind Energy From Prairie Breeze II

December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

A buyer for wind energy to be produced by Prairie Breeeze II has been announced.
Lincoln Electric System (LES) announced Friday morning it has finalized power purchase agreements to add 173 megawatts of wind energy and 5 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy to its power supply resource portfolio by 2016.
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Kevin Wailes, administrator & CEO of Lincoln Electric System, made the announcements. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the projects will also save customers money. “When viewed as a package, our wind and solar contracts are expected to save LES customer-owners approximately $429 million over the next 25 years,” said Wailes.
According to LES, the wind additions are spread across two wind contracts secured with the same developer, Invenergy, and involve the 73 megawatt Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center, to be constructed north and east of Elgin later this year, and 100 megawatt Buckeye Wind Energy Center located in north-central Kansas.
“We’ve been working with landowners in the Neligh area since 2010, and have been delighted with their interest in hosting wind turbines,” James Williams, Senior Manager, Business Development, said Monday afternoon. “More recently, we established our Neligh office as part of our area development plans.  It provides a central location where Invenergy representatives can meet with folks who currently are project landowners, as well as those interested in participating in the Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center or a separate, early-development stage wind project, which would be sited north and east of Neligh.”
The new project is not connected in any way to the LES/Prairie Breeze II agreement.
“We look forward to providing the community with further project updates in the future, and to creating a new source of clean, homegrown energy in Nebraska,” he said.
A project schedule for construction of the wind farm has yet to be announced. However, officials with Invenergy have indicated they expect the project to be completed by the end of 2015.
On October 7, the Antelope County Board of Supervisors approved a conditional use permit necessary for the construction of the wind farm to be located east of Elgin.
When completed, PB II will consist of 41 wind turbines which will generate 73 MW. During the construction phase, there will be an estimated 90 jobs created.
Prairie Breeze II is expected to add seven permanent full-time jobs at the operations/maintenance building in Elgin.

Montgomery Gentry Coming To Antelope County Fair

December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

If you like country music, you may want to mark July 31st on your calendar.
The Antelope County Fair Board announced Friday they have signed Montgomery Gentry to entertain fairgoers on that night.
Ag Society President Tim Good made the announcement. Tickets for the concert will go on sale this summer.
The duo is known for such songs as “Roll With Me” and “Something To Be Proud Of.”

Pope John Students Earn NSAA Academic All-State Honors

December 26, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Three students from Pope John High School have been recognized for their achievements in the class room by the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA).
The NSAA announced last week student recipients of the Fall 2014 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards. Each year the NSAA and NCPA recognize students during Fall, Winter and Spring seasons who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions in their NSAA activity.
They were:
Football — Seth Schumacher
Volleyball — Jenna Parks and Taylor Schumacher

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