August 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
One needn’t travel far to buy a new or used car or truck.
Jonny Dodge Chrysler-Jeep Inc. now has a fulltime salesperson manning their showroom at 107 N. 2nd Street.
Mr. Bill (Eby) was busy on the phone Monday morning answering a prospective buyer’s question about a diesel pickup.
Sitting in an office with a view of Highway 14, Eby spoke about automobile sales with an ease which one gets from spending a lifetime in the business. Originally from O’Neill, he worked in Neligh at the Hilltop for 27 years before going back to O’Neill to work at the Chevrolet garage there. Then, it was on to Memphis, Tenn., where he spent time driving trucks before finding his niche selling Chevrolet and Subaru vehicles before recently returning to Nebraska.
“I’ve been around cars practically my entire life,” he said after getting off the phone.
The biggest secret to selling automobiles, he said, is liking people. “I like to visit with people,” he said. In doing so, they develop a trust that you can and will take care of their wants and needs “the best way we can.”
While the car dealership specializes in Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles, he said he will work to find the right kind of vehicle (any brand) to meet the customer’s needs.
One day, he and his wife Linda hope to be able to move to Elgin and become part of the community.
Eby is at the showroom Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is available, by appointment, on Saturday by calling (402) 843-2250.
August 14, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Property owners along the proposed new wind energy farm met with representatives from Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Farm and Invenergy to learn what it means to them.
From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Prairie Breeze Operations & Maintenance Building served as the site of an open house for everyone wishing to learn more about the proposed second wind energy farm for Antelope County.
Invenergy Business Development Manager James Williams, Prairie Breeze manager Eric Kline and others associated with Prairie Breeze met face-to-face with landowners to discuss the necessary steps which need to be taken.
Among the information shared Monday is that the new wind energy farm will be located directly east of Elgin.
Alissa Krisky, director of communications for Invenergy, shared the following information:
“The Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center (“Prairie Breeze II”) will be located on approximately 15,000 acres of private land. With an excellent wind resource and strong community support, the area is an optimal location for a successful wind project. As envisioned, Prairie Breeze II would consist of approximately 70 wind turbines, for a total capacity of approximately 125 MW.”
The proposed wind farm will be slightly smaller than the current Prairie Breeze wind farm which has been producing electricity since May 2014. That wind farm consists of 118 wind turbines with a capacity of 200.6 MW.
“As with our existing Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center, Prairie Breeze II would provide substantial, long-term economic benefits to the local community. The project is expected to generate approximately 200 jobs during construction, and potentially seven permanent operations and maintenance jobs once the farm is operational, along with more than $1 million annually in local tax revenue, lease payments to landowners, and salaries for staff … We look forward to continuing to work closely with our host community in Antelope and Boone Counties, contributing to the area’s economic development, and providing an additional supply of clean, homegrown energy in Nebraska.”
Williams, on behalf of Invenergy, filed for a conditional use permit at the Antelope County Zoning Office on Aug. 4. A public hearing on the permit application will be held on Monday night, at 8 p.m. at the courthouse. The hearing will be before the Antelope County Planning Commission who, following the hearing, will make a recommendation to the Antelope County Board of Supervisors on whether or not to approve the permit application.
August 8, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Vandals turned their attention to Elgin over the weekend as a number of streets signs were either broken or stolen.
According to Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore, 11 street signs from various locations in the community were vandalized or stolen sometime between midnight and 4 a.m. early Saturday morning. Replacement costs of the signs will likely make the spree a felony.
The City of Elgin is offering a $200 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the damage and theft. If you have information, please contact the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department at (402) 887-4148 or message them through their facebook page.
Information may also be given to Vicki Miller at City Hall at (402) 843-5822.
August 6, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
More wind towers may be coming to Antelope County in the future.
Invenergy, owner of the Prairize Breeze Wind Energy farm near Elgin, is looking into developing another wind energy farm east of Elgin.
To better inform the public about the proposed wind farm, Invenergy will have an open house at the Prairie Breeze Operations & Maintenance Building, 52061 Highway 70. The event will be held Monday, Aug. 11, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At that time, the public will have the opportunity to meet with Invenergy staff to discuss plans for the Prairie Breeze II Wind Farm, view educational wind turbine and wind farm construction materials.
See the complete story in this week’s issue of the Elgin Review.
August 1, 2014 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Trucks, cars and kids found several Elgin streets a bit trickier to travel on for a while. A sudden downpour, mixed with pea-sized hail, hit Elgin late in the afternoon. Lasting about one half hour, street drains around town couldn’t keep up with the heavy rain (we received 1.80″ in our personal rain gauge) and several streets and sections of Highway 14 were under water for a while. You can see a couple of more photos of the street flooding on our facebook page (The Elgin Review).