ELGIN — There’s a saying in sports that defense wins championships. If that’s true, then good things are going to happen to the Pope John Lady Crusaders.
On Friday night the Lady Crusaders clamped down on Stuart, holding them to single-digit scoring in all four quarters en route to a 55 to 20 victory. Earlier Action On Tuesday night, Pope John posted a road victory over Lindsay Holy Family by the score of 47 to 33.
ELGIN — Playing in the friendly confines of the Eagles’ gymnasium, Elgin claimed a 35 to 33 victory over Newman Grove Tuesday night in girls basketball action.
ELGIN — Trailing by seven points entering the fourth quarter, Pope John rallied to defeat Stuart 42 to 39 Friday night.
ELGIN — Between the two teams, Elgin and Ewing had lost only three times prior to Friday night. Matched up against one another, Ewing got the better of the Eagles, winning the game by a score of 50 to 32.
PALMER — All eight Elgin wrestlers who competed Saturday at the Palmer Invitational placed among the best in their respective weight classes.
Sebastian Janssen, Anthony Hemenway and Austin Stamp led Elgin with third place performances in their respective weight classes. Placing fifth were Nathan Anderson and Devin Brown. Finishing sixth were Shane Vanis, A.J. Braband and Hoyt Meis. Elgin finished sixth with 67 points.
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This Sunday’s ‘Evening With Friends’ social extravaganza is “sold out!”
No tickets remain for the gala event held annually to raise funds to help support educational activities at Pope John Central Catholic High School.
On Sunday night, social hour will begin at 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, site of this year’s event. Also at that time, a silent auction will begin featuring such items as pheasant mounting from Cedar Creek Taxidermy, Cornhusker Tailgate and Tickets, a collectible poster featuring the Pelster Brothers competing in the Golden Gloves competition back in the 1970s, and so much more.
Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. After feasting on an hors d’oeuvre bar, dinner will feature prime rib & baked potato or tropical chicken with rice pilaf, green beans with almonds, tossed salad, dinner roll, and for dessert, Captain Morgan Crisp.
Table wines were made exclusivelly for the event by Prairie Vine Vineyards, Mitchell, Neb. They were donated by Dan & Stacy Seier.
At 8 p.m., the live auction will begin. Among the items on the live auction are a tank trip down the Calamus River for 20 people, a hunting expedition at Sandhills Season Ranch and Hunt with State Treasurer Shane Osborn, and so much more.
One big ticket item, an ATV, is currently on display in the Bank of Elgin lobby. Retail value on this ATV is $1,000. All the prizes and auction items for the evening have been made possible from generous donors.
Auctioneer will be Ted Baum.
Master of Ceremonies will be Dave Amick and Bob Moser. Members of the CCPJ Committee Evening With Friends are Tom & Bonnie Hoefer and Dave & Sharon Gossman, co-chairs; Dave & Gwen Beckman, Mike & Connie Dvorak, Joe & Lori Beckman, Jim & Bev Funk, Jerry & Jan Heithoff, Dave & Tracy Hoefer, Paul & Brenda Kuhlman, Dennis & Lynell Morgan, Bob & Linda Moser, Ed & Anne Parks, Tom & Sheila Parks, John & Patty Thiele and Kyle & Deb Warren.
Anyone wishing to bid on an item by proxy may contact the following committee members: Dave Gossmans (887-5473), Tom Hoefers (843-5476) or Kyle Warrens (843-2287).
As part of the process of hiring a new superintendent, the District #18 Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
The meeting, to be held in the distance learning room at the high school, will begin at 4 p.m.
Working with Marcia Herring from the Nebraska School Boards Association, board members will go through the hiring process and establish a compensation package. Applications are now being accepted and finalists to be interviewed will be determined at a board meeting scheduled for Feb. 11. Interviews with as many as four finalists will be conducted Feb. 18-19 with a decision likely to be made before the end of the month. District patrons, along with staff at the school will be asked to participate in a District/Community Needs assessment which will help prioritize issues facing the school district both in the short and long term. Persons wishing to participate in the assessment will be able to do so anonymously if they wish.
Members of the Antelope County Resource Center Board of Directors were treated to a preview of a yet-to-be released report outlining the business climate here in Antelope County.
Jenne Garvey Rodriguez, representing the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NDED), presented the preliminary findings.
Back in August, NDED conducted a Nebraska Business Visitation Survey in Antelope County with assistance from local economic development interests and other state-level economic developers. Among the principal results of those interviews were:
• A total of 34 businesses participated in the survey. Of that number, 10 were located in Neligh, seven in Elgin.
• Seventy-one percent of the respondent businesses were corporations. The survey included one cooperative and one government institution.
• The respondents were scattered across a dozen industries with retail and ag-related the most common.
• Respondents reported almost 1,000 employees of whom about 35 percent were seasonal or part-time.
• Over two-thirds of respondents offered employee benefits, such as paid vacation, health insurance, etc.
• The overall weighted average wage was $10.85 per hour with the retail sector averaging $6.23, for finance it was $11.33, and in agriculture, $9.09.
• Respondents reported that they planned to expand office space, manufacturing space, and warehousing. Almost a third of the respondents also reported capital investment plans.
About a third of the respondents reported they expected to increase employment during the coming year. Most planned to increase employment by one or two employees. Overall, eight respondents expected to increase employment by 12 persons. Sixteen percent of the businesses surveyed reported they had had a job open for three months or longer. The specific positions reportedly open were skilled positions — auto body, mechanic, loan officer, truck driver, etc.
Rodriguez said businesses surveyed were asked to rate a number of business climate factors. Local utility and public services ranked at the top of the list. The top-rated factor in Antelope County was electrical service followed by fire protection. K-12 education ranked number three on the rating list. At the bottom of the list? Housing availability for rent, real property tax, labor availability, rail service, air-freight and air-passenger service.
Antelope County businesses were then compared with over 500 businesses that were surveyed in the state in 2007. County businesses seemed to have minor differences with the overall 2007 business climates survey results. The most significant difference was in the response to cell phones where county businesses gave only a ‘fair’ satisfaction rating. On the other hand, they rated the majority of the factors in public services, government and labor categories more positively than the 2007 respondents.
Advantages of Doing Business
County survey participants noted the three top advantages for doing business here as being quality of life, cost of living and labor cost. When questioned about the top disadvantages, businesses responded with labor availability, taxes and job opportunity.
Twelve of the 33 survey respondents said they planned to make capital investments in the near future to the tune of more than $2.5 million. Most capital investments planned involved the purchase of computers, software, vehicles, machinery, etc.
Rodriguez said local businesses face the same challenges as others across the state —declining populations, declining worker availability, inadequate communications infrastructure, lack of available housing. She said there are several options available for promoting available jobs through websites. Construction of rental housing was seen as a way to help attract job seekers.
The final report will be released later this year.
Following Rodriguez’s presentation, the ARC board held their regular monthly meeting.
Tom Pelster of Petersburg received the Hero Award presented by the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association for his heroic actions during a July 2007 accident on Highway 14 by the Pelster residence. It is believed that quick thinking by Mr. Pelster may have saved the life of one of the accident victims. Mr. Pelster was nominated for the award by the Petersburg Rescue Squad. He was presented the award Monday at his home by Tony Levander, funeral director for Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin and Ron Levander, funeral director for Levander Funeral Home in Albion. Photo Submitted