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Bloodmobile Coming to Elgin April 24

April 19, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be coming to Elgin.
The bloodmobile will be held at the K.C. Hall on Wednesday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For an appointment to donate blood, contact Lori Widger at (402) 843-0397.

District Music Contest is Today

April 19, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

District Music Contest is Friday, April 19, 2013.
This year, Boone Central Schools is hosting the event.
Elgin Public will attend with the concert band and mixed chorus performing for three judges in the large ensemble category.  Four vocal soloists will perform that day:  Lisa Dohmen, Juliana Dunn, Kao Takaya and Hayley Stamp.
Instructor Deb Jones said, “We also have three instrumental solos:  Truman Copeland – snare drum, Kao Takaya – piano and alto sax.  Several vocal ensembles will also be performing: three quartets and a triple trio.”
The performances begin at 8:30 a.m. with our last entry at 3 p.m.
“We welcome all to come watch and encourage us in our performances that day,” Mrs. Jones said.
Good luck to all!
Elgin Public Schools will have a spring concert on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 pm.
It will feature performances from the District Music Contest. The performers are grades 7-12.

Elgin Review Earns Top Awards at NPA ‘Better Newspaper Contest’

April 19, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The Elgin Review was recognized with four first-place awards Saturday night, the most of any newspaper in Antelope County, during the Saturday night banquet at the annual Nebraska Press Association Convention.
Competing in Class B (newspapers with circulations between 860 and 1,499), there were more than 1,000 entries.
The Elgin Review earned top honors in the following categories:
• Agricultural Advertisement — The ad, entitled ‘Flies Bugging You?’ was for Jerry’s Feed Service. The judge commented, “Well constructed small space ad with a simple message and strong benefit headlines and copy.”
• Ad Copywriting — The ad was generated for the Bank of Elgin and was entitled ‘Dime a Dozen.’ Michigan judges said “For all of us feeling squeezed by banks, this is nice.”
• Public Notice & Its Promotion — Encouraging subscribers to read and understand public notices, the newspaper earned a first place award. “Beware of Informed Readers is one of the best ads for public notices.”
• Sports Column — Written by Dennis Morgan, the sports column highlighted the start of the fall sports season and the Elgin Public-Pope John Wolfpack’s mission to repeat as state champs which they did three months later. “The columnist not only has a lot invested in his team, his solid and clear prose make us like the Wolfpack, too,” said the Michigan judges.
“It’s always nice to be recognized for doing good work,” Publisher Dennis Morgan said. “Our focus has always been, and will continue to be, to provide the highest quality community newspaper to our subscribers. Each issue we strive to be better than the last.”
More than 4,000 separate entries, representing 12 dailies and 79 weeklies, were judged by members of the Michigan Press Association. The award winners were announced Saturday night during banquet festivities at the Holiday Inn-Downtown in Lincoln where more than 150 journalists attended.
In other developments at the convention, Morgan was re-elected to a three-year term on the association’s board of directors.
Competing in different divisions, The Petersburg Press, The Neligh News and The Albion News also received awards at the convention.
The Nebraska Press Association membership includes 173 weekly and daily newspapers with a total paid circulation in excess of 541,000 persons. It was founded in 1873.
Elgin also had a connection with the highest honor bestowed upon members by the NPA. At Friday night’s banquet attended by more than 100 journalists from across the state, Ted Gill, who was a co-publisher of The Elgin Review for nearly two years when it was sold by Jim and Julie Dickerson, was awarded the ‘Master Editor-Publisher Award. Now, the paper is solely owned by Dennis and Lynell Morgan.

Four Positions Filled at School District #18

April 19, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

The District #18 Board of Education formally accepted three resignations and filled four positions during a meeting last week.
Meeting Wednesday night, the board accepted with “regret and appreciation” the resignations of two long-time instructors.
Retiring from Elgin Public Schools are music instructor Deb Jones and social studies teacher Doug Jones.
Mrs. Jones has taught music at the school for 22 years. Jones not only taught in the classroom, he also served as wrestling coach.
The other resignation came from Carlie Wells who announced last month he had accepted a position with Perkins County Schools. Superintendent Dan Polk said the search continues for Wells’ replacement and he hopes to hire a person in the near future.
Hired to fill the music position was Eric Heithoff, currently a music teacher at Sutton Public Schools. “He was the best candidate for the position,” Polk said about Heithoff who has one year of experience as a teacher at Sutton.
A new social studies instructor will have a familiar name and face. Wes Prater, an EPS graduate, was hired to fill the position. This will be Prater’s first teaching assignment.
Two other hires were announced at the meeting. As reported last week in The Elgin Review, Greg Wemhoff who currently is a teacher/coach/athletic director at Battle Creek Public Schools, was hired as K-12 principal.
Wemhoff will replace Adam Patrick who, after two years at EPS, has submitted his resignation and accepted a position as principal at Pierce Public Schools.
The last hiring approved by the board was Eric Mlinar of St. Paul to teach business. He will fill the position created by the resignation last month of Amy Selting.
All hirings were approved on 5-0 motions (board member Ryan Reestman was absent from the meeting).
Altogether this spring, Polk said he has conducted 28 teacher interviews and the process has yet to be completed. He later said current open coaching assignments will be filled at a later date.

EPPJ Golfers Win Duals

April 11, 2013 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

With the snow melted off the Summerland Golf Course, the Wolfpack golf team competed in their first dual of the season Tuesday, April 2.
EPPJ posted a team score of 165 to defeat Clearwater-Orchard by 30 strokes.
Leading the way for the Wolfpack was senior Andrew Heithoff who shot a score of 36 over nine holes.
Other scores for Wolfpack golfers were Kyle Heithoff 40, Nick Heithoff 44, Tyler Childers 45, and Trent Hoefer 47.

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