Ainsworth Star Journal
Community Wildfire Protection Update is Complete

Community Wildfire Protection Update is Complete

By Sandy Benson   The new North Central Nebraska Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is hot read more

First grade students at work in math, spelling classes

First grade students at work in math, spelling classes

Mrs. Cheryln Shaffer visited the first grade at Gregory Elementary School on April 10, 2015. Byron Grim read more

SRA Reed visits with students at Zion Lutheran School

SRA Reed visits with students at Zion Lutheran School

by Laura Vroman The students at Zion Lutheran School have been studying different countries. To enrich read more

Buddy Small Joins Grandson Aboard U.S.S. Nimitz for Seven-Day Naval Tiger Cruise

Buddy Small Joins Grandson Aboard U.S.S. Nimitz for Seven-Day Naval Tiger Cruise

By Janelle Keller When the U.S.S. Nimitz departed Pearl Harbor on December 5, 2013, it was carrying read more

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King Sentenced to 10-14 Years

Edgar Todd King, age 44 of Ainsworth, appeared for sentencing in the District Court of Brown County on April 14, 2015. King had previously been convicted of one count of manufacturing of a controlled substance, a Class II felony and one count of possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony.
King was sentenced to incarceration in the Department of Corrections. On the manufacturing charge, King was sentenced to 10-14 years. On the possession charge, King was sentenced to 1 - 3 years. Sentences will be served concurrently. King was given credit for 127 days in jail served since his arrest.
King was arrested on December 8, 2014 during execution of an arrest warrant by the Nebraska State Patrol and Brown County Sheriff’s Office and has remained incarcerated in the Brown County Jail since that date.

Explore the outdoors at Outdoor Family Fun Day, April 25, at Smith Falls

VALENTINE, NE – Join the fun at the Niobrara National Scenic River’s 6th annual Outdoor Family Fun Day at Smith Falls State Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This free event offers families the opportunity to enjoy the Niobrara River through a variety of hands-on outdoor activities. Take a short, safe canoe ride—led by experts—on the Niobrara River, considered one of the best canoeing rivers in the Great Plains. Try your hand at archery, an age-old skill that is as rewarding as it is challenging. Practice casting a rod and reel, and learn some ways to make fishing fun and successful. Explore a few simple tips on using binoculars and finding wild birds. Discover Nebraska’s ancient wildlife and make your own fossil impression to take home, and for lunch, join us for hot dogs and marshmallows roasted over an open fire.

Enjoy the history, sights, and people along the Outlaw Trail

by Laura Vroman

By the world’s standards, Valentine is still very young. To be precise, it’s actually going to celebrate a birthday later this month and will be 131 years old. Before Valentine ever was, it was simply a territory that was filled with cowboys, Indians, and outlaws running along the northern tier in close proximity to the Niobrara River corridor. Imagine the likes of Kid Wade or Doc Middleton running wild across the Sandhills and prairies? How about Frank and Jesse James? Stories abound from Valentine through all the little towns along Highway 12 to South Sioux City. The towns along the way today are small, Monowi is simply a one person town - located in between Lynch and Verdel. The rest are larger and offer amenities including food, fuel, and some lodging.

School opt out forum includes presentation by Senator Billie Sutton

Over 80 people attended the opt out forum held on Monday, April 13, 2015. The Gregory School Board members explained the need for the $160,000 opt out to hire three teachers for overcrowded classes. They took questions and heard comments from attendees. Senator Billie Sutton spoke about some of the actions that have affected school funding at the state and local level, challenges in training and retaining teachers in the state and topics for the Blue Ribbon Task Force on education that he’s a member of. Above, Kimberly Veskrna describes her experience substitute teaching in a class with over 30 students.

Search is on to fill Willis, Thomas SPED vacancies

The Gregory School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015. Board members present were Dave Shoemaker, Sharon Pedersen, Karen Timanus, Bob Wik and Curt Sinclair. Superintendent Sara Klein, principal Jeff Determan, business manager Jonalu Studenberg and teacher Julie Braun also attended.

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