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School Board sets bond election plan

August 26, 2014

Boone Central School Board approved a resolution Monday night to place a $12,990,000 bond issue before the school district’s voters at the general election on Nov. 4, 2014.
The bond issue would finance four basic segments of a plan to include both an addition and extensive renovation at Albion.
Largest portion of the project would be an addition to the east side of the school, including a new kitchen, commons area/cafeteria, competition gym, locker rooms, wrestling deck, administrative offices and secured entrances, carrying a total cost of $7,876,895.
Details in the Aug. 27 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

Food distribution illustrates need in area

August 26, 2014

Preparations for mobile food pantry in Albion.
Preparations for mobile food pantry in Albion.
A total of 10,000 pounds of food vanished in about 2 1/2 hours during a Mobile Food Pantry distribution at the Albion Fire Station last Saturday, Aug. 23.
A truck load of healthy food from the Food Bank for the Heartland was delivered at 9 a.m. The food was unloaded and organized by about 25 volunteers, including members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Boone County Ministerial Association and volunteers from area churches.
A total of 109 area residents picked up food, which provided for about 306 people.
Details in the Aug. 27 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

One driver dies when trucks collide at Highways 14/56

August 21, 2014

One driver died and another sustained serious injuries when two heavy trucks collided Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 20, at the intersection of Highways 14 and 56 in Boone County.
Harold D. Wonderscheck, 65, of Greeley, NE, was killed in the accident, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. He was driving a rendering truck southbound on Highway 14.
Scott Sternberg, 24, was driving a concrete pumper truck owned by Heartland Concrete of Columbus and was apparently eastbound on Highway 56, according to information from the Nebraska State Patrol. Stenberg was taken from the scene by helicopter to a trauma center.
A Nebraska State Patrol reconstruction team was working to determine the cause of the accident on Thursday.
Emergency responders were called to the scene at 4:54 p.m. and remained on scene until the area was cleared at about 2 a.m. Agencies involved included the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Nebraska State Patrol, St. Edward Fire & Rescue and Albion Fire & Rescue.

School Board considers four-part plan to meet building needs

August 19, 2014

Boone Central overall facilities plan was introduced in May.
Boone Central overall facilities plan was introduced in May.
Boone Central School Board members left a 2 1/2-hour planning meeting Monday night with a concensus on building facility needs.
The board determined the district’s next building effort on the Albion campus should include both an addition and extensive renovation of classroom space.
The facilities plan has been under consideration since May.
Total cost of the reduced project would be about $13.3 million, a big reduction from the $20.85 million bond issue proposed in 2012 for a new high school.
Details in the Aug. 20 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & E-Editions.

Mobile food pantry coming Saturday

August 19, 2014

A Mobile Food Pantry will be coming to Boone County this Saturday, Aug. 23, to deliver food directly to families in need.
Food will be available free of charge from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Albion Fire Station.
The visit is sponsored by the Boone County Sheriff’s office and supported by the Boone County Ministerial Association. The goal is to provide food where there is a high need but limited resources.
Those visiting the pantry are advised to use the south parking lot to keep the fire hall doors open so firemen and EMTs can respond to emergency situations.
For more information, contact the Sheriff’s office, 402-395-2144.

Celebration of Giving puts focus on future

August 12, 2014

Special guests at the Celebration of Giving and dedication of the Albion Aquatic Center were (l. to r.) Robert and Steve Fox, and Ann Miller, children of L. J. and Mitzi Fox.
Special guests at the Celebration of Giving and dedication of the Albion Aquatic Center were (l. to r.) Robert and Steve Fox, and Ann Miller, children of L. J. and Mitzi Fox.
Boone County and its communities already benefit from philanthropy, but there are many more possibilities for quality of life improvements in the future.
Speakers emphasized those future possibilities during a Celebration of Giving event held Sunday afternoon, Aug. 10, at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Kurt Kruse and Jay Wolf, on behalf of the Boone County Area Foundation Fund (BCAFF) advisory committee, welcomed the crowd of about 120 people.
Jim Gustafson, gift planning director with the Nebraska Community Foundation, invited Boone County residents to “turn up the dream switch” and bring improvements to reality.
Details in the Aug. 13 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & E-Editions.

School Board approves project change orders

August 12, 2014

Change orders were approved Monday night for the restroom/concession building now under construction at the Boone Central athletic field.
Change orders were approved Monday night for the restroom/concession building now under construction at the Boone Central athletic field.
Boone Central School Board approved a series of change orders Monday night related to the location of the restroom/concession building at the school athletic field.
In a letter to the board, architect Jim Berg of BVH Architects, LTD, acknowledged the company made an error in location of the building at the south end of the complex.
BVH will be responsible for the cost of four change orders totaling $8,471 relating to electrical service, additional cabinetry, an additional concession window and concrete block alterations.
The school district will pay for only one change order of $491 for additional sidewalk at the existing concession building.
Details in the Aug. 13 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & E-Editions.

St. Michael’s gets new playground equipment

August 5, 2014

Valero employees and parish members build a new playground structure at St. Michael's School.
Valero employees and parish members build a new playground structure at St. Michael's School.
New playground equipment was installed last week at St. Michael’s School in Albion with the help of school, parish and community volunteers.
The parent support group, Guardian Angels, donated the play structure and helped organize the relocation of other structures in the playground. Valero employees helped with construction along with volunteers from Guardian Angels and the parish.
Others donating money and materials to the project were Niewohner Brothers, Karen Walters Trust and Keith Beierman.

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