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Driving conditions were slippery Monday

December 16, 2014

Some ice remained on area roadways early Tuesday.
Some ice remained on area roadways early Tuesday.
A winter storm Sunday night and Monday, Dec. 14-15, caused difficult travel conditions in the Boone County area.
The storm began with rain, which changed to sleet and finally to snow on Monday. Only about one inch of snow was measured in Albion, but accumulations were higher to the north and west.
Strong winds, gusting up to 40 miles per hour, created ground blizzards on Monday, and a travel advisory was in effect for much of Northeast Nebraska.
Details in the Dec. 17 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

Councilman Rutten retires, Porter begins first term

December 16, 2014

Don Rutten, l., and Jon Porter
Don Rutten, l., and Jon Porter
Albion City Councilman Don Rutten completed his four-year term on the board last Tuesday, Dec. 9. It marked the end of more than 18 years of service in Albion city government.
Rutten first served on the council for 6 1/2 years in the 1970s and early 80s. He was then elected Albion’s Mayor, and served in that capacity for eight years, from 1985 to 1993.
After 17 years away from city government, he was again elected to the council in 2010 and served until the December meeting.
Councilman Rutten was thanked for his service by Mayor Jim Jarecki, the other councilmen and City Clerk/Administrator Andrew Devine.
New to the council is Albion native Jon Porter, who was sworn in Dec. 9 by City Attorney Darren Wright.
Details in the Dec. 17 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

School Board considers another building bond

December 9, 2014

Boone Central School Board held its first group discussion on facilities since the Nov. 6 bond election last Tuesday evening, Dec. 2.
Another bond election, possibly as early as May of 2015, was under consideration at the meeting.
Board members discussed what they had learned from the latest bond issue, and appeared to be in agreement that more education of voters on the $12.99 million project would be key to gaining approval. The bond issue failed by just 41 votes, 754 to 795, in the general election.
Details in the Dec. 10 Albion News and Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.

Boone Central School facilities plan
Boone Central School facilities plan

Commissioners plan next steps toward new communications tower

December 9, 2014

Next steps toward eventual construction of a new Boone County communications tower were discussed by county commissioners Monday, Dec. 8.
Sheryl Machacek, communications director, and Sheriff Denny Johnson reported progress so far.
The southwest corner of the fairgrounds has been identified as the probable location of the new 300 foot tower. After looking at the site, tower suppliers have stated the space would be suitable for a free-standing tower but not a guide-wired tower.
Details in the Dec. 10 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

Hanson will finish term of County Assessor

December 2, 2014

Barb Hanson
Barb Hanson
Barb Hanson, chief deputy in the Boone County Assessor’s office since 2011, was appointed last Tuesday to serve the remaining term of former Boone County Assessor Joyce Sock, who passed away Nov. 11.
Boone County Commissioners officially appointed Hanson to the term, which ends Jan. 8, 2015.
The four-year position is now being advertised, and applications will be taken until Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. Applications will be reviewed at the Dec. 22 commissioners meeting, and interviews could be conducted after that date.
Details in the Dec. 3 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print and E-Editions.

BC/NG dominates Ashland-Greenwood 54-14 to win C1 state title

November 25, 2014

BC/NG football team hoists the championship trophy after their big victory Tuesday.
BC/NG football team hoists the championship trophy after their big victory Tuesday.
With an exclamation point!
Led by senior All-State QB Wyatt Mazour’s astounding performance, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals completed an undefeated season Tuesday by running roughshod over Ashland-Greenwood in the Class C1 State Championship Game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
The Cardinals gave Coach Arnie Johnson his second state title in the final game of his career, racing to a 34-7 halftime lead and never letting up in a 54-14 victory that capped a 13-0 campaign.
BC/NG enjoyed the wind advantage and field position in the first quarter and took full advantage. The Cards took over for the first time after a short Ashland-Greenwood punt into a stiff breeze and set the tone from the outset. Mazour’s 35-yard dash took the ball inside A-G’s 10 yard line and he followed with an 8-yard TD pass to Zac Glidden.
BC/NG recovered a fumble on Ashland-Greenwood’s ensuing possession and Mazour went right to work. Mazour passed 13 yards to Travis Kennedy, ran for 16 more, then lofted a perfect touchdown pass to Kennedy.
Ashland-Greenwood came back with its own score to close the gap to 13-7, but it was as close as the Bluejays would get the rest of the contest.
BC/NG took possession of a short kick and, on first down, Mazour weaved through the Bluejay defense for a 59-yard TD with 16 seconds remaining in the first period. Moments later, the Cards recovered another fumble and Mazour delivered a 35-yard touchdown gallop. BC/NG wrapped up the half with a 24-yard TD run by its elusive QB.
Ashland-Greenwood’s only glint of hope came in the first half of the third quarter when they converted a Mazour fumble into its second touchdown.
Mazour answered right back, however, with a spectacular 82-yard pnt return touchdown that made the score 41-14. From there, the Cardinals controlled action until reserves for both teams finished up.
For more photos and complete story, click the “Sports” tab on this website.

Alco to close Albion store, 11 others in Nebraska

November 25, 2014

Albion ALCO store
Albion ALCO store
All 198 Alco Stores, including one in Albion and 11 others in communities across Nebraska, will be shutting down.
Alco had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October with a plan to find a buyer for the 113-year-old company or liquidate assets. U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved an order Nov. 20 to close all the stores.
Going out of business sales started Friday at Alco stores.
Details in the Nov. 26 Albion News Print & E-Editions.

Albion holiday events begin with Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Nov. 20

November 18, 2014

Christmas elf
Christmas elf
In case you’re not yet in the holiday spirit, the Albion Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a variety of events and activities to change your outlook.
Customer Appreciation Day is this Thursday, Nov. 20, when local businesses will be offering a variety of savings opportunities. Participating merchants will have discount drawings, refreshments and specials on holiday merchandise throughout the day.
Businesses will be decorated for the holidays, and Christmas Elves will be making the rounds starting Nov. 20 to hand out discount coupons and Chamber Christmas Bucks.
More details in the Nov. 19 Albion News Print and E-Editions.

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