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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.
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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.

Dee Schriver retires after 25 years on fair board

November 18, 2014

Dave Noble, fair board president, presents a 25-year plaque to Dee Schriver.
Dave Noble, fair board president, presents a 25-year plaque to Dee Schriver.
Dee Schriver of rural Albion was honored by the Boone County Fair Board last Saturday night, Nov. 15, on her retirement after 25 years as a fair board member.
A dinner was held in her honor at The J Sports Bar and Grill.
Dave Noble, fair board president, presented Dee with a plaque commemorating her fair board service, which has included many years as secretary.
Details in the Nov. 19 Albion News Print and E-Edition.

Commissioners table permit, approve agreement on Cedar Rapids bridge

November 11, 2014

Boone County Commissioners again tabled action Monday on a conditional use permit application by MSJM Properties, LLC, for a hog confinement building northwest of Albion.
The building had been partially completed before a conditional use permit or construction permit were issued, but construction was ordered stopped in mid-October because permits had not been issued.

Historic bridge at Cedar Rapids.
Historic bridge at Cedar Rapids.
Commissioners also signed an agreement with the Nebraska Department of Roads to accept a $182,316 bid from Cramer Construction of Iowa for restoration of a historic bridge at the east edge of Cedar Rapids. This federal aid project has been in planning and engineering stages for several years. Darrel Thorin, county highway superintendent, said the work may start this winter, or it may be delayed until April.

‘Remembering Our Fallen’ exhibit coming Nov. 24-29

November 11, 2014

A special “Remembering Our Fallen” photo exhibit will be coming to Boone County from Nov. 24-28, at the Event Center on the Boone County Fairgrounds.
This exhibit honors the 83 Nebraska service members who were killed during the global war on terrorism in the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.
The exhibit, sponsored by Sons of the American Legion, will be on display from 4 to 8 p.m. each day from Monday, Nov. 24, through Saturday, Nov. 29. Two local area servicemen, Captain Edward D. Iwan, U.S. Army, an Albion native, and PFC Christopher F. Pfeifer, a native of Spalding, are featured.

School bond fails by narrow margin

November 5, 2014

Boone Central School District voters turned down a proposed $12.99 million school bond issue by a margin of just 41 votes in the Nov. 4 general election.
An unofficial count Tuesday night showed 754 votes (48.68%) in favor of the school bond proposal and 795 votes (51.32%) against.
Incumbent Democrat Ken Luettel of Petersburg retained his seat on the Boone County Board of Commissioners, defeating Republican challenger Clyde Stuhr of Petersburg by a margin of 454 to 352.
Details in the Nov. 5 Albion News and Petersburg Press

New airport zoning regs will restrict height of structures in approach zones

November 4, 2014

County airport zoning overlay map.
County airport zoning overlay map.
In June of 2013, the Nebraska Legislature has approved LB 140, which was later signed into law by Gov. Dave Heineman.
Provisions of that bill were adopted recently by the Boone County Commissioners after recommendation from the County Planning Commission.
This law is aimed at keeping instrument approach paths free from new obstacles by expanding airport approach zones from three miles to 10 miles. It also revising outdated language in the state’s Airport Zoning Act.
In essence, Legislative Bill 140 prohibits construction of structures in approach zones higher than 150 feet within three miles of the end of the runway, up to a maximum height of 900 feet at 10 miles from the runway in designated zones.
Details in the Nov. 5 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & E-Editions.

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