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Nebraska City finishes third at conference speech meet, claims two individual titles

FIRTH – Ellie Higgins secured a conference championship in Humorous, Angelica Stiles earned first place in Entertainment, and the Nebraska City Speech Team finished third overall in the Eastern Midlands Conference Meet at Norris High School on Saturday.

“Eli McNeely, Alexandria Horcasitas, Sarah Murray, and the duet team of Angelica Stiles and Langston Hoover earned a medal for the first time this year,” Nebraska City Speech CoachJustin Aaberg said. “It’s really encouraging as the district meet is now less than one month away.”

Gretna High School won the team championship, followed by Norris High School.

Other Pioneer medalists include:

Ellie Higgins – 2nd place in Serious
Lilly Frields and Christian Tietz – 3rd place in Duet
Sarah Murray – 3rd in Persuasive
Angelica Stiles & Langston Hoover – 4th in Duet
Alexandria Horcasitas – 5th in Entertainment
Eli McNeely – 5th in Extemporaneous
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Nebraska City finishes 10th at Lincoln Northstar Speech Meet

LINCOLN – Here are the results of the Lincoln Northstar Speech Meet for Nebraska City High School.

The team placed 10th overall.

Ellie Higgins:

4th in Humorous Prose

7th in Serious Prose

Lillian Frields and Christian Tietz

6th in Duet Acting (Highest finish this season)

Angelica Stiles

9th in Entertainment Speaking

Sydney Blum

24th in Informative Speaking

City Officials Meet With Friends Of Riverview Nature Park

NEBRASKA CITY – City officials met with Friends of Riverview Nature Park regarding a plan to re-open the park.

The non-profit organization proposes establishment of a trailhead for parking for up to 10 cars and using limestone chips to convert portions of Riverview Road to a walking trail.


Lawrence Falk said the trail will provide access to the natural aspects of the park and eliminate the need to upkeep the road on the slope of the river bluff.

Friends of Riverview Nature Park also propose a new timber sign for the trailhead.

City officials said maintenance of the trail is an issue. “We’re already stretched pretty thin with our parks,” said City Administrator Grayson Path.

Citizen Ted Beilman said he believes the idea of the Friends of Riverview Nature Park is to partner with the city to make maintenance costs as low as possible.

Path said the city would have to have a lot of oversight over the construction project.

Parks Commissioner Patrick Wehling said he prefers the trailhead on north Fifth Street. He said the trailhead there seems like the most realistic plan to get the park re-opened.

Higgins, Frields and Tietz qualify for National Speech Meet

CRETE – The Nebraska City Speech team finished in 13th place out of 31 schools at the Crete High School Meet on Saturday.

Ellie Higgins made finals and placed 5th in Humorous Prose. She was also 8th overall in Serious Prose.

Lillian Frields and Christian Tietz made finals and took 8th place in Duet Acting. The pair qualified for Nationals in May.

Higgins qualified for Nationals in Serious Prose and Humorous.

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Lourdes Academic Decathlon Team Advances To State

NEBRASKA CITY – The Lourdes Central Catholic academic decathlon team advanced to state competition under the umbrella theme of “the 1960s”after competing in regionals earlier this month.
The 12-member team earned 68 medals in six subject areas.
Medalists in the honors division were Paul Shawhan, Cathy Shawhan and Luke Partsch.
Medalists in the scholastic division were Ethan Roberts and Piper Monson.
Other medalists were Grant Draus and Jazmin Rodriguez.

The Lourdes Academic Decathlon team is coached by Tammy Partsch and Tom Dinville.

Team members are:
Piper Monson
Chloe DuBois
Grant Draus
Cristian Watkins
Luke Partsch
Cathy Shawhan
Ethan Roberts
Matthew Roettger
Paul Shawhan
Olivia Weninger
Kameron Monahan
Jazmin Rodriguez

Polar Plunge On Nebraska City’s Agenda

NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City City Council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4.

Nebraska Special Olympics will request use of Steinhart Pond, Wildwood Pond or the aquatic center for the polar plunge on March 2.

Public hearings are scheduled for the Wagon Wheel liquor license and $20,000 museum pass.

Parking for Blue Rivers buses, a $150,000 library grant, bridge repairs and vacating right of way and sale of land to Kevin Barrett.

The city council is scheduled to take the oath of office for new police officers Dylan Lazure and George Horner.

Lazure, 24, had previously worked in food service and hospital security in Omaha. He has a criminal justice degree from Iowa Western. He attended Nebraska City High School and earned his degree in 2013 in Omaha.

Horner, 23, grew up in South Sioux City. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earning a degree in criminal justice with a minor in international studies. He previously worked at a Lancaster County detention facility.

Nebraska City Joins Program To “Flip” Distressed Houses

NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City has been awarded a $500,000 grant to help flip distressed houses for resale.

City Administrator Grayson Path said affordable, available and quality  housing is a concern in Nebraska City. He also said city zoning setbacks can make it hard to build new on narrow lots.

Path: “If we can keep a house that is already there, there and viable,  that can be a win-win for the community. It can sometimes be cheaper to rehab a house than to tear out and do all new, so the idea is to take this distressed home and rehab it.”

The purchase, rehab and resale program is not new to Nebraska. The City of York purchases speculative property, upgrades it to meet federal housing standards and resells. The city coordinates with other programs to provide down payment assistance of up to 20 percent of the purchase price.

Path expects Nebraska City to start with three houses.

Path: “The idea is you buy the house, rehab the house, sell the house and then, hopefully, we can use that money to do another house and another house.”

He said the program can improve the city’s housing stock without jeopardizing the livelihood of existing developers.

Path: “We don’t want to compete with our current developers and so, if there is a house that a landlord or a person wants to buy and rehab themselves, we don’t want to compete with that. We’re just looking for the houses that, really, no one is touching.”

Improvements to Sixth Street from First Avenue as far north as Eighth Street are also part of the grant funding.

Jake Worthington & Ned LeDoux Headline 25th Fremont Bull Riding Classic


Jake Worthington

Ned LeDoux

The 25th annual Bull Riding Classic Musical entertainment will knock your socks off this year!  The Task Force is proud to announce that Jake Worthington, will be performing in concert on Friday, April 5th, following the Bull Riding Classic, and will open for Ned LeDoux, son of the late Chris LeDoux, Saturday night, April 6th!  at Christensen Field in Fremont, Nebraska.   Online bull riding, concert, and combo ticket sales begin February 1st, and are available now at

Combo tickets will also be available at select ticket outlets beginning March 1st.

Christensen Field Task Force President Jahn Grandstaff, said, “The Task Force has a history of having great bull riding and live music. This being the 25th Anniversary event, the committee has really decided to kick it up a bunch of notches! Having Jake Worthington on Friday night and then Ned LeDoux on Saturday, really add to the excitement of an always great event. The evening starts with always fun mutton bustin’, followed by top notch bull riding and sure to be entertaining wild steer race, then heading over to see a top touring country performance should make for a memorable night.”

The Christensen Field Improvement Task Force has donated over $385,000 toward improvements at the Christensen Field Complex, resulting in over a half a million dollars worth of improvements being completed.

This year’s event begins with a Mutton Bustin’ competition, 30 participants ages 8 and under will register when the gates open and 5:30. At 6:15 they will compete for the title of Mutton Bustin’ Classic Champion. The top three riders each night earn a prize package, all partcipants recieve a generous gift from our event sponsors.  The bull riding will begin at 7pm following the Mutton Bustin’ Classic, where 25 of the Top Riders in the Midwest and across the country, will vie for the title of Fremont Bull Riding Classic Champion. Stock contractors Brent & Stella Larreau with Rodeo Rose, of Hershey, Nebraska, never disappoint with their high quality bucking bulls. Rodeo Rose has been a part of this event since the very beginning, and does not disappoint! Fremont’s very own Horse Arena Improvement Association donates an additional $1,000 to the purse of winnings for the event each year.  Back by popular demand, this year’s intermission entertainment is the Tractor Supply Company Wild Steer Ride.  Each night, four – three man teams compete to see who can stop, wrangle, mount and ride their “Wild Steer” to the other end of the arena first. Winners each night receive a cash prize. Details about all of these events and how to participate are listed on the event website at


NCTC Welcomes New Hotel To Highway 2 Interchange

NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce welcomed Holiday Inn Express and Suites into the Nebraska City tourism and travel industry at a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning.

The 76-room hotel officially opened for the AppleJack Festival this fall .

Allgood: “We are getting great reviews at our office that people are loving their stay, the rooms are awesome and they love our community and that shows these guys are sending people into our community, so we really, really thank you for that.”

Hotel General Manager Billie Nicolay said networking with local employers and lodging industry is important.

Nicolay: “Here’s a great example, a lot of people that come in say, ‘where do I go to eat,”  well, I’m definitely going to pass them on to places like the Prairie City Chophouse or Luigi’s that just came to the community. It’s that networking and kind of sharing that business that we can keep it within the community and continue to grow.”

She said the location at the new Highway 2 interchange is great and will be even better as there is more activity on adjacent properties.

Nicolay: “I like that it’s scenic. It’s out here, spread away from the city, however, you can see the city. Then, when we tell the guests, you can definitely get to shopping or restaurants within a mile or two.”

Nicolay said motorists are navigating their way through the new interchange. In recent bad weather events, there was a line of 20 at the checkout counter.

Hotel owner Deven Patel said the hotel is one of 10 opened in Nebraska during the company’s latest construction phase.

‘The Grove, A Gallery’ Schedules NC Grand Opening

NEBRASKA CITY – The Grove, A Gallery has scheduled its grand opening and artists meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 713 Central Ave. in Nebraska City.

Steve Grove and his wife Teri are owners of the gallery, which will feature the work of 26 artists at Saturday’s opening beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to meet the artists from 6 to 8 p.m.

They include international and nationally-known artists, as well as local artist Honey Lynn Larson Self.

Grove, who describes himself as a businessman who likes art, moved to Nebraska City last spring after operating successful art galleries on the West Coast. He said the gallery is intended to be a relaxing environment for clientele to see, touch, feel and purchase quality art.

The Grove – A Gallery

Art Whitton, website artist