Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
(UPDATE, 1/27 -- What a difference a few days and some adjustments can make. The NSAA's No. 12 Lady Longhorns cruised to an easy victory this afternoon, beating Rising City 64-29 in DHS' first round of action in the CRC Tourney. To see the York News-Times coverage of the DHS win, click here. The DHS girls will next play at the CRC Tourney at 3 p.m. Thursday, facing the winner of today's Meridian vs. Exeter-Milligan contest.) Both Dorchester basketball teams are ready for this week's Crossroads Conference Tournament at York.
Fortunately for Longhorn fans who are not able to make it to the York City Auditorium, the CRC Tourney will be broadcast on York's KTMX 104.9 FM, according to a spokesperson from the radio station.
The tournament's top-seeded Lady Longhorns take to the hardwood today, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. at the York City Auditorium, where they will battle Rising City, which beat Shickley 43-39 Saturday. Should DHS win, they would next play Thursday at 3 p.m.
The No. 4 seeded DHS boys will begin CRC action tomorrow, Jan. 27, at 8:15 p.m., when they'll play fifth seeded Shickley. If DHS wins, they would next play Thursday at 4:15 p.m., most likely against No. 1 seeded Hampton.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
The school will run from periods 1-5. Lunch will also be served. Buses will run accordingly.
"We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, and we pass our condolences on to Mr. Vernon's family, most especially Deb and Nixon," said Brian Redinger, superintendent of Dorchester Public Schools.
Friday, January 16, 2009
After verification of publication of the meeting notice in the Crete News, local postings of the meeting notice (Dorchester Schools, Farmers Coop, First State Bank and the Village Office) and the advanced receipt of the meeting agenda and other meeting materials by individual board members, the President stipulated that meeting minutes should reflect that this meeting was held in compliance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Law. It was also noted the Open Meeting Act Poster is posted in the boardroom.
Motion by Kahle to nominate Mark Bors for the office of Vice President, second by Hansen and also moved that nominations cease. All members voted aye with Bors abstaining.
Motion by Kahle to nominate Matt Hansen for the office of Treasurer, second by Bors and also moved that nominations cease. All members voted aye with Hansen abstaining.
Motion by Hansen to nominate Ron Kahle for the office of Secretary, second by Boller and also moved that nominations cease. All members voted aye with Kahle abstaining.
There was no request for change of agenda. The December Treasurer’s Report was reviewed. Motion by Bors, second by Kahle to approve the December Report. Voting yes were Bors, Kahle, Boller, Zoubek, Hansen and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0. Motion to approve January 2009 expenditures was made by Kahle, second by Hansen. Voting yes were Kahle, Hansen, Bors, Boller, Zoubek and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0.
Principal’s Report: Mr. Kubicek discussed that the Otter Creek materials had been ordered and this initiative will begin when materials arrive. Mr. Kubicek, Mr. Rut and Mrs. Johnson will assist with administering the program. A summer workshop through the ESU #6 Professional Development Department on Curriculum Alignment will be arranged. Creation of mid-year assessment tests, aligned with the upcoming standards test, are being considered with assistance from ESU #6. Available grants for math initiatives were discussed along with the possibility of a Summer Reading Program.
Superintendent’s Report: Mr. Redinger elaborated on the Summer Reading Program and the prospects of offering an APEX Summer Credit Recovery Program.
a.) Election of Officers – completed during reorganization
b.) Appointment of Board Committees for 2009:
- Americanism/Curriculum – Kahle and Zoubek
- Building/Grounds – Hansen, Boller and Havlat
- Transportation – Bors and Boller
- Negotiations – Bors, Kahle and Zoubek
- School Lunch – Hansen and Kahle
c.) Official Designees for 2009:
- Representative for State and Federal Programs – Superintendent/designee
- Attorneys – Kelley Baker and Karen Haase
- Newspaper – Crete News
- Depository of District Funds – First State Bank, Dorchester and NE School District Liquid Assets Fund Plus
d.) Motion by Kahle, second by Zoubek to approve the school district’s implementation of multicultural education throughout the curriculum. Voting yes were Kahle, Zoubek, Bors, Boller, Hansen and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0.
e.) Mr. Kubicek’s 2009-2010 contract was discussed and may be approved in February pending his acceptance.
Motion by Kahle, second by Hansen to adjourn to executive session at 9:10 pm. All members voted aye. Motion by Hansen, second by Kahle to return to regular session at 10:05 pm. Voting yes were Hansen, Kahle, Boller, Zoubek, Bors and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0.
The next regular monthly meeting of the Dorchester Board of Education will be Monday, February 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm. Motion by Kahle, second by Hansen to adjourn at 10:06 pm. All members voted aye.
Signed: Ron Kahle, Secretary of the Board of Education
Thursday, January 15, 2009
According to a Google alert we received this morning, the Kansas City Star is reporting that "authorities have identified a truck driver who crashed and died after suffering from a medical condition as John I. Vernon of Dorchester, Neb." Vernon served as chief of Dorchester's Volunteer Fire Dept. and had been involved in other civic activities, including the Dorchester-Friend youth football program.
"Vernon, 59, was headed north on Interstate 29 when he suffered an unspecified medical condition about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday near American Avenue Road just north of Platte City, according to a Missouri Highway Patrol crash report.
The 2008 Freightliner he was driving traveled off the right side of the roadway, through a field and struck several trees before it hit an embankment. Vernon was taken to a hospital were he was pronounced dead about 7 p.m. His death was classified as a non-traffic fatality, according to the report."
The staff of the Dorchester Times sends its heart-felt condolences to the family of John Vernon.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- Bancroft-Rosalie (9-0), 47.4444
- Deshler (10-1), 46.0909
- Wauneta-Palisade (9-2), 45.4545
- Dorchester (8-1), 45.4444
- Humphrey (8-0), 44.7500
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
- DHS Grad Kristi Nohavec Elected Next President of Nebraska Architects: AIA Nebraska, a Society of the American Institute of Architects, has announced the election of its 2009 Board of Directors, including the organization's President-Elect Kristi Nohavec who is employed by the Clark Enersen Partners, Inc. Nohavec is a 1989 graduate of DHS and currently resides in Lincoln. "The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society," according to the organization's Web site. Last year, Nohavec was honored with the Midlands Business Journal's "40 under 40" award. She gave back to her hometown by designing the new shelter in the Dorchester City Park. We at the Times tip our hats to Kristi for her accomplishments in her young career.
- DHS Grad Kayla Stehlik Earns Volleyball Accolades From Morningside College: According to the Sioux City Journal, 2007 Dorchester High School graduate Kayla Stehlik was named Morningside College's most improved improved player for the school's 2008 junior varsity volleyball team. In addition to the most improved player award, the 5-10, sophomore outside hitter was also honored with the team's JV hustle award during Morningside's post-season awards banquet, which was held last Sunday. As a senior at DHS, Stehlik was named to the Lincoln Journal Star's Class D1 All State Honorable Mention volleyball squad in late 2006, along with her classmate Amanda Hochstetler. Morningside's varsity team was an NAIA national tournament qualifier during the 2008 season and finished 37-6 overall, according to the team's Web site. We congratulate Kayla for her honors and hard work. To see more on Morningside College volleyball, click here.
- Just Hot Air?: The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting Saline County "could become the wind capital of Nebraska." In an article by reporter Algis J. Laukatis, we are told "several companies (including a British business) are interested in developing wind farms in the central and western parts of the county, and some landowners were already contacted to sign long-term contracts to place wind towers on their land" and that a landowner could earn $2,000 to $14,000 in annual payments for each turbine." While wind turbines in our area might be great for property tax revenues, no mention is made of how such wind farms could increase Nebraska electricity rates, which are currently eighth lowest in the nation. Moreover, no mention is made of what rights adjacent landowners would have when it come to the obstructive views or noise caused by the wind farms -- or what the impact would be of transmission lines crossing the county in order to connect the turbines, which produce little electricity compared to coal, nuclear or even hydro-powered generators. Saline County residents can find out more about the wind projects -- and voice their support or opposition -- by attending upcoming 7 p.m. meetings at Saline Center on the following dates: Jan. 15; Jan. 17; Jan. 22; Jan. 26.
Monday, January 12, 2009
- Dorchester Legion Buffalo Feed: The Dorchester American Legion's annual buffalo feed will be held Sunday Jan. 25 at the Legion Hall. Both a lunch and dinner session are planned. Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m., while dinner will begin promptly at 5 p.m.
- Chili Feed at Crete Eagles Club for Dorchester Youth Basketball: A chili and cinnamon roll feed to support the Dorchester youth basketball program will be held this Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Crete Eagles Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Eagles have generously provided their facility, tea and coffee for the event, and will also match the proceeds from the event. This is a free-will offering event. The DHS basketball players will be there to serve the food and to visit with community members. The funds raised from the event will support youth basketball in their training, equipment and travel. For more information, email Tisha Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (402) 418-1031.
- DHS-Shickley Contest Rescheduled: The Dorchester boys and girls basketball games with Shickley, which were postponed last month due to winter weather, have been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Dorchester, according to Crete News reporter B.J. Fictum. The girls JV game will be at 5 p.m. followed by the 6:15 girls varsity game. Boys varsity will begin at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
- DHS Grad Wins Innovation Award From National Farm Magazine: Dorchester High School graduate Kirk Beekley (DHS '68-'72) is the latest recipient of Successful Farming magazine's innovation award. Last month, Beekley, who farms between Crete and Wilber, won the magazine's "All Around the Farm Idea of the Month" contest. Beekley devised an indoor/outdoor extension boom for his wire-feed welder, air compressor and other machine shop tools. As a result, Beekley received $2,500 Firestone in-store credit by the magazine. To see more details of Beekley's invention, as well as a on-the-farm video and demonstration, click here. To see Successful Farming's profile of the Dorchester native, click here.
- DHS Grapplers Take Fifth At Malcolm: Two DHS wrestlers competed in their respective class' championship round at Saturday's Malcolm Invitational. Overall, the Longhorn squad took fifth place, outscoring nine other area teams, including the Lincoln Northeast JV; Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer; Meridian; Freeman; Lincoln North Star JV; Lincoln High JV; and York JV. In the 145 lb. weight class, DHS's Adam Kahle took first place, while Russel Barak took the silver in the 189 lb. division.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
- No. 4 DHS Girls Breeze Past Jets: The Lady Longhorns, rated No. 4 by the Omaha World-Herald, picked up their sixth win of the season as DHS breezed by Sterling Thursday night, 58-28. The feisty DHS defense held Sterling to only eight points in the final two periods, including only two points in the fourth. Leading the way for the Longhorns in their 30-point victory were the following players: Boller 15, Lawver 11, Pracheil 9, A. Havlat 8, Wells 4, Spanyers 4, Springer 3, M. Havlat 2.
- Longhorn Boys Stymied By No. 4 Sterling: The DHS boys fell to 5-2 Thursday after a 56-30 road loss to Class D2's No. 4 Sterling. DHS could not recover from their slow start, in which they scored only 10 points in the first two periods. The Longhorns trailed 32-10 at the half. Dorchester was led in scoring by Zoubek 7, Bruha 4, Lee 2, Morris 4, Walton 8, and Kotas 5.
- DHS-Meridian Contest Cited As "Key Game": Both Dorchester basketball are in action tonight, Jan. 9, as the DHS squads battle Meridian in another road contest. The Lincoln Journal Star touts the Lady Longhorns' contest against Meridian as a "key game" to watch.
- Lady Longhorns Among State Basketball Leaders: Several players on the DHS girls basketball team are among area high school leaders in the game's categories, including three-pointers and assists. The lists include players from all area high school, regardless of class size. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the DHS players are ranked in the following categories: "Three Pointers" -- Malinda Havlat is ranked No. 1 (seven of 12 shots made, 58.3%); "Free-Throw Percentages" -- Molly Pracheil is No. 7 (14 of 18, 78%) and Charity Springer is No. 9 (10 of 13, 77%); "Assists" -- Wendy Boller is No. 3 (28, or 4.7 per game); "Steals" -- Wendy Boller is No. 12 (22, or 3.6 per game).
- DHS Wrestlers Back In Action Tomorrow: The Longhorn wrestling team is back in action Saturday, Jan. 10, as they travel a few minutes northeast to the Malcolm Invitational.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
- Lady 'Horns No. 4 in World-Herald Ratings: The DHS girls basketball team is ranked fourth in this week's Omaha World-Herald Class D-1 ratings. The Lady Longhorns (5-1) follow top-ranked Bancroft-Rosalie, No. 2 Humphrey and No. 3 Deshler, who recently beat top-10 Class C-2 Freeman, while narrowly defeating DHS at last week's holiday tourney. Meanwhile, the Lincoln Journal Star has the Lady 'Horns at No. 9. Both Dorchester basketball teams resume action tomorrow, Jan. 8, in a make-up contest at Sterling. On Friday, Jan. 9, the DHS squads battle Meridian in another road contest. The Journal Star touts the Lady Longhorns' contest against Meridian as a "key game" -- while the paper says tomorrow's DHS boys game at Sterling (ranked No. 4 in both polls) is another contest to watch.
- Volunteers Needed to Help Area Elderly Apply for Homestead Exemption: The Saline County assessor’s office is looking for volunteers in the Dorchester and Crete areas to help the elderly and other Saline County residents fill out the Homestead Exemption papers for 2009. Those interested in volunteering should contact the Saline County assessor’s office at (402) 821-2588 by January 20. The assessor's office currently has a training session scheduled for Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. in Wilber.
- Food Entrepreneur Seminar Offered To Area Residents: For Dorchester area residents looking for home-based-business opportunities, we suggest considering the Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program Seminar. The Food Processing Center at UNL is offering a one-day seminar in Lincoln for all individuals interested in exploring the idea of starting a food manufacturing business. The seminar will be offered on March 9. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registration deadline is Feb. 27. Contact Jill Gifford at (402) 472-2819 or email@example.com for more information.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
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Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
2. Bancroft-Rosalie (4-0), 45.7500
3. Dorchester (5-1), 45.3333
4. Wauneta-Palisade (6-1), 45.1429
5. Sandhills/Thedford (6-0), 44.5000