Thursday, February 26, 2009
- provide education and technical help that energizes small business development and entrepreneurship;
- provide technical assistance that facilitates small business transfer;
- build community business capacity and leadership programs;
- generate opportunities that attract and retain youth and/or families;
- provide education about philanthropy and transfer of inter-generational wealth;
- provide education about building community endowments to support all activities;
- establish community initiatives that attract new residents;
- provide marketing assistance (for Web sites, printed or electronic materials, etc.) to recruit new residents from outside the state.
Applications must be received at either the Nebraska Department of Economic Development in Lincoln, or the Nebraska Rural Development Commission office in North Platte by Noon, May 1. Complete guidelines and the application form can be found at: http://www.neded.org/content/view/374/555/.
For more information, call Linda Fettig at (308) 380-4966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
- DHS Takes Top Honors In State Journalism Contest: Dorchester this month further solidified the reputation of its journalism program, regardless of school size. DHS had multiple top finishers at the 2008-09 Nebraska Journalism Education Association contest for high school newspaper and yearbook students. Out of more than 515 entries in Classes A through D, DHS' Valerie Cochnar received an "excellent" rating in the yearbook layout competition. In yearbook sports writing, DHS' Malinda Havlat also received an "excellent." Dorchester's Jessica Hansen was awarded an "excellent" in yearbook theme copy, while DHS' Charity Springer, Ashton Kotas and Cochnar were awarded a "superior" for yearbook theme development. We at the Times tip our hats to the budding journalists at DHS.
- Assistance Available for Saline County Ancestral Research: Saline County residents Tom and Lyn Harrison tell the Times that they offer "the only online library specializing in Saline County genealogy." The Harrison's assist others researching their families in Saline and surrounding counties. Their Web site, http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~netpl, offers a "virtual library that provides free online lookups." The Harrisons have a database that includes a "death and burial index" with more than 30,000 entries from Saline and surrounding counties, as well as more than 10,000 obituaries. Those interested in learning more about their family roots can e-mail Tom and Lyn at email@example.com.
- Pictures From The Girls Subdistrict Tourney: So the ball did not bounce the Lady Longhorns' way in last week's subdistrict play in Geneva. At least the fans had a good time. To prove it, we have photos from a loyal reader who wanted to share the sights of some of Dorchester's most loyal fans who rooted hard for their favorite team. We thank the reader for sending us these great shots. (Click on photos for a closer look.)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
- Bruha Selected For 8-Man All-Star Game: The Omaha World-Herald reports that Dorchester's Brandon Bruha has been picked to play in the Seratoma's all-star 8-man high school football game this summer. Bruha will be one of 24 players on the roster for the Nebraska East team. The all-star game will be held at Hastings College on June 20.
- DHS Falls To Giltner, Prepares For Subdistricts Tuesday: The Longhorn boys basketball team fell short in its final regular season contest Friday night, losing 56-42 to Giltner, Class D1's No. 5 team (Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star). DHS (12-6) now prepares for a difficult subdistrict challenge at Fillmore Central in Geneva. The Longhorns will play Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m., taking on 13-5 McCool Junction, who narrowly beat DHS just a few weeks ago. If the Longhorns win, they would likely play top-seeded Bruning-Davenport (19-2), rated No. 1 in both major polls, at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
- DHS Wrestlers Finish Season At State: Dorchester's four state-qualifying wrestlers combined for a team total of 8 points at this weekend's state tournament at Omaha, probably far short of the squad's goals. Still, despite disappointing first-round defeats, DHS' grapplers found some success in the consolation rounds. In the consolation first round, DHS' Brandon Schwisow defeated Mitch Milanuk of Garden County, 9-5, in the 125 lb. class. In the 145 lb. bracket, DHS' Adam Kahle pinned Kade Lehmkuhler of Arnold in less than a minute. And in the 189 lb. class, DHS' Russel Barak pinned Jake Hagan of Sumner-Eddyville-Miller in just 35 seconds. Barak went on to defeat Dillon Mortensen of Medicine Valley, 5-3, in the second round of the consolations. Congratulations to all four of DHS' state qualifiers!
Friday, February 20, 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 Neb. Open Meetings Law. It was also noted the Open Meeting Act Poster is posted in the boardroom. There was a request for a change of agenda. An executive session was added to discuss legal issues.
The January Treasurer’s Report was reviewed. Motion by Kahle, second by Bors to approve the January Report. Voting yes were Kahle, Bors, Boller, Zoubek, Hansen and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0. Motion to approve January 2009 end of the month and February general fund expenditures, along with year to date expenditures from the Special Building, Depreciation, Bond, Employees Benefit, Student Fees, Lunch and Activities Funds was made by Boller, second by Hansen. Voting yes were Boller, Hansen, Bors, Kahle, Zoubek and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0.
- Building/Grounds Committee – A time capsule will be made for the bell monument out of stainless steel. A 10 X 22 tube is being donated so the only cost will be with sealing the ends. The bell monument is scheduled to be done by the Alumni Banquet. The Wellness Committee will be meeting after basketball has concluded.
7:45 pm Cindy Havlat arrived. Cindy presented information on a scholarship trust. The Board asked her to obtain some more information concerning start up costs and etc. Cindy will be in contact with Mr. Redinger. The Board supported the formation of the scholarship trust.
Principal’s Report: Mr. Kubicek discussed proposed changes to the student handbook. Changes will be tabled until the July meeting.
Superintendent’s Report: Mr. Redinger discussed current legislation including LB240, LB61, LB228, LB102 and LB225. A new Pepsi contract was discussed and Mr. Pohl will contact Coke. There are new Federal Wellness guidelines going into effect regarding types and size of drinks allowed to be sold in schools. Running an option student ad was also discussed.
a) The scholarship trust information was presented at 7:45 pm.
b) Motion by Kahle, second by Bors to approve the 2009-2010 School Calendar. Voting yes were Kahle, Bors, Hansen, Boller, Zoubek and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0.
c) Motion Boller, second by Zoubek to approve the FBLA request to attend the State Leadership Conference, April 2-4, in Omaha. Voting yes were Boller, Zoubek, Bors, Kahle, Hansen and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0.
d) Motion by Boller, second by Zoubek to approve the resignation of Mr. David Kampmann, Secondary Social Studies teacher. Voting yes were Boller, Zoubek, Bors, Hansen, Kahle and Havlat. Motion passed 6-0.
e) The Board of Education recognized the Dorchester Education Association as the 2009-2010 bargaining agent for certified staff.
Motion by Zoubek, second by Hansen to adjourn to executive session at 9:10 pm. All members voted aye. Motion by Bors, second by Hansen to return to regular session at 9:38 pm. All members voted aye. The next regular monthly meeting of the Dorchester Board of Education will be Monday, March 9, 2009 at 7:00 pm. Motion by Kahle, second by Hansen to adjourn at 9:40 pm. All members voted aye.
(s) Ron Kahle, Secretary of the Board of Education
Thursday, February 19, 2009
- DHS Wrestlers At State: The four DHS wrestlers who worked hard all season to qualify for the state tournament today discovered that the Qwest Center in Omaha presents a whole new level of competition. In the first round of the 2009 state wrestling tournament at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Dorchester wrestlers came away with tough-fought but disappointing lossses. In the 125 lb. class, Devyn Schake, Amherst, pinned DHS' Brandon Schwisow in 3:09. In the 145 lb. category, David Holland, Aquinas Catholic, defeated DHS' Adam Kahle, 9-6. In the 152 lb. class, Randon McKain, Sutherland, pinned the Longhorns' Jordan Inderlied in 3:48. And in the 189 lb. division, Dylan Heitoff, Pope John, pinned DHS' Russel Barak in 1:39. Class D wresting action continues Friday at 8:30 a.m. with first-round consolations.
- Girls Season Ends In Geneva: Despite one of the best campaigns on record for the DHS girls basketball program, the season came to an end Thursday night in the D1-2 subdistrict finals, as Exeter-Milligan beat the Lady 'Horns, 49-34. This was the season's third meeting between DHS and Exeter-Milligan, with the Timberwolves winning the last two contests. DHS ends up 18-4 on the season. The Lady Longhorns were ranked much of the season by both major state newspapers. Our congratulations to all the members of this year's DHS girls basketball team on an impressive season.
- DHS Girls Basketball In The State Record Books: According to the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA), Dorchester appears more than once when it comes to the girls basketball record books. Former Lady Longhorn Shannon Karl is No. 48 on Nebraska's honor roll for "most points for career" among all classes, with 1541 points at the end of her DHS career in 1995. Karl is also tied at No. 16 on the state's all-class list for "most Points in a single game" with 45 points in a 1994 contest. Dorchester girls basketball is also in the record books for another, less distinguished mark -- holding the state's ninth-longest losing streak with 42 losses in a row. DHS' streak ended in 1989. The state's longest losing streak belongs to Keya Paha with 89.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
We at the Times went to the latest U.S. Census data and found that our town is not only making some positive strides, but is also unique compared to some of its area peers.
As of 2007, the latest year of information available, Dorchester's population was 630 people, according to the census' unofficial numbers. Since 2000, the village has had a population growth of 2.44 percent.
Other items of interest we found include:
- The median home cost in Dorchester was $104,700. Home appreciation from 2006 to 2007 was been -0.66 percent.
- Compared to the rest of the country, Dorchester's cost of living was 23 percent lower than the U.S. average.
- Dorchester public schools spent $5,669 per student in 2007. The average school expenditure in the U.S. that year was $6,058. There are about 10 students per teacher in Dorchester.
- The unemployment rate in Dorchester was 2.70 percent 18 months ago. Recent job growth is positive.
- About half of Dorchester's residents regularly attend religious services, with about 14 percent Catholic; 27.42 percent Protestant; and 8.32 percent of another Christian faith.
- About 43 percent of the people in Dorchester are registered as Democrats, while 55 percent are registered Republican. Remaining are independent: 1.35 percent.
- The median age in Dorchester is 38, compared to the national median of 37.6. About 66 percent of people in Dorchester are married, while 6.5 percent are divorced. Just over 9 percent have children, but are single.
- The average one-way commute to and from work for Dorchester residents is 23 minutes. About 79 percent of commuters drive their own car alone, while 16 percent carpool with others. About 1 percent work of residents from home.
- Dorchester's median household income in 2007 was $42,717.
The Associated Press reports that the USDA is seeking applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program, which is open to public bodies and nonprofits that want to finance small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. Grants may be used for technical assistance, acquisition of land, buildings and other things.
Grants are only eligible for projects that assist rural communities. Rural is defined as communities and cities with a population of 50,000 or less. The deadline to apply is March 31. For more information, go to www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/busp/rbeg.htm.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
- Four DHS Grapplers Headed To State: Four DHS wrestlers earned the right to go to the state tourney following their performances this weekend at the D1 District competition in Sutton. Dorchester's state qualifiers were: Brandon Schwisow (placed third place at districts in the 125 lb. class); Adam Kahle (placed second in 145 lb. class); Jordan Inderlied (placed third in 152 lb. class); and Russel Barak (placed third in 189 class). DHS finished the district meet in seventh place in team scoring out of 18 squads. DHS was second only to High Plains among Crossroads Conference teams. Our hats off to all the DHS wrestlers on an outstanding regular season.
- Lady Longhorns Get Bye In First Night Of Subdistricts: The girls basketball subdistrict pairings have been announced and, due to their 17-3 regular season record, DHS will get a bye in the first round of the D1-2 subdistrict tourney at Fillmore Central in Geneva. The Lady 'Horns will play Tuesday at 6 p.m., taking on the winner of Monday's Meridian-McCool Junction contest. The subdistrict final will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.
- DHS' Past State Wresting Champs: Dorchester has had its share of state wrestling champions, although all came in a single decade. In 1981, the Longhorns' Mike Williams became the first DHS wrestler to win a state championship, capturing the gold medal in the 185 lb. class in Class C. Five years later, in 1986, DHS' Don Bruha took the 185 lb. gold in Class D. In 1988, Dorchester's Brad Andelt took top honors in the 112 lb. class for Class D. A couple of Times readers tell us DHS has a real chance this year to see a fourth name added to the list.
Friday, February 13, 2009
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Meanwhile, the DHS girls extended their win streak to four games, beating Clay Center 55-41. The Lady Longhorns trailed 29-19 at the half, but an inspired team performance and coaches' game plan led DHS to 24 points in the third period. Dorchester's defense held Clay Center to only three points in the third period and twelve total points in the second half.
Karmen Lawver lead the way for DHS with 16 points. Other scorers for Dorchester were: Boller 15, A. Havlat 6, Spanyers 2, Pracheil 12, Springer 4.
With Friday's win, the Lady Longhorns improve to an astounding 15-3 on the season. They move up to No. 12 on the NSAA's Class D1 point standings.
Friday, February 6, 2009
- Wrestlers Win Another Invite: The DHS wrestling team took top honors again Thursday night, this time at the Turkey Creek Invitational in Friend. Dorchester's grapplers combined for a team score of 169, easily running away with the gold. Second-place Friend managed to score 110, followed by Hastings St. Cecilia with 95, Freeman 92, Meridian 74, McCool Junction 34, Bruning-Davenport 0. Taking first in their respective weight class were DHS' Jeremy Inderlied at 119 lbs., Adam Kahle at 145 lbs., Josh Inderlied at 152 lbs., and Russel Barak at 189 lbs. Thursday's invitational concluded DHS' regular season action.
- Lady 'Horns Roll Up Two More Wins: Dorchester's Lady Longhorns basketball team, now 14-3 on the year, breezed past Nebraska Lutheran Thursday evening at home, 50-12. Leading the way for DHS in scoring was Wendy Boller with 17. Other DHS scorers included: Pracheil 9, Springer 6, A. Havlet 5, Lawver 4, M. Havlet 4, Behrens 3, Carroll 2. On Tuesday night, the Lady 'Horns had no problem handling Shickley, outscoring SHS 50-30. Scoring for DHS in the victory over Shickley were: Boller 14, Lawver 9, Springer 7, A. Havlat 5, M. Havlat 5, Wells 2, Carroll 2, Pracheil 2. The girls will battle Clay Center tonight in a home contest.
- Boys Snag Ninth Win: The boys basketball team got their revenge Tuesday night by beating Shickley, 57-43. Shickley was responsible for knocking DHS out of the CRC Tourney earlier than expected last week with a one-point upset. In Tuesday's game, DHS scored 21 in the final period to ensure a solid victory, which was produced by the following scorers: Bruha 19, Walton 12, Kotas 8, Zoubek 8, Morris 8, Palky 2. The boys (9-4 on the season) will take on Clay Center tonight at home.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Mason is currently in Children’s Hospital in Omaha where he has undergone a surgery to repair his colon and small intestine. Mason is working very hard to grow big and strong. The medical bills continue to pile up, and the June family could use our help.
An account on behalf of Mason has been set up at the Jones National Bank, P.O. Box 707, Milford, Neb. 68405.
Prayers and emotional support would also be appreciated.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
The Village Board will meet again Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. As always, the meeting is open to the public.