Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NEWS BRIEFS: DHS Journalists Compete; Weber And Behrens Named Academic All-Staters

  • DHS Journalists Compete Against Class A Schools: Continuing its long run of excellence in journalism, Dorchester High School recently sent some of its students to compete in the Journalism Education Association Winter High School Journalism Competition. Around two dozen schools competed in the even. Most of the schools were from Omaha or other Class A schools, while Dorchester was the smallest school represented. Brittney Zoubek received an "excellent" for her Yearbook Theme Copy Writing; Zoe McKnight received an honorable mention for in the category of Sports/Action Photography; Makenna Bird received an honorable mention for Yearbook Layout and an honorable mention for Yearbook Sports Feature; Marivelle Magana received an honorable mention for Yearbook Theme Copy Writing, and the team of Brittany Knorr, Marivelle Magana, and Brittney Zoubek received an honorable mention for Yearbook Theme Development. These Longhorns are advised by Mrs. Sandy Severance. 
  • Dorchester Girls Place 4th At Turkey Creek Track And Field: The DHS girls took fourth place yesterday at the Turkey Creek Track And Field Invitational in Friend, outscoring both Exeter-Milligan and the Bulldogs.  The Lady Longhorns placed first in the triple jump, shot put and discus events.  Word has it that the future for Dorchester's female athletics is bright, as a crop of talented junior high athletes are also making their presence known.
  • DHS Girls Named Academic All-Staters: Dorchester's Jacee Weber and Avery Behrens excelled on the court and in the classroom this year.  As a result, the Lincoln Journal Star has named the duo to its Class D2 Academic All-State Honorable Mention rolls for girls basketball.  Congrats to Jacee and Avery.
  • The Fiscal Insanity Of Gravel Streets: The minutes from the Dorchester Village Board's March meeting report that board members recently heard from an Olsson Associates representative, who made recommendations for street improvements.  Those recommendations dealt with intersections, as well as resurfacing existing paved streets, we have learned, but they were rejected "due to lack of available funds."  Meanwhile, the Village is currently accepting bids for delivery and spread of 480 tons of gravel -- for the latest round of gravel coating on those unpaved streets.  Consider that it will likely cost the Village at least $30 a ton (a conservative estimate) to bring the gravel and drop it on the streets.  This will cost around $15,000, plus the cost of labor for its employees to spread and maintain.  This gets to be an expensive annual habit and is proof that over the decades, gravel streets are quite expensive, too.  We say, "Stop the madness," and instead put some momentum into long-term street planning.

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