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DeBoer in 1st group for 8-man football hall of fame

Extension assistant takes position at SCC

SHS dance team competes at state meet

Chester woman competes for 3rd time for beauty title


DeBoer in 1st group for 8-man football hall of fame

Twelve coaches and two players will be members of the newly established Eight-Man Football Hall of Fame charter class, which will be inducted during ceremonies to be held June 17 at The Tom Osborne Family Sports Complex in Hastings.
The hall of fame is presented by the Nebraska Eight-Man Football Coaches Association and sponsored by the Pinnacle Bank of Nebraska. The induction ceremony will be held at halftime of the 40th annual Sertoma Eight-Man All-Star Game played at Hastings College. Kickoff for the game will be 6 p.m.
Members of the Class of 2017 include: coaches Dave Scribner (Trumbull), Ken Cook (Adams), John O'Brien (Shelby), Terry Borcher (Table Rock), Jim Connick (Hampton), Jack Sunderland (Wheatland), Al Combs (Potter), Tom Majors (Wheeler Central), Gary DeBoer (Lawrence-Nelson), Dan Moore (Ansley), Mike Brown (Mullen), and Jon Cerny (Bancroft-Rosalie). The two players to be inducted will be Brian Vitosh of Odell and Mike Hahn of Hampton.
The purpose of the hall of fame is to celebrate the history, growth and success of Nebraska Eight-Man Football, first honoring some of the key figures in helping make the Sertoma All-Star Classic a reality. For more information regarding the hall of fame, please contact Bob McEvoy by email at

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Extension assistant takes position at SCC
Crystal Fangmeier, extension assistant in the Nuckolls and Thayer county extension offices, has accepted a position with Southeast Community College. She has worked for UNL Extension in the Southern Plains Unit for more than 22 years.
Fangmeier said she began her new position as coordinator of SCC's Hebron Learning Center last Wednesday. The position is apparently part-time now, while the new program is being developed, but is expected to become full-time July 1. Until then, she plans to continue working part-time for UNL Extension and the 4-H programs in the Southern Plains Unit.
"I have enjoyed my time working with 4-H members, families and volunteers in the Southern Plains Unit. I will forever treasure the friendships I have developed. However, last year my position's stability came into question, because of funding on the state level, and in the fall, Nebraska Extension announced there was a budget short fall and a hiring freeze," she said. "These issues made me realize it was in my best interest to pursue other employment opportunities, which led me to securing the position with Southeast Community College. Words cannot describe the amount of appreciation I felt when so many of you came to support my position at last year's meetings with county commissioners and the Nebraska Extension Administration. Support for this position will need to continue to ensure a replacement is hired, either on the state or local level."
In April, UNL announced it planned to eliminate funding for the extension assistant position in the Southern Plains Unit (Nuckolls and Thayer counties).
A group of parents, county extension board members and other 4-H and extension advocates attended the next regular meeting of the Nuckolls County Board at the courthouse in Nelson. Among them was Jacie Milius, extension educator for Nuckolls and Thayer counties, who explained the situation with the funding. At that time, the Southern Plains Unit had one of only seven extension assistants or aides in Nebraska who were either fully or partially paid by the university ­­ Crystal Fangmeier, who was also in attendance.
At that time, there were 57 extension assistants or aides in the state who were paid by their respective counties. One of the distinctions between extension assistants and aides is the assistant position requires at least a bachelor's degree.
Milius and Fangmeier were joined at the meeting by Dave Varner, director of the southeast extension district in Nebraska; Jean Stichka, Nuckolls County Extension Office manager; Dwayne Buescher, county extension board member; Jim Rempe, past extension board president; Angie Garner, past extension board president; Kyle Schultz, extension board member; Deb Craig, current extension board president; and Heather Ramsey, lifelong 4-H member and parent. Each were given the opportunity to speak in support of 4-H and UNL Extension programs in general. Many also said the two county fairs would be difficult to execute without a full-time extension assistant.
Nebraska Extension's 2020 strategic plan is apparently to increase outreach by transferring state-funded extension assistant positions to where more youth outreach is needed and counties are already funding multiple assistant positions. It will also address the perceived inequity of a few assistants being state-funded while the vast majority are county-funded. In this area, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Hamilton, Merrick, Saline, Seward and Thayer counties all have county-funded extension assistants or aides.
The current situation in Nuckolls and Thayer counties originated in 1991, when an extension educator position was eliminated and an extension assistant position to serve Nuckolls, Thayer and Fillmore counties was added. It was later determined ineffective and inefficient to have an assistant work in three counties. In addition to Fangmeier, Thayer County has a county-funded part-time (0.7) aide position.
The state's proposal called for Nuckolls and Thayer counties to begin to fund Fangmeier's position incrementally, beginning in Fiscal Year 2017 with 75 percent of her salary coming from UNL and 12.5 percent coming from both Thayer and Nuckolls counties. At the end of the four-year period, 50 percent of her salary would come from each county and none from the state. The state was willing to "draw down" the funding over four years if agreed to by the counties. If not, the position was not to be funded beyond Dec. 31.
The state's proposal listed (for budget purposes) the total estimated compensation for a paid extension assistant with 21 years experience at $63,200, $42,700 in salary and another $20,500 in benefits annually.
Several weeks later, Nuckolls and Thayer county commissioners met in joint session in Hebron to discuss the proposal by UNL. Also attending were various members of both counties' extension councils and fair boards, and several representatives from UNL Extension.
Following the meeting, Commissioner Doyle Christensen said he may vote in favor of the university's plan, if only because he fears they will cut more services or staff in the county if they fail to go along with this. Commissioner Tim Zikmund said he didn't want to begin to pay for keeping things just as they were, but might consider spending tax dollars to hire a new county employee to work in the extension office. Commissioner Dan Corman said he opposed the university's plan and wasn't sure he'd support paying for additional help in the extension office, no matter who it is.
That potentially contentious vote was mitigated by an unexpected move by the University of Nebraska. Just as the commissioners were poised to vote on whether or not to take over paying the salary and benefits for the extension assistant shared with Thayer County, a representative from UNL Extension contacted the county and said they were backing away from the master plan and would leave everything as is until further notice.

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SHS dance team competes at state meet
It was off to Grand Island and the Heartland Event Center, Saturday, for the Superior High School dance team to compete at the Nebraska State Cheer and Dance Championship.
The team competed with other C-2 schools in the high kick dance division. The team earned a third place finish with 69.67 points, missing the top spot by three points.
Superior was the highest placing C-2 school among the five area schools competing in various classes including Doniphan-Trumbull and Hastings St. Cecilia.

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Chester woman competes for 3rd time for beauty title
A Thayer Central High School graduate and current junior at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Allison Tietjen is competing a third time for the Miss Nebraska title.
In her first Miss Nebraska competition she finished in the top five. In her second attempt, she was third runner-up. She is hopeful this will be her year.
If selected as Miss Nebraska she had big plans. She would like to be the second Miss Nebraska to visit all 93 counties and spread the message, "We lie in the greatest country because of the people who served our country.
Tietjen has been closely associated with an aggressive campaign to raise funds for the Veterans Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.
As a high school senior she serves as the student coordinator for a Korean honor flight. She has served as a veteran's guardian on both a Korean and a Vietnam honor flight.
She is the daughter of Cary and Amy Tietjen of Chester.

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