Brady Brockhaus, of Creighton, committed to play basketball at Briar Cliff University last week. He signed the letter of intent Friday, April 6.
Brockhaus also accepted Briar Cliff University's Presidential Scholarship. This scholarship offers full tuition and is renewable from year to year. Briar Cliff offered this high honor to Brockhaus because of his academic credentials as well as his application and interview for the scholarship.
Five Creighton students received the prestigious state degree on Friday, concluding the 90th annual Nebraska State FFA Convention at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
Receiving state degrees were Wyatt Diedrichsen, Destiny Jacobsen, James Johnson, Brady Nelson and Kaitlin Sukup.
The BARN QUILT EVENT planned for Saturday, April 14th at Janet Frank Quilts & Embroidery in Creighton has been postponed. Please come in either Saturday, April 21 or Saturday, April 28 to complete your Barn Quilt! Paid registrations will be taken until Thursday April 19 for the event on April 21, and until Thursday April 26 for the event on April 28th. Stay safe and stay off the roads!
Northeast community college is hosting a Digital Photography Class at Creighton Public Library on April 17th at 6 p.m. Bring your own camera! Cost is $30. Call 800-348-9033 or visit northeast.edu to register.
Two students from Creighton competed at 2018 Class C2 State Speech held at the University of Kearney today.
Sam VanMetre took the 3rd place medal in the Entertainment category.
Meanwhile, Brian Johnson finished 6th place in Extemporaneous Speaking.
In its 22nd year of service, Overland Rehab continues to thrive as the month of March recognizes athletic training, one of its many specialties.
Finishing physical therapy school, David Holland and Bob Meuret joined already established therapist Bill Reynolds in opening Overland Rehab in 1996. e three set a business goal to provide quality therapy services to Northeast Nebraska by local physical therapists who know and understand the rural communities.
Their goal has made an impression on many throughout the years.
A 27-year athletic trainer and now co-owner of Overland, Matt Belitz explained, “I think the best part of Overland is that it is a physical therapy company owned by physical therapists. So, we know how to deal with therapists because we are therapists. And, we don’t put people in situations that they’re not going to be comfortable in, just because, we wouldn’t do it.”
He also explained that one of the many benefits of Overland is its wide range of locations. With locations in Creighton, Verdigre, Neligh, Plainview Manor, Plainview Hospital, Osmond, Santee, Lynch and soon-to-be-in Yankton, the business has taken off with not only expanding in locations but by nearly tripling its team and adding new treatments while doing so.
“We do everything from home health to providing therapists in public schools. We have pediatric therapy and also have pools in a couple of different places,” said Belitz. “So, we really see everything from babies to 100-year-olds. And everyone from hospital patients to outpatients, to home health patients, to nursing home, to whatever. So it is a good variety.”
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska Med Center graduate, Belitz joined the Overland team in 2006 after years of hounding from friend and fellow Med Center graduate — and now partner — with Overland Rehab, David Holland.
With word of Mueret going back to school and Reynolds retiring, Belitz made his move to Neligh to become part of the Overland family.
Since then, Belitz has continued to hold up the reputation of Overland by devoting his time and skills primarily to the Neligh community, taking pride in helping others.
“There have been a couple times where I have to put knee caps in and shoulders back in. That is kind of fun,” he said. “If you can get them settled down faster by getting it back in place, that’s always a good thing. And seeing kids get back playing after they get hurt, and being able to help them get back.”
Ryan Gallagher is also an athletic trainer with Overland Rehab. Gallagher provides physical therapy and athletic training services in Osmond and Plainview.
Holland said that Belitz has really helped build the business since he started in 2006, and the growing staff continues to show that Overland Rehab is all about personalized care.
“You are dealing with people that probably know everyone in the community so there is kind of grassroots feeling of rehab from start to finish,” Holland said. “We know most of our clients, where they are from and what the demands of their job are going to be able to do. So it’s a full understanding of the smaller community.”
The Creighton FFA will be hosting its annual Work & Pie Auction on March 15 to help raise funds towards the FFA programs.
The event will be held at the Multipurpose room at the Creighton Community Public School this Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. The pie and ice cream auction will kick the night off followed by the work auction starting at 6:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the work and pie auction help purchase classroom supplies and shop equipment. It also aids in lowering the expenses associated with district and state contests and leadership contests.
Congratulations to the following students who were awarded ribbons for their outstanding art work at the Lewis and Clark Conference Art Show held at Wayne State College, Monday, February 26.
Back row: Alissa Fink: 3rd place Acrylics, Sherrie Daniels: 3rd place Pencil Drawing, Kasey Kuhl: 3rd place Acrylics, Kirsten Adams: 1st place photography, Brenna Doerr: 2nd Place Mixed media, 1st and 2nd in Watercolor.
Front row: Brook Corn: 1st and 3rd Acrylics, Devika Hinzmann: 2nd place: Pencil Drawing, 3rd Acrylic, Kirsten Adams: 1st place Photography, Devika Hinzmann: 3rd Acrylics.
After six years of being back in his hometown, a 2007 Creighton Community School graduate has found himself following in the same footsteps as his father and role model.
Making his way back to teach in the same halls he once walked, Zac Kliment is in his sixth year of teaching at Creighton and is busier than ever.
After graduating from Creighton in the spring of 2007, Kliment continued his education and football career at Briar Cliff University. While in Sioux City, Iowa, Kliment played football for the Chargers while following in parents footsteps majoring in education and history.
“Both of my parents were educators. My dad is still at the school here and does a lot of athletic stuff. And my mom was a speech therapist and I just spent a lot of time up here with them. So, I was just something I always had a passion for. In terms of coaching and leadership, I really followed the old man. He’s been a really good role model,” he said.
Finishing his education, Kliment found himself with the right opportunity at the right time. With a long-time teacher retiring from Creighton, he found himself making his way back to his alma mater to pursue his passion and career in teaching and coaching.
For the last six years, Kliment has been actively involved in the school as the history teacher, football coach, head wrestling coach, and head track coach.
Kliment said the amount of activity involvement in the Creighton school is threw the roof with 90 percent of the kids involved in band, choir, play, speech, FFA, and so much more. From the classroom to the field, each activity he takes pride in all of the student’s accomplishments.
“A lot of people think history is boring and really dry, so any time I can connect with the kids and see that they are really interested in that. I really enjoy that,” said Kliment. “Coaching, I take a lot of joy in their successes. I’ve had a lot of individual success myself with coaching, but it is so much more fulfilling having a state champion wrestler. And then on the other side there are kids that come in just green and they just want to learn a few things. Once they master a technique, its kind of neat seeing how it just starts clicking and they can remember it and do it themselves. Its rewarding.”
Kliment’s passion continues to grow and there is no doubt he is proud to call Creighton home.
Eleven months after being awarded the Downtown Revitalization Grant, the City of Creighton is keeping busy as business throughout the community continue to improve.
In March of 2017, Creighton was awarded $350,000 to contribute to the revitalization. From cement work to new awnings, the downtown has seen a bit of a facelift.
Economic Development Director Kylee Wilmes said that the community has really worked together to brighten up the town. Teaming up with Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District in Norfolk, Wilmes was taken by surprise when told that Creighton had the most amount of businesses to apply for the grant, totaling at about 30 applicants.
Each applicant was given the opportunity to improve their business with requests for cement work, facade changes, new awnings, signs, and so much more.
Businesses participating in the revitalization are AME Door Systems, A Special Place, Big REd Bottle Shop, Brockhaus Funeral Home, Bulldog Sports Lounge, Burns Lumber Co., C-Mart, Creighton Auto, Creighton Locker, Farniks Shoe, Flower Basket, Gragerts Grocery, Grand Central Cafe, Hair Expressions, Hair Studio, Hammer Insurance, Jerry’s Bare and Lanes, Laflan Storage, Marshall Law, Morrill Plumbing, Rader Feed and Supply, Renates, Salmen Hardware, Scott Fuchtman, TC Auto Repair, T & M Fireworks, The Beauty Shoppe, Waltons Electronics, and Wendy Ripp Photography.
The city plans to open back up applicants during the month of February as they still have money leftover from the grant. Hoping for more applicants, Wilmes and the rest of the city looks forward to seeing more improvements.
Wilmes said, “Every business in their own has seen a dramatic change from what it was before. And that is great to go outside and see those dramatic changes. Especially, I mean I’ve lived here my whole life, and a lot of the businesses have been the same for 50 plus years. So, it’s nice to see just even those little changes. It’s just great.”