Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership will hold the Creighton WIC (Women, Infant and Children), Immunization and CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program for the Elderly) clinic on Tuesday January 16th, 2018 from 10:30am to 2:30pm at the NENCAP Building 808 Chase Ave Creighton, Ne. For an appointment or for more information regarding the WIC or Immunization Programs please call (402) 385-6300.
NENCAP’s WIC Program provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to income eligible pregnant, breast-feeding or postpartum women, infants, and children to age 5 years. Find a clinic near you at signupwic.com.
NENCAP’s CSFP Program is for seniors over the age of 60 and provides nutrition education and a food package. Seniors receive a two-month food package six times per year. In order to be eligible for the program you must be income eligible and live within the service area. For an appointment or more information on other distribution sites please call 1-800-445-2505 extension 214.
The Creighton Public School Preschool is currently taking registrations for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.
Preschool is designed for children who have turned 4 years of age on or before July 31, 2018.
Jr. kindergarten is designed for children who have turned 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2017. It is intended to be a bridge between preschool and kindergarten. If is a program for young 5 year olds who are not quite ready for full time kindergarten.
Please call Creighton Elementary at 402-358-5001 by January 31 to register your child or for more information.
When it comes to signs, Tim Marchese knows a thing or two.
As president of Tri City Sign Company based out of Grand Island, Marchese utilized a family background in signage when he started his company in 1992.
Marchese came from a family that had been in the business since 1966. His father built the Omaha Neon Sign Company in Omaha, and Marchese started working for his father at the age of 14. He continued until he open Tri City.
Marchese said he started Tri City after a couple other sign companies had gone under. He took over with four employees, which has grown to 75 employees at that location alone. And Marchese continues to work long hours to ensure the company continues to grow.
“It’s a 12-hour day for me every day. I go to the office at six and don’t get home until six,” Marchese said.
Over the years, Tri City has expanded with offices in Norfolk, Valentine, Ainsworth, North Platte, Kearney and Sioux City. His staff of 260 employees, he said, are what keeps the offices and plants manned and operating.
Marchese has received numerous jobs in Knox County thanks to the Downtown Revitalization (DTR) project in Creighton. Big Red Bottle Shop, Wendy Ripp Photography and A Special Place Floral and Gift shop — just to name a few — has used Tri City to fulfill its revitalization grant funds.
Marchese said city and businesses both benefit from having the new signage.
“We have changed over old wooden signs to be illuminated signs,” Marchese said.
Marchese said many owners have said they have increased their volume of business simply by putting up a sign on their storefront. It is the face of their business and what customers use to find their business.
“A business without a sign is usually a sign of no business,” Marchese said.
The company continues to grow and is expanding to Kansas. As it stands currently, all manufactured signs are completed within 140,000 square foot facilities located in Grand Island.
While Creighton is nearing the completion of its revitalization, more opportunity can be found in Knox County as Wausa ramps up its own downtown revitalization thanks to a recently awarded grant.
Wausa plans to begin its Phase II business meetings next month. Tri City also has been involved in several of the Neligh DTR projects.
Creighton continues with its downtown revitalization. Upon receiving a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Creighton has been making progress by putting up new signage, facades and windows.
Twelve businesses have put up new signs including Big Red Bottle Shop and A Special Place Floral and Gift Shop. Thirty one business have been approved for improvements with roughly $100,000 paid out so far.
Business wishing to do improvements will receive 75-25 funding up to $25,000 and a 50-50 up to $50,000. This is an excellent way to supplement the costs to update a business owner's store front. Businesses are required to obtain two quotes for the requested work. Once bids have been received, "they can choose to use either but would need to pay the amount over the lower quote," Economic Development Direct Kylee Wilmes said.
The community has until December 2018 to complete its projects under the CDBG.
The Creighton Police Department is offering a warning after an adult male allegedly approached children as they walked home from school.
On Thursday, the police department said an adult male with facial hair driving a brown or tan SUV asked children walking home from school if they wanted candy.
"He said it twice to the children before the kids ran home," the release stated.
The vehicle also was occupied by three juveniles in the back seat.
"There has only been one report of this sighting," the release said. "Stranger danger talk with the children could be beneficial."
Creighton came incredibly close to earning a trip to the state one act competition.
With their performance of "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten," Creighton racked up 170 total points from the judges. That number put them in second place at the C2-4 one act competition, just one point off the top team.
Earning awards for outstanding performances were Anna Morrill, Bryce Zimmerer, Brienne Fanta, Sam Van Metre, Noah Lilly, Kaitlin Sukup, Dylan Kuhlman and Sloane Fuchtman.
Mass of Christian burial services for William "Bill" Brockhaus, age 83, of South Sioux City, Nebraska are pending at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, Nebraska is assisting with arrangements.
Bill died Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Regency Square Care Center in South Sioux City.
Funeral services for Phillip Scheer, age 76, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton. Reverend Bev Hieb will officiate, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1151, American Legion Post 74, United States Air Force Honor Guard, and American Legion Riders.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Phillip died Friday, November 24, 2017, at his residence.
Phillip E. Scheer, son of Elmer and Erma (Nelson) Scheer, was born December 8, 1940, at Creighton, Nebraska. Phillip graduated from Creighton High School in 1960, and attended Northeast Community College, graduating with a degree in mechanics. He entered the United States Air Force in 1962, was stationed for two years at England Air Force Base and then for two years at Ogden Air Force Base in Ogden Utah. He was discharged in 1965. Phillip lived in Creighton most of his life and worked at Naprstek Motor as a mechanic for 35 years. He loved socializing at Shaffer’s Mini Mart, which later became CMart, for coffee every day with his coffee crew.
Phillip is survived by his brother, Dale (Dee) Scheer of Malcolm, Nebraska; nephew, Dale (Stephanie) Scheer, Jr. and their son, Asher; niece, Karen (Rob) Ernesti and their children and grandchildren, Jenny (Bryan) Smith, Eli and Aaron, Ashley (Griffen) Jadwin, Brittney (Adam) Kovar and Jackson, and Zachary Ernesti.
He was preceded into death by his parents; and sister, Lois.
Memorials may be directed to American Legion Post 74.
Private family services for Margareta Anders, age 89, of Creighton, Nebraska will be held at a later date.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton is in charge of arrangements.
Margareta died Friday, November 24, 2017, at Avera Creighton Hospital.
Creighton woman has been recognized for her contributions to agriculture.
Liz Doerr was honored as the AG-ceptional Woman of the Year at the 9th Annual AG-ceptional Women’s Conference on Friday at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College here. The announcement was revealed during a video tribute that was played during the opening session of the conference. The video was sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America and produced by the Northeast Agriculture Department and Media Production Group.
“Liz was honored for her dedication, strength, skills, and impact on agriculture,” said Corinne Morris, dean of agriculture, math and science at Northeast Community College and conference director. “She is very influential in the G.o.L.D (Gary or Liz Doerr) Family Farm and farrow to finish operation. Off the farm, she has also made a substantial impact on Nebraska agriculture. This is a well-deserved recognition.”
Doerr was nominated by her husband, Gary.
“Liz always has a very positive attitude and a smile on her face. She enjoys being a problem solver, and isn’t afraid to take on a challenge. Liz is always determined to finish a task she starts, no matter how large or small it might be. She handles her work in a very professional way and is devoted to her family, church, and jobs.”
Upon accepting her award, Doerr thanked her husband and family.
“Gary’s always been my strongest supporter. He knows what I’m doing is important, and I have a great family here. I love all of you.”
The Doerrs own and operate a 275 sow farrow to finish hog operation near Creighton, along with 1,100 acres of row crops. Liz Doerr assists with the hog operation with artificial insemination, working with sows, weaning pigs, and sorting the hogs to be sold. She also does the accounting for the operation, in addition to downloading and analyzing data from their feed mill and maintaining hog production records for the Doerr’s farm, as well as a neighboring operation.
“If one pig is missing from the records, she will catch it,” Gary Doerr said. “Over the last few years, Liz’s management tools have helped us make major decisions like building a feed mill and developing an expansion plan that incorporates our son, Aaron, into the business. She also uses these tools to identify improvements we can make that might turn into monetary or time savings.”
Off the farm, Liz Doerr has another important job. She is the zoning administrator for Knox and Antelope counties.
Gary Doerr said, “When she first began the position with Knox County more than twelve years ago, the county’s regulations were very restrictive, particularly for livestock operations. After many long meetings and determination on Liz's part, the county zoning regulations were rewritten in 2014. That fall, Knox County was designated as "Livestock Friendly", something a lot of people never thought would happen.”
Antelope County hired Doerr as its zoning and planning administrator in April 2016, where she assisted in making it a Livestock Friendly County that year. She is in the process of helping to update its zoning regulations. She regularly answers questions from other counties on the livestock friendly designation.
In March 2017, the Nebraska Planning and Zoning Association presented Doerr with its Loretta Ludemann Award for excellence in planning and zoning.
Larry Sitzman, past executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, said he appreciated Doerr’s assistance in serving as an association representative on a working group with the Nebraska Association of County Officials.
“The challenge to this group was to review county zoning rules and recommend making zoning regulations that were more consistent across county lines,” he said. “Following months of meetings and debate, the group drafted LB 106, the Livestock Operation Siting and Expansion bill. Liz did an excellent job testifying before the Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee speaking in favor of the legislation.”
In 2015, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association presented Doerr with its Industry Outreach Award for the input and work she did with the working group.
Also in 2015, Doerr was one of ten people from across the state appointed to serve on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Livestock Development Matrix Committee by then Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. The law charges the ag department with development of an assessment matrix that can be used by county government officials for siting livestock operations.
Doerr was also nominated by Joan Ruskamp, of J & S Feedlot of Dodge.
“Someone saw that gift in her and she put her courage on the line, and a leap of faith and stepped into that role (as zoning administrator) and she did it so well. She’s reaching out beyond her farm - and really to all of us farmers and ranchers - to help us on our farms work with our friends and our small communities and cities around us so that agriculture can and continue to thrive without any kind of detriment or harm foreseen by those friends or ours in the city. That is why I believe Liz is our AG-ceptional Woman of the Year for 2017.”
Doerr has also been involved with the Ag-Ceptional Women’s Conference Committee since its inception. She also assists Zion Lutheran Church in Plainview, with its computer programs and is in charge of its audio visual system. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family taking part in activities such as camping, kayaking, geocaching, walks, and attending her grandchildren’s activities. She also enjoys working in the yard, sewing, and decorating cakes.
She earned a diploma in the administrative assistant program from Northeast Community College.
The Doerr’s have four children, Eric and JoBeth Doerr, of Creighton, and their children, Trevor, Makenzie, and Kaydence; Kayla and Jake Dryden of Corpus Christi, TX; Kevin and Charlie Doerr, of Plainview, and their son Elliot; and Aaron and Carley Doerr of Creighton.