Omegaman and Friends came to visit students from Orchard, Elgin, Ewing and Verdigre to help crush the rise of bullying in schools.
Marc Wilkes a.k.a Omegaman started the school program in Lakeland, Florida after seeing an increase of school bullying in national headlines. Along with the increase, Wilkes looked back on his personal experience growing up with a speech impediment and how he struggled with bullying as a child as well. At the age of 12, Wilkes started lifting as a way to escape the negative energy he began to feel from the bullying. Years of bullying began to take a toll on Wilkes, when he finally began to make a change.
“My mom helped me to understand that I was letting them affect the good person that I was,” said Marc. “I had even considered suicide as a result of being depressed. In the end, though, I decided that I needed to believe in myself and not let that negativity take over my life. I started taking speech therapy and began focusing on my strengths instead of my weaknesses.”
After years of improvement, Wilkes finally decided to make a change in lives all over. The Omegaman and Friends program focuses on tackling the issues of bullying, drugs, alcohol, violence, peer pressure, obesity, and more with a superhero theme for kids to look up to.
Verdigre guidance counselor Dixie Hanefeldt said, “The Omegaman experience was definitely very positive. All of the kids were pumped up coming home and couldn’t stop talking about the things they had seen and learned. One little second grade girl stopped by my office the other day and she said, ‘Now remember, we have to be Dream-makers, not Dream-breakers. So, it definitely stuck with them.”
Throughout the program, students get the interact with Omegaman with phonebook tearing, baseball bat breaking, and so much more. With these activities, Omegeman challenges students to “Be the H.E.R.O. in YOU!” Helping Everyone Respect Others, along with teaching the important lesson of being a Dream-maker not a Dream-breaker.
Hanefeldt stressed, “Respect encompasses many, many behaviors, so our students grades 2-6 have signed pledges to show respect toward others. And all of those grades have made posters and they are all up and down our elementary.”
In last nights game versus Niobrara/Verdigree (NV), Santee's Stevie Peters has reached a landmark; she has hit the career 1,000 point mark. Peters needed 36 points going into Santee's matchup against NV last night and 36 is what she put up.
The one piece that makes this a standout is that she has accomplished the feat in just three seasons. Peters did not participate in basketball her freshman year but jumped back on the court half way through her sophomore year. Peters scored 296 her sophomore year, followed by a whopping 433 her junior year and now sits at 271 for this season, which is not yet complete.
Peters has already set the Santee girls all-time scoring record. With roughly 10 possible games left, Peters has a chance to make the Nebraska All-Time scoring list.
Knox County has a few on the list currently which include Kelsey Sanger of Crofton at 1221, Sarah Castaneda of Bloomfield at 1275, Bridget Arens of Crofton at 1336, Allison Arens of Crofton at 1579 and Monica Arens of Crofton at 1616.
The Annual Verdigre Alumni FFA Farm and Home Show was held on January 20 at the Verdigre High School Gymnasium.
Several booths can be seen in the photo gallery below.
The Veridgre Post Prom Committee will be hosting Reza Illusionist on January 26.
Reza is recognized as one of today's most highly sought-after entertainers in the touring illusion industry, delivering innovative, engaging and spectacular performances worldwide.
Reza began making his presence felt in the world of illusion at a very young age. His focus in the art began at the early age of seven after being inspired by a magic show in his hometown of Brookings, South Dakota.
By the age of fourteen, Reza was landing significant gigs performing for resorts and large corporations across the Midwest. Fast forward to present day. The once youth magician prodigy is today one of the fastest rising stars in the industry, with his mind set on changing the world's perception of magic.
Reza is intriguing, engaging, and captivating. He has the ability to connect with his audiences and let them feel his magic on a personal level. He isn't just a magician. He is an entertainer.
Verdigre's Alumni FFA Farm and Home Show will be held this Saturday, January 20 at the Verdigre Gymnasium.
Stop in to see vendors and businesses from all over the area.
Doors open at 11 a.m. and the event will conclude at 7:30 p.m.
There will be hourly drawings with the grand prize drawings at 7:30.
Doane University has announced that 271 students have been named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester. Students must achieve a minimum 3.7 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and hold 12 graded hours to qualify for this academic distinction.
Congratulations to Alex Hollmann of Verdigre for your academic achievement.
For those that have found themselves in a bind, the Verdigre Community Foundation Fund (VCF) has implemented an idea that works for everyone through the Verdigre Little Food Pantry.
Members of the VCF came up with the idea of a food pantry where folks in the community can pickup and drop of non-perishable food goods. The idea is that those in need can have access to a few basic necessities like food and toiletries.
“The idea is to give if you have extra and take if you are in need,” said VCF President, Brian Vokac. Everything about the food pantry is done through donations, including the pantry itself. Students from the Verdigre High School shop class built the pantry with supplies donated by the VCF.
The location of the food pantry is on the east side of the small behind the Verdigre Carousel Thrift Shop located at Main street.
The VCF is an affliate of the Nebraska Community Foundation which encourages people from all walks of life to give back to their community by providing a full range of gift opportunities.
Information is sought pertaining to the shooting of a bull elk near the Holt and Knox county lines.
According to the Nebraska Game And Parks, those with information may be eligible for a reward. The elk was found west of Verdigre.
People are asked to contact Nebraska Conservation Officer Mitch Johnson at 402-613-8612.
Poinsettias, the beautiful ones from Shamrock Nursery, are available for sale by the Verdigre Library Foundation.
We will have 6 inch pots of both ice punch or red for $13.00 and 71/2 inch pots of both ice punch or red for $18.00.
You can conveniently pick them up at the Library on Friday, December 1 after about 2:00 or on Saturday, December 2, 10:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00.
All day Saturday, December 2 is Verdigre Vanoce! Stop by the Library for lots of reasons. High School Art Show, Christmas Village, Door Prizes and Poinsettias.
The Library Foundation wishes to have your poinsettia orders by Monday, November 27. To order contact the Library Foundation members: Zoe Vakoc, Shannon Vesely, Shelly Rudloff, Kristi Rohrer. or the Verdigre Public Library at 402-668-2677.
A Verdigre man indicted this week on tax evasion is facing up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine if found guilty.
Daniel Kinnison, 62 of Verdigre, was indicted Nov. 15 and is charged with tax evasion on or about February 8, 2009 through February 23, 2016, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The Grand Jury charged that Kinnison "did willfully attempt to evade and defeat the payment of a large part of the income tax due and owing by him to the United States of America for the calendar years 2002 through 2005 in the approximate amount of $301,778 by taking affirmative acts of evasion at times material to the indictment."
The Grand Jury charted three acts of evasion. The first act was concealing and attempting to conceal from the Internal Revenue Service the nature and extent of his assets, to include, the consideration-free transfer of real estate owned by the defendant to his son in order to keep the IRS from placing a lien on or seizing the real estate.
The second act, according to the indictment, was concealing and attempting to conceal from the IRS, the nature and extent of his income, in that, Kinnison used his wife and his wife's business as nominees to conceal his income from the IRS by causing his income from Company "A" and Company "B" to be funneled into both his wife's business and her business bank accounts all in an effort to conceal and attempt to conceal his income from the IRS.
The third act, according to the indictment, was making false statements to agents of the IRS, in that, on or about Feb. 23, 2016, Kinnison told IRS agents that he had no income-generating employment from 2009 to the present, when in truth and in fact as he well knew, he had received income from Company "A" and Company "B."
The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.