In their first time competing in Class C1 and first year as Wausa/Osmond, the combined one act team performed "Mr. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge" at the Nebraska State Play Production Championships in Norfolk on Thursday. The team is under the direction of Sheila and Brad Hoesing.
Three members of the Wausa/Osmond received earned outstanding actor awards at state: Paige Nissen, Kaitlyn Kumm and Taylor Kumm.
Overall, the team earned third place in Class C1. Aquinas Catholic was first, followed by runner up Ravenna.
The Wausa-Osmond one-act team took first place at the C1-3 Districts held in Stanton Nov. 27. The team is headed to state and has a shot at the title yet again. The state competition will be held in Norfolk on Dec. 6. Wausa will perform at 1:15 p.m.
A regular meeting of Wausa Lodge 251 was held in Wausa on Nov. 12, with Worshipful Master, Lowell Erickson presiding.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and bills were approved. Items of interest from the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, along with other correspondence was reviewed.
Secretary, Robert Olson, of Niobrara, reported concerning an area Grand Lodge informational meeting held in Norfolk.
Election of 2019 officers followed. Elected were Lowell Erickson, Worshipful Master; Mike Burns, Senior Warden; Bruce Jorgensen, Junior Warden; and Robert Olson, Secretary/Treasurer.
There was a report on 50 and 60 year pins being awarded.
The meeting closed with lunch being served by Brothers Mike Burns and Bruce Jorgensen.
The Wausa/Osmond One Act team finished 1st place at the Lewis and Clark Conference One Act competition.
The team will perform again in Wausa on Sunday, November 18th and will travel to Stanton on November 27th for the District Competition.
Wausa’s bid for improving its school facility is moving forward thanks to an overwhelming 75 percent support.
Unofficial votes from Tuesday show 315 were in favor of the bond for renovations while just 102 were against.
Wausa Superintendent Brad Hoesing said he was pleased the district stakeholders were so supportive of funding the initiative to improve the district, which will increase the levy just two cents.
“We were grateful to patrons that they voted and voted to improve the facilities,” Hoesing said.
Hoesing said the school board had been working toward the school’s recent renovation proposal for two years, which includes adding more room for high school classrooms and a new 5,500 square-foot industrial arts building.
Plans for the project also include demolishing the old 1913 Wausa school building and replacing it with a new single story building. Total cost of the project is expected to be $4.35 million.
Hoesing said he is proud the community was so involved throughout the process and was willing to help by approving the bond.
“The public really understands the need. It is now our duty to make sure it is not taken lightly and we use the tax dollars responsibly,” Hoesing said. “The last thing we want to do is put out a sub par school.”
Hoesing said the entire Wausa staff is excited the bond was approved and ready to start to see some changes.
According to Hoesing, the first step will be for the school to amend their budget to include the bond. The board also needs to decide upon a construction delivery process and the design process will start.
Wausa’s Superintendent Brad Hoesing and the school board have been working toward the school’s recent renovation proposal for two years now. Next week on September 11, the public will vote on the potential changes.
Renovations would add more room for high school classrooms and a new 5,500 square-foot industrial arts building. Plans for the proposed project also include demolishing the old 1913 Wausa school building and replacing it with a new single story building.
Total costs of the project are expected to be $4.35 million, which includes a $3 million dollar bond.
The school board members and Hoesing said they are disappointed that saving the original 1913 building is not realistic. Hoesing said the maintenance and utility costs have started to add up and maintaining the old building has become just as expensive as building a new one would be in the long run.
Hoesing said is job is to give info to the public to better educate them on the issue, he has even uploaded a powerpoint on the matter to YouTube.
In the video, Hoesing spoke as he went through slides, some include photos. He went over the proposed plans as well as what state the buildings are in and what needs to be fixed.
The YouTube video is available by searching Wausa School Bond:Building Project Informational Meeting.
Hoesing said he is unsure how the public plans on voting next week but is confident the board and himself have done their best at getting all the necessary information out there.
“We have been working on this for two years, now it’s in their hands,” he said.
If the public doesn’t pass the school's proposal, there would be issues that remain to be fixed.
“We would need to regroup and start the process over,” Hoesing said. Finding the right solution would involve more community meetings and small group discussions until the next idea was proposed.
If the public decides to go through with the bond, the first step would be for the school to amend their budget to include the bond. The board members would have to sit down and solidify some construction plans.
An architect has already been selected so the design process would begin and all the details would be decided upon.
Hoesing said this particular architect company will bring the educators, the administration and the board members together to plan a design. They plan to ask what they need, how they would like it and build a plan together.
“Every school district is different and has different needs,” Hoesing said. Each office or room will be designed to fit the need.
For those registered voters living in the Wausa School District who want to vote on the matter, a dropbox will be set up at Commercial State Bank during September 11 and will be closed at 2 p.m. Cast your vote by 2 p.m. or go to the Knox County Courthouse to vote by 5 p.m.
Unofficial results will be posted sometime that evening after 5 p.m.
There were high seas to start the July 28th, 2018 Ole Open Golf Tournament at the Rolling Hills Country Club. 19 true Viking sea worthy teams competed for the coveted prize of being named the 2018 Ole Open Champions.
The team of Casey Rossiter, Chris Haberer, Dustin Chancey and Sam Anderson navigated through the clouds into the tournament ending sunny skies for the first-place finish with a score of 48, the lowest in tournament history. The team of Jordan Johnson, Joe West, Cory Privett and Jeff Folkers were a half a boat short and finished in second place.
Swedish meatballs, potato sausage, rye bread and plenty of Swedish egg coffee were consumed, consummating another successful fundraiser for the Wausa Development Corporation.
Wausa held its annual pork chop BBQ this past weekend, which was filled with pork chops, entertainment and small-town living.
Each year, Wausa Community Club hosts the event to help raise funds to be put towards the towns centennial celebration.
“Its a fundraising effort. We usually try to put back to the community or we build to go back to centennials,” Community Club Officer Heather Carlson said.
This year’s entertainment included The Rude Band along with a live auction of donated items.
Long-time member Jeff Friedrich stepped down from his duties, which allowed Carlson and others to operate the community club.
The pork chop feed was started in 1983 to raise funds for the Wausa centennial celebration.
Wausa school board members are considering a $4.35 million school expansion and renovation project, which would add more room for high school classrooms and a new industrial arts building.
Plans for the proposed project include demolishing the old 1913 Wausa school building. The building currently houses four classrooms and an office.
Over the last few years, Superintendent Brad Hoesing and the Wausa school board have been looking at the facility for needed improvements and updates.
Hoesing and the school board are proposing renovations to include tearing down the original 1913 building and constructing a new single story building that would replace it. The proposal also suggests a new 5,500 square-foot industrial arts building and some smaller renovations to rooms in other parts of the school.
The school board members and Hoesing said they are disappointed that saving the original 1913 building is not realistic. The superintendent said the maintenance and utility costs have started to add up and maintaining the old building has become just as expensive as building a new one would be in the long run.
He said the proposed renovation would make more room for high school classes such as English, math, science, social studies and a foreign language, as well as bring the school up to fire code and ADA compliance.
The school board anticipates the project would begin in the spring of 2019 with a completion date of 2021. The total cost of the project is expected to be $4.35 million, which includes a $3 million dollar bond.
Focus groups were held with the local businesses, parents and community groups to determine the best course of actions.
On Monday, July 16, the school board will meet to determine whether the proposed plan will continue to a public vote, which is set for September 11.