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Keep Up with Clipper Country basketball

teams at subdistricts

and wrestling team members at state wrestling

in this week's Clipper

Results and photos from Clipper Country boys and girls basketball teams from recent subdistrict play as well as photos and information on and from district wrestling and the state wrestling meet will be featured in the February 15 and 22 issue of the Clipper! Make sure to check out the dozens of photos from Clipper Country games and meets, available for viewing and download in the many galleries on the Clipper Publishing Facebook page available for download at no cost!



Wood River Fire Department receives new ambulance

The Wood River Fire Department received a new 2017 Ford ambulance from a firm in Gothenburg on Monday, February 5. The department budgeted for the unit for two years before purchasing it. It replaces a 1996 model leaving the department with two ambulances, the 2017 model and a 2003 model that will act as the back up unit. The new unit will likely not be put into service until early March but will be on hand at the upcoming 28th Annual Fire Department Ball  on Saturday, February 17.


Gibbon Board of Education talk co-op options,

food management service

The Gibbon Board of Education discussed different coop options for different sports in addition to receiving an update on the food service program which has been in place since the beginning of the school year at its regular monthly meeting held on Monday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Vernon Fisher led a discussion with board members and Gibbon High Athletic Director Jeff Montgomery regarding potential opportunities to coop with Shelton for volleyball and Kearney Catholic for softball and soccer. The district has cooped with Kearney Catholic for the past two seasons. In light of the inability of the district to find a driver to drive Gibbon athletes to Kearney Catholic practices and games, the board reluctantly agreed to not coop for the coming season for soccer if current advertising for a driver does not result in finding someone.

Elementary Principal Robert Alderson reported to the board on the Opaa Food Management service which has been serving lunches since the beginning of the school year. He explained that he had spoken with the firm several times during the year as there had been some complaints about slow service or running out of food  and he noted that there had been a lot of turn over in the kitchen staff.

For more of this story, see the February 22 issue of the Clipper.



State wrestling schedule for four Clipper Country teams detailed

The CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha will again be the site of the state wrestling meet.  Class C teams from the Clipper area, Wood River, Gibbon, and Centura, will be joined by the Class D Shelton Bulldogs.

The Class C teams, along with Class B, open action at 9:30 Thursday morning, February 15, and  Class D has their first action in a round beginning at 4:00, a round that also includes Class A teams.  Both of those rounds are first-round quarterfinals.

Friday, the 16th, has the Class C teams going at 9:30, and Class D wrestles at 12:30.  All four classes (A, B, C, and D) take to the mats at 5:00 in semifinal and third-round consolation matches.

Saturday’s action begins at 8:30 for all four classes in the consolation semifinals and the third and fifth-place matches.

All four classes will crown their champions in the finals round that begins at 2:00.

See photos of qualifiers for the state meet in this week's Clipper and on the Clipper Publishing Facebook page!


Economic Development Group forming in Shelton

The recently established Shelton Economic Development Group was “organized for the betterment of the community as a whole,” according to member Dwight Walton. Working in conjunction with the Shelton Planning Commission and the South Central Economic Development District, the group intends to use ideas from residents and resources both local and statewide to keep the village of Shelton and its businesses viable.

At a meeting on January 18, the group arrived at several goals, according to notes shared with the Clipper. Those goals included keeping businesses viable, encouraging entrepreneurs to start businesses, build the population through housing and form an economic development organization.

Read the complete story in the February 15 issue of the Clipper!


Wood River Community Centennial Foundation

supports WR Fitness Center

At the May 2006 WRCCF Board meeting a grant request from the Wood River Rural High School for the new fitness center was considered. The grant request was for one elliptical bike for the center that would cost approximately $3,750.00. After discussion about the needs of the new center the applicant was asked to consider what was needed to make the center viable and to submit a second request. At the August 2006 meeting a second request was made for four exercise pieces and the walking track surface for an approximate cost of $36,850.00. Read more in this week’s issue of the Clipper. On Sale now!


Shelton Area Lions Club makes donation

to Methodist Outreach Program

Shelton Area Lions Club President Deb Rouse (left) recently presented a check to Carma Brown, Chairperson of the Outreach Program at Shelton United Methodist Church, which houses a food pantry and items for the backpack program. The donation was made possible by the more than $700 that came from proceeds of the Lions Club’s third annual chili cook off on Saturday, February 3, at the Motor Inn in Shelton. Participating in the contest were Lexie and Grant Wiseman, Maddie Brown, Phillip Brandt, Josh Hellerich, Mandy Schutte (NCTC), Mike Casper (Cornerstone Bank), Taryn Hawks (Shelton Volunteer Fire Department) and contest winner Lori Glenn (Clipper Publishing). Some of the contestants are pictured below. The next meeting of the Shelton Area Lions Club will be on Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Shelton American Legion Hall. Guests and new members are encouraged to attend.


Second marketing workshop to be offered to

area small business owners by WRVBA

Entrepreneurs are invited to learn about online marketing and social media tools during “LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for Biz,” a free workshop organized by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center in collaboration with the Wood River Vision 20/20 Business Association.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, February 27, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Wood River Community Center, 108 West 10th Street, in Wood River.

The main topic will be “Building an online presence for businesses using social media marketing.” A presentation and discussion will focus on each social media platform – LinkedIn from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.; Facebook from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.; and Twitter from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Attendees have the option to sign up for one, two, or all three sessions.

“It’s important to know where your customers are most active; then you need to be comfortable reaching out to them via that platform,” said Monica Braun, Women’s Business Center director. “These sessions will enhance business owners’ knowledge of the various social media sites.”

Diane Siefkes, owner of dkSolutions, and an online marketing consultant from Lincoln, Nebraska, will present the course. Siefkes specializes in demystifying social media and email marketing for small business owners.

To register, contact Sara Arnett at (308)583-2262 ext. 17, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A brisket sandwich meal will be available for a fee, if requested with advanced registration by Monday, February 19.

Visit cfra.org/events for more information. Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP provides business training, technical assistance, microloans, and networking to small businesses in Nebraska.