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Board members, Kelly Terrell, Becky Jobman and Kyle Fornoff, elected in November, read and signed the Oath of Office to begin the Gothenburg Public Schools Board of Education Regular Meeting held this past Tuesday evening.

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“When I was younger, I had a really nice neighbor. His last name was Pigg. One of the naughtiest things I would do is prank call him and ask if he’d seen Porky,” shared my grandmother, Julie Gilg, as we laughed together. I wasn’t expecting my grandma to say something like that. She has always focused on teaching me manners. Nonetheless, I love the fact that she not only has been very loving, but also is very funny.

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A daughter, Oakleigh Ann Blagdon was born December 22 at Great Plains Regional Health to Bailey and Dylan Blagdon of Gothenburg. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Grandparents are Heath and Kathy Maddox and Stacey and Michele Blagdon.

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“The best hiding place was hiding in the grain bins at the farm,” said my grandmother, Judy Alayne Elrick Brown, while she sat in the spare bedroom at her desk. I could see Brown doing this because my family is very competitive, and I am sure she was just as competitive as a kid.


A daughter, Brynlee Marie-Ann Stryker was born on November 19 at Gothenburg Health to Desiray Stryker from Maxwell. She weighed 6 pounds, 3.5 ounces, and was 17 inches long. Grandparents are Jacque Smolik and Jerry Smolik of Maxwell. Great-grandparents are Rhonda Hansen and Dale Hansen, both o Gothenburg.


A daughter, Starlyn Ann Nicola was born on November 22 at Gothenburg Health to Linsey and Danny Nicola from North Platte. She weighed 5 pounds, 2.5 ounces, and was 18 inches long. Grandparents are Pat Noonan of North Platte and Kenneth Schultz of Colon, NE. Greatgrandparents are Kenneth and the late Betty Rae Schultz of Colon, NE and Bonnie Dytrych of Cozad, NE and Ray and Betty Stawmiak of Valley, NE.


A son, Flint Joe Snyder was born on November 23 at Gothenburg Health to Austn and Taylor Snyder from Arnold. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 1/4 inches long.


A son, Madden James Smith was born on November 24 at Gothenburg Health to J.C. and Molly Smith from Gothenburg. He weighed 9 pounds, 9 1/2 ounces, and was 20.75 inches long. Grandparents are Bart and Angie Nichols of Gothenburg, Matthew and Keta Smith of North Platte and Bill and Maggie Moore of Steamboat Springs, CO. Great-grandparents are Jim and Karan Smith of Gothenburg, Don and Lois Reiners of Indianola, NE and Kathy Nichols of Gothenburg.


A son, Grey Jeffery Lake was born on November 27 at Gothenburg Health to Jeff and Autumn Lake from Gothenburg. He weighed 8 pounds, 15.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Grandparents are Larry and Shirley Lake of Gothenburg, Christy and Scott Folkers of Kearney and Ray Nalley of Grand Island. Little Grey was welcomed home by big sister Aaliyah Houser and big brothers, Cole and Crue Lake.