Despite the struggles stemming from the pandemic Harbur remained optimistic. “I think people are still getting engaged,” Harbur said. “We’re here to let the cancer families know that we’re all out here fighting together for them and for everybody.” Whether the itinerary includes a walk for life or a drive through for support, the main goal remains the same for the team. “If one of our stories can make an impact and help somebody else that’s what my hope is,” Harbur noted.
HOT PLACE TO BE: In place of a typical Fireman’s Ball the Gothenburg Fire Department held their BBQ Fundraiser where they gave out a staggering 500 meals in a mere 55 minutes. Lines wrapped around the building and people seemed to come from every direction. Unsure of how it would go in light of the recent spread of COVID in town, the firemen and women were pleasantly surprised to see the grand turnout. Fire Chief Mark Ballmer described the night as “a lot of work but it was very rewarding seeing the community’s outpour of support for us.” Ballmer extended kudos to the cooks who typically work the fireman’s ball as they did all the cooking for this event as well. Whether the plates were full of pulled pork or ribs, the fundraiser was a flaming success. (Photos by Shiloh Schultz)
In the past five months, Congress has responded to the coronavirus public health crisis with several emergency relief measures, including the stimulus checks sent to individuals and households, payroll protections to small businesses, expanded unemployment payments, fee waivers for borrowing against 401(K) plans and more.
Greetings District 36. This week the Legislature had the opportunity to debate several topics that are very important to Nebraska, including LB 1106, the current proposal for property tax relief and LB720, which proposes to update Nebraska’s current business incentive program, known as the Nebraska Advantage Act. After hours of debate, neither bill was voted upon. There simply were not enough votes to overcome a filibuster.
Because of social distancing measures we have undertaken, the world may seem like it is at a standstill. However, the forces aligned against America never rest. Thankfully neither does our military. In order to ensure America’s Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force are able to meet their missions, every year, Congress enacts legislation to authorize our military funding and establish priorities for the Department of Defense. This year – pandemic or not – was no different. On July 21, the House of Representatives passed the 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395), commonly known as the NDAA, with broad bipartisan support.
The Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, August 1st has been cancelled. At the recommendation of both our local health care officials and our regional department of public health the decision has been made to cancel the Graduation Ceremony. This recommendation is directly tied to the current rate of infection within the community of Gothenburg. Graduates are asked to stop by the school to pick up diplomas on either Tuesday, July 28th or Monday, August 3rd between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Students wishing to take a picture can bring their cap and gown and have their picture taken. The picture along with a statement of congratulations will be shared on social media.