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The 4-H Achievement Application is an organized presentation of what has been learned and accomplished in 4-H. When accurately and care fully assembled, it is a useful tool for determining progress and personal growth.

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September is suicide prevention awareness month and is a good time to bring to light the mental health crisis that has grown in every community since the beginning of the pandemic. While mental health struggles have always existed, we are seeing more and more people speaking out about the issues that used to remain in the dark.

FFA Update

The Gothenburg FFA was pleased to have members attending this year’s State Fair in Grand Island, Nebraska. It was seen that several of the members who attended had great success. Starting in Beef Showmanship: In Out of School Showmanship, Heath Keiser received a blue ribbon. In Senior Showmanship, Helene Keiser received a purple ribbon, placing 2nd and earning recognition as this year’s reserve champion. In Sophomore Showmanship, Lexi Johnson received a blue ribbon, and in Freshman Showmanship, Lizzie David received a blue ribbon. Next, in Beef Market: Lexi Johnson received a third place finish in her market class, and Emma Peterson’s heifer got 5th in class and her steer got 4th in class. Next, in Beef Breeding: In Shorthorn Heifers, Heath Keiser received a blue ribbon, and Helene Keiser received a purple ribbon and placed 2nd. Lizzie David received a blue ribbon in her group, and placed 2nd. In Commercial Heifers, Helene Keiser received a purple ribbon and a 1st place. Next, in Breeding Goats: In Commercial Breeding Does and Kid, Class 2, Abby Negley received a blue ribbon. In Market Goat: Abby Negley received a blue ribbon. In Goat Showmanship: In Freshman Showmanship, Abby Negley received a blue ribbon. Next, in Market Swine: For Crossbred Market Gilts, Division 1, Class 2, Savannah Peterson received a purple ribbon. In Crossbred Market Barrows, Division 1, Class 3, Savannah Peterson received a blue ribbon. Next, in Swine Showmanship: In Out of School Showmanship, Savannah Peterson received a purple ribbon. Lastly, The Gothenburg FFA Chapter had 4 of their members competing for the first time ever in Dairy Judging. The four members are the following: Emaleigh Rosse, Michael May, Elissa Foley, and Lexi Johnson. Their team placed 8th overall, with a 5th place finish in their presentation. Michael May and Elissa Foley received red ribbons individually. Elissa Foley, this year’s Gothenburg FFA Chapter Secretary, recalled her experiences competing. “The best experience I had was getting to know more about agriculture within the dairy industry and bonding with my teammates and new advisor! Expanding my view of agriculture and spending time with some of my good friends was very fun.” That’s a wrap on State Fair for the Gothenburg FFA Chapter! It was certainly an amazing weekend ripened with success, achievements, and improvements!

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American Playground Company from of Sioux Falls, SD has finalized a deal to purchase local Gothenburg business, Sterling West LLC. Gordon and Loren Block have operated Sterling West since July 2005. They design and install commercial park and playground equipment for city parks, schools, zoos, museums, and daycares.

Daup’s Pancakes and Purpose

Lexi Johnson may appear to be your average Gothenburg High School student, but she has a cause she’s fighting for to help a local family. Outside of being part of the FFA, she’s taken time to dedicate her time to raising funds for Alan Daup’s family.

Checking Up On the Surge: A COVID-19 Update

In out last week’s edition of the Gothenburg Times, Program Director of Senior Life Solutions, Lacie Frazho, stated that the reason the hospital is hosting a virtual Suicide Awareness Walk is because of a surge of COVID cases in the community. With this in mind, we have contacted our local healthcare providers in regards of an updated COVID-19 positivity percentage. Great Plains Health, out of North Platte, has also contributed numbers so that the community can get an idea of how COVID is spreading in our local and surrounding areas.

Get Your Fresh Vegtables!

We’re nearing the middle of September and the Farmers Market is in full swing. With only a couple weeks left until the market closes, local farmers are bringing out their best produce. Pumpkins, onions, sweet corn, tomatoes, apples, bell peppers, basil, eggplant, cucumbers, zinnas, and lemon cucumbers were all present at last Thursday’s market.

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The Gothenburg City Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on September 7, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The meeting began with the roll call and addressed several matters of business, including a gift from the Pony Express and the Nebraska Legislature’s plan to redistrict.

Historical Happenings

The following passages come from copies of previous publications of the Gothenburg Times, they have been summarized by Ashley Mohler. Each passage has its source and is cited at the end of the passages.

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“I used to hitch onto the back of the passing cars during winter,” said my grandfather, Thomas Dunphy, as he sat in his chair in the living room drinking ice cold Diet Coke.