“The goal of the Boy Scouts is to prepare young men to become well rounded gentlemen in society,” shared Brad Jorgenson, one of two parent sponsors that attended a trip to Wyoming with the Gothenburg Boy Scout Troop 177 to learn life skills and try to reach that goal.
A recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Gothenburg led to a shutdown of all school sanctioned athletic activities for a short period of time, creating a shroud of mystery regarding the future of fall sports. Now, as the season approaches ever-so-slowly Gothenburg Public Schools are awaiting decisions from the Nebraska School Activities Association.
ARNOLD – Those with a need for speed or an itch to get out of the house may find some solace at the 20th Annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge, Car Show and Barbeque on August 5-8. Although events already started on Wednesday you can still catch some of the feature events like the One Mile Shootout Race and the free will donation barbeque.
BRAEDEN EHLERS: “I am going to miss hanging around with my buddies and going everywhere with our bike gang.” WILLIAM MCVAY: “I am going to miss summer because I love to go fishing with my friends, but I am excited for football season.” JACKSON SCHWANZ: “I am bummed that I have to go back to school because I will miss having extra freetime but I am excited for sports’ seasons.am excited for football season.”
Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and the circumstances vary from community to community. Difficult decisions will have to be made from week to week or even day to day. The safety and well-being of the participants and spectators is and always will be the primary consideration as we provide opportunities to participate in the fall sports season. Each school has the authority to determine if it will participate
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)