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August 30, 2018
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Burrton Business Builds Ramp For Man With ALS

Posted 8/30/2018

By Jared JanzenJARED JANZEN PHOTO
SMITH Home Improvements donated the materials and labor for free and completed the project from start to finish last Thursday. JARED JANZEN PHOTO SMITH Home Improvements donated the materials and labor for free and completed the project from start to finish last Thursday.

BURRTON—A Burrton business is showing neighborly love by giving back to a local family affected by the neurodegenerative disease ALS. Last week Smith Home Improvements built and donated a ramp for the Hornback family at their home on Parkview Drive in Burrton.

Bob Hornback was diagnosed with bulbar ALS in May 2017 and is now wheelchair-bound. He can’t leave home on his own because every exit has steps, and so he had been relying on family members to carry him down these steps whenever he needed to leave.

Bob’s wife Marguerite and son Mitch said the new ramp donated by Smith Home Improvements would mean a world of difference for Bob.

“It’s overwhelming,” Mitch said about the company’s generosity. “The price of wood is astronomical anyhow.” He added that they had been expected to pay around $3,000 for a ramp.

The Hornbacks had contacted Allen Smith, owner of Smith Home Improvements, two weeks ago for bids to build a ramp in front of their home and remodel a bathroom.

“God just laid it on my heart that we should do it for free,” Smith said. “I’m a carpenter, so I can’t help medically or bake cookies for somebody, but I can do this. Hopefully we can show them a little love and encouragement and do something practical that they need.”

The project began about 8:30 a.m. last Thursday despite rain earlier in the morning and was completed by the four-man crew all in one day. Smith led the crew along with his father and former owner, Aaron Smith, who came out of semi-retirement to help. They were joined by employees Derrick Smith and Cameron Rust.

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Halstead Suspends Logo Contest Without WInner

Posted 8/30/2018

THE city of Halstead was unable to pick a new logo out of the submissions it received in its contest and so has ended the contest for the time being. Pictured are the two finalists the city had considered. Jenny Long designed the one with the bridge and the wheat stalk and Tricia Weber made the bridge and buildings. THE city of Halstead was unable to pick a new logo out of the submissions it received in its contest and so has ended the contest for the time being. Pictured are the two finalists the city had considered. Jenny Long designed the one with the bridge and the wheat stalk and Tricia Weber made the bridge and buildings. By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—The Halstead city council suspended its contest for residents to design a new city logo without declaring a winner during its Monday night meeting.

“Unfortunately, there was no logo submitted that just made everybody say, ‘Yup, that’s it,’” City Administrator Ethan Reimer said.

The council had narrowed its submissions down to two finalists designed by Tricia Weber and Jenny Long, but during a previous council discussion in July, members had been split on which design to go with.

Reimer said rather than continue to go back and forth with the artists on making tweaks, the city would suspend the logo contest for now and maybe reopen it at a later time.

By contest rules, the city had not been obligated to adopt one of the submissions as its new logo. Reimer said the city had received a lot of good ideas, but going forward he suggested it establish more specific parameters.

Although the city did not find a new logo out of the process, it will still award the $500 prize to Weber and Long in recognition of their efforts.

“In recognition of the artists that have hung with us through this process, the staff feels it would probably be most appropriate to split that original $500 between the two artists and give them credit,” Reimer said.

The city first announced the logo contest last October with an extended deadline of Jan. 31 for submissions. 

The current city logo was designed in 1983 by Joleen Ross,

“To be honest, there’s still a lot of love for the old logo,” Reimer noted.

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Bentley Considers Adding New Staff Position

Posted 8/30/2018

By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY—Mayor Rex Satterthwaite asked the Bentley City Council to consider adding a new staff position during the council’s meeting last Thursday. He suggested this be a part-time office person to help out City Clerk Lisa Wright.

Satterthwaite said Wright has a lot of capabilities that could be tapped into if another person shared her workload.

“There are some things I know Lisa can do that don’t get done because we don’t have a full-time staff in those other areas, but she can’t do them when she’s doing utilities and she can’t do them when she’s doing court,” he said. “Those kind of things a part-time person could do.”

As another reason to add office staff, he pointed out that the census coming up in 2020 would require preparation. He said the Community Development Block Grants would be using census data in the future instead of community surveys, which could work in Bentley’s favor for receiving grants.

“So it’s mighty important that we have everything ready and get things going on this in 2019 so we’re up to date,” he said.

He stressed that it was important for staff to be doing the jobs they were trained to do.

“We are doing really good as far as our staff goes and the hours,” he said. “The next step though is to make it more efficient to what they’re trained for. For instance, if you’re trained for water and sewer, you really don’t need to be doing a newsletter.”

Another role Satterthwaite suggested for the new position was increasing the city’s social media activity.

Satterthwaite pointed out that staff would have to reorganize to create room for another workstation. Council member Martin Cranford asked if a new person could work from home, but Council President James Roberts said there would be issues with the city’s firewall.

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