By Kirsten Gilliland
After Ainsworth Community Schools Principal Dirk Coon resigned in July, ACS has been scrambling to find a replacement in time for the upcoming academic year. Interviews for three candidates were conducted the week of July 18th, and on Wednesday afternoon, Bill Lentz accepted the position as Ainsworth Community School’s secondary principal for the 2016-2017 school year. Lentz is the son of Shirley Lentz and the late Wiley Lentz of Ainsworth. Other area family members include sister Stacey Gilliland and several cousins, aunts and uncles. Bill is married to Connie Lentz of Broken Bow, who retired from teaching physical education in David City in May. The couple has two children, son Jesse and daughter Sarah.
A hot, humid summer day on Tuesday, July 19th, Johnstown, NE was the host site for this years Nebraska Leafy Spurge Working Task Force’s annual tour. Rich Walters from the Niobrara Valley Preserve was the tour guide for the group. Before heading out for the afternoon the entire group was provideda bison burger lunch. Loading up and heading out after lunch one of the stops noted how the Nature Conservancy has undertaken large-scale eastern red cedar tree removal by mechanical and prescribed fire management.
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Morgan Arnold had always dreamed of having her own salon some day. After graduating from VHS in 2005, she attended Joseph’s College of Beauty in Kearney, and graduated in 2006. While in Kearney, Morgan worked at Bang Salon and Spa for the past 10 years. She and husband Brad, and their family, Lincoln and Maggie moved back to Valentine in March 2016 and opened Salon Bliss located at 411 N. Main Street in Valentine. A variety of services are offered including: Hair coloring, cutting, facial waxing, and extensions.
The Valentine Rotary Club will host a disc golf tournament Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Valentine Disc Golf Course located in the Valentine City Park. The Heart City Throwdown will be the inaugural tournament held at the Valentine course. Tournament play will consist of two rounds of 16 holes. Players will check in between 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. CDT.
Kim McIntosh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources, recently spoke to members of the BID group. McIntosh provided information about the Brownfields program and what opportunities are available to the BID and city. The benefit of the program is that unproductive properties can be returned to productive use. The program, which offers assessments of asbestos, lead and fuel contamination is free to cities, counties and non-profits.
Brad Ellwanger is the new Gregory County Highway Superintendent. The county commission appointed him effective July 1, 2016. Prior to that he was the highway department foreman. Brad is a Gregory High School graduate. He has worked for contractors, done carpentry work and road construction. He returned to Gregory County two years ago. Prior to that he worked in Sioux Falls.