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.
Nick Myers has joined the Gregory Police Department. He was previously a corrections officer at the Winner City Jail where he worked for three years. Said Myers, “I really wanted to be a police officer here so I could be a part of the safety and security in my community. Being here 10 years now, it’s home. That’s the biggest thing. I’m here in town. I like the people. I want to be here. I want to help out and serve my community.”
The 10th Gregory High School All School Reunion was held on July 3, 2016. Three hundred fortyfive people attended. Clay Lundberg was the master of ceremonies for the program. Ev Jess and Margie Capparelli co-chaired the event. Julia Petrik Lemke and Tom Graesser were the oldest classmates attending the alumni banquet. They are both 95. They graduated in 1938. Their class motto was, “Everyone is the architect of his own destiny.” Their class colors were purple and gold and their class flower was violet.