Murray Newsletter - August 5, 2020
They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past,
but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!
American children's author, cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker
Above, looking east from the middle of Main Street, circa 1898, about right in front of where Cornerstone Bank currently sits. (No, I didn't take this picture!)
Above is a picture, circa 1960's (?), looking east/northeast of the old Murray corner at Highway 1 and old Highway 73/75. Today you can still see the curved line of trees on the northwest corner. (Nope, didn't take this pic either, but I did snap the ones below.)
Just four years ago in June, 2016, looking west from the railroad bridge on Main Street. Sure loved the big, old trees lining the road.
Below are a few shots of the scenery taken July 30, 2020, when coming into town from the east. Road improvements started late this past spring.
Waiting for the construction light to turn green at the corner of Main and Loughridge. For the time being, it's one lane only.
The old rusty railroad bridge will soon be gone.
Concrete barricades keep travelers rolling through single file. The big, two-story white building was a hotel a century ago. For the past few decades it's been apartments. Many folks remember the white building on the right as the Murray Meat Locker. Even now as we travel around the state, when people find we're from Murray, they ask about the locker that made 'the best beef jerky around'!
New curbs and pavement along the north lane are already a big improvement!
These workers are so appreciated right now. The brick building on the right, on the northeast corner of Main and Park Avenue, used to be Collins Grocery. Then it was a pizzaria and video arcade, but sadly it's been closed for many years. Cornerstone Bank sits where the former Murray Bank was in the same building.
Murray's been waiting a long time for a decent road through town. If you're looking for a road construction job, there seems to be plenty in Nebraska!
(Pat Zeigler, Editor)
The FUTURE is in YOUR POWER!
IF YOU'RE OVER 18, CLICK EITHER of the NEBRASKA ICONS BELOW to REGISTER TO VOTE! IT'S YOUR RIGHT!
General Election: November 3, 2020
If you have any questions regarding elections, registering to
vote, filing for office, or working as an election worker,
contact the election office at:
201 Main Street
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
or call: (402) 296-9309
or email: email@example.com
Click HERE for an Election Calendar.
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NOW THAT YOU'VE REGISTERED, GET THE FACTS!
There are really NO EXCUSES for failing to vote. You have to work that day? No excuse. Don't have a babysitter? No excuse. You don't want to go out in a crowd? No excuse. Do you know that any Nebraska resident who is a LEGALLY REGISTERED VOTER may request an EARLY-VOTING BALLOT APPLICATION, (also known as an 'ABSENTEE' ballot)? You don't even need to have a reason, (or an excuse), for the request!
One excellent reason for voting by absentee, is the weather. An ice or snow storm, heavy winds or torrential rains could possibly keep you from physically voting on the actual Election Day. No worries about that with your mail-in vote either.
Do you need another good reason for voting by mail? You might get sick and cannot physically go to your polling place.
The following should help you save time:
- Cass County NE voters may print the Early Voting Ballot Application HERE.
- OR call your local Election Office and ask for one to be mailed to you. In Cass County NE, that's 402-296-9309.
- OR in Cass County NE, there is a box located outside the building where you can just pick one up. You may also pick one up at the Election Office inside. The address is 201 Main Street, Plattsmouth, NE, (white building southeast of the flag pole).
Accurately, completely fill out the form. Include your name, residence address, phone number, mailing address you want the ballot sent to and your signature. Even if you do the automatic fill-in form online, you still need to SIGN IT after you print it. Mail it right away or take it to the Cass County NE Election Office and drop it in the box outside on the southwest wall of the building.
On September 28th ballots will start to be sent out and you should receive yours shortly thereafter.
So get your Early Voting Ballot Application form filled-out now, before the big rush. The last day to request an Early Voting Bal
lot to be mailed to you is October 23rd.
Just do it now. Election Day will be here before you know it!
Cass County NE Voters can also check HERE.
Next to the Cass County Election Office door you'll see two sets of forms, one on the right for Voter Registration and on the left, the Early Voting Forms.
After they're filled out and signed, you may take them inside, mail them, or drop them in the 'Ballot Box' around the corner of the building, to the right of the big Election Office sign.
MURRAY RESIDENTS TAKE NOTICE
As Nebraska emerges from pandemic restrictions related to coronavirus, the Legislature is preparing to return to Lincoln to complete the last 17 days of the legislative session for the year. There are several priorities they will consider in the short time remaining, but one looms large:
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF.
Click the link below to learn more:
CLICK THE PIC ABOVE TO READ A NOTE FROM SENATOR CLEMENTS.
Even during the summer and amid the Covid19 crisis, the Conestoga Backpack Program continues to furnish food to local families in need. The program serves the Murray, Nehawka, Union and Beaver Lake areas in southeast Nebraska, and will not turn anyone away.
Just by adding a few of the items listed below to your shopping list and picking them up, you'll be helping someone in a big way. Keep in mind that some of the children are very young and are possibly 'preparing' their own meals, so easy-to-open containers are a good option for little hands.
Canned or boxed pasta
Dry soup mixes
Canned meat (chicken, tuna)
Boxed prepared meal kits (Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni)
Canned fruit and vegetables
Also needed are hygienic supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, cotton swabs, tissues and toilet paper.
To make a monetary donation instead, please a check made payable to CONESTOGA BACKPACK PROGRAM may be mailed or deposited at Cornerstone Bank, 102 W Main St, Murray, NE 68409. 100% of all monies collected is used for food and hygienic supplies for the families.
To have the items picked up, call Jill at 402-660-3543 to make arrangements. As another alternative, you may drop them off at Cornerstone Bank in Murray or at their Beaver Lake location.
Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Click HERE to read the latest on COVID-19 in Sarpy and Cass counties.
Click the flower bud above to read the Summer KCCB Newsletter.
YES, WE'RE STILL OPEN!
Call 402-235-2247 to place your order and PLEASE, remember to wear a facial protection mask when you pick up your meal.
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Murante, NEST 529 Launches Sun-Sational Summer Fun Photo Giveaway
Ten Winners to Each Receive a $2,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan Account Contribution
Lincoln, Neb. (June 15, 2020)— Nebraska Treasurer John Murante and First National Bank of Omaha today announced the launch of the first-ever NEST 529 Summer Fun Photo $2,000 Giveaway which will award ten randomly-selected winners a $2,000 NEST 529 College Savings Plan account contribution. Open now through September 1, the nationwide contest encourages families to enter a fun summer-themed photo of their child 10 years old or younger, along with a short caption.
“While we are experiencing unprecedented times, summer remains an exciting season for children to soak up the sun and create everlasting memories. I am proud to give families across the country an opportunity to win a big boost to their savings, and to show that saving for college and higher education should be a priority even throughout the summer months,” said Nebraska Treasurer John Murante. “I look forward to seeing how our young scholars are enjoying their summers, and to celebrating the excitement of the season. Best of luck to all who participate!”
NEST 529 is committed to making higher education more accessible to account holders, and regularly holds contests, giveaways and drawings throughout the year to help bolster their savings efforts.
“From barbeques to long days in the sun, the summer season is full of exciting snapshots of fun celebrations. We are thrilled to offer this giveaway and the opportunity for Account Owners to share a window into their favorite summer moments,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha. “We wish everyone throughout the NEST 529 community a wonderful and fun-filled summer. Though students may be on summer break, we hope to continuously spark conversations of higher education planning, while helping to provide a boost to Account Owners’ NEST 529 College Savings Plan accounts.”
For full rules and entry, visit NEST529.com/summerfun. More information is also available at NEST529.com or treasurer.nebraska.gov.
About NEST 529
NEST 529 is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and State Farm 529 Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 280,000 accounts, including over 93,000 in Nebraska. Visit NEST529.com and treasurer.nebraska.gov for more information.
About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National and its affiliates have more than $23 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.
Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Investment Option
CASS COUNTY NE RESIDENTS:
Now that doctors are advising to wear a face mask when you go to the store, here's an easy to follow pattern for those of you who want to make your own, from Joann Fabrics:
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Worship this week will be through Facebook Live.
Pastor Mike and the Murray Christian Church Board
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Are you anxious to get back to some good ol' country music! We sure are! Being closed for 3 months has been tough for everyone and CCMT has felt it, too. Sadly, some nonprofits have had to close permanently. At CCMT, we've not only missed the great music and fellowship, but bills still needed to be paid, like utilities and insurance and without open doors, it's been a struggle. So tell your friends to come and let's get back to a 'somewhat normal' enjoyable time over at the old theater!
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$4 SHOW admission for all ages over 13.
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Sun., August 9, Sunday Jam Session. Bring your instrument and join us from 1-4:30 pm!
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EAST CASS PIONEER CEMETERY DISTRICT
Mondays at 7pm at MurrayTown Hall on the following dates:
The pay rate for Cass and Otoe counties is $17.50 per hour plus mileage.
If you have any questions please contact Audrey at 402-366-9643.
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·PT/FT Day, Evening, and Overnight C.N.A’s
·Weekend Baylor C.N.A’s
·Licensed Professional Nurse (LPN)
We offer free healthcare premiums for our full time employees, shift differentials, and competitive wages, full benefit plan, and paid time off.
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P.A.R.C. members get together Tuesday evenings at Plattsmouth's Burger King at 7 pm.
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Contact Cass County Veteran Service Officer
Admin Assistant: Jacie Victor
Call for appointment!
Hope's Closet Hours:
M - F, 10-4
ARE YOU 55+
LOOKING FOR PART-TIME WORK?
The following is an employment opportunity available to older adults in Cass County.
Experience Works is a national, non-profit organization funded by the US Dept of Labor to administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which assists people 55 and older in getting updated training to assist in returning to the workforce. This is a federally funded program and offers a no-cost employment service to older adults who qualify.
Once accepted into the program, individuals are placed in a training site in or near their community, where they gain on the job experience while working 20-21 hours/week at $8/hour.
We also help with skill assessments, computer training, resumes, cover letters, job search, etc.
The goal is that through the training and job search assistance we gain help older adults gain good jobs in or around their communities.
Stephanie MahonyEmployment and Training CoordinatorExperience Works, Inc.
1111 "O" Street Ste 205
American Job CenterLincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-441-1654Fax: 402-441-6038
Nebraska Toll-free Number: 1-877-314-7526.
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