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Lauren Gifford of Fremont High hits a tee shot during a meet at the Fremont Golf Club. Gifford shot a 103 to help the Tigers to a 418 on Thursday at the Norfolk Country Club.


Music
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Grammy winner to perform in West Point

A Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter with albums that have achieved gold and platinum status is coming to West Point.

Country music recording artist Suzy Bogguss will perform at the West Point Community Theater on Sept. 29. The event is open to the public.

All seats for the 90-minute show are reserved.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $25 each.

Tickets can be purchased on the theater’s website at: http://westpointcommunitytheatre.org and can be printed off. Those without computer access may call Ann or George at 402-372-3070 or Vaughan at 402-380-8231 for tickets.

“I think it’s going to be fantastic,” said Vaughn Beed, community theater president. “She has a fabulous, very memorable voice. Once you hear it, you’ll never forget it. We’re excited to have her.”

Bogguss received a Grammy for “Best Traditional Folk Album” as part of “Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster.”

She recorded 10 albums with Capital Records. In 1991, her “Aces” album went platinum. A year later, her “Voices in the Wind” album earned the gold status.

“Something Up My Sleeve” and “Greatest Hits” went gold in 1933 and 1994, respectively.

Eight of her singles have cracked country music’s top 5, her website states. She has won numerous awards.

Bogguss also has performed on many national television shows including: “In Performance at the White House” (PBS); Austin City Limits; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Live With Regis and Kelly; and The View.

She is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

Her vocals can be heard on national radio commercials for Coca-Cola.

First discovered by talent scouts from Capitol Nashville while singing at Dollywood (Dolly Parton’s theme park), Bogguss has collaborated with many influential songwriters including Chet Atkins, Steve Dorff and Pat Bunch.

Her new album, “Lucky,” is a collection of songs all written by the legendary singer and songwriter Merle Haggard and released on her own label Loyal Dutchess. Bogguss has said she didn’t try to imitate Haggard, but provides her interpretation of his songs.

Haggard, who had 38 No. 1 hits on U.S. country charts, died on his birthday on April 6, 2016. He was 79 years old.

“Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle’s,” Bogguss said via her website. “It’s pretty heavy-duty stuff and I think that’s why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he’s such a king among us.

“He really is the poet of the common man.”

The area theater is at 237 N. Main St., in West Point.


Local
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Fremont CAP designated Incident Command Post

In the case that a major disaster ever occurred in a Midwestern state in the U.S., the Fremont Municipal Airport would become a hub for emergency response communication and coordination.

Recently the Fremont Cadet Squadron headquarters at the Fremont Airport was designated one of seven major disaster Incident Command Posts for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

Fremont will be the lead Incident Command Post (ICP) for any major disaster between the Canadian border to the northern Oklahoma border and between the eastern Wyoming border to the western border of Indiana.

If the disaster is a major nation-wide disaster, such as a terrorist attack or electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event, the Fremont ICP will be up and running 24/7 for the duration of the event.

As part of the ICP designation, the Fremont Cadet Squadron headquarters will include a round the clock communication messaging center for the federal government as well as the staging of aircraft and vehicles for aircrew and ground team sorties.

The Fremont ICP will also be manned continuously and have an emergency power supply in the event of an interruption in commercial power. The Mobile Operation Center will also be re-outfitted for “in the field” operations.

To ensure systems are up to par the Fremont squadron headquarters have upgraded antennas and have changed their communication equipment to encrypted output radios.

One of the reasons Fremont was chosen as a major disaster ICP is the level of experience of the personnel at the Fremont squadron, with one of the most experienced Incident Commanders in the CAP being a member of the local squadron.

Another reason is the level of support provided to the Fremont Cadet Squadron by the City of Fremont, and their working relationship between local law enforcement and the fire department.

“I want to say thank you to both of you “Mayor Getzchman and City Administartor Brian Newton) for your support and congratulate Fremont on an outstanding accomplishment,” Steve Kuddes, Colonel CAP, said.

As a major disaster ICP, Fremont would see 175-200 additional personnel from the region in the community using many area services including lodging, dining and retail businesses during these operational periods. The designation also means more training exercises in Fremont in preparation for any incidents.

“It is an honor to say we are not only the Fremont Civil Air Patrol, but we are also Fremont’s Civil Air Patrol,” Kuddes said.

CAP is a volunteer civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force and receives some support from the Department of Defense through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol.

Civil Air Patrol operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited with saving an average of 80 lives a year.

CAP’s 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.

CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs.


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Col. Steve Kuddes of the Nebraska Wing Civil Air Patrol during an evaluation by a team from the U.S. Air Force at the Fremont Municipal Airport in 2016. The Fremont Cadet Squadron was recently named one of seven major disaster Incident Command Posts across the nation.


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Council holds special meeting Thursday

During a specially-held Thursday Fremont City Council meeting, business revolved around approving City of Fremont and Department of Utility pay plans, as well addressing union agreements.

Union negotiations have been happening over the course of the past three months, City Administrator Brian Newton said following meeting, which lasted a little more than an hour inside of the Fremont Municipal Building.

The special meeting was held so that pay plans and union agreements would be complete and be able to be implemented by the beginning of the city’s new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

In regard to union dealings, negotiations were made with three of four union representatives. These union organizations include: the Professional Firefighters Association of Fremont Local No. 1015 Union (2017-2021), the Fraternal Order of Police Union (2017-2019) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1536 Union (2017-2021).

Negotiations were unsuccessful with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 251 Union (AFSCME), which was negotiated by city management.

“We negotiated with the unions and we hoped that we would have all four union agreements but we don’t,” Newton said. “They go into effect October first, so tonight we had to hold these meetings because with an ordinance, you have 15 days of publication before they go into effect.”

AFSCME won’t make that deadline, Newton added.

“They will have to renegotiate and whenever they get it, the pay will go into effect then,” he said.

Other action Thursday included:

*Following an executive session, the Council Unanimously approved an ordinance revising the government salary pay plan, as well as an ordinance revising the Department of Utilities pay play. The third and final readings were waived for both ordinances as to meet the Oct. 1 deadline.

For more information regarding Council activities, people are encouraged to visit www.fremontne.gov and click on the government tab.