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East Butler sophomore Amanda Aerts goes up for a shot against Macy Kamler of Bruning-Davenport-Shickley.


The Butler County Community Choir brings a big Christmas gift to the area on the first Sunday of December. Presented at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in David City, the gift is the time, talent and organization of the Butler County Community Choir. And yes there’s some treasure wrapped up in there too.

Some new voices joined the choir this year, and director Michael Eldridge invited more voices to join the group early next October, when the singers and musicians begin preparing for the 2018 concert.

Today’s front page says “Thank You” to those who are involved in making the concert a success over these many years. This year’s choir: Director Michael Eldridge and accompanist Carol Fuxa joined these singers: Soprano: Joanie Brecka, Carla Crook, Julie Humlicek, Nancy Humlicek, Jacquie Masek Ruth Thoendel and Karla Wall. Alto: Gabrielle Comte, Madelaine Comte, Sharon DeWispelare, Sarah Juranek, Kelcie Keeling, Anna Nolan and Sandy Rech.

Tenor: Annet Bailey, Will Heller, Tom McCracken, Miriam Ostermeier. Bass: Joe Bechtel, Dale Coates, Vern Dvorak, Riley Hlavac and Gary Zeilinger.

The Butler County Arts Council organizes the show with large and small contributions from a long list of supporters. The list can be found in last week’s newspaper. We encourage you to get involved in the Arts Council, support it and to recognize the people and organizations who help to bring the arts to Butler County. 

Fourth Street opening coming soon

Update: Street opening pushed back to Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Monday’s high winds toppled construction barricades in David City's downtown, as if to send a message: “It’s time for construction season to end.”

Stores along Fourth Street, as well as D and E streets, may get a Christmas gift of better shopper access as soon as Friday, when the street could be opened to traffic for the winter.

Crews with Constructors Inc. of Lincoln have been pouring the final pieces of concrete during the recent unseasonably warm weather. The company brought in extra crews in early November to make sure that traffic could flow before the end of the year.

Leo A Daly, the firm in charge of overseeing the construction, included this in the most recent update sent to property owners along the highway: “The priority now will be to finish all business driveways and alley approaches before trying to button things up for winter. The crews will work as long into winter as the temperature allows. However, that may leave some areas between the back of curb in parking areas and the existing sidewalk unpaved. We will plan on installing crushed concrete in these areas if the weather turns cold, only to come back and finish them in the spring.”

Residents along the detours will say goodbye to semi truck traffic driving on and around the detour routes. Drivers won’t miss the four-way stop intersections. Although Fourth Street will be open, drivers will still need to watch for construction crews as they work on light poles and traffic signals.

The City Office also issued a notice this week to remind property owners that ice melt and other salt products can’t be used on the new concrete during the first year. Sand and other materials that won't damage new concrete can be used. Around the square, drivers and pedestrians can expect to see excavations to allow crews to begin boring new water mains through the winter months. The resumption of street renovations around the square will depend on the return of warmer conditions.

Here are contacts for questions about the construction projects:

Project Manager, Al Hottovy 402.390.4493; Project Engineer, Jon McCarville 402.390.4422; Construction Observer, Greg Goldman 402.681.9451.