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Eagle Communications on Friday announced a major structural change designed to ensure growth in the coming years in its ever-expanding broadband footprint — a move that is expected to bring significant investment in the broadband infrastructure across Eagle communities.
During the third quarter, Mega Broadband Investments will acquire the assets of Eagle’s broadband division, which operates in Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. Mega Broadband currently operates Northland Communications, which serves markets in the Northwest, Southeast and several markets across Texas.
Eagle’s operations will merge with those of Northland along with those of additional future acquisitions of Mega Broadband.
As part of the evolution, Eagle will become the Midwest region of Mega Broadband. Eagle employees will remain with the new company, and current Vice President of Broadband Travis Kohlrus will oversee the existing Midwest operations and its expansion.
The move is expected to result in significant investment in Eagle’s existing broadband footprint, and the new company will also be growing its operations in and around Eagle markets.
“I’m excited to lead this next generation of Eagle Broadband. We will be investing $20 million in our communities over the next 36 months to expand our footprint, upgrade our network, extend our fiber and significantly increase our internet speeds,” Kohlrus said. “This evolution will allow Eagle to expand its delivery of high-quality broadband services to meet the needs of businesses, enterprise customers and residential customers for years to come.”
Eagle’s 28 radio stations in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri will continue to operate as-is under the leadership of longtime Eagle CEO Gary Shorman.
“Eagle Radio has been broadcasting since 1948, and we look forward to many more years of providing listeners with quality programming and advertisers the most effective marketing solutions,” Shorman said.
Founded in 1948, Eagle Communications Inc. is a Hays-based broadband services and media company with over 280 employee-owners. The company operates 28 radio stations in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, as well as broadband systems in 60 Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado communities. The company also offers e-business solutions, web hosting, telephone service, high-speed internet, wireless internet and video production.
“This truly is a great opportunity for our company that will ensure Eagle continues serving our communities well into the future. As transition officer, I’ll be working with our employees to see our new structure is implemented seamlessly – which given that we will be operating with the same leadership and the same great employees, it just shouldn’t seem like much of a change at all,” said Eagle COO Kurt David.
Officials from both the broadband and radio divisions of the company called the change, which is expected to be finalized in the third quarter, “the next step in the evolution of Eagle.”
Eagle Communications, Inc. is a Kansas-based Broadband Services and Media Company with over 280 employee-owners. The company operates 28 radio stations in Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri as well as broadband systems in 60 Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado communities. The company also offers e-business solutions, web hosting, telephone service, high-speed internet, and wireless internet in most service areas. For more information, visit www.eaglecom.net.
Eagle Communications is the parent company of Panhandle Post.
A Chadron man has been arrested for possession of child pornography, attempted possession of child pornography, attempted sexual assault of a child, and attempted incest.
On the afternoon of July 10 the Chadron Police Department began an investigation related to 37-year-old Jonathan Lame.
Lame attempted to get nude photographs of his 12 year female niece via text message.
According to Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino, “Lame was subsequently arrested in Wilson Park where he thought he was meeting up with the 12 year old, but was contacted by Chadron police officers.”
Chadron Police obtained a search warrant for Lame’s residence located in the 500 block of Chapin Street.
“Officers seized computers, a gaming console, cellular phones, and other media storage devices. Three juvenile children, all under the age of 12, were removed from the Lame house and released to Nebraska Health and Human Services,” Lordino said.
Lame was arrested for multiple felonies including: possession and an attempted possession of child pornography, attempted sexual assault of a child, and attempted incest.
Lame was transported to the Dawes County Jail, where his bond is set at 10% of $50,000.00.
The Chadron Police Department was assisted by the Dawes County Attorney’s Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
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By KALIN KROHE
The Alliance City Council recently approved ACE funding to the Alliance Disc Golf Committee for the completion of the new 18 hole disc golf course during the July 2 meeting. The current Rolling Prairie Disc Golf Course located at Laing Lake is 9 holes.
The current course at Laing Lake was installed with the help of Dave Kimmel and his family along with many generous Alliance community sponsors in 1998.
To date $18, 305 has been raised by the Alliance Disc Golf Committee. The projected cost for the new course is between $25,000 – $28,000.
The current committee consists of Robbie Cerv, Kalin Krohe, Omar Escamilla, Eric Anderson, and Evan Mehne. Others who have helped with the committee include: Marcus Hjersman, Ian Nelson, Don Sulzbach, and Jesse Dutton.
Alliance councilman Earl Jones had concerns with the ACE funding, but thinks the new 18 hole disc golf course will be great for Alliance.
“Pillars for the Park people were here. They’ve raised over $300,000. They asked for $18,000 for planning. We were out and out rude to those people at that meeting that night telling them that we shouldn’t use any public money. This is another program that we’re asked to fund raise to do an improvement at the park. It’s the same thing. The Dog Park last year also asked for help matching funds to improve entrances. They were also told that we are not spending money. I see no difference between these projects. I really like the disc golf idea, and I like idea of having an 18 hole course, but fair is fair,” Jones said.
Alliance City Manger Jeff Sprock said once the 18 hole disc golf course is completed it will require no maintenance by city staff.
“The Pillars project and the Dog Park requires substantial staff time in order to maintain those. This project will not. This project was brought to us in 2017. It will allow Shana Brown [Cultural and Leisure Services Director] to be able to move forward and do some planting of trees and other work that had been postponed until the disc golf course gets done.” said Sprock.
Sprock added the reason the city gets ACE money is for projects like this that promote community betterment.
Councilwoman Ryan Reynolds said, “I agree with helping all these projects, but it looks to me like putting this ACE money towards the disc golf course finishes that project off. If we put it towards the Pillars, which I definitely want to see get finished…it’s still not getting close to the funding needs.”
City of Alliance Clerk Linda Jines said the Park and Tree Board did approve the disc golf project years ago.
“It was intended to go into our funding and it did get overlooked. This would have normally gone into standard maintenance because it’s an existing amenity to a current park and it’s an enhancement from a 9 hole to an 18 hole. For the Pillars for the Park funding for the engineering…that agreement had been made. The reason I think council is holding them to an agreement…that they made on their own behalf that the engineering expense would be paid by them and not the city,” Jines said.
Alliance Mayor Mike Dafney was not in his current position when both the Pillars for the Park and Alliance Disc Golf Committee started their projects.
“I do agree with Earl. I think they were treated pretty shabbily from what I read. I will say this… since I wasn’t on board I don’t feel like I have to be held to that. This Pillars for the Park thing has gotten so much public support. If the Pillars need help I’m going to give it to them,” Dafney said.
Dafney did say he is also supporting the new disc golf course.
Councilman Brian Mischnick said, “The other thing that makes this project a little different is the fact that there is going to be tournaments and things like that will help bring economic benefit to the community.”
The new 18 hole disc golf course will be designed by a professional disc golfer and course designer that plays around the world. It will be the first course of its kind in the Panhandle.
“There are many advantages to having a professional design a disc golf course. Putting a professional disc golf name on the course design will draw in outsiders to events hosted in Alliance and will draw in disc golfers from out of town who are traveling through. A professional course designer considers safety when designing and knows how to successfully incorporate a disc golf course into a multi use park. A professional designer is able to design a challenging course that makes a disc golfer use a variety of different throwing styles. They design with good course flow in mind so that there is a less likelihood of player backups on holes during events. Along with the professional design comes top of the line disc golf baskets, signage, and course promotion through Dynamic Discs online and through social media,” Alliance Disc Golf Committee member Robbie Cerv said.
“It’s really amazing to see how far our committee has come throughout the years. We’ve all put a lot of hard work into it and making it a reality for not only Alliance, and western Nebraska, but the state of Nebraska. The new course will utilize many areas of Laing Lake Park that have never been used. We want to thank everyone that has helped make this dream come true,” said Committee member Kalin Krohe.
In other business council:
- Accepted a donation from Panhandle Public Health for a portable radar speed sign on Flack Avenue near the intersection of 10th Street. This will assist in slowing traffic for pedestrian safety.
- Approved a resolution that authorizes the Municipality Financial Agreement with the Nebraska Department of Transportation for improvements to a portion of State Highway N-2. The project includes the resurfacing of 3rd Street from Cody Avenue to east of the overpass.
- Accepted a donation from the family of Bernard “Bernie” Girard and Betty Girard. They are donating a memorial bench for placement near the Central Park fountain.You can hear full council audio below.
You can listen to city council audio below.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman beat and tortured at least some of her 15 children and forced them to watch as she brutally killed their pets, authorities said in New Mexico, the latest place where the woman and her husband have been the subject of complaints.
Martha Crouch and her husband Timothy of Aztec, New Mexico, were arrested Monday following interviews with a number of their adult and young children living in different states, according to court records. It was not immediately clear if all the allegations made by the children had been verified by authorities.
State officials say documents also point to prior complaints involving the couple in Missouri, Alaska, Kansas and Montana.
Martha Crouch, 53, was charged with child abuse and extreme cruelty to animals. Timothy Crouch, 57, is facing an obstruction charge. The couple has yet to be assigned public defenders. They are due in court Wednesday.
The San Juan County sheriff’s office began an investigation following the arrest of one the couple’s adult children on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Detectives say they uncovered false allegations that two sons beat another brother to death and kidnapped a sister, but heard other claims of abuse, torture and extreme animal cruelty.
One teen daughter told authorities of physical and emotional abuse that had gotten so bad that two of her older siblings took her from New Mexico to Arizona to keep her safe, according to court documents. The teen said after one of their dogs had puppies, the mother “took the puppies and put them into a giant pot and boiled them, making all the kids watch,” the documents said.
The girl told investigators the mother also fed a kitten poison.
She said she was hit by her mother with a plastic cooking spatula for questioning why she wasn’t allowed to go to school. Another, whose age also wasn’t disclosed, said she got pregnant at 14 and her mother beat her until she had a miscarriage.
Another daughter told authorities she was kept in a “fat chain” for three years while the family lived in Alaska because her mother thought she was overweight.
A son told detectives he was “beaten, shot, stabbed and run over by his parents” and “had BBs still inside his arm from when the mother shot him with a shotgun.”
He said New Mexico child welfare investigators recently came to the house to look into allegations of educational neglect but the mother loaded up the three younger children in a car and took them to the Navajo Dam to avoid them being spotted.
The children told detectives the family had lived in a number of places over the years and every time authorities questioned the parents’ activities, they fled to a new place, according to court documents.
Deanna Taylor, an investigator with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, said she received hundreds of pages of reports from other social service agencies in several other states, including Alaska, Kansas, Missouri and Montana. It is not clear what types of allegations were made against the couple in those states and whether any action was taken against them.
Court records show Timothy Crouch pleaded no contest to a theft charge in 1999 in Alaska. A forgery charge in Alaska also was dismissed that year.
Court records show the family had at least one other recent encounter with authorities. San Juan County officials cited Timothy Crouch in May with illegally burning trash.
Court records also show that county authorities’ initial investigation into an assault by an adult son at the family’s home on May 30 came after several brothers said they had been arguing over food.
The son, a 31-year-old also named Timothy Crouch, was accused of pointing a gun at three of his brothers saying he would shoot them. One of the three said the fight started because he was allergic to beef and could not eat hot dogs, an affidavit for an arrest warrant said.
A sister told a deputy there were guns located “throughout the house.”
Authorities also reported finding the body of a dog buried in the backyard that was shot as a punishment to the children.
Fireworks will be allowed from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through July 2 and from 9 a.m. to midnight July 3 and 4.
WASHINGTON — Eagle Communications Inc. has been selected by the National ESOP Association as the winner of the 2019 Total Communications, More Than 250 Employees, Annual Award for Communications Excellence. The Total Communications award recognizes overall excellence in efforts to educate the public and employee owners about a company’s ESOP and ownership culture.
Eagle was also selected as the runner-up winner for two other awards: Videos and the Employee Ownership Marketing category.
The Videos award distinguishes excellence in the use of original, printed materials to explain or promote the company’s ESOP to employee owners, customers, or the community. Eagle’s final nomination, in Employee Ownership Marketing, recognizes excellence in advertising and marketing the benefits of employee ownership to customers, the community, and the public.
Individually, Andrea Clinkscales was recognized as a finalist for National “Employee Owner of the Year.” She was recipient of the Heart of America “Employee Owner of the Year” Award in 2018.
“The great educational curriculum for employee owners includes ESOP 101 content, information discussed on weekly bulletin videos, a weekly revenue call, an ESOP Facebook group, eight educational videos, and a pre-retirement seminar. A leadership program is a great development opportunity for employee owners looking to take a greater role. The company also engages in local Chamber of Commerce events to share about the company and employee ownership,” commented the AACE judges.
The AACE awards are sponsored each year by the Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. The awards are presented each May at the Association’s National Conference in Washington, DC to companies who have excelled in communicating the ESOP and its meaning to the company’s employees.
AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOP’s and employee ownership communications.
Gary Shorman, CEO of Eagle Communications, is Chairman of the National ESOP Association.
“The National Conference brings together some of the best employee owned companies in the country,” he said. “For us to be represented as award winners shows the passion of our Eagle team for providing great customer service and “no excuses” employee ownership in the communities we serve.”
Eagle Communications is the parent company of Hays Post.
- Box Butte General Hospital will have free physicals for students on Tuesday May 28th at 5:30 p.m. They will also have free Senior Fitness Testing from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Wednesday May 29th. Residents will have the opportunity to come try the fitness center for free, and see if it is a great “fit” for them.
- Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Tuesday May 28th at 6:30 at the Alliance High School Performing Arts Center. The PBS documentary film excerpt Chasing the Moon will be shown.
- NET Town Talk will be hosted at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center on Thursday May 30th at 2 p.m. for a Net Leadership conversation about Alliance, followed by a live taping of NETS arts and entertainment radio show at 3 p.m.
- The Alliance Public Library will host Kalin Krohe Reference on Thursday May 30th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the rose garden. Bring lawn chairs.
- The Alliance Public Library will host a PBS KIDS Family Event on Friday May 31st at 1 p.m. Meet Jet Propulsion from Ready Jet Go and watch his new movie One Small Step.
- On Saturday June 1st Sugar Valley Rally will make a stop at the Alliance Public High School parking lot at 11:45 a.m. FBLA will have a lunch set up as their annual fundraiser, come have a bite and enjoy some great vehicles!
- Saturday June 1st Denver Air Connection will start serving our local community, come on out to the airport at 3 p.m. for the ribbon cutting to celebrate this new service!
- The 385 Cruisers Car Show will have their annual event Saturday June 1st from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Alliance Central Park.
- St Agnes will have their Glow Run on Saturday June 1st at 10 a.m. Come get your glow on for a great cause!