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Mitchell's Hannah Plascencio earns WNCC speech and debate scholarship
SCOTTSBLUFF – The Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) Speech and Debate Team is proud to award incoming students Hannah Plasencio of Mitchell and Mikaelaa Graham of Greeley, Colo. with full-tuition scholarships to participate on the award-winning team for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Plasencio, a 2017 graduate of Mitchell High School, is the daughter of Aber and Amber Plasencio.
She won the 2017 Serious Prose District Champion title, and was a three-time Nebraska Class C state speech qualifier as well as a two-time state speech medalist in both Duet Acting and Serious Prose.
She was also an active member of Mitchell's one-act play and musical. Plasencio plans on majoring in English in the fall.
"We're excited to have some incredible talent in the way of these young ladies coming into our program," said Bill Sheffield, Speech Instructor and Speech and Debate Team Co-Coach at WNCC.
"Both of them have had successful high school experiences, and now we're looking forward to translating that into success at the next level of competition.
"They will both be wonderful additions to the program."
The 2016-2017 Speech and Debate season was the first for the WNCC program after five years on hiatus. The team finished second in the nation at the 2017 National Forensics Association National Tournament in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Sen. John Stinner announces plan to
run for reelection
By Zach Spadt, for The Voice News
GERING – State Senator John Stinner announced his intention to run for reelection last week amid news that the state is projected to lose more than $1 billion in revenue.
Stinner was first elected in 2014. He was appointed to serve as the chair of the Unicameral Appropriations Committee, the body that drafts initial state budgets.
"We worked extremely well together," Stinner said. "I had a lot of help from a lot of different places.
"Obviously, they have a lot of faith in me."
Stinner spoke extensively of drafting a balanced budget as the state enters a trying financial environment.
Revenue shortfalls are largely the result of declining revenue from the agriculture industry, he said.
"Market prices have collapsed from where they were," Stinner said.
Knowing that makes drafting a budget "an arduous process."
Stinner said the legislature is also looking to incentivize bringing in other businesses to the state.
He supports the Nebraska Advantage Act which incentivizes businesses coming into the state and will help "get our bang for the buck."
"We just need to take things apart and look at where the revenue shortfall is happening," Stinner said.
As far as the actual campaign goes, Stinner said he intends to hold fundraisers in the area and in Lincoln. He will also knock on constituents' doors.
"I'm going to try to do my best to prepare for the upcoming session," he said.
Coen Brothers to shoot film north of Mitchell
By Zach Spadt, for The Voice News
MITCHELL – WyoBraska residents will have the opportunity to be on the big screen. All they need is a thick beard (for the men) and long hair (for the women).
And a little bit of luck.
The Midwest Theater last week announced an open casting call for the Coen Brothers’ newest film project, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
According to the press release, the movie is a collection of Western Stories set in the 1800s. Part of the film will be shot in wide-open ranch country north of Mitchell in Sioux County beginning in September.
The six episodes of the miniseries being shot in the Panhandle will follow a young woman on the Oregon Trail.
“The production is looking for ordinary Nebraskans to play settlers on the wagon train. We are especially searching for men with beards and mustaches, women with long hair (Not obviously dyed, no highlights) and families with children older than 10. These are paid non-speaking positions. The production will provide all costumes,” according to the release.
The casting call is set from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Midwest Theater August 1.
Tim Blake Nelson, who starred as one of the dim-witted convicts in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” has been cast as the title character, a singing cowboy.
The set will be closed to the public.
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