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The Road Less Traveled


The road less traveled. Photo credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Contact Information for Oakland Chamber of Commerce Page


Rosa Schmidt and Denise Gilliland are the two in charge of updating the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s web page. This page details upcoming events in Oakland throughout the year.

To submit information for the page, please email Rosa at books@oakland-library.org and Denise at katcountryhub@gmail.com. Information may also be left with Rosa at the Oakland Public Library.

Thank you!

Ad Specials At Kat Country Hub


Kat Country Hub is running a sale on holiday ads beginning now and continuing through December 15th. This special is for businesses and individuals wanting to run ads for anything related to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For line ads the special will be: First week, $6, second week, $3. Third week free. If more weeks are needed, then the following weeks will be $3 with last week free.

For a submitted boxed ad: Price will be determined upon size. Each week will be half off of the regular price.

Please contact Kat Country Hub for details and to submit the ad. Email is katcountryhub@gmail.com. Phone 402-317-9513 or Facebook message me on my Facebook, Denise Gilliland, or my business Facebook Kat Country Hub.

I am in the holiday mood, so am being very generous to everyone, wanting to give back to my readers. Thank you for reading my paper! Happy holidays!

One of Kat Country Hub’s Favorite Pictures From Last Year


I love this picture. The clouds went over our house, and I ran for my camera. This was from May of 2014.

Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

One Last Blast of Winter


Winter came back for one last hurrah yesterday in Eastern Nebraska. This view is down Oakland Nebraska's Main Street. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Winter came back for one last hurrah yesterday in Eastern Nebraska. This view is down Oakland Nebraska’s Main Street. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Spring Fling at Master’s Hand Candles


Spring Fling at Master's Hand Candles in Tekamah was a huge success. Parking was a challenge as people came from all over, even out-of-state to attend the Spring Fling. The Easter Bunny had treats for the kids and Elsa also visited the Spring Fling! The kids had rides, games and other activities to entertain them throughout the day as well as many, many eggs to hunt! There were also vendors there for the adults to do some shopping. There was plenty of food to eat as well. Good job Master's Hand Candles. Everyone remarked on how much of a good time they had. Can't wait til next year. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Spring Fling at Master’s Hand Candles in Tekamah was a huge success. Parking was a challenge as people came from all over, even out-of-state to attend the Spring Fling. The Easter Bunny had treats for the kids and Elsa also visited the Spring Fling! The kids had rides, games and other activities to entertain them throughout the day as well as many, many eggs to hunt! There were also vendors there for the adults to do some shopping. There was plenty of food to eat as well. Good job Master’s Hand Candles. Everyone remarked on how much of a good time they had. Can’t wait til next year. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Senator Lydia Brasch Visited Kat Country Hub


A selfie with Senator Lydia Brasch and Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief of Kat Country Hub. Photo Credit also of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

A selfie with Senator Lydia Brasch  and Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief of Kat Country Hub. Senator Brasch visited Kat Country Hub while out on the campaign trail in the Spring, prior to the primary election in May. Photo Credit also of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Mockenhaupt and Schinck Sworn in on Oakland City Council


Greg Mockenhaupt and Tammy Schinck were sworn in to the Oakland City Council last evening during the council's regular monthly meeting. They replace Lorie Johnson and Tim Anderson who chose not to run for re-election. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub and also an Oakland City Council member.

Greg Mockenhaupt and Tammy Schinck were sworn in to the Oakland City Council last evening during the council’s regular monthly meeting. They replace Lorie Johnson and Tim Anderson who chose not to run for re-election. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub and also an Oakland City Council member.

Kats’ Korner: Has This Country Changed?


This country is changing, or is it? As I watch the events play out from one day to the next in Ferguson, Missouri, I wonder if things have changed.

The National Guard has been sent to assist with the civil unrest in Ferguson, MO. The National Guard has been called up many times over the years for such situations.

One of the most controversial of times was in 1957. Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called on the troops to block nine black students from attending the Little Rock Central High School. The nine black students were treated very badly by the white students, who spit on them and taunted them when they attended school. It took an action of President Eisenhower to stop such actions. He sent more than 1,000 troops to the school to comply with court-ordered integration.

In a more recent event, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the National Guard was called upon to assist law enforcement in an attempt to prevent crimes occurring after such a horrific act of mother nature. 1.833 deaths were reported from the storm, which created looting and violence in New Orleans. The National Guard was on every block to prevent further criminal actions until all were safe.

There have been many instances over many, many years where an event has caused civil unrest, requiring more agencies to come to the aid of those in need, providing the security necessary so more violence does not occur.

I don’t know if this will help those in Ferguson, MO. I have heard there are people from other communities involved in the protesting. Whether that is true or not, I don’t know.

What will it take to stop this? Those in the charge need to get to the bottom of the situation. I think this is taking too long. Or, they are not releasing all of the facts yet.

We do know the deceased was shot six times. Prior to the shooting, he had apparently stolen cigars from a store and had an apparent altercation with the police officer in question. The victim, according to the autopsy results, had been shot six times.

I find the number six a bit outrageous. Why would a police officer shoot someone six times?

We don’t have all the answers. I hope more information is provided soon. The victim’s family needs closure, and maybe more will happen for them. That is unknown at this time.

But, at the end of the day, has this country changed or not?

 

Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Rainfall Amount for the Month of June


It has been reported to Kat Country Hub from two local farmers on the rainfall amount for the month of June in the Oakland area. One farmer reports 18 1/2 inches, one reports 20 inches! I wonder if that is a record?

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