There was a good turnout Monday for the Child Abuse Prevention press conference. Children from Cathedral School came forward to share some lessons they learned from the book "Hands are not for Hitting." Also, some community members and businesses were presented awards for their work fighting child abuse in the area. A proclamation was read naming April 3, 2017, "Celebrate Children Day."

Douglas County offices are closed next Friday, April 14, for our spring holiday.

Douglas County government holds three meetings next week, all on Wednesday.

First, the Zoning Committee meets at 9 a.m. in Room 201 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St., Superior. The committee convenes a public hearing at 10 a.m. to consider a request for amendments to the Douglas County zoning ordinance in the towns of Superior and Highland; appeals of the subdivision ordinance in the town of Solon Springs; and conditional-use permit applications in the towns of Oakland, Gordon and Wascott.

Secondly, the Spring Forest Industry Gathering begins at 11 a.m. at the Solon Springs Community Center, 11523 S. Business 53. The Forest, Parks and Recreation Committee convenes for open discussion about current issues, opportunities and challenges facing the regional forest industry.

Finally, the Livestock Operations Study Group meets at 2 p.m. in Room 207C of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St., Superior. The group discusses draft ordinances concerning large-scale concentrated animal feeding operations and manure storage.

Agendas for all meetings are available at

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