101 Grocery plans receive national recognition Featured

By Mel Ziegler

Hi Everyone,  I want to share with you all some exciting news for the Sandhills Institute and Rushville.  Last spring I invited professor Jeff Day and his architecture class from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, to help design renovations for the 101 grocery store on Main Street. ( Y'all met some of them back then.)  We just recently received word that our plans won a national Progressive Architecture design award.  Nebraska hasn't won one of these awards in over 20 years.  Lisa and I will be attending the award ceremony at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  The Sandhills institute is very excited to share this with the Rushville Community.  Landscape designs coming soon and construction will start this summer.  


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2019 Membership Letter Featured

Dear Potential 2019 Chamber Member,

2018 was an eventful year for the Rushville Chamber of Commerce, many of the events held within our community included the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, June Junk Jaunt, Rib Cook-off, Fun Days Weekend, Fall Fun Fest, Moonlight Madness, along with the Christmas activities of Lighting up the Park, Breakfast with Santa and the annual Decoration Contest.

As we reflect on these events, please take a moment to not only reflect on the items that concern you but the items that were also great improvements to our beautiful community.

At this time, we would like to extend to you a heartfelt invitation to seriously consider becoming a member of our local Chamber and/or renewing your current membership.  Please review the attached membership form and note the new options for membership that are available.  We cannot stress enough how this community takes all of us to grow, not just the Main Street businesses.

At this time, we would also like to mention a few other changes we have planned:

  • Every 3rdmeeting will be an evening meetingto help accommodate other schedules. With the potential for a retreat type meeting at a later date.


  • Meetings are rotated amongst active Chamber Member locations, be sure to note on your membership form if you would like to be included in this rotation.


  • New Event Structure. Major events will be structured with the Chamber taking a “coordinator” position and asking for businesses, groups and organizations to take on the activities portion of the event.  Think of it as a tent – the Chamber is the cover while the activities are the items that go on underneath it.  (Example: Fun Days is the event while the activities are the 5K, Baseball Game, Rodeo, Main St Games, etc.)  Not only does this give the business and groups a chance to be creative with their activity it frees up the Chamber to focus on building a bigger event.


  • Please reach out to any Chamber Member with questions or the 2019 Membership Committee (Becky Haller, Shirley Wiles, Jessica Norton, Melissa Mracek)


Thank you,

2019 Membership Committee


Graduate students plan to transform Rushville grocery store into gallery/cultural center

By Lauren Brant

Architecture graduate students from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln came to Rushville on Friday, January 19. They began the semester-long studio project to transform part of the old Rushville grocery store on Main St. to an art gallery/cultural center. 

Eight of the eleven students in the course made the trip to Rushville with the goal to get to know Rushville, meet with Mel Ziegler to set goals and measure the building. While at the grocery store, the students developed a conceptual plan, drew a sketch of the building and the park to the north. They will transfer these drawings into computer models and a physical model. “The plan is to have everything worked out by the end of the semester so that the project is really ready for construction,” said UNL architecture professor Jeffrey Day.

Prior to coming out to Rushville, Day talked with Ziegler about the project and presented the concepts to his class. They decided to move forward with the idea and see it through. Day said the difference between other studio courses and this one is the real-world application. The students learn how to collaborate with the fabricators and builders to accomplish the project. “Rushville is a quaint little town,” said UNL graduate student Diane Nguyen. “The project seems pretty interesting and I like bringing art to this small community.”

The Zieglers currently own the property where the grocery store sits, but they plan to donate it to the Sandhills Institute in the next couple of months. Once the institute owns the property, Ziegler hopes to go after grant funding for the project. The Main St. location will also give the Sandhills Institute a presence in Rushville.

The space will bring together art and culture from the surrounding areas with the hope to have exhibitions and cultural programming. “I would like to bring something for the community to go to and visit art but also see the history and have pride in this building,” said Megan Michalski, a student involved in the project.

The most difficult aspect for the architecture students will be reaching a consensus on the project design before they can develop construction documents or blueprints of the building. As the students discuss ideas for the building, their hope is to instill pride in the Rushville community for the new space.


Twisted Turtle celebrates 1 year in business

By Lauren Brant

Last December Courtney and Tosha Fuller opened the Twisted Turtle Pub’s doors to the community and the business has flourished.

As they worked through the first few weeks of business, they kept with their vision to offer the public quality service and food. Reflecting on the year, Tosha Fuller said it has been a positive experience and the community support is amazing. Still, the most difficult aspect is keeping the customers happy and giving them a good experience.

Rushville Mayor Chris Heiser said he is glad the Fullers made the decision to open a business in Rushville. He enjoys going there because of the welcoming, friendly environment. “It’s a great addition to Rushville and a much-needed addition,” he said.

During business hours, the Twisted Turtle Pub staff stay busy as the word of mouth brings people from surrounding towns to Rushville. “The fact that people are willing to travel 30 or 40 mi. just to find a pizza place is still surprising,” she said.

The Rushville Chamber also felt like The Twisted Turtle Pub was a good addition to Main St. “It has drawn people to our town from surrounding towns,” wrote Rushville Chamber President Kris House. “Those people who have come and tried out the great fire oven pizza continue to come back and bring newcomers.”

While the Twisted Turtle offers customers pizzas and salads along with a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages in a comfortable, friendly environment, they also make food that is not on the menu. The messy mac, taco, and corned beef Reuben, and pepperoni, creme cheese, and jalapeño popper pizza are also popular items they can make to order.

With one year of business behind them, the Fullers will continue to keep it simple and make the Twisted Turtle Pub a destination.

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