Kearney receives public health award

Clay County Public Health Director Gary Zaborac presents a Community Health in Action award to Kearney city leaders. The city received the award Nov. 18 for its prohibition of the sale of tobacco products to those under age 21.

KEARNEY — Clay County Public Health Center recognized the public health contributions of the city of Kearney by presenting city leaders a Community Health in Action award at the Kearney Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 18.

The award was established in 2015 to recognize the actions of individuals and organizations that make Clay County a healthier place to live.

“We’re recognizing Kearney’s mayor and Board of Aldermen for their recent enactment of their Tobacco 21 legislation here in Kearney,” said health center Director Gary E. Zaborac. The legislation makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to those under age 21. While it illegal to sell tobacco products to those under 21 in Kearney, those under 21 found in possession of products are not punished under the new law.

After Kearney’s Board of Aldermen locked in a tie vote, Mayor Randy Pogue broke the tie with a vote in favor of Tobacco 21 legislation at the board’s Oct. 21 meeting.

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