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  • Wheat harvest finally getting underway

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Typically by mid-July, the combine’s already parked and the wheat harvest is in the bin. But then when is anything that has to do with farming typical? This year’s wheat harvest has been delayed much later tha...
  • NRD plans to use LB 701 funds in new budget instead of property taxes

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican The Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD) will not ask for property taxes for their 2010-11 budget. That means more than $1 million collected as a special levy under LB 701 will go back into the pocke...
  • Business owner not happy with water problems at city’s east edge

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican It’s been a year of unusually heavy rainfall, with nearly 10 inches of moisture recorded  in Imperial since the first of June. But Tim May, who owns Frenchman Valley Produce at the southeast edge of town, believes ...
  • Pool fills up with water, swimmers

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Following delays, repairs, a sanitary issue and frustration, the Imperial pool seems to be open for the season now. The pool reopened July 6 and has been serving about 100 swimmers per day, according to pool staff. O...
  • Harchelroad’s sets up body shop off-site

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican When fire destroyed their building last fall, Harchelroad Motors also lost their in-house paint and body shop. Without a paint shop, they couldn’t do their own work on vehicles. They were able to do body work in...
  • Man remains jailed on stabbing incident

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Stuart Gordon, 22, remains in the Chase County Jail this week, after his July 7 arrest in Imperial on first degree assault with a deadly weapon. A $100,000 bond was set a few hours after his arrest  last week followi...
  • Ag Safety Day hosts 113 for day of learning

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Chase County’s Progressive Ag Farm Safety Day hosted 113 youths Monday for a day of learning that may save some lives some day. That was the goal of the event, said coordinator Chris Tomky. She said children learn...
  • Health department urges radon testing

    By Josh SumnerThe Wauneta Breeze Most people know about the health risks associated with prolonged exposure to radon—particularly its danger for causing lung cancer. Instead of sitting idly by, the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department is doing so...
  • Fireworks donations within $900 of goal

    High winds hamper completion of showBy Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Imperial’s firemen planned to launch the biggest fireworks show ever in Imperial. Organizers budgeted $8,000 towards the show, with a goal of $5,000 raised from donations and ...
  • Rain doesn’t deter Friday’s 125th opening ceremonies

    Hundreds attend events throughout Fourth of July weekendBy Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican While rain dampened some of Friday’s opening events, the enthusiasm remained high as Imperial celebrated its 125th anniversary last weekend. Scheduled on the n...
  • Man taken into custody following Tuesday night Imperial stabbing

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Imperial police have taken into custody a suspect in Tuesday night’s stabbing outside of the Subway restaurant in the 400 block of Broadway. Stuart Gordon, 22, was arrested about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday after being see...
  • Fiedlers want small town life for daughters

    ■ Editor’s note: This is one in a series of feature stories about people who have returned with their families to their hometown of Imperial, after living and working in other communities.By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican It really wasn’t a ques...
  • Pool back open after Saturday incident

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican It was a scene right out of the movie, “Caddyshack”—only this time it wasn’t a candy bar. Saturday’s unfortunate incident at the Imperial pool again thwarted the city of Imperial’s efforts to get its pool...
  • Ninety registered for Monday’s Ag Safety Day; more welcome

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Monday’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be a fun day of learning for children and volunteers at the Chase County fairgrounds. Coordinator Chris Tomky of Lamar said there are 90 currently preregistered, but ...
  • City electric rates to take some regular hikes in coming years

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Further study is being done on the city’s electric rates, but one thing’s for certain, they will be rising. City council members received a study report from the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP) at their June ...
  • Welcome banners up, ready to greet visitors

    Just in time for Imperial’s 125th celebration and Fourth of July this weekend, the new Imperial welcome banners are hung, most of them anyway. Despite a very busy schedule, Imperial public works employees took time this week to hang many of the banners ...
  • Firemen’s Fourth promises lots of fun for all

    ■ Fireworks fund growing, more still needed. PAGE 2.By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with friends, firemen and fireworks? That’s what the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department has planned for Sund...
  • Imperial celebrating a big birthday this weekend

    ■ Miss Nebraska has lofty goals. PAGE 2.■ Editor’s note: Included with this issue is a separate 32-page special supplement reviewing the history of Imperial as it celebrates its 125 years since the first homesteads were established. Many of the busi...
  • Harshest possible penalties handed down for URNRD meter violations

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Landowners who were actively bypassing irrigation water flow meters will suffer the harshest penalty possible—permanent retirement of irrigation on the affected land. In a special meeting Tuesday, June 22, member...
  • Fireworks fund growing, more still needed

    Last week’s donations pushed the annual fireworks fund over the $1,300 mark but that remains far shy of the $5,000 goal for this Saturday’s  July 3 show. Fundraising chair Russ Pankonin expressed appreciation for the donations to date. He urged peo...