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  • District court says NRDs don’t have authority to refund LB 701 taxes

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Natural resources districts (NRDs) that collected property taxes under LB 701, of which the tax was later ruled unconstitutional, do not have the authority to refund those taxes. That was the finding of Harlan Coun...
  • Voters can begin casting ballots Monday

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Voters don’t have to wait until election day to cast their ballots in this year’s Primary Election. The early voting period for the Primary begins Monday, April 5, according to Debbie Clark, Chase County Clerk a...
  • Comedy/mystery to delight audience

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Chase County Schools students are rehearsing for a two-act play, “It’s Murder in the Wings,” to be presented April 18-19. The full-length comedy/mystery is written by Pat Cook. The Wings is a publishing company...
  • Candidates reminded campaign signs should be off state road right-of-way

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Campaign signs have been popping up all over Imperial in the past few weeks. With the Primary Election less than six weeks away, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) is reminding people it is against the law to pla...
  • Council may be addressing zoning change again on Broadway property

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican An ordinance was voted down by the city council Monday night, that would have changed the zoning from residential to commercial on a now-vacant lot at 1710 Broadway. However, at least two council members expressed no ...
  • Water, sewer depts. losing money; rates will be going higher

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Higher rates for Imperial water and wastewater (sewer) rates are most likely coming. Auditors of those city departments are recommending rate increases to fill the void, according to Public Works Supt. Pat Davison in ...
  • Sport stacking popular among school children

    Imperial is developing some record-breaking ‘stackers’ By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Cups used to be used for drinking, for holding snacks and for capturing bugs. Now, they’re being used as a sport. Sport stacking using cups has been ado...
  • Council sells north Broadway lot; zoning change is still in question

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Bruce and Crystal Peterson now own the lot on 1710 Broadway in Imperial. The city council voted to accept the $3,500 purchase price from the Petersons at a March 15 meeting, and, after a public hearing that night, hel...
  • Plans are firming up for city’s 125th

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Mark the weekend of July 2-4, 2010, on your calendars. That’s when Imperial will cele­brate its 125th birthday or quasquicentennial. A committee of nine people have been working hard on finalizing the celebration p...
  • Colorful Easter eggs to ‘bloom’ in Imperial Saturday at city park

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican The Imperial city park will present a colorful face Saturday, as Easter eggs will be sprinkled over the grass. The annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Imperial Chamber of Commerce, the Imperial Eagles Aerie and t...
  • Smith, Carter reign as Prom king and queen

    Chase County Schools held its Prom Saturday night, highlighted early in the evening by the crowning of the king and queen. Members of the junior class selected Chevy Smith as king and Shanna Carter as queen, in center, above. Other candidates, above, ...
  • Work begins on Allo expansion

    Crews with Mike Smith Construction of Holyoke, Colo., spent much of last week and early this week preparing the ground for a new 50’ by 80’ addition on the north side of the Allo Communications building at 610 Broadway. When dirt work started on the n...
  • Census only takes 10 minutes

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Did you come home this past week or two to find a 2010 Census bag on your door knob? If so, fill out the enclosed form and send it back immediately. That’s the advice of 2010 Census officials. If every household doe...
  • Most area schools take big hit on ‘10-11 state aid

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican There’s one consolation for Chase County Schools in the lower state aid figures released last week by the Nebraska Department of Education.     They’re not alone. Chase County Schools’ aid dropped significant...
  • District court ruling says Basin’s occupation tax in LB 701 is constitutional

    Latest decision will be appealed to higher court By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Lancaster County District Court Judge Robert Otte ruled Monday that the occupation tax created in LB 701 is constitutional. However, any celebration by Republican B...
  • Board changes policy on school board members as employees

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Apparently, a Chase County Schools’ policy on school board members and conflict of interest was in violation of state law. That’s what board members learned since several agenda items including the hiring of board...
  • Moses passes away after bout with cancer

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Even after he and his wife, Linda, sold their business in 2008, Rick Moses still couldn’t just walk away from the radio communications business they nurtured since 1977. After selling Prairie States Communication...
  • Imperial loses community icon Willard Rouze

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican The Imperial community lost a community icon with the death of long-time businessman and community supporter Willard Rouze. Rouze, 89, passed away Thursday, March 11, after suffering from declining health condition...
  • Prom-goers ready for big weekend

    Juniors and seniors at Chase County Schools and their dates are counting down the final days until Saturday night’s Prom in Imperial, which will follow “A Black Tie Affair” theme this year. Members of the junior class selected their candidates for k...
  • Engineer to be hired for school track work

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican An engineer is expected to be chosen soon, possibly by next week, for work on the Chase County Schools’ track. The school board has been discussing track repairs in recent months, mainly lifting the entire track sur...