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  • DNR Chief Brian Dunnigan resigns

    Brian Dunnigan, Director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, resigned last Thursday. Director Dunnigan was appointed by Governor Heineman to the position in 2008 after serving in the Department for over 30 years. Director Dunnigan said, “...
  • MPCC given go-ahead to instruct college students in other states

    More students than ever will now have access to online courses and programs through Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC). MPCC officials received notice Nov. 18 from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) that the colle...
  • United Methodist Women to hold bazaar to be held Dec. 5

    The United Methodist Women annual Christmas Bazaar will be held on Friday, Dec. 5 at the First United Methodist Church in Imperial from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme of this year’s Bazaar is “Peace On Earth.” Coffee and rolls will be served from 9 a.m....
  • Support local firms, stores on Small Business Saturday (and always)

    Imperial received some somber news last week when it learned the ALCO Store would be closing its doors the end of January. When that happens, it will be exactly one year after Imperial saw its largest family sit-down restaurant also close up shop. ALCO...
  • IVFD answers calls Friday, Saturday

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican A pair of fire calls Friday and Saturday summoned the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD). Firefighters responded early Saturday about 6 a.m. to assist the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department, northeast of Lamar, wh...
  • Total of 509 deer checked in

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Deer hunters checked in a total of 509 deer during the rifle season that ended Sunday night after sundown. Ron Schoenberger, owner of Lakers in Enders, said this year’s total exceeded last year’s total by 11 de...
  • Lady Longhorns gain three spots on all-conference team

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Chase County volleyball players represent 25 percent of the 2014 SPVA All-Conference Team. With three Lady Longhorns on the 12-member first and second teams, that represents one-fourth of the all-conference players th...
  • Junior high wrestlers pick up several firsts at meets

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Wrestlers on the junior high team competed at two meets the past week and a half, Nov. 17 at North Platte St. Pat’s and last Friday at Medicine Valley in Curtis. This week, the Shorthorns traveled to the SPVA meet T...
  • Few newcomers joining officiating ranks

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican In a few years, Chase County Activities Director Troy Hauxwell said it’s conceivable some Longhorn football games may have to be played on a Thursday night, Friday afternoon or on Saturday. The reason—lack of of...
  • More lottery funds for education coming; hearing takes comments

    By Julia JacksonNebraska News Service A three-hour hearing in a crowded room set the scene for the Nov. 19 discussion on the distribution of state lottery funds for education. Thirty people testified in front of the packed audience at the Legislature’s...
  • Help children cope with holiday stress

    By Brenda AufdenkampUNL Extension Educator Holiday season is upon us with jack-o-lanterns behind us and shopping, decorations and big family dinners ahead. It is the time to be merry, but it’s also the time of disruption in daily schedules and general c...
  • CCS grad performs at music educators conference

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican At the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA) state conference last week in Lincoln, the Concordia University Chamber Choir performed a concert for attendees.   Tapainga Kahle, a Concordia freshman from Imperial...
  • Cooperative Water Agreement Signed with Colorado, Kansas & Nebraska

    Republican River Compact Adjustments to Benefit Basin Water Users (Manhattan, Kan.) Reflecting a new spirit of cooperation, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska today have reached an historic agreement during a special meeting of the Republican River Compact ...
  • Not too early to think about Christmas mailing

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Beginning this past Monday, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering packages seven days a week in major cities and high volume areas through Christmas Day, in response to expected double-digit package volume growth. How...
  • Electric rates heading upward Dec. 1; major airport project coming in 2015

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Electrical rate increases were approved by the city council Monday. Imperial utility customers will see the new, higher rates Dec. 1. The increases will affect all eight rate classes that receive electricity through t...
  • Shop at Home drawings begin Friday for $1,250 in Chamber Bucks

    Hunt continues for Imperial’s Gem By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican “A Treasure of Savings” represents the theme for the Imperial Chamber’s Shop at Home awareness campaign this year. The Chamber will give away $1,250 in Chamber Bucks in fiv...
  • Reception held for new doctor, hospital CEO

    The Chase County Community Hospital and Clinic held a meet and greet reception for the public last Thursday to welcome Dr. David Younger and his wife, Kay, and hospital CEO Steve Lewis and his wife, Shirley. Dr. Younger joined the hospital staff in late O...
  • Dan Hughes preparing for new job in legislature

    By Tim LinscottGrant Tribune Sentinel A lifelong hard worker, Dan Hughes woke up Nov. 5, the day after the General Election, and immediately went to work as he would any normal day. On that day, however, Hughes wasn’t necessarily working hard on his fa...
  • Vision of Trees just around corner

    By Sheri Hink-WagnerThe Wauneta Breeze The 10th annual Vision of Trees at the Champion Community Center is just around the corner. The two-day event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. a...
  • Bountiful Baskets grows in popularity

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican A food co-op initiated in 2006 has grown from two sites and 120 families to 16 states and “countless” families, including many from Imperial. Bountiful Baskets is a non-profit co-op. It offers a conventional produ...