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  • 2010 won’t be a water-short year

    2011 unlikely to be a water-short year as well By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican With the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeking regulatory options for compliance in water-short years, irrigators in the Republican Basin will deligh...
  • CCS one-act play performed at districts

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Chase County Schools placed a disappointing eighth at district one-act play competition in Ogallala last week. Director Jill Bauerle said “we put on our best show” but the judges had other ideas about what was goo...
  • Christmas inflatables warm up Champion

    About 40 Christmas inflatables are bobbing in the wind at Tinker and Larry Raasch’s yard in Champion. Every year the Raaschs add to their display. This year is no exception. A line of “vehicles” awaits a police inspection at 340 Kelly Street, while ...
  • Welcome to my world, Preslin Lorelle Lutz

    By Lori Pankonin What better way to anticipate celebration of the Christ child’s birth than to celebrate the REAL birth of Preslin Lorelle Lutz. We met our precious third grandchild Friday afternoon when we took Austin, 6, and Tayvin, 2, to greet their...
  • Keeping focus on what’s really important this season

    By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor With just about two weeks until Christmas, the most anticipated holiday of the year, there are a lot of things on people’s plates—decorating their homes, getting the Christmas cards mailed, parties/g...
  • Trees, entertainment delight crowds at Vision of Trees

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Snow on Sunday cut down on the crowds visiting the fifth annual Vision of Trees in Champion. However, Chairman Jean Farrer said the weekend-long event was successful. About 40 trees were decorated by various individ...
  • Boys win in opening weekend for first time since 2002

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Coach Carl Zuege said something’s different about this year’s Longhorn boys’ basketball team. He doesn’t know how to describe it other than it’s something he hasn’t seen in the boys program for a while. ...
  • Chase County wrestlers split at opening dual

    By Alan CarmanThe Imperial Republican Chase County opened the 2009-2010 wrestling season Dec. 3 with a double dual held in Oshkosh with Bridgeport rounding out the teams. Head Coach Matt Vlasin said he saw a lot of good things out of his wrestlers at the ...
  • Varsity brings home hardware from tough meet

    By Alan CarmanThe Imperial Republican With only six varsity wrestlers making the trip to Broken Bow, Head Coach Matt Vlasin was very satisfied bringing home sixth place out of the 11 teams in a tournament with some very tough competition. Keithan Cochran ...
  • Coach sees good things in varsity girls’ opening weekend

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Chase County Girls’ Coach Marc Mroczek liked what he saw opening weekend for his girls’ varsity basketball team. The Lady Longhorns went 1-1 in back-to-back contests last Thursday and Friday against two quality sc...
  • Food, music popular during Chamber’s Old Fashioned Christmas

    A community event isn’t complete without food and music. There was plenty of that and more at last week’s Old Fashioned Christmas Festival sponsored by the Imperial Chamber of Commerce. Many of the businesses in Imperial provided special holiday eve...
  • ‘Not guilty’ plea entered in fatal crash

    By Jan RahnThe Grant Tribune-Sentinel Benjamin J. Pelster, 33, of rural Elsie was arraigned in Perkins County Court on Wednesday, Dec. 2, on charges of motor vehicle homicide. Pelster appeared in front of Judge Edward D. Steenburg to enter a ‘not guilty...
  • It’s tree pickin’ time

    It’s that time of year. December arrived early this week, and that means time to be thinking about holiday decorating. Christmas trees are an important part of the holidays in most homes, and people took advantage of the nice weather earlier this week...
  • City’s grand piano sells to former music teacher

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Former elementary music teacher Dr. J. Gordon Christensen is the new owner of the city’s grand piano, buying it for $10,500. He was the only bidder on the Steinway Model A grand piano housed at The Imperial Theatr...
  • First ever farm toy show planned here Saturday

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the first-ever farm toy show sponsored by the Chase County Fair will be held at the 4-H exhibit hall in Imperial Saturday, Dec. 5. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p...
  • Time to start planning holiday mailings

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Whoops! It’s already the first week of December, and thoughts turn to Christmas cards and packages to be mailed. Jerry Lines, postmaster of the U.S. Postal Service in Imperial, has some guidelines. The military mail...
  • Housing study shows needs in community

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican A recently-completed housing study in the city of Imperial provides some good information, but also highlights some areas of concern. Leslie Carlholm, the city’s community development director, reported on the study...
  • Hospital finished ’08-09 fiscal year in the black

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican The official audit received in November by the board of the Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) showed a profit for the 2008-09 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009. The past fiscal year showed a profit of $68,38...
  • Hannas return to family, activities

    ■ 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 Within the space of one w...
  • Beavers in Champion Lake take matters into own paws

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican While the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) is still waiting for approval for plans to repair damage at Champion Lake, local residents are watching with amusement as beavers take it upon themselves to “make ...