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  • New sign welcomes visitors to Champion cemetery

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    Standing on a hill just outside of Champion is the Lakeview Cemetery, dating back about 100 years. The newest addition to the cemetery is a sign at the entrance.     It was donated by the Jeannine Cox family,...
  • Barry ‘Boom Boom’ Johnson to work the barrel at bull riding event

    Former Chase County resident and rodeo clown Barry Johnson will return to Imperial Saturday, June 13 to be the barrel man for the PBR bull riding event set for 7:30 p.m. next week at the fairgrounds arena. The event will feature riders eligible to compete...
  • Young ball players brush up on basics at camp

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Twenty youngsters who are playing baseball in local programs this summer got a brush-up on the basics of the sport at a fundamentals camps last week.    Three members of the Imperial Crush wood bat baseball t...
  • New column on collecting to begin next week

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    The Imperial Republican will feature a new column on collecting, beginning next week.     The new column, “Collecting with Jeff Figler,”  will begin with  the basics of collecting, including how to ge...
  • Swim team readies for first meet

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    With a slight increase in numbers over last year, the Imperial Swim Team is preparing for its first meet Saturday. About 40 youngsters will compete in Bird City, Kan., up from about 36 youthlast year.    Prac...
  • Three Chase County grads playing in west all-star games Saturday

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Three 2009 graduates of Chase County Schools will be in the spotlight with other top athletes from the western part of the state when they play in all-star football and volleyball games on Saturday.    Jeremy...
  • Slice Fore Life events to kick off new fund-raising effort

        The second annual “Slice FORE Life” golf benefit and charity auction to be held on Saturday, June 13, at the Enders Lake Golf Course will serve as the kick-off for the Chase County Hospital Foundation’s newest effort, “Campaign for Life.”...
  • ‘Crush’ team drops opener

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Imperial’s wood bat baseball team dropped its first game of the 2009 summer season Sunday to Haxtun, Colo.    Errors hampered the Imperial Crush team, as they dropped a 19-2 game in a shortened seven-inning...
  • Girls’ Little League kicks off season at local fields

    It’s the first of June, and that means Imperial’s ball parks are busier than ever. Baseball and softball games and the city’s T-ball programs keep the three fields at Schroeder Park busy most nights of the week. The first game of the 2009 season the...
  • Former resident earns Purple Heart following insurgent attack in Iraq

    By Dave VrbasThe Wauneta Breeze    Landon Lemburg said Jan. 7 started out just like any other day in Iraq.     Unfortunately, the ordinary didn’t last long.    He and his company, assigned to keep watch over the Iraqi elections, had been patrol...
  • Memorial Day at the cemetery

    People of all ages turned out Monday to observe Memorial Day at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Imperial. About 200 attended the ceremony sponsored by Imperial VFW Post 4688. Above right, Joel Grosbach played echo taps with Sasheena Rowley, not pictured. Above left...
  • Nebraska becomes smoke-free June 1

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    On Monday, Nebraska will become the 16th state to have a state law that requires workplaces, restaurants and bars to be 100 percent smoke-free.     All of Imperial, except for the Eagles Club and VFW, has bee...
  • Reality of new pool complex called ‘visionary’ endeavor

    More than 200 in pool to swim opening dayBy Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    A “visionary” effort by two governmental entities and Imperial’s residents were key to the opening of a new pool and bathhouse/lockerroom complex in Imperial.   ...
  • Football field lighting issue still unresolved

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    With the dedication and grand opening of the new pool/lockerroom complex complete, one question still remains—will the school have lights on the new football field this coming season?     “I’m still h...
  • Reeves is TV grand prize winner in playground equipment fundraiser

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Tiffany Reeves of Imperial was all smiles Tuesday when she picked up a new 32-inch LCD television at the Imperial city offices.    She was the grand prize winner in a fundraising raffle for new playground equ...
  • Total city sales tax proceeds top $700,000

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    After a low month in February, the monthly Imperial city sales tax receipts bounced back in March, with a total of $33,342.07 coming in, according to the report from the Nebraska Dept. of Revenue.    That was...
  • Huck and Tom to seek adventures on Imperial stage this summer

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    Just about everyone school age and older has read either “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” or “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” both written by Mark Twain. Now, residents will get to see friends in the ...
  • Dr. ‘C’ leaves gifts to community

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    One of Imperial’s longest tenured instructors is moving from the community this week, but not without leaving a few things behind.    Dr. J. Gordon Christensen, who spent 40 of his 42 years in education as ...
  • More than 250 back for alumni banquet

    ■ See the honor class photos in our DotPhoto Album; go to Photos (above), then click on DotPhoto.  By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    It was a night of reminiscing and fond memories as the Chase County Alumni Association hosted its annual alum...
  • No Till Notes : Ducks and rain

    By Mark WatsonPanhandle No Till Educator    I was fertilizing a field of wheat stubble recently and a half a dozen mallard ducks flew off a pothole in the field that had water in it.  I hadn’t witnessed ducks in a stubble field for several years.  ...