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  • Still growing at 90

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican On Sept. 30, Gordon Tropf of Champion will turn 90 years of age. He’s a little busy, though, to think ahead that far. He has melons to harvest. Tropf has been raising produce near his home on the edge of Champion fo...
  • New sports complex something to be proud of

    By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican Co-PublisherFriday night will mark the second time that the Longhorn varsity football team will take the field at the now-complete sports complex. The Imperial-area community can take great pride in the facility t...
  • Longhorns boys win second consecutive CC title

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Two meets. Two titles. Second consecutive year to win their own invite. The Longhorn boys’ cross country team have posted some high marks for themselves already just two weeks into the season. After winning t...
  • Lady Longhorns win two matches at home opener; take third at tournament

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican It was a fruitful home opener for the Lady Longhorn volleyball team last Thursday. They picked up both wins in a triangular varsity tourney in the Longhorn gym, defeating two Colorado schools from Haxtun and Wray. T...
  • Registration begins for Pumpkin Run

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican It’s time to start training for the Third Annual Pumpkin Run, scheduled for Oct. 17. The run begins and ends at Cox’s Pond one and one-half miles west of Champion. Registrations can now be made for the 5K, 10 mile...
  • Two fourth-quarter TDs give Longhorns second win

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican For three quarters Friday night, neither the Imperial Longhorns nor the Southwest Roughriders could punch the ball across the goal line. The Longhorns fought off some tough breaks in the third quarter, including ...
  • Fraud already investigated with new driver’s license system

    The fraud unit of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has initiated 41 cases for investigation of fraud or identity theft since launching the state’s new driver license system on July 22. “Based on a fraud review the department conducted in 2007, it w...
  • Students, staff settling in with new reading program

    ■ Editor’s note: K-6 Principal Vitosh has been writing several columns on the school’s new Reading Mastery Program. This is his final column.By Nathan VitoshElementary Principal, Chase County Schools Wow, it is hard to believe we are already in the ...
  • Imperial gains grant funding for removal of blighted houses

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican The cities of Imperial and Ogallala will share a grant for the demolition of 10 blighted structures under a grant received through West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD). A total of $210,000 has been award...
  • No more bond payments on school building

    Board of education members took a break from their meeting Tuesday night to enjoy a piece of cake celebrating the final bond payment on the East 9th St. school buildings. Earlier in the meeting, board members voted to approve a number of payments, inclu...
  • Exchange student adapts to life in Chase County

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican His senior year of high school is very different for Francisco Valero. Instead of living in a city of 15,000 people, he’s living in Champion and going to school in Imperial. Valero, known to his friends as Fran, is ...
  • Fall pep rally full of fun, class competitions

                        A bleacher full of Longhorn fans and students enjoyed the fall sports pep rally on the football field and track last Thursday night. In addition to cheers led by the Longhorn cheerleaders, there were several class...
  • Bodie’s Bunch to participate in Down Syndrome Walk

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican When their son Bodie was born Dec. 27, 2008 with Down syndrome, Chad and Amber Yaw of Imperial knew of very few places to turn to concerning the condition. Now, they want to support the Mile High Down Syndrome Asso...
  • Council changes nuisance ordinances to allow restaurant signage on 12th St.

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Changes in the city’s nuisance ordinances were made by the Imperial city council in late August that will allow two old vehicles being used as a business sign to continue being so. However, owners of Smokin’ Leroy...
  • Chase County students top Nebraska schools in Heart Association fundraiser

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Chase County elementary students were again at the top of the list in an American Heart Association fundraiser held in February. Physical education students in grades 1-6 took part in the Jump Rope for Heart and the H...
  • New storage units already filled

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Ten new units for storing boats and recreational vehicles were opened at Fifth Street Storage on Aug. 1. They are already full, according to co-owner Bill Brophy. That brings to 48 the number of units at the storage f...
  • Cattlemen’s Ball raises nearly $500,000

    In spite of one of the worst recessions in history and a torrential rainstorm in the early morning hours before to the event, the 2009 Cattlemen’s Ball raised nearly a half million dollars for cancer research, as well as health care and wellness activit...
  • NRD tent at Husker Harvest Days emphasizes conservation

    At the 2009 Husker Harvest Days (HHD) event in Grand Island Sept. 15-17, farmers and ranchers will have an opportunity to learn how soil and water conservation programs improve their operations financially and also preserve the land and water for future g...
  • St. Patrick’s parish hall now in use; October open house being planned

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Eleven months ago, site clearing and dirt work started on a new parish hall for St. Patrick Catholic Church on Imperial’s main street. And this past Sunday, parishioners enjoyed their first major event there with a ...
  • Final bond payment for school welcomed

    By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor Taxpayers rejoice! The school buildings on East 9th Street are paid off. With a vote at the board meeting Tuesday, a check for $362,455 for the final bond payment was approved. No tax askings for that ...