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  • Terraces a solution to erosion control; funds available

    By Gene HeathersCivil Engineering TechnicianNatural Resources Conservation Service The last 12 months have brought heavy rains and several storms to many of our southwest Nebraska farms.   With the increase in rain, we are also seeing an increase in eros...
  • Forage meeting here set for Aug. 24

    By Robert TignerSW4 Agricultural Extension Educator Forage cropping choices and the economics of forage will be the subject of a meeting Aug. 24, 1 pm at the Imperial Public Library. Specific topics include choosing forages, alfalfa stand assessment, est...
  • Interest sought on grazing option in new wetland applications

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is testing landowner interest in a new Wetlands Reserve Program option to reserve grazing rights on their contracted wetland acres.   Applications are being accepted statewide from Aug. 10-21 at local NRC...
  • ACRE: time is short for decision

    By Robert TignerSW4 Agricultural Extension Educator The 2008 Farm Bill’s new ACRE program has an important deadline coming. Aug. 14 is the final day to elect the new ACRE program for agricultural crops. If growers have not taken a close look at ACRE, t...
  • Five-week business plan basics course offered here

    Training will be conducted in Spanish at the Imperial Lied Library The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) will host a five-week business plan basics course beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, and ending on Wednesday, Sept. ...
  • USDA announces sign-up for new Conservation Stewardship Program

    Sign-up started Monday in NRCS offices Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on Aug. 6, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was to begin a continuous signup for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on Monday, A...
  • Nigerian Catholic missionary shares experiences with area parishes

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Catholic parishes in the area learned first-hand about their church’s mission efforts in foreign lands. Rev. Felix Ilesanmi Osasona, a Nigerian priest, spent a week in Imperial recently to tell churches in Indian...
  • Deadline to apply for Nebraska value-added grant approaching

    Recently the Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced that Sept. 25 is the deadline for submitting applications for the next round of grants available through the Agricultural Innovation and Value-Added Act. For both value-added grants and B...
  • fsa deadline is Aug. 14

    “Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and landowners need to make sure they have completed farm program signup at their local FSA office by Friday, Aug. 14, 2009,” noted FSA State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger.  “We have three major activities that end...
  • Saga of the banana cream pies

    I needed to provide a couple desserts for a luncheon, so why not double the recipe to make it easier? On second thought, my favorite recipe takes more time with separate layers so I’ll make one Chocolate Butterfinger Delight and stir up some Frosted Pum...
  • Fair week is here, with something for all

    By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor Next to Christmas, it’s probably the most anticipated event of the year here in Chase County. That’s the Chase County Fair! By the time you are reading this, events will be in full swing at the fair...
  • Open house shows off new coop facility

    Close to 300 people attended Friday’s open house at the new Frenchman Valley Coop facilities at 2nd and Broadway in Imperial. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and drinks were served, and many took tours of the new facility. Coop employe...
  • Elementary music teacher hired

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Teaching music through “singing, saying, dancing, playing” is the theory of new elementary vocal music teacher Amy Walworth. She was hired by Chase County Schools this summer to teach kindergarten through sixth g...
  • Crush finishes second in districts

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Imperial Crush finished second in the High Plains Adult baseball district tournament held in Imperial Saturday. The tournament turned into a three-team round robin after Kimball dropped out before the weekend. ...
  • Mroczeks umpire state baseball tournament

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican A father-son team well-known in Imperial were selected to umpire the state class B Junior Legion baseball tournament in Holdrege, July 24-28. Marc Mroczek of Imperial and his dad, Ron Mroczek of Alma, teamed up with t...
  • Prestige Worldwide team wins co-ed softball championship

    An Imperial team, Prestige Worldwide, won the championship in this summer’s coed softball league, defeating Wauneta’s Good Times in an extra inning championship game last Friday night, 18-17. Prestige went through the tournament held Aug. 3, 6 and...
  • Ben Treffer Band sure to please fairgoers

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican A band that has opened for such groups as Emerson Drive, The Boulder Acoustic Society, Jim Salestrom and The Jim Rice Band will be performing for a dance at the Chase County Fair this Saturday night. The Ben Treffer B...
  • Fair’s photo contest draws 66 entries; on display at fairgrounds

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Sixty-six entries vied for cash prizes in this year’s Chase County Fair photography contest. Contest coordinator Sheri Clevenger said the entries for this popular contest continue to grow. In fact, there were so man...
  • Income guidelines announced for school lunch, other nutrition food programs

    The Nebraska Department of Education’s Nutrition Services office has announced the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced price meals for persons unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch, Breakfast, Specia...
  • City sales tax for May tops $30,000 again

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican For the 12th time, the city’s monthly proceeds from its one percent sales tax on qualified purchases topped the $30,000 mark. May’s sales tax receipts were the 26th month for the collection of the tax in Imperial,...