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  • Sen. Christensen sets sights on occupation tax remedy next year

    Christensen pleased withaccomplishments of sessionBy Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    Senator Mark Christensen, 44th District representative from Imperial, left Lincoln last week with a good sense of accomplishment for the Legislative session ju...
  • New deputy completes first month on job

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    New Chase County Deputy Sheriff Vince Lopez is no stranger to western Nebraska. The Valentine native decided to apply for a position in the department because of the hunting and fishing opportunities, and becaus...
  • Commissioners replace Larry Carpenter on hospital board; Eddie Nichols is appointed

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    By a vote of 2-1 at their May 12 meeting, Chase County commissioners acted to remove Larry Carpenter from the board of trustees of the Chase County Community Hospital.     At last week’s meeting, Eddie Ni...
  • Third annual Celebration on the Square approaches

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    With fingers crossed for a nice morning, the Chase County Tourism Committee has scheduled Celebration on the Square for June 20. Tourism Coordinator Claudette Swanson said the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. event at the court...
  • Imperial resident seriously injured in weekend accident

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    The lone occupant of a car involved in a one-car accident last Saturday is reported to be at the University of Creighton Medical Center with head trauma.    According to the Chase County Sheriff’s Departmen...
  • New SCORE attendance record may be set at this year’s camps

    Final registration for allattendees Monday at CCSBy Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    If the numbers hold, it appears the 2009 SCORE (Science Camps Offer Rewarding Experiences) will set a new attendance record this year.    Final numbers won’t...
  • Chase County Extension Office in new, roomier location

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    With more than twice the space, staff at the Chase County Extension Office in Imperial is enjoying their move to a new location.    Starting this week, the Extension office is operating at 135 West 5th Street...
  • Passage of ultrasound bill promotes informed consent

    By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor    In the closing days of the 2009 Nebraska Unicameral session, senators overwhelmingly adopted LB 675, termed the “Ultrasound Bill.” It passed on a 40-5-4 vote. The Governor is expected to sign...
  • 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...