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  • Deadline for smoking ban nears, plans not yet finalized at bars

    Managers of local lounges still debating how their outlets will comply with new state lawBy Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    As of June 1, all Nebraska indoor worksites are to be smoke-free. In February of 2008, LB 395 was passed by the Nebraska L...
  • Title I teacher looking forward to retirement

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    After 32 years of teaching, 20 of those at Chase County Schools, Jane Lenners is eagerly planning life after retirement. She submitted her resignation as Title I teacher in the elementary school recently.    ...
  • Rest of new playground equipment to be installed this weekend

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    New playground equipment has been set up at the new Imperial Swimming Pool site, with more to be installed at Campbell Park this weekend.    The equipment at Campbell Park was to have been erected last weeken...
  • Stimulus funds will help to refurbish Enders Dam outlet

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    The Bureau of Reclamation will receive stimulus funds to refurbish the outlet tube at Enders Dam.     The Department of Interior, of which the Bureau is a part, will receive $1 billion in stimulus funds to ...
  • Building committee continuing discussions for new fire hall

    Council, rural fire board, commissioners to meet with committee April 27By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Progress on a new building that could house the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD), Imperial EMS and the county emergency manager ha...
  • Superintendent floats suggestion of building new special ed. room, expanding elementary gym

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Adding a new “life skills” segment into the Chase County School’s special education program is being considered by the Chase County School board of education.    Supt. Matt Fisher floated the idea at th...
  • Stimulus funds to pay for repair of watershed in Hayes County

        Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Blackwood Creek watershed south of Hayes Center is among 55 watershed projects nationwide receiving USDA stimulus funding.      Vilsack said $2 million dollars is committed to a Blackwood Creek wa...
  • Southwest Weed Management Area receives grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

        Southwest Nebraska Weed Management Area (SWWMA) will receive $300,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the Republican River Riparian Improvement Project.     The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 2, i...
  • Pinnacle Bank ranked among top 100 ag banks in U.S.

        “Ag Lender Magazine” recently unveiled its annual ranking of the nation’s “Top 100 Ag Banks” in its April 2009 publication.    At the top of the list was Nebraska-based, family-owned Pinnacle Bank. Pinnacle was honored with the title o...
  • Consumers can report Do-Not-Call violations

        The Nebraska Public Service Commission issued a consumer alert regarding possible violations of the federal Do-Not-Call rules by a company soliciting new or extended automobile warranties. These telemarketing calls have been received on both wirele...
  • Older windbreaks may need renovation

        While tree windbreaks may last for 50 years or more, some older windbreaks may need renovation because of reduced effectiveness due to age, poor health or neglect, says Dennis Adams, forester with the Nebraska Forest Service.    There are some q...
  • No Till Notes: Forages III

    ■ Editor’s note: This article is one in a series about the concept and use of no tillage farming methods.By Mark WatsonPanhandle No Till Educator        The producers and NRCS soil conservationists from North Dakota have shared with me the recip...
  • Former Sweden Creme opens as JJ’s

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    If the lines at the take-out window, plus the cars dotting the parking lot are any clue, JJ’s is a busy place since opening last week.    JJ’s is the former Sweden Creme, now owned by Jennifer Bell and Ja...
  • ‘Small world’ discoveries can be fascinating

    LORI PANKONIN is co-publisher of Johnson Publications newspapers in Imperial, Wauneta and Grant, and part-owner of the Holyoke Enterprise in Holyoke, Colo. E-mail: ljpank@chase 3000.com We were working with a consultant from Lincoln who had come to help u...
  • Another black eye on national media coverage

    By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News EditorBloated budgets and trillions in debt that our federal government is amassing are what last week’s “tea parties” across the country were organized to protest.    You might think differently, thou...
  • I-80 tour guides visit Chase County

    The tour guides who man the I-80 rest stops took a trip around Chase County Saturday, as part of an educational experience. Chase County Tourism Coordinator and Marketing Director Claudette Swanson showed them the Wauneta Roller Mills and Chateau Theater ...
  • Longtime outdoorsman, broadcaster to be guest at SCORE

        Calling all “game birds” and other animals, too.     Kent Boughton will return to S.C.O.R.E. 2009 and spend Wednesday, June 17, with fifth and sixth graders at Swinging Bridge Ranch just west of Champion. He will demonstrate numerous bird ca...
  • Zuege illustrates weather preparedness coloring book

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    Imperial’s Chelsea Zuege has completed the illustrations for a coloring book to be handed out across Nebraska and elsewhere as part of educating students about weather preparedness.    Zuege, Chase County S...
  • Chase County boys continue to work on improvement

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Coach Marc Mroczek said his boys’ track team still has some work to do as they face a busy week of meets, both scheduled and rescheduled.    Coming off of last week’s rescheduled Perkins County Invitation...
  • Lady Longhorns place in 12 events at Perkins County

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    Placing in 12 events at last week’s rescheduled Perkins County Invitational helped the Lady Longhorn track team to a fourth place finish.    CCS Coach Al Zuege said his team competed well among the field of...