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  • ‘Messiah’ returns to community after 10-year absence

    It’s been about 10 years since a community chorus presented Handel’s “Messiah” in Chase County, but the beautiful music returned to the area last Sunday. A community chorus of 27 voices, under the direction of Joel Grosbach, performed selected ch...
  • Time in Imperial a lovely experience

    Dear Editor,I remember walking into M&M Jaz my second day in town and placing a lunch order. The lovely woman behind the counter said. . . “Oh, what is your name? I should know this, I asked yesterday!”Being something of a city girl, it freaked me out...
  • Christmas is a time of giving, but billions of dollars?

    By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News EditorWhile it is the Christmas season of giving, what’s going on in Washington D.C., right now with prospects of a $14 billion bailout of the car industry has taxpayers a bit uneasy.No one wants to see peopl...
  • No till conference in January could be free to producers

        No-Till on the Plains is hosting its 13th annual winter conference on January 27 and 28 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan., and 30 Nebraska farmers could get the $150 registration free, according to Paul Jasa, a University of Nebraska-Linco...
  • Wind energy development means jobs for Nebraskans

        A study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reveals that wind development in Nebraska could create 20,600 to 36,500 short-term construction jobs between 2011 and 2020.     These wind farms are estimated to support 2,200 ...
  • Cow-calf symposium looks to future

        The 2009 Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium will be held on Jan. 3 at the Kitzmiller Auditorium in the Wray (Colo.) High School.     Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the presentations running from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.     Ranching can be diffi...
  • Chase County 4-H volunteer honored

    Amy Gittlein of rural Chase County recently received honorable mention as the Nebraska 4-H Volunteer of the Year. She was formally recognized Dec. 8 at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Convention in Kearney. Gittlein has been a dedicated volunteer for seven year...
  • Extension board interviews for ag educator

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    The Southwest Four Extension Unit board will interview an applicant for the position of ag educator on Dec. 22. The position has been empty since the death of Tom Dill almost two years ago.    Extension Educa...
  • Clean winter grime from vehicle at Baywash

    ■ Editor’s note: This is one in a series of features that will spotlight businesses in Imperial. The community has a thriving business community, and all residents may not realize the extent of services and products local businesses provide. This feat...
  • Work starts on new coop headquarters

    Workers with Regier Land Improvement of Madrid began dirt work early this week for the new office complex for Frenchman Valley Coop. The new facility will be located at the south end of Broadway just across from the Coop’s service station and current o...
  • Chamber’s Caring Tree ‘sells out’

        Despite a sagging economy, people in Chase County are still willing to help those in need. The Imperial Chamber of Commerce’s Caring Tree for children is bare.    The tree, located at Pinnacle Bank, contained the names of 20 children. Mary Dey...
  • November students selected

        The Chase County Schools November Students of the Month are Nichole Dickey and Scott Lakey. They will be attending an Imperial Rotary Club luncheon.    Dickey, 17, is on the honor roll and is a member of National Honor Society. She attended Juni...
  • Four generations of Smiths harvest corn crop this year

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    When Vilas Smith’s family got together for harvest this year, they were doing more than picking corn. They were celebrating four generations involved in the harvest on land held by the family for about 200 yea...
  • School contracts for fuel with varying monthly prices

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican    A change in how Chase County Schools contracts for its fuel for busses and other vehicles will change during 2009.    Based on the vote at the Dec. 9 meeting, the board of education has contracted with French...
  • Property tax portion of LB 701 in hands of Nebraska Supreme Court

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    The fate of the property tax element in LB 701 now rests with the Nebraska Supreme Court.     The state’s highest court heard oral arguments on the case earlier this month.     Nebraska’s Legislature...
  • Christmas dinner free, is open to everyone

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican    For the second year, the Southwest Nebraska Ministerial Association is hosting a free Christmas dinner. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Imperial Eagles Club.    Spokesman Todd Burpo stressed tha...
  • Judging for Christmas lighting contest set for Sunday, Dec. 21

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    Judging for the Imperial Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas lighting contest in Imperial will be held early Sunday evening, Dec. 21.    This year the Chamber will be offering prizes of $25 and $15 in Chamber...
  • Arctic blast here ratchets up city’s electric demand

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican    Mother Nature sent an arctic blast of cold air over the midlands Sunday night and Monday, dropping temperatures far into minus territory.     With the freezing weather, electric demand in Imperial reached r...
  • ‘Vision of Trees’ brings Christmas spirit to Champion

        This year’s Vision of Trees at the Champion Community Center featured 43 trees from which to choose a favorite.    The “People’s Choice” recipient for first place was “Add a Touch of Christmas to the Season” by Jeri Markee of The Add...
  • 2008 year of 4-H highlighted at Achievement Night

        Recognition and accomplishments of members and leaders of the Chase County 4-H program once again were highlighted at annual 4-H Achievement Night program.     Leaders and 4-H members were presented certificates and awards on Nov. 18 at the 4-H ...