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  • Nebraska ranks second place among Top 10 pro-business states

    Nebraska has been named one of America’s 10 most business-friendly states for 2015 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., corporate site selection firm based in Chicago. The ranking is based on independent research conducted by Pollina. Nebraska ranked...
  • Gas prices take another five-cent dip

    Average retail gasoline prices in Nebraska have fallen another 5.5 cents per gallon the past week, averaging $2.29 on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,150 gas outlets in Nebraska. That compares with the national average that has increa...
  • Friendly reactions to spooky character

    By Lori PankoninImperial RepublicanPre-Halloween found me glad that a co-worker warned me about the character in our front office. Despite the warning, I still jumped with a jolt when I first encountered Freaky Farleigh upon entering the office at night. ...
  • Nearly 200 students sign up for Young Americans workshops

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Student numbers attending the workshops conducted by The Young Americans are growing, as the popular singing/dancing group arrives in Imperial this week. While their visit is capped off with a big musical show Saturda...
  • Radon poster contest will award big prizes

    Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) is coordinating its seventh annual local Radon Poster Contest. Youths ages nine to 14 who live within the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department district are eligible to participate, according to D...
  • Deer permits going fast in Frenchman Unit

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Some of them were gone in July. Others are dwindling fast in number. That’s the reality for firearm deer hunters who hope to get a permit in the popular Frenchman Unit for the 2015 season. With the nine-day season k...
  • Longhorns finish with 7-2 record, state playoff berth

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican This year’s Chase County Longhorn football team complied a year to remember. After going 5-3 last year and missing the playoffs, the Longhorns went 7-1 in the regular season, won the district championship and qual...
  • Moose sighted in Lincoln County; hunters urged to use caution

    With moose being reported in the Panhandle this year and a confirmed sighting of a young bull in Lincoln County last week, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is urging hunters to be certain of their target before taking a shot. That’s especially i...
  • Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen winners named at veterans dinner

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Essays written by four students at Chase County Schools will be forwarded on to district competition in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests. Sponsored by Imperial’s VFW Post 4688 and VFW Auxiliary, t...
  • 4-H families, volunteers celebrate accomplishments

    More than 100 4-H members, families and volunteers gathered on Nov. 3 for the annual 4-H Achievement Program held at the new expo hall on the fairgrounds.   The program is held each year to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of 4-H youths, as well a...
  • Ninth St. Singers compete at finals in Scottsbluff festival

    Chase County’s 9th St. Singers were among the 23 groups performing at the Scottsbluff Old West ChoirFest Saturday including show choirs from western Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado. Groups were divided into five divisions based on school size and number...
  • IVFD equips homes with batteries

    Homes in Imperial were visited by the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) and some youthful volunteers Sunday and Monday to distribute free batteries and take orders for smoke detectors. Greg Dannatt, IVFD president, said 300 nine-volt batteries wer...
  • Practicing safety helps avoid hunting accidents

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican One week before the pheasant hunting season opened for all hunters, there was a special weekend set aside just for youth hunters. In Chase County, the local Pheasants Forever chapter held a youth mentor hunt to acqu...
  • Costumes on parade for Halloween fun

    A myriad of colorful costumes graced the Longhorn gym last Thursday in the school’s parade of costumes for Halloween. Fifth grader Ben Lefdal, top left, came to school as a table this year and miraculously didn’t spill anything. It’s hard to tell ...
  • NRD hearing date set for Nov. 17

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican The public will get the opportunity to comment on a new integrated management plan (IMP) being proposed by the Upper Republican Natural Resources District (URNRD). The URNRD board will hold a public hearing on the ...
  • Study shows repairs would be costly at Wellington site

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican After costs were estimated to upgrade the school’s Wellington site to meet codes, board of education members may opt to move toward upgrades at the East 9th St. site instead. School Supt. Joey Lefdal said a feasibil...
  • VFW, high school’s FBLA hosting Veterans Day events

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Two local organizations are again hosting events for Veterans Day starting on Sunday. This Sunday, the Imperial VFW Post 4688 and Auxiliary will host its annual Veterans Day supper. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, the annual V...
  • Imperial FFA team takes fourth at nationals

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican The Imperial FFA Marketing Plan team of Shaylee Dorn, Jessica Hartman and Shaylee Heathers achieved a high as well as a high score at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. last week. The team took fourth in...
  • Sentencing handed down in child sexual assault case

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Stephen Frausto, 41, convicted in July in Chase County District Court, was sentenced 75 to 90 years in the Nebraska State Pen on three counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of child abuse. The sentence was...
  • Teachers revel in Halloween, too

    The teaching and support staff at Chase County Schools seem to have as much fun as the students do each year at Halloween. A number of creative costumes were sported by the staff again this year at last week’s costume parade. The second grade teachers...

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