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  • Spring planting is near; free blue spruce trees are offered

    Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting.         Anyone from Nebraska who joins the Foundation in February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free...
  • Mobile food pantry helps local families

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican The FoodBank for the Heartland, a mobile food pantry that landed in Imperial last Saturday, helped a lot of families. That’s according to Matthew Musgrove of First Bank & Trust Company, which helped with the dis...
  • Another near five-cent drop in gas prices seen

    Average retail gasoline prices in Nebraska have fallen another 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.83 a gallon early this week, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,150 gas outlets in Nebraska. The national average fell 6.5 cents p...
  • Here’s the opportunity to provide your input

    By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican Tonight (Thursday), you, as a patron of the Chase County School district, will get the opportunity to learn more about a proposal to add an auxiliary gym, wrestling room and classrooms to the present structure. S...
  • County dispatch equipment update put on hold

    By Diane StammThe Wauneta Breeze Though the Chase County Commissioners approved a bid to update the equipment in the county’s dispatch center, the plan was put on hold following the Jan. 12 meeting. Chase County Emergency Manager Duane Dreiling presente...
  • Lady Longhorns capture third at SPVA tourney

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican A third place plaque from the SPVA Conference Basketball Tournament isn’t bad for a team that was seeded No. 6. Beating No. 3 Bridgeport early last week, then a victory over No. 5 Sutherland in the consolation game ...
  • Four earn trip to Special Olympics spring games

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Four Chase County Special Olympics athletes placed at the Regional Special Olympics Bowling tournament in Ogallala Jan. 9, earning them a trip to the Spring Games in Lincoln April 1-3. Samantha Oxford placed first in ...
  • Wrestlers compete well at tough Chadron meet

    By Alan CarmanThe Imperial Republican Even  though only two medals came home from the Chadron Wrestling Invitational, Head Coach Matt Vlasin said he thought the boys wrestled well. “We left a couple matches that could have been won if the boys would co...
  • CCS students will soon be jumping, shooting for heart

    Students in grades K-6 at Chase County Elementary will be jumping and shooting at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in the U.S. The events will happen on Thursday, Feb. 18, as the Chase County elementary grades wil...
  • Longhorns on short end of SPVA squeakers

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican A basket here; a steal there—that’s just how close the Chase County Longhorns came to playing in last week’s SPVA tournament championship game. After leading the Perkins County Plainsmen throughout most of thr...
  • Traffic stop near Hershey nets 47 pounds of marijuana

    A traffic stop for a license plate violation on eastbound Interstate 80 in Lincoln County led to the seizure of 47 lbs. of marijuana and one arrest. Early Monday afternoon, a trooper stopped a 1998 Chevy Silverado crew cab pickup for a license plate viola...
  • Military reservists could get special license plates under proposed bills

    By Seth OlsonNebraska News Service Military veterans, along with some motorists in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy counties, could all see license plate changes by next year. A trio of bills relating to potential license plate modifications was presented to ...
  • Powerball drawing means more work for local retailers

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican The largest Powerball ever generated a lot of coverage last week, with $1.5 billion up for grabs. Three jackpot-winning tickets were sold in California, Florida and Tennesee. The prize is roughly $533 million before t...
  • NSAA’s transgender policy in effect for now

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican The new transgender policy adopted on a 6-2 vote by the board of directors of the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) last week took effect immediately. However, their decision could either be upheld or o...
  • Two area NSAA board members on different sides in transgender vote

    By Russ Pankonin and Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Chase County Schools (CCS)and Perkins County High School are in two different NSAA districts. Last Thursday, two school superintendents representing Districts IV and V were on opposite sides of the 6...
  • CCS teachers gain $350 base salary increase

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Teachers at Chase County Schools (CCS) will have a $350 higher base pay salary for the 2016-17 school year. Action on the base pay increase, along with slight insurance coverage changes, came after a 30-minute closed ...
  • Mayors battle at charity stripe for good cause

    Mayors from Imperial and Grant had a friendly battle last Thursday during the annual Pink Out basketball games played in Grant. The two mayors each shot 12 free throws, with the best shooter able to earmark donations from each mayor for his community’s ...
  • Taylor Wilson nominated to U.S. Air Force Academy

    Taylor Wilson, a senior at Chase County Schools, is one of 10 students nominated to the U.S. Service Academies by Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith.   Members of Congress can nominate young people for admission to the U.S. Service Academies, which includ...
  • TIF funds expected from Scott’s Pump Service development

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican City council members voted to approve a $5,000 expenditure from the city’s sales tax fund for legal fees related to the redevelopment plan in the Cornerstone property where Scott’s Pump Service operates. Action at...
  • Winds accelerate Wauneta area brush fire; seven departments battle blaze

    By Pat HolderThe Wauneta Breeze Sirens and smoke were in the air last Thursday morning when a wildfire, caused by a spark from electrical connectors near a shop power line on Bruce Kramer’s property at 720 Rd. and 345 Ave., broke out. It  quickly gre...

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