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  • Kids’ rodeo creates smiles

    The kids’ stick horse rodeo Tuesday of fair week always brings plenty of smiles, both on the faces of the kids and adults alike. At left, the young buckaroos try to guide a ball towards the pen with nothing more than a fly swatter. All of the youth part...
  • 6th annual Corvette Classic registers 215 cars

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican The 6th annual Chase County Corvette Classic just continues to grow. Held during the fair on Saturday, Aug. 15, more than 200 cars registered for the show. The event is sponsored by Harchelroad Motors, Inc., and th...
  • Classic car show bigger than ever

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican The CarNutz Cruize-in car show at the Chase County Fair this year attracted entries from as far away as Oregon, but the majority were from the Southwest Nebraska-Kansas-Colorado area. Organizer Doug Reinke said he di...
  • Bishop immersed in Chinese for over year

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican When Brandon Bishop of Imperial returned to the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie last week, he wasn’t sure how easily he’d slip back into American culture after a year and one-half in China. He did know that ...
  • Fair’s Fun Run draws most participants ever

    New women’s 5K record set By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican The 2009 Chase County Fair Run drew the most runners in race history with 123 registered for the event Saturday, Aug. 15. Another record-setter that day was Michelle (Dill) May, who set a ...
  • Low numbers drop softball

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Since high school practices started last week, there had been just seven girls committed to play on the high school softball team this fall. Due to those low numbers, administrators met with Head Coach Denise Smith la...
  • Grade 3-6 flag football sets first practice for Sept. 12

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Boys and girls in grades 3-6 interested in flag football will hold their first practice for the season on Saturday, Sept. 12. Combined with that first practice will be a meeting for the parents and players that will s...
  • FCA to organize Aug. 31

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will get organized for the school year on Monday, Aug. 31, with a cookout and meeting at the school. The cookout will start at 6:30 p.m., and all high school students, coache...
  • Longhorn football scrimmage Friday night

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Football fans rejoice—the season starts next Friday but fans can get a look at the 2009 Longhorns Friday night. The ’Horns will hold their annual sports drink scrimmage on the new football field this Friday, be...
  • Horseshoe throwers claim prize money

    This year’s winners in the all-county horseshoe tournament at the fair Saturday, Aug. 15 were Steve Schilke of Imperial and Matt Klingman of Chappell, top center. Other winners pictured above include the third place team, from left, Dustin Jablonski and...
  • New administrator seeks to strengthen ESU, member school partnerships

    By Dave VrbasThe Wauneta Breeze Paul Calvert’s biggest challenge in his new role at the helm of Educational Service Unit 15 has been thinking regionally instead of being able to concentrate solely on local issues. Prior to taking over the administrative...
  • Palm trees, grass skirts grace many parade entries

      Locals get creative with parade’s ‘oasis’ theme By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican There were a lot of laughs at this year’s Chase County Fair parade, held Saturday morning, Aug. 15. Incorporating the parade’s theme, “Chase County...
  • Flashy outfits, hip hop dominate dance contest

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican The number of entries grew during the second year of the Dance Crew Contest at the Chase County Fair. There were seven schools participating in the Dance Team division, and four in the Dance Crew division. In addition...
  • Small town life now even more attractive to Vlasins

    ■ Editor’s note: This is the one in a series of feature stories about people who have returned with their families to their hometown of Imperial, after working in other communities.By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican There are a number of reasons th...
  • Brandt wins hospital’s ‘Images of Nebraska’ photo contest

    The first annual “Images of Nebraska” photo contest sponsored by the Chase County Hospital Foundation was considered a successful event, according to Randy Vlasin, director of the Foundation.   “We received 124 photos from 31 photographers.  We we...
  • 38 Special rocks the Chase County Fair

    The crowd at Friday night’s Chase County Fair grandstand show featuring the band 38 Special were treated to a foot-stomping, arm-waving good time as one of the stops on the bands’ “Wild-Eyed Nights” tour. Above, 38 Special gets the crowd moving as...
  • Reborn enthusiasm credited for fair’s success

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican Chase County fair board members expressed nothing but excitement for the success of the 2009 edition of the fair. Board President Dave Schilke said people in the county seem to have a reborn enthusiasm for the fa...
  • Sen. Johanns field questions on health care during visit to fair

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican As national debate rages over President Obama’s health care proposals, Sen. Mike Johanns (R) found himself addressing this issue during a visit to the fair Tuesday, Aug. 11. One of the big sticking points in th...
  • Fair’s over, school’s here

    With just one day in between the conclusion of the Chase County Fair and the first day of school, parents and students hardly had time to take a breath. But, classes at Chase County Schools got underway on Tuesday with a full day, and it went off pretty...
  • Football lights get final approval; installation may start next week

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Lights at the school’s East 9th St. football field should be up and operational by the first home game on Sept. 4. Supt. Matt Fisher told school board members at last week’s monthly meeting that Pivot Electric is ...

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