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  • 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 ...
  • Little Big Town a big hit with fair-goers

    Little Big Town gave a rousing show Saturday night at the Chase County Fair, performing a number of their well-known hits like “Boondocks” “I’m With the Band” and “Bring It On Home,” and also introducing a couple of new ones to fair-goers. T...
  • Bread delivered to Imperial with caring thoughts

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican A special event in Lincoln on Sunday also brought special thoughts and two loaves of bread to two Imperial women. Marcia Fowler and Penny Teply, both of Imperial, have Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. And, so does a well-kn...
  • Cochran, Mitchell finish one, two in weld division of demo derby

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican The 21st annual Jaycees demolition derby during the Chase County Fair last week got off to a later start than expected due to more than a half inch of rain. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop demo derby fans from fill...
  • Early September best time to treat perennial weeds

    A University of Nebraska–Lincoln specialist recommends treating perennial weeds in early fall to take advantage of winter weather. “One reason for spraying weeds around Sept. 1 is that the herbicide weakens them and the winter can finish them off,” ...
  • Free tire disposal coming in September

    The Chase County Commissioners are sponsoring a free tire disposal for southwest Nebraska residents over a three-day period in September. Chase County residents are among those in five counties offered the free service Sept. 15-17 at the transfer station,...
  • Public meetings scheduled in area on new conservation program

    Imperial site of meetings on Aug. 25 The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Chase County is holding a public meeting to help inform producers about the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).   The public informational meetings will be ...
  • New online spreadsheet helps evaluate efficiency

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln engineers have developed an online spreadsheet to help irrigators evaluate their pumping plant efficiency, said a UNL irrigation specialist at a recent extension workshop. Using this new tool, developed by Tom Dorn, Lancas...
  • Nebraska corn production on target to set records

    Nebraska farmers have the potential to harvest a record 1.52 billion bushel corn crop this year, topping the previous record of 1.47 billion set in 2007, the Nebraska Corn Board said in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop production re...
  • People turn silence into a buzz of excitement

    I’ve trekked through the fairgrounds on my bike in the early mornings this summer on my way to the track. Quiet. No one else around. Lots of wide-openspace. And then it happens. Fair week approaches. The lights remain on at night.There are a few people ...
  • Fair’s success relies on partnership between you and the fair board

    By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican Co-PublisherJust a few years ago, fair board members were scratching their heads, wondering just what they had to do for Chase County residents to have a greater buy-in of the fair. What fair board members feared...

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