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  • Do your trees have Mountain Pine Beetle?

    By Robert TignerSW4 Agricultural Extension Educator The Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) is native to the forests of western North America. The forests of Colorado have been hard hit by this pest in the last few years. One report recently claimed that the beet...
  • Wide range in roof bids come in for senior facilities

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican City officials and the administrator at Imperial’s senior services facilities were surprised by the wide price range between the high and low bids on reroofing the senior residential buildings. The range between hig...
  • Lutheran church welcomes new vicar

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Cheyenne, Wyo. natives Adam and Kayla Welton have made Imperial home for almost a month now. He is the new vicar at Zion Lutheran Church. Vicar Welton was installed July 17. His vicarage is an  internship for one yea...
  • We all play a role in the success of the Chase County Fair

    By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican Co-Publisher Every year when it rolls around to fair time, we all scratch our heads—wondering what’s happened to summer. In a couple of weeks, the kids will be back in school and the smell of fall won’t be f...
  • Brat feed at fair to benefit Orphan Grain Train

    By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican On the heels of a successful event for packing food for starving children, people in Chase County get another opportunity to help assist the needy in other parts of America and the world. Prior to the Christian Fami...
  • Swimmers end season on high note

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Their 2011 season now over,  members of the Imperial swim team gathered Sunday for a family potluck and swim party. The gathering also provided a chance to recognize the Imperial swimmers who qualified for the Plains...
  • Prestige repeats as coed tourney champions

    Prestige, above, won the Imperial coed softball tournament for a third consecutive year last Tuesday night, Aug. 2. They went through the 2011 season and tournament undefeated this year with a 10-0 record. Team members, front from left, included Kristi Mc...
  • Football, softball players get early start

    With games scheduled in a couple of weeks, Chase County’s high school football and softball teams were able to start official practices Monday. Above, football players work on the passing game, while softball players, from left, Blair Hartman, Emma Moll...
  • Fisheries biologist providing regular report from Enders

    Jared Lorensen, a Nebraska Game & Parks Commission Fisheries Biologist, will be providing a fishing report at Enders Lake through October. The reports will come every two weeks, providing water temperatures, water elevation and inflow information. Lor...
  • Final attendance numbers released for 2011 SCORE camps

    The 2011 S.C.O.R.E. camps brought smiles, oohs and wows to the 314 youths who attended. Organizers also saw much of the same look among many adults who volunteered as well, said Camp Director Marla Smith. “The looks on campers faces make it all worthwhi...
  • Huskers talk up quarterback Martinez’s growth as leader

    By Eric OlsonAP Sports Writer LINCOLN (AP)—His coach and teammates keep talking him up as an emerging leader, a take-charge guy in summer workouts who will be a natural fit in Nebraska’s new up-tempo offense. Yet Big Red fans, who like to know every...
  • Scenic art tour along Hwy. 2 coming in September

    The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway announces dates of an upcoming art tour in seven host communities along Nebraska Highway 2.   Sept. 9-11 will be the dates of “Follow the Rails Art Trail,”, an exciting art tour featuring Sandhills art and artists. ...
  • Unusual family in residence in Imperial

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Jim and Linda Pirog enjoy sitting on the porch of their Balcony House Bed and Breakfast, watching families pass by. This year, they’ve really enjoyed some new visitors to town. They’ve been watching a nesting pair...
  • Love of rock polishing translates into trip to Romania

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Several years ago Karen Hayes of Imperial was on the Internet, talking about rock tumbling with some people from Romania. That common hobby has turned into an international exchange of ideas and sharing of homes for t...
  • More community beautification projects being tackled

    No parking areas on curbs around town got a touch-up in recent days as local groups pitched in to beautify the city in the “Take Pride in Imperial” effort now underway. Tapainga Kahle, left, and Alyssa Fisher, members of the Lutheran Youth Fellowship ...
  • ‘Take Pride’ event just in time for fair

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Loral Johnson, who hired me 30 plus years ago for this job, was a real supporter of Imperial cleanup efforts. As a matter of fact, my former mentor used to always write an editorial this time of year encouraging peop...
  • Lightning, storms responsible for recent electrical outages

    Storms caused four outages in July By Russ PankoninThe Imperial Republican During his tenure here, Public Works Superintendent Pat Davison said he can’t remember a time when lightning and storms wreaked such havoc on Imperial’s electrical distribut...
  • Elementary principal on the job

    By Carolyn LeeThe Imperial Republican Having all grades in one building, with a smaller student population, are pluses in the eyes of the new Chase County Schools elementary principal. Patrick (Pat) Lane began working Aug. 1 in Imperial. A former resident...
  • Fair shows’ ticket sales take big jump

    By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Hundreds of show tickets were sold in the final days of the Chase County Fair’s “Buy in July” promotion. Ticket sales co-manager Jeanette Munger reported Wednesday morning the REO Speedwagon show Friday, Aug. 19...
  • Groups stepping up for ‘Take Pride in Imperial’ projects

    No charge at transfer station this Saturday for residential households By Jan SchultzThe Imperial Republican Youth and adult groups alike have signed up to complete a number of “spruce-up” projects in the city’s “Take Pride in Imperial” effort...