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Headlines from 2008

January 3
    The Imperial Republican staff ranks top stories of 2007 with No. 1 being the continued water concerns relative to the compact settlement with Kansas and the new water bill, LB 701. No. 2 was the summer flooding in Champion and No. 3 was the joint pool project between the city and school.
    Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial enters his second session of the legislature on Jan. 9; water  issues will continue to be his focus.
    Local retailers give mostly a “thumbs-up” to the “Shop At Home” promotion that encouraged local residents to shop at home first.
    New Year ushered in with below zero readings.
    Nebraska Game & Parks Commission ends habitat stamp art contest; Imperial’s Armando Villarreal has won it five times, which ties for the most wins in the contest’s history.
    Miguel and Maggie Ramos, ministers of the Ebenezer Hispanic Church, forced to return to Mexico and will await religious visa.
    Both Longhorn basketball teams finish second at new holiday tournament in Alliance; wrestlers medal four at Broken Bow tourney.
January 10
    Year’s moisture in 2007 is up nearly five inches over 2006; much coming in June during area flooding.
    Despite frigid temperatures, work continues on pool complex.
    City conducting housing survey among residents to determine types of housing programs to be pursued.
    Tagge Engineering Consultants of Holdrege hired for county’s road superintendent duties; firm replaces Greg Eskew, who retired in May, 2007.
    County gets $266,937.49 check from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help with summer flood damage; state FEMA money also expected.
    “7 Minutes,” a movie about college wrestling featuring former Imperial resident Jay Wood, is out on DVD.
    Imperial’s Jonathan Beverly selected “Masters Male Athlete of the Year” by Team Nebraska Brooks.
    Chase County Schools’ fourth, eighth and 11th graders show increased percentages meeting or exceeding state standards in reading.
January 17
    School officials continue to have safety concerns about school traffic on East 9th Street; hopes are that parents abide by parking rules on circle drive and red zones.
    Constitutionality of LB 701, a major water bill passed last year in Nebraska, will get first test as hearings open Jan. 24 in Lancaster District Court.
    Bids to be opened Feb. 7 on repainting of Imperial’s water tower.
    Walls are up on new airport terminal building.
    Rural fire board rejects bids on new rural pumper; new bid opening set for Feb. 22.
    Longhorn wrestling team captures championship at its home Imperial Invitational for first time since tournament started in 1973.
January 24
    Dr. Steve Boyer of Mullen joining Chase County Clinic here, working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
    First baby of 2008 born at Chase County Community Hospital is Miranda Ann Spady, daughter of Trent and Jodi Spady of Imperial.
    Imperial Volunteer Fire Department elects 16-year member Bryan Dannatt as chief; his name will come before mayor and council for approval Monday.
    Political office incumbents must file for re-election by Feb. 15; new candidates have until March 3.
    Flu cases are mounting statewide, but only one case confirmed so far at Chase County Clinic.
    Massage therapy by Audra Manley now offered as additional service at Imperial’s Platinum Salon.
    Both Longhorn boys’ and girls’ basketball teams finish third in SPVA conference tourney, after each was seeded fourth.
January 31
    Chuck Vette of Wauneta is first filing for County Commissioner District 1.
    Lancaster County Judge Paul Merritt hears both sides of LB 701 challenge as this water legislation gets its day in court Jan. 24.
    Council votes to earmark up to $20,000 each year for three years to aid hospital in doctor recruitment.
    Cast of youngsters selected for Saturday’s Children’s Theatre Company of South Dakota presentation of “You Look Marvelous!”
    Sixty-two youngsters take part in annual cheerleader mini-camp and perform at Saturday’s basketball halftime.
    New theatre seats will be in place by end of February; theatre will close Feb. 22-24 during the installation process.
    High School Guidance Counselor Marcie Yaw is making daily improvement following brain hemorrhage earlier this month.
    A nice break in the month’s frigid temperatures comes Sunday and Monday with readings in the 50’s and 60’s.   
February 7
    Chase County Schools will receive an additional $87,675 in state aid money for 2008-09 school year.
    NRD, county and city budget increases account for big part of 2007 hike in Chase County property tax statements.
    Snowfall measures three inches early this week.
    Democrats in Chase County getting ready for first-ever Presidential Caucus in Nebraska; local caucus will be held in Champion this Saturday.
    Businessman Bill Weir, a key developer and innovator in Imperial, died Tuesday, Feb. 5.
    Seminar in Imperial last week, “Planning for Business Success,” helps business owners plan for transition to new owner someday.
    Longhorn wrestling team reclaims SPVA tournament title; last time Chase County won was 2002.
    Longhorn football team will move to Class C2 for 2008 and 2009 seasons, dropping a class from C1.
    Maxwell High School will join SPVA conference starting with 2008-09 school year; Garden County plans to drop out of SPVA.
    The Imperial Republican starts new book review column this week, written by Terri Schlichenmeyer.
February 14
    Dennis and Penny Strand feel fortunate following attic fire in their home; little of main structure was damaged.
    In Nebraska’s first-ever Democratic Caucus Saturday, Chase County favors Hillary Clinton for nomination, though Barack Obama wins statewide.
    Kansas officials say they will ask the Republican River Compact Commission to address disputes with Nebraska over water.
    As Valentine’s Day arrives, Dean and Dorothy Milner, both in their 80’s, talk about their nine-year marriage.   
    Bobbi Tropf of Champion, a local high school graduate, tells of her experiences in Iraq with the U.S. Army National Guard as a gunner.   
    HiTech Computer Solutions, LLC, moves to new location at corner of 5th and Broadway in former Daylight Donuts building; Jordon Darling purchased the property.
    Fund-raising effort for newer theatre seats raises over $9,200.
    County considering Reverse 911 notification system; presentation given at Tuesday’s commissioner meeting.
    Five Longhorn wrestlers qualify for state—Justin Lueth, Jake Mathews, Kevin Barnard, Wade Courter and Trevor Rowley.
February 21
    School continues progress on field/track improvements with approval of plans for bleachers, press box, sidewalks and fencing at East 9th St. complex.   
    School administrators Matt Fisher, Mike Sorensen and Mike Wentz receive 2008-09 pay raises between 3.3 and 3.8 percent.
    Old seats in theatre come out, with newer ones to be installed this weekend; several volunteers are helping with work.
    Three-way race for county commissioner district one created with filings from Chuck Vette, Randy Hileman and, this week, Bill Greeley.   
    FAA report okays one football field light pole, but state review and local airport zoning board must also okay all four poles.
    Sale of 100 of Bill Gleason’s firearms Saturday brings buyers to Imperial from 16 states.
    Some in Imperial not happy with legislative bill LB 911 that would eliminate drivers license examiners in each county.
    CCS eighth grader Nick Mullanix wins county spelling bee; Anna Bauerle is runner-up.
    Longhorn wrestler Kevin Barnard wins third place medal at state tournament.
    Dan Lenners will serve as West Team head coach in summers’ West Nebraska All-Star Football Game.
    Brooke Lutz and Tonya Bush gaining experience at student teachers at Chase County Schools this semester.
    Sixteen confirmed influenza cases reported at hospital and clinic here.
February 28
    Imperial residents react to state’s passage of major no-smoking legislation, banning smoking from all restaurants, bars and work places: Governor signed it Tuesday.
    Doctor recruitment efforts land new physician, Dr. Jose Garcia, of Texas; former Physician’s Asst. Carl Woofter also returning to Imperial.
    After nine months of city sales tax, a total of $232,723.60 has come into city’s coffers.
    Fire department makes pitch to tear down old Broadway school building.
    U.S. Cellular gets final approval on construction of cell tower just outside city limits.
    Students, teachers combining efforts on digital documentary on shopping in Imperial.
    Crossroads Wesleyan Church holds groundbreaking for fellowship hall and youth area.   
    Local Girl Scouts ready to deliver 6,000 boxes of cookies.
March 6
    Chase County Fair’s 2008 entertainment lineup announced—Alice Cooper, Miranda Lambert and Mark Chestnut.
    As filing deadline passes, five will see commissioner seat, while eight running for six seats on CCS board of education; there will also be races for two NRD seats.
    Frenchman Valley Coop. in Imperial purchases Farmers Elevator Company, headquartered in Kimball, adding facilities in 10 towns.
    Imperial residents get ready for start of Daylight Saving Time this Sunday.
    Application process for FAA approval of football field light poles will start over for Chase County Schools, after 4-0 vote by airport zoning board to deny first application.
    Important first-round debate expected this week in state legislature on LB 1094, the bill that pays producers who leased water to NRDs.
    Perkins County’s girls’ basketball team wins first-ever state championship in Class C2 at last week’s state tournament.
    Basketball officiating crew of Miles Colson and Russ Pankonin, both of Imperial, and Shannon Messersmith of Wallace work their first girls’ state tournament last weekend in Lincoln.
    Fifty-eight Longhorn athletes report for 2008 track teams; 26 girls and 32 boys.
March 13
    More staffing changes ahead at Chase County Schools with resignation of high school math teacher/coach Rick Titus and high school English/journalism teacher Renae Bottom, who will be part-time next year.
    Close watch kept on a states’ Compact meeting this week in Kansas City, where Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado officials are discussing Republican River compliance issues.
    Bruce Vires, former high school principal and A.D. at Chase County, receives Nebraska School Activities Association’s Distinguished Service Award, its top honor.
    Former U.S. Marine and 2003 Wauneta/Palisade graduate Kyle Hansen hired as Imperial police officer, replacing Ray Reitz.
    Nearly 150 wrestlers turn out for Chase County Club’s kids’ wresting tourney Saturday.
    Businesses in Chase and Perkins Counties can participate in “Red Carpet Service” classes that promote presentations of positive community image.
    CCS junior Jacob Boggs qualifies for state speech meet in serious prose.
    All-conference basketball players from Longhorn boys’ and girls’ teams include Rony Sieperda, Jordan German, Tabitha Russell and RyAnn Spady.   
    Chase County elementary students raise $7,500 in Jump Rope For Heart and  Hoops for Heart events; third grader Tyler Barnard brings in $2,215 himself.
    Eleven athletes report for 2008 Longhorn golf team.
March 20
    Imperial Community Foundation distributes $12,000 in local grants, including playground equipment/landscaping at new pool site, Imperial Golf Course and Rainbow Promise Preschool.
    It’s a picture-perfect day Saturday for Easter Egg Hunt in city park.
    Longtime Imperial resident Dora Harper, resident at Imperial Manor, will turn 100 on March 22.
    Six inches of snow falls with just a few days before first day of spring.
    Nebraska water officials say Republican River Compact meeting in Kansas City buys state more time for compliance.
    School board won’t pursue early retirement incentives for teachers this year; Supt. Matt Fisher said reduction in force might be necessary next year if legislature passes major state aid bill.
    Imperial FFA renovating fruit orchard at Swinging Bridge Ranch, west of Champion.
    Chase County’s qualifier for the state spelling bee, Nick Mullanix, makes finals at state, finishing seventh overall.
    Ryan Wisnieski hired city of Imperial’s summer recreation director, replacing Dan Lenners, who held position 27 years.
    Imperial native Ed Kaiser is starter on Grace University’s Div. II Christian College National Tournament championship basketball team.
    Michelle Dill breaks another record at UNK in the mile; her time at nationals was 4:57.63.
March 27
    Cause most likely will remain uncertain in Tuesday explosion at UAP Agri Services; no one injured but fertilizer plant building sustains some damage.
    Mike Wentz, Chase County Schools elementary principal the past three years, will leave after this school year for new position in Syracuse, Neb.
    Abrupt retirement of Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources Director Ann Bleed Monday shocks many; Governor’s spokesman denies he asked her to step down.
    Burglary of Arlyn and Jeannine Cox home investigated by State Patrol and crime lab.
    First State Bank President Dick Falldorf retiring; open house this week.
    Jacob Boggs, CCS junior, places fourth at state speech meet in serious prose.
    Rural fire board approves truck committee recommendation on new pumper purchase; board will meet with bond agent to get bond issue process started.   
    High school girls’ team takes first, boys fourth in opening track meet at Cambridge.
    Organizers confirm alumni football game will be played during ‘08 Chase County Fair against alumni team from McCook.
    Former St. Patrick Church pastor here, Fr. Zygmund Rydz, dies in Lincoln at age 87.
April 3
    City of Imperial completes first full year of city sales tax; January has biggest take yet with nearly $35,000 received in city coffers.
    State legislature passes LB 1094, which will pay surface water irrigators for 2007 leases; bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege and was a priority bill of Imperial Sen. Mark Christensen.
    It’s not too early to begin thinking about and preparing for season’s tornado threat; Severe Weather Awareness Week is next week, April 7-11.
    Work on city/school pool project progressing on schedule with June completion on track.
    Sale finalized March 27 of Midwest Farm Equipment’s John Deere dealership in Imperial to 21st Century Equipment, based in Bridgeport.
    Three Imperial FFA members, Kelly Kuenning, Ty Martin and Vanessa Schilke, will received the State FFA Degree this week in Lincoln during state FFA convention.
    CCS three-act play later this month, April 18-19, will be “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.”
    Wauneta Roller Mills placed on National Register of Historic Places.
April 10
    Emma Mae Colson, long-time Chase County resident, will celebrate her 100th birthday April 17.
    Accident last week claims life of Clarence “Andy” Anderson of Imperial, who was carrying mail in Perkins County.
    ‘92 Chase County graduate Sandy (Statz) O’Neil hired as CCS business teacher for 2008-09, replacing Sharon Kluender, who is retiring.
    State fair board member Dan Kunnemann says it’s hard to see state fair leave Lincoln, but it appears to be moving ahead with LB 1116.
    NRD board gets first look at potential augmentation sites in Republican River Basin.
    Engineers in Lincoln still working on plans for repair of dam at Champion Lake.
    Big city sales tax receipts of nearly $35,000 in January was due to an outstanding tax bill and interest penalty assessed to one Imperial business.
    First annual catfish tournament held at Enders Lake Saturday, sponsored by Ike’s chapter.
April 17
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Flynn stops in Imperial Tuesday, a month before Primary Election.
    Winter makes a spring appearance with a four-inch snowstorm last week, causing school closings and hazardous travel at times.
    Chase County Schools likely will see an estimated $150,000 less in state aid for 2008-09, with passage of state legislation that changes how state aid is awarded.
    Compact talks with Kansas moving into critical stage; URNRD manager Jasper Fanning attends most recent meeting last week in Kansas City.
    Lied Imperial Public Library celebrates 80th anniversary this week.
    Arrests expected following March burglary of rural Cox home.
    Progressive Swine Technologies completing transition as new owners of three hog finishing facilities in Chase County.
    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Wauneta’s South Divide to note 100th anniversary this weekend.
    County driver’s license exam stations will remain open for now; legislative bill had proposed closing them for regional sites.
    According to State Sen. Mark Christensen, irrigators who leased water last year should get payment checks this week.
    Craig Davidson says he “loved every minute” of his year as a state FFA vice president; his term concluded earlier this month.
    Chase County girls’ track team wins home meet Tuesday, boys placed second.
    Soccer season well underway in Imperial.
April 24
    In letter to Nebraska officials, Kansas claims Nebraska’s overuse of water in 2005 and 2006 equals $72 million.
    State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial is pleased with progress of 2008 legislative session; notes 15 senators who’ll be leaving due to term limits.
    High School Guidance Counselor Marcie Yaw hopes to return to work soon, after suffering brain aneurisms earlier this year.
    The Imperial Republican wins Omaha World Herald’s Service to Ag Award, along with nine others in annual state newspaper contest.
    Longtime business teacher Sharon Kluender, who’s been at Chase County Schools all but one of her 42 years in education, will retire at the end of this school year.
    Candidates for CCS Prom royalty this weekend are Erica Pirog, Jordan Stromberger, Cara Kunnemann, Trevor Rowley, Jordan German and Nick Talbott.
    Lease of the city’s light dam section, southwest of Imperial, is auctioned at Monday’s council meeting, with Scott Clements retaining lease, but at nearly double the cost—$10,600 per year.
    IVFD among 14 departments battling huge grass fire south of Madrid last week, which burned 1,075 acres.
    A new cemetery directory, more than doubling the amount of names that can be held, is up at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial; names should be transferred by Memorial Day.
    Tabitha Russell selected for Nebraska Coaches Association all-star softball game this summer.
May 1
    Phoned-in bomb threat at Chase County Schools April 25 draws flurry of law enforcement; school initially is locked-down, then evacuated. No bomb was found.
    Marvin Large of Imperial elected into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement in Lincoln April 18.   
    With less than two weeks before the Primary, District 1 county commissioner candidates Bill Greeley, Randy Hileman, Danny Hale, Chuck Vette and Carl Williams tell their credentials for the job.
    Cement pour at new swimming pool in Imperial has just one section left.
    New postal rates going up again on May 12; first class stamp increasing from 41 to 42 cents.
    With 11 months of sales tax proceeds in the bank, city of Imperial nearing $300,000 mark.
    First Insight Eyecare moving from offices in clinic to former offices of Dr. Paul Grow at 510 West 12th St.
    Bauerle family of Chase County plans second cookbook.
    Workers from South Dakota begin facelift of Frenchman Valley Co-op tubes, first sandblasting them to be followed by new white paint.
    Nick Talbott and Cara Kunnemann reign as CCS Prom king and queen.
    Imperial hosts season’s first high school rodeo with two days of events Saturday and Sunday.
    Girls repeat as SPVA conference track champs 20th straight year; Perkins County wins boys’ championship this year, but Chase County has won the boys’ title 30 of last 32 years.
May 8
    Dist. I county commissioner race will highlight Primary Election here Tuesday, with other interest in the subdistrict 5 NRD board seat, which three are seeking.
    New state aid figures will cut Chase County Schools’ by $193,000 for 2008-09 school year.
    J.B. “John” Lawless and Trevor Roenfeldt will be valedictorians for Saturday’s CCS graduation, with Erica Pirog to be salutatorian.; Class of 2008 will graduate 46 seniors.
    Thirty-five prospective kindergartners for 2008-09 visit Chase County Schools on Monday.
    Ryan Richmond is new president at First State Bank in Imperial, replacing Dick Falldorf.
    Connie Pribbeno will retire from teaching after this school year, following many years as kindergarten teacher.
    Stan Colby, a 1991 graduate of Wauneta-Palisade High School, joins Chase County Sheriff’s Department deputy.
    Friday, May 2, greeted with three inches of snow, but warm weekend temperatures have it gone by Sunday.
May 15
    Chuck Vette tops four others to win District I county commissioner race on the Republican ticket; no Democrats were on their Primary ballot.
    Cool day greets graduates at Chase County Schools’ commencement Saturday; 46 step across stage for diplomas.   
    Nathan Vitosh hired as new elementary principal, replacing Mike Wentz; Bruce Vires and Jill Bauerle returning as classroom teachers this fall.
    Balloon lift-off kicks off National Nursing Home Week events at Imperial Manor.
    Six boys and five girls from the Longhorn track teams qualify for state meet this weekend in Omaha, including Trevor Roenfeldt, Schyler Heathers, Rony Sieperda, Alex Sharp, Kevin Barnard, Tyler Talbott, Erica Pirog, Cara Kunnemann, RyAnn Spady, Nichole Dickey and Tabitha Russell.
    Nathan DeHart places eighth at districts and qualifies for the state golf meet next week.
    Wade Courter and Trevor Roenfeldt selected for West Nebraska All-Star Football Game in June; Dan Lenners of Imperial is head coach for the West Team.   
May 22
    Residents will swim in old pool as summer season starts, but construction progresses on new facility.
    District Judge in Lincoln rules water bill LB 701 is unconstitutional because it targets only one area in the state.
    Chase County Schools will drop back to two sections of kindergarten next year, compared to three in 2007-08.
    City pickup destroyed in fire as employee reads meters in rural area south of Champion.
    Three nights of vocal concerts take up evenings of final week of school year.
    Reception honors four school staff members leaving system this year—Mike Wentz, Sharon Kluender, Connie Pribbeno and Rick Titus.   
    Erica Pirog is state champion in Class C 300 meter hurdles, while Longhorn girls’ team finishes fourth at state meet; boys’ team fails to score at state.
    Chase County Schools outstanding senior athletes for 2007-08 are Tabitha Russell and Rony Sieperda.
May 29
    Nebraska Attorney General’s office and NRDs legal counsel file appeal to ruling declaring LB 701 unconstitutional.
    Rain holds off Monday for annual Memorial Day program at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial.
    Poor weather mars holiday weekend lake activity.
    Full year of city sales receipts are in, totalling $322,411, far above annual projection of $275,000.
    Former students in classes ending in “8” are the honorees at annual Chase County High School alumni banquet Saturday night.
    Tornado touches down briefly south of Wauneta last week; Colorado hit hard when tornadoes strike Windsor, Colo., killing one.
    “Smoke on the Mountain” chosen for 2008 Imperial Community Players production at the Chase County Fair.
    Last day for students at Chase County School arrives May 22.
    Imperial’s Michelle Dill is first female at University of Nebraska-Kearney to earn outdoor All-American honors with seventh place in 1,500 meters at nationals.
    First game for Imperial’s town team baseball is history as season opens against Colorado Bombers on Sunday, May 25.
June 5
    Chase County Community Hospital signs new doctor to start in September, Dr. Doug Nicholson of Salmon, Idaho.
    Chase County Treasurer Kay Hazard retiring from office July 1; served 33 years.
    Cooperative weather aids progress of new NRD building construction along East 5th St.
    First open day of Imperial’s swimming pool delayed three days due to cool weather; pool opened in old location with hopes new one under construction can be opened later in season.
    Imperial residents polled on how they plan to spend government’s economic stimulus check.
    Swim team’s first meet at Imperial pool last Saturday results in championship for home team.
    Lady Longhorns Tabitha Russell and RyAnn Spady on winning West all-star basketball team at Cambridge Saturday night.
    Maddux Cattle Co., hosts French tour group May 23.
June 12
    Near baseball-sized hail hits in Champion area during June 4 storm; Enders area is target of early morning June 5 storm, with reported golf ball-sized hail.
    Damage from last week’s storms to homes, vehicles, pivots and crops could run into the millions.
    Council passes resolution that sets up vote on whether city residents want fluoride added to water.
    City will proceed with taking bids on demolition of old grade school building on Broadway.
    In recognition of their 75th anniversary, Imperial Volunteer Fire Department donates $1,000 to this year’s July 4 fireworks show; fund-raising goal is $3,500.
    Imperial receives Housing Groundbreaker Award for its purchase/rehab/resale housing program.
    Chase County Schools may go back to three sections of kindergarten this fall, after deciding in spring to have two. More prospective kindergartners registered this week.
    Republican River Coalition gains $514,500 grant for augmentation study in Basin.
    Twenty-eight sites take part in citywide garage sales last Saturday.
    Defendant in Carl Woofter knife attack last fall, Warren R. Collins, pleads guilty to two charges in Missouri court.
June 19
    Saltcedar, a large water-consuming noxious weed that is hard to control, is found in Chase County along Frenchman River; spraying hopes to eradicate it.
    Chase County Schools approached on piloting Career Academy Program, which would offer high school students an optional fifth year in high school, after which they’d graduate with both high school and associate’s degrees.
    Lamar area gets hammered by early morning storm June 16, with trees damaged, pivots overturned and 26 of Highline Electric poles broken; tornado not spotted, but damage came during dark hours.
    Phil and Patty Dawson pass through Imperial on their cross-country trek across U.S., raising money for ill children.
    Final pieces added Monday night to new U.S. Cellular tower under construction outside the northeast section of Mt. Hope Cemetery; should be operational in July.
    Former resident Mitch Vires playing on Gulf Coast semi-pro football team based in Mississippi.
    Recent rains make big difference in levels at Harlan Dam and in Republican River.
    Southwest Nebraska Solid Waste Agency board may close round-the-clock access to grass, tree pile due to unacceptable debris being left there.
June 26
    Chase County Fair’s tickets for grandstand entertainment go on sale this weekend.
    Imperial’s city sales tax proceeds for April, 2008, largest monthly total so far at $34,977.58; biggest increase coming from vehicle sales.
    Higher city electricity rates for summer add to woes of climbing energy prices.
    Emergency responders from Imperial and Wauneta take part in decontamination exercise in Enders Saturday.
    Two juveniles so far apprehended in night of vandalism in Champion.
    Bob Jr. and Lori Mendenhall purchase Imperial Mini Storage units on north Broadway from Toby and Eve Friemel.
    Senior care facilities in Imperial prepare for new budget year, still dealing with low resident numbers at Manor; employees will see bonus payments replace cost-of-living increases in coming year.
    Annie Longan of Imperial works U.S. Open Golf Championship as one of 6,000 volunteers.
    Area sees visible improvements after one-year of Southwest Weed Managements Area’s invasive plant removal along Republican River.
July 3
    Unleaded gasoline prices eclipse $4 per gallon mark here, as local residents cringe; one station selling unleaded for $4.02, the other at $4.05.
    Imperial’s Miles Spickelmier earns All Around Cowboy honors at state high school rodeo, and also captures steer wrestling season title.
    Shelby Frasier captures first in barrel racing at state high school rodeo.
    Three houses, former commercial building come down on south end of Broadway, as Frenchman Valley Co-op clears lots for future office construction.
    Saturday’s “Slice Fore Life” event raises $13,000 for Chase County Community Hospital Foundation.
    Construction progress continues on new NRD building on East 5th Street.
    New Team Adventure Camp (TAC), a SCORE-sponsored project, brings 60 students and teachers to Swinging Bridge Ranch, west of Champion.
    Chase County Treasurer Kay Hazard honored at reception Friday, as she concludes 33 years as county official.
    Dirk Hill assumes presidency of Imperial Lions Club for 2008-09; club takes on new fundraiser—peach sales.
July 10
    Despite warm temperatures, a good crowd turns out for 5th annual Fireman’s Fun Day where water activities prove most popular.
    Larry and Bruce Peterson finding benefit of their goat herds not limited to invasive species control; meat becoming more popular.
    General contractor says new pool is on track for August opening.
    Another application to FAA on football field lights is denied approval; uncertainty remains on whether football games will be played on new field this fall.
    NRD sets some guidelines for water transfers outside of floating townships, believing more requests will be coming.
    Cindy Schoenberger sworn in as new County Treasurer Tuesday, completing term of Kay Hazard, who retired before term was up.
    Due to lots of standing water, city plans to spray weekly for mosquitoes.
    Fair parade theme this year is “That Was Then, This Is Now.”
    Rick and Jan Elliott purchase Prairie States Communications from Rick and Linda Moses; sale was effective July 1.
    Goal of $3,500 reached in fund drive for city’s fireworks show, which went off with a great response Friday night, the Fourth of July.
    Imperial dive/rescue team assists in recovery of drowning victim Monday at Lake McConaughy.
    Tigers are this year’s Little League Boys Baseball Tournament champions.
July 17
    Wheat harvest in Chase County clicking ahead at fast pace, with 75 percent of dryland done and 40 percent of irrigated in the bin.
    Bids to be opened Aug. 7 on old grade school demolition; city departments begin preparing budget requests for 2008-09.
    Local duo, Nick and Tyler Talbott, will be the opening group for weekend’s Kenosis Effect concerts, whose mission is to spread God’s Word; sand volleyball also set.
    City police continue investigation into April bomb threat at Chase County Schools; people of interest being looked at.
    Grand marshals for Chase County Fair Parade will include five generation Chase County family, headed by Ruby Roesener of Imperial.
    Fair’s parade route will use same route as last two years, south on Court Street instead of Broadway.
    New U.S. Cellular tower near cemetery now in service.
    Seven young entrepreneurs from Chase and Perkins Counties take part in week-long camp, pitching their “companies.”
    Firemen from Imperial and other area department gain vital experience in practice house burn of former Berean Church parsonage.
    West Nile virus confirmed in Ken Robinson of Imperial.   
July 24
    With the lifting of “classified” status, Imperial’s Doyle Knapp discusses mission he flew in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy as a radio operator, which has garnered him and the crew a Presidential Citation.
    Pool isn’t only construction work going on at school; visible progress also being made on installation of bleachers at football field and track.   
    Sales tax proceeds for May, 2008, over $30,000 for the third time, with a total of $30,634.26 taken in.
    Defendant in P.A. Carl Woofter stabbing is sentenced to 20 years in Missouri prison.
    Concerts, sand volleyball, testimony comprise successful weekend for Kenosis Effect in Imperial.
    Arrest warrants for rural Cox home burglary in March are issued for three men in Colorado.
    Downloading of books onto MP3 players is new service coming to Lied Imperial Public Library this fall.
    Activities at Chase County Fair include some new ones, including a frozen T-shirt contest, stick horse rodeo and stick horse team penning.
July 31
    Mid-Plains Community College announces plans to purchase former Hometown Pharmacy building with plans to move extended campus there.
    Mosquitoes trapped in Chase County test positive for West Nile virus; means local residents need to take extra care in avoiding bites from mosquitoes.
    Delays in new pool construction mean Aug. 1 opening won’t happen.   
    City’s electrical load management program helps to limit peaks, thereby lowering energy costs for all.
    Dr. J. Gordon Christensen of Imperial is recording a CD featuring Zion Lutheran’s 27-rank pipe organ.
    Four area fire departments join Imperial’s in fighting fire at Enders Lake, containing it to 28 acres.
    21st Century Equipment, which purchased Imperial’s John Deere dealership, Midwest Farm Equipment, earlier this year, plans Aug. 5 Grand Opening.
    Owner Judy Teply closes local coffee shop, Java Jitters.
    At nationals, Miles Spickelmier finishes 38th in bullriding.
    Five new restrooms installed around Enders Lake Recreational Area.
    Dr. Steve Boyer of Mullen, who is serving local patients four days a week at the hospital and clinic, is “officially” welcomed at reception.
August 7
    Area residents get ready for start of the Chase County Fair, which runs Aug. 10-17; parade rerouted through downtown Imperial.
    Meeting here sponsored by Nebraska Farmers Union touts the possibilities of wind energy and carbon credit payments.
    Fewer Chase County residents argue property valuations, but commissioners still deal with 23 protests.
    Noble Energy, Inc., which recently opened an Imperial office, donates $5,000 to Chase County’s 4-H Booster Program.
    Dan Rowley retires from Imperial Volunteer Fire Department after more than 33 years.
    Chase County Fair Fun Run celebrating 30th year this August.
    Longhorn football team is the first group to start fall sports conditioning; other teams start next week.
    Mid-Plains Community College’ extended campus in Imperial begins registration for fall classes.
    Estimated 350 attend Tuesday’s Grand Opening at 21st Century Equipment.
August 14
    Friday night’s roundup supper kicks off events of the Chase County Fair.
    Demolition of K-4 school building on Broadway set to start in September, after council approves low bid of $125,000 for tear-down work; structure built in 1927.
    Nebraska National Guardsmen, including Eldon Kuntzelman of Imperial, will spend year in Afghanistan, where one peace-keeping project will be the rebuilding of grain bins donated by Chase County farmers.
    Teachers from three-county area tour businesses to learn what skills needed in future workforce, so that can be incorporated into classroom studies. Tour also highlighted area career opportunities.   
    Opening of pool delayed again with Aug. 25 new targeted date.
    Fair parade Grand Marshals will be five-generation family headed by Ruby Roesener of Imperial.
    Matt Makela spending year in Imperial as vicar at Zion Lutheran Church.
    Good Times, K-Lawn place first and second in co-ed softball league tournament.
    Imperial Crush competes first year in Nebraska Baseball Association’s wood bat league with 8-6 record, after 2-1 loss to Class B’s No. 1 team, Ogallala, in an eight-inning tournament game.
    Harlan Norman, a longtime Imperial resident, inducted into Appaloosa Horse Club Hall of Fame posthumously.       
August 21
    Rain dampens Chase County Fair activities Friday, but goes out with a bang on Saturday with record attendance levels.
    Friday’s rain nearly cancels rock star Alice Cooper’s show at the Chase County Fair; he finally gets on stage after 90-minute delay.
    Grand champions in 4-H/FFA livestock market shows at 2008 fair include Regan Gittlein, beef and swine; and Scott Dean, sheep.
    Meeting last week with state water reps from Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas proves uneventful in solving disagreements; appears Compact disagreements headed for arbitration.
    FAA okays football field lights as “no hazard to air navigation,” but airport zoning board will deal with issue this week at local meeting.
    School board votes to employ additional elementary teacher due to increasing first grade numbers; former instructor Gregg Meyer hired.
    Isai and Miriam Peralta, former Imperial residents, reunited with mother, Patty, after delay in visa processing forces them to spend two years in Mexico.
    Longhorn softball team fields 11 players, volleyball roster has 23 and 10 are out for cross country.
    New event at the fair, stock dog trials, will be back in 2009.
    New cardiologist, Dr. Roque Arteaga, coming to Chase County Community Hospital monthly.
    Imperial’s Justin Church using musical talents in U.S. Navy Band of New Orleans.
August 28
    Further delays cause city officials to decide against filling new swimming pool this season.
    Physician’s Asst. Carl Woofter, who continues to recover from stabbing attack last year, will not return to Chase County Community Hospital and Clinic.
    Lots of hugs and pictures taken as school starts here on Aug. 21; K-12 enrollment is 518, the same numbers as last year after third day of classes.   
    Incorrect locations on applications result in another snag in school’s efforts to get football field lights up; airport zoning board votes against approval.
    Due to light pole situation, first home Longhorn football game Sept. 12 will be at old field.
    City sales tax receipts continue to climb, with June, 2008, the highest monthly total on record at $36,651.
    David Kahle withdraws from Chase County board of education race; he didn’t want it to interfere with job as church pastor; seven remain on ballot for six seats.
    Sixty-eight get up early Saturday of fair week to compete in 30th annual Fun Run.
    Fair’s corvette classic draws more than 200 cars from eight states.
    Imperial VFW Post/Auxiliary garners fair parade’s Grand Prize.
September 4
    Fire at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Imperial is under investigation; two State Fire Marshall investigators called in.
    Levies for both the city of Imperial and Chase County Schools’ budgets expected to be lower than last year; both entities helped with big valuation increases.
    Cardiac rehab unit at Chase County Community Hospital turns 20 years old.
    Claudette Swanson hired as part-time tourism coordinator/marketing director for Chase County.
    Scoular Company constructing  two million bushel storage facility at Lamar; others under construction in Grant and Grainton.
    City council approves oil/gas lease with Noble Energy, Inc., on city’s light dam section.
    Isaiah Christensen of Imperial honored with Browning-Hilger Award by State Volunteer Firefighters Association.
    Political party conventions fill past two weeks, as Democrats gather in Denver and Republicans in St. Paul, Minn. It’s a historic year for both, as Democrats nominate first African-American in Barack Obama and Republicans nominate first female vice presidential candidate in Sarah Palin.
September 11
    Dr. Doug Nicholson spends his first days at Chase County Community Hospital/Clinic this week as new family practice doctor.
    NRD board decides against additional 10-cent levy on taxpayers allowed in LB 701, but will seek additional $4 tax per irrigated acre in district.   
    Residents keeping eye on exterior of city’s water tower as it undergoes repainting project; 24-year-old tower has been drained of water for the work.
    Property valuations across county increase by 11 percent; many budgets keeping levies lower due to those valuation increases.
    Pool complex still not finished; punch list of “to do” items compiled.
    Chamber of Commerce initiates contest for designing new city “welcome” sign.
    Some students expressing interest in new Career Academy fifth year program at Chase County Schools.
    Colorado restaurant owners, Bill, E.J. and Wade Carpenter, take over management at On Broadway Restaurant; trio has option to buy, as well.
    Former 12th St. Cafe nears reopening with new name, Smokin’ LeRoy’s 12th St. Cafe, and menu; owners are LeRoy and Lavonne Musick.
    Tracy and Janice Haarberg of Imperial purchase gas station/store in Wauneta.
    City requests property tax increase for 2008-09 budget, but due to valuation increases, levy will drop.
    U.S. Senate candidate Scott Kleeb makes campaign stop in Imperial last week.
September 18
    Former K-4 school building on Broadway comes down as Regier Land Improvement begins demolitions project.
    School board reduces 2008-09 budget by $100,000, dropping levy by about two cents.
    Group of irrigators are now challenging NRD’s occupation tax on irrigated acres by filing case with Supreme Court.
    Despite last week’s Hurricane Ike damage in Texas and Louisiana, fuel prices here have not increased.
    Council passes local ordinance in response to state Legislature’s Clean Indoor Air Act, but later revokes it when discovering the effective date is June 1, 2009.
    Steve and Deborah Schilke harvest second season of grapes, shipping them to a northeast Nebraska winery; research into their own winery here continues.
    Nine-month-old Kye Terryberry to undergo chemo treatments after grapefruit-sized tumor removed from his liver.
    Chase County Schools’ students in grades 1-6 repeat was top fund-raisers in the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events held in February.
September 25
    Current and former teachers, secretary talk about memories as old K-4 school building on Broadway falls.
    Death of former Imperial resident, Corrie Wood, 28, in Grant being investigated as homicide.
    July’s city sales tax proceeds are highest ever at $38,195.20.
    Champion residents not happy after recent meeting with state officials on repair progress of dam at Champion Lake.   
    Chase County’s potato harvest is nearly completed.
    CCS homecoming candidates are Morgan Strand, Nichole Dickey, Kim Brophy, Jeremy Mathews, Schyler Heathers and Alex Sharp.
    WWII veterans Don Welch, Eldon Roschewski and Keith Jaeger are part of third Heartland Honor Flight, taking them to see memorials in Washington, D.C.
    Dr. J. Gordon Christensen notes 40th year as organist at Imperial Zion Lutheran Church.
October 2
    Randy and Donna Vlasin returning to Imperial; Randy accepts newly-created position as executive director of Chase County Community Hospital Foundation.
    Motorcycle accident Sept. 27 in Kansas claims life of long-time Imperial resident and city employee, Jack Carman, 61.
    During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Vicki Buffington tells of her experience with breast cancer; her sister Sue Sorge is taking part in “sister study.”
    Investigation continues in death of Corrie Wood; investigation in Perkins County, where she died, is turned over to State Patrol.
    Imperial Beef expands its wet corn pile by 50 percent, as high moisture corn and some dryland  crop is harvested.
    Schyler Heathers and Morgan Strand  crowned king and queen of CCS Homecoming.
    Library board is exploring options concerning cracks in floor and walls of new addition.
    Finish-up tasks being completed at pool/lockerroom complex; cement being laid for shade structure, tables and benches.
    Mary Haarberg and Cheri Burke opening The Women’s Gym at 420 Broadway.   
    Longtime Imperial businessman Gordon Luhrs dies at age 80.
October 9
    City residents learn pros and cons of upcoming vote on adding fluoride to city drinking water.
    With no hard freeze yet, corn harvest still in the wings; but farmers getting soybean crop in.
    Flu shot time coming, mass clinic here for shots set in November.
    Imperial Airport’s new terminal building has cornerstone laid in Oct. 5 ceremony.
    More than 60 people take part in Breast Cancer Awareness Day Walk Saturday morning; 20 others in 5K run.
    Water tower repainting project could be done this weekend, as weather cooperates with work schedules.
    Elementary students in grades 5-8 during 2007-08 at Chase County Schools win 29th state physical fitness award.
    Mail distributed about an hour later at Imperial Post Office due to changes in delivery schedules.
October 16
    Imperial fire department, EMS working on possible joint building plan at site of old Broadway school building torn down in recent weeks.
    More than 100 Chase County voters have already chosen “early voting” option for the Nov. 4 election.   
    State Patrol now investigating homicide of Imperial native Corrie Wood, who was found dead in her home last month.
    Marathoner Marshall Ulrich of Greeley, Colo., passes through Imperial in his effort to run across America.   
    Hospital staff takes part in simulated chemical emergency drill.
    Imperial FFA headed to national convention next week; Hadley Hill and Brian Lee to receive American FFA Degrees.
    Nebraska Community Improvement Program (NCIP) judges in Imperial Tuesday; city entered in this year’s competition.
    Allo adds temporary office building to east of current site to house growing employees.
    Old Broadway school site now a leveled lot.
    City water tower painting is finished; could be back in service later this week.
October 23
    First winter storm that is expected to hit mid-week likely will delay corn harvest even further.
    Hundreds head to Cox’s Ponds over weekend for pumpkin patch activities.
    It looks like no games will be played on new football field this fall; overhead lights not yet approved.   
    Contractors on field bleachers and pool complex both missed Aug. 1 completion deadlines; penalties will be assessed to both.
    Upper Republican NRD office staff moves to new building on East 5th St.
    New windows, roofs to go on Sunrise Homes apartment buildings thanks to $71,287 grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.
    Gas prices this week at lowest levels since last October; unleaded at $2.86, super unleaded at $2.84, diesel at $3.49.
    Cross country boys’ team qualifies for state with runner-up at districts; state meet this Friday.
    South African couple, Nantha and Louis Roelofse have enjoyed last year and a half in Imperial.
October 30
    Voters will go to polls on Tuesday to elect U.S. President in a hotly contested race between Sens. John McCain (R) of Arizona and Barack Obama (D) of Illinois.
    Annual audit give good marks to Imperial’s senior care facilities as they deal with lower census numbers.
    Two and a half inches of snow falls last week, but warm weather melts it quickly; school cancelled for a day and football game postponed.
    EMS plans for annual haunted house this weekend.
    With August’s city sales tax proceeds, total after 17 months nears half million dollars.
    U.S. Senate candidate Mike Johanns (R) makes brief stop in Imperial Wednesday morning in campaign swing through area.
    Chase County Supt. Matt Fisher serving this year as president of the Nebraska School Administrators Association.
    Chase County’s boys’ cross country team takes second at state Class D meet.
    Longhorn football team qualifies for state playoffs after winning fifth straight game; first opponent is Plainview this Thursday.
    Good crowds attend weekend performances of musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” at Chase County Schools.
November 6
    Country elects Democrat Barack Obama as its 44th U.S. President; Chase County and state of Nebraska favors Republican John McCain in Nov. 4 election.
    In local races, Tom Terryberry and Tom Gaschler hold on to NRD board seats, Doug Gaswick and Sue Moore retain city council seats and two new school board members are Karl Meeske and Todd Burpo.
    As Veterans Day nears, memories are rekindled of Chase County hero Harvey “Lester” Lock, who went down in a bomber plane during WWII.
    More than a year after issue began, problems still not resolved on placement of four light poles at school’s new football field.
    Jordan Stromberger of Imperial shows reserve grand champion steer at American Royal show in Kansas City.
    No foul play found in sudden death of 38-year-old Kassi Krutsinger on Oct. 31; autopsy underway.
    Imperial Bible Church welcomes new pastor, Allen Prodoehl, and wife, Jennifer.
    “The Beggar’s Opera” is Chase County Schools’ selection for high school one-act play.
November 13
    Second blast of winter hits 11 days after first one; this time, 10.5 inches of snow falls.
    After lengthy, sometimes heated meeting Tuesday, school will resubmit FAA light pole applications to lower heights, complying with Imperial airport’s zoning, approach requirements.
    Chase County’s corn harvest is far behind schedule compared to last year.
    At Saturday’s mass flu shot clinic, 165 people get immunized.
    Students at Chase County Schools get day off last Thursday due to a leak in school’s heating and cooling system.
    Capitol Liquor at 12th and Broadway sells to Kris Musick; former owners are Butch and Kathy Loring, who owned it eight years.   
    Imperial native, Calvin Weiss, opens Weiss Chiropractic and Acupuncture at 530 Broadway.
    Chase County Schools board of education votes to try morning bus pick-up service for students living in city limits.
    Longhorn football team ends season with loss to Plainview in first round of playoffs.
    Lady Longhorn volleyball team’s season comes to end in subdistrict finals, losing to Gordon/Rushville in a competitive five-game match.
    Harvest still underway and recent wet weather may be factors in opening of firearm deer season on Saturday.
    Jacob Boggs and Tom Sullivan chosen for High School All-State Choir.
November 20
    Nebraska and Kansas water officials agree with selection of Karl Dreher of Littleton, Colo., to arbitrate their Compact compliance differences.
    Imperial picks up first place in Nebraska Community Improvement Program for its community notebook entry, bringing home plaque and $500 check.
    Imperial among 48 communities statewide that said “no” to adding fluoride; 12 communities voted to add fluoride.
    St. Patrick Catholic Church holds ceremonial groundbreaking for new fellowship hall on Imperial’s Broadway St.
    School’s Veterans Day program honors local veterans; speaker Scott Parker emphasizes leadership in his address.
    Morgan Strand and Nichole Dickey are all-conference volleyball picks this season.
    Monday marked first day of practice for high school basketball and wrestling; about 55 athletes make up the Longhorn teams this season.
November 27
    Chamber of Commerce announces a day-filled Christmas Festival for Dec. 3; a number of events/specials planned throughout the community.
    City gains $10,000 Kiewit Foundation grant for playground equipment; matching funds will help purchase new equipment for Campbell Park by Lions shelter.   
    As Thanksgiving nears, Alan Carman family is thankful for daughter Cassie’s continued health after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblasic Leukemia 12 years ago.
    With the September, 2008, total added in of $30,490.55, city of Imperial’s sales tax proceeds surpass half million dollar mark.
    Airport zoning board okays football field pole on southwest; three others denied again for infractions of zoning limits and approach levels.
    Scoular’s new two million bushel grain storage facility near Lamar being put to use for first time this corn harvest season.
    Two elevators in Imperial begin piling corn on ground as harvest hit peak over weekend.
    High school bowlers from Chase County Schools will compete in club bowling this year through Nebraska High School Bowling Federation.
    Former Longhorn Matt May gets in Kansas State game at linebacker for Husker football team.
    Chase County’s Laker’s checks in total of 374 deer during nine-day firearm season; that’s up from the previous two years.
December 4
    Upper Republican NRD board looking to set guidelines for water transfers—can allocations on retired ground be transferred to other certified acres?
    After 10-year absence, “Messiah” performance by local community chorus returning to Imperial on Dec. 14.
    Randy Hayes, vocal music director for grades 7-12 at Chase County Schools, named 2008 Outstanding Choral Director by Nebraska Choral Directors Association.
    Rural fire board votes to purchase new rural tanker for delivery in 2009; cost is $238,998.
    Jacob Boggs earns conference best actor medal in Chase County Schools’ one-act play, “The Beggar’s Opera.”
    Mid Plains Community College offering “3 (credits) for Free Scholarships” for spring, 2009, classes.
    Grand Opening planned this week at Capitol Liquor, announces new owner Kris Musick.
    High school basketball and wrestling teams open winter sports seasons Thursday night this week.
    At Nov. 22 banquet and program, Imperial firefighters Dan Robinson, Aaron Greene and Duane Todd presented department’s top three awards for 2007 year.
December 11
    Chamber’s Christmas Festival draws hundreds to local businesses for visits with Santa, refreshments, drawings and more.
    Alison (Krotter) Johnson’s book “The 11th Hour Can’t Last Forever” tells of her father’s obsession with hoarding gold and silver in the small community of Palisade, where she was raised.
    Nurse Practitioner Brandi Hanes will be joining hospital and clinic in January.
    Brian Dunnigan to head Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, after serving several months as acting director.
    With state confirming first influenza case, local medical professionals encourage flu shots now.
    State Sen. Mark Christensen pondering change in his legislative committee assignments from natural resources to judiciary committee.
    Imperial Postmaster Jerry Lines notes 35th year in that position.
    Logan Bauman, son of former residents Andy and Karla Bauman, killed in pedestrian accident in Colorado.
    New fire hall, ambulance barn may add tornado shelter, thereby making FEMA grant funds possible.
    Jeri Markee’s “Add a Touch of Christmas to the Season” is People’s Choice first place at Champion’s Vision of Trees event.
December 18
    Arctic blast, with low temperatures hitting -18 F early this week, ratchets city’s electrical demand up to a record peak.
    With volatility of the petroleum market, Chase County Schools contracts for 2009 at varying rates for fuel to run busses and other vehicles.
    Supreme Court looking at constitutionality of property tax portion of water bill, LB701.
    Ministerial Association again planning for Christmas dinner in Imperial so no one will be alone.
    K-3 Christmas concert kicks off series of five concerts at the school this month.
    It only takes two days for all of the cards to be removed in Chamber’s Caring Tree, which will provide gifts for needy kids.
    Amy Gittlein of rural Chase County recognized with honorable mention as Nebraska’s 4-H Volunteer of the Year.
    After 10-year absence, an estimated 175 people attend Sunday’s performance of “Messiah” by community chorus.
    CCS Pro Start class, which prepares students for work in the food industry, serves up special holiday meal to the school board.
December 25
    Arbitrator on water disputes with Kansas rules favorably for Nebraska, relating to monetary damages and how accounting methods are used to determine compliance.
    School officials indicate there are five CCS students considering involvement in the new Career Academy Program through Mid-Plains Community College.
    Christmas is brighter in Champion thanks to displays at Larry and Tinker Raasch home.   
    Chamber of Commerce announces plans for ag technology fair geared to farmers and ranchers in mid-January.   
    City sales tax proceeds for October, 2008, back up again to over $32,000, after a slight drop in September.
    Dr. Alfred Cretella, an internist and oncologist from North Platte, will be making monthly appointments at Chase County Community Hospital, starting in January.
    Love of flying creates lifelong hobby for Vilas Smith.
    Pinnacle Bank challenge yields 262 lbs. of food and a $500 check from the bank for food pantry.
    Marla Smith and her SCORE science camps and Larry and Bruce Peterson’s goat business recognized by Southwest Nebraska RC&D with “hidden treasures” awards.
    Larry Talbott home takes first place in judges’ choice division in annual Chamber Christmas lighting contest.
    Both a boys’ and girls’ team organize for high school bowlers through the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation.


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