Emma Ferguson, left, and Kayla Schilke have advanced to the state science fair after their displays were among 10 finalists at last Thursday’s regional science fair in North Platte. (Johnson Publications photo)

The 27th annual Southwestern Nebraska Pheasants Forever banquet is set for this Saturday at the city gym in Imperial. Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the banquet at 7 p.m. and auction afterwards. One of the prints by David A. Maass that will be available at the auction is “Hasty Exit,” being displayed above by banquet chairman Joe Weiss. He said there will be 10 to 15 items available at the silent auction with about 30 more during the live auction activity. Tickets are available at the door Saturday. Youths who have attended mentor hunts in the past and wear their vests and hats will be entered into drawings for special prizes that night, said Chapter President Heather Francis. Funds raised at the banquet will be earmarked for pheasant habitat development in the area and for maintenance and new projects at the Pheasants Forever Memorial Park, west of Champion. (Johnson Publications photo)

Heidi Wheeler and Mason Holmes are in the new Imperial Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department office space at 501 Broadway. An open house there is set for Wednesday, March 1. The office entrance faces south off West 5th Street. (Johnson Publications photo)


    During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

    Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) has confirmed the first positive rabies case in Nebraska for the year.

    The three hunting accidents, none fatal, reported to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in 2016 are the fewest recorded in a year since the state began keeping track in 1958.


    Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion held a Jan. 25 press conference to announce he resigned from the Legislature.

    Cutting—it’s a popular option as lawmakers head into state budget considerations. Sadly, it also represents the tyranny of the urgent.

What does it take to be a community’s outstanding citizen?


Longhorn wrestlers Eli (Aaron) Hinojosa and Bryson Fisher emptied their tanks in an effort to bring home state high school wrestling titles at last weekend’s state tournament.

Every point was crucial last week in the subdistrict championship game. Josie Peterson (13) goes up for the two she scored in a tight game with Ogallala. (Johnson Publications photo)

    It’s been 17 years since the Chase County girls have advanced to the district title game in basketball, but the Lady Longhorns are on their way.

Trailing by two points and running out of time, Bryson Fisher pushes for one last surge to score a reversal and send his match into overtime. Fisher came so close but after a long deliberation, the refs signaled no points for the reversal and the match and his dream of a championship where over. (Johnson Publications Photo)

    The Chase County Longhorns took five wrestlers to the state tournament in Omaha.

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