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January 5
The Imperial Republican staff chooses these as top three 2011 stories: 1) summer’s devastating hailstorms, 2) NRD augmentation program and 3) petition drive to dissolve hospital district.
State Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial returns to Lincoln this week for Jan. 4 start of 60-day legislative session.
Annual Christmas Day dinner coordinated by Ministerial Association serves 280.
Council hears comments on regulations that would govern cargo containers being used for storage in city limits; Planning Commission sets Jan. 17 hearing on the proposals.
The Imperial Republican begins an every-other-week feature series on local organizations starting with the Isaac Walton League.
Jana Pribbeno, ad rep at The Imperial Republican, assumes presidency of Imperial Chamber of Commerce, taking over reins from Kris Musick.
Girls’ and boys’ Longhorn basketball teams both finish third in holiday tourney in Grant; next year, teams will be in Sidney.
January 12
Moisture in 2011 again eclipses the 26-inch mark with 26.67 inches received as year’s weather is reviewed.
First baby of 2012 at Chase County Community Hospital, born Jan. 7, is Jacelyn Baker, daughter of Steve Baker and Lacey White of Champion.
Imperial Police Chief Larry Browning plans to retire end of March after 30 years on force.
It’s an election year, and candidate filing deadlines arrive mid-February and early March.
NRD board will consider changes to pooling and transfer rules at public hearing in February.
Longtime business, Wauneta Roller Mills, begins new era with purchase by Rogan and Ashley Einspahr from original family operation.
January 19
Game & Park Commissioners vote this Friday on transfer of Champion Mill and lake to Chase County.
After several months, nuisance abatement is back on the city council agenda this week as some properties are removed from list and others named as nuisance problems.
Two student teachers from Chadron State College spending semester at Chase County Schools, Levi Wooden of Imper­ial and Anne Massie of Grant.
Postage rates to increase Jan. 22; first class rate going up a penny from 44 to 45 cents.
School board votes to equip K-3 classrooms with audio enhancement systems at cost of around $10,000.
Two records set on warm January days; Jan. 5 reading of  73 breaks 1927 record of 70; Jan. 15 reading of 69 eclipses record of 66 set in 1973.
After 26 years, Dan Kunnemann retiring from Chase County Fair Board.
January 26
At meeting last Friday, Nebraska Game & Parks Commissioners officially approve transfer of Champion Mill and Lake to Chase County; legislation introduced to do so by State Sen. Mark Christensen.
Lab-confirmed cases of influenza showing up at Chase County Schools; health officials say flu shots are still effective.
NRD’s augmentation project in Dundy County moving along with bids on work to be opened in March.
Imperial’s back-to-back Bloodmobiles last week successful, with both exceeding goals and collecting a total of 122 units.
CCS Supt. Matt Fisher interviewing for positions at Broken Bow and Grand Island Northwest.
Annual “Pink Out” basketball games, T-shirt sales generated $2,000 for local cancer patients.
Chamber of Commerce sponsoring new Valentine’s Day promo this year—fancy dinner with all the trimmings and gift baskets for four lucky couples.
February 2
English Language Learner (ELL) program at Chase County Schools used by almost 10 percent of students now.
Despite the calendar, it’s shirt-sleeve weather in Imperial this week with a high of 66 on Monday; golfers spotted on local course.
Activity still minimal for upcoming elected offices; filing deadline for incumbents is Feb. 15.
Planning Commission forwards recommendations on governing use of cargo containers in Imperial; council to hold public hearing next week.
Steel up on new Auto Shop building at 5th and Broadway as workers take advantage of unseasonably warm weather.
Eldon Kuntzelman reflects on 24 years with National Guard as he retires this week; service was highlighted by ag mission that put up grain bins in Afghanistan.
Chamber’s ag technology fair draws 23 businesses and 150 visitors last Thursday.
Imperial native Matt May recalls his five years as Nebraska Cornhusker as signing day for high school seniors arrives this week.
February 9
After unseasonable winter so far, Imperial receives eight inches of snow last week.
Recent snow and moisture spawn run on open burning permits with 19 requested the past week.
Incumbent council member Sue Moore, three on NRD board and new candidate for commissioner file for re-election this week.
City entry signs sport Imper­ial’s new population figure, growing from 1,982 to 2,071 after the 2010 Census.
Wauneta Roller Mills employee Rod McMinn dies in accident Feb. 1.
High school bowlers from Chase County qualify for state federation tournament; entire girls’ team and three from boys’ team.
In annual public hearing for city’s 1 and 6-year Street Plan, Imperial council moves up drainage work near Schroeder Park to the one-year designation; other work planned this year include opening three streets in the Cornerstone Development property.
Chase County’s 9th St. Singers earn Gold Trophy in show choir festival that drew 17 choirs to Imperial Monday.
February 16
CCS Principals Mike Sorensen and Pat Lane offered contracts for 2012-13; each offered three percent-plus salary increases.
Record ag land prices seen across Nebraska, and Chase County included; recent sale of irrigated ground in county tops $5,000 an acre.
Darin Severson leaving administrative post at Imperial Manor and Parkview/Heights after year and a half here.
Annual football game between Chase County and Perkins County shelved in NSAA’s recent release of 2012 and 2013 schedules; fans, former coaches not happy.
As deadline for incumbents to file arrives this week, filings still coming in at sluggish pace.
Seventy-six youngsters take part in cheerleaders’ mini camp, perform at halftime of Saturday’s basketball game.
Chamber’s Roll Out The Red Carpet event a huge success, with four couples enjoying being “driven and dined.”    
School board continues to debate costs, extent of revamping school’s heating, ventilation and aid conditioning system (HVAC).
After a lengthy public hearing, council directs city attorney to draft an ordinance on use of shipping (freight) containers in city’s jurisdiction; they would be banned in all residential areas and downtown.
Lady Longhorns see 2011-12 basketball season end with first round loss in subdistricts.
February 23
CCS Supt. Matt Fisher accepts superintendent’s job at Grand Island Northwest after 14 years at Chase County Schools; his new position starts July 1.
After nearly five years of a one percent city sales tax, December 2011 records highest month ever with over $43,000 realized by city of Imperial.
Doug Gaswick and Charley Colton, longtime incumbents on Imperial city council and CCS board of education, respectively, do not file for additional terms as the Feb. 15 incumbent filing deadline passes.
Snow was blowing Monday, but a red robin is spotted Wednesday as this season’s fickle weather continues.
Longtime food director at Chase County Schools, Joyce Kuenning, will retire at end of 2011-12 school year.
Imperial Chamber, Lions Club combining efforts to bring Harlem Ambassadors basketball team to town in September.
Bill to transfer Champion Mill and Lake to Chase County moves along in legislative process; the bill making it happen now on Select File.
March 1
Search for new superintendent at Chase County Schools starts with needs assessment meeting here March 7 with parents, community, staff and students.
Gas pricing climbing here like they are nationally; Imper­ial prices are still below $4 mark, but diesel is inching close with $3.99 per gallon this week.
Brice Vitosh, Freddie Kasselman and Jonah Otto get to celebrate their once-every-four-year Feb. 29 Leap Year birthdays this week.
Randy and Donna Vlasin receive council recommendation for liquor license for new business, The Beverage Barn, on Highway 61; Vlasins also seeking okay to move Holiday Farms greenhouse to same site.
Council holds first reading  on freight containers ordinance, increasing number allowed in industrial, ag and most commercially-zoned districts, and specifying setback requirements.
USDA offices of the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service make move to new East 5th St. location this week.
Four candidates now seeking Dist. 1 county commissioner post as final filing deadline arrives this Thursday.
Imperial Rotary Club charters new high school youth Interact Club.
Grade K-6 students raise over $9,000 in two Heart Association fundraisers—Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart.
Longhorn boys’ basketball season ends after first round subdistrict loss to Gothenburg.
March 8
Two more candidates file for Imperial city council, making it a four-way race for the two seats up for election.
Joe and Marsha Flores put a face on Imperial’s residential rental property problems when they attend council meeting with concerns.
City applying for Nebraska Affordable Housing Program grant funds of $150,000 for four-plex rental unit.
Harchelroad Motors, Inc., approved for $100,000 in loan funds through city’s sales tax funds to help in street paving costs as they take a step closer for moving operation to Cornerstone Commercial Park.
Thirty-two teams in grades 4-6 from area compete in Saturday’s youth basketball tourney here.
Nebraska Life magazine, featuring eight-page article on Imperial, is now out on news stands.
Ed Kaiser spending two weeks here on rotations, working toward a degree as a
Family Nurse Practitioner.

Fifty-five Longhorn boys and girls report for first days of track practice; new rebuilt track at CCS in use.    
March 15
Interviews with prospective CCS superintendent candidates tentatively set for next week.
Transfer of Champion Mill and Lake to Chase County is approved on a 45-0-4 vote in the Unicameral last Thursday.
Chase County District Court case against Stuart Gordon goes to jury on Wednesday after a day of testimony; Gordon is charged with felony second degree assault in the attack on Marie Sieperda.
City council approves West Central Nebraska Development District for the nuisance code review of final three sections of town this year at $17,823 cost.
Study committee recommends against adding Alzheimer’s unit at Imperial Manor due to facility’s current debt and upcoming expenses that will include an electronic record-keeping system.
Kuenning family of Imper­ial is the recipient of NRD 2011 Honor Conservation Award.
Severe Weather Week is March 19-23; tornado drill planned for next week.
New UNL report just out confirms what most already knew—land values are up considerably in state; southwest area sees an all-land average increase of 34 percent.
Peter Kiewit Foundation awards $22,000 in funds to the Imperial Community Foundation Fund for food and utility aid for local people.
March 22
Jury convicts Stuart Gordon of second degree felony assault for July 2010 stabbing attack on Marie Sieperda of Imperial; sentencing will be May 1.
CCS school superintendent interviews delayed after board meetings were not advertised; will now be held March 24.
School board votes 7-2 to approve a $2.661 million upgrade and replacement of building’s HVAC systems.
Andrea Hogsett qualifies for state speech contest in poetry after a third place finish at districts.
Retirement luncheon held this week for Larry Browning, who will complete nearly 30 years on the Imperial Police Department, the last 20 as chief.
Karen Hayes is first place winner in Chamber’s Chili Cook-Off, while Emma Jenkins’ recipe is “People’s Choice.”
Rollover accident in Perkins County last week claims lives of Grant teenagers Michael Dreiling and Katelyn Rowley.
Yuma County (Colo.) weekend grass fire, fueled by high winds, injures three firefighters including Imperial native, Jennifer (Melton) Struckmeyer, who received burns over 25 percent of her body.
Chase County Wrestling Club hosts annual tournament Saturday which draws 175 youths preschool age to eighth grade.
March 29
Dr. Brad Schoeppey of Bartelsville, Okla., hired as Chase County Schools’ superintendent, replacing Matt Fisher, who will be superintendent at Grand Island Northwest.
Sandra Palmer starts her new job this week here as administrator at Imperial Manor, Heights and Parkview senior care facilities. She replaces Darin Severson.
Last week’s quarter inch of moisture leads to three prescribed burns in area and several other burn permits.
Dave Hogsett of Lamar says his world has expanded now that he’s completed the two-year LEAD program in Nebraska.
Three million gallon nitrogen holding tank under construction at Crop Production Services (CPS) of Imperial; it will more than double company’s storage capacity.
City’s Max Addition Park will get new set of playground equipment after city council awards $58,000 in sales tax money for costs.
Freight container ordinance approved on 4-0 council vote; they will not be allowed in residential or downtown commercially-zoned districts but all of them now in place can be grandfathered in.
Bruce Peterson hired as city’s summer recreation director.
Longhorn golf team has 20 out this season; first meets next week.
William Polly, 11, whose grandparents Karl and Judy Polly live in Wauneta, sets world records in sport stacking competition.
April 5
Chase County Fair Board announces 2012 show lineup—country artists Travis Tritt and Hunter Hayes, and for the rock show night—Bad Company’s Brad Howe and Theory of a Deadman.
Rob Browning takes over as Imperial Police Chief on April 1, making it the second generation of Brownings in the job as he replaces Larry Browning.
Department of Roads will resurface Highway 6 between Imperial and Enders this summer; Miracle Mile also to receive overlay.
City council approves contract with Miller & Associates for update of city’s comprehensive plan and zoning regulations.
Local outlets that sell lottery tickets see big increase in traffic as hopeful buyers looked to the March 30 Mega Millions drawing for $656 million.
Activities Director Marc Mroczek tenders resignation after accepting A.D. job at North Platte High School; he’s been at CCS 12 years.
Imperial firefighters assist at large grass fire last week in Wauneta’s Fire District that burned 700 acres.
Imperial FFA sending marketing plan team to nationals after first place state finish; Spencer Hartman, Steven Fish and Charlie Haarberg also earn proficiency golds.
Prairie States Communications building two-bay service shop at business on Highway 61.
Bethany Sorensen and Justin German, both juniors, will represent CCS at Girls and Boys State this summer.
Three thousand candy-filled eggs laid out for annual Easter Egg Hunt in the park.
April 12
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman chooses Imperial as the 2012 Showcase Community Award winner for its efforts in community development; city and community representatives travel to Lincoln for April 9 cere­mony.
For second summer, Imper­ial will be site for packaging food for the Feed My Starving Children effort—500,000 meals is 2012 goal.
Imperial man, Andrew Wenn­berg, 58, arrested April 5 for distribution of child pornography.
Garney Company, Inc., of Kansas City gets bid to build the Upper Republican NRD’s augmentation pipeline for $2.142 million.
Community of Lamar to note 125th birthday this summer.
School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter members Mason Holmes and Bethany Sorensen qualify for national contests.
DSK Irrigation enjoying added space at new site, 1413 Broadway, to which the business moved in March.
AgWest Commodities Imper­ial branch moves to 101 Holland St, and holds open house this week.
CCS Prom is this Saturday; royalty candidates include Kacia Smith, Alexa Bernhardt, Shannon Liewer, Adam Moline, Eric Lakey and Nick Mullanix.
High school athletes to be honored in new format this spring at a formal athletic banquet on May 5.
April 19
Electrical rate study suggests Imperial customers should have a 3.8 percent average rate hike starting in October and continuing at 3.8 percent annually through 2017.    
Imperial’s light dam lease for next two years goes for much higher price; Scott Clements gets bid for another two years at $15,500 per year, up from this year’s $8,600.
Imperial Republican does well at annual press contest with 17 individual awards and second overall among all newspapers in its circulation class.
Chase County’s newly rebuilt track gets initiation at Tuesday’s home invitational.
Chamber of Commerce announces 2012 fair parade theme “Homegrown Success” and Grand Marshals Stan, Gene and Les Smith of Imperial.
Nick Mullanix and Alexa Bernhardt reign as 2012 Chase County Schools Prom king and queen.
After concerns expressed, school board adopts a revised 2012-13 calendar that will include a winter break in February and one extra day of Christmas vacation.
Jan and Kip Bremer are new owners of the former JJ’s fast food/ice cream restaurant at 1134 Broadway and are planning an early 2013 reopening with new name.
Wauneta village board finalizes community’s purchase of Heritage nursing home.
April 26
Sixty-four-year-old barn lost in Monday night fire at Deb Frasier’s ranch property, south of Imperial in Dundy County.
As 2012 Unicameral session ends, Imperial State Sen. Mark Christensen views it as one of most intense ever.
First district music contest in Imperial deemed a success; Chase County students do well in individual performances.
Early voting for May 15 Primary is slow-going.
Chamber committee on housing reports on plans to start fund-raising for construction of up to three homes to be auctioned.
Council approves use of sales tax funds to pay for half of new siren for courthouse.
Windshield assessments of last sections of Imperial start this week or next to determine possible nuisance code violations.
Brad Wheeler earns Fireman of the Year honors at annual IVFD banquet.
May 3
Olympic Gold Medalist Curt Tomasevicz shares life lessons with CCS students at assemblies April 24.
Harchelroad Motors of Imper­ial opts to rebuild at its current Broadway location, versus moving to the city’s Cornerstone Development ground, which they had been considering for more than a year.
Nebraska State Patrol announces new graduate Bryan Walter to be stationed in Imper­ial last of this month, making it the second resident trooper here along with Dan Thompson.
Fifty-nine prospective kindergartners attend Kindergarten Roundup at school last Friday.
Stuart Gordon, who had been found guilty of second degree assault, sentenced to 16 to 18 years in prison; he attacked Marie Sieperda in July 2010.
Doane College student Cody Fanning of Wauneta killed in vehicle accident in Crete.
Fourteen-year-old is expelled from school for rest of year when he allegedly attempted to sell marijuana on school grounds.
Lady Longhorns tie for first, boys are second in SPVA Conference track meet.
May 10
Local voters going to polls next week for Primary; only local issues are hospital district vote on dissolution of district and Dist. 1 commissioner Republican run-off.
Twenty-eight Chase County Schools seniors in Class of 2012 to graduate Saturday.
Safety concerns prompt city council to construct fence around drainage pond west of Schroeder ball fields.
Unusually mild winter and warm spring has pushed 2012 crops as much as three weeks ahead of schedule.
To local ag community’s joy, U.S. Department of Labor abandons rules that would have stopped youths age 16 and younger from working on farms, with machinery and, in some cases, with livestock.
School awarded $23,000 tire recycling grant for new track project; it will help offset its $600,000 price tag.
Imperial man, Andrew Wenn­berg, 58, who had been charged with distribution of child pornography, dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Upper Republican NRD receives $100,000 grant from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to implement soil moisture probes.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer makes stop in Imperial in final days before Primary Election; she was guest at coffee hosted by Mark and Kathy Christensen.
CCS Athletic Awards Night takes on new format with catered meal before program; more than 200 attend, a sizeable increase from previous years.
Shannon Liewer and Adam Dickey are school’s Ray Magsamen Outstanding Senior Athletes for 2011-12.
May 17
Incumbent Chuck Vette wins commissioner Primary race; voters dissolve hospital district by 4 to 1 margin.
In state Primary, State Sen. Deb Fischer upsets Attorney General John Bruning for Republican U.S. Senate nomination.
Frenchman Valley Coop announces start of $18 million shuttle train loadout facility being built near Culbertson.
Administrators get one last chance to “teach” senior class as 28 take part in CCS commencement on Saturday.
Troy Hauxwell hired for school’s A.D. job, while Shannon Waggoner will be the new 7-12 guidance counselor after board approval on Tuesday; both currently live in Colorado.
New State Trooper Bryan Walter on duty from his home base in Imperial.
Former U.S. Marine Jamie Summerlin passes through Imperial Sunday on his run across the U.S., raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Owens’ True Value, M & M’s Natural JAZ, 21st Century Equipment, Priority Seating, Alex and Kristi McNair, Merrilyn Leibbrandt, Chase County Schools, Mid-Plains Community College and city of Imperial win awards at Chamber’s annual business recognition program.
Veterinary Services is expanding with new addition to their business on Highway 61.
Eleven Longhorn track athletes earn trip to state meet after first or second place finishes at districts—qualifiers are David Almanza, Kevin German, Kale Gockley, Trey Milner, Dan Sullivan, Aubrey Fisher, Kristen Jussel, Jodi Koellner, Kacia Smith, Paige Spady and Makenna Wallin.
Freshman Fred Kasselman qualifies for state golf meet next week in Kearney.
Crossroads Wesleyan Church dedicates new playground equipment near church; open house this Sunday.    
May 24
Trial date set Aug. 13 for second trial on Kansas-Nebraska Water suit; Kansas not satisfied with 2009 ruling and asked U.S. Supreme Court to reexamine their claims.
Glitch in legislative bill passed in March transferring Champion Mill and Lake to county delays paperwork; bill’s final draft left out option to give property back if problems, such as financial, occur.
Spring school concerts showcase new Essex $18,000 auditor­ium grand piano.
Brad Wheeler is 21st member of Imperial Volunteer Fire Department to win state’s Award of Merit, presented last Friday during state fire school.
Motorcycle accident Monday claims life of Wauneta native Terrin Barnard, 28.
Last week of school year includes concerts, outside barbecue and field trips.
Reception for departing or retiring school staff honors Matt and Donna Fisher, Marc and Michelle Mroczek, Rita Hogsett, Amy Walworth, Melody Newman, Alice Musgrove, Mary Fortkamp, Joyce Kuenning and  Terri Rydalch.
Kristen Jussel brings home only medal at state track meet, eighth place in high hurdles.
May 31
Council, mayor give go-ahead to city’s efforts to acquire “bucket TIF” designation for downtown area; valuation increases in that area can be “captured” and used for public and private improvements.
Two hundred fifty alumni of Chase County High school return for annual reunion which honored classes ending in “2.”
Life of valor is theme of Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery; Fr. Bernard Lorenz is guest speaker.
More than 1,000 at
Enders Lake each day over Memorial Day weekend; wind causes some problems for water activity on Saturday, but no other incidents.
Twenty gallons of ice cream served by Chamber May 24 to CCS students on last day of 2011-12 school year.
About 80 swimmers counted on first day of Imperial pool opening May 29.
Fred Kasselman ties for 29th at Class C state golf tourney with a two-day score of 177.
June 7
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrade, a $2.6 million project, is well underway at Chase County Schools.
City council approves use of credit and debit cards for paying utility bills and purchasing trash stickers.
CCS state writing test results announced; some local grades above state average, some below.
Leigh Blobaum, daughter of former Imperial resident Susan Hegwood Blobaum, is doing a summer pharmacy rotation at Adams Drug Store.
Spots still open for next week’s Mummy Madness summer camp headquartered at Champion Community Center.
Imperial swim team is 57 members strong this summer.
T-ball season underway during month of June at Schroeder Park as 50 youths learn basics of baseball and softball.
June 14
Lamar will celebrate its 125th anniversary of establishment on July 15 with evening potluck meal and program.
Wheat harvest is near; may be one of earliest on record.
School board hires four teachers for 2012-13 year—Ashley Exum, Mary Fortkamp, Melissa Wallin and Jodie Liess; next year’s kindergarten class will be split into four sections.
Thirty-seven garage sales offered during Chamber of Commerce’s annual citywide sales Saturday, but it was warm; mercury rose to 99 degrees.
Fiber being buried from Imperial  to Verizon cell tower, east of town.
Hospital Administrator Lola Jones assures public that anesthesia services will continue despite Dr. Jeff Kasselman’s temporary medical license suspension.
Ron Moritz of Imperial is chosen as Imperial Republican Father of the Year; nomination came from son Mike McDonald. Gordon Tropf of Champion is runner-up.
Seventeen local runners cover 22 miles of the Cornhusker Games Torch Run as it passed through Imperial this week.
Longhorn gym busy with basketball camps and all-star volleyball practice.
Celebration on the Square, formerly known as Art in the Park, will not be held this year in Imperial due to lack of coordinator.
June 21
Some longtime farmers like Gilbert Greim of Champion believe this year’s wheat harvest could be earliest ever; Greim started cutting June 13.
With four major projects underway or about to start, Chase County Schools looking more like construction zone.
In most recent review for nuisance code compliance, three Imperial homes are put on nuisance list.
Chase County Schools will offer independent study high school course in 2012-13 in robotics.
New $58,000 in playground equipment installed by volunteers at Max Addition park last weekend.
Joe Weir authors book on weight loss, “100 Calorie Appetite Combined with the 5-Minute Workout.”
Ninety-four youngsters enjoy “Mummy Madness” day camp last week in Champion.
June 28
Construction begins on laying of pipeline for Upper Republican NRD’s augmentation project in Dundy County.
Continued dryness and unseasonably hot temperatures increase fire concern as sale of fireworks starts; council sets special meeting to consider a ban on fireworks discharge.
With dryland fields yielding between 40 to 50 bushels an acre, this year’s wheat crop better than expected.
Firemen gearing up for next week’s July 4 Helen Fanning Memorial Fun Day.
After months of remodeling, The Beverage Barn is now open by the Vlasin family on Highway 61 in Imperial.
Carman’s Appliance closes at 533 Broadway after 30 years of business; Troxell’s Heating & Appliance purchases building and plans move in August.
Local weather officials warn of lighting danger; July is highest for fatalities.
Team of Matt Klima, Lee Denker, Eric Moreland and Sam Kasselman team up to win Chase County Hospital Foundation’s golf benefit; total of $9,000 raised.
Bethany Sorensen and Justin German report on experiences at Girls and Boys State.    
Matt Fisher honored by Rotary as Paul Harris Fellow.
July 5
On a 2-1 vote, city council does not ban discharge of fireworks in city during hot, dry conditions.
Past week takes Imperial Volunteer Fire Department out on eight calls, most due to lightning strikes.
Heat and lack of moisture is putting area’s corn crop in jeopardy; long range forecasts don’t paint much hope, either.
Campfires, fireworks banned at state parks in Enders, Champion and Rock Creek.
Dr. Brad Schoeppey is officially “on duty” as Chase County Schools’ new superintendent, taking over on July 1.
Cross-country bicyclists spend night in Imperial in their trek from Baltimore to Portland raising funds for cancer patients through 4K for Cancer.
Sixteen cow/calf pairs stolen from Marvin Teply in pasture south of Enders.
Chase County Hospital District Board members vote to dissolve district after Chase County voters approve measure in Primary Election.
July 12
Temperatures surpassing 100 degrees again make water vital during July 4 Fireman’s Fun Day; water fights, mud volleyball and squirt guns help.
Publication of 150-plus page history book is printed and ready for distribution at Sunday’s 125th quasquicentennial celebration in Lamar.
Curly Olney’s of Imperial operating here since 1984, is purchased by Titan Machinery; no changes in personnel planned.
Trial preparation is underway for Kansas-Nebraska water suit that will come before Special Water Master William J. Kayatta Jr., starting Aug. 13.
Imperial’s Olan Wallin will reach the ripe old age of 100 this Saturday, July 14.
New scoreboard in memory of Charlie Leibbrandt at Ron Milner Field in Campbell Park is in place for opening of this weekend’s C7 Junior Legion Baseball Tournament here.
Former Imperial resident Mike Smith sinks 60-foot putt in celebrity event in Los Angeles, and wins $10,000 for his Skate for Change ministry in Lincoln.
Logan and Brianne Pribbeno describe their 15 months of travels in Central and South America, covering 22,000 miles.
July 19
Imperial becomes state’s 35th Economic Development Certified Community; going through process strengthens city’s readiness for economic development.
Community gearing up for next week’s Feed My Starving Children food packaging event with a goal of packing 500,000 meals.
More than 150 turn out for Lamar’s big quasquicentennial (125th) celebration Sunday; Lamar Christian Church bell rung for last time; all 120 history books sold but more being printed.
With temperatures surpassing 100 degrees, it was hot for Chamber’s Hot Dog Days.
While council does not change decision on Kelly Beard’s nuisance, council discusses issue and also encourages more consistency.
School board approves purchase of 32 refurbished laptops for mobile cart; report on Reading Mastery from K-6 Principal Pat Lane says marked improvements seen.
Two bad innings derail Imper­ial Jr. Legion hopes in advancing in district baseball tournament here.
July 26
Continued hot weather with no rain is pushing crop prices higher, along with land prices; corn topped out last week at $8.15 per bushel.
U. S. Drought Monitor ranks Chase County’s drought as “severe” as more of the country falls into drought.
School’s new Activities Director, Troy Hauxwell, formerly of Bethune, Colo., is learning the ropes as he acclimates himself to new job at CCS.
Chase County Fair’s “Buy in July” ticket promo ends Aug. 1; people can get $5 off ticket price.
As fire in north-central Nebraska continues to grow to over 72,000 acres, four members of Imperial Volunteer Fire Department and one from Lamar leave Monday to lend aid; both departments also sent a grass firefighting rig.
Despite heat, Progressive Ag Safety Day is held Saturday with good information for youths on safety on the farm and ranch.
Heather Schoenholz, LPN and scrub nurse, is Chase County Community Hospital’s 2012 Caring Kind Employee.
Med student Grant Turner is gaining experience during a three and half week rotation at Chase County Community Hospital.
Twelve killed, 58 injured in Aurora, Colo., theatre shootings; former Holyoke resident Todd Peckham aided those injured after being at the movie theatre that night to see another film.
August 2
Meal packaging at Feed My Starving Children effort surpasses 500,000 goal as 520,992 meals are packaged here and sent on to children in Honduran, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
Chase County moved a stage worse in latest Drought Monitor map.
Burpo family is publishing third book, a devotional based on son Colton’s experiences, titled “Heaven Changes Everything.”
Carla Colton and Gregg Smith don’t consider themselves heroes, although their use of CPR after Rich Grotsky was having a heart attack may have saved his life.
As the heat and lack of moisture continues, no one was surprised when this month’s city utility bills jumped considerably.
Teresa Hayes, a science teacher in Wauneta, devotes part of her summer to work with Vietnam Village Health in bringing health care to the poor.
Imperial Volunteer Fire Department takes advantage of U.S. Forest Service program that provides surplus equipment; for $5,000, the IVFD purchased a 2,000 gallon tanker.
Joe Weiss withdraws from city council race, reducing the candidate number to three for two open seats in General Election.
Bill Bauerle resigns from Chase County Hospital Board effective Sept. 30; hospital personnel discussed during a closed session at the commissioners’ meeting.
August 9
With move of one event to Saturday, Chase County Fair kicks off a day early this year on Aug. 11 with cattle dog trials.
Finally, some rain falls. An inch recorded on Tuesday and some rural areas had more, but questions remain on lingering effect of drought.
Local farmer/rancher Scot German died Aug. 4 in crash of plane he was operating over German Land & Cattle land.
Workers on revamp of school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) hurrying to finish project before start of school.
Cindy Brunkhorst assumes duties as lunchroom manager at Chase County Schools, and is preparing for major changes in school lunch guidelines.
Several residents at council meeting give negative comments on city’s proposed bucket TIF project for downtown area.
Imperial native Jason Burke completing pharmacy rotation at Adams Drug this summer.
Prestige wins end-of-season coed softball season; Smurfs are second and No Docs, third.
August 16
Two men who attempted bank robbery in Wallace captured by Chase County and Imperial law enforcement Monday; no money was taken.
Fair kicks into high gear this week with five full days ahead.
Chase County School students return to classes on Aug. 22; teachers start with in-service prior to classes.
Health and Human Services office in Imperial moves to 135 West 5th St.; some part-time staffing will remain.
Dennis Beaudry of Reading, Mass., stays overnight in Imper­ial on his round-the-world bike trek.
With more complaints of door-to-door salespeople, city council considers more expensive permits to do so.
Dan Kunnemann and Sheryl Clevenger recognized at fair’s roundup supper for years of service on fair board.
Due to continued interest, more Lamar 125th commemorative books are being printed; community west of Imperial celebrated its quasquicentennial July 15.
August 23
Major federal school lunch changes have goal of fighting obesity in kids; calorie intake watched, more fruits and vege­tables provided.
Five new teachers on staff as school starts this week—Jodie Liess, Shannon Waggoner, Mary Fortkamp, Melissa Wallin and Ashley Exum.
Cooler weather late in week contributed to a more comfortable fair week.
No vote taken by council to proceed with downtown bucket TIF program; Brickstone Grille & Sports Bar approved as keno outlet.
With pre-season testing, coach instruction and providing info to parents, CCS is meeting requirements of state’s new concussion law.
New Imperial EMS ambulance arrives.
Leanna Maucher is new coordinator at Imperial Community Center.
August 30
Huge kindergarten class of 66 sparks enrollment jump at Chase County Schools; overall K-12 enrollment goes from 560 last year to 582 for 2012-13.
Chad and Amy Leibbrandt of Imperial purchase Adams Lumber in Imperial and Grant; names will remain Adams Lumber.
Water trial on ongoing dispute between Nebraska and Kansas on water use completed  in Maine after two weeks, but decision not expected for several months.
More than 500 area residents take advantage of low-price blood draws, and pick up results at Saturday’s health fair at Chase County Community Hospital.
Group of six men from Romania are on tour of Nebraska looking at machinery and ag operations; one stop was at 21st Century Equipment in Imper­ial.
AK Acres enters grand prize float in fair parade that followed “Homegrown Success” theme.
Longhorn cross country, volleyball and football set to open seasons this week; softball team has already played six games.
Record number in this year’s Chase County Fair Run; finishers hit 146 compared to past record of 123 participants in all divisions.
September 6
Ike’s Cabin and home of Curtis and Amanda Johnson survive as wildfire roars through 150 acres south of Enders Lake Monday, Labor Day.
Frenchman Valley Coop sets another earnings record for fiscal year ending January 2012; $3.13  returned to members.
Labor Day Auction draws another big crowd to fairgrounds Monday despite heat.
New building going up for Broken Arrow Cellars winery at northwest edge of Imperial; owners are Steve and Deborah Schilke.
Five of the six pools in Chase County test positive for West Nile virus; at least one Imperial resident     has confirmed case of virus.
Merrilyn Leibbrandt appointed to hospital board replacing Bill Bauerle.
Community Development Director Leslie Carlholm resigns from city position after husband Randy accepts job in Kansas.
September 13
NRD keeps property tax and occupation tax requests at same level as last year in 2012-13 budget.
Tax request up for city budget for 2012-13 just over 8 percent; auditors recommend more dollars in cash reserve fund.
Dry bean harvest in area winding down; corn and soybean ready to start much earlier than most years.
In latest release of state testing results, CCS shows a higher percentage of students meeting standards in almost all categor­ies for reading and math.
Labor Day fire at Enders Lake a pesky one—IVFD called back to scene seven additional times; spontaneous combustion in a nearby compost pile suspected as cause.
Eleven years later, local residents still remember 9/11 with flag displays.
September 20

New longer Longhorn bus arrives on a $150,000 purchase price and trade-in of two smaller busses.
New city electrical rates going into effect Oct. 1 at a 3.8 percent average increase; irrigation customers to see biggest individual jump at 7 percent.
Local drivers taking alternate routes as state’s milling, paving projects starts east of Imperial to Enders and along Highway 61’s Miracle Mile.
A 3-1 council vote will begin development of 2nd Street in city’s Cornerstone Commercial Park; combination of tax increment financing and city sales tax funds to be used for bonds and future development there.
Tax dollar spending up only slightly, about 2 percent, in 2012-13 CCS General Fund budget even with addition of $101,000 to building fund; levy drops slight thanks to 4.6 percent valuation increase.
CCS vocal music department chooses “Annie Oakley” for Oct. 20-21 production.
Format is switched at Imperial’s KADL Radio to JACKFM music, described as a “lifestyle radio brand” replacing the classic hit format in place since the radio station opened here.
Nine-year-old Morayah Cupp wins $3,500 college scholarships for her essay on “Being a Nebraska Farm Girl.”
Predictions from health professionals indicate influenza may show up earlier this year.
In annual Chase County Cup golf tournament, title returns to Imperial Country Club.
September 27
On 4-1 vote, hospital board votes to proceed with $13 million expansion and renovation project; vote contingent on finding acceptable financing.
Dr. Jeff Kasselman’s return to hospital/clinic staff supported by hospital board, provided his state license is reinstated after complaint received by state licensure board.
Students at Chase County Schools seem to be adapting to new federal lunch guidelines.
CCS homecoming candidates for Friday night crowning are Maddison Vaverek, Bethany Sorensen and Morgan Fisher for queen, and Michael May, Hunter Spady and Kale Gockley for king.
Imperial’s Leibbrandt family receives 2012 Omaha World Herald Master Conservationist Award.
Area corn harvest is picking up; not at full capacity yet.
Harlem Ambassadors game vs. Imperial team Sept. 20 is crowd-pleaser as about 600 attend.
Fifth and sixth graders Brooklyn Christensen, Gabrielle Krutsinger, Katie Richman and Sophie Spady chosen for 2012 Sing Around Nebraska Children’s Choir.
City Council agrees with Planning Commission vote to deny conditional use permit to remodel backyard workshop into an apartment at 607 Wellington.
October 4
Council approves economic development sales tax funds half of costs to relocate four-plex apartment unit to Imperial from a nearby community.
Upper Republican NRD board gives approval to negotiate for adding more acres to the nearly complete Rock Creek augmentation project and also to pursue a joint augmentation project for other area NRDs, all with improving Republican River streamflows as the goal.
Corn harvest in full swing in area, as night time corn-picking is photographed this week west of Imperial.
Chase County budget’s tax request is up nearly 8 percent as county deals with increased fuel costs especially in roads department.
Imperial Volunteer Fire Department begins drawing up plans for new barn/fire hall in lot north of library.
Frenchman Valley Coop Manager Jim Chism leaving the end of October for position in Iowa.
First United Methodist Church in Imperial celebrating 125 years in 2012.
Crowned homecoming king and queen at Chase County Schools are Michael May and Morgan Fisher.
October 11
Weekend turns wintery as predicted, bringing five to six inches of snow.
The Imperial Republican awarded second place in General Excellence in the National Newspaper Association contest for weekly papers under 3,000 circulation.
Surprising corn yields above the 200 bushel/acre mark being seen in this year’s harvest despite the summer drought; irrigation was key.
Chase County Schools having issues with HVAC project with no heat in building and leaking roof after weekend snow.
Despite Saturday’s snow, annual All Cancer Walk draws 183 walkers, who were able to choose to walk in or out.
Site work started for new Harchelroad Motors body shop, west of the Alco Store on East Highway 6.
Andy Keep moves to Imperial as new District Conservationist at Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Several former pastors return for Imperial United Methodist Church’s 125 anniversary cele­bration on Sunday.
October 18
Like most of state and country, early voting for November General Election is brisk; 116 in Chase County have already cast ballots.
It’s Fire Prevention Week, and members of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department visit preschools and kindergarten classes in Imperial.
Prime, Inc., investment group now considering Cornerstone Commercial Park to locate potential four-plex apartment building; site on Grant St., originally considered.
Chase County elementary students claim state physical fitness championship again, 30th time out of 35 years; program changing to “youth fitness” next year.
Dr. Jose Garcia dismissed from Chase Co. Community Hospital/Clinic staff for violations of his employment contract.
Highway paving project from Imperial to Enders expected to wrap up next week.
Another successful weekend at Cox/Cupp pumpkin patch next Champion.
CCS freshman Alyssa Moreno is single Longhorn qualifier for state cross country meet.
October 25
In groundbreaking action, Upper Republican NRD joins with three other NRDs in purchase of 19,000 acres for another stream augmentation effort. Land is purchased from Lincoln County Farms for $83 million.
Trailer house owned by Alfredo Avalos in SeLoCySe, LLC Court at 2nd and Park Sts., destroyed in early Sunday morning fire.    
Chamber’s 2012 holiday promotion will award $1,000 in Chamber Bucks to six lucky winners in punch card program.
Prime, Inc., loses out to another buyer of four-plex apartment complex the group had hoped to move to Imperial from Stratton to help ease rental shortages.
Adams Bank & Trust cele­brates 40 years of business in Imperial with Friday open house.
IVFD sends trucks and firefighters to help battle 10,000 acre fire in Keith and Perkins Counties Oct. 18; winds between 40 and 60 mph complicated efforts.    
Fire department given go-ahead to begin plans for new building between 7th and 8th Sts. on Broadway.
Longhorn football team makes state playoffs as No. 9 seed in C1 west bracket.
Lady Longhorns are No. 3 seed in next week’s C1-11 subdistrict volleyball tournament.
November 1
After a long campaign season, voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the 2012 General Election, highlighted by the race for president between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama; only local race is for Imperial city council.
Strong, early voting continues with close to 300 in Chase County already casting ballots.
High winds Oct. 18 knock ears off unpicked cornfields, some losing as much as 100 bushels an acre. At $7 per bushel, many farmers using raking equipment to get corn off ground.
Imperial FFA marketing team garners silver in national competition last week in Indianapolis; Charlie Haarberg earns American FFA Degree.
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy comes to Imperial last Friday to present 4-H Club of the Month honors to the All-Stars 4-H Club.
U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer includes Imperial in her final week of campaign with hour stop here Tuesday.
Jim Chism ends 30-year career at Frenchman Valley Coop, leaving his current post as general manager this week after 12 years at the helm.
High school students preparing for one-act play competition with comedy “High Stakes.”
Longhorn football team beats Ord 27-7 in first game of playoffs, while Lady Longhorn volleyball squad loses five-game subdistrict match to Gothenburg, ending their season at 15-14.    
November 8
President Barack Obama re-elected president; Deb Fischer wins U.S. Senate race; Dan Thompson and Junior Reeder elected to Imperial city council.
City council takes Planning Commission recommendation to add another handicapped parking space on East 9th by school; lower speed limit, stop sign and crosswalk to be added in Capitol Mobile Home Court.
In first year of new 20-minute advisory period for grades 7-12, teachers and students see benefits including the mentoring between older and younger students.
Finalists for community development director position narrowed to two; person would replace Leslie Carlholm.
Dirk Hill back at work following accident in which he was struck by car near CCS football field.    
Fundraising for SCORE camp in 2013 helped with $5,000 donation from county’s keno funds; commissioners approved request.
Recycling center upgrades include new cement approach and a metal/tin building to house cardboard.
Halloween a “treat” this year with temperatures in 70s.
Longhorn football team eliminated from playoffs with 48-20 loss to Boone Central/Newman Grove.
Deer season opens this Saturday; conditions look good for hunters and whitetail permits still available.
November 15
As Veteran’s Day is celebrated this week, Lester Greim of Imperial recalls his U.S. Navy service during WWII.
Three thefts of diesel fuel from farmers in area total 1,900 gallons; sheriff asks public to be watchful.
State Sen. Mark Christensen gives his thoughts why two amendments to Nebraska constitution on term limits and pay raises failed overwhelmingly at Nov. 6 vote.
Though prices down, city still operating recycling program, encouraging continued reuse efforts as America Recycles Day is celebrated Nov. 15.
Veteran Michal Swanson, who served in the Nebraska Army National Guard, is guest speaker at Monday’s Veteran’s Day programs at school.
Veterinary Services on Imperial’s Miracle Mile starts construction of building to west that will service large animals.
Over 300 deer checked in by fourth day of Nebraska’s firearm deer season.
Longhorn basketball teams start preparation for next week’s exhibition games; first regular season contests are Nov. 29.
Wauneta-Palisade football team wins six-man state championship Friday with 26-16 win over Sioux County.
November 22
Upper Republican NRD board approves drilling five more wells on Rock Creek project in Dundy County.
Stan and Shirley Smith, Calvin and Wava Daschofsky and Frank and Alice Clements all celebrate 60-plus year anniversaries; Shirley, Wava and Frank are siblings.
Churches in community join forces to provide Christmas gifts and food to needy families here.
School board looking at 6.4 percent average increase in health/dental insurance for teachers for 2013-14 school year.
Steel going up for new Harchelroad Motors body shop on East Highway 6.
Brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott are hoping to make it big on professional music scene.
Nebraska Chapter of Great Western Cattle Trail officially organizes with signing of articles of incorporation Nov. 8 in Imperial.
High school’s one-act play is first in SPVA conference contest.
As firearm deer season closes, number of kills is down at Laker’s, an official Game & Parks check-in station at Enders; total of 536 kills reported.
Six football players on all-district team—Kale Gockley, Callin Ledall, Brian Bell, Michael May, Kelton Fisher and Justus Wallin; honorable mention honors to Justin German, Dan Sullivan and Trey Milner.
Bethany Sorensen and Paige Spady on SPVA all-conference volleyball team.
State’s Shrine Bowl all-star football game moving to Kearney in 2013.    
November 29
U.S. Postal Inspection Service called in to investigate alleged robbery attempt and assault Monday at Champion Post Office.
Hospital board will begin search for new administrator after Lola Jones is dismissed.
Chase County Schools
Supt. Brad Schoeppey says CCS results in State of Schools Report should be of concern to local parents and patrons.
Community getting ready for Dec. 6 Christmas Festival sponsored by Chamber of Commerce.
Troxell’s Heating and Appliance moves to new location at 533 Broadway.
Third quarter city sales tax July, August and September brings in $108,001.05.
Local choir rehearsing for Dec. 9 Christmas concert at Zion Lutheran Church.
High school winter sports seasons open this week with eight out for wrestling, 23 on boys’ basketball roster and 18 on the girls’ basketball team.
December 6
Deal is now complete on NRD group’s purchase of 19,000 acres in Lincoln County for major augmentation project; Upper Republican NRD is one of four NRDs involved.
Council approves purchase agreement with Dana Point Development Corp., selling seven lots in Cornerstone Commercial Park for $1; firm plans to build 10 rental housing units.
No leads yet on alleged robbery attempt and employee assault at Champion Post Office; up to $50,000 reward offered.
Forty-five decorated trees displayed at eighth annual Vision of Trees in Champion.
Doug Ohlson tapped for general manager at Frenchman Valley Coop, replacing Jim Chism.
Earning 80 percent FFVF scholarships for 2013 trip are Brian Bell and Suzy Kasselman.
Hospital board conducting search for interim hospital administrator.
Hours at Enders Post Office will be reduced to two hours on weekdays; Saturday morning hours left the same.
High school boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have 0-2 starts to season after opening season losses to Cozad and McCook.
December 13
To the delight of the children, a pair of reindeer make surprise appearance at Chamber’s Christmas Festival events Thursday night.
School Supt. Brad Schoeppey and staff will start training this week on new AptaFund accounting program, expected to increase office efficiency.
SCORE science camp organizers announce Strategic Air Command (SAC) Museum will be bringing displays to June 2013 camps.
Sixty-eight families and individuals will have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to “The Gift” program in community.
Tequila’s Mexican food restaurant in McCook purchases Smokin’ Leroy’s building, with plans to open early in February.
Longtime Imperial business owner Kent Pribbeno dies after short illness; he owned and operated Pribbeno Construction since early 1970s.
Community chorus of 26 members reorganizes to present Christmas concert Dec. 9.
December 20
After devastating Newtown, Conn., school shootings Dec. 14, school administrators at Chase County Schools are reviewing safety measures here and what more can be done.
First place Christmas lighting winners in Chamber contest include Dennis and LaRue Krutsinger, judges’ choice; Dick and Joan Bartels, religious; and Ron and Bonnie Moritz, best tree.
A new business enterprise of Zuege, Fiedler, Boman and Moritz families, Pixie Dust Creations is making unique door decor just in time for holiday season.
After her recent diagnosis with leukemia, 15-year-old Makenna Wallin of Imperial gets a surprise visit last week from Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin in Denver Children’s Hospital.
Post office experiences busiest day of the year Monday, just  eight days before Christmas.
First snow since late October falls over weekend bringing four inches; more falling Wednesday this week.
New clothing store and coffee shop opening early next year by Tiffany Reeves and Jacci Brown, named 509 Broadway.
Charley Colton retires from school board after 21 years of combined service on boards of education in Chase County; he was presented plaque at his last meeting Dec. 11.


 

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