Saturday was the grand opening celebration for the Imperial Skatepark. The ribbon cutting ceremony shows members of Team Hot Wheels, some of the crew from Artisan Skateparks and Charlesa Kline, City Council President, holding the ribbon as Trevin Moreno cuts it in two, officially opening the new skatepark. (Johnson Publications photo)

Husker assistant football coaches Ryan Held, left, and Frank Verducci talked to Husker fans Tuesday during a stop in Imperial as part of the 26-town Husker Nation Tour by coaches around the state. (Johnson Publications photo)

Cherrie Beam-Callaway speaks to the audience as the historical figure Mariah Monahan, while peeling potatoes. She gave the presentation on chapter two of the Monahan trilogy at Champion Mill. A group of children sat on a quilt on the ground listening to her story. (Johnson Publications photo)

Pastor Phil Harris, left, Wesleyan interim minister, installed the new Crossroads Wesleyan Church minister, Pastor Alex Gebert, last Sunday before Pastor Harris and his wife, Betty Lou, said their goodbyes to the church congregation. The Harris’ left the following day to return to their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Johnson Publications photo)

Local News

CCCH CEO Steve Lewis talks to town hall attendees about the potential new hospital. (Johnson Publications photo)

    When Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) CEO Steve Lewis was in college, he asked his father, also a hospital CEO, how they could save rural hospitals.

    From the outside of the brick home of Scott and Linda Payne north of Imperial, it’s hard to tell it suffered extensive damage from fire.
    Inside, it’s a different story.

Saturday was the grand opening celebration for the Imperial Skatepark. The ribbon cutting ceremony shows members of Team Hot Wheels, some of the crew from Artisan Skateparks and Charlesa Kline, City Council President, holding the ribbon as Trevin Moreno cuts it in two, officially opening the new skatepark. (Johnson Publications photo)

    The long-anticipated opening of the Imperial Skatepark finally materialized last Saturday at its Campbell Park location.

Opinion

A Nebraska political activist is challenging the state’s process for qualifying independent candidates for the ballot.

Nebraska decriminalized public intoxication in 1979, one of 12 states to do so. That means law enforcement relies on civil protective custody as an alternative to jail.

Just when you thought you were starting to understand how the long-celebrated nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature has survived as an independent body for years, somebody throws a new wrench in the wor

Sports

Husker assistant football coaches Ryan Held, left, and Frank Verducci talked to Husker fans Tuesday during a stop in Imperial as part of the 26-town Husker Nation Tour by coaches around the state. (Johnson Publications photo)

    Husker fans throughout Chase County turned out Tuesday morning to hear Husker football coaches speak during their Husker Nation Tour around Nebraska.

Pitcher Trevor Peterson turns over the arm to put some spin on the pitch during junior action here Saturday. (Johnson Publications photo)

Six runs in the second inning led Imperial Longhorns Juniors past Cozad Reds Varsity, 10-2, on Saturday.

Imperial 1 Peewee baseball stayed alive in a 5-2 win over Wallace last week. Tyler O’Neil winds up on the mound. (Johnson Publications photo)

    After a 2-19 loss to Ogallala 1 on June 1, Imperial 1 redeemed themselves with two good wins.

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