Firearms Instructor Jim McChesney of Ogallala, right, keeps a watchful eye on shooters during the handgun shooting certification portion of the concealed carry class held in Imperial Saturday. (Johnson Publications photo)

The Wellington School at 10th and Wellington Sts., houses the ESU #15-sponsored alternative ed program, in which Chase County high school students have participated. However, CCS will be coordinating its own program next year. (Johnson Publications photo)

Candidates are chosen and plans are being finalized for Saturday’s Prom at Chase County Schools, which has a “Fire & Ice” theme. Candidates for king and queen chosen by the junior class are, from left, Colton Burpo, Katelyn Wheeler (seated), Kaylee Meeske, Shaylee Heathers (seated), Ike Maxwell and Bryson Fisher. 2016 Prom King and Queen Carlos Chavez and Charlie Carter will assist with the crowning Saturday night. The banquet will start the evening off at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish Hall. The promenade and coronation will follow at the new 4-H exhibition hall at the fairgrounds. Junior class sponsors Chelsea Zuege and Darcie Boman said the public is welcome to attend the promenade and coronation, which will start approximately at 8 p.m. The building will be open at 7:30 p.m. for the public to be seated. After the promenade and coronation are complete, Zuege said the public may take pictures and socialize for 20 minutes and then will be asked to depart so the prom dance can begin. The dance will continue until 11:30 p.m. Zuege said signs will be posted to assist with parking at the fairgrounds. Parents and the public are asked to park on the northeast side of the new 4-H building. Prom attendees will be parking on the west side of the fairgrounds or by the old 4-H Building. Post Prom activities will start at 11:30 p.m. at Chase County Schools, with junior and senior class parents in charge of those events. (Johnson Publications photo)

Chamber award winners recognized last week included, from left, Greg and Lori Owens, Owens’ True Value; Tyler Pribbeno, Young Professional; Jill Moline, Imperial Super Foods, Jack Schnieder, Good Neighbor; Deb Hayes, Imperial EMS; Matt Musgrove, Chamber president; Roxane Miller, Imperial EMS, Craig Loeffler, Imperial EMS and IVFD; Merrilyn Leibbrandt, Fine Things Jewelry and Gifts; Marcy Nesbitt, M & M’s Natural Jaz; and Marlea Thompson and Sharon Clark, McNair Agency. Winners not pictured include Holly Jantz and Steve Smith. (Johnson Publications photo)

Athletes on the 2017 Lady Longhorn track team include, front from left, Madison Brown, Rylie Mintling, Kaley Hauxwell, Peyton Fiedler, Taylor Williams, Sydnie Allen, Ashley Bubak, second row from left,  Asst. Coach Drew Ahlers, Sarah Allen, Katelyn Wheeler, Megan Engbrecht, Lauren Gockley, Adelaide Maxwell, Kadyn Milner, Kaylee Meeske, Kayla Schilke, Asst. Coach Sam McNair, third row from left, Emma DeGrasse, Molly Luhrs, Destiny Reinke, Mallie McNair, Brooklyn Christensen, Sophie Spady, Nicole Brown-Cravey, back from left, Taylin McNair, Ruth Dodge, Andrea Page, Ragan Nickless, Jadin Bussell, Bridgette Odens, Madison Schuller, Jozie Schilke, Carissa Hill and Head Coach Troy Hauxwell. Not pictured—Macy Coleman, Allison Owings, Josie Peterson and Giovanna Welsh. (Johnson Publications photo)

News

    When city utility customers receive their monthly bill next week, they’re going to notice some changes.

    The weather radar used by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Platte will be down for approximately three days beginning March 26 for technicians to install an important techn

A huge grass fire that started in the Proctor, Colo., area Monday morning darkened the skies throughout the day, as high winds blowing smoke and dust reduced visibility. More than 70 firefighters responded from 13 area fire departments, with seven engines working through the night. Efforts to control the fire continued most of the day Tuesday. (Courtesy photo)

A large grass fire had the skies looking gray and local residents on high alert Monday.

Opinion

    This time last year, I was attending a music school in New Zealand.

It’s early in his presidency, but already Donald Trump has faced one controversy after another.

Over the last two years, Nebraska has hit some key growth benchmarks.

Sports

Athletes on the 2017 Lady Longhorn track team include, front from left, Madison Brown, Rylie Mintling, Kaley Hauxwell, Peyton Fiedler, Taylor Williams, Sydnie Allen, Ashley Bubak, second row from left,  Asst. Coach Drew Ahlers, Sarah Allen, Katelyn Wheeler, Megan Engbrecht, Lauren Gockley, Adelaide Maxwell, Kadyn Milner, Kaylee Meeske, Kayla Schilke, Asst. Coach Sam McNair, third row from left, Emma DeGrasse, Molly Luhrs, Destiny Reinke, Mallie McNair, Brooklyn Christensen, Sophie Spady, Nicole Brown-Cravey, back from left, Taylin McNair, Ruth Dodge, Andrea Page, Ragan Nickless, Jadin Bussell, Bridgette Odens, Madison Schuller, Jozie Schilke, Carissa Hill and Head Coach Troy Hauxwell. Not pictured—Macy Coleman, Allison Owings, Josie Peterson and Giovanna Welsh. (Johnson Publications photo)

    Coach Troy Hauxwell’s big challenge this track season isn’t trying to fill weak spots on the team.
    There aren’t many.

The 2017 Longhorn boys’ track team includes, front from left, Bryce Zuege, Trevin Martin, Will Kuenne, Scott Wheeler, Bennett Bauerle, Ike Maxwell, Trevor Peterson, middle row from left, Asst. Coach Bob Holman, Kobe Clevenger, John Lewis, Eli Hinojosa, Bo O’Neil, Mikael Kuhlmann, Juan Venegas, Angel Romero, Dylan Dreiling, Head Coach Carl Zuege, back from left, Jayden German, Parker Dillan, Joel DaMoude, Kalen Wallin, Evan Fisher, Cody Williams, Dakota Wallin, Caleb Weiss, Stephen Johnson, Francisco Barrientos, Bryson Fisher, Hunter Bartels, Tagan Mays and Jack Bauerle. Not pictured—Noah Griffin, Landis Beverly and Kadin Vrbas. (Johnson Publications photo)

    It’s been difficult getting all of the boys to at least one track practice together, but Chase County Coach Carl Zuege said they’ll be at the season opener today (Thursday) in Grant, weather pe

    Ray Lindekugel proved to be the best master of bracketology after the first weekend of March Madness.
    Lindekugel correctly picked 38 games in the NCAA tournament openers.

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