Other stories, beyond COVID coverage, highlighted year in Chase County
In 2020, Imperial and Chase County continued to make news beyond the scourge of COVID-19.
All eight staff members at The Imperial Republican voted for a Top 10 story list beyond COVID-19, which was selected the year’s overall No. 1 news event.
Heading the staff’s “other list” of top stories was the 2020 U.S. Presidential race between incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
Biden was the apparent U.S. Presidential winner in the Nov. 3 General Election. However, Trump won big in Chase County by a 58.59% to 39.31% margin and carried 91 of 93 Nebraska counties. Biden’s win has been marred by challenges of voting irregularities in several key swing states, which are continuing this week as at least 90 Republican senators and congressmen planned to oppose the Electoral College votes this week.
Here are the stories that rounded out the “other” top 10:
No. 2—Successful fundraising by the Imperial Community Foundation Fund. The ICFF announced in December it had reached its goal of raising $500,000, which assured a $250,000 match from the Sherwood Foundation in Omaha.
No. 3—Start of Mid-Plains Community College addition. Work started early in the year on a $925,000 addition and remodeling project at MPCC’s Imperial campus after successful local fundraising from the city, county, business/organization donations and Omaha’s Scott Family Foundation. At year’s end, the contractor was nearly finished with Phase I of the project.
No. 4—Girls’ basketball at CCS. Lady Longhorn basketball was in the spotlight early in 2020 as the team won its first SPVA Conference title in 37 years. Senior Mallie McNair made a lot of news on her own, setting a new CCS girls’ career scoring record with 1,116 points at a Jan. 9 game against Wray, Colorado. McNair also set a new single game scoring record for CCS with 36 points that month against Kimball.
No. 5—Chase County Veterans Memorial progress. 2020 marked significant progress on the Veterans Memorial on the courthouse lawn, namely the placing of the bronze statue of a kneeling soldier at the center of the memorial in May, created by sculptor Fred Hoppe of Columbus. Setting the memorial bricks on the west wall is yet to be done. A dedication is expected in 2021.
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