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Nathan Bemo is surrounded by interested youths who had plenty to say during a gathering of ideas session on a potential Imperial skatepark. Bemo is president of American Ramp Company of Joplin, Mo., who was hired to provide a skatepark design for the community to consider. (Johnson Publications photo)

Youths turn out for skatepark meeting

    If the turnout at last Thursday’s meeting on a potential skatepark for Imperial is any indication, there is some interest in the community.

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As a life-long Husker fan, Armando Villarreal has always wanted to do Husker art. He’s gotten his chance with this work of Coach Tom Osborne on the sideline during a snow-laden Big Eight game in the mid-1980s.  (Johnson Publications photo)

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Artist Armando Villarreal, left, and his son, Jax, look on as legendary Husker Coach Tom Osborne signs one of 20 limited edition, signed prints of a painting of the coach completed by Villarreal. There are also 500 limited edition canvas and paper prints of the painting now available. (Courtesy photo)

Osborne print launches Villarreal’s freelance career

    Twists and turns might best describe the career of local airbrush artist Armando Villarreal.

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Last Thursday featured the second annual A Chocolate Affair event. With 80 tickets sold, and 16 people in the community volunteering their baking services, the event was, “An overall success,” said Cheryl Bryan, treasurer of the Rotary Club, which sponsored the event. Emma Harms was one of the many community members who brought in a decadent dessert. Pictured above is the cake she created. Bryan believes that it will continue to be an annual event to look forward to. It will tentatively be planned for the Thursday before Valentine’s Day every year. (Johnson Publications photos)

Chocolate Affair features decadent desserts

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Makenna Castor is all smiles in front of the Winchester Cathedral located in Winchester, England. With her are two of the four kids Castor watched. On her left is eight-year-old India Bowhill with four-year-old Olympia Bowhill is on her right. Because the older two were at boarding school during the day, Castor spent most of her time with India and Olympia. (Courtesy photo).

Makenna Castor gains experience as an au pair

    Traveling to foreign a country is oftentimes a far off dream for many people. For Makenna Castor, that dream became a reality.



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