Imperial moved along in crazy 2020 year

I’ll be happy when the word COVID-19 isn’t part of our weekly news coverage.

Last week’s issue featured the annual review of news events and new construction in the community, as well as changes in business ownership and new start-ups in our business communities. What always surprises me each year are the many, many news events that happen here, and our coverage of them in the news pages.
    Last year’s volume of “other” news coverage was a bit shocking, especially when COVID-19 loomed over us most of 2020. Despite all the reporting on the virus we had here, if you read through last week’s 2020 headlines, there was so much more that happened.
    Our staff also took time this week to rank their Top 10 stories (beyond COVID). It was a busy news year when sifting through all the news events to rank.
    Mid-Plains Community College continued with its planned addition that will add more classrooms and areas for hands-on learning.
    The Imperial Community Foundation Fund reached its fundraising goal that assured an additional $250,000 into the fund.
    The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department moved to larger facilities without having to put up a new building, saving thousands of dollars and still gaining what they needed.
    The Chase County Veterans Memorial neared its completion with just a few details remaining and a dedication coming this year.
    Of course, continued coverage of the presidential and local elections filled our pages, as well as reports on city, county and school happenings.
    We can feel blessed that we live in a state and community where our leaders didn’t shut everything down for months at a time due to COVID-19. They agree with most Nebraskans, believing we can make our own decisions on keeping ourselves and our families safe amidst a virus.
    Hopefully, 2021 will see fewer and fewer stories on COVID-19. If there’s one word I’m sick and tired of keyboarding, it’s that.


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