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  • Guess whooo likes school

    Under close supervision from mom, only one of two owlets was brave enough to poke its head out of the nest last week. Mother and offspring paid no mind to workers who were on scaffolding tuck pointing brick only a few yards away. The owl sighting is an ...
  • Fragile, unpredictable life

    The job of journalism and newspaper production in our area is to cover all of the highs and lows of what goes on in the communities that surround us. We never know from week to week what might take place. Obviously, there are the usual items—weather,...
  • Patience and consideration for others

    Dear Editor: My family and I are currently in training for a 275-plus mile bike ride at the end of June to raise money for national/world hunger.  We train by riding many miles on our local highways.  Unfortunately, there are no shoulders on any of t...
  • The medicine of mercy

    Dear Editor: It was a critical scene, in a powerful tale. One of the most influential individuals the world has ever known, a man whose short life would transform all cultures, a being who would become the great manifestation of love in our world, was a...
  • Area all-stars compete in annual Mid-Plains games

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor Several athletes from the  area took part in volleyball, football or basketball, joining the best of the best in recent all-star games. Team members for the West Nebraska All-Star games were selected by nominations from s...
  • All-Star volleyball game to be held Saturday

    The 19th annual Sertoma All-Star Volleyball Classic gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 when 27 of the area’s recently graduated volleyball stars meet at McCook High School. Proceeds from the event are used by the McCook Area Sertoma Club to...
  • Regent Phares comments on Big 10 decision

    UNL Board of Regents chair Bob Phares released the following statement after the University was accepted into the Big 10 sports arena. “The chancellor and the athletic director have been observing the Big XII Conference dynamics from the inside—a ...
  • FSA Scoop - Acreage deadline released

    The 2008 Farm Bill maintains the requirement for producers participating in FSA programs to report and certify acreage for all crops planted to maintain eligibility for these programs. All crops planted includes crops on both cropland and non-cropland ac...
  • Mealtime Makeovers - If he can, I can...

    Several months ago, I received a phone call that ‘someone’ had brought us a very delicious dessert to try. I was also pretty amazed that the man behind the oven mitts was none other than our friend Kip Bradley. As time goes by details seem to fade,...
  • Former resident takes part in Haitian relief project

    Former Perkins County resident, Dr. Tiffany Harms,   and Dr. Amanda Goodenberger graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center on May 10 and five days later were at work in a tent hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti. They joined dozens of othe...
  • Women’s Resource Center seeks volunteers

    The Ogallala Women’s Resource Center is seeking volunteers to serve as Life Mentors who work directly with clients. Experience is not necessary. Potential volunteers should have: •  The willingness to complete training (20 hours) • A commitm...
  • Walk to Health program underway

    Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department’s seventh annual Walk to Health walking program kicked off in June. The program will last for 12 weeks and begins from the date of registration.  Registration may be done on-line at www.swhealthdept.com or...
  • Women’s wilderness weekend planned

    The Trailblazer RC&D, a non-profit resource development organization, is sponsoring a weekend get-away designed for women.  The workshop is designed primarily for women 21 years of age or older. Educational sessions useful in a variety of outdoor ...
  • Hide your fryin’ eyes

    Much to their painful surprise, people learn every year that it is possible to burn the cornea of their eyes from too much ultraviolet light. Dr. Janet Cushing, an optometrist with UW Health, says that while the condition (known as photokeratitis) most...
  • State health/science meet draws 58 Nebraska students

    Kylie Hanson and Tayler Walter of Perkins County Middle School were among 58 eighth-grade students from 30 schools across Nebraska who attended UNMC’s 18th annual Health/Science Meet June 10-12, for an educational and fun experience. The goal of the ...
  • Property owners have until June 30 to protest valuation

    Protests must be filed with the Perkins County Clerk’s Office and will be reviewed by the County Board of Equalization.   By Jan Rahn Managing Editor The deadline for property owners to file a protest concerning recent notices on the 2010 level o...
  • Grant clean-up project continues

    As a result of the nuisance ordinance that was passed by the Grant City Council, West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD) has been designated the city’s nuisance officer.  WCNDD has conducted an independent assessment in a designated area in...
  • County official attends budget seminar

    Rita Long, Perkins County Clerk, completed a seminar conducted in Kearney on May 27 by the Nebraska Association of County Officials. The seminar provided county commissioners, supervisors, and other county officials training as they prepare county budg...
  • Pheasants Forever donates to trap shoot club

    A check in the amount of $800 was given to the 4-H Straight Shooters trap shoot club. Receiving the check from Aaron Uehling (left) of Pheasants Forever is Craig Clough, who sponsors the Straight Shooters. (Courtesy photo)  ...
  • Grainton, Wallace take brunt of Friday’s storm

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor Damaging hail hit eastern Perkins County and the towns of Grainton and Wallace Friday night, leaving some homes, vehicles, and businesses without windows.  Near Grainton, windows on the west side of homes were knocked o...