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Freshman versus senior

What is the primary purpose of attending college? The most common responses include to gain more knowledge in the particular field one is pursuing, become involved, make connections, and, of course,...

 

Commissioner expresses safety concerns about proposed carbon pipeline

Antelope County Commissioners listened to updates about the proposed Midwest Carbon Express pipeline, Sept. 13, during the board's regular monthly meeting. Derrick Montgomery was scheduled to present...

 

No decision made on voting procedure changes

Voter integrity was yet again a topic of discussion when Antelope County Commissioners met, Sept. 6, in Neligh. Chairman Charlie Henry opened the floor to Sheryl Baker, who yielded her time to Mike...

 

What is the history of Labor Day?

With the three-day weekend in store, people across the world are grateful for Labor Day, but how many people truly know what Labor Day is, the sacrifices that were made and how the holiday came...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 25, 2022

Project earns first place at county fair for Royal man

Max Heiter, of Royal, took a project to the Antelope County Fair with low expectations. Later, he learned his open class exhibit received the first-place blue ribbon for the 65-and-over class. It all...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 25, 2022

Ewing entrepreneur's business sees green, continues to grow

Farrah Gray, a famous American businessman, said, "Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs." Four years ago, Parker Napier, of Ewing, decided to take a chance at starting...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 18, 2022

Election integrity discussion draws crowd at commissioners' meeting

Should ballots cast in Antelope County elections be counted by hand instead of by machine? Members of the Antelope County Patriots filled the Antelope County commissioners' meeting room, Aug 9, to...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 18, 2022

Neligh restaurant highlighted in state beef passport

Nebraska’s new slogan “Honestly, it’s not for everyone” may be true for some people, but the one thing that may be for everyone is Nebraska’s beef. The state’s quality beef is what...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 18, 2022

Tryouts underway for school dance team

With the start of the second year at Summerland Public School this week, there are a multitude of opportunities students can still be introduced to. Kelly Anson, of Ewing, hopes to share Summerland sc...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 18, 2022

Commissioners learn about FEMA grant requirements

The Antelope County commissioners met on Tuesday, Aug. 9 for a regular meeting in the county courthouse. Commissioners Charlie Henery and Carolyn Pedersen were not in attendance of the meeting. Severa...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 11, 2022

Local auctioneer proves he's king in the ring during competition

Corey Curtis is the master of the cattle rattle. He's cornered the market on the auction cry. And, he has the hardware to prove it. Curtis, of Royal, along with his wife, Tanya, and daughter,...

 

Smith joins ranks with the few, the proud

Keegan Smith is preparing for his next adventure: boot camp for the Marine Corps. "I had heard people talking about the military at a young age, so when I had time, I looked up the different...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 11, 2022

Orchard board addresses concerns during special meeting

Orchard village trustees discussed concerns about buckling gym floors and heating and cooling systems during a special meeting held July 25, at 6 p.m., at the former school site. Edges of the floor...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 11, 2022

Weed concerns, road closures discussed during commissioners meeting

Antelope County Commissioners tackled multiple agenda items when they met in regular session, Aug. 2, in Neligh. One promotional and one improvement grant request were approved. A promotional grant re...

 

Teachers take on summer's coolest jobs

With school beginning next week, summer's end is in sight. What did you do over summer vacation? While the question may be a first-day ice breaker, a teacher's response may surprise you. Several...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 4, 2022

Overcoming adversity: Strunk prepares for Ironman competition

According to Nike, "The only one who can tell you 'you can't' is you. And you don't have to listen." Taking that advice, Randi Strunk, 39, of Minneapolis, originally from Orchard, has overcome that... Full story

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 28, 2022

Lease agreements dominate Orchard village discussion

Discussion regarding lease agreements took precedence at the Village of Orchard Board of Trustees meeting held Monday, July 11. Trustees Glen Cheatum and Dwight VanOstrand were not in attendance of th...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 28, 2022

No summer break: Summerland teachers, students take stage in production

Disney claims, "Beauty and the Beast" is "the most beautiful love story ever told." The O'Neill Community Theater had a busy summer with practices, and was rewarded by crowds supporting performances o...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 21, 2022

With 50 years of experience, Schwagers share marriage advice

The rock band Bread sang, "Life can be short or long. Love can be right or wrong, and if I chose the one I'd like to help me through, I'd like to make it with you." This was the one of three songs...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 21, 2022

Young riders try junior rodeo events

It was a hot, sunny day at the Hyannis Junior Rodeo where brothers Weston and Wayge Ferguson, of Clearwater, participated in several events on Sunday, July 10. Weston Ferguson, a third grader at...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 14, 2022

Salon offers hair, tanning options

Got Style, in Clearwater, is owned by Marsha Drury and has been supporting the community with all its hair needs since 2000. While Got Style has been open since 2000, the building itself has quite the...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 14, 2022

Passion drives Shear Attitude owner

Jaimie Hartigan, owner of Shear Attitude in Ewing, lives by the quote "Be your own kind of beautiful" with her customers. "Many people ask 'What would look good?' To me, I'm like 'If you love your...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 14, 2022

Strope provides hometown hair service

Cut It Up in Orchard has also offered services to the local communities for several years. Shelly Strope started her first hair salon in 1983, in a trailer, in Orchard. She ran the business for a few...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 7, 2022

Schacht experiences Africa's habitat during summer study program

This day and age, it is challenging for people to go "unplugged" to live life to the fullest. Holly Schacht, of Orchard, saw the challenge and met it head on. Schacht spent a month in South Africa on...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 7, 2022

Building on the future

A new business offering home upgrades hopes to build a small business into a full-time gig. Travis Shaffer, of Orchard, started T. Shaffer Home Improvement three months ago. According to Shaffer, the...

 

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