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Wrestlers finish fourth in conference duals

Niobrara Valley Conference wrestling duals took place Thursday, Jan. 21 at Elkhorn Valley. The Summerland Bobcats placed fourth out of the eight teams participating. Summerland's first dual was...

 

Personal Essay: The house that built a family

This August, I was extremely excited to get back to college and start making up for the memories lost during the pandemic at my first year of college. The day before I left, I went to tell my...

 

Royal wins bid for new engine

This year has been extremely hard on small-town fire departments. Within the past two months alone, the Royal Volunteer Fire Department has responded to six calls in the area. On a brighter note,...

 

Wrestlers finish fourth at Bobcat invite

O'Neill claimed the team title at the Bobcat invite Thursday, December 10. The Eagles scored 195.5 points to lead the field of 12 teams. Winside finished second, with 109.5 points. Howells-Dodge...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    July 23, 2020

Preserving the Past

Orchard residents consider it a fortunate town when it comes to preserving the history that has taken place hundreds of years ago. Those who have toured the District 57 Schoolhouse or visited the Rex...

 
 By Erin Schwager    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Navigating college

Freshman year cut short. These four words pretty much sum up what my college experience, being sent home, meant to me. Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love it back home. In the same sense, it would...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    May 7, 2020

Janke begins pastoral duties

Throughout the past few months, the world has seen many challenges circling around. However, when things get tough, there is always something positive to come out of it. After undergoing the call proc...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    April 23, 2020

Divine Design

The St. Peter Lutheran Church, in Orchard, has been going through the process of calling a new pastor. At the quarterly congregational voter's meeting, Jan. 26, discussion was held about updating the...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    March 26, 2020

Loaded for bear

Multiple sightings of bears have been reported across the area. A nationwide movement to hunt bears is underway, since schools have been closed due to COVID-19. Based on the popular children's book,...

 

A lasting love story

Elvis Presley once sang, "Take my hand, take my whole life too, for I can't help falling in love with you." As trends and fads fade, it seems people still gravitate toward finding good careers, a...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    January 23, 2020

Erbs excited about transition following sale of Orchard business

Keeping small-town businesses alive seems to be a concern, especially when it comes to selling a business. After having their business on the market for awhile, Cliff and Shirley Erb are excited...

 

Home for the Holidays

W.T. Ellis stated, "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." The Orchard Historical Society seems to keep the community involved by hosting events for people to partake in. On Sun...

 

Exchange student acclimating to area

Getting kids involved with other cultures and people from different countries is one way many schools benefit in the United States. Orchard Public Schools is blessed with a second foreign exchange...

 

Repein ready to discover a new world

Not every day do you get to talk to someone from a different country, but students from several communities will get the opportunity every day. Maddy Repein is a foreign exchange student from...

 
 By Erin Schwager    News    August 1, 2019

Foote plants trail of tranquility in garden

Many things make a town look attractive, but Loretta Foote of Orchard knows exactly how to catch the eye of other gardeners with her beautiful flowers and shrubs. Foote took an interest in gardening...

 
 By Erin Schwager    Sports    August 1, 2019

Swim lessons for tots teach water safety, skills

Every summer, the Orchard swimming pool opens with hopes of bringing together people of all ages for great swimming and a safe place full of entertainment. Pool personnel try to get everyone...

 

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