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  • Cowboy culture thrives at Clearwater's annual rodeo

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 3, 2024

    What a show! Overflow crowds watched nearly 300 cowboys and cowgirls provide thrills and spills over the weekend at Clearwater's Big Rodeo. In the process, competitors took home approximately $34,000 in prize money. "What an amazing three nights of rodeo," said Curt Thiele, Clearwater Chamber of Commerce president. "We were blessed with very good weather and competition was high, with a big number of competitors." Sutton Schrunk, of Valentine, scored 77 in bull riding to take home the top prize...

  • Following in grandma's footsteps

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 3, 2024

    Since she was a young girl, Luci Koinzan has dreamed of the moment she would be named rodeo queen. The dream became reality, Friday, when the Neligh native was announced as Miss Clearwater Rodeo 2024. "It's going to be a journey," she said. "I'm excited to start." Koinzan's path to becoming rodeo royalty is dusted in the footprints of her grandmother, Sandi Stroheide Koinzan, the first Miss Clearwater Rodeo, crowned in 1976. "I'm proud of her. It's a dream she's had," Sandy Koinzan said. It's...

  • Lemonade days

    Jul 3, 2024

    A group of youth present Orchard village chairperson Stephanie Cleveland with the proceeds from a pop-up lemonade and treat stand, held at Double S Insurance, June 26. The $418.36 collected from sales will be used for the Rainy Day Project at the Orchard Community Center. If the pool is closed due to inclement weather, a pool manager, along with several lifeguards, will open the community center gym from 2 to 4 p.m. Games and activities will be available. Anyone with a pool or community center...

  • -Isms: Views on life in rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 3, 2024

    If I ask you to define nuance or manifest or antecedent, would you be able to provide an answer? According to a recent study, “nuanced” is the “hardest SAT word.” Shades of gray, I say. Crossword experts at measured “the difficulty of every word listed as an answer option in the reading and writing section of the most-recent SAT practice tests.” The study’s methodology: evaluate the number of times each state searched on Google for the definition of 257 words included in six SAT pr...

  • Latest trial balloon from Pillen on property taxes calls for state takeover of funding

    Paul Hammel, Nebrask Press Association Correspondent|Jul 3, 2024

    Back in the day, a small, "trial balloon" would be sent aloft to discern wind speed and direction before a balloon carrying people was launched. Folks were rightly concerned about rising into the heavens blindly, without knowing if a catastrophic whirlwind was aloft. Right now, we're seeing plenty of trial balloons sent aloft by Gov. Jim Pillen to determine if a plan to dramatically reduce local property taxes might have a shot at success during his special session, scheduled to start July 25....

  • Transition Incentives Program provides an alternative for expiring CRP contracts

    Cynthia Farmer, Senior policy associate Center for Rural Affairs|Jul 3, 2024

    Conservation Reserve Program contracts in Nebraska are set to expire on more than 150,000 acres before the end of 2026, leaving landowners with the decision of what to do next. One option to consider is a unique program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency-the CRP-Transition Incentives Program. When a CRP contract expires, landowners typically choose to either re-enroll their acres or bring them back into production. The decision may depend on a number of factors, in...

  • Louis Thiele

    Jul 3, 2024

    Louis Thiele 1932 - 2008 Funeral services for Louis Thiele, 91, of Clearwater, were Friday, June 28, at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Clearwater. Burial was in St. Theresa's Catholic Cemetery with military rites conducted by Clearwater American Legion Post #267. Snider Memorial Funeral Home handled the arrangements, Louis died on Monday, June 24, 2024, at Arbor Care in Neligh. Condolences may be directed to the family at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be give...

  • Page gears up for community celebration

    Joni Isom, Holt County Independent|Jul 3, 2024

    r Saturday, July 13 with a full slate of activities. Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the Frederick Cronk Memorial Trap Shoot. At 11 a.m., wander over to the volleyball court for the kid's sand dig. Or head to the Page Fire Hall for grilled burgers and hotdogs. They will be served until 1 p.m. While at the fire hall, check out the craft and vendor fair which will run from noon until 3 p.m. More information is available by calling Kathy at 402-338-5966. Noon will also bring the pingpong ball...

  • Community cleanup set in Orchard

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jul 3, 2024

    Orchard trustees agreed to sponsor a community cleanup event when they met in regular session on June 10. According to village clerk Brenda Harrison, dumpsters are expected to arrive July 15. Additional information will be announced on the village's Facebook page. Trustees also approved hiring AMGL CPA, of Grand Island, to complete the yearly audit. The board requeted bids since Herley & Reinke CPA, of Norfolk, no longer conducts municipality audits. Harrison said three companies were...

  • County museum plans activities

    Jul 3, 2024

    Two days of events are planned July 3 and 4 at the Antelope County Museum to celebrate the installation of a historic windmill on the museum grounds. “It’s coming up fast,” said museum executive director Donna Hanson. “We hope everyone will come and join in on the fun.” • On July 3 and 4, vendors will be set up between the schoolhouse and church from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • On July 3, at 1 p.m., Ponca dancers will perform native dances. Attendees are asked to take lawn chairs. At approximately 2 p.m., museum officials will return a sacred pipe t...

  • Sentencing postponed on July 4, 2023, crimes

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Jul 3, 2024

    The Honorable James Kube saw an abbreviated criminal docket when he presided from the bench in the Antelope County district courtroom in Neligh last week. Sentencing for Rider Short, 24, of Oakdale is continued to July 31, on a motion of the prosecution, due to a witness being out of state. Bond posted July 5, 2023, in the amount of $20,000, 10%, is continued. Short was convicted of felony flight to avoid arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle, stemming from a July 4, 2023, escapade in downtown Neligh following the annual holiday parade....

  • Page Fire and Rescue responds to single vehicle accident

    Jul 3, 2024

    Two individuals were transported to Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill following a June 23 accident on 503 Avenue, just south of 887 Road in Holt County. According to the Holt County Sheriff’s Office, a 19-year-old male and 16-year-old passenger were northbound on 503 avenue, south of 887 road, when the driver lost control of the 2002 Chevy Silverado, due to a soft spot in the roadway. As the Chevy slid toward the ditch, the driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll. It came to rest on the driver’s side in the middle of the roa...


    Jul 3, 2024

    NOTICE OF MEETING VILLAGE OF EWING BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Ewing Village Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at the city hall. This meeting will be open to the public. An agenda is kept continuously current and available for public inspection at the office of the village clerk. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting. Published July 3, 2024 ZNEZ...


    Jul 3, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Neligh, Nebraska June 25, 2024 Chairman opened the meeting. Notice of meeting published as required by statute. Approved agenda. Approved minutes of the 6-11-2024 BOC Meeting. Called for public comment. Correspondence was reviewed. Heard from Sen. Adrian Smith’s Office. No action. Denied motor grader bids/purchase. Denied Pay Applications. Second pay application was not presented. Zoning administrator report – no report. Approved Mike Rowe as engineer on the county line bridge – Knox Count...


    Jul 3, 2024

    NOTICE OF MEETING VILLAGE OF PAGE, NEBRASKA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a meeting of the chairman and board of trustees of the Village of Page, Nebraska, will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2024, at the village office. This meeting will be open to the public. An agenda for such meeting, kept continuously current, is available for inspection at the office of the village clerk for the Village of Page. A complete agenda is posted no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting and may be viewed at or Published...


    Jul 3, 2024

    PROCEEDINGS ANTELOPE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION Neligh, NE June 25, 2024 Notice of meeting published as required by statute. A complete record of these minutes, as well as all resolutions and agreements, are on file at the county clerk’s office and are open to the public. Six tax roll corrections were approved. One motor vehicle exemption was approved. Over/under report was accepted and filed by the board. Meeting adjourned. Antelope County Board of Equalization Charlie Henery, Chairman Attest: Lisa Payne Antelope County Clerk Published J...


    Jul 3, 2024

    NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Clearwater will be held Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m., at the fire hall meeting room and will be open to the public. An agenda is kept continuously current and available for public inspection at the office of the village clerk. Except for items of an emergency nature, the agenda shall not be enlarged later than 24 hours before the scheduled commencement of the meeting. Angie Hupp, Village Clerk...


    Jul 3, 2024

    SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS VILLAGE OF CLEARWATER BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Board of Trustees of the Village of Clearwater met for a public hearing and special meeting Monday, June 17, 2024, at 7 p.m., in the fire hall meeting room. Meeting opened at 7 p.m. Notice of hearing and meeting were given in advance by publication in Summerland Advocate-Messenger, was posted at US Post Office in Clearwater, Clearwater Market and Cornerstone Bank-Clearwater and was given to board members prior to meeting. Public was informed of location of Open Meeting Act poster....

  • Valentine downs Titans in double-header

    Jul 3, 2024

    The Tri-County Titans legion baseball teams were in front of the home crowd at Verdigre this past Sunday, June 30, taking on Valentine in a junior-senior double header. In the first game, the young Titans played inspired baseball and hung close with the very athletic Valentine junior squad for four innings, keeping the score close at 5-2. But then Valentine turned it on in the fifth inning, scoring five runs to come away with the 10-2 win. Pitching for the juniors Titans was a committee of Max Bruce, Jacob Pierzina, Cash Wickersham and Levi...

  • Has my data been breached in 2024?

    Stacker, Dieter Holger|Jul 3, 2024

    Data breaches are on track for a record year in 2024 as cybercriminals increasingly hunt for valuable information. On average, a data breach exposing sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, has around 172,000 victims, according to a ConsumerAffairs analysis of the Identity Theft Resource Center's database from 2018 to the first quarter of 2024. These breaches cause headaches for consumers, who then need to check if their information is secure elsewhere because they are now more... Full story

  • Kids are losing Medicaid coverage at high rates in these 10 states. Here's how to fix it.

    Stacker, Dom DiFurio|Jul 3, 2024

    Half of U.S. children depend on government programs for health care, and in some states, they're beginning to lose that coverage at rates that have concerned the federal government. Foothold Technology analyzed data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and state health departments collected by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families to illustrate which states have allowed children to lose health care at an alarmingly fast pace. Passed in March 2020, the...

  • How gas prices have changed in Nebraska in the last week

    Stacker|Jul 3, 2024

    The average cost for a gallon of gasoline has hardly budged in the past week as an increasing domestic supply and less demand from drivers are keeping prices tame. Prices at the pump are just a few cents below where they sat this same time last year in the midst of the Fourth of July holiday week. Analysts are watching the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Hezbollah, backed by major oil producer and Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries member Iran, as it could grow larg...

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