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  • School board selects firm to assist with superintendent search

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Dec 28, 2023

    Summerland Public School could potentially have a new superintendent selected for the 2024-2025 school year as early as the first part of February. The search is currently being advertised online by the Nebraska Association of School Boards, the organization selected by Summerland’s board of education to aide search efforts. The decision was made Dec. 20, during a special meeting held at the school. Board president Steven Thiele said following the resignation of Supt. Kyle Finke, at the Dec. 13...

  • Soper dishes soup-er lunch offerings at Clearwater's Waterhole

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Dec 28, 2023

    It's soup season and The Waterhole, located at 503 Main Street, in Clearwater, is ready to tempt taste buds with scrumptious soups and comfort food. Co-owner Debb Pofahl said lunches will be served twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 2. Pofahl said the decision to serve lunches was customer driven. They asked and bar owners said yes. "We started serving lunches because of the limited availability for places to eat or have lunch," Pofahl said. "We feel adding lunches benefits...

  • Clearwater trustees approve hiring new village street superintendent

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Dec 28, 2023

    The Village of Clearwater will have a new street superintendent in 2024. During the trustees’ Dec. 13 meeting, the board unanimously approved hiring Advanced Consulting Engineering Services and John Zwingman as the village’s engineering company and street superintendent for 2024. Reed Miller, from Miller & Associates has filled the position in past years. According to Kelly Kerkman, village chairman, Zwingman will attend a meeting each quarter. “This guy comes highly recommended,” he said. B...

  • Liquor license approved for White Star

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Dec 28, 2023

    Ewing Village Trustees approved a liquor license for White Star, during the board’s Dec. 11 meeting. A public hearing, held prior to the opening of regular session, was necessary due to new ownership at the convenience store located at 250 US Highway 275. No statements were made against granting of the license. Trustees received four sealed bids for a pay loader the village listed for sale. Bids ranged from $6,500 to $16,899. Chairman James Ramold made a motion to accept the high bid, $...

  • The Final Page

    Dec 28, 2023

  • Isms: Original views on life from rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Dec 28, 2023

    The final minutes of Christmas 2023 are counting down. It's nearly midnight, the house is quiet except for the steady hum from the corn stove and an occasional cough from Scott, who is tucked in bed, fast asleep. I'm sitting in the dark (except for the glow of my computer screen), looking at holiday lights from Cade's place across the street and Steve and Linda's next door. The constant glow brings a sense of peace and calm, a welcome reprieve from the blowing snow landing in the area last...

  • Harnessing the wind

    ALEX DELWORTH, Policy associate Center for Rural Affairs|Dec 28, 2023

    The expansion of wind generation has been, and continues to be, a boon for rural development. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing sources of electricity across the nation. Several Midwest states, including Nebraska, are leading the charge in its development, according to recent reports from the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2022, wind power accounted for 22% of new electricity capacity in the nation, representing a $12 billion investment. While it was considered a down year for installatio...

  • Winter storm keeps troopers busy on Christmas Day

    Dec 28, 2023

    Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol responded to nearly 150 weather-related incidents on Nebraska roadways on Christmas Day. Troopers responded to 28 crashes and performed 117 motorist assists as much of the state experienced a white Christmas. The vast majority of the incidents did not involve injuries. One crash, which occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, resulted in the closure of eastbound Interstate 80 for approximately three hours while cleanup took place. There were no injurie...

  • Legislative leaders want to change the way they do business

    J.L. Schmidt, Statehouse Correspondent Nebraska Press Association|Dec 28, 2023

    A change is gonna come. Leaders of the Nebraska Legislature want to streamline the process and perhaps change a few rules during the upcoming short session to avoid the mess of last year's 90-day struggle. A short recap. An Omaha senator introduced a measure to limit medical care for transgender youth, clearly something that is part of the Republican Party national agenda, but not a Nebraska issue. What resulted was months of filibuster by two other Omaha senators that slowed the Legislature to...

  • Area students named to UNK dean's list

    Dec 28, 2023

    The University of Nebraska at Kearney announced students who earned a place on the dean’s list for the fall 2023 semester. Students who are on the dean’s list must have completed 12 credit hours or more of classes with a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale. Students earn a 4.0 for an “A,” 3.0 for a “B” and 2.0 for a “C.” Area students named to the list include Ryann Haburchak, Adrienne Parker, Bre Bartak and Michelle Koenig, Ewing and Trisha Hoffman, Royal....

  • College receives funds from Nebraska pro-am golf event

    Dec 28, 2023

    For more than 32 years, Nebraska Public Power District has contributed its support to education through the annual Nebraska Open golf tournament and fundraiser, including more than $70,000 raised for scholarships in 2023. The Nebraska Open is an annual golf tournament and fundraiser, coordinated by NPPD, that has helped raise more than $1.9 million in scholarship funds over the last 32 years. Scholarship funds are raised to support scholarships for students attending Central, Mid-Plains,...

  • Judge sends Neligh man to prison for Neligh business burglary

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Dec 28, 2023

    Christopher W. Robinett, 21, of Neligh appeared in the Antelope County district courtroom in Neligh on Dec. 20 for sentencing on two counts committed Aug. 6, burglary of a pickup from Carhart Lumber Co. in Neligh, and driving under the influence of alcohol, first offense, as well as resentencing on a 2022 conviction of attempted burglary of the Neligh Vape Shop and Fit Stop. The Honorable James Kube sentenced Robinett to three prison terms, to be served consecutive to each other. In the Carhart burglary case, Robinett was sentenced to serve...

  • Crime scene cleaners tackle aftermath with compassion

    Alyssa Johnson, Nebraska News Service|Dec 28, 2023

    Content advisory: This article discusses sensitive topics, including suicide. Reader discretion is advised. No one told Kristine Cecava that one day her job would lead her to cleaning up the scene of a suicide. Yet when the time came, she knew what needed to be done to help support the deceased's family. Cecava, a former district judge and county attorney in Cheyenne County, was called to a crime scene at the home of a friend's son where he committed suicide. In sparsely populated areas, part...

  • Mlnarik records double-double in win against Cardinals

    Dec 28, 2023

    Summerland senior Ady Mlnarik scored 20 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds as the Bobcats surprised St. Mary's, 50-37, in a Dec. 19 game played at home. The Bobcats held an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended the margin to 23-20 by the halftime buzzer. St. Mary's kept pace with Summerland in the third quarter, but the Bobcats doubled the Cards production in the fourth quarter to put away the win. Lorissa Reiman finished with 14 points for SMH. Mya Hedstrom added 10....

  • Hoke scores 22 against St. Mary's

    Dec 28, 2023

    A solid second-quarter performance from the Bobcat boys' basketball team led to a 71-56 win over St. Mary's. The teams met Dec. 16 on the Summerland court. The Bobcats led 19-15 after one quarter and were up 41-23 at the midway mark. Summerland connected on 24 of 37 shots from the two-point perimeter and shot 35% from the three-point range. Eight Bobcats scored in the contest. Statistics vs St. Mary's Parker Napier: 4p, 2r, 1s, 1to Sam Cheatum: 19p, 6r, 4a, 3to Dylan Rotherham: 1to Alec...

  • Lady Cats finish second at Summerland Invite

    Dec 28, 2023

    Summerland girl's wrestling team finished second at the Dec. 18 Summerland Invite. South Sioux City edged the Bobcats, 136-130, in a field of 28 teams. Amor Zermeno finished second in the 105 division. She earned wins by fall over Day Way Paw, Madison, in 3:36 and Sophia Barela, Ansley/Litchfield, in 2:17, before falling to Teegen Hasebroock, Elkhorn Valley, in :53. Savannah Gallaghe claimed the silver medal in the 120-pound class. She pinned Chloe Kokes, Ord, in 3:03; Josie Hemmingsen, Central...


    Dec 28, 2023

    NOTICE OF MEETING ANTELOPE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Antelope County Historical Society will hold a special meeting to hear an update on the Eli windmill project on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, at 11:30 a.m., at the Antelope County Museum, 410 L Street, Neligh, NE 68756. An agenda is posted at the museum and may be viewed during regular business hours. The meeting is opened to the public. Published December 28, 2023 ZNEZ...


    Dec 28, 2023

    PROCEEDINGS VILLAGE OF EWING BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dec. 11, 2023 The Ewing Village Board of Trustees opened a hearing on the liquor license application for White Star at 7 p.m., at the City Hall. Notice of the hearing was published Dec. 6, 2023, in the “Summerland Advocate-Messenger. Chairman James Ramold opened the hearing at 7 p.m. Notice was given to the posted location of the open meetings law. As there were no statements against the liquor license for White Star, the chairman closed the hearing at 7:02 pm. The Ewing Village Board of T...


    Dec 28, 2023

    NOTICE OF MEETINGS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ANTELOPE COUNTY, NEBRASKA FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2024 Notice is hereby given that the county board of commissioners of Antelope County, Nebraska, will hold meetings in the county commissioners’ meeting room in the Antelope County Courthouse Annex, Neligh, Nebraska, on the following dates and times: January 2, 2024 at 9 a.m. January 9, 2024 at 8 a.m. Meetings will be open to the public. An agenda, kept continuously current, is available for public inspection at the Antelope County clerk’s off...


    Dec 28, 2023

    SPECIAL MEETING PROCEEDINGS SUMMERLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION Dec. 20, 2023 Summerland Public School Board of Education held a special meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023. President Steve Thiele opened the meeting, which was advertised in local newspapers on Dec. 20 and the Norfolk Daily News on Dec. 18, to order at 7 p.m. Thiele noted the Open Meeings Act posted in the board room. Attendance was taken. Present: Ed Nordby, Nate Schwager, Scott Thiele, Steven Thiele, Austin Twibell, Jeremy Wagner. Motion by Scott Thiele, seconded by...

  • Operation Cookie Cutter Christmas

    Dec 28, 2023

  • Fourth DUI conviction gets Norfolk woman four to six years

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Dec 28, 2023

    Kaitlin Dozler was sentenced Dec. 20, in the Antelope County district court in Neligh, for enhanced driving under the influence of alcohol. The Honorable James Kube sentenced Dozler to not less than four nor more than six years in a facility under the direction of the Nebraska Department of Corrections. She was given credit for 111 days previously served in the Antelope County Jail. Kube also ordered 15-year revocation of her driver’s license, commencing when she is released from incarceration. She was ordered to pay $5,000 restitution to Codee...