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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...

  • Why more young people are choosing rural

    Jeff Yost, President & CEO of Nebraska Community Foundation|Jun 26, 2024

    Hometowns in Greater Nebraska have so much to offer. At Nebraska Community Foundation, we work with over 270 communities and 1,500 volunteers across the state who are utilizing the assets unique to their places to fuel community development that will continue to attract new generations of Nebraskans. Homegrown philanthropy is a major asset in this endeavor. Charitable dollars and endowment payout are being used to fund projects and programs that directly benefit young people and their families...

  • Miss Clearwater Rodeo earns new title

    Jun 19, 2024

    Felycia Kerkman of Atkinson, Miss Clearwater Rodeo 2023, was crowned Nebraska High School Rodeo Association Queen, June 15, at the 2024 championships in Burwell. First runner-up was Claudia Rhodes from Big Springs. Kerkman won six of nine competition categories, including appearance, speech, horsemanship, modeling, personality and congeniality. Other categories in the contest include interview, test and impromptu question. Kerkman will advance to the queen competition at the National High...

  • Unrestricted endowments prepare Greater Nebraska for the future

    Jeff Yost, President and CEO Nebraska Community Foundation|Apr 10, 2024

    Humans have a penchant for looking far ahead. Ask a room of kids what they want to be when they grow up, and you’ll quickly discover just how creative we can be when it comes to envisioning our future. Along the same lines, if you ask members of a community about their dreams for their hometown, you’ll leave with a long list. The tricky thing about the future, though, is that it hasn’t happened yet. Even with the most meticulous planning, events undoubtedly unfold in ways we can’t quite foretel...

  • Birch moves into Summerland principal role

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Apr 3, 2024

    Jacob Birch will serve as junior/senior high principal, beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 2, after Summerland Public School faculty were notified of his hiring. Candidates for the position went through the interview process last week, according to school officials. The board of education will approve the offer when they meet April 15. Birch, a Burwell native, received his undergraduate degree in mathematics education at the University of...

  • Livingston places in state recitation contest

    Mar 13, 2024

    Carlee Livingston, a Summerland junior, placed third in the state finals of Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest held Saturday at the Sheldon Art Gallery in Lincoln. Six students from across the state vied for first prize: $200, a $500 voucher for their school to purchase poetry books and an all-expense paid trip for two to the national finals in Washington, D.C. Students represented Burwell, Cedar Catholic, Marian, Summerland, Wahoo and the North Platte Public Library. Elizabeth Bouch...

  • Lone Frosh: At one Nebraska school, the entire freshman class is just Bailley

    Natalia Alamdari, Flatwater Free Press|Jan 11, 2024

    TAYLOR – Bailley Leibert walks into civics class and plops her sunflower-print backpack onto an empty table. The 15-year-old rummages for her notebook and colored pens. Around her are enough chairs to seat 10 students. But today, and every day, there are nine empty seats. It's just the ninth-grader and social studies teacher Ken Wright – an unintentional private lesson for the only freshman in this school. At Loup County High School, Bailley is the sole member of the class of 2027. The cla...

  • Bobcats earn state playoff berth

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Oct 19, 2023

    Bobcat football fans will have only one chance to watch Summerland take on the Hi-Line Bulls, Thursday, in the first round of the 2023 NSAA Class D1 State Football Playoffs and that opportunity will be in person. "The game won't be live-streamed, due to connectivity issues in Eustis," said Zach Rosenboom, Bobcat athletic director. Fans will be able to tune in to KAMI, 100.1FM, via the internet at ruralradio.com. Pregame coverage is slated to begin at 2:35 p.m., with kickoff set for 3 p.m....

  • Trout restocking underway at area lakes, creeks

    Sep 28, 2023

    Cutthroat and rainbow trout will be stocked by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter. “This program emphasizes the urban and community waters statewide,” said Greg Anderson, Game and Parks’ fish production supervisor. “Ten-inch trout are stocked to provide angling opportunities for all ages to catch and harvest.” The stocking of trout began the week of Sept. 11 with cutthroat and rainbow species stocked in the Northwest District and continues weekly statewide throughout the fall. “Hatchery...

  • Bobcat cross country opens season at Burwell

    Aug 31, 2023

    While Summerland cross country runners failed to make the medalist stand at the Burwell Invite, held Aug. 24, at the Calamus Golf Course, the runners' performances show the potential for a positive season. Carlee Livingston and Savannah Gallagher ran in the senior girls' division. Livingston completed the course in 21:47.25, finishing in 18th place. Gallagher ended 21st, running 23:36.40. Zander Cepel finished 25th in the senior boys' division. He ran 18:41.91, slightly four minutes off the...

  • NSP investigates suspicious death in Garfield County

    Aug 24, 2023

    The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a suspicious death that occurred in Garfield County Wednesday morning. At approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, the Garfield County sheriff's office requested assistance from troopers in response to a reported deceased individual who had been located along Highway 91, several miles east of Burwell. Troopers and NSP investigators responded to the scene. The deceased individual has been identified as Amanda Summers, 33, of Trumbull. NSP is the lead...

  • Students, teachers set for return to classrooms

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Aug 10, 2023

    The countdown for the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year is underway, as Summerland Public School students will return to class, Tuesday, Aug. 15. A 1:30 p.m. dismissal is scheduled that day. Staff members reported to work for staff development earlier this month and will be on site, Monday, Aug. 14 for continued inservice training. Families of students in preschool through sixth grade are invited to an open house, Monday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Bobcat Booster club will host a...

  • Chute out: Clearwater Rodeo completes successful weekend series

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jun 29, 2023

    Two hundred-plus cowboys and cowgirls converged on Clearwater, June 23 to 25, entertaining large crowds during the three nights of rough-and-tumble competition. More than 50 took home prize money and bragging rights from the 56th annual Clearwater Rodeo, which drew large crowds each evening, according to Clearwater Chamber of Commerce president Curt Thiele. "The crowds are absolutely amazing. We built a church for roughly 3,500 people and who would think some nights we need more spacing."...

  • Robertson participates in poetry recitation contest

    Mar 16, 2023

    Preslie Robertson represented Summerland in the Poetry Out Loud State Finals held at the Sheldon Art Gallery in Lincoln on Sunday. To earn the spot, she won her classroom competition and then the school competition. She then recorded videos of two poems which were evaluated by program representatives. Eleven state finalists were chosen from video submissions. Though not among the top three award winners, Robertson stated that she was nervous at first, "but then just had fun with it." Winning...

  • Kester, Thiele brothers medal at West Holt Invite

    Jan 19, 2023

    Friday the 13th wasn’t unlucky for three Bobcat wrestlers who landed in medal contention at the West Holt Invite. Ethan Kester finished second in the 126-pound division. He pinned Colter Wright, Burwell, in 3:11 in the quarterfinal and won a 7-2 decision over Garrett Wedemeyer, Ravenna in the semifinal. Will Sprenger, of Valentine, pinned Kester, in 1:25, in the championship match. Alex Thiele brought home bronze in the 120-pound division. He lost a 13-4 major decision to Alex Borboya, West Point-Beemer, in the semifinal and pinned Ravenna’s Cl...

  • SAM's Top 10 most read articles of 2022

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jan 5, 2023

    Every year, as the new year approaches, we scour newspapers to see how each approaches its top list of articles. Some break it down by category. Others separate local from national news. Some choose not to report a list. We see merits in all of those approaches. While the top 10 stories listed below are based strictly on the number of unique visitors to that story's dedicated web page, we, as publishers, feel a number of important - and a few fun - articles didn't make the cut. One of our...

  • Bobcat girls finish third at Burwell

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Sep 1, 2022

    Summerland cross country runners didn't let the heat get to them, Thursday, as temperatures pushed into the low 90s at Burwell at the Calamus Golf Course. The Bobcat girls' team finished third overall, with two contestants earning medals. West Holt won the team title, scoring 10 points. CWC finished second, with 24. The Bobcat runners were paced by Aislynn Kester, who finished 12th, and Carlee Livingston, 13th. Kester ran the course in 21:24 and Livingston, 21:37. Both athletes said they felt go...

  • Village of Ewing receives housing funds

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Aug 25, 2022

    The Village of Ewing will receive $431,640 from the Nebraska Affordable Housing Trust Fund, for construction of a two-unit duplex. The award was announced Wednesday by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. A total of 40 projects will receive funding statewide. In April, the Ewing village trustees reviewed guidelines with Judy Petersen, executive director of the Central Nebraska Economic Development District. At that time, Petersen said the village will provide a $100,000 match. The...

  • Hail to the (rodeo) queen

    Erin Schwager, Journalist|Jun 30, 2022

    Shilo Shabram, a 16-year-old from Neligh, was crowned Miss Clearwater Rodeo, Friday, at the 55th annual Clearwater Big Rodeo. Shabram has been involved with all things rodeo from a young age. She competed in the Boots and Saddles Club when she was six or seven. Then, she tried her hand at western pleasure and eventually, transitioned to poles and barrels. Outside of the rodeo arena, Shabram is also an english rider, qualifying for the state 4-H horse show. "My mom inspired me to start ever...

  • Who will be Miss Clearwater Rodeo

    LuAnn Schindler, Journalist|Jun 23, 2022

    Four contestants will compete for the Miss Clearwater Rodeo title, this Friday, at the 55th annual Clearwater Rodeo. Queen contest chairman Devon Baum said contestants will be judged in several areas, including personality, appearance and horsemanship. Brooke Brengelman, Albion, Adreanna Dunn, Walthill, Shealynn Rasmussen, Burwell and Shilo Shabram, Neligh will begin competition Friday, at 3 p.m., in the Gene Snodgrass Arena at the rodeo grounds. "We invite the public to watch the girls compete...

  • -Isms: Views on Life in Rural America

    LuAnn Schindler, Publisher|Jun 9, 2022

    One of my favorite daily reads is from Revitalize, or Die by Jeff Siegler, an economic development specialist who tells it like it is. Siegler writes, “The only way to combat the effects of apathy is in fostering a sense of civic pride. By focusing on identity, aesthetics, sense of community, standards, engagement and action, I assist communities in becoming places residents can be proud to call home.” So much of what Siegler says makes sense: • “Neglect is simply delaying cost and effort...

  • Traveling photo memorial of Nebraska's fallen will be in Orchard

    Jun 9, 2022

    “We must remember these American heroes and speak their names when we see their family members. We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom,” said Bill Williams, co-creator of the Remeber the Fallen memorial. “While this memorial is about those who have died, it was created for the living … to help the families in their grief, while reminding the rest of us of the terrible price paid for our freedom by our current generation of military.” A very emotional memorial, Remembering Our Fallen, is a stark reminder of the ul...

  • Burwell man fined $1,600 for alcohol offenses

    Sandy Schroth, Editor|Apr 21, 2022

    Levi W. Bode, 19, of Burwell faced the Honorable Kale Burdick in the Holt County courtroom in O’Neill last week on seven misdemeanor alcohol and tobacco charges. A plea agreement was announced, resulting in Holt County prosecutor Brent Kelly reducing a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, to reckless driving, first offense, and dismissing two counts of possession of false identification and a count of tobacco use by a minor. Bode pleaded no contest and was found guilty on Count I, reckless driving, Count II, minor in possession o...

  • Bobcat wrestlers earn medals in two classes at state tournament

    Feb 24, 2022

    Summerland wrestlers earned two medals at the 2022 Nebraska State Individual Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 17 - 19, at the CHI Center, in Omaha. Seniors Logan Mueller and Colton Thiele closed their high school careers with trips to the medal round. Wrestling in the 285 class, Mueller opened the meet with an 8-1 decision over Andrew Koehlmoos, of St. Mary's. In the quarterfinal, Jordy Baland, of Doniphan-Trumbull, fought off the Bobcat powerhouse, earning a 4-2 decision. The loss sent...

  • Speechsters earn medals at two invitationals

    Feb 17, 2022

    Due to illness and other commitments, a small number of Summerland speakers traveled to Burwell, Feb. 11 and Wausa, Feb. 12, to compete in their respective invitationals. Varsity medal winners at Burwell included Julie Olivan, fourth, and Jacob Behnk, eighth, in entertainment speaking and Carlee Livingston, sixth, in informative speaking. At Wausa, junior varsity medal winners were Julie Olivan, third, entertainment; Yazlin Zermeno third and Raina Krebs, sixth, in oral interpretation of...

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