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Articles from the January 10, 2013 edition

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County Clarifies Cost Of New Tourism Director

There was still some concern at the County Commissioners meeting January 3 over where the money for the Visitors Committee budget and means to pay the salary of the new Tourism Director comes from--existing funds or taxes levied on local residents. A... Full story

 

Rail Spur May Have New Momentum

The Rail Spur project, which has been in the works for eight to ten years, may have new life according to Economic Development Director Larissa Binod. “I’m working on a strategic marketing strategy. I’m working with CRS Advance. They are the...

 

New City Administrator Begins Work

New Kimball City Administrator Daniel Ortiz started work Monday January 7. Ortiz comes from Casa Grande, Arizona where he served in the City Manager’s office for the the past three and a half years. He also served as a research assistant for the Al...

 

Editorial: Something New

It has always been a conundrum. Interview after interview with local residents reveals a near universal desire for progress in Kimball. People want more diverse restaurants, shopping, downtown repairs, new industry, a completed rail spur and...

 

What Are Words For?

Sometimes I wonder if modern pundits and newly minted representatives can even define words like “negotiation” and “compromise.” They are in the dictionary, of course. But most people proclaiming fundamental political beliefs are frightened o...

 

Nebraska Ag Conference

The 25th Annual Governor’s Ag Conference will be held February 12-13 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney. I invite all Nebraskans to attend this event and participate in discussions that focus on the future of the state’s number one...

 

Looking Ahead

In recent days, Congressional leaders came together with an agreement to provide middle class tax relief and extend protection for two million unemployed Americans. This agreement provides some relief for all of us who are frustrated with the...

 

What Was Not Addressed

The House, Senate and President all recently agreed to last-minute legislation to stop automatic tax increases and delay arbitrary defense spending cuts known collectively as the “fiscal cliff.”  The President had consistently said the fiscal...

 

My Resolutions

This new year brings to Washington a fresh start. Last week, we welcomed to the 113th Congress many new faces, including my colleague Senator Deb Fischer. Although it’s a new year and a new session, many of the important issues we must tackle are...

 

Banner County News, Notes & Nonsense

Several ladies joined in celebrating the arrival of our newest community member, Miss Sierra Sue Johnson with a baby shower held Sunday, December 30, at the Harrisburg Community Church. Mom Stacy allowed us to take turns holding this beautiful...

 

Across The Fence

It was in the late spring month of June, the year 1847, in Summerville, Mississippi that an African slave woman known only as ‘King’ gave birth to a son. She named him Bose. Who his father was is unknown but some suspected that King’s master,... Full story

 

Bushnell Bits

The Firebelles meet Thursday, January 10. The Granny Craft Club meets Monday, January 14. The Firemen’s Meeting is Thursday, January 17. The village board meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17 instead of January 10. The Bushnell Lions Club...

 

Library News

January is off to a rolling start. The Library Board will be doing some planning for the future and will meet next Monday the 14th. If you have any constructive suggestions for the library’s future please let us know or attend the board meeting....

 

Local Students Earn Academic Honors

Students from the region are among the 239 names on Chadron State College’s fall 2012 president’s list. In order to qualify for the list, students must earn all A’s and be enrolled in at least 12 hours of coursework. Qualifying for the...

 

On The Edge Of Common Sense

Pam and I were having a deep discussion on cow psychology.  Subjects such as horn envy, chuteaphobia, the empty nest syndrome at weaning time and unsightly hair on udders. Then she brought up a subject that I have wondered about myself, even as a...

 

No Till Notes

There are several educational meetings scheduled for January and February, 2013 that producers in our area should plan to attend. I’ve been going to no till crop production meetings for over 20 years and I have always felt that attending as many...

 

Home Country

When it’s cold, build a fire in the fireplace, or the woodburning heater, or maybe just light a candle and look in the flames, look deep in the flames for the answers. I’ve always believed they are there, and this time of year is a time for...

 

Gas Prices Dip Again

Average retail gasoline prices in Nebraska have fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.12 on Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,150 gas outlets in Nebraska. This compares with the national average that has not mov...

 

Nebraska Cattlemen Seek Nominations

Nebraska Cattlemen, in partnering with Sand County Foundation and Cargill, is seeking nominations for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award in Nebraska. The winner of the award will receive an Aldo Leopold crystal and a check for $10,000. The Leopold...

 

Pesticide Applicator Training Courses Scheduled

Private pesticide applicators with licenses expiring in 2013, and anyone seeking first-time private applicator certification, should plan to attend upcoming training sessions scheduled throughout western Nebraska beginning in January. Dates,...

 

FSA Implements Changes To Tax Form Policy

Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, Dan Steinkruger, announced that the agency has implemented some changes regarding issuing IRS Form 1099-G and 1099-MISC for payments issued in 2012. FSA will no longer issue IRS Form 1099-G and/or...

 

Veterans History Project: Daniel Kinnison

By March 1944, World War II was being fought on many fronts, costing thousands of lives and even more injuries. There was progress being made in Europe as well as in the islands in the Pacific. Less than six months before, Roosevelt, Churchill, and...

 

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