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O'Neill High School 1st & 2nd at Mid State Conference Quiz Bowl

03/31/15 11:04 AM
Monday, March 30 O'Neill High School had two teams competing at the Mid States Conference Quiz Bowl.  The Freshman-Sophomore Team placed 1st in their division and the Junior-Senior Team came away with a Runner-Up Finish. Members of the teams are listed in the pictures below.

9th -10th Grade Team -  front row (l to r) Gabbie Scott , Ehric Strope  , Blair Langan  
back row  (l to r)  Justin Appleby, Nathaniel Jennings, Alex Thramer

11th - 12th Grade Team   (l to r)  James Walton, Jake Emme, Jon Gettert, Sarah Devall, Sarah Ethington, Bailee Dougherty

St. Mary's Grade School To Present "Passion Play" April 1

03/30/15 03:26 PM

The St. Mary's 5th & 6th grade invite you to a live presentation of the Lord's Passion and Death on Wednesday, April 1 with two performances.  One at 8:15 am and one at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill.   All the characters are from the 5th and 6th grade.  The public is invited.

Nine O'Neill High School Band Members Perform in Class B Honor Band

03/29/15 06:28 PM

front - Alexa Dougherty, Sydney Zahm, Rahtaya Young, Vionne Trizila
back - Jon Marvin, Marie Sitz, Corbin Dean, Logan Spencer, Lauren Osborne

On Saturday, March 28th, nine O'Neill members rehearsed and performed in the 9th Annual Nebraska Class B Honor Band. The event was held at Norfolk High School in the Johnny Carson Theater. Guest conductor this year was Shane Macklin from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA.

Representing O'Neill were: Alexa Dougherty, Sydney Zahm, Rahtaya Young, Vionne Trizila, Jon Marvin, Marie Sitz, Corbin Dean, Logan Spencer and Lauren Osborne. Allison Ludwig was unable to attend.


O'Neill Alumni Tournament Crowns Champions

03/29/15 06:08 PM
The O'Neill Alumni Tournament was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday with alumni from O'Neill Public and St. Mary's participating.  The finals were held on Sunday at the O'Neill High School Gym.  Here are this weekends winning teams.

The 2012-13 team won the women's basketball division of the 13th annual O'Neill Alumni Tournament.  Team members front (l to r)  Mary Kersenbrock Losing, Rachel Price, Lindsey Appleby, Dani Barrelman, Megan Peter.  Back (l to r)  Brandi Walters, Toni Hamik, Shianne Coventry, Lindsey Appleby, Alex Hedlund.

The Class of 2008 won the volleyball division and finished as the runner-up in basketball.  Team members:  front (l to r)  Bethany Davison Brodersen, Breanna Felker, Amber Baseggio Mathine.  Back (l to r)  Kady Shane, Leah Reiman Chohon, Alex Price Miller, Shelby Gutshall.

The 95-97 team won the men's basketball division for the 5th time with a hard fought 43-41 win in the finals.  Team members include front row:  (l to r):  Kasey Brosz, Kyle Schellpeper.  Back row:  (l to r) Todd Kennedy, Mitch Heiss, Reed Devall, Dave Dougherty.

The 09 Red team finished as the men's basketball runner-up.  Team members:  front row (l to r) Michael Harvey, Andrew Krotter, Hayden Schneider, Matt Boyle.  Back row:  (l to r)  Tony Soukup, Zach Sibbel, Nate Peterson, Cody Eiler.

Thank you to all the people who helped make the 13th annual Alumni Basketball/Volleyball weekend a huge success, especially James Burtwistle, Chuck Price, Clint Hilker, Bonnie Kallhoff, Nick Hostert, Josh Brabec, Bart Becker, Monte Grossnicklaus, Terry Tomjack, Kay Appleby, Kathy Hostert, Teri Brown, Katie Morrow, Michelle Tomjack, Kasey Brosz, John Hunt, Curtis Childers, Jake Miller, Kedeyn Johnson, Randall Lihs, Aaron Kruger, Preston Blackmore, Jodi Fox, Pat Hamik, Shelby Gutshall, Lindsey Appleby, and Kelsey Appleby.  A special "Thanks" to our Tournament Director, Gary Hostert, for all the time and work he does to make this a great weekend for all involved.   With that said, this will be Mr. Hostert's last year running this tournament.  In the future, if you would like a team or have any questions, you will need to contact either Seth Kallhoff or Brock Eichelberger at OHS.

Another "Thanks" to the sponsors; Chesterfield West, O’Neill Family Eye Care P.C., Seger Construction, O’Neill Car Wash, Chuck and Kelley Price Family, Special T’s and More, Biglins Mortuary, Lindys Shear Creations, and Shads Electric. 

Stuart Speech Team 3rd, Many Medalists in D1 & D2 at State Speech

03/27/15 09:10 PM

Here are results from the KBRX area in Class D1 and Class D2 from the State Speech Meet held in Kearney on Friday.

Class D1
Logan Spencer, St. Mary’s, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking
Rebecca Hiatt, West Boyd, 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Alex Hollman, Verdigre, 6th place Entertainment Speaking
Alex Hollman, Verdigre, 6th place Humorous Interpretation
Austin Burkhardt-Haylee Klawitter-Ian Kotrous-Madisen Randa, Verdigre, 4th place Oral Interpretation of Drama

Class D2
Stuart finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes
Brittany Hanzlik, Stuart, 1st place Informative Speaking
Kelsey Kaup, Stuart, 2nd place Persuasive Speaking
Brittany Hanzlik-Hailey Paxton-Jaden Schafer-Monique Schafer, Stuart, 2nd place Oral Interpretation of Drama
Tate Schmaderer,  Stuart, 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Jaden Schafer & Monique Schafer, Stuart, 6th place Duet Acting
Marie Meis, Pope John, 4th place Informative Speaking
Brody Hupp, Pope John, 5th place Extemporaneous Speaking
Samantha Funk, Ewing, 3rd place Humorous Interpretation
Dani Anderson, Ewing, 6th place Informative Speaking
Colin Erickson, Rock County, 1st place Extemporaneous Speaking
Quinton Shaw, Rock County, 4th place Entertainment Speaking
Emily Swan, Keya Paha County, 2nd place Humorous Interpretation
Christopher Bush-Kenneth Bush-Jamie Hoefer-Alois Warner, Elgin, 4th place Oral Interpretation of Drama

KBRX Area with 3 Golds in C2 State Speech, West Holt Team 3rd

03/27/15 05:11 PM

Class C2 State Speech Results

West Holt, finished in 3rd place in the Team Sweepstakes
McKenna Young, West Holt, 1st place Poetry Interpretation
Alex Fritz, West Holt, 1st place Informative Speaking
Alex Fritz, West Holt, 4th place Humorous Interpretation
Josiah McAllister & McKenna Young, West Holt, 3rd place Duet Acting
Chase Kallhoff, Neligh-Oakdale, 1st place Humorous Interpretation
Katie Funk, Clearwater-Orchard, 3rd place Entertainment Speaking
Sara Trease, Clearwater-Orchard, 5th place Poetry Interpretation
Sara Smith, Creighton, 6th place Extemporaneous Speaking

3rd Quarter Paying For Grades Winners

03/27/15 04:18 PM

Pinnacle Bank would like to announce the winners from their 3rd Quarter drawing of 2014/2015 School year.

Our winners are: Kacie Gribble from Chambers Public Schools
                         Gloria Turpin from O’Neill Public Schools
                         Peyton Thompson from St. Mary’s Elementary School
                         Will Atkeson from St. Mary’s High School
                         Ellie Atkeson from St. Mary’s Grade School

Thank you for all who participated. There will be one more drawing at the end of the 4th Quarter.  Remember it does pay to get good grades!

Winter Activities NCPA Academic All-State Awards

03/27/15 11:32 AM

The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is pleased to announce the student recipients of the Winter 2015 Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA) Academic All-State Awards. Since 2006 this NSAA Award Program has recognized students who meet the criteria for nomination by their school in the season of their activity.

Each year the NSAA and the NCPA recognize students during Fall, Winter and Spring Seasons who are nominated by their schools for their individual academic excellence, leadership and significant contributions in their NSAA activity.

Since it is a lengthy list, click the title of this article to see all of the award winners from the KBRX area schools.

Antelope County Supervisor Convicted Of Theft

03/26/15 07:23 PM
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — A county supervisor in northeast Nebraska has been convicted of theft.
Sixty-three-year-old Harlan Brandt, of Oakdale, had been charged with felony theft. Prosecutors say a State Patrol investigation found that Brandt had used a county credit card to buy gas for his personal use over an almost three-year period.
Court records say he pleaded no contest and was convicted of misdemeanor theft after a prosecutor lowered the charge. He's agreed to pay back about $2,600 to the county.
Brandt is scheduled to be sentenced on May 27.

Plainview Has 3 Medalists At State Speech

03/26/15 07:04 PM

The first day of the NSAA State Speech Championship was held on Thursday at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Classes A, B and C1 competed.  Here are medal winners from the KBRX area from Thursday’s competition.
Colin Wright of Plainview 2nd place in Entertainment Speaking Class C2
Nikki Mosel of Plainview 6th place in Informative Speaking Class C2
Darian Grof of Plainview 5th place in Persuasive Speaking Class C2

Happy Easter!!

03/25/15 09:55 AM

Friday, April 3
The Evergreen Assisted Living Center in O'Neill will be holding their Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble on Friday, April 3 at 3:30 pm at the Evergreen on north Highway 281 O'Neill.

Saturday, April 4

The O'Neill Assembly of God "Great Easter Egg Hunt" will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 am at Carney Park in South O'Neill.  There will be over 5000 Eggs filled with prizes and candy.  Age groups are 0-2. 3-4. 5-7 and 8-10.

The O'Neill Men's Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 1 p.m. on the south side of Ford Park in O'Neill. 

The Spencer Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30 pm at the Spencer Park.  Children of preschool age through 6th grade are welcome to attend.  All the children will receive treat bags and sign up for prize drawings.  Drawings will be held for all age groups after the eggs have been found.  Sponsored by Spencer Businesses and Riverview Livestock 4-H Club.

The Chambers Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Chambers Park.  Registration will begin at 1:00PM with the hunt to follow at 1:30.  There will be a special egg hidden in each age group.  That child who finds the special egg will win a keepsake egg painted by Mary Pospichal.  There will be drawings and the winners of the Easter Coloring Contest will be announced.

The Stuart American Legion, Norton-Carlisle Post #115 will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt in the City Park in Stuart on Saturday, April 4th.  Preschool through the 3rd grade are to meet at the Legion Post Home and they will be led to the park at 1 p.m. by Ken Mlinar.

The Page Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Page Park on Saturday, April 4th at 11 a.m. for ages preschool to 4th grade.

Butte Healthcare Center and the  Butte Community Club will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Sat. April 4th at 2 pm. Butte Healthcare Auxiliary will be having a Bake Sale starting at 1:30 pm before the Hunt. The Hunt is for children 0- 10 yrs. old, with 3 prizes for each age group.Please join us in hunting for the eggs or purchasing a baked item for Easter on the 4th!
Wednesday, April 1
First Presbyterian O'Neill & Bethany Presbyterian will have 5:30 pm soup supper, followed by 6 pm family faith & fun activities and NOOMA video, and from 7 - 7:15 pm closing prayer service.

The St. Mary's 5th & 6th grade invite you to a live presentation of the Lord's Passion and Death on Wednesday, April 1 with two performances.  One at 8:15 am and one at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill.   All the characters are from the 5th and 6th grade.  The public is invited.

Thursday, April 2
  • St. John's Lutheran Church in Atkinson will have Maundy Thursday Services on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm.
  • Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Spencer will hold Maundy Thursday Communion Servicea at 7:00 pm.
  • First Presbyterian O'Neill & Bethany Presbyterian 6 pm Maundy Thursday Worship & Communion
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper will be held Thursday, April 2nd at 7 pm. 
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amelia will have Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm
  • Holy Thursday Mass at BVM in Lynch will be Thursday at 6:00 pm.
  • Holy Thursday Mass at St. Mary's in Spencer will be at 8:00 pm
  • The Butte Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold Maundy Thursday communion worshop at 5:30 pm Thursday.
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atkinson will hold Mandy Thursday Communion Worship at 7:30 pm.
Friday, April 3
  • St. John's Lutheran Church in Atkinson will have Good Friday Services at 7:00 pm.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of Bristow will hold their Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm
  • First Presbyterian O'Neill & Bethany PResbyterian 7 pm Good Friday Worship Communion at the Bethany Presbyterian Church.
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill will have the Stations of the Cross and Divine Chaplet at 3 pm on Friday, April 3.
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill Good Friday service will be held Friday, April 3rd at 7 pm.
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amelia will have Good Friday service on Friday, April 3 at 7 pm. 
  • BVM in Lynch will have Good Friday services at 3:00 pm
  • Saints Peter & Paul Church in Butte will have Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm
  • Atkinson Methodist Church will hold Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm.
  • This Good Friday the Tenebrae Vespers Service will be at 7:30 pm at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atkinson.
Saturday, April 4
  • Easter Vigil Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill at 8:30 pm on Saturday, April 4.
  • Easter Vigil Mass at Saints Peter & Paul Church in Butte will be at 8:30 pm
Sunday, April 5
  • The O'Neill Assembly of God Church, at 204 North 7th Street in O'Neill, will have Easter Celebration Service, Sunday, April 5 at 10:00 am. 
  • St. John's Lutheran Church of Atkinson will have Easter Sunday Services at 9:00 am.
  • Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Spencer will hold Easter Sunday Service at 7:)0 am with a potluck brunch to follow.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of Bristow will hold their Easter Fellowship with coffee, juice, rolls and fellowship at 9:30 am to be followed by their Easter Sunday Service at 10:30 am.
  • Easter Sunday Masses will be at 8 am & 10 am on April 5th at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill.  ​
  • Easter Sunday mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amelia will be at 10 am on April 5. ​
  • Easter Sunday Mass at Assumption BVM in Lynch will be at 8:30 am.
  • Easter Sunday Mass at St. Mary's in Spencer will be at 10:30 am.
  • The Atkinson Methodist Church will hold Easter Sunday Service at 10:00 am.
  • The Butte Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold Easter Sunday communion service at 8:00 am with breakfast after worship.
  • The Immanual Lutheran Church in Atkinson will have Easter Sunday Communion Service at 10:15 am.

Verdigre Man Takes Plea Deal In Wife's Slaying

03/25/15 09:27 AM

CENTER, Neb. (AP) — A 66-year-old man has taken a plea deal and been convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife in northeast Nebraska.

Prosecutors had lowered the charge against Phillip Privett from first-degree murder. Privett also pleaded no contest to a weapons charge on Tuesday. He's scheduled to be sentenced on May 26.

Prosecutors say Privett shot to death his wife, 66-year-old Linda Privett, at their home in Verdigre (VUR'-dih-gree) on Oct. 20.

Privett's attorneys had been checking into having him plead insanity, but prosecutors say an evaluation of Privett earlier this month showed that he did not fulfill the criteria necessary for such a plea and that he would have been mentally competent to stand trial.

O'Neill, Norfolk Catholic, O/C Place at JH ESU 8 Quiz Bowl

03/24/15 11:44 AM

The 2015 ESU 8 Junior High Quiz Bowl competition took place on Wednesday, March 18th in Neligh at the American Legion Hall and the ESU 8 Main Office. Four rounds of competition took place simultaneously; one at the American Legion Hall and three at the ESU 8 Main office.

The 2015 ESU 8 Junior High Quiz Bowl Champion is O’Neill Public! Their coach is Katie Morrow. Pictured from left to right: Spencer Davis, Aaron Dewitt, Heydon Strope, Claire Morrow, Faith Walton, and Jace Stagemeyer.

Norfolk Catholic is the Runner-Up Team of the 2015 Junior High School Quiz Bowl, and their coach is Marsha Stewart. Pictured from left to right: Emily Cook, Christian Cattau, Elliot Eisenmenger, Ethan Piper, Rylan Rasmussen, Raymond Lux, Ethan Morland and Marsha Stewart.

The Third Place winner of the 2015 Junior High School Quiz Bowl is Clearwater-Orchard! Their coach is Jim Schutt. Pictured from left to right: Ashley Williams, Julia Thiele, Chris Short, Alyssa Moser, Ryan Wilhelm, Jacob Long, Clay Thiele, and James Kester.

Twenty-three (23) teams from schools in the seven counties served by ESU 8 participated in this year’s Junior High School Quiz Bowl. They included: Atkinson St. Joseph, Chambers, Clearwater/Orchard, Elgin, Elkhorn Valley, Ewing, Madison Trinity Lutheran, Neligh-Oakdale, Norfolk Catholic, Norfolk Christ Lutheran, Norfolk, Norfolk Keystone Christian Academy, Norfolk, Norfolk St. Paul’s Lutheran, O’Neill, O’Neill St. Mary’s, Pierce, Pierce Zion Lutheran, Plainview, Pope John, Stanton, West Holt, and Wheeler Central.

O'Neill FFA Boosters Award Scholarships

03/24/15 11:04 AM

2015 O'Neill FFA Boosters Scholarship Recipients: (L to R) Riley Wakefield, Brandi Taylor, and Caleb Ross
The O'Neill FFA Boosters is pleased to announce their annual scholarship recipients. Recipients are: Riley Wakefield, son of Jim and Susan Wakefield; Brandi Taylor, daughter of Donnie and Sheila Taylor; and Caleb Ross, son of Mike and Shelly Ross. Each recipient receive $1,330 to continue their education. The O'Neill FFA Boosters would like to thank the community for their continued support of the Annual Labor and Pie Auction that is hosted it February each year. The proceeds from the auction make awarding scholarships to our senior FFA members possible as well as sponsoring a variety of special projects for the FFA chapter.

Logan Spencer To United State Air Force Academy

03/23/15 04:51 PM
Logan Spencer
Logan Spencer, a senior at St. Mary's High School, was recently notified by Congressman Adrian Smith of his acceptance into the United State Air Force Academy.  This notification came after months of preparation via physical testing, applications with seperate essays for each U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman and nominations by all 3 U.S. Representatives.

Acceptance rates at the U.S. Air Force Academy run from 6 to 9 % with more than 12,800 applications per year.  Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadersip, athletics and character.  To gain admission, candidates mus also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and seure a nomination, which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate's home district.

Logan Spencer is the son of Wendell and Sharon Spencer of O'Neill, NE.

4th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

03/23/15 03:23 PM

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the fourth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 and older as of Jan. 1) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

As a team, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.

Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250.  Sustainability, crop scouting and "extra mile" awards will also be given, each worth $200.    

To participate in 2015, youth must complete and return an entry form by April 1 to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva. Forms can be downloaded at and mailed to the Fillmore County Extension Office, 972 G.  St., Geneva, 68361-2005. For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at, Aaron Nygren at or Amy Timmerman at

North Central District Health Department Annual Banquet Held

03/23/15 11:04 AM

The North Central District Health Department held their annual banquet on Friday, March 20 at the O’Neill Community Center.  The evening featured speaker and author Holly Hollenbeck who talked about attitude and how to bring a renewed sense of value and enthusiasm into our workplaces and relationships.

Also at the banquet the Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award for an individual and organization were awarded.

The 2015 individual recipient of the Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award is Linda Olson.

Linda Olson receives award from NCDHD Board of Health Member Kelly Kalkowski

Linda is the Executive Director for Bright Horizons.  Bright Horizons is dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault through empowerment, education, social action and support services.  Linda started working as a volunteer in the O’Neill Office in July of 1997. She was hired as a part-time advocate in July 1998.  In January 2001 she was appointed as the Program Director, and in May of 2006 she was appointed the Interim Director.  She was hired into her current position as Executive Director in July of 2006.  In July 2014, Bright Horizons expanded to include three additional counties and opened a satellite office in Ainsworth, NE.  Bright Horizons now covers a 10 county service area.

            Linda has been a part of Family Preservation Team, Big Pal Little Pal, North Central Community Care Partnership, and West Holt Health Ministries. She is not only a member, but has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary in many of these groups.

            Linda is very open-minded and has a positive personality. She is pleasant to work with, does not complain, and is well-known for doing what she says she is going to do.  She just gets things done.  Linda has the ability to see both sides of an issue, make a decision, and works to improve not only the lives of the people she serves but also the organizations she is a part of.

            Linda lives near Atkinson with her husband, David.  They have five children.
The 2015 organization recipient of the Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award goes to Revelation Wellness of O’Neill.

Trent & Tiffani Shoemaker of Reveleation Wellness receive award from NCDHD Board of Health Member Kelly Kalkowski

            Trent and Tiffani Shoemaker are the founders of Revelation Wellness, a chiropractic and wellness clinic.  Trent is a native of O’Neill, graduating from O’Neill High School in 1998. After graduation he attended Western States Chiropractic College and earned a doctorate degree in Chiropractic. He is a certified and licensed SHINE practitioner. SHINE is an acronym that stands for Special Help Integrating Neurological Experience developed to help adults and children with ADHD.

            Trent and Tiffani were married in 2004 and have four amazing children.  Since moving back to O’Neill in 2010, the Shoemakers have enthusiastically promoted public health throughout the North Central District Health Department’s service areas.  They offer chiropractic adjustments, craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, nutritional detoxification, and neurologically integrated movements.

            They have promoted good mental and physical health and well-being by educating the public in nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices through a weekly radio show on KBRX radio. Their goal in treating patients is to educate them on every aspect of health through workshops, fitness activities, cooking classes and much more so that they can experience what their true health potential is.
            The Shoemakers support many causes and donate their time and treasures to better the community. In 2013 and 2014, Trent volunteered his time to present at Bright Horizons’ Women’s Wellness Event.  He is a youth leaser at Faith Community Church and in 2014 he took a group of teens to Haiti on a mission trip. On snowy mornings, you can see him cheerfully scooping the sidewalks on East Douglas Street for him and his neighbors.

            Trent is a volunteer member of the O’Neill Fire and Ambulance team, a member of the O’Neill Chamber of Commerce board of directors and also a member of the O’Neill business boosters.

Nurse aide course to be held at Northeast Community College in O?Neill

03/20/15 03:24 PM
O’NEILL - Northeast Community College in O’Neill will offer a Nurse Aide course beginning in April.
The course (NURA 1110/15S & CRN #22789) will be offered April 8-30. Classes will meet from 4-8:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays, in the Northeast Extended Campus, Room 301, at 409 East Adams Street.
In this course, students will learn the basic skills needed to provide safe, effective, and caring services to the elderly or chronically ill patent of any age, in a long-term care facility.
Upon completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the state written and practical skills exam.  After successfully passing this examination and completing the application procedures, the student’s name will be placed on the basic nurse aide registry at the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulation and Licensure, Credentialing Division. 
It is recommended that students be 16 years old to register for the Nurse Aide Course.
Cost is $303, plus $50.82 for a textbook. Karen Hoffman is the instructor. There is an additional $40 fee if a student chooses to register to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the end of the course. This $40 fee will be required at the time of the non-credit exam registration.
To register for this class, call Northeast Community College in O’Neill at (402) 336-3590

Outdoor Educational Rendezvous Set for May 8 at Niobrara State Park

03/20/15 12:30 PM

LINCOLN – Northeast Nebraska’s Niobrara State Park will become an outdoor classroom May 8 at the fourth annual Outdoor Educational Rendezvous at Niobrara State Park.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., school students, teachers, home-school families, parents and guardians will get an outdoor education from 40 master naturalist programs and activities such as fishing, archery, tomahawk throwing, Native American culture, mountain man programs, horseback riding, taxidermy and raptor release.

Ecologists Jasmine Cutter and Dillon Blankenship will present the program “Prairies are All Around Us” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the J. Alan Cramer Interpretive Shelter.

Those interested in attending should email or call 402-857-3373. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering the park.

Stuart, Keya Paha County & Rock County Speech Students Headed To State

03/20/15 06:38 AM

The KBRX area will have more representation at the State Speech Meet next week in Kearney.  Here are more results from Thursday and the state qualifiers from area schools.

D2-5 at Thedford

Team Results
1st Stuart  341
4th Keya Paha 202
5th Rock County

Tate Schmaderer, 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Sunny Rodewald, 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Kelsey Kaup, 1st place, Persuasive  Speaking
Brittany Hanzlik, 1st place, Informative Public Speaking
Brittany Hanzlik, Hailey Paxton, Jaden Schafer & Monique Schafer, 1st place, Oral Interpretation of Drama
Rachel Kaup, Brook Doke, Caetlin Krysly, Alison Stracke & Peyton Alder, 2nd place, Oral Interpretation of Drama
Jaden Schafer & Monique Schafer, 1st place, Duet Acting

Keya Paha
Emily Swan, 1st place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Moriah Heerten, 1st place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
Myron Hunt, 3rd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Becky Chase, 3rd place, Entertainment Speaking

​Rock County
Colin Erickson, 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Katie Nolles, 1st Place, Entertainment Speaking
Quinton Shaw, 2nd place, Entertainment Speaking


03/19/15 05:11 PM
LINCOLN, March 19, 2015 – State Conservationist Craig Derickson announced today that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Long Pine State Water Quality Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve water quality in the Long Pine Watershed, located in Brown County.
This watershed was identified by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) as having an impairment of one or more beneficial uses such as recreation or aquatic habitat. In addition, this watershed was selected to complement the ongoing effort to provide producers a wider range of options to improve water quality through the Nonpoint Source Water Quality Grants-Section 319 program activities with NDEQ, NRCS and the Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District (NRD).
Derickson said, “Through this effort, eligible producers in the Long Pine Watershed will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities while improving the efficiency and profitability of their own farm or ranch operation.”
Elbert Traylor, Long Pine Creek Water Quality Initiative Project Manager with NDEQ said, "We are very excited to partner with NRCS in offering additional funds to the Long Pine Creek Watershed through the State Water Quality Initiative. The conservation practices installed through this program will help crop and livestock producers improve the efficiency of their operations and increase their stewardship of natural resources. We expect great strides will be made in improving water quality in the Long Pine Creek Watershed through this initiative."
Interested landowners and operators should check with the local NRCS office to see if their farm or ranch is located in the eligible area. Additional information about the State Water Quality Initiative, and a detailed map of the sign up area is available at or by contacting NRCS at the Ainsworth USDA Service Center or the Middle Niobrara NRD office in Valentine.

John & Kathy Prouty St. Patrick's Day King & Queen

03/19/15 09:15 AM

King & Queen John & Kathy Prouty, surrounded by family.
John and Kathy Prouty of O'Neill were crowned King & Queen of the St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Saturday.  The ceremony took place on the World's Largest Shamrock in downtown O'Neill. 

Kathy has been the director of the O'Neill Irish Dancers for the past 20 years and has kept the tradition of the dancers dancing on the World's Largest Shamrock every year alive.  John has volunteered a lot of his time and equipment for different projects in O'Neill and has always done so not wanting anything in return.  Whether it's moving something or putting something up he has always been supportive in making O'Neill a better place to live.

Congratulation John & Kathy Prouty, our 2015 King and Queen.

More State Speech Qualifiers From The KBRX Area

03/19/15 06:35 AM

More students have qualified for the State Speech Meet which will be held next week at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Here are more results and individuals that qualified from the KBRX area.

C1-4 District at Norfolk High School

Darian Grof, 3rd place, Persuasive Speaking
Colin Wright, 1st place, Entertainment Speaking
Nikki Mosel, 2nd place, Informative Public Speaking
Nikki Mosel & Jordan Mosel, 2nd place, Duet Acting

D2-3 District at Ewing High School

Team Results
1st Elgin, 258
2nd Pope John, 237
3rd Wynot, 234
4th Ewing 183
5th Wheeler Central, 92

Samantha Funk, 1st place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Emily Eacker, 3rd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
Dani Anderson, 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Dani Anderson, 3rd place, Informative Public Speaking
Katelyn Eacker, 1st place, Persuasive Speaking
Linzie Van Horn & Samantha Funk, 1st place, Duet Acting

Lisa Dohmen, 2nd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Morgan Carpenter, 3rd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Dylan Widger, 3rd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Tyler Smith, 2nd place, Entertainment Speaking
Paige Nichols, 3rd place, Entertainment Speaking
Christopher Bush, Kenneth Bush, Jaime Hoefer & Alois Warner, 1st place, Oral Interpration of Drama
Kenneth Bush & Ethan Fischer, 2nd place, Duet Acting
Zoey Bergman & Alois Warner, 3rd place, Duet Acting

Pope John
Brody Hupp, 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Lexus Heithoff, 2nd place, Persuasive Speaking
Marie Mine, 1st place, Informative Speaking
Karissa Thickness, 2nd place, Informative Speaking
Maria Bartak, Karissa Thickness, Lexus Heithoff, Scott Moser & Terri Victory, 3rd place, Oral Interpretation of Drama

Wheeler Central
Timothy Burdick, 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Shelby Castor, 2nd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Emalee Kasperbauer, 1st place, Entertainment Speaking

O'Neill Jr. High Quiz Bowl Team ESU 8 Champions

03/18/15 03:24 PM
O'Neill Junior High won the 23 team ESU Quiz Bowl for the 2nd consecutive year.  The bowl was held on Wednesday March 18th in Neligh.  Team members are front (l to r) Claire Morrow, Spencer Davis, Faith Walton.  Back:  Jace Stagemeyer, Heydon Strope, Aaron Dewitt

O'Neill FCCLA Members Qualify For National STAR Competition

03/18/15 02:46 PM

The O'Neill FCCLA Chapter has just received word that four members have qualified for the National STAR Competition through their on-line events.  Ariel Lichty qualified in Web Page Design while Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow qualified in Digital Stories for Change. These students entered their projects on-line in February and were selected from the other national entrants to compete In July during the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting to be held in Washington D.C.  

Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." To Play At O'Neill High School

03/18/15 02:43 PM
O’Neill, NE Monday, March 23, 2015 - Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. is playing at O’Neill High School on April 18-19, 2015. The 60-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The O’Neill High School cast contains approximately 40 students led by Jonathan Jaques.
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. is a wonderful, heart-warming musical story of friendship, love, and self-discovery for the whole family.  This show is so fun to perform!” – Jonathan Jaques
This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Academy Award® winning animated feature film as well as three new songs from the Broadway show. THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch and convince a prince that she’s the girl with the perfect voice.
Performances of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. are open to the public at O’Neill High School on April 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm and on April 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  Admission is $4 for adults and students, children 5 and under attend free.  Tickets are available at the door.
The O’Neill High School drama department has been producing student-performed musicals each spring for many years.  These shows have included classics like Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz and new shows like Dear Edwina and Striking 12.  All cast members are in grades 9-12 and all crew members are in grades 7-12.  A combination of great student talent and committed staff members has made O’Neill High School’s musicals events that nobody should miss.  

More Students To State Meet After C2-5 District Speech

03/18/15 06:24 AM

The C2-5 District Speech Meet was held Tuesday at Humphrey Public School and the KBRX area has more State Speech qualifiers.  Here are the area schools and students that qualified for State Speech.

Team Standings
1st Place, Creighton 314
2nd Place, West Holt 300
3rd Place, Clearwater-Orchard 288

West Holt
Alex Fritz, 2nd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Alex Fritz, 1st place, Informative Public Speaking
McKenna Young, 3rd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
McKenna Young, 3rd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Emma Laible, 2nd place, Persuasive Speaking
Josiah McCallister, 2nd place, Entertainment Speaking
McKenna Young & Josiah McCallister, 3rd place, Duet Acting

Mallory Cooper, 3rd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Sara Trease, 2nd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
Sara Trease, 2nd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Katie Funk, 1st place, Entertainment Speaking
Sean Krebs, 3rd place, Entertainment Speaking
Hanna Cronk, 3rd place, Informative Public Speaking

Sarah Smith, 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Sarah Smith, 2nd place, Informative Public Speaking
Sheri Sorensen, 1st place, Persuasive Speaking
Allison Morrill, 3rd place, Persuasive Speaking
Shane Asher & Hannah Smith, 2nd place, Duet Acting

Chase Kallhoff, 1st place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature

Megan Ono, 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking

Thomsons Win 14 Medals At 4-H Shooting Championships

03/17/15 05:09 PM

Larissa Thomson, Connor Thomson, Trevor Thomson, and their coach Keith Thomson

The Thomson family had better not stand near any high-powered magnets until they take all of those medals off their necks. The three Thomsons won big at the 2015 Nebraska State 4-H BB Gun & Air Rifle Championships held in Broken Bow on March 14th and 15th.

Larissa competed in the 11-12 year old BB gun division, receiving 3 golds and one silver. In Air Rifle Larissa received a gold and bronze medals. Connor competed in the 8 year old BB Gun division receiving 4th place for his first State medal. Trevor competed in the 8-10 year old division, receiving all 5 golds in BB gun and 2 golds in Air Rifle.  Larissa had the 2nd top shooting score and Trevor had 5th out of all shooters.

Congratulations to all the shooters and coaches for another great year at state!!!

Travis Halsey To Participate In National 4-H Congress

03/17/15 04:59 PM

Travis Halsey, of Chambers, will travel to Atlanta, Ga., with 41 Nebraska teens and participate in the 2015 National 4-H Congress November 27th – December 1st.

National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. For over 80 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in the youth leadership development conference.  The Congress provides youth, ages 15-19, a quality, educational and cross-cultural experience. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens.

Nebraska youth are selected for this honor based on their leadership, community service and educational activities through 4-H.

Conference attendees experience an awesome educational program during the conference including a variety of fun and exciting recreational and networking opportunities. The workshop presenters and speakers motivate as well as share the most current information. A cultural evening will exposed the youth to a variety of forms of the arts. The conference emphasizes leadership, youth empowerment, and cultural diversity. Delegates visit venues in the city including the Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Carter Presidential Center, and the Martin Luther King Center.

All youth ages 5 to 19 can explore their interests and enhance their potential through 4-H.  This University of Nebraska-Lincoln­ Extension youth development program offers projects for nearly every interest, ranging from Web design to rockets, genealogy, animals large and small, woodworking, fashion, photography, and much, much more.

Area State Speech Qualifiers From Monday Meets

03/16/15 09:55 PM
District Speech Meets got underway on Monday, March 16 and KBRX area students have qualified for the State Meet.  The Top 3 places at Districts qualify for State.
From the KBRX area here are State Qualifiers:
B-4 District at Pierce

Marie Sitz, 3rd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature

D1-3 at Pierce

Team Standings
1st Wausa, 444
2nd Verdigre 262
3rd West Boyd 204
4th St. Mary’s 198

St. Mary’s
Ellery Butterfield, 2nd place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
Brittany Soukup, 2nd place, Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Logan Spencer, 3rd place, Entertainment Speaking
Noah Johnson & Logan Spencer, 2nd place, Duet Acting

West Boyd
Kristen Mohr, 3rd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Dempsey Tapely, 1st place, Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
Rebecca Hiatt, 1st place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Dempsey Tapely, 2nd place, Extemporaneous Speaking
Zachary Sextro, 3rd place, Persuasive Speaking

Alex Hollman, 2nd place, Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
Alex Hollman, 1st place, Entertainment Speaking
Emily Knust, 2nd place, Informative Public Speaking
Ian Kotrous, Haylee Klawitter, Austin Burkhardt & Madisen Randa, 3rd place, Oral Intrepretation of Drama

Ty Sawyer And Cody Watson Earn Eagle Scout

03/16/15 09:36 PM
On Sunday March 15,  Boy Scouts Ty Sawyer and Cody Watson  achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.  During the ceremony, each boy received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Adrian Smith, a Nebraska State Legislature Letter of Recognition from Senator Tyson Larson and an Ambassador's Award and key to the city from Mayor Bill Price.  Also each boy received an United States flag that flew over the Capital building in Washington, DC.  Ty and Cody have gone to numerous camps and scouting events throughout the years. Each received the Order of the Arrow Award from the Scouting National Honor Society during their years of Scouting. Both boys have a very long list of achievements through Scouts. Cody Watson is the son of Alvin and Brandi Dickau and Ty Sawyer is the son of Brent and Deb Sawyer and Brenda Harrison.

O'Neill FFA Chapter Donates To Holt County Animal Shelter

03/16/15 09:10 PM

(left to right) Michael Poese, Brandi Taylor & Nikki Gotschall
Michael Poese accepts a donation on behalf of the Holt County Animal Shelter. The O'Neill FFA Chapter raised funds through various activities in the school during FFA Week to give back to a charity in the O'Neill community. This year the chapter was able to raise nearly $500 to donate. The donation was presented by FFA President- Brandi Taylor and FFA Week Committee Chair- Nikki Gotschall.

St. Mary's Students Place At History Day Contest

03/16/15 09:00 PM

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney has announced the winners of the annual Central Nebraska History Day contest.
About 200 middle school and high school students presented projects on various historical figures, which took place on campus March 11.
Schools participating in the event, which is for students in grades 6-12, include Lexington Public Schools, Arapahoe, Cozad, McCook, Loup County, Faith Christian School of Kearney, Franklin, Loomis and St. Mary’s Catholic in O’Neill.
The theme of this year’s competition is Leadership and Legacy in History.
Students compete in individual or group competitions in their choice of five different categories: poster exhibits, performances, research papers, documentary film and website design.
Students who place at the district level can compete in the Nebraska State History Day contest in Lincoln in April. Winners at state may then compete in national competition in May at the University of Maryland.
History Day is a national educational program aimed at giving students the opportunity to pursue historical research on a chosen theme, and use their creativity in developing competitive projects based on their research.
History Day is sponsored by the UNK Department of History, with support from the Buffalo County Historical Society and Kearney Public Library.
Winners of Central Nebraska History Day representing St. Mary's School were:

Senior Group Documentary
First - Fr. Flanagan - Logan Connot, Hailey Eiler, Kendra Kozisek, Caleigh Miles of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill
Senior Individual Website
First - Matthew Ridgeway - Josh Cuddy of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill
Second - Warren Buffett - Tyler Regan of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill
Third - Jesse Owens - Will Atkeson of St. Mary's Catholic O'Neill

99% Of NECC Graduates Find Employment Or Continue Education

03/16/15 08:55 PM

NORFOLK – A majority of Northeast Community College graduates found employment opportunities or are continuing their education, according to a new survey. Terri Heggemeyer, director of career services at Northeast, presented the 2014 Graduate ...CLICK THE RED HEADLINE ABOVE FOR COMPLETE STORY

Holt & Boyd County Shooting Sports Compete At State Meet

03/16/15 08:25 PM
The Holt and Boyd County 4-H Shooting Sports team traveled to Broken Bow, Nebraska, to compete at the State BB Gun and Air Rifle Competition this past Saturday and Sunday. The youth did a very good job and all of them deserve a pat on the back for trying

Northeast Community College Hosts 1,200 In FFA Contest

03/16/15 07:59 PM

NORFOLK  - Over 1,200 high schools students were on the Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College recent to take part in the FFA Districts 3, 4 and 10 Career Development Event – Ag Education Contest. The students came from 40 high schools...CLICK THE RED HEADLINE ABOVE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS

St. Patrick's Day Parade Float Winners

03/16/15 04:40 PM
The 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade was held Saturday.  Here are the winners in the different categories:

Leprechaun Youth Sports
1st Place - Leprechaun Youth Sports
2nd Place - CLASS Home School

Leo Matthews & His Leprechaun 
1st Place - Leo Matthews
2nd Place - PHD Maximum Crop & Pay Day Today

American Legion Riders
1st Place - American Legion Riders
2nd Place - Holt County Animal Shelter

FDF Construction - Finish Line Chiropractic -  J & L Collision Center
1st Place - FDF Construction - Finish Line Chiropractic - J & L Collision  Center
2nd Place - Thermal Services

Neligh-Oakdale Wins ESU 8 Senior High Quiz Bowl, St. Mary's Qualifies

03/16/15 03:56 PM

Neligh-Oakdale Champions
The 2015 ESU 8 Senior High Quiz Bowl competition took place on Wednesday, March 11th in Neligh. Again this year, it was a double-elimination competition. So four rounds of competition were taking place simultaneously. One match was being held at the American Legion Hall and three matches were being held at the ESU 8 Main office.

Twenty-one (21) High School Teams participated in this year’s Senior High Quiz Bowl. Each team was allowed to have up to six members.

The top two teams, Neligh-Oakdale and O’Neill St. Mary's will go on to represent Educational Service Unit 8 in the Nebraska State ESU Senior High Academic Quiz Bowl. It is being held on Wednesday, April 29th at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege.

St. Mary's Runner-Up Team

Mobile Food Pantry In O'Neill March 17th

03/16/15 07:40 AM

The mobile food pantry, sponsored by We Care, Inc, will be dispersing food on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at 5:30 pm 
at the O'Neill Community Center. Volunteers are needed and appreciated for the food pantry from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Wear your green and be a part of something great!  We will also have a direct link through Skype to Natalie, a bilingual assistant with Foodbank from the Heatland in Omaha, to help persons with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). If you have questions about your account, would like to sign up, or wonder if you qualify, come to the O’Neill Community Center from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, March 17. Natalie will be glad to assist you free of charge.  

Applications Being Taken For Dr. Waters Memorial Scholarship

03/13/15 11:04 AM
O’NEILL, NE (March 12, 2015)  –  Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Robert Waters Memorial Scholarship.

The Dr. Waters Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance for educational opportunities to students who are pursuing a course of study in the medical or allied health fields. Students must be already accepted in a medical program. All such students are encouraged to apply prior to May 22, 2015.

Applications may be obtained by contacting Deb Frederick in the administrative offices of Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital at (402) 336-5131 or emailing her at

Matthews, Cavanaugh, Smith & Reynoldson On O'Neill Walk Of Fame

03/11/15 09:26 PM
These 4 stones grace each corner of 4th & Douglas in downtown O'Neill

Text of speech recognizing honorees,presented by Scott Poese, Master of Ceremonies
In 1961 Peter Matthews and his good friend Joe Cavanaugh decided their Irish roots needed to be celebrated. With a white horse named Green Smoke and all the green food coloring they could find the green horse and a red convertible was our first parade and they continued it every year.

Peter Matthews Family 
The first official St. Patrick’s Day celebration sponsored by the O’Neill Jaycees was on March 17, 1967.  Events included a kangaroo court. Beard contest parade and banquet for Notre Dame coach, Frank Leahy.
The Jaycees went a step further in their promotion of the city’s Irish ancestry, in August of 1967, 76 members of the chapter became Fenians and invaded Winnipeg, Canada in a re-enactment of General John O’Neill’s invasion.

Joe Cavanaugh Family
           On St. Patrick’s Day of 1969, Governor Norbert Tiemann officially proclaimed O’Neill “The Irish Capital of Nebraska”.
  Governor J. James Exon dedicated a historical marker at the 1972 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, proclaiming the city “The Irish Capital of Nebraska” as a follow-up to his predecessor’s proclamation.
       On March 17, 1977, the Nebraska Unicameral passed a resolution stating that O’Neill was the Official Irish Capital of Nebraska.
       Each year since the official St. Patrick’s Day Celebration began members of the Jaycees and later the O’Neill Men’s Club painted the World’s Largest Shamrock in the middle of the intersection where Highways 275/20/281 cross in downtown O’Neill.  
Famous Irish residents included famous Notre Dame Football Coach Frank Leahy born in O’Neill and Boys Town Founder Father Flanagan whose first parish assignment was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill
The most notable Irish though are the ones that live or have lived here and have helped make O’Neill a great place to live!  Throughout the years our Irish Heritage lives on thanks to those being honored today and their foresight to keep O’Neill Green & Growing! 

Allen Reynoldson & Family
If you mention the World’s Largest Shamrock or the World Famous Green Horse, anywhere you go, people know you’re talking about O’Neill, Nebraska.   
And the 4 who are honored today were the driving force behind the Green Horse and the World’s Largest Shamrock!
Joe Cavanaugh and Pete Matthews liked to have fun and they were true Irishmen.  So when they teamed up to put a parade together in 1961  it was the start of a yearly event.   And the legend was born!!  Along with being in all the parades Pete and Gladys were King & Queen in 1996.  Joe Cavanaugh along with being a world class rodeo announcer was also the emcee of our yearly parade until he retired in 1991.  In 1969, he along with Katie Matthews were crowned King & Queen.  Joe was helpful in getting the State unicameral to proclaim O’Neill the Irish Capital.
Ron Smith & Family Members
How good are you at sidewalk chalk art?  The next two guys are really good.  Just give Al Reynoldson and Ronnie Smith a big ball of string and chalk and see what they can do.  And in 1966 the painted the world’s largest Shamrock for the first time and it’s been done ever since.   That’s how they did it back in the good ole days.  Back then it was a handful of Jaycees that got the job done.  But today all ages have a hand in painting the Shamrock and visitors that come for the weekend even have it on their bucket list to help paint the street green!  Al and Ronnie were also a big part in putting the permanent Shamrock in the street when we had our fund raiser on the radio and raised $25,000 in about a half day.
These two went to Canada for the reenactment of the invasion of Canada and were also members of the Booster Band who has been in the parade for 54 years running.
So today we honor 4 individuals who had a part in making sure we don’t forget that we are the Irish Capital of Nebraska and that we let everyone know that we always will be.  
Congratulations to the families of Peter Matthews and Joe Cavanaugh.  And congratulations to Ronnie Smith and Allen Reynoldson here with us today!

$25,000 In Tax Credits Awarded To Plainview Library

03/11/15 09:57 AM
MARCH 11, 2015 (LINCOLN, NEB.)—The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $50,000 in Community Development Assistance Act (CDAA) tax credits to support a multipurpose pool project in Chadron, and construction of a new library in Plainview.
Chadron will use $25,000 in tax credits to renovate and repurpose its municipal pool as a year-round multifunctional health and wellness center. The City, Chadron State College, and Chadron Community Hospital are partners in the project. Not only will the pool be fully enclosed, but upgrades will provide for zero-depth entry, lap lanes for swim teams, water aerobics classes, instructional lessons, and other organized events. A separate therapy pool, restroom and shower area will provide added privacy and built-in safety features apart from the main pool. An indoor track has been proposed for installation along the facility’s external wall. Other additions will include a multipurpose meeting room with kitchenette, and parking lot enhancements. 
The aquatic health and wellness center will be open to the general public and stakeholders including Pine Ridge Job Corp, Chadron Public Schools and After School Program, Chadron Sharks Swim Team, and the local Special Olympics chapter.
For more information, contact Steve Cleveland at 308-432-5552, or
Plainview will use $25,000 in tax credits to replace its existing library, built in 1916, with a new American with Disabilities Act compliant 7,000 sq. ft. facility that includes an expanded children’s section, a designated computer area, and a community room for meetings, conferences and training.
Recent planning efforts identified the need for a new library and residents played an active role in its design. Last November the City passed a $500,000 bond to help pay for the new facility, estimated at $1,194,144. Construction is slated to begin May 2015 and completed September 2016. Local businesses have verbally committed to financially support the project once construction commences.
For more information, contact Paula Hoffman at 402-582-3887 or
The CDAA program awards tax credits to donors, thereby encouraging private investors to financially support their local nonprofit community betterment organizations’ efforts to undertake more community service and development projects.
The credits represent 40 percent of each contribution, and reduce a contributor’s state income tax burdens. Every dollar contributed to a project results in a $0.40 tax credit return. Donations may be in the form of cash, services, or materials. The minimum eligible contribution for a tax credit is $50.
For information about the CDAA program, contact Jenny B. Mason, CDAA Coordinator, at 402-471-6280, or

Holt County Public Speaking Contest To Be Held

03/10/15 01:56 PM
The Holt County Public Speaking Contest will be held: Friday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Holt County Annex.  The evening will kick off with speeches given by 4-Hers from four age divisions.  Clover Kids (ages 5-7 by January 1) are eligible to participate by reciting a poem or short story.  The Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions must recite an original speech relating to 4-H.  The Junior division is for youth ages 8-11, Intermediate ages 11-13 and Senior division ages 14 and older.
The Public Service Announcement (PSA) theme for 2015 is “4-H Grows….”.  Radio PSA’s must be submitted on a CD.  Please use .wav or .mp3 audio formats when recording your PSA. PSA’s must also be turned in by April 1 to the Holt County Extension Office. 
For rules and regulations visit:
Please register for the contest by April 10.  4-H members can register by calling: 402-336-2760 or e-mail  with the name of the 4-H youth, division, and title of the speech.  PSA’s must be submitted by April 10 on CD with an outline.  

O'Neill Band Members at Mid States Conference Honor Band

03/10/15 11:08 AM
O'Neill Band 9th & 10th Graders
On Monday, March 9th, 21 members of the O'Neill High School Band traveled to Wayne State College to participate and perform in the 2015 Midstate Conference Honor Bands. "A fun productive day of making music moments with fellow Midstate band members" commented band director Mr. Dean.

The 9/10 Band was under the direction of Mr. Brad Weber, director of percussion at WSC. O'Neill 9th & 10th graders were: Allison Ludwig, Alexa Dougherty, Emma Krysl, Gabbie Scott, Caliegh Miles, Corbin Dean, Nathanial Jennings, Lauren Osborne, & Kendra Kozisek. Sydney Zahm was also chosen, but unable to attend.

The 11/12 Band was under the direction of Dr. Michelle Bluford, director of bands at Elkhorn High School. O'Neill 11th & 12 graders were: James Walton, Vionne Trizila, Jon Marvin, Logan Spencer, Miles Stagemeyer, Rahtaya Young, Allison Beckwith, Sarah Devall, Marie Sitz, Bailee Dougherty, Brittany Soukup, & Alex Strampher.

Third Public Input Meeting In Atkinson Held

03/10/15 09:31 AM
The 3rd Public Input meeting was held for the City of Atkinson’s Comprehensive Plan and Housing Study project.  Approximately 15 people were in attendance at Tuesday night’s meeting where many different topics were discussed including data review of school enrollment figures and housing affordability as well as redevelopment goals for the Downtown District and future land use planning for the entire City.  Redevelopment goals for the Downtown District included the demolition of old, dilapidated structures, improved sidewalks and ADA accessibility, and increased number of stores and restaurants. 
There was about a 27 percent return rate for the Community Needs Assessment Survey that was mailed out in January, which is a fairly typical return rate for mail-out surveys.  Approximately 80 percent of the survey respondents were over 45 years old.  A few of results include a high rating for Fire protection and EMS services in Atkinson, and an average rating for public infrastructure.  Housing for purchase and affordable rental housing were both rated as low in Atkinson which matches many of the discussion held during the public input sessions.  Mill Race Park was listed as the number one tourist attraction in Atkinson.  The top 5 strengths in Atkinson were ranked as the Library and School System (tied at number one), the Fire Department was ranked third, and medical facilities and the Community Center were ranked as fourth and fifth, respectively.  More of the Community Needs Assessment Survey results will be used throughout the Comprehensive Plan and Housing Study.
School enrollment figures have fluctuated slightly over the past ten years, but the 2014-2015 school year shows the high total enrollment numbers for West Holt Schools in the past ten years.  The largest Kindergarten class in the past decade was for the 2014-2015 school year with 34 reported students in Kindergarten.  Housing affordability was discussed, and meeting attendees shared their thoughts on the overall housing market in the community.  Residents discussed their concerns with the lack of quality rental and availability of affordable housing in general in Atkinson. 
A future land use planning exercise was completed allowing meeting attendees to determine a goal for population growth over the next ten to fifteen years.  Meeting attendees set a goal of growing one-half percent each year until 2025 and then were split into two different groups.  Each group was given a large aerial map of the community as well as five different color sets of Legos.  Each Lego block represented one acre of needed development in and around the community to fill the needs of a growing population (yellow=single-family residential; orange=multi-family residential; red=commercial; grey=light industrial; and green=recreational).  Each table worked together to create a plan by placing and moving the colored Legos around on the map to determine where each type of new development would best fit for the community.  These maps will then be used to create a formal Future Land Use Plan that will be included in the City’s final Comprehensive Plan.
The fourth public input session, which is the last of these types of meetings, will be scheduled in April.  Please watch for future announcements about the date and time of the next public input meeting.  This Comprehensive Plan is beneficial for the City of Atkinson and will be used as a guide for the next ten years to help City Officials with planning, growth, and development. 

West Holt Medical Services Scholarship Application Deadline April 11

03/09/15 04:06 PM
ATKINSON —West Holt Medical Services applauds individuals who are dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others.  WHMS is now accepting scholarship applications for its annual awards.

To be considered for the West Holt Medical Services’ scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
·         A graduating senior from Stuart Public Schools or West Holt Public Schools
·         Will be attending post-secondary education in a healthcare related field

In addition to submitting an application, candidates must submit one letter of reference.

Applications are available in the student’s high school guidance office.  All completed applications must be returned to the student’s guidance office by April 11, 2015.

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The mission of the West Holt Medical Services Foundation is to obtain, invest, and distribute funds which will help advance and improve the quality of care in North Central Nebraska provided by West Holt Medical Services.

Single Vehicle Traffic Fatality Over Weekend In Holt County

03/09/15 11:41 AM
The Holt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident on Saturday, March 7 west of Inman at 498th Avenue on Highway 20/275.  The 2001 Pontiac Bonneville was driven by Debra Christensen, age 56, of O’Neill who was traveling west on Highway 20/275.  Christensen stated she was tired and the vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the road on the south side of Highway 20. Christensen came back in to the east bound lane and then overcorrected and entered the south ditch sideways.  The vehicle ramped off the south embankment of the first ditch and then hit the embankment near the cowboy trail.  The vehicle rolled two and a half times coming to rest on the top facing north. Christensen was ejected from the vehicle.  Christensen was transported to Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in O’Neill where she was later flown out due to her injuries. Deb Christensen passed away as a result of her injuries on Sunday afternoon, March 8 at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

O'Neill Fire Department Responds To Grass Fire Sunday

03/09/15 10:30 AM
The O'Neill Fire Department was called to a grass fire Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, in a ditch located three miles north of O'Neill.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  The cause of the fire is undetermined.  Individuals are asked to use caution due to the dry conditions.

Bravo, BRAVO! You're Doing Outstanding Things!

03/06/15 04:12 PM

The O’Neill Community Foundation Fund aims to assist various projects and organizations in the community.  All of them are worthy, but some help our area address really tough issues, which is important to creating a thriving community.
One of those organizations is BRAVO, a group established within Bright Horizons.  Since 2006, the O’Neill Community Foundation Fund has given BRAVO $1,500.00 to address bullying and teen violence.  Some of this funding helped establish the group, but it has also enabled them to educate teens all across the state on issues such as dating violence, sexual assault and bullying.  Their great efforts have not only raised awareness in our area and state, but they have also been recognized by the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence as a best practice for other programs.
We applaud BRAVO and their efforts to put an end to such activities in our area and state.  If you’re interested in learning more about BRAVO and the great work they do, please contact Bright Horizons at (402) 336-1774.  BRAVO will also be hosting their annual Dodgeball Tournament on March 13 in conjunction with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in town.  Support a great cause by registering a team or showing up to watch.  Registration packets are available at Finish Line Chiropractic and Bright Horizons.

National FFA Week Celebrated At O'Neill High School

03/05/15 10:05 PM

Mrs. Janice Vosler Kisses A Goat

National FFA Week was February 22-28 this year. The O'Neill FFA Chapter kicked off the eventful week with the FFA Boosters Annual Labor and Pie Auction on Sunday, February 22.  Proceeds from the auction will be used to help members in various ways such as purchasing FFA Jackets, sponsoring National Convention expenses, sponsoring Washington Leadership Conference as well as assist in funding a future greenhouse for the agriculture department and FFA Chapter at O'Neill High School. Throughout the week FFA trivia was held at the high school as well as on KBRX. The chapter had a Penny War for the Kiss a Goat Contest. Participating teachers had a cup in their classroom for the students and fellow teachers to contribute. Coins were counted as positive points while paper money was counted as negative points. The teachers with the most points at the end of the week had to kiss a goat at the pep rally on Friday. Winners of the contest were Ms. Vanderbeek in first place, Mrs. Hostert in second place, and Mrs. Vosler in third place. The penny war raised nearly $500, which was donated to the Holt County Humane Society. Tuesday morning the FFA Chapter sponsored a student breakfast. On Wednesday, student dress-up day was to dress like a farmer and drive a tractor or ag implement to school. A dirtiest vehicle contest was held on Friday. Winners of the contest were Caleb Ross and Mr. Spangler, who both received a free car wash from O’Neill Car Wash as their prize. The week ended with Brandi Taylor, Amanda Pischel, Bailee Dougherty, Tejlor Strope, Tayte Jussel, and Mrs. Knabe attending the leadership workshops Activate and Leverage in Kearney. 

Call KBRX at (402) 336-1612