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Harvey Chosen to Attend Jr. Law Cadet Program

04/17/15 04:29 PM

Kaylee Harvey, daughter of John and Kris Harvey of O’Neill, has been selected by O’Neill American Legion Post #93 and the Legion District review committee to attend the American Legion Jr. Law Cadet program.

The program is held at the Nebraska State Patrol training center in Grand Island the week of June 8th thru June 12th, 2015.

Activities include finger printing, accident investigation, physical fitness, lie detector, crime and drug investigation, driving a patrol car, firing a service weapon and self-defense among other activities.

Kaylee is a junior at St. Mary’s High School in O’Neill.  At school she is involved with One Acts, Softball and Basketball.  Kaylee enjoys volunteering with BRAVO, Bright Horizons, The Safe Kids Fair, as well as activities for her church, school and youth group.  She has her CNA and is also employed at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital as a Phlebotomist, where she works before school and on weekends.

Kaylee is grateful for the opportunity to take part in the Jr. Cadet program that the Legion Post 93 sponsors and for being able to represent our area.

Four O'Neill Boys Selected to Boys' State

04/17/15 04:09 PM

Four young men from O'Neill and St. Mary's High Schools have been selected to participate in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys' State in early June at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Blake and Grant Johnston of O'Neill Public and Casey Vandersnick and Marcus Schneider of St. Mary's will join nearly 40 other high school juniors from across Nebraska at the annual citizenship program designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate. Each boy is sponsored locally by an organization such as an American Legion Post, or by some other patriotic, civic, fraternal or religious group in cooperation with the local Legion Post. The four boys from O'Neill are sponsored by O'Neill American Legion Simonson Post 93.

American Legion Cornhusker Boys' State is set up as a functional "51st state" and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Participants will campaign for offices, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program. They will set up their own state government and draft bills.

Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Pete Ricketts and Supreme Court Cheif Justice John M. Gerrard. Nationally acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.

The bios of the boys are below:

Casey Vandersnick is the son of John and Kathy Vandersnick of O'Neill. The St. Mary's Junior has been running on the O'Neill Cross Country team sinc the 8th grade. He is passionate about One-Acts and Speech, participating in both for three years. The One-Act team qualified for State competition and Casey qualified individually for State Speech in Serious Prose his freshman year. He is a cast member in this year's Junior/Senior drama production at St. Mary's and he is a member of the journalism class. He was a member of the O'Neill Band drum corps for two years. Casey is an active member of the St. Patrick's Youth Group and has made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. the last three years for the March for Life rally. He also serves as a lector, altar server and member of the Youth Choir at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He is a member of the BRAVO group, which stands for Bullying Recognition and Anti-Violence Organization. Casey is excited to learn more about our state government's political process and is grateful for the opportunity to attend Cornhusker Boys' State.

My name is Marcus Schneider. I am a Junior at Saint Mary’s High School, and my parents are Darin and Linda Schneider. At my school, I am very involved. I participate in football, basketball, track, one-act, speech, quiz bowl, and the spring play. I am also a member of the National Honor Society, the yearbook editor, an active member of the Saint Patricks Youth Group, and I am a Eucharistic Minister and server in my parish. In my free time I enjoy reading, camping, photography, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. It is an honor to be one of the young men selected to represent our District at Cornhusker Boys State.

Hi, my name is Grant Johnston and I’m a junior at O’Neill High School. I am 18 years old and am the son of Jimmy Johnston and Nikki Schwanz. I participate in Cross Country, Track, and Musical and I am also a member of O-Club and secretary of Student Council. I am very involved with my youth group in Norfolk and I love to volunteer when I get the chance. I have volunteered for helping deliver Meals-On-Wheels and also at Mercy Meals in Norfolk. At Boys State I hope to learn more about our government and how to become a more responsible citizen of the United States of America.

Currently we don't have a biography for Blake Johnston.


Area NECC Students Win Honors At NACTA Judging Conference

04/17/15 03:58 PM

GALVA, IL – Northeast Community College students finished in third place in sweepstakes for two-year colleges at the 2015 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference held at Black Hawk College – East Campus here.

Northeast was one of 26 community colleges and 25 university teams to compete in the April 7-10 conference.
Alex Bendig (left) and Andrew Eggerling (right)   
Northeast’s Agri-Business Management Contest Team placed first overall and first on the written exam and problem solving. Team members include Alex Bendig, Naper; Andrew Eggerling, Creighton, Aaron Maas, Bancroft; and Tarrin Quinn, Winside.

Individually, Bendig placed second overall and second on the written exam and problem solving, while Maas placed fifth overall and fifth on the written exam and problem solving.
In the Ag Mechanics contest, the Northeast team initially tied for first overall. However, the team tied with Pratt Community College for first place, but ended up second due to the tie breaker score. The team also took first on the general knowledge exam and second in the mechanics and material handling practicum. Team members include Remington Durre, Oakland, Nick Harms, Monroe, Mike Meduna, Wahoo and Thomas Rentschler, Atkinson.

Thomas Rentschler

Individually, Rentschler placed second overall and second on the general knowledge exam and fifth in the mechanics and material practicum. Durre finished fourth on the general knowledge exam and ninth overall. Meduna placed fifth on the general knowledge exam, seventh overall, and tenth in the mechanics and material practicum. Harms placed sixth on the written exam, eighth overall, and ninth in the mechanics and material practicum.
Whitney Fritz (left) and Samantha McCarthy (right)

In Ag Computers, Northeast finished first on the general knowledge exam and third overall and in computer applications. Team members include Whitney Fritz, Creighton, Samantha McCarthy, Naper, and Maas and Meduna.

Individually, Maas placed first overall and in computer applications and fifth on the general knowledge exam. Fritz placed third in computer applications and sixth overall. Meduna finished fifth on the general knowledge exam.

The Ag Communications Team placed second. Team members include Jennifer Poessnecker, Atkinson, Morgan Quinn, Winside, Regan Herbert, Scribner, and Laura Smith, Kennard.

In addition to participating in the contests, the Northeast students toured the John Deere Harvest Works and John Deere World Headquarters, both of which are located in Moline, IL.  Many of the students and accompanying instructors were involved in an Outreach Volunteer Project where they helped package meals that were to be delivered to the River Bend Food Bank, which is the local food bank for the city of Moline. The entire project packaged 49,800 meals; the one hour shift that Northeast students were part of consisted of over 10,000 packaged meals.

St. Mary's Earns 1st Place at NECC Scholastic Contest

04/17/15 10:34 AM

On Monday, April 13 many schools around northeast Nebraska traveled to Norfolk to compete in the Northeast Community College High School Scholastic Contest. St. Mary's students won ten medals and earned first place in the contest.

Individual medals were won by:
Alyssa Wiese - 1st place in Administrative Assistant
Ansley Kramer - 2nd place in Algebra 1
Zac Wiese - 1st place in Algebra 2
Tracy Chvala - 3rd place in Business Law
Logan Spencer - 2nd place in Calculus
Paula Zakrzewski - 1st place in Introduction to Psychology, 2nd place in Foods and Nutrition
Bridget Schneider - 3rd place in Physical Education, Health and Wellness
Jon Hofer - 2nd place in Technical Math
Ashley Everitt - 3rd place in Trigonometry

Congratulations to the entire scholastic team on a job well done.

Stuart Man Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit

04/17/15 10:00 AM

On April 15 the O'Neill Police Department and Holt County Sheriff's Office were involved in a pursuit that originated in O'Neill.

The chase began during the 7:00 pm hour when an O'Neill Police officer attempted to stop the driver of a white 2015 GMC pickup that had been reported as stolen. In addition, officers were instructed about an existing arrest warrant for the driver. The pursuit proceeded west on US Highway 20 and ended when the pickup hit a tree approximately one quarter of a mile south of Highway 20 on 484 Avenue near Emmet.

The driver was identified as 20-year-old Charles D. Moore of Stuart. He was transported to Avera St. Anthony's Hospital by the Atkinson Rescue Unit for treatment of his injuries. Pending charges include Operation of a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Willful Reckless Driving and Possession of Marijuana.

Paula Atkeson Named Archdiocesan Teacher Of The Year

04/16/15 10:59 AM

(left to right) Walte Dupre, Paula Atkeson and Father James Netusil 
The Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools office each year awards one rural teacher with the  distinction of being "Archdiocesan Teacher of the Year".  This year, Mrs. Paula Atkeson, guidance counselor and teacher at St. Mary's Catholic Schools, has received this honor.  In a cerermony help at St. Patrick's on April 15th, Mrs. Jennie Schneider, who teaches at St. Mary's and is also a good friend of Mrs. Atkeson, cited her long career with St. Mary's. "She is wholly committed to the betterment of St. Mary’s School, leading by the example of selfless giving. She is a treasure to St. Mary's," Mrs. chneider concluded.  Mrs.Atkeson, who was unaware that she had been nominated for the award by St. Mary's President, Fr. James Netusil, accepted the award as the students, faculty and staff stood in thunderous applause.  Mr. Walt Dupre, St. Mary's Principal, had even arranged for Mrs. Atkeson's family to attend, hiding in the choir loft until the presentation.  She will be recognized by the Archdiocese at the Archbishop's Dinner for Catholic Education in September.  Congratulations to Mrs. Paula Atkeson on this tremendous achievement!

Activist Jane Kleeb To Speak At UNK On Earth Day

04/15/15 03:26 PM
UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Grassroots advocate and founder of Bold Nebraska, Jane Kleeb, will speak at the University of Nebraska at Kearney about the Keystone XL pipeline and rallying citizens to take action.

Kleeb will present “The Unlikely Alliance Fighting Keystone XL” on Earth Day, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Copeland Hall room 142.

“Having a presentation by someone like Jane Kleeb is a valuable contribution to our campus community for two reasons. The first is to model the essential quality that must exist in civic society, and particularly a democracy, and that is open debate and questioning of actions in the public sphere,” said UNK Young Democrats advisor Roger Davis.

“The second is the value for our students and all of our community to witness human engagement, civic citizenship, in a very personal way with Jane putting her time, reputation, and resources before a public forum to be part of that democracy.”

Added Davis: “At UNK we use the expression of making a difference, and this presentation in both theme and individual commitment is just that. What a perfect fit.”

Kleeb has been a reporter for MTV, a frequent guest on FOX and MSNBC and key advisor for “Thin,” a documentary on eating disorders. She led a statewide organizing campaign on health care reform, served as the national executive director of the Young Democrats of America, was foundation director for Renfrew Center Foundation for Eating Disorders, and headed up an AmeriCorps program.

In 2010, Kleeb founded the progressive citizen advocacy group, Bold Nebraska, and has served as a prominent figure of opposition against the Keystone XL pipeline ever since.

She lives in Hastings with her husband, Scott, an energy entrepreneur.

The event is presented by UNK Young Democrats.

Chambers FCCLA Qualifies Five For Nationals

04/15/15 02:56 PM

(back row, left to right) Jeremy Hubel, Brant Pavel, Chyenne Burrell, BrookLynn Burrell, Jamie Koenig, Schyler Burrell. 
(front row) Kyra Farewell, Sydney Beed, Taylor Peter, Molly Lambert 

Chambers Family, Career and Community Leaders of America returned Tuesday from a successful State Leadership Conference and STAR competition held in Lincoln April 12-14, 2015.
Ten students competed in Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events. Five qualified to compete in their events at the National STAR to be held in Washington, D.C. July 5-9, 2015. Chyenne Burrell received a gold, was the state champion, and national qualifier in Career Investigation, Senior. Molly Lambert received a gold, was the state champion, and national qualifier in Food Innovations, Senior. Jamie Koenig received a gold, was the state champion, and national qualifier and Illustrated Talk, Junior. The team of BrookLynn Burrell and Kyra Farewell received golds, were the state champions, and national qualifiers in Food Innovations, Junior. The team of Brant Pavel and Jeremy Hubel received golds and were state runner-ups in Nebraska Health and Wellness, Senior. Taylor Peter received a gold in Family Challenges and Issues, Junior. Schyler Burrell received a silver in Recycle and Redesign, Senior. Sydney Beed received a silver in Recycle and Redesign, Junior.
Molly Lambert was also selected to serve as on the State Officer Team as the Vice President of Competitive Events. Lambert also was selected as the District 9 President.
The Chambers Chapter received a Gold Chapter Award and was recognized for their Leadership Service in Action project. Chambers chapter adviser, Marilyn Whitaker, received the Advisers Committed to Excellence (ACE) Award and was recognized for 35 years of service.  

Fire Department Responds to Blaze Northeast of O'Neill

04/15/15 12:51 PM

The O'Neill Fire Department was called to a wild land fire at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, April 14 at 49741 884th RD. The fireman were able to contain the fire in a canyon full of trees by cutting down trees to keep the fire from spreading. Seventeen firefighters and six trucks responded to the fire, returning back to O'Neill around 2 am. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Fire Cheif Dale Waterman and assistant chief Matt Schmitz also wanted to note that fighting a fire at night is a very dangerous and hard task to accomplish. The fireman did a great job at keeping this fire from becoming a much larger fire.

O'Neill FCCLA Results From the State Leadership Conference

04/15/15 10:13 AM

Front row:  Blair Langan, Robyn Isom, Amanda Pischel, Allison Ludwig, Allison Becker, Emma Krysl, and Marissa Lichty.  Back row:  Lauren Osborne, Abby Gillham, Haley Schmeichel, Julia Bauer, Emily Morrow, Faith Walton

The O’Neill FCCLA Chapter is excited to announce the results from the State Leadership conference held April 12-14.

Ariel Lichty (left) concluded her term as the State Vice President of Competitive Events.

Allison Becker was elected Secretary of the State Student Body Peer Education Team while Allison Ludwig was elected Historian of the State Financial Fitness Peer Education Team.  STAR results include State Champion and National qualifier Emma Krysl in Environmental Ambassador, Junior Division.  State Runners-Up and National Qualifiers included Lauren Osborne in Illustrated Talk, Senior Division, and Marissa Lichty and Blair Langan in Promote and Publicize, Junior Division.  Silver medalists were Amanda Pischel in National Programs in Action, Senior division and Robyn Isom in Chapter Service Project Display, Senior.  Bronze medalists were Haley Schmeichel and Julia Bauer in Chapter Service Project, Junior Division.

The O’Neill chapter received second place for the Chapter Developer Award.  Emma Krysl was selected to be a district officer.  O’Neill also has four other National STAR Qualifiers Ariel Lichty in Chapter Web Page Design along with Allison Becker, Allison Ludwig, and Emily Morrow in Digital Stories for Change. 

Cody Havranek Named New Principal At St. Mary's

04/14/15 09:31 AM

News release from Father James Netusil, President of St. Mary's Catholic Schools
With gratitude to God for his Divine Providence, Mr. Cody Havranek, teacher at O'Neill Public Schools has been named Principal for St. Mary's Catholic Schools, O'Neill, effective July 1, 2015.  Mr. Havranek will succeed Mr. Walt Dupre, who has been Principal at St. Mary's since 2009. The St. Mary's family, together with the people of St. Patrick's Parish, enthusiastically welcome Cody and wish him much success, pledging him our prayers and support.

Thiele of Atkinson Chosen to Speak at NECC Luncheon

04/13/15 03:34 PM

NORFOLK – The act of giving was on display recently at Northeast Community College. Scholarship recipients and their sponsors were honored during the annual Scholarship Luncheon, which recognizes the sponsors for helping Northeast students succeed with their education.

“Over the years, thousands of students at Northeast have experienced the generosity of others, first-hand, through the gift of scholarships. Today, we are here to recognize these very special people who assist our students in succeeding with their education,” said Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president. “We hear the remarkable stories of our students every day. They aspire to attend Northeast Community College, but many times, through no fault of their own, they run into roadblocks in achieving their dreams. In addition, factors such as family and job commitments often prevent these students from having the financial resources necessary to attain their educational goals to be more successful in life. However, donors who deeply care about higher education, make those dreams come true.”

Seventy-nine percent, or 2,083 of the 2,726 degree seeking students at Northeast received financial aid during the past academic year. Seventy-one percent of Northeast students are eligible for Pell Grants, which means that the federal government believes the family is able to contribute less than $5,100 per year to the student’s cost of education. This past year, scholarships in the amount of $226,000 were presented to Northeast Community College students with an average award of $676.

Those attending the luncheon also heard from two scholarship recipients.

Shaely Thiele, a freshman from Atkinson who is majoring in Northeast’s Agriculture-Agronomy and Animal Science programs, plans to return to North Central Nebraska after graduation and work in the beef industry. The recipient of the Donald Ballard Scholarship and the Gerald and Joyce Petersen Family Scholarship, said that she is paying for college herself and understands the importance of counting every dollar.

“Between working part-time and being involved with campus activities and being serious about keeping good grades, time becomes a commodity. It makes me thankful for the scholarships I have received. I appreciate the donors’ help in supporting young people pursuing an education. Thank you for believing in our future and I want to assure you that we are a great investment.”

Autumn Baumann, a freshman academic transfer student from Pierce, has received the David and Freda Wolf Scholarship. She was ecstatic when she learned about her scholarship.

“I have learned from a young age that I would have to be responsible with putting myself through college. It was just a great feeling when I found out about the scholarships that I received. Without these scholarships, I probably would not be able to go to Northeast and I will forever be grateful to your generosity and will continue to do the best in everything I do.”

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April Meeting of Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway Planned for Naper

04/13/15 03:23 PM

The April meeting of the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway will be on Sunday, April 19, at the Naper Café in Naper.  Directors will hold a Regular Business Meeting at 11 AM., followed by the Annual Membership Meeting at noon.  Members will break for midday meal at 1 PM.  Twyla Witt, a Nebraska Tourism Development and Byways consultant, will be the guest speaker.  Witt will have her computer available to assist attendees put their businesses, events and historical sites on the internet at

Members and the public are invited to a 2 PM. program of “Songs & Tales Along the Trails: which will feature Teresa Kay Orr, singer and songwriter and Marci Broyhill, Prairie Poet and Story teller.  A freewill donation will be directed to support the White Horse Ranch Museum, the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway and entertainment. 

Adjournment will be at 3:30 PM.

Nebraska Statewide Child Support Referee Sue Symonds Retires

04/12/15 10:31 PM

Nebraska Statewide Child Support Referee, Sue Symonds, retired March 31, 2015, after nearly 18 years of service to the Nebraska judicial system. 

Since her appointment in 1997, Symonds has traveled across the state holding child and spousal support hearings.   Her work has regularly taken her from her home in O’Neill to courthouses in Madison, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Columbus, and Papillion to hear cases on behalf of district courts.  “I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of travel for the court,” observed Symonds.  “In no other job would I have been able to meet so many hardworking, compassionate Nebraska judges and lawyers.”

Symonds has been very active in developing and enforcing the State’s child support policies.  She reflected that she is humbled by the humanity of those on the margins of society.  “They so often live in dire circumstances and have educated me in a manner I wouldn’t have thought possible.”

AMK Dental Holds Ribbon Cutting

04/12/15 09:51 PM
Ribbon cutting at AMK Dental Labs owned by Anne Kersenbrock. Photo by Amanda Greger,Holt County Independent

Yankton Police Find Body of Hurley Boy in Missouri River

04/10/15 05:43 PM

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities in Yankton have recovered the body of a 6-year-old southeastern South Dakota boy.

Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen says they found the body of Lincoln Hilt about 28 feet off shore in the Missouri River.

The Hurley boy went missing Sunday night while fishing with family from the docks at a Yankton city park. He had received a fishing pole as an Easter gift. Family members last saw him sitting on the dock, which authorities say they found him about 100 yards from Friday.

Authorities from various South Dakota and Nebraska agencies had searched for Hilt all week using dive teams, airplanes and dogs. The windy, rainy weather had slowed search crews.

New Loup Basin Recycling Guide Coming Soon

04/10/15 05:30 PM

The updated, revised, and expanded 2015 Loup Basin Recycling Guide is coming soon!  The new guide is full of recycling information for Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler counties.  This the second year for the Keep Loup Basin Beautiful project, made possible thanks to support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. 

Affiliate Director Anita Olson said, “We wanted to create a resource for people in our area to use, to help them figure out the best way to dispose of their garbage.”  She says “sending trash to a landfill is an easy, cheap option; but there are better ways to dispose of certain materials to help protect the environment, boost local economies, and help people in need.” 

The guide lists many locations in the area where you can do just that.  For example, instead of tossing used ink cartridges from your home printer, you can bring them to two local schools and a local youth group that are collecting the cartridges as a fundraiser.  

Most recyclable commodities, including aluminum, plastic, paper, and tin cans, stay here in the Midwest.  They are sold to factories that make them into new products including fence posts, insulation, pop cans, or soup cans.  Recycling helps supply these factories with the material they need for production, which in turn supports job creation and the region’s economy.  

Working appliances, clothing, shoes, books, electronics, eyeglasses, medical equipment, and leftover construction materials can all be reused to help people in need.  Disposal of antifreeze, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, used oil, and medication is also addressed in the new guide.  Safe disposal of these materials is crucial for protecting the environment. 

The Recycling Guide contains an alphabetical list of locations where you can drop off the various materials.  There is also a page about community recycling trailers, with a list of locations and an explanation of what can and can’t be recycled there.  Watch your local newspaper for your very own copy of the 2015 Loup Basin Recycling Guide beginning April 22, Earth Day.  Copies will also be available at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center in Burwell, and Keep Loup Basin Beautiful will be distributing Recycling Guides at community events throughout the spring and summer. 

Keep Loup Basin Beautiful (KLBB) is grant-funded through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and Keep America Beautiful; and is a project of the Loup Basin RC&D Council that promotes litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and beautification.  KLBB serves thirteen counties in central and north-central Nebraska.  For more information about KLBB’s education programs, email KLBB at, visit, or like them on Facebook.  Contact the Loup Basin RC&D office (308)-346-3393 or stop by the office at 807 H St in Burwell, Nebraska.

O'Neill Public Schools Receives Grant From State Education Board

04/10/15 05:24 PM

Afterschool and expanded learning opportunities will soon be available at four new sites in the Nebraska communities of Bayard, Cedar Bluffs, O’Neill and Wood River.

Federal grant funds are awarded to support community learning centers serving students attending schools with high needs.  During non-school hours, these programs offer hands-on learning and activities to meet student needs.  The State Board of Education approved grants for the following new programs:
  • Bayard Public Schools received a $69,320 federal grant for a program at Bayard Elementary School.
  • Cedar Bluffs Public Schools received an $83,250 federal grant for a program at Cedar Bluffs Elementary School.
  • O’Neill Public Schools received a $50,000 federal grant for a program at O’Neill Secondary School.
  • Wood River Rural Schools received a $60,550 federal grant for a program at Wood River Elementary School.

Over the past 12 years, the Nebraska Department of Education has awarded federal grants for students at more than 100 different sites in over 25 Nebraska communities.


04/10/15 05:12 PM

The cast and crew of the OHS spring musical.

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.


04/09/15 11:14 AM

Front row:  Ross Gribble, Izaiah Sauceda, Daniel Libolt, Mr. Stairs
Middle row:  Tyson Burk, Clint Jordan, Jacob Green
Back row:  Derek Tomjack, Christain Sauceda, Zach Haburchak, Landon Crabtree, Trevor Klabenes, Tanner Tracy 
The 32nd  Annual Industrial Technology Competition was held April 2, 2015 on the Wayne State College campus.  A total of 113 junior high and high school students from Nebraska and Iowa took the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills.  Schools attending were Arcadia, Bancroft-Rosalie, Chambers, David City, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, LeMars, O’Neill, Pierce, Spencer, and Wayne.  Awards were given in sixteen competition areas with 7th - 9th grades in Level 1 and 10th - 12th grades in Level 2.  Students competed in construction, manufacturing, communications, and energy, power, and transportation areas.  The Industrial Technology faculty and students of Wayne State College sponsored and judged the competition.  Coordinator of the event was Mr. Greg Worner, Instructor in the WSC Technology and Applied Science Department.
Award winners from Chambers:
Jacob Green 1st place in Bridge Building Level 2
Ross Gribble 3rd place in CO2 Egg Hauler Level 1
Clint Jordan 1st  place in CO2 Egg Hauler Level 2
Clint Jordan 2nd place in Web Page Design
Zach Haburchak and Tanner Tracy 3rd place in 2 X Forum Level 2
Clint Jordan 1st place in Solar Cooker Level 2
Jacob Green 3rd place in Solar Cooker Level 2
Ross Gribble 1st place in Mouse Trap Derby Level 1
Clint Jordan 1st place in Mouse Trap Derby Level 2
Derek Tomjack 2nd Place Mouse Trap Derby Level 2
Ross Gribble 1st place in Mouse Traptor Pull Level 1
Daniel Libolt 2nd place in Mouse Traptor Pull Level 1
Clint Jordan 1st place in Mouse Traptor Pull Level 2
Ross Gribble, Izaiah Sauceda, Trevor Klabenes, and Daniel Libolt 2nd Place in Technology Quiz Bowl Level 1 team competition
Tanner Tracy, Zach Haburchak, Jacob Green, and Clint Jordan 3rd Place in Technology Quiz Bowl Level 2 team competition
Clint Jordan 1st place in Technology Quiz Level 2
Tyson Burk 3rd place in Welding
For the fourth consecutive year, Chambers received the overall scoring award.  In light of this achievement, Mr. Stairs was presented with a custom made WSC hitch cover.
The Technology and Applied Science Department is within the School of Business and Technology at Wayne State College.

1st Annual MS Walk April 25 In O'Neill

04/08/15 11:51 AM

The 1st Annual O’Neill MS Walk will be held April 25 at the O’Neill Public High School.  They are asking you to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.  Along with the walk there will be food, door prize and more and everyone is welcome to take part.  Check in will be April 25 at 9 am with the walk to start at 10 am.  To register or volunteer go to or call 800-344-4867.

Also Thermal Services is selling raffle tickets for a 50” HDTV. You can purchase tickets at Thermal Services and also at the Walk on April 25 and on April 25 at the concert at Chesterfield West.  The winner will be announced on April 27 on the KBRX Morning Show.

Flaherty Honored For Performance From Edward Jones

04/08/15 11:12 AM

For the fourteenth year in a row Steve Flaherty, who has been an Edward Jones financial advisor in O'Neill since 1986, was recently invited to attend the Edward Jones Managing Partner's Conference April 22 - 24 in Scottsdale, AZ. The prestigious annual event honors the top 350 of the firm's more than 14,000 financial advisors.

Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle says, "This meeting allows our most successful financial advisors to network and enables them to learn about trends in the market and industry, and share new ideas on how to better serve investors. We discuss a multitude of topics, including how to provide an ideal client service experience."

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.

New Water Slide Being Constructed At O'Neill Pool

04/07/15 12:10 PM

Artists drawing of new slide that is being erected at O'Neill Swimming Pool
If you drive by the O'Neill Swimming Pool it looks like someone left their giant Lego's laying on the ground.  These pieces will be put together to add a new 2 slide tower to the O'Neill Swimming Pool.  Perfect Settings Inc. out of Columbia, Tennessee is in town putting the pieces together and when it is finished will tower over the southwest corner of the O'Neill Pool.  Construction will be fun to watch and the finished product will be very impressive and is sure to provide hours of fun for summers to come.

Electric Bill Phone Scams Reported In Area

04/07/15 10:56 AM
Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District officials are keeping a watchful eye on continued attempts by individuals contacting utility customers and businesses demanding that they pay their electric bill or face shutoff within 20 minutes.
On Monday, NPPD reported that the phone scam was occurring in Norfolk and based upon past history, other communities across the state could be targeted within the next few weeks. “Once the public recognizes the ploy, the scammers will take advantage of another community in the state. We expect similar calls may begin occurring in some of our retail communities such as Kearney and Scottsbluff, but this deceitful scheme may not be isolated to just larger communities,” said NPPD’s Customer Care Business Manager Robyn Tweedy.
The Ruse
The individuals, posing as representatives of the power company, will tell the customer that they are overdue on their electric bill and must pay up within 20 minutes or be disconnected. They are then instructed to purchase pre-paid cards in order to make immediate payment.
Tweedy said that several local businesses in the Norfolk area were unfortunate victims of the deception with the calls coming at busy times of the company’s operation
NPPD’s Practice
“NPPD does not do business this way,” said Tweedy. “If a customer is overdue on their electric bill and subject to disconnection, it will be printed on their monthly bill with instructions on what they can do to settle the account. They should call the number printed on the bill, not the phone number of the individual making the phone request.”
The malicious practice is not affecting NPPD alone. It has happened in other states with other utilities, and has occurred in Nebraska several times in the past, as recently as last year. If an individual or business not served by NPPD receives a call demanding payment on their electric bill, they are encouraged to contact their local electric provider to check on their account before making any attempt to pay.
Any customers that receive such a call should not attempt to make a payment and contact local law enforcement and NPPD’s Centralized Customer Care Center at 1-877-ASK-NPPD (877-275-6773) to report the request.

Avera St. Anthony's Health Fair Next Dates April 15 and 22

04/07/15 09:04 AM

Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital will be holding two more Health Fair’s.  The dates are Wednesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 22.  They will run from 5:30 am to 8 am each of those days.
The Comprehensive Blood Panel is $45, Hemoglobin A1c $15 and PSA $15.

You are asked to Fast with nothing but water for 12 hours before lab screenings for accurate lab results.  Drink ample amounts of water the day before the draw and limited amounts the morning of the draw.  Take all medications at normal times.

There will also be free services provided including, Blood pressure checks, AveraChart assistance, Medicare Part D and advance directive information and Colon cancer screening.

After your blood draw the Relay For Life will have a free-will donation breakfast served.

Again those dates of the next Health Fair will be April 15 and April 22 from 5:30 am to 8 am each day.

Great Easter Egg Hunt Held Saturday In O'Neill

04/06/15 03:31 PM

Great Easter Egg Hunt Winners
The O’Neill Assembly of God held their annual Great Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at Carney Park in south O’Neill with a huge turnout of kids for all age groups.
Here were the Silver and Gold Egg Winners in each age group:
0-2 Years Old:  Lilly Kizzire-Gold and Amelia Tucker-Silver
3-4 Years Old:  Bergan Couch-Gold and Dakota Foltz-Silver
5-7 Years Old:  Yaritza Pena-Gold and Evan Sayer-Silver
8-10 Years Old: Isaiah Davis-Gold and Ana Pena-Silver

Sign Up Now For Vegetable Gardening Workshop

04/06/15 03:21 PM
The Holt County Extension Office will be holding a Vegetable Gardening Workshop on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Holt County Annex in O’Neill.  If you’re wanting to grow your own food in your own garden, Nebraska Extension Educators will be teaching the basics of vegetable gardening including: site selection, gardening methods, container gardening, common garden pests and diseases, landscaping with vegetables and much more.  Pre-registration is requested by April 21 and the cost is $5.00.  Please contact the Holt County Extension Office at 402-336-2760 to sign up.

Kale Krysl Named Stuart Legion Cornhusker Boys State Representative

04/06/15 02:54 PM

Kale R. Krysl of Stuart Public High School, Stuart, Nebraska, sponsored by The Stuart American Legion, Norton-Carlisle Post #115 will join nearly 400 other high school juniors from across Nebraska participating in the American Legion Cornhusker Boys’ State, May 31-June 6,2015, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln down-town campus. The annual citizenship program, sponsored by the Nebraska American Legion, is designed to provide youths with a better understanding of how city, county and state governments operate. Each boy is sponsored-  locally by an organization such as an American Legion Post, or by some other patriotic, civic, fraternal or religious group in cooperation with the local American Legion Post.

  American Legion Cornhuskers Boys’ State is set up as a functional “51st” state and each boy learns how government subdivisions operate by actually doing the job. Participants will campaign for office, hold elections, take part in band and chorus, compete in athletics, and be involved in other varied activities as part of the citizenship training program.

  Special lectures and addresses will be delivered by experienced public officials and professional leaders including Governor Pete Ricketts and Supreme Court Chief Justice John M. Gerrard. National acclaimed motivational speaker JoAnne Owens-Nauslar is also scheduled to address the group.

High Plains Friends Of The NRA April Gun Winner

04/06/15 11:03 AM

The High Plains Friends of the NRA held their drawing for the gun giveaway for the month of April.  This month's gun is a Weatherby rifle.  The winning ticket number 327 and belongs to Bryce Smalley from Butte.  Bryce may contact Tom at Boardman's Furniture & Pawn to claim his gun.

Work To Begin on US-183, South of the Niobrara River in Brown County

04/03/15 04:42 PM

Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin the week of April 13 on US-183 starting at Reference Post 198.43 and ending at the Brown-Keya Paha county line, Reference Post 207.15, according to the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Werner Construction, Inc., of Hastings, Nebraska, has the $4,604,211 contract for the 8.72-mile project, which will include widening the roadway from 12-foot to 14-foot driving lanes. Work will include culvert extensions, flume installation and new cable guardrail, as well as repair on the Bone Creek Bridge near Keller State Park.

Traffic will be maintained during construction with use of flaggers and a pilot car. Work is anticipated to be completed in October. The Department of Roads’ project manager is Michael Rudnick of Ainsworth. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously through highway construction zones.

Area Students Take Part In Northeast Community College PTK Induction Ceremony

04/02/15 04:32 PM

NORFOLK - A special ceremony was held recently on the Norfolk campus of Northeast Community College to welcome the newest members into its international honor society. Students were installed into Northeast’s Phi Theta Kappa, (PTK), Tau Chi chapter during the spring 2015 induction ceremony held in the Lifelong Learning Center.         
To be eligible for PTK, students must have earned at least 12 credit hours and achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 or above out of a 4.0 system.
Rosalyn Cotton, chairperson of the Nebraska Board of Parole, was the featured speaker. She has served the state of Nebraska 30 years in law enforcement and corrections. Cotton holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and sociology from Wayne State College and a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She inspires students to pursue academic and personal excellence.
The following students from the KBRX area have qualified for PTK during the spring 2015 semester:
Atkinson - Shaely E. Thiele; Elgin - Yoli Anderson; Emmet - Brock A. Schueth; Lynch - Kody N. Nolan, Riley Z. Schmitz, Zachary A. Wickersham; Neligh - Bailey L. Carpenter, Grant R. Knutson; Niobrara - Daniel L. Red Owl; Osmond - Heather L. Schumacher; Plainview - Cara K. Friedrich, Erika M. Neumann; Stuart - Kayla K. Bouska, Shelby D. Paxton ;

The following qualified for PTK for the Fall 2014 semester:
Brunswick - Corby Forbes; Butte - Katherine Pickinpaugh; Creighton - Shayna Kruse; Crofton - Travis Allvin; Elgin - Allison Koenig; Niobrara - Brianne Dekay; O’Neill - Kelsey Mundhenke;  Verdigre - Jacob Pavlik.

Northeast Community College offers over 80 concentrations/options of study preparing students for immediate employment or transfer to a four-­year college or university.

Strope And Stagemeyer Participate In Agricultural Issues Academy

04/02/15 02:18 PM
Tejlor Strope and Miles Stagemeyer, members of the O’Neill FFA Chapter, has been selected to participate in the fifth annual Agricultural Issues Academy (AIA) on April 8th as part of the 2015 Nebraska State FFA Convention held in Lincoln. AIA is a leadership-based academy that focuses on providing participants with skills needed to become spokespeople for the agriculture industry. The day-long program will expose participants to current agricultural issues, develop communication skills, and provide an opportunity to meet with industry leaders and lawmakers.

Stope and Stagemeyer were selected from a pool of 65 qualified applicants from across Nebraska and were narrowed down by a selection committee to 30 participants. Selected candidates were charged with a task to research a current “ag” issue of their choice and be prepared to explain the issue at the academy.

At the Agriculture Issues Academy participants will be a part of the following activities:
  • Round-robin session presented by experts on learning how to speak to lawmakers, preparing a successful and positive message for TV and radio, and have first-hand training for written and online communication.
  • A visit to the State Capitol, accompanied by agriculture lobbyists who will introduce participants to the State Legislature, and provide an opportunity for them to meet with the senator from their home district.
  • The following day, academy participants will be expected to serve as peer leaders for the state convention’s annual legislative breakfast with State Senators and other FFA members.
  • Participants will be recognized and awarded pins for participating in the academy at the Opening Session of the Nebraska State FFA Convention on Thursday morning.
The Agriculture Issues Academy is sponsored by Alliance for Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Soybean Board, and Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

Tejlor Strope is the daughter of Boyd and MaLaine Strope. Miles Stagemeyer is the son of Brent and Carla Stagemeyer. Their FFA Chapter Advisor is Mrs. Krystl Knabe. 

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Livestock Expansion Guidelines

04/02/15 06:13 AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Livestock operations that want to expand will still have to comply with county requirements under a bill that won first-round approval from Nebraska lawmakers.

The legislation would create optional statewide standards for producers that want to build or expand facilities. Lawmakers voted 34-3 Wednesday on the proposal by Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse.

Advocates say the bill encourages growth of animal agriculture by simplifying the permit process for out-of-state producers.

The original bill would have mandated the standards and created a state-level board that could overturn county-level decisions. After three days of fierce debate, senators compromised with a measure that would rely on state, county and university experts to create the standards. Counties would have the option to use them as guidelines.

The bill is LB106.

Steven Brewster Named To Nebraska Community Foundation Board

04/01/15 11:05 AM

The Nebraska Community Foundation recently named two new members to their Board of Directors.  Newly named from our area is Steven A. Brewster of Stuart, a partner with Krotter Hoffman law firm.  Steve is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and had been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, and in the states of Nebraska, Washington and Massachusetts.  He has extensive experience as a consultant in management and board development with nonprofits, NGS’s and government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.  He also has served as executive director for Social, Ecological and Economic Development in Christina Lake, British Columbia.  Steve is a member of the Stuart Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee.   

The Nebraska Community Foundation uses philanthropy as a tool for community development.  The Foundation does not itself make grants; it empowers local leaders to raise their own funds and make their own grants based on their local community development priorities.

For more information go to

Hanzlik's Speech to be Featured on NET's "Best of the Best"

04/01/15 09:43 AM

Brittany Hanzlik, Class D2's NSAA State Speech Informative Speaking Champion, has been chosen to appear on the NET production of NSAA Championships: Best of the Best.  This is a special presentation of the top speech champions.  It will be taped on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 7 at the NET studio in Lincoln.  The program is scheduled to be aired on Sunday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on NET-1 and  Brittany is the daughter of Robert and Patty Hanzlik of Stuart. Congratulations!

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

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

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

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 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.

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

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.
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