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Atkinson Man Gets 20 To 40 Years In Infant Death


05/05/15 06:16 AM
Michael Schroeder, age 26, of Atkinson was sentenced to 20-to-40 years in prison after being convicted of killing his infant son. The sentencing was handed down Monday in Holt County District Court. In March, Schroeder pleaded no contest to intentional child abuse that resulted in the infant boys death.  Prosecutors dropped a second charge in return for Schroeder's plea.

In a report filed by an Atkinson Police Officer it stated that Kalium Ebsen, Schroder's son, was transported to West Holt Memorial Hospital on October 26 after being found unresponsive. The infant was then flown to an Omaha hospital where he passed away a few days later.

St. Mary's Marian Chapter Students Clean Up Highway 20


05/04/15 11:53 AM

(left to right) St. Mary's Senior Garrett Gleason and Juniors Jayde Rosenkrans and Rylie Pistulka.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Bahrij
A big "THANK YOU" to the  19 students from St. Mary's Marian Chapter of the National Honor Society that came on Sunday May 3, 2015 to clean the highway stretch on US 20 marker 305 thru 307 just west of O'Neill.  Many bags of garbage were collected in this area.  
And just a reminder from all of us at KBRX to please not be a LitterBug!!
 
 

May "Gun of the Month" Winners


05/04/15 11:16 AM
 

With the beginning of a new month it is time for the High Plains Freinds of the NRA to give away another gun. The May gun is a Henry lever-action rifle. The lucky winner is number 207: Cris Winings from O’Neill. In honor of Mother’s Day and Memorial Day they are giving another two guns as well! The winner of the Mother’s Day gun, a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, is number 270: Dale Sichender from Chambers. The Memorial Day guy is a Savage 17 caliber rifle, won by number 419: Larry Masat of Verdigre. Congratulations to Cris, Dale, and Larry! You may contact Tom at Boardman’s Furniture and Pawn in O'Neill to claim your guns.
 

Neligh-Oakdale Puts On Elementary Honor Bands


05/04/15 11:07 AM

On Saturday, May 2nd, 27 O'Neill 5th & 6th graders traveled to Neligh to rehearse and perform in the 7th Annual Neligh-Oakdale Elementary Honor Bands. Around 590 elementary band students participated in the 5th grade band, 6th grade band & percussion ensemble.


Directing the 5th grade band was Kevin McClouth from NECC. O'Neill performers included: Brenna Colfack, McKenzie Dow, Kylee Howard, Alyssa Fehringer, Lauren Young, Maddy Hilker, Brittany Nelson, Andrew Koehlmoos, Luke Popkes, James Krotter, Ty Rainforth, Kiersten Welke, Kyler Dean, Lance Schmichael, Harley Clausen, Brady Sidak, and Carson Belik.


For the 6th grade band, Dr. Randy Nueharth, retired (former NECC director) conducted the group. Performing were: Kelsey Osborne, Becky Hupp, Jayden Harris, Sara Morrow, William Otte, Elliot Schluns, Grant Tomjack, Christopher Jennings, and Blair Gutshall.

Chad Barnhill from Midwest Music directed the Percussion Ensemble. Noah Shabram performed in the group.

Coordinator of the event and band director at Neligh-Oakdale Nate Metschke stated, "I really believe in giving kids positive musical experiences. Especially in the beginning years of band. Now they know how much fun honor bands can be and they will work harder to make an honor band in the future!"



 

Area Students To Graduate From UNK, Commencement To Be Friday, May 8


05/04/15 09:28 AM
Graduate and undergraduate degrees for 685 students will be handed out at the University of Nebraska at Kearney during commencement excercises on Friday, May 8 at 10:0 am.

The Honorable Jodi M. Hoos, circuit judge for the 10th Judicial District in Illinois will deliver the commencement address.

The ceremony will be held at the UNK Health and Sports Center.  For those unable to attend in person, UNK commencement ceremonies will be webcast at www.unk.edu

Graduating on Friday from the KBRX area are:
Halli Thurlow, Atkinson, BSED in Communication Disorders
Dillon Nelson, Burwell, BA in Theatre
Lisa Petersen, Burwell, BAED in Language Arts with Honorable Mention
Sydney Weber, Burwell, BAED in Elementary Education with Honorable Mention
Matthew Hoffman, Chambers, BS in Agribusiness
Bryson Dekay, Lynch, BS in Organizational Communication
Randy Baker, O’Neill, BS in Industrial Distribution, Graduated Magna Cm Laude
McKenna Moyes, O’Neill, BGS in General Studies
Tyler Stracke, O’Neill, BS in Exercise Science Fitness & Wellness
Adam Bretschneider, Springivew, BS in Athletic Training
Brittany Schrantz, Springview, BSED in Communication Disorders, Graduating Summa Cum Laude
Tanya Schroder, Stuart, BAED in Early Childhood Unified
Lonnie Filip, Verdigre, BS in Criminal Justice
Staci Simonsen, Verdigre, MAE in Art Education

O'Neill High School Activity Recognition Night Awards Handed Out


05/04/15 09:10 AM

The O’Neill High School held their Activity Recognition night on April 27.  Here are the award winners in different activities.
Outstanding Academic Award – This award is presented to one female and one male Senior who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 and have shown excellence and leadership in a school activity. This award is voted on by all activity sponsors.
Female – Marie Sitz
Male – Jon Marvin
The A.R.T.S. Award – This stands for Activites Relating To Success and is presented to Seniors who have been involved in at least three lettered/participation activities all four years of high school.
Brooke Buller & Marie Sitz
High School Band
Most Improved – Shelby Thomas
Instrumentalist Musicianship Award – Brittany Soukup
Semper Fidelis Award – Rahtaya Young
John Philip Sousa Award – Logan Spencer
Louis Armstrong Award – Jon Marvin
Directors Most Outstanding Award – Marie Sitz
NSAA District Outstanding Performance Award – Nathaniel Jennings
Chamber Choir
National Choral Award – Brooke Buller & Marie Sitz
Fred Waring Choral Award – Rahtaya Young & Alexandra Strampher
Most Improved Singer – Cody Muilenburg
Rising Star Award – Aleigha Holz and Blair Langan
Speech
Varsity Speaker of the Year – Marie Sitz
Newcomer Speaker of the Year – Zeb O’Bryan
Most Dedicated Speaker – Brooke Buller
One Acts
Outstanding Cast Member – Marie Sitz & Vionne Trizila
Outstanding Newcomer – Nikki Gotschall & Blair Langan
Musical
Best Actor – Grant Johnston
Best Actress – Vionne Trizila
Best Supporting Actor – Jonathan Gettert
Best Supporting Actress – Bailey Krieger & Nikki Gotschall
Newby Award – Kedron Koehler & Blake Johnston
Multi-Role Master – James Walton
Musical Mainstay Award – Rahtaya Young
The Big Cheese Award – Marie Sitz
Fin Flippin Award – Allison Becker, Andrea Bennets, Aurora Gutshall, Aleigha Holz, Alexander Strampher, Allison Ludwig
Art
An Art Show was also held at the Recognition night.  Award winners were:
Best of Show – Braxton Stauffer Jr. High & Kayla Sears High School
People’s Choice – Erica Hagemann
Principal’s Choice – Ezra Kelly

Source of Heavy Smoke in O'Neill Found to be Trash Fire


05/01/15 04:08 PM

The O'Neill Fire Department was dispatched on Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 P.M. to a fire located south of Carney Park in O'Neill after a report of heavy smoke going into town.  Upon arrival the department found a person burning trash without a burn permit.  Fire personnel extinguished the fire and were on scene for 1 1/2 hours.
 

BHE Renewables Officially Announces Holt County Wind Project


05/01/15 10:37 AM
 

DES MOINES, Iowa – BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, today announced plans to construct a 400-megawatt wind farm in Holt County, Nebraska – the largest wind energy project in the state’s history. The project will increase Nebraska’s wind energy capacity by nearly 50 percent and represents the first project in the state for BHE Renewables.

“We are excited to be constructing this wind farm in Holt County, our first project in the state,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of BHE Renewables. “The Grande Prairie project will have a major impact on Nebraska’s economy and energy future while helping our customer, Omaha Public Power District, meet its long-term renewable goals.”

“We are very pleased to be working with BHE Renewables to continue to move this project forward,” said Tim Burke, incoming OPPD president and CEO. “When we announced a long-term power purchase agreement to buy 100 percent of the wind generation from this facility several months ago, our goal was to plan for the future and position OPPD to have more than 30 percent of our future retail generation come from renewable sources. This will put us on the path to make that happen.”

BHE Renewables plans to begin construction at Grande Prairie this summer with completion scheduled for the end of 2016. Fehrman said the project will create an estimated 350 temporary construction jobs and 12 to 15 on-site permanent full-time jobs while generating over $4 million per year in landowner lease payments, contributions to a community fund, and tax revenue for the county, schools, fire districts and townships.

Founded in 2011 as a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, BHE Renewables owns and operates more than 3,400 megawatts of wind, solar, geothermal and hydro resources that produce energy for customers under long-term power purchase agreements. The company has invested more than $10 billion in renewable energy resources and will have more than 1,300 megawatts of wind generation capacity in operation when recent acquisitions are complete. More information is available www.bherenewables.com.
 

Roll Of The Dice Decides Mayor Of Platte, SD


05/01/15 07:35 AM

(Information in the following story is from: KSFY-TV, http://www.ksfy.com)

PLATTE, S.D. (AP) — A roll of the dice has determined who will be the next mayor in the South Dakota town of Platte.

Steve Christensen became the next mayor Thursday after the town solved its too-close-to-call race with a game of chance.

Christensen and incumbent Mayor Rick Gustad split the vote in the April 14th election. An old state statute says certain elections can be determined by a high card draw or a roll of the dice.

Gustad picked dice as his game of choice. KSFY-TV reports that Christensen rolled a seven to become Platte's mayor for the next two years. Gustad rolled a four.

The two also ran against one another in 2013, with Gustad winning by six votes.

Christensen is a former police chief. Gustad serves as Platte's fire chief.

Area Students Win Awards at ESU 8 Art Show This Week


04/30/15 12:49 PM

The ESU 8 High School Art Show was held in Neligh at the Antelope County Fair Grounds. It began with the setting up and judging on Monday, April 27th and was open to the public on both Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28th and 29th. There were approximately 830 pieces of artwork on display from 18 different schools.

The high schools that participated were:
1.     Battle Creek ... Teacher: Stephanie Nelson
2.     Clearwater/Orchard ... Teacher: Shannon Schumacher
3.     Elgin … Teacher: Rita Heithoff
4.     Elkhorn Valley ... Teacher: Rebecca Munson
5.     Ewing ... Teacher: Jan Miller
6.     Madison ... Teacher: Casey Wolta
7.     Neligh-Oakdale ... Teacher: Mary Pfanstiel
8.     Newman Grove … Teacher: Laura Nelson
9.     Norfolk Senior High ... Teacher: Heather Gates
10.   O’Neill … Teacher: Kevin McNichols
11.   O’Neill St. Mary’s … Teacher: Georgia Blumenstock
12.   Osmond … Teacher: Jessica Bayer
13.   Plainview ... Teacher: Ranae Wacker
14.   Pope John … Teacher: Connie Henn
15.   Stanton ... Teacher: Rod Beyke
16.   Verdigre ... Teacher: Cathy Barta
17.   West Holt ... Teacher: Megan Boyle
18.   Wheeler Central … Teacher: Paul Beranek
 

The miscellaneous "Best In Show" Award by Kasi Grosserode

Deb Fonder, a retired Art Instructor from Norfolk and Mike Hassler, a Wakefield Art Instructor were the judges for this Art Show. They chose two Best of Show winners. One was a miscellaneous piece by Kassidy Grosserode, a sophomore from Neligh-Oakdale High School. Her Art Instructor is Mary Pfanstiel. For the 3D winner, they chose a hand-built clay piece by Jaden Estes, a senior from Stanton. Her Art Instructor is Rod Keyke.

Outstanding Merit awards were also given to these students:
Name, Grade, School - Category
Cassandra Holland, 12, Verdigre - Pencil
Madi Schreier, 12, Verdigre - Pencil
Alex Hoffman, 12, Verdigre - Ink
Allison Donley, 12, O'Neill - Oil Painting
Ericka Bixenmann, 10, Norfolk - Tempra
Elishia Coffin, 12, Norfolk - Chalk Pastel
Ashley Colwell, 10, Stanton - Pencil
Carrie Feldman, 12, Battle Creek - Colored Pencil
Jaden Estes, 12, Stanton - Clay Sculpture
 

West Holt Medical Services Hires New Chief Executive Officer


04/29/15 11:11 AM

After conducting a nationwide executive search led by healthcare leadership solutions firm B. E. Smith, West Holt Medical Services in Atkinson, Neb., has hired Bradley Pfeifer as chief executive officer. A skilled healthcare executive with more than 10 years of leadership experience, Pfeifer will assume his new duties on June 1st.

“Brad brings a proven track record leading organizational strategy as well as a keen understanding and success in building strong relationships with physicians,” said Bryan Rentschler, president of the West Holt Medical Services Board of Directors. “Brad’s leadership and dedicated focus on patient care will be a great benefit to the hospital and community.”

Formerly, Pfeifer served as marketing and business development manager at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital in Omaha. In this role, he provided leadership for the hospital’s marketing, sales and strategic development. Previous executive positions include serving as senior vice president at Orthopaedic Marketing Group in Omaha, and senior marketing consultant at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa.

“West Holt Medical Services was seeking a healthcare executive with a high sense of integrity and a leadership style that complements the hospital’s mission and vision,” said Mick Ruel, vice president of executive search for B. E. Smith, the healthcare executive search firm who conducted the nationwide CEO search for West Holt Medical Services. “Brad’s experience and leadership style were the perfect fit.”

Pfeifer earned his Master in Healthcare Administration from Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb., and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is board certified in healthcare management and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He is a professional certified marketer through the American Marketing Association (AMA) and a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD).

For more information on West Holt Medical Services visit www.westholtmed.org.
 

St. Mary's Inducts Students Into National Honor Society


04/29/15 10:10 AM


Back Row (L-R): River Kramer (Soph.), Adam Soukup (Sr.), Zac Wiese (Soph.)
Middle Row (L-R): Riley Sibbel (Jr.), Ashley Everitt (Jr.), Logan Connot (Soph.), Hattie Blumenstock (Soph.)
Front Row (L-R): Paige Gaughenbaugh (Jr.), Jayde Rosekrans (Jr.), Rylie Pistulka (Jr.), Hailey Eiler (Soph.), Caleigh Miles (Soph.)


St. Mary's High School held their National Honor Society induction ceremony on Monday, April 27. Twelve new members were brought in to the organization.
Senior: Adam Soukup
Juniors: Riley Sibbel, Ashley Everitt, Paige Gaughenbaugh, Jayde Rosenkrans, and Rylie Pistulka
Sophomores: Logan Connot, Hattie Blumenstock, River Kramer, Zac Wiese, Hailey Eiler and Caleigh Miles

Requirements for induction into NHS are:
  • attending school in grades 10 through 12
  • maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent standard of excellence
  • demonstrating volunteer or service hours
  • preserving an excellent record of behavior in and out of school
  • participating in leadership roles in school and/or community activities

 

2015 O'Neill and St. Mary's Prom Royalty


04/29/15 10:02 AM


OHS Prom Royalty (left to right)
1st Attendants: Shelby Heiser and Levi Ethington
King Jon Marvin and Queen Brooke Buller
2nd Attendants:  Caleb Ross and McKenzie Adamson



2015 St. Mary's "Arabian Nights" Prom Royalty
Front Row (L-R): Prince Noah Johnson, Crown Bearers Drake Berg, Max Berg, Ava Shald, Savannah Gallagher, Princess Addie Wetzel
Back Row (L-R): King Adam Soukup, Queen Brittany Soukup
 

O'Neill Post Prom Scholarship Winners


04/28/15 11:32 AM
The following students from St. Mary's and O'Neill High were the lucky recipients of post prom scholarships. The post prom committee thanks the generous businesses and individuals that donated all the scholarships

Front row (left to right) Blake Walters, Eduardo Quintero, Marie Sitz, Alex Strampher, Kedron Koehler, Addie Wetzel, Mackenzie Wecker, Alejandra Vergara-Kersenbrock, Tracy Vandersnick, Brant Shoemaker and Jon Hoefer.
Back Row (left to right) Cordele Matthews, Adam Soukup, Arianna Dugan, Brandi Taylor, Jacey Kosizek, Noah Johnson, Jon Marvin, Jacob Petersen and Bryce Matson

National Day Of Prayer Event To Be Held May 7th In O'Neill


04/27/15 03:41 PM

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.  The theme for 2015 is Lord, Hear Our Cry, emphasizing the need for  individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator.
Join in a National Day of Prayer event, jointly hosted by Word of Life Christian Center and O’Neill Assembly of God, on Thursday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m.  The event will be held in the Sanctuary of O’Neill Assembly of God at 204 North 7th Street, O’Neill, NE..  Following the service, refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

Shamrock Ringers Hold Horseshoe Tournament


04/27/15 01:15 PM

(left to right) Class A Winners Carolyn Schneider, Richard Schrader and Samantha Wysocki


​(left to right) Class B Winners Karla Wysocki, Scott Poese and Bryan Strong

 
The Shamrock Ringers Horseshoe Club held a sanctioned horseshoe tournament on Saturday at Jamison Courts located at Carney Park in south O’Neill on Saturday.
Competitors from as far away as Kansas and North Dakota participated.
Here are the results:
Class A
1st place Carolyn Schneider, Cody, Nebraska
2nd place Richard Schrader, Neligh
3rd place Samantha Wysocki, Grand Island
Class B
1st place Karla Wysocki, Grand Island
2nd place Scott Poese, O’Neill
3RD place Bryan Strong, Wichita, Kansas

O'Neill will be the site of the Nebraska State Tournament over Labor Day this weekend this year.

OHS Bands 'Superior' at Districts


04/27/15 11:01 AM

On Friday, April 24th, the O'Neill Bands traveled to Atkinson to perform at the District Music Contest. 57 band members performed in the concert band as well as other various ensembles and solos. In all 12 'Superior' and 4 'Excellent' ratings were earned throughout the day.

The concert band as well as the stage band also earned 'State Medalist' honors - receiving ''Superior' ratings from all the judges.

Other Superior Ratings included:
Piano Solo (Nathanial Jennings)
Flute Duet (Brittany Soukup, Sydney Zahm),
Clarinet Trio (Lauren Osborne, Kendra Kozisek, Mikayla Marvin),
Bass Clarinet Solo (Lauren Osborne),
Tenor Sax Solo (Ehric Strope),
Trumpet Solo (Jon Marvin),
Trumpet Quartet (Vionne Trizila, Alexa Dougherty, Caliegh Miles, Gabbie Scott),
Trombone Solo (Logan Spencer),
Baritone Solo (Corbin Dean),
Low Brass Quartet (Logan Spencer, Garrett Gleason, Allison Ludwig, Corbin Dean)
 
'Excellent' Ratings included:
Violin Solo (Marie Sitz)
Oboe Solo (Marie Sitz)
Alto Sax Solo (Nathanial Jennings)
Mallet Solo (James Walton)
 
"The kids performed well today. The whole week really went well, starting with the recital. It was the culmination of a fantastic year!" commented Director Chad Dean.

Mitchell And Poese Medal At State 4-H Shoot


04/27/15 09:25 AM
 

Colby Mitchell (back row second from left) & Michael Poese (front row second from left)
were medal winners at State 4-H Shoot

Two Holt County 4-H shooters brought home medals from the State 4-H Clay Target Championships held over the past weekend in Grand Island.  Colby Mitchell of Amelia, competing in the Senior Tier 1 Division, brought home three medals.  He placed 1st in Trap, tied for 3rd in Skeet and placed 3rd overall in scoring.  Michael Poese of O’Neill placed 3rd in Skeet in the Junior Division.  Over 120 kids participated in the event.
 

O'Neill Team Of Fowler And Walters Place 6th At Auto Skills Challenge


04/24/15 04:53 PM
 
 
O’Neill High School students Kyle Fowler and Blake Walters competed in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Challenge at Southeast Community College in Milford. O’Neill placed 6th in the overall finals.  Both O’Neill students earned two $1,000 scholarships. ($2,000 each).  Allen Spangler is their instructor.  They did an AWESOME job and through this contest are considered among the top 12 student automotive technicians in the state. 

Hastings earned the state championship title this year and will head to the Ford World Headquarters in June to compete in the national finals as representatives for Nebraska.  At the state finals, both students earned more than $15,000 in scholarships and prizes.

State rankings:
1 – Hastings
2 – Tekamah Herman
3 – North Platte
4 – Lincoln High
5 – Beatrice
6 – O’Neill
7 – Gering
8 – Omaha Public School Career Center
9 – Omaha Public School Career Center
10 – Columbus High School  

Northeast To Provide More EMS Workshops In Area Communities


04/24/15 02:55 PM
NORFOLK – The Allied Health Department at Northeast Community College in Norfolk has announced several free, one-session workshops for emergency medical service technicians in the area. 
All workshops are offered for three continuing education credits. They will be held in local fire halls from 7-10 p.m. 
There is no need to pre-register. The workshops, dates and locations include:
 
EVOC                               Saturday, May 9           Plainview
Pediatric Emergencies      Thursday, May 14        Pierce
Documentation/Enarsis     Tuesday, May 19         Neligh
Capnography                    Tuesday, May 19          Plainview
Medication Refresher        Monday, May 25          Niobrara
EVOC                               Saturday, May 30         Neligh
EVOC                               Saturday, June 6          Elgin

 
This program is funded in whole or in part with public funds provided through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services System Emergency Medical Services Program.
For additional information, call the Allied Health Department, Northeast Community College, at (402) 844-7702.

Phander And Sempek Present At Speech Showcase For NECC


04/24/15 02:42 PM

Jasmine Lee Phander (left) and Drew Sempek
 
Jasmine Lee Phander, Ewing, and Drew Sempek, Stromsburg, forensic team students at Northeast Community College, perform “Empowering Women” during a Speech Showcase Wednesday on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. Other competitors of the team who performed include Musa Fofana, Serrekunda, The Gambia, Jordan Suckstorf, Norfolk, Tim Browning, Bancroft, and Joe Lose, Kansas City, MO. This year, the Northeast Forensics Team earned 80 trophies at various tournaments. Since 2009, the team has won approximately 400 trophies. (Courtesy Photo)

Caleb Ross Receives 2015 DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award


04/23/15 08:53 AM

Caleb Ross (right) and O'Neill FFA Advisor Mrs. Krystal Knabe
 
O’Neill, Nebraska- Caleb Ross of O’Neill High School was recently presented the school’s highest agriculture honor, the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

Ross, the son of Mike and Shelly Ross, received the award of excellence in academics, leadership and agriculture work experience. Ross’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included working at Opplinger Farms, for area Ranchers, and welding as his FFA Supervised Agriculture Experience program, being awarded the 2015 District X Champion Arc Welder, was a member of the 2015 District X Reserve Champion Welding team, and was a State FFA Degree recipient in 2015. Caleb has been an active member in the O’Neill FFA Chapter and Agricultural Education Department since the chapter was re-chartered in 2009. Mrs. Krystl Knabe is Ross’s agriculture education instructor at O’Neill High School.

This year the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award celebrates its 68th anniversary. Over these 68 years more than 170,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school’s highest agriculture honor. As the winner of the 2015 Award, Ross’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at O’Neill High School.

Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award. Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.

Two St. Mary's Students Win RHOP In Medicine Scholarships


04/22/15 03:56 PM
              
Brittany Soukup                                 Logan Spencer 
Brittany Soukup, daughter of Gene and Cindy Soukup and Logan Spencer, son of Wendell and Sharon Spencer have both been offered the RHOP in Medicine scholarship at Chadron State College in Chadron, NE.
 
To be eligible for RHOP, the applicant MUST:
  1. Be a rural Nebraska resident (Omaha and Lincoln areas are excluded).
  2. Be a Nebraska high school graduate.
  3. Apply to only the Chadron State College OR Wayne State College RHOP program.
  4. Be committed to practice in a rural Nebraska area.
  5. Be enrolled at CSC for the entirety of their discipline guidelines.
  6. If a nontraditional student: must be willing to begin their work at CSC as a freshman, regardless of previous education.
Brittany and Logan were chosen from a large pool of applicants from all areas of Nebraska.  There are 3 positions filled at this location and once completed, a reserved position at UNMC Medical School will be reserved for each student.

Rural Serviceship Program Interns To Come To O'Neill This Summer


04/21/15 02:20 PM

By Kelli Rollin, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN--Small towns are the place to be for some college students.

The Rural Serviceship Program through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers an internship program for students to work on community projects in rural towns during the summer.

Towns apply to be selected to host interns through the two-year-old program supported by the University's Rural Futures Institute, which aims to help revitalize rural areas.

So far, seven towns and 14 student interns have participated in the program. Towns in our area that have already benefited are Neligh, Ord and Valentine. Towns selected have been spread across the state, from Seward to Kimball.

This summer marks the program's third year. Tom Field, director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at UNL, said three towns have been selected for summer 2015.
The communities of O'Neill, Cambridge and Brownville will participate in the program and have two interns each. Field said final decisions on interns haven't been made yet.
Interns are paid a stipend of about $1,600 for the eight-week program and can use the internship to fulfill school requirements. Towns and students are encouraged to apply for the RFI grant-funded program for next year.

Future applicants can get more information at www.ruralfutures.nebraska.edu.

Teachers To Retire At Clearwater/Orchard School


04/20/15 03:11 PM
Story by Connie Cronin
As the 2014-2015 school year wraps up, three long time Clearwater/Orchard teachers prepare to wrap up their teaching careers.  Mr. Paul Horman, Mrs. Betty Schomberg, and Mrs. Donna Ziems will be retiring at the end of this school year.  These three dedicated teachers have given a total of more than a century of their expertise to educate the students in the area.  In honor of their service to the profession and to congratulate them on their retirement, an open house will be held on Sunday, May 17th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Clearwater School.  A short presentation will be held beginning at 3:00 p.m.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  

The Little Mermaid Jr. Made A Splash This Weekend


04/20/15 11:35 AM
 

Cast of Little Mermaid Jr. From O'Neill High School

The O'Neill High School Drama Department took audiences on a journey "under the sea" in THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. this weekend with rave reviews.  "This year's cast and crew are an absolutely amazing, talented, and dedicated group of students," says the show's director, Jonathan Jaques.  "I couldn't be more proud of them.  I'm sad to see it end."  Congratulations to all of the students involved in making this production a great success and so fun to watch.  Mr. Jaques would like to extend a special "thank you" to his production team: Cheryl Ludwig, Chad Dean, Terry Kloppenborg, and James Burtwistle. Thank you to all who attended and support the arts at O'Neill High School.
 

OHS Athletic Banquet Scheduled for May 1


04/20/15 11:18 AM

The O’Neill Booster Club will again sponsor the 2014-15 O’Neill High School Athletic Banquet and the public is invited to attend.  The banquet will be held on Friday May 1 and will begin at 6 pm.  The meal will be catered and tickets may be purchase at the High School main office for $15 per ticket.  Ticket deadline and sign up for athletes will be on Friday April 24.  High School student athletes are admitted free of charge by signing up with the Activities Director. Guest speaker for the banquet is Jim Weeks, head men’s basketball coach at Doane College.
 

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.

My name is Blake Johnston. I am 18 years old and a junior at O’Neill Public High School. I am the son of Jimmy Johnston and Nikki Schwanz. I participate in cross country, track and musical. I am also in National Honors Society, Student Council, and O-Club. I attend First Christian Church in Norfolk and go FUEL, which is led by Marshal Hardy. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and am excited and honored to attend Boys State. I hope that through this experience I can gain more knowledge of government and can represent O’Neill in a positive way. I am looking forward to going down to Lincoln and participating in Boys State.
 

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!

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.  

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.
 

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

CHAMBERS WINS 1ST PLACE AND 4-PEATS AT WAYNE STATE COLLEGE TECHNOLOGY DAY


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.

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 www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.  

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.  
   
Call KBRX at (402) 336-1612