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Filing Deadline for Non Incumbants

The filing deadline for non-incumbants to file for Chambers & Ewing Board of Education, (all Villages) Chambers, Emmet, Ewing, Inman, Page & Stuart Village Board, Holt County Weed Board, Stuart Airport Authority and all 37 townships in Holt County is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1st

O'Neill High School Yearbooks

O'Neill High School students and parents, your yearbooks are in! You can pick them up in room 212 at the following times this week. No extra books are for sale at this time, that announcement will be made after school starts. Thank you! * Tuesday, July 29 from 9AM-2PM * Wednesday, July 30 from noon-1:45 * Thursday, July 31 from 9-2

Homebuyer Education Workshop

For families dreaming of owning their own home, but uncertain about how to make that dream a reality, the Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD) will conduct a REACH-Approved Homebuyer Educational workshop in Ord in August.  This workshop will be held at the Ord Housing Authority, 2410 K Street, on August 21 & 28, from 6-10 p.m. both evenings.  Participants are required to attend both evenings to receive a certificate of completion.  CNHD has a down payment assistance program, and participation in a REACH-certified workshop is a requirement for applying for these funds or other down payment assistance, as well as to qualify for low-interest mortgage loans.  To participate in these special programs, all persons to be listed on the property deed must complete Homebuyer Education.  The cost of the workshop is $50 per person, which covers books and materials.  Pre-registration is required.  To sign up for this workshop, or to inquire about future workshops, please contact Melissa Krysl, Marketing Specialist, at 402-340-6464 or via e-mail at, or visit the CNHD website for housing information at

Ranchland Art Group

An open art show sponsored by the Ranchland Art Group will be held during O'Neill Summerfest at the O'Neill Library.  The entries will be hung on July 16th and will remain on display until August 1st.  All artists are invited to display their work-you do not need to be a Ranchland Art Group member.  A donation of $2 per art work is suggested to the O'Neill Public Library.


Farmers have until August 15th to apply for the Storm Damage Cover Crop Initiative through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Storm Damage Cover Crop Initiative will assist producers with planting cover crops to re-establish vegetative cover lost due to extreme weather conditions such as drought, floods, tornado, hail, and high winds. For more information, visit your local USDA Service Center or


Dr. Keil will be out of town from Tuesday, July 22nd through Friday, August 1st.  He will NOT be in the Lynch Medical Clinic those days, he will be in the clinic on Saturday, August 2nd from 9am to Noon.


The O'Neill United Methodist Church invites kids to Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School from Sunday, July 27th to Thursday, July 31st.  Kids age preschool to 6th grade are invited to attend.  This will begin with a free will supper for families at 5:45 p.m. and end each night at 8:35 p.m.  There will be a final celebration on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. for families.  For more information contact 402-336-1883 or 402-336-2272


Abundant Grace Assembly of God in Atkinson will be holding Blast Off Vacation Bible School July 30-Aug 1st from 6-8:30pm for children ages 5-12 for more info call 402.925.8124.


Due to scheduling conflicts the next Story Times at the Orchard Public Library will be on Thursday, July 31st at 10:15am.  


The Orchard Evangelical Free Church will present a free showing of the movie "God's Not Dead" on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd at 7 p.m.  The movie will be shown at the Rex Theater in downtown Orchard.  For more information contact Pastor Jim at 402-893-2555


The Summer Reading Program lunch & awards party at the Orchard Public Library will be Saturday, August 2nd at noon.

The Boyd County Horseshoe Pitching Tournament has been moved to the beef arena on the fairgrounds.  Registration starts at 9:00am and the Tournament begins at 10:00am on Saturday, August 2nd

Your invited! To a garden party hosted by The Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson on Saturday, August 2nd at 10:00am in the courtyard.  Enjoy our new gazebo, flowers, and refreshments.


Sunday, August 3rd at the Fairgrounds in Chambers the 4-H shooting sports kids will be having practice at 2:00pm for 22 archery and trap.


The Atkinson/Stuart Food Pantry will be open Monday, August 4th from 2pm to 5:30pm at St. John's Lutheran Church in Atkinson.  Distribution will also be from 3pm to 5pm at Stuart Community Church in Stuart.


On Saturday, August 9th The Neals will be in concert presenting songs of the 40's, 50's & 60's for your listening and dancing pleasure, starting at 8:00pm at the Clearwater American Legion.  It is a free will donation.  For more information call 402-657-5311.


Anyone living in the Knox County Area is welcome to become a member of Knox County Cares Coalition.   We are in need of members.  The next meeting will be Monday, August 11th at 4:00pm at the Avera Creighton Hospital Conference Room


Join us August 13th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory for an Open House Celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System.  The Haskell Agricultural Laboratory is located at 57905 866 Road, Concord, NE.  Extension was established with the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.  This celebration will highlight both Extension’s past and the future.  The Open House will begin at the farm shop with displays of past and current research and programs.  A one hour tour of the farm will run every half hour with the last tour leaving at 4:30.  After each tour all will be served a special University of NE-Lincoln Dairy Store Centennial ice cream flavor.  The event is free and open to the public.


Attention Bowlers:The Fall meeting has been changed to August 14th at 7:00pm at the O'Neill Lanes.  THis is a general meeting to get the leagues set, price of bowling set.  New bowlers or former bowlers that want to return please come.  There are 3 women's leagues and 2 mix double leagues.  For more information call Marlene Hurtig at 402-893-5666 if no answer please leave a message.


The American Legion Post 51 Poker Run will be held August 16th starting at 11:00am. This is in conjunction with Butte Golf Association's Annual Ribfest.  Start will be at the Main Street in Butte, NE.  Happy Hour will be 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Beer Garden, $2 drink specials!  BBQ Ribs start serving at 6:00pm and Dustin Evan Band starts playing at 9:00pm. 

RibFest Grilling Contestants Needed!  We are having 3 Divisions this year:  St. Louis Ribs, Chicken, and 'Anything with Bacon' Division.  Meat will be available by 10:00am Saturday, August 16th.  Contact Bob Hansen at 402-340-2422 for more information or to sign up!

RibFest 2014 and Dustin Evans Concert will be August 16th at the Main St. in Butte, NE from 9:00pm to 1:00am.  Tickets will be $15 in Advance or $20 at the door.  Gates open at 10:00am, ribs serving from 6:00pm until 9:00pm or gone.  Contact Bob at 402-340-2422 or John at 402-340-2072.


The 4th Annual Butte Golf Course Benefit Tournament will be Sunday, August 17th with an 11:00am shotgun start.  Limited to 27 teams and limited carts available.  Call ahead to register your team or to reserve a cart, call Kyle at 402-340-3293.  It's the most fun you'll ever have golfing!  $140/team entry fee.  Includes a Prime Rib Dinner.


The ladies VFW Auxiliary  to post 926 will be having our next meeting the 3rd Tuesday of August, the meeting will start at 7:00pm on August 19th.



Avera Medical Group Spencer clinic will NOT be open August 22nd.


The annual Special Youth Challenge fund raising weekend is coming August 23rd &24th.  SYC is a Christ Center Ministry that enables young people with special needs the opportunity to experience the great outdoors and the sport of hunting at no cost.   A Fun 10-K Run—5-K Walk starts the day, Saturday Aug 23, with a 7:45 a.m. check-in, 8:15 start at Camp Witness, 87979 Red Wing Road, Long Pine NE.  Directions are: Turn North at Camp Witness sign on Hwy 20.  You can pre-register at or call/text 402-322-0332.  Pre-registration fee is $25, day of is $35—T-Shirt Included.  The Family Fun Days begin Saturday, the 23rd at 9 a.m. with 5 Stand Sporting Clays, 3D Archery Course, Quick Draw Competition, Tomahawk Throw, Trap Shoot, Youth BB Gun Shoot (free), Youth Archery (free), Recreational Trout Fishing, Silent Auction [Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.], Evening meal [5 p.m.] followed by a Live Auction at 6 p.m.  [guns, outdoor equipment, interior décor, baked goods]  Sunday, the 24th will begin with church service at 9 a.m. and a pot luck at noon.  Outdoor activities will continue after the church service.


Terra Drueke, FNP-C will return to Spencer clinic August 29th.

General Announcements

The Atkinson Hay Days Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday from April through September at 7 p.m. at the Sandhills Guesthouse in Atkinson.

The Women of Cancer meets on Monday evenings at O'Neill Avera St. Anthony's Chemotherapy Room from 7 to 8 p.m.  Upcoming meeting dates are February 3rd, April 7th and June 2nd.  This is a women's support group for all cancer types.  Sharing hope and help to other women in our area. For more information contact Terry at 402-340-0371

The O'Neill Simonson American Legion Post #93 meets the second Tuesday of each month.  Please call 402-336-1200 for further information.

In fulfilling its responsibility to optimize the health and healing of every Veteran, VA is currently embracing the opportunity to moving away from a problem-based disease healthcare approach to a patient centered focus.  To accomplish this, VHA created the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.  During the month of October, the O'Neill Outreach Clinic will be supporting the Veterans Affairs efforts in Patient Centered Care.  This new office became operational at the end of 2010.  It is charged with making sure VA tranforms from physician-centered care to personalized, proactive, patient centered care based on relationships--relationships built on trust and committed to positive results over the Veteran's lifetime.  Veterans are encouraged to stop by the clinic to learn about the services offered at the O'Neill Outreach Clinic and to share feedback with VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System's leadership about their health care experiences.

The Atkinson/Stuart Food Pantry will be open on the first Monday of every month.It will be open at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 2:00-5:30 p.m. and also at the Stuart Community Church from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Nebraska Troop Support has been ask to make ZIP LOCK CARE PACKAGES, these will keep everything they need together when showers are available:
2 wash clothes ---not knitted or crocheted ( these do not hold up in the laundry)
Soap plus (plastic bag for wet soap)
tooth brush
Q tips
disposable razor
Shaving soap --(not aerosol)
Hand Sanitizer
They can be left at Tia Zia or Tielke's --there is no limit on number donated

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the decay of radium in the soil. Since radon is a gas, it is able to move through the soil and enter the air or your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked. It is important to test your home for the presence of radon. Testing your home is simple. North Central District Health Department has free test kits available. Please call Kelly Lynne or Peggy at 1-877-336-2406 if you have any questions or to request a test kit for your home North Central District Health Department covers Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Pierce and Rock counties. This Public Service Announcement is being brought to you by the friendly people at North Central District Health Department and this radio station.

Flu activity has been rapidly increasing in Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services has reported two flu related deaths so far & an increase in the number of hospitalizations for people with influenza-like illnesses.  The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get a flu shot.  It is not too late to get a flu shot if you have not already received one.  Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older.  Some people are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu, such as young children, older people, people with chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, neurologic conditions, and certain other long term health conditions & pregnant women.  After you receive a flu shot it takes about 2 weeks for your body to build immunity so get your flu shot as soon as possible.  This public service announcement is brought to you by the friendly people at North Central District Health Department and this radio station.
The O'Neill Police Department has partnered with North Central District Health Department to bring a resource to the community. The citizens of Holt County and the surrounding areas have a new resource for the disposal of unused, expired and unwanted medications. A MedReturn unit is a permanent receptacle for disposal of medicines. Prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines can be brought to the O'Neill Police Department at 317 South 4th St, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for disposal.  The MedReturn unit will not accept needles, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, medication from businesses or clinics, ointments, lotions, or liquids.  The permanent disposal site makes it easy for people to dispose of their unwanted medications without waiting for a Drug Take Back Day. It is a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless information is provided specifically instructing you to do so. Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medications based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A medicine that works for you could be dangerous for someone else. This resource is funded through a grant from Region 4 Behavioral Health Systems. For information you can contact the O'Neill Police Department at (402) 336-1313, or North Central District Health Department at (402) 336-2406.If you have questions and suggestions, please contact me at: or phone at: 402-336-2406.

Call KBRX at (402) 336-1612