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  • Kansas spends $17 million meant for water lawsuit

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-—Kansas lawmakers accidentally spent $17 million set aside to finance litigation aimed at forcing Colorado and Nebraska to abide by water compacts, state officials said last week. The embarrassing miscue committed in 2007 set off al...
  • MCC scholarships available

    Student financial aid is one of the key categories of support provided by the McCook College Foundation to students attending McCook Community College.  All approved MCC courses of study qualify, and students are encouraged to apply by the March 1 pri...
  • NPCC holds technical skills contest for area students

    More than 100 high school students from 11 area high schools participated in a technical skills contest Monday at North Platte Community College’s North Campus. The event highlighted the technical programs that are available at NPCC and gave the stud...
  • Students walk through government

    Seniors from Perkins County High School attended County Government Day in January, learning many aspects of how offices at the courthouse run. They were taught by elected officials and others within the courthouse. Fellow students Laura Resor, Jenni Si...
  • Two more enter commissioner race

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor As filing deadlines approach, three more candidates have entered the election races in Perkins County. Filing as a non-incumbent for the District 2 Commissioner seat is James Vak. Filing as a non-incumbent in the District ...
  • City receives excellent audit rating

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor The city’s auditor made many positive comments during the time he gave a 2008-09 audit presentation to members of the Grant City Council during their regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. “We’ve come a long way in four y...
  • Two new members appointed to Perkins County Health Services Foundation board

    Two new members were recently appointed to serve three year terms on the Perkins County Health Services Foundation Board of Directors. Appointed to represent District I of Perkins County is Lori Day of rural Madrid. She and her husband, Terry, farm and...
  • Council denies variance request on stone

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor In a tie-breaking vote, Grant City Council denied a variance request to Marvin Stumpf on a gravestone he placed in Fairview Cemetery that was out of compliance with cemetery rules and regulations. Stumpf, a defendant in a ...
  • Defendant bound over on drug charge

    John D. Deaver III, age 26, has been bound over to District Court on a Class III Felony charge of delivery or intent to deliver a controlled substance. Judge Edward D. Steenburg presided at the defendant’s preliminary hearing on Jan. 27 Counsel for...
  • Driver to be sentenced in fatal accident

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor After entering a “no contest” plea in Perkins County Court on Wednesday, Jan. 27, Benjamin J. Pelster, 33, of rural Elsie was found guilty of motor vehicle homicide by Judge Edward D. Steenburg. Pelster was ordered by ...
  • Chamber presents awards and elects officers

    By Jan Rahn Managing Editor Presentation of awards, election of officers, and a meal with fellow members was the focus of the annual Perkins County Chamber of Commerce meeting and banquet held at Westview Retirement Community in Grant last Thursday nig...
  • Bloodmobile to be held Monday, Feb. 15 in Grant

    Type O negative blood is badly needed.   A bloodmobile will be held Monday, Feb. 15, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at New Life Fellowship Hall in Grant. The winter weather has impacted the steady flow of blood donations through the American Red Cross. Blood driv...
  • ASE prep course available

    The Mid-Plains Community College Center for Enterprise will offer an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) preparatory course in February and March at the North Platte Community College North Campus. This class will prepare students to take ASE certifica...
  • February is Financial Aid Month

    EducationQuest has online tools to help with FAFSA filing process.   February is Financial Aid Month and EducationQuest Foundation wants college-bound Nebraskans to understand the financial aid application process. For those planning to attend coll...
  • Learning about government

    Perkins County Assessor Bonnie Appel (right) explains some of her duties to students during County Government Day in January. Listening attentively in the presence of Randy Busch of the American Legion are seniors (l-r): Elisa Carlson and Shelby Breazea...
  • Pritchett awarded at SPVA

    For 44 years of dedicated service to the South Platte Valley Association, Larry Pritchett (right) was presented a plaque at the most recent SPVA basketball tournament in North Platte on Saturday, Jan. 23. Pritchett retired as basketball coach and activi...
  • Lady Cougars find room to run, end PC girls’ winning streak

    By Pastor Vince Carrig Sports Writer Driving the length of the lane and  following teammates to clean up their misses, Lady Cougars guard Laura Beckman took what the Lady Plainsmen defense gave her for 22 points in leading Sedgwick County to a 54-39 w...
  • York sets the pace as Plainsmen thump Sedgwick Co. Cougars 64-49

    By Pastor Vince Carrig Sports Writer Michael York looked like a flying,  shooting field goal machine in scoring 22 points as his Plainsmen tore away from Sedgwick County, ran away and hid in their 64-49 win Saturday night in Julesburg. York dribbled...
  • Wheatland graduate named Coach of the Year

    Editor’s Note: This special coaching award goes to a former Madrid resident and Wheatland graduate. Dennis Tjaden has been selected  to receive the 2009 Southwest Section Coach of the Year award for the sport of boys basketball by the NFHS (National...
  • Metcalf’s career-high 26 points mauls Maxwell 61-47

    By Pastor Vince Carrig  Sports Writer Tanya Metcalf burned up the net with 26 points, and a fierce press defense pulled her Lady Plainsmen away from a 25-24 contest onward  to a 61-47 win in Maxwell Friday night. Metcalf usually used her size advan...