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  • Taste of Home Magazine looking for holiday ambassador

    Taste of Home magazine is looking for an official Holiday Ambassador, and anyone who loves cooking, decorating, entertaining and taking celebrating the holidays to a whole new level. The woman selected as “Mrs. Holiday” will receive $50,000 and a spo...
  • In the Garden

    A celebration of bugs By the Nebraska StatewideArboretum I like bugs. I think they’re fascinating and fun to watch and I like knowing that they do so much good for us. I didn’t always think that way. I can distinctly remember as a child being mostly...
  • Give summer stressed plants a helping hand

    By Melinda MyersGardening expert Don’t let summer stressors ruin your landscape’s good looks. Instead give your plants’ natural defenses a boost and keep both vegetable gardens producing and flowers blooming. Busy summer schedules can lead to plant ...
  • Receive free blue spruce trees by joining Arbor Day Foundation in August

    Spruce up the landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees through the foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The tre...
  • College Notes

    Behrends is recipient of Ron Patrick Scholarship The Perkins County Health Services Foundation Scholarship Committee met on Aug. 7 to make a recommendation to the board of directors on the first Ron Patrick Scholarship recipient. The $500 scholarship wil...
  • Eligibility guidelines announced for school lunches

    The Nebraska Department of Education’s Nutrition Services office has announced the Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals for persons unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch, Breakfast, Specia...
  • FSA Scoop

    Checks processed in a different manner now By Teri Moss, County Executive Director Electronic Transfer of Payments from Producers Effective immediately, checks received by FSA or Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will no longer be deposited in our loca...
  • Hutsell honored for 25 years of service to FSA

        Farm Service Agency in Grant honored Deb Hutsell with a lunch and certificate last month for 25 years of hard work and dedication to producers of Perkins County. Hutsell was presented a certificate by County Committee Chairman Brent Robertson, a...
  • Crop-withering drought intensifies

    Perkins County lies in the extreme category. Drought conditions have worsened in parched Plains states, further punishing withering corn and soybean crops and devastating the pastureland that ranchers depend on, according to the latest U.S. drought map. ...
  • USDA expects drop in state’s corn, soybeans

    (AP) The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts that Nebraska’s drought-stunted corn crop will plunge 13 percent below last year’s production and be the smallest crop since 2006. The crop is forecast at 1.34 billion bushels, based on Aug. 1 conditio...
  • Pulpit Reflections

    Being prepared for life By Pastor Linda BattelloUnited Methodist Church, Madrid, Elsie We live in a world where anything can happen. We have fires, tornados, drought, hail and too much heat. There are hungry people everywhere and we can never be sure th...
  • The community “steps up”

    Dear Editor: Living in rural western Nebraska has had its downsides this summer.  We have all been tested with the heat and drought, not to mention the fires. So what does a small town do to not just survive but thrive?  Well, this community ‘steps u...
  • Political scene creates new vocabulary

    Dear Editor: To recognize Republican Congressmen in the House of Representatives who have repealed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) an unprecedented 33 times, I think it behooves lexicographers of English language dictionaries to pay tribute to these ...
  • Pumped up about Madrid Day

      Having the time of her life, four-year-old “princess-dressed” Shyne Hickey was among excited kids at Madrid’s 125th celebration on Saturday. The daughter of Carlos and Sharla Hickey rode double on a horse during the parade, then zipped aroun...
  • Two more candidates file for Venango board

    Two additional non-incumbents met the Aug. 1 deadline to file for a seat on the Village of Venango Board of Trustees. The new candidates whose names will be placed on the ballot in November’s general election include Troy Grothman and John Bleavins. The...
  • PCS students return Aug. 15

    By Jan RahnManaging Editor One more week of freedom—that’s all kids get, and less than that for instructors—because the 2012-13 school term is about to begin. Teacher work days are set for Monday and Tuesday of next week, with the first day for stud...
  • Perkins County Hospital considers building expansion

      Informational MeetingWhen: Aug. 13Time: 7 p.m.Where: Hospital Conference RoomBuilding model will be on display By Jan RahnManaging Editor As fall approaches, an exciting new project at Perkins County Health Services is in the planning stage. A pr...
  • Wallace students to fill the halls next week

    By Jan RahnManaging Editor With many new faces to get acquainted with in the Wallace School district, Superintendent R. Todd Porter said the theme of “kindness” is being emphasized for the new 2012-13 school term. Four new instructors will be among th...
  • Our Community's History

    Head-on collision leaves minor injuries to locals By S. Goff One Year AgoAugust 11, 2011 Perkins County students were preparing to go back to school Aug. 17th. As the new school year approached, to the dismay of many kids, the chicken pox vaccine was no...
  • Newly released figures show Perkins County taxable sales up

    By Jan RahnManaging Editor With 2012 over half gone, a look at net taxable sales for Perkins County and the city of Grant is mostly positive. Comparing 2012 to 2011, January was down, but the following months of February, March and April were up. Good new...