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Caroline Rech of Blair was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind.

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Mitchell Thompson of Arlington was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

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Mike Smith, Washington County weed superintendent, recently attended the Nebraska Weed Control Fall Training Seminar at the Kearney Ramada Inn. This was the third opportunity during 2014 to obtain 10 of the required 20 hours of continuing education needed by county weed superintendents statewide.

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LINCOLN — Nebraska State Patrol troopers and communication specialists participated in special enforcement efforts during the 2014 Husker football season thanks in part to a $23,030 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

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Area crews fight a house fire late Friday night in the rain at 19647 CR 24, about 8.5 miles west of Blair and south of Highway 91. Firefighters from Arlington and Blair were called to a fully-engulfed residential fire in the area of 19640 CR 40 at 11:15 p.m. Friday night. Kennard firefighter…

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Area crews fight a house fire late Friday night in the rain at 19640 CR 24, about 8.5 miles west of Blair and south of Highway 91. Firefighters from Arlington and Blair were called to a fully-engulfed residential fire at 11:15 p.m. Friday night. Kennard firefighters were called shortly after…

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A rural Arlington home burned to the brick part of its exterior late Friday night during a thunderstorm bringing heavy rain, while flashing, sharp lightning lit the sky near fire crews. Investigators were studying whether lightning caused the fire which was called in by a neighbor about 11:15 p.m.

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Area crews fight a house fire late Friday night in the rain at 19640 CR 24, about 8.5 miles west of Blair and south of Highway 91. Firefighters from Arlington and Blair were called to a fully-engulfed residential fire at 11:15 p.m. Friday night. Kennard firefighters were called shortly after…

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Beta Sigma Phi Chapter Xi Gamma Phi celebrated the sorority’s annual Founder’s Day by hosting members of Epsilon Iota for a picnic supper at the Depot in the Park in Blair on April 28. At the event, Dee Sylvis, pictured above left with Harriet Waite, was award the Lady of the Year award for …

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The Blair Area Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $45,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations representing Blair and surrounding Washington County. BACF received grant requests from 25 organizations for total requests of $ 45,000 and were faced with some tough decisions.

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An emergency helicopter transports a man to Omaha for medical care from a three-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Highway 133 near Skinny Bones and Santa's Woods. Two women were killed in the accident about 9 a.m.  The Kennard Rescue Squad transported one of the men to Memorial Community…

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Jennifer Bradley and Jen Hart, Nebraska directors for the Mrs. America Pageant, are announcing that the search is on for the new Mrs. Blair.

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Memorial Community Hospital was recently recognized by iVantage Health Analytics as a Health Strong Award winner for “Excellence in Patient Satisfaction,” reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

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The following items were discussed at the Washington County Board of Supervisors regular meeting Tuesday:

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“Jingle Bells” and “The Dreidel Song” are two of the songs fifth-grade band students from Arbor Park will play at their concert Thursday.

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The Blair Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the following members have been named to its board of directors: Chris Dutton, Sid Dillon; Rick Paulsen, Mid America Computer Corp; and Claire Riley, Kicking Bird Gun Dogs.

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Travis Tysdal, vice president and commercial lender for Two Rivers Bank, Blair, completed the 2013 Commercial Lending School held Oct. 21-25 in Grand Island.

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At a recent Blair Rotary Club meeting, Paige Dunn was recognized as the Blair High School Rotary Student of the Month for September. She is the daughter of Tom and Patty Dunn of Blair.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s Mid-Plains Beef Educational Series will conduct a special December session on expanding grazing options, pricing inputs and reducing health problems at calving at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center (1071 County Road G, Ithaca).

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U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, R-Neb., is teaming up with the American Red Cross to give Nebraskans an opportunity to send holiday wishes and show their appreciation for military service members, their families and veterans. Each year, the Red Cross collects holiday cards from Americans through i…

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Two brothers from Omaha have been charged in Washington County Court relating to burglaries in southeast Washington County.

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Students of the Month at Otte Blair Middle School for September are, front row, from left: Jason Stewart, Anthony Garcia, Hannah Burdess and Quincy Nichols. Middle row: Christina Paxson, Ava Rech, Elise Warneke, Grant Rosenbaum and Walker Moore. Back row: Jenna Roden, Ashlyn Rush, Elizabeth …

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Boy Scout Troop 143 of Blair honored Riley Hancock at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the United Methodist Church in Blair.

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The Washington County Historical Association (WCHA) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension office in Washington County were named a recipient of the 2012 Leadership and Innovation Award given by the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA).

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Harriet Waite, executive director of the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce, embraces Paula Hazlewood, former executive director of Gateway Development Corp., at a reception Monday at the South Creek Conference Center honoring her work in Washington County. Hazlewood accepted a position as senio…

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A Fremont man was life flighted to Creighton University Medical Center with serious injuries after a motorcycle-car accident late Wednesday, Aug. 21, on Highway 75 south of Blair.

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At its July 15 meeting, the Blair Lions Club installed the following officers for the 2013-14 year.  Pictured from left: Wes Gunderson, Lion Tamer; Dennis Carlson, treasurer; Marilyn Epperson, past president; Larry Bock, immeidate past president; Ken Rhoades, director; David Heer, Pride L ch…

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The Washington County 4-H Livestock Judging teams went to Lincoln July 2 to evaluate eight classes of livestock consisting of beef, meat goats, sheep and swine. The intermediate team repeated as champions in their respective division.  Team members are, from left, Cody Lambrecht, Kelsey Lose…

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Pianists Ursula Baumann, of Switzerland, and Cheryl Baron, of Blair, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Blair Congregational Church.

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The Blair High School Class of 1963 held their 50th class reunion the weekend of June 7-8 with a Friday gathering at Fernando’s and a Saturday afternoon open house and evening meal at Central Court’s “gymnasium”.  Several members had not seen the “old gym” since they originally attended, as …

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The Washington County Fairgrounds was the setting for the 2013 Family Judging Contest on June 23. Families came to judge five classes of livestock consisting of cattle, sheep and swine. After the delightful supper, the families moved into the judging portion of the contest with the official …

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