On Monday, the Blair Community Schools Board of Education met for the first time without one of its longtime, dedicated members.
In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, the phrase “Defund the police” is frequently heard and it's gaining political traction across the country.
As May gives way to June, Washington County and the state of Nebraska are one step closer to returning to a “normal” way of life, though it may be a new normal as people continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
As the weather has warmed and the COVID-19 pandemic has continued on, many Americans have become weary. Quarantine fatigue is real. Americans, including Nebraskans, want to get back to normal life.
Firefighters saluted. A bell tolled. A final call was made. A black ribbon was draped across the Blair North Fire Station. A large U.S. flag hung from an aerial fire truck along Nebraska Street as the funeral procession made its way to the cemetery Saturday.
The Blair Community Schools Board of Education earlier this month unanimously approved wage increases for classified staff, including paraprofessionals, after a report showed the district fell significantly below schools of similar size in pay.
Customers lined the sidewalk outside Jim and Connie's Blair Bakery on Saturday to buy doughnuts — glazed, Boston cream, jelly, cake — and other pastries.
Black Elk-Neihardt Park is one of Blair's hidden gems, and now two residents are hoping to add to its recreational uses under proposals recently revealed.
It hasn't been hard to notice the increased flow of traffic moving through downtown Blair since flooding along the Missouri River closed Interstate 29 in Iowa from Loveland to Crescent.
When floodwaters from the Elkhorn River poured into the fairgrounds in Arlington in March, members of the Washington County Fair Board could have easily thrown up their hands.
The Fourth of July is an opportunity for families to gather and celebrate with fun, food and fireworks — a tradition that dates back to the first celebration when fireworks lit up the sky in 1777.
The sun was shining for another successful Gateway to the West Days festival, which drew thousands of people for concerts, the car show, a 5K run, food events, and of course, the parade.
Area residents have had to adjust with the road closures and detours as a result of the March flooding — probably none more so than those who travel state highways 31 and 36.
The City of Blair recently put 5 acres of land up for sale which it had purchased from the Blair YMCA in 2013. There are two parcels just east of the YMCA facility that make up the 5 acres. While it’s true that the city could always use some extra cash, we hope the possibility for community …