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Flooding not the cause of E. coli contamination

A preliminary review of the events that led to the July 3 water boil advisory for the residents of Blair and Kennard indicate that the likely culprit was stagnant water from the large water main that …
Workers with Sampson Construction make progress on Generations Park in Blair. It is scheduled to open in November.

Generations Park still on track

Despite wet weather conditions in May and June, construction at Generations Park in Blair is still on schedule to be completed in November. Assistant City Administrator Aaron Barrow said …
Guests heap plates with a variety of sides and desserts during Saturday's holiday weekend gathering in Herman.

Blair, Herman host holiday festivities!

Those taking part in community festivities in Washington County last Thursday and Saturday to celebrate Independence Day had great weather to get outside. In Blair, people gathered in the stands …

Blair City Council to get update on water issues

The Blair City Council is scheduled to get an update on last week's boil water advisory from City Administrator Phil Green at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The city of Blair gave an …
Restaurants and convenience stores in Blair had stopped serving drinks containing fresh water after E. coli and coliform bacteria was found in water samples last Wednesday. The city of Blair lifted the required boil water advisory for users of its water Saturday afternoon.

City of Blair lifts 'boil water advisory'

The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy has authorized the city of Blair to issue an "all clear" declaration and immediately end the required "boil water advisory," the city of Blair …
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The Blair Junior Legion baseball team gathers on the mound to talk things over Monday during the Class B Area 3 Tournament at Vets Field.
Blair Juniors drop to 2-2 at Area Tourney, are eliminated
A 2-0 Class B Area 3 Tournament start led only to an early exit for the Blair Junior Legion baseball team Monday night. The Post 154 Bears beat both Omaha Roncalli and West Point to start play last …
The age 11-and-younger Blair Cubs won their USSSA AA State Tournament bracket Sunday afternoon. Roster members include, in no particular order, Easton Clements, Everett Clements, Graham Jacobitz, Holt Stratman, Declan McCartney, Will Mann, Bowen Ray, Kyler Christensen, Liam Hambidge, Brant Michalski and Grayson Reinders.
Zam Driver Turned Writer: There's a lot of baseball for you to read about
Boy, there sure is a lot of baseball going on lately. I attended nine American Legion games in six days last week, and could have gone to more if it wasn't for a few other responsibilities. There was …
Arlington Juniors close season with loss
The Arlington Junior Legion baseball team tried to extend its season Sunday at Elkhorn Mount Michael, if only for an inning. The Post 71 Eagles scored four fifth-inning runs to try and avoid a …
Fort Calhoun Senior Legion batter Jordan Back runs to first base on a second-inning single Tuesday at Omaha Gross.
Calhoun baseball team splits pair of games
The Fort Calhoun Senior Legion baseball team is 16-20 overall after its latest Monday-Tuesday, two-game split. Zig Drywall first earned a 6-0 win against Elmwood-Murdock Nehawka at home before …
The Blair Little League Minors All-Stars competed at the 2024 state tournament in Kearney last weekend. Their season ended, but their fellow all-stars — Blair Little League's Majors squad — continues on. Minors roster members pictured here, in no particular order, are Hank Beckenhauer, Andrew Ell, Jacob Woodring, Brody Johnson, Jay Reuter, Ty Cosentino, Oliver Clough, Breccan Johnson, Kyler Reardon, Charley Cosentino, Brenden Hopple and Zachary Schafersman.
Blair Little League teams compete at state
The Blair Little League Majors All-Stars earned their spot in the second weekend of Nebraska Little League State Tournament play Sunday. Competing in Kearney, the All-Stars bested Memorial Little …
Hoier, Cruikshank and O'Daniel make first NHSFR runs
Laney Hoier, Erika Cruikshank and Hailey O'Daniel all earned top-15 performance finishes during their first runs at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) on Sunday and Monday. Competing in …
Obituaries
Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Burge, age 91 of Blair, passed away July 15, 2024 at Nye Legacy in Fremont, NE.
Neil D. Plugge, age 50, of Arlington, NE, passed away Friday, July 12, 2024, at Methodist Fremont Health.
Kiefer James Nelson Hull Technician First Class (SW/AW), USN Age 30 of Fort Calhoun, NE. Born: April 18, 1994, Omaha, NE. Died: June 28, 2024, Guam.
Ross Alexander Kessler, age 37, of Mondamin, Iowa, passed away July 9, 2024. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Blair, Nebraska. Military graveside honors will follow in the Herman Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, July 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Campbell Aman Funeral Home in Blair.
Valdine Joan Drumm, age 90, of Omaha, NE, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. She was born Feb. 22, 1934 in Pender, NE, as the youngest child of Gustav and Adele Siemer.
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