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Red Kettle Drive kicks off in Blair

The annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive has officially began in Blair. Volunteers Bill Smutko, the unit president, said the Blair chapter hopes to raise $20,000 during the campaign. So …
The OBMS Seventh Grade Band performs

OBMS presents "Winter Wonderland"

Christmas and holiday carols rang out Tuesday evening in the Otte Blair Middle School gym Tuesday evening. The performance was directed by Jonathan Jaworski and Courtney Reznicek. Starting …

Blair City Council Roundup, Nov. 28

City administrator receives pay increase The Blair City Council unanimously approved a 4% pay increase for City Administrator Phil Green during its regular meeting Nov. 28 in the council …
The combined Blair Area Community Band and Choir performs

PHOTOS: BACB holds annual holiday concert

REACH Church donates food to BHA Friendsgiving

As part of a special Friendsgiving potluck, the Blair Housing Authority (BHA) was gifted a special lunch from REACH Church Saturday afternoon. Held for the Parkview Manor residents at the BHA's …
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Bears junior Easton Bosanek shoots a 3-pointer in front of the Waverly bench Tuesday at Blair High School.
Long-range success
Blair High School junior Easton Bosanek made seven shots from beyond the 3-point line, pushing the Class B No. 8 Bears past Waverly on Tuesday with a 22-point effort. Coach Chris Whitwer's team …
Bears freshman Kaitlynn O'Neil dribbles the ball against Waverly on Tuesday at Blair High School.
No. 4 Waverly stifles No. 8 Bears' offense
The Class B No. 4 Waverly girls basketball team held No. 8 Blair to just four made field goals and two free throws through three quarters Tuesday night. The Bears trailed 40-10 at home and lost, …
Brogan Boerma, 11, competes in the pool Saturday at the Blair Family YMCA.
Zam Driver Turned Writer: Blair Family YMCA Swim Team hosts home meet
It's an annual pilgrimage for me. The Blair Family YMCA Swim Team hosted its yearly home meet Saturday morning. Like I have every first week of December since 2016, I stopped through on a busy sports …
The Bears' Kalli Ulven pitches Thursday at the Blair Youth Sports Complex.
Sports in brief (Dec. 8, 2023)
3 Bears selected to all-star softball game Blair High School seniors Leah Chance, Nessa McMillen and Kalli Ulven were recently announced as participants in the 19th Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) …
Fremont swimming loses Norfolk duals
The Fremont swimming team lost a pair of duals in Norfolk on Tuesday, according to a Norfolk Public Schools Activities social media post. The Tigers lost the boys dual 108-69 and girls dual 108-75. …
Karen Walker of Blair, middle, goes up for a shot during a 1980 game between the Bears and Arlington.
Times Gone By: 1980 Arlington girls top Blair in basketball, 42-39
Editor's Note: “A Look at Times Gone By” is an in-depth look at weekly Times Gone By entries compiled since 2015. These articles represent the history of Washington County sports. The …
Obituaries
Patricia Anne Shelton, age 77 of Blair, Neb., passed peacefully to her heavenly home Dec. 7, 2023, after a lengthy illness. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. …
Christopher Carl Tronberg Bohs, age 67 of Blair, passed away Dec. 5, 2023, at his home in Blair, Neb. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Campbell-Aman Funeral Home …
Born: March 22, 1946, Omaha, NE. Died: Dec. 6, 2023, Omaha, NE. Preceded in death by: mother, Mary Norman; father, Earl Snead; step-father, E.W. Norman; aunt, Hortense Shearron; uncle, Arzo …
Peggy Jean Johnson, age 65 of Blair, passed away Dec. 7, 2023. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Peggy was born Oct. 19, 1958 in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Orvin and Irene …
Edith M. Andreasen, 88, of Blair, formerly of Fremont, Neb., passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Community in Blair. She was born July 14, 1935 in Heun, Neb., to Ray and …
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My letter is not written to address politics over the war between Israel and Palestine. This letter addresses gun ownership and the dangers of government gun control and gun confiscation. Prior to …
Gov. Pillen/Sen. Linehan pushed LB 753 through this spring — it provides tax credits to wealthy donors who give to private schools. While this sounds good, what the public needs to realize is …
Thank you so much for your story on the Cook Family and their legacy of service. My maiden name is Cook, so the story caught my eye. I did a little research on Family Search.org and found that …
I want to thank the Enterprise Media Group for the wonderful coverage of the Washington County Museum, located in Fort Calhoun, Neb. The museum, a part of the Washington County Historical …
In the local paper last week, pledging his support for the bill to ban abortion in Nebraska, Ben Hansen invoked God and remarked on his “faith -based viewpoint,” specifically his …
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It has been one and a half months since our pilgrimage group returned from the Holy Land, and yet, people keep coming up and saying how glad they were that we came back safely and how much they …
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