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The Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the national U Drive. U Text. …
After the passing of their daughter, Steve and Kristi Rounds wanted to make sure Mandy Jo Rounds' name was honored in a meaningful way. The second annual dog park fundraiser, hosted by the Mandy …
The annual Kennard Volunteer Fire and Rescue fish fry saw hundreds lining up for dinner and to give back to the department. By 5:30 p.m. on Friday, hundreds of individuals were already lining up …
Josephine Chamberlin was a nurse who served in France during World War I. A Blair High School graduate, Chamberlin received her nursing degree from the Illinois Training School for Nurses in …
There are 11 recipients for this year's Washington County Cattlemen's Association scholarship. The students will be awarded at the Cattlemen's Banquet Saturday at Two Rivers Arena on the …
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10 goals in 2 days
Claire Anderson, Allison Hernandez and Brynn Ray combined for four goals Friday as the Blair girls soccer team won its home opener against Platteview, 4-0.The Bears (2-1 overall after Saturday's 6-4 …
No. 5 Bellevue West beats No. 7 Blair, 9-0
The preseason Class B No. 7 Blair baseball team lost 9-0 Saturday at Class A No. 5 Bellevue West.The Bears (1-3 overall) had twice as many errors as hits and lost for the third time in four games. …
1-3 Eagles lose 7-1 game to Bennington
Trailing 6-1, the Arlington baseball team created an opportunity to climb back into Thursday's home game against Class B No. 4 Bennington.The Eagles (1-3 overall) loaded the bases with no outs during …
Bears win 4 track events in Ashland
The Blair High School track team failed to win a field event under overcast skies Saturday morning at the Ashland-Greenwood Invite.Once cloud cover cleared, however, the Bears won four running events …
FCHS track competes at CSM Open Meet
The Fort Calhoun track and field team competed inside Friday for the second-straight meet to start the season.The Pioneers opened indoors March 16 at Concordia University in Seward and ran on the …
Blair tennis team beats Gross, 5-4
The Blair High School tennis team started its season with varsity matches on the road and junior varsity competition at home.In both instances Thursday afternoon, the Bears topped Omaha Gross. The …
Obituaries
JoAnn Camenzind, age 81 of Fort Calhoun, born July 19, 1941, in Sioux City, Iowa, passed away March 28, 2023, in Omaha.Preceded in death by: husband, John K. Camenzind Jr., parents, Alvin and Dolores …
Margery Ann Barry Bennett Mattson passed away March 22, 2023 after a long illness at her home with her family and pets by her side. She was one tough but loving woman, and will be dearly …
Fern L. Wolfe peacefully passed into the presence of her Lord in her farm home on Friday, March 24, 2023. She was 95 years old. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 27, 2023, at …
Kay H. Kult, age 91 of Blair, passed away March 24, 2023, at her home in Blair.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday March 29, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia Catholic …
Darren Scott Dageforde, son of Darrel Dageforde and Rosemary (Hulse) Dageforde, was born June 24, 1965, in Hebron. He died at home in Blair on March 14, 2023. Darren quickly developed a strong …
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LB 626 is the abortion ban bill currently being debated in the Nebraska legislature (It technically bans abortion at six weeks, which is an abortion ban). Under this new law, Nebraska women and girls …
On Feb. 14, the Nebraska Legislature’s Agriculture Committee hosted a hearing on Legislative Bill 740, a bill that would modernize and improve the process used to inspect and permit mobile food …
I would like to thank the students of Blair High School who made blankets and donated them to MCH. A patient there received one of the blankets for Christmas. He has a very serious illness. He …
Kennard, NE is experiencing a severe difference of opinion on whether to allow a commercial child care business in a residential zone. Ultimately the decision lies in the hands of the board of …
We see members of our society supporting an adulterer, a habitual liar, that is so cruel he separated innocent children from their parents, and who routinely throws people under the bus, because he …
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This week marked the final week of hearings for over 800 bills introduced in the 108th Legislature. I completed this phase of the session by presenting two bills before the Appropriations …
In 2006, musical artist Mark Schultz released a song called “Broken and Beautiful.” The song describes that we are all broken. We have broken parts within our hearts, in our relationships …
After Alfie's passing, when I arrived home from the vet, I started walking along our usual route through the park. I just had to keep moving, I could not be still. My heartbreak and anguish after …
The only bill of mine that was referred to the Revenue Committee was heard last week without opposition. LB 529 made changes to what many call “the postcard bill.” In September of last …
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