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Christmas Parade


In an attempt to give back to the businesses of Valentine who generously donate to the various non-profit organizations in the community, the Old West Days, Bull Bash, Ag Society (Fair Board), and the 4H Council board members have formed a committee to organize a Christmas Parade to take place on November 28th at 6:00 pm. This date is also National “Shop Small” Saturday..

The parade may consist of any type of entry so long as it is decorated with Christmas lights. There will be cash prizes awarded to the Best of Parade. Line up for the parade will be at 5:30 at the Sale Barn and will proceed down Main Street.

Santa will of course be a big part of the parade and will be dropped off at a business on Main Street where he will then visit with the children.

A Christmas tree decorating contest is being strongly entertained. These trees would be placed in stores of consenting businesses and decorated by various civic groups and organizations, and then voted on by the public.

A live nativity is being discussed as well as a Christmas quilt show.

There is a Facebook page, “Valentine’s Heart of Christmas Celebration” that will be used to help generate interest.

The committee will meet again on August 20th at the Sale Barn @ 6:00 pm. They are hoping to have some feedback from the local businesses as to whether they would host a Christmas tree.


Contacts for this celebration include Debbie Schipporeit –Chairman 402-389-0471, Yvonne Hollenbeck, David Dorsey, Maggie Cox and CJ Leonard


National Night Out In Valentine A Big Success


The Valentine Family Aquatic Center was the site of Valentine’s very first National Night Out. The event was designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships. It was an opportunity for Valentine to stand together to promote awareness, safety and community unity; taking a stand against crime, violence and drugs in our town.

Over 250 participants enjoyed the festivities. The citizens of Valentine and Cherry County joined together with the Valentine Lion’s Club, Healthy Choices 4 Cherry County, Cherry County Ambulance Service, Valentine Fire Department, Nebraska State Patrol, National Park Service, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Cherry County Justice Center, Cherry County Sheriff’s Department, and the Valentine Police Department for a night of fun and community spirit. The night kicked off with the Valentine Lion’s Club hosting a free will donation hamburger/hotdog feed. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church provided the table and chairs for the crowd. Following the meal, participants enjoyed the Valentine Fire Department’s adult sized slip and slide. Hometown Lumber and the Middle Niobrara NRD provided the tarps for the slide and the Fire Department the water. Healthy Choices 4 Cherry County sponsored the impaired driving course, while the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance service ran the Frozen Feet game and many other outdoor games.

At 7pm, the pool activities kicked off with a “Dance Off” competition. The frightening rendition of Thriller by the Cherry County Ambulance Service won the night’s event. The Valentine Police Department’s “Dancers with Badges” and the Valentine Fire Department’s “Whistling Trio” team added to the night’s fun. An impromptu team of “Pool Rats” formed to add to the “Dance Off” with their rendition of “Watch me Whip.” Evan Osnes of the Valentine Fire Department won the evening’s Belly Flop competition with Aaron Watkins of the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance Service taking home the prize for the canon ball competition with this upside down canon ball.

This event is a testimony to how the community, police and other service organizations can come together and successfully stand together. Valentine’s National Night Out was sponsored by grant funding provided by Healthy Choices 4 Cherry County.


Senator Davis Town Hall Meeting CANCELLED



Friday, July 31st
5:00pm to 6:00pm CST
Valentine High School, Auditorium
431 N Green St
Valentine, NE 69201
Friday, July 31st
7:00 to 8:30pm CST
Ainsworth Community Center
606 E 4th St
Ainsworth, NE 69210

Arrest of Former County Clerk Employee

Cherry County Attorney Eric A. Scott, has announced the arrest of former employee of the Cherry County Clerk's office on charges of theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device. Monica Bristow, age 44 of Valentine was employed as the Deputy County Clerk. It is alleged that Bristow diverted County money for personal use by misusing a county credit card and submitting fraudulent claims to the County. The Nebraska State Patrol assisted in the investigation. Bristow's initial Court appearance is set for August 3, 2015.


Sandhills Area Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all recipients of the Sandhills Area Foundation Scholarship. They are as follows:

Non-Traditional Students:

Brent Nollette, Bobbie Mooney, Carolyn Peterson

College Students:

Lindsay Adamson (Cody), Alexandra Bauer (Valentine), Brianna Bussinger (Valentine), Jordan Bussinger (Valentine), Marki Coleman (Valentine), Quin Conner (Valentine), Shaniya DeNaeyer (Valentine), Bailey Dexter (Valentine), Sydney Dexter (Valentine), Lindsey Fay (Crookston), Haley Gunnink (Crookston), Michaela Jackson (Valentine), Skylar Mathis (Valentine), Mary McQuistan (Valentine), Brandon Okief (Valentine), Jessiah Owen (Valentine), Abigail Paxton (Valentine), Cindy Pyle (Valentine), Kaitlin Reece (Valentine), Megan Roberts (Valentine), Kayla Sayer (Valentine), Titus Utecht (Valentine), Hanna Wade (Crookston), Shawna Wheeler (Wood Lake)

High School Graduates:

McKenzie Anderson (Valentine), Paul Bass Memorial Scholarship - Gillian Cheney (Cody), Brooks Coleman (Valentine), Brian Keech Memorial Scholarship - Sydney Dunn (Valentine), Kelsey Higgins (Valentine), Kyle Johnson (Valentine), Hannah Jones (Cody), Madison Kelber (Valentine), Shayna Kramer (Whitman), Shevelle Lee (Valentine), Bailey Leonard (Valentine), Sophie Lopez (Valentine), Jessica Lovitt (Mullen), Clint Miller (Valentine), Kylee Stoner (Kilgore), Justus Utecht (Valentine), Rebekah Wade (Crookston)

Ted Weldon Athletic Scholarship

Brooks Coleman (Valentine)

Chester Van Winkle Memorial Scholarship

Wyatt Galloway (Nenzel), Morgan Barnes (Cody)



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