2 Fire Calls Tuesday Night
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 10:47
The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department was called out twice last evening in a short time span. According to Fire Chief Terry Engles, the first call, about 8pm, was a grass fire east of Valentine which was rained out before fire crews got to the scene. The second call was about 8:45 when a home belonging to Mary Harford on West Second Street was struck by lightning. The chimney was blown off the home and some insulation inside the structure had to be removed after it started on fire. There was some damage to the home but it was relatively minor. There was an abundance of lightning with last night's storm and listeners are encouraged to watch for delayed fires as things dry out today.
Chief Engles reminds area citizens to be careful with fireworks during the Fourth of July period. Dry grass can catch on fire quickly and there is lots of fuel to burn.
State Winners for Poppy Poster
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 08:16
The American Legion family of Valentine is proud to announce that of seven local poster winners, that three have won state honors.
The seven posters entered were by:
Class I – Mary Belle Ward
Class II – Jackson Ravenscroft
Class III – Alli Loughran
Class IV – Allison Hitchcock
Class V – Whitney Rae Barnes
Class VI – Natalie Lurz
Class VII – Caleb Osborne
People's Choice Award winner, by ballot of folk attending the annual pancake breakfast on 1884 Day is Jayce Anderson.
State winners as announced at the American Legion Department of Nebraska convention held in Kearney were:
Class V Whitney Barnes
Class VI Natalie Lurz
Class VII Caleb Osborne
These posters have been sent on to division competition. Division and national winners will be announced at the national convention in August at Cincinnati.
Other winners and recognition for District One:
Cody Unit 319 was cited for Children & Youth for the Star Spangled Kids Unit Award; Rushville Unit 61 had three winners in the Americanism Essay contest; Rebecca Wellnitz of Gordon Unit 34 was awarded the Ruby Lorraine Paul scholarship; Mikaela Hastings of Chadron Unit 12 was awarded a nurse’s scholarship; Newport Unit 227 was awarded the Rosewood Gavel for membership; Cody Unit 319 and Newport Unit 227 tied for all time high ribbons; Unit 138 of Crawford was also cited for membership 136% of goal; highest unit award rating the Citation of Merit superior was Ainsworth Unit 79; for excellence was Chadron Unit 12, Cody Unit 319; and reaching standard were Gordon Unit 34, Hay Springs Unit 239, Newport Unit 227, Rushville Unit 161and Springview Unit 98.
New department officers were elected; President Deb Albers, Vice President Kathy Mazur, Historian Beverly Neel and Chaplain Elizabeth Paes. Virginia W. Nelsen was honored as the candidate for Northwestern Division National Vice President.