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Updated Election Filings in Cherry County

Here are the latest filings for the county races in the upcoming May 13th primary election. According to the Cherry County Clerk’s office, Neil Wescott has filed for City Council, Jan Wiley for County Treasurer, Rusty Osburn for Cherry County Sheriff.  Also filing were Lorana Eggert for Clerk of the District Court.  Will Fischer has filed for school board, while James B Ward of Valentine, Tanya Storer of Whitman and Martin Denaeyer of the Seneca area have both filed for Cherry County Commissioner.  Shane Daniels have also put their name in the hat. Challengers will have until March 3rd to file for public office. Incumbent Jim Van Winkle filed for re-election this week and Jerry Adamson will have until February 18th to decide if he is going to run for re-election.  Once again this year ballots will be mailed out to all precincts in Cherry County except the three Valentine Precincts which will cast ballots at the 4-H building.

All county elected officials will be up for re-election during the May primary. There have been no other filings at this time.


CNEDD Reorganized to Serve Area


The Central Nebraska Economic Development District is proud to announce that Judy Petersen will serve as the new Executive Director of the Development District, effective January 17, 2014, and that a new alliance has been formed between the Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) and the Central Nebraska Housing Developers (CNHD). The office will serve the Central Nebraska region through a more holistic approach to community and economic development, bringing about positive change for Central Nebraskans.

Coming soon, community and county leaders will be asked to respond to a survey, giving them the opportunity to provide input about your county and community needs.

Community and county needs may include: enhancing business opportunities, improving community amenities and programs, expanding housing, and retaining youth, just to name a few. The first goal is to gather input and develop a plan to address each communities needs through local and regional partnerships, and funding resources.


CNEDD members in the KVSH area include: Cities/Villages of Atkinson, Bassett, Cody, Johnstown, Long Pine, Nenzel, and Springview.


To learn more about the Central Nebraska Economic Development District and how they can serve your community, please call Judy Petersen at 402-340-0106, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Valentine Selective Enforcement

Officers with the Valentine Police Department conducted 40 traffic stops resulting in 3 alcohol related citations during the Selective Overtime Saturation Patrols held December 13, 2013 to January 1, 2014. 
Officers put in a total of 481 hours including overtime hours during this special enforcement effort with the help of more than $1,100.00  grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

The following statistics reflect officer activity in an effort to curb alcohol related driving and related behaviors:
1 arrest for Assault
3 arrests for shoplifting
1 arrest for driving under the influence
2 arrests for Minor in Possession of Alcohol
14 total citations and 26 warnings were issued for numerous traffic offenses.


School Board meets

At the January school board meeting the Valentine Community Schools Board of Education held the annual organizational meeting of the board. Officers were all re-elected including; Cort Dewing-President, Suzy Beel- Vice-President, Kent Lopez Secretary and Dean Churchill-treasurer. The board voted to close the German Settlement school building beginning with the 2014-2015 year. There are only two students at the school at this time. There were also some discussions on the future of East Simeon attendance center but no action has been taken.

There will be several staff changes in the next year due to retirements and resignations. Longtime Principal Dave Renning plans to retire, as does art teacher Ed Heinert and Special Ed coordinator Maureen Johnson. Resignations have been accepted from business teacher Dana Burman and PE teacher and football coach Craig Shmeckpepper.

There will be a teacher in-service day on Wednesday, Janaury 22 for school improvement. There will be no school that day.


3 appear in court for Rosebud double homicide

Two brothers and a woman are in jail on charges they killed two men near St. Francis on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

Twenty-three-year-old BillyRay McCloskey and 20-year-old Riley McCloskey pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

They're accused of killing 76-year-old Benjamin Clifford and 33-year-old Calvin Kills In Water Jr. on Dec. 23.

According to the indictment, the McCloskeys strangled Clifford and assaulted Kills In Water with their hands and feet and stabbed him in the chest with a screwdriver.

Crystal Red Hawk pleaded not guilty to accessory after the fact.

The full indictment was sealed.


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