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Area Artists Wins State Awards

The Sandpainters Art Guild received 3 awards at the 2014 Nebraska ANAC Convention in McCook NE.  Receiving a certificate of excellence was Dave Dorsey's acrylic titled "Sara".  Honorable Mentions went to Chris Davis' photograph titled "Eying You" and Jamie Beel's photo "Banished".



Town Hall Meeting on Sales Tax Renewal June 18th

There will be a town hall meeting at Valentine High School Auditorium on June 18th at 7:30 to discuss the upcoming sales tax extension for the City of Valentine. There is no change in the amount of the sales tax, just redirecting the funds that now go to now to pay for the swimming pool, to help pay for a new community golf course and expansion of the Mid Plains Community College Campus. To hear more details about what the sales tax money has been used for since 2007 and what the plan is for the future, plan to attend the meeting on the 18th at 7:30. There will be time allowed for questions and answers.


Cherry County Historical Society Placing Brands for Display Board on Thursday

The Cherry County Historical Society will be placing the Brands for the Display boards at the Museum on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 from 1 - 5 p.m. CT. The Museum is located on Highway 20 and Main Street. Bring your branding irons to take part of the display. This will be the last time they put brands on boards.

If you cannot attend, you may drop off your branding iron at the Visitor's Center before Thursday.


Quick Stats on Relay for Life

Relay for Life Information June 7th, 2014


21 teams
342 registered (which includes survivors)
142 survivors registered
$43,889.42 (unofficial total) (of that
total $19,703.85 was raised by teams, the balance was sponsorship, ranchers
challenge, individual donations, etc).
Lions Club hamburger feed at relay raised $991.00
Auction raised $3760.00
Speaker during opening ceremony was Meredith Cournoyer
Speaker during luminary ceremony was Patty Barstow


Record Rainfall Around the Region

Valentine and surrounding areas experienced record amounts of rainfall this past week, starting on Tuesday, June 3rd and then again getting hammered on Friday the 6th and Sunday the 8th. Valentine's Miller Field reported record amounts of rain with 2.53" on Friday and 1.58" on Sunday (24 hour total). The 2.53" amount on Friday made the nation's weather extremes, although many areas to the west of Valentine received significantly higher amounts. Miller Field also experienced a 100 mph wind gust, which caused damage to hangers and airplanes. Cody had reports of a brief tornado and also had a power line snap, causing power outages on Friday, along with flooding. Gordon had several reports of tornado on Friday with not a great deal of damage reported. With these storms, reports of pea to tennis ball sized hail came in and it caused many streets to flood, with some back roads experiencing wash outs. Crookston had the highest amount of rainfall on Friday the 6th, with about 4" of rain reported southwest of town. 4.75" of rain was reported on Friday south on German Settlement Road. Springview had about 4.5" on Sunday the 8th into Monday morning, with areas south of Valentine receiving around 6" for the weekend total. Several areas south of Cherry County remain in flood warnings as watches from the rain, which has caused flooding and ponding in low lying areas.


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