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Burwell Menacing Letter

A menacing letter sent to Burwell's city hall contains more than a dozen names of Burwell school administrators, teachers and students.

The letter didn't say would happen to any of those listed, but Garfield County Attorney Dale Crandall says law enforcement and school officials "are taking the threat seriously."

Investigators have been trying to find out who sent the letter, which was delivered Thursday. Classes at Burwell Junior-Senior High School were canceled Tuesday, and an increased police presence is expected there until the case is solved.

 

Valentine FFA District Career Development Events Results

The Valentine Chapter of the FFA attended the District Career Development Events competition on March 5th at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE.  The Ag Communications Team of Tessie Harvey Ty Gracey and Allison Robinson took first place and qualified for State competition.  The Farm Management Team also qualified for State.  Farm Management team members are Dan Cox, Brittney O'Kief, Katie Hale, and Gunnar Hitchcock.  Dan Cox placed 2nd individually.  The Ag Mechanics team placed 2nd and qualified for State.  Ag Mechanics team members are Lance Hockenbary, Nate O'Kief, Jake Fulton, and Triston Eklund.  The Agronomy Team of Trevor Bukaske, Tom Harvey, Gunnar Hitchcock, and Rygh Robinson placed 2nd and qualified for State.  Individual placings put Tom Harvey in 2nd and Gunnar Hitchcock at 8th place.  The Welding team also qualified for State.  Arc Welding - Chet Tetherow -3rd, GMAW Welding - Rygh Robinson 6th, and OAW Welding - Jake O'Kief placed 5th.  Placing 4th and qualifying for State was the Food Science team of McKenzie Anderson, Bailey Leonard, Sheyanne Long, and Lindsey Fay.  One other team qualified for State from Valentine FFA's chapter, and that's the Agri Science team of Logan O'Kief, Cade Adamson, Jared Fulton, and Allison Robinson who finished in 5th place.

Other teams at the competition were the Livestock Management Team, which tied for 3rd place.  Members were Brittney O'Kief, Clint Miller, Dan Cox, Nate O'Kief, Justin Lurz and Bailey Dexter.

The Forticulture Team of Bailey Dexter, Tessie Harvey, Jacy Miller, and Ty Gracey placed 5th.

In Nusery and Landscape, the team of Chesney Eide, Shelbie Buechle, Jessica Stankoski, and Gunnar Hitchcock placed 4th.

The Ag Sales Team placed 6th.  Team members are Zach Day, Owen Hanson, Wyatt Smidt, Trevor Bukaske, and individual placing put Owen Hanson at 9th.

In Meats, the team of Sheanne Long, Chesney Eide, Clint Miller, and Zach Day finished 10th,

The Envirothon Team placed 11th.  Members were McKenzie Anderson, Bailey Leonard, Lance Hockenbary, Peter New.

And The Vet Science Team placed 8th.  Members are Annie Smidt, Justin Lurz, Peter New, and Shelbie Buechle.

 

Pesticide Workshop

 

Pesticide applicators who apply any restricted use pesticide on “a contractual or for hire” basis are classified as commercial applicators. Noncommercial applicators are those who apply restricted use pesticides only on lands owned or controlled by his/her employer or for a governmental agency or subdivision of the state. These applicators must be certified by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in a variety of applicable categories. They then need to re-certify every three years.

 

Re-certification training in some categories will be offered in Valentine on March 20 at the Cherry County Extension Office at 9:00 AM CT. Location of the Extension Office is at the corner of 4th and Main Street in the old courthouse.

 

Initial certification training in several categories will be held in Valentine at the Cherry County Extension Office beginning at 8:30 AM CT on April 10. Please note that this is a change from some dates published earlier by the Pesticide Safety Education Program.

 

Pre-registration with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture is required. You should register on-line at pested.unl.edu at least ten working days in advance of the class you plan to attend. Program information booklets are available at the Extension Office. For more information call 800-627-7216.

   

Valentine Prom Set

The 2014 Valentine Junior- Senior prom “A Shipwreck Dream” will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Banquet will be held at the Peppermill Restaurant at 6:00 P.M. Pictures will be taken at the High School around 7:00 P.M. with the doors closing at 7:30 P.M. followed by the promenade at 8:00 P.M. with the crowning to take place around 8:15 P.M. The public is welcome to attend. The dance will be from 9:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. on the floor of the gym. The post prom event will be hosted by the parents after the dance at the 4-H building.

 

Candidates Set For May 13th Primary

 

THINGS ARE SET FOR THE MAY 13TH PRIMARY WITH THE CLOSING OF THE DATE TO FILE AS A CANDIDATE YESTERDAY. THE CHERRY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RACE WILL HAVE SIX REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES VYING FOR TWO POSITIONS....JIM VANWINKLE IS AN INCUMBENT WITH FIVE CHALLENGERS....TANYA STORER, MARTIN DENAEYER, SHANE DANIELS, JAMES B. WARD AND RUTH HOBBS.

 

THE VALENTINE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BOARD HAS THREE OPENINGS WITH INCUMBENTS BEING SUSIE BEEL AND WILL FISCHER...ALSO FILING ARE KURT ARGANBRIGHT, GREG GASS AND JERRY REYNOLDSON....ALL FIVE CANDIDATES WILL MOVE TO THE GENERAL ELECTION.

 

FIVE PEOPLE ARE RUNNING FOR TWO OPENINGS ON THE VALENTINE CITY COUNCIL....ONE WILL BE ELIMINATED IN THE PRIMARY WITH FOUR MOVING TO THE GENERAL ELECTION.....CANDIDATES ARE KEVIN PETIGREW, NEAL WESCOTT, T.C. COLVIN, DAVE DENT, AND WALLY BALLIET.

 

THE ONLY OTHER CONTESTED RACE THAT WILL BE DECIDED IN THE PRIMARY WILL BE FOR CLERK OF THE DISTRICT COURT BETWEEN LORANA EGGERT AND KATHY HAMMOND.

   

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