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Break-Ins Under Investigation

The Valentine Police Department is currently investigating a rash of break-ins and thefts over the past couple of weeks in Valentine. On July 17th and again on the 28th , there were break-ins at Milo and Max’s on West Highway 20. The Valentine Family aquatic center was burglarized on the 25th and the Corner Bar on July 30th. There was also reports of damage at Tehrani Motors. According to police Chief Dana Miller, the perpetrators have been damaging property and stealing items totaling over $20,000. These incidents have taken place between about midnight and the early morning hours. Any residents who might have seen suspicious activities or persons in the areas are encouraged to contact the police department at 376-3055. You can remain anonymous.

Chief Miller also told KVSH news that the Gordon police department requested the help of the Valentine drug dog “Ranger” with an investigation last night. With the help of K-9 Ranger, felony arrests were made for methamphetamine and firearms violation.



Free Ice Cream for Centential Celebration at the Fair

UNL Extension in Cherry County invites everyone to their centennial celebration to be held during the Cherry County Fair on Saturday, August 9 at 2 PM CT under the big tent.  Free Centennial Ice Cream from the University of Nebraska Dairy Store will be served by the Cherry County Extension Board.  Former Extension Educators Harry Stokely and Bud Stolzenburg, along with current Educator Jay Jenkins, will be on hand to reminisce and share stories about Extension through the years in Cherry County.

Nebraska's and the nation's Cooperative Extension system turned 100 years old earlier this year. The Smith-Lever Act, which established Cooperative Extension through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments, was signed on May 8, 1914.

Today the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Nebraska has educators, assistants and office staff in 83 of Nebraska's 93 counties. Local offices rely on cooperation with host counties, which provide office space and funding for support staff. County Extension boards provide advice and direction to local programs. The Cherry County Extension Office can be reached at 402-376-1850.




Nebraska State Fair to levy fee for concert seats

The Nebraska State Fair has decided to charge a $6 "convenience fee" to get assigned seats at the fair's concerts this summer.

Fair events and entertainment director Chelsey Jungck said that several people said they'd be willing to pay a small fee for a reserved seat in the arena. At previous fairs, people had to wait in line to get wristbands that would get them into the arena for free, but seats were not assigned.

Jungck says the fee process works through Etix, which also provides the services for gate admission.


This year's State fair runs Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 in Grand Island.


1 dead in Nebraska highway accident

Authorities say a Nebraska resident has died after a semitrailer drove into the back of a pickup truck.

Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt said the wreck happened Wednesday afternoon on Nebraska Highway 13 just south of Pierce.

He says the pickup was attempting to turn west when it was hit from behind by a semitrailer hauling more than 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel. The accident caused the tanker to leak fuel that shut down the highway for several hours. Fire crews were able to stop the leak.

Eberhardt says the pickup driver's name will not be released until next of kin are notified. No other injuries were reported.


It's unclear if police have filed charges.


Lawsuit targets Nebraska horse racing measure

A Nebraska anti-gambling group has filed a lawsuit to keep off the November ballot a measure that would allow betting on previously recorded horse races shown on machines that resemble casino slots. 

Gambling with the Good Life said Tuesday that it filed the lawsuit on Monday. 

Executive director Pat Loontjer says the measure violates the Nebraska Constitution's provision against asking voters to answer two questions in just one vote. 

The group's attorney, Steve Grasz, says the filing asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to bar the secretary of state from putting what would be Amendment 1 on the statewide ballot. 

If approved by voters, the constitutional amendment would clear the way for the video terminals at licensed tracks in Omaha, Lincoln, Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus.


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