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Todd County man sentenced for burglarizing county government building

One of four people who authorities say broke into a Todd County government building in Mission last fall has been sentenced to nearly a year in prison.

Authorities say 19-year-old Preston White Feather, of Mission, along with a woman and two juveniles broke into the building last August and stole property, including guns from the county sheriff's office. The group also caused damage to the building.

Acting U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says White Feather pleaded guilty to burglary and was sentenced recently to 11 months in custody, four months in a halfway house and two years on supervised probation. He and the others also must pay more than $8,600 in restitution.


Arraignment set for former County Clerk employee

Former County Clerk employee Monica Bristow's criminal case was bound over to District Court for arraignment on August 21, 2015 at 9 am. According to court records, the counts are as follows:

Count I Theft Unlawful Taking + $1500.00 on June 17, 2013, a Class III Felony, and

Count II Unauthorized Use of a Financial Transaction Device +$1500.00 on June 17, 2013, also a Class III Felony.

Count I alleges that over a more than 2 year period “on or about the 17th day of June 2013 to the 2nd day of July 2015...did of another with intent to benefit himself or herself....with a value more than one thousand five hundred dollars in Cherry County, Nebraska”.

Count II alleges that over a more than 2 year period “on or about the 17th day of June 2013 to the 2nd day of July 2015...did use a financial transaction device ...for the purpose of obtaining money, credit, property, or services or for making financial payment with intent to defraud...with a value more than one thousand five hundred dollars in Cherry County, Nebraska”.


July survey suggests economic slowdown ahead for Midwest

A July survey suggests there will be slow to no economic growth over the next three to six months in nine Midwest and Plains states.

A survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index slumped to 50.6 in July from 53.0 in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says businesses tied to agriculture and energy "continue to report pullbacks in economic activity, and this is spilling over into the broader regional economy."

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.


Christmas Parade


In an attempt to give back to the businesses of Valentine who generously donate to the various non-profit organizations in the community, the Old West Days, Bull Bash, Ag Society (Fair Board), and the 4H Council board members have formed a committee to organize a Christmas Parade to take place on November 28th at 6:00 pm. This date is also National “Shop Small” Saturday..

The parade may consist of any type of entry so long as it is decorated with Christmas lights. There will be cash prizes awarded to the Best of Parade. Line up for the parade will be at 5:30 at the Sale Barn and will proceed down Main Street.

Santa will of course be a big part of the parade and will be dropped off at a business on Main Street where he will then visit with the children.

A Christmas tree decorating contest is being strongly entertained. These trees would be placed in stores of consenting businesses and decorated by various civic groups and organizations, and then voted on by the public.

A live nativity is being discussed as well as a Christmas quilt show.

There is a Facebook page, “Valentine’s Heart of Christmas Celebration” that will be used to help generate interest.

The committee will meet again on August 20th at the Sale Barn @ 6:00 pm. They are hoping to have some feedback from the local businesses as to whether they would host a Christmas tree.


Contacts for this celebration include Debbie Schipporeit –Chairman 402-389-0471, Yvonne Hollenbeck, David Dorsey, Maggie Cox and CJ Leonard


National Night Out In Valentine A Big Success


The Valentine Family Aquatic Center was the site of Valentine’s very first National Night Out. The event was designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships. It was an opportunity for Valentine to stand together to promote awareness, safety and community unity; taking a stand against crime, violence and drugs in our town.

Over 250 participants enjoyed the festivities. The citizens of Valentine and Cherry County joined together with the Valentine Lion’s Club, Healthy Choices 4 Cherry County, Cherry County Ambulance Service, Valentine Fire Department, Nebraska State Patrol, National Park Service, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Cherry County Justice Center, Cherry County Sheriff’s Department, and the Valentine Police Department for a night of fun and community spirit. The night kicked off with the Valentine Lion’s Club hosting a free will donation hamburger/hotdog feed. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church provided the table and chairs for the crowd. Following the meal, participants enjoyed the Valentine Fire Department’s adult sized slip and slide. Hometown Lumber and the Middle Niobrara NRD provided the tarps for the slide and the Fire Department the water. Healthy Choices 4 Cherry County sponsored the impaired driving course, while the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance service ran the Frozen Feet game and many other outdoor games.

At 7pm, the pool activities kicked off with a “Dance Off” competition. The frightening rendition of Thriller by the Cherry County Ambulance Service won the night’s event. The Valentine Police Department’s “Dancers with Badges” and the Valentine Fire Department’s “Whistling Trio” team added to the night’s fun. An impromptu team of “Pool Rats” formed to add to the “Dance Off” with their rendition of “Watch me Whip.” Evan Osnes of the Valentine Fire Department won the evening’s Belly Flop competition with Aaron Watkins of the Cherry County Hospital Ambulance Service taking home the prize for the canon ball competition with this upside down canon ball.

This event is a testimony to how the community, police and other service organizations can come together and successfully stand together. Valentine’s National Night Out was sponsored by grant funding provided by Healthy Choices 4 Cherry County.


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