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Gunhammer Charged


United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Jeremy Gunhammer, age 20, of Rosebud, appeared before U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange on November 19, 2013, and pled guilty to Possession of Child Pornography.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stems from incidents that took place between January 1, 2013, and May 31, 2013, when Gunhammer would use the internet to receive and possess images of child pornography.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for January 27, 2013. The defendant was released on conditions pending sentencing.


AAA Winter Driving Tips

See and be seen are simple rules to remember for winter driving. So that others may see you, completely clear your vehicle of snow and ice. This includes brushing the snow and ice away from two of your most important communication tools – your turn signals and brake lights. Always use your headlights, even during the daylight hours. All windows and outside mirrors should be clear of ice and snow. Before heading out on the roadway, safely store all heavy or hard objects in your trunk. During a crash, any unsecured items in your vehicle could become deadly projectiles. It is always important, especially during dangerous and hazardous weather conditions, to wear a safety belt and make certain all passengers are buckled-up, as well. Adjusting your speed to the prevailing road conditions is extremely important. Skids often occur when motorists drive too fast for the road conditions or brake too hard. Firm, steady pressure on the brake should be used. Always increase your following distance, even when you are stopped in traffic. If your vehicle is rear ended, having a safe margin of space in front of your vehicle may help to prevent a second collision. When a crash occurs, your driver air bag may deploy. For that reason, keep your hands properly positioned on the steering wheel to prevent hand injuries. Your vehicle’s owner manual provides instructions on hand positioning. If you have young, inexperienced teen drivers in your family, restrict their driving privileges until you have had the opportunity to teach them safe winter driving skills in an empty parking lot.



Fill an Empty Stocking Donations


Leo Brinda Post 90 and the Sons of the American Legion in Valentine are sponsoring the annual Fill An Empty Stocking and Share the Gift of Reading projects. Parents and guardians who wish to sign up their children need to fill out the forms at Union Bank & Trust on Highway 20 in Valentine before December 18.

A Christmas tree poster will be placed in the Veterans Club window, with each un-adopted family of children represented. Each note will display the family number, gender and age of each child in that family. Local residents may choose a number and adopt a “family of children”. Please phone 376-2443 to adopt on or BEFORE December 18. After adopting, select gifts of your choice, wrap them, mark them with age, gender, and family number; and then drop them off on the porch at 427 North Main Street.

The deadline to turn in “adopted family donations” and books is Thursday December 19.

Books are also needed for children of all ages (1-18). Please donate books in new or in very good condition that you know your own children or grandchildren would enjoy. Drop boxes for books are located at the Valentine Library Lobby, Plains Trading Company Booksellers, and at Valentine Elementary School. These books will be sorted and distributed to the children who benefit from the “Fill An Empty Stocking” project chaired by the American Legion Family.

Delivery of these Christmas gifts and books will take place on Saturday December 21 at 8AM. For more information please phone 376-2443. Post 90 and the Sons are hopeful that no children will be left out and are very grateful for the community’s help with this annual holiday project that fills the heart of both the giver and the child.


Damage at City Gym

The Valentine City Gym sustained a considerable amount of water damage recently from a broken water fountain at the south end of the gym. The incident apparently took place sometime between 8pm Friday night and 9AM Saturday morning. The drinking fountain was knocked off the wall and the water was shut off, but not before the damage occurred to the south end of the gym floor and the Headstart Kitchen area on the ground floor. There was also damage in the Northwest Community Action area of the ground floor. The exact dollar amount of damage is not available. It is not know if the damage was accidental or deliberate. If anyone has any information about the incident, please contact Valentine City Hall at 402-376-2323. Because of this incident, all keys to the building must be turned into city hall by November 25th. Public use of the facility will be strictly through the city office or contact Jenny Reece at 389-1675.




(Chadron)-The Chadron Lady Cardinal volleyball team may have ended their season last week when they were defeated by Kearney Catholic, but they ended up taking home a lot more than just a trophy. The fans who went to cheer on the girls were also recipients of something that will stick with them and mean much more.

Chadron High School Principal Jerry Mack drafted a letter, which he sent to the administration at Ogallala High School, the North Platte Telegraph, and the Nebraska State Activities Association on behalf of the team and fans at the state volleyball tournament. In Mack's blog at, he shared the letter he wrote which detailed the wonderful sportsmanship demonstrated by the Ogallala High School Band.

In the letter, Mack said that due to travel distance and home activities, Chadron High School had only a small handful of students in attendance at the first round game against Kearney Catholic. As the previous game ended (Ogallala vs Wayne), the Ogallala High School band packed up and carried all of their instruments across the gym to play for the Chadron pre-game warm-ups. Mack said the Cardinal fans know that Chadron and Ogallala share the same school song, as displayed at the district final game between these two teams.

He said that not only the players, but parents and fans were so excited to see this support from their Western Nebraska friends. The excitement and support between one school's band and another team's fans was memorable. Mack went on to say that to further add to this special show of support, all of the Ogallala band members joined behind the small student section during the game with several Ogallala students leading cheers and chants for the Chadron team.

Mack ended his letter by again expressing his thanks, and said Go Indians!


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