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Valentine's Coronation Activities Announced

It’s that time of year for a celebration of the Heart City! The Coronation committee is asking for nomination for the Heart City Heart Award. This award is given out to an individual or group. The committee has asked for the community to help decide who the recipient should be. Please send your nomination and a brief summary of why to Amanda Long at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to 224 N Western St.

The Theme this year is “Every Heart Has a Story to Tell”

It will be held February 14th, 2016 at 5pm at the Valentine High School. Following the ceremony there will be a dance for all High School students and their dates. The dance will be held at the High School. The doors for the dance will open at 7pm and close at 8pm. This will be a one way door with the dance ending at 11pm. All school rules apply. The dance will cost $5 per person

Tickets will be sold at Union Bank, Chamber Office and Janines. Adult $7 and Students/Children $3

Pictures are going to be done differently this year with LaDonna Nelson taking pictures before, during and afterwards. You may purchase a CD of these pictures before Coronation. Order forms will be available at the door, price to be determined. No.16 by Allison will take the picture for the dance and order forms will be available at the dance.

Once again we have exciting new things this year, so mark your calendars!!


DeWitty Marker Dedication Announced


A dedication ceremony for a new Nebraska State Historical Marker in Cherry County commemorating DeWitty, the state’s longest and most successful African-American rural settlement is scheduled for Monday, April 11 at 10 a.m. at the site of the marker, near the Brownlee turnoff road on U.S. Highway 83.

The ceremony will be held in the Cherry County Historical Society Museum in Valentine in the event of inclement weather.

The ceremony is expected to draw descendants of the original DeWitty settlers from all over the nation.

I’ve already heard from descendants from as far away as Delaware, Virginia and California who are planning to come,” said Stew Magnuson, the author of two books about Highway 83. Last year, Magnuson, the Cherry County Historical Society and DeWitty descendants coordinated to raise the $5,100 needed to pay for the marker.

Donations came from descendants, Cherry County residents, history buffs in Nebraska and members of the Fans of U.S. Route 83 page on Facebook. It was a wonderful gathering of different people who believed that this unique community should be remembered,” said Magnuson.

Black settlers first arrived in the area about 1907 to take advantage of the Kinkaid Act, which granted homesteaders 640 acres of land in the counties that comprised the Sand Hills of Nebraska. DeWitty, also known as Audacious, grew as more settlers came to take advantage of this offer. The Homestead Act only granted 160 acres of land. Some settlers had roots in Canada and were the descendants of escaped slaves. Others came from big cities to try their hands at farming. The town barber, Robert Hannahs, had been born into slavery.

They built homesteads along the North Loup River, extending some 14 miles west of the town of Brownlee, a mostly white settlement. Relations between the two communities were excellent, Magnuson says. They came together to celebrate Independence Day, shared one-room schools and helped each other whenever needed.

This is really the story of two communities: DeWitty and Brownlee. The marker text notes the bond the communities shared,” says Magnuson, who wrote a chapter about DeWitty in his latest book, The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma.


Norden Bridge Closing to Traffic On Jan. 25th


KVSH News has learned that Keya Paha County will be closing Norden Bridge to through-traffic on January 25th. Commuters will have to take an alternate route until that stretch of HWY 12 is re-opened on or around June 1st.


Shop Fire at Simmons Ranch

The Valentine Volunteer Fire Department was called out about 7AM this morning to a report of a shop fire at the Rex Simmons ranch approximately 8 miles Northeast of Valentine on Highway 12. The Cherry County Hospital Ambulance was also dispatched to the scene where they treated one person for minor smoke inhalation. Neighbors also came to assist in removing equipment, including three tractors from the 40 by 75 foot structure which sustained heavy damage. The state fire marshal will determine the cause of the morning blaze. Mr. Simmons thanked the emergency crews and his neighbors for their help by calling on KVSH this morning.


Ranchers Workshop in Mission


The 37th Annual Ranchers Workshop will take place at the Sinte Gleska University Multi Purpose Building on Tuesday January 12th, 2016. Registration, which is free of charge, begins at 9:00 AM with the first speaker of the day scheduled to begin promptly at 9:30 AM. This year’s speaker roster includes Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension climatologist who will talk about the Impact of Weather in Agriculture. Kit Pharo from the Pharo Cattle Company in Colorado will offer a 2 part presentation entitled, “ Be a Herd Quitter and Ranch for a Profit. Our final speaker of the day, Dr. Russ Daly, DVM, with SDSU Extension and SD State Public Health, will speak about Raising Cattle Without Antibiotics in Natural and Organic Systems. In addition to the formal speaker presentations, many organizational booths and vendors will also be present to share their latest information and products with attendees. The Workshop will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. A complimentary Lunch and snacks will be provided to all registered attendees.

For more information or directions, please call Rosebud Extension at 605 856 2198 or the USDA White River Service Center at (605) 259-3252, Ext. 3


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