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UNK Band Day Results

Grand Island Northwest won the Sweepstakes Trophy and was named the top band overall at Saturday’s 2014 UNK Band Day Parade Competition. Twenty-four Nebraska bands marched in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Homecoming Parade and were later awarded trophies. Directed by Shawn Pfanstiel, Northwest won the Class A division and was also awarded the trophy for outstanding drum line.

Winning the Best Color Guard Trophy was Columbus High School.

Other first-place honors went to Kearney High School, Class AA; Valentine High School, Class B; St. Paul High School, Class C; and Axtell High School, Class D.

In the middle school division, first place went to the Kearney Eighth Grade Band.

Trophies for the event were donated by the Kearney Hub. Assisting with the awarding of the trophies was Hub Marketing Director Penny Parker, along with UNK band directors Duane Bierman and Brian Alber.

UNK Band Day Parade Competition:

Class AA

1st – Kearney High School

2nd – North Platte High School

3rd – Columbus High School

Class A

1st – Grand Island Northwest

Class B

1st – Valentine High School

2nd – Cozad High School

Class C

1st – St. Paul High School

2nd – Wood River High School

3rd – Grand Island Central Catholic

Class D

1st – Axtell High School

2nd – Amherst High School

3rd – Deshler High School

Middle School Division

1st – Kearney Eighth Grade Band

2nd – Ogallala Middle School

3rd – Holdrege Middle School


North Central RC&D to host State Meeting



Contrary to what some might believe, the RC&Ds are still alive in the state of Nebraska! There are currently eleven Resource Conservation and Development Districts in the state. These districts are no longer federally funded, but continue to thrive through memberships, donations, and grants, to foster and procure projects in their districts that meet the needs of the individual communities and counties.

The North Central Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development is a unique program that is led by a volunteer council comprised of people from within the six county region – Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha, and Rock. The council helps to care for and protect the natural resources in a way that improves the local economy, environment and living standards. Their building, located in Bassett, is Council owned and they maintain a 501c3 nonprofit status. RC&D is a way for people to work together to plan and carry out activities that will make their area a better place to live.

The North Central RC&D council will host the Nebraska RC&D State Association Meeting in Bassett on September 28th and 29th. The two day event begins with a tour and dinner at Outback Adventures, a division of Nolles Cattle Company. While there, we will enjoy a wonderful meal and will be viewing a beef cutting demonstration by Dennis Bauer, KBR Extension Agent. Monday morning will begin with a Round Table discussion of the role of the RC&D districts in today’s world and then end with the Nebraska State RC&D Association meeting. Representatives of all districts are hoped to be in attendance.

Anyone interested in the RC&D Councils is welcome to attend. For registration information please contact Lou Ann at 402-684-3346 or 402-340-8011.


River Appreciation Day

The Niobrara River Outfitters Association will be sponsoring their annual River Appreciation Day on Sunday September 21st.  NRO Members will be offering to the public a free float trip for those wanting to spend an afternoon on the Niobrara National Scenic River east of Valentine during which time the outfitters will be conducting their annual Fall River Cleanup.  Everyone will meet at their takeout points at 1pm for transportation to their starting points.  Call one of the NRO members for more details on preferred segments and vessel types (canoes or kayaks) by Friday September 19th.

Cornell Bridge to Berry Bridge: Graham Canoe Outfitters 402-376-3708

Brewer Bridge to Wildcat Camp: Prairie River Outfitters 402-376-1887

Rocky Ford to Rock Barn: Dryland Aquatics 402-376-3119

Rock Barn to Norden Bridge: Rock Barn Outfitters 402-376-1764


Valentine's Homecoming Events Scheduled

Valentine High School’s Homecoming will be Friday, September 26th.  The theme this year is  “Welcome to the Jungle.”  Monday will be Dress in Animal Print, Tuesday will be Survivor Day.  Wednesday there is no school due to School Improvement meetings.  Thursday is Class Colors day,  Freshman wear Yellow, Sophomores wear Brown, Juniors wear Blue, and Seniors dress in Green.  Staff will dress in Orange.   Friday is Spirit Day.

The parade will be Friday at 2:30 p.m., therefore students will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m.  While the school encourages all students to take part in some fashion in the parade and pep rally, it is not mandatory.  The parade route will start at Cedar Canyon Restaurant and the Main Street intersection as it traditionally has; the parade route will go down Main Street, turn on 5th street, and continue to the high school parking lot,  The pep rally will be held in the high school grand stands.  Anyone wishing to leave floats, banners, or any other Homecoming items in the parking lot or around the football complex so they can be viewed at the football game that evening is welcome to do so.  Anyone interested in taking part in the parade should pick up an entry form from the High School or KVSH Radio.  Varsity Football will take on the Ord Chanticleers at 7:00 p.m.

The Homecoming Dance will be held on the floor in the high school gym starting shortly after the football game and ending at 12:00 a.m.  The doors to the dance will remain open 1 hour after the conclusion of the football game and will be one-way.  Once any student leaves the dance at any time, they will not be allowed to return.  Admission to the dance is $5.00 per person.

Crowning of King & Queen will be during the half time of the football game. Queen candidates are: Sophie Lopez, daughter of Kent & Beth Lopez, Payton Sandoz, daughter of Kent Sandoz and Shari Sandoz, & Madison Kelber, daughter of Jason & Renee Kelber.  King Candidates are:  Brooks Coleman, son of Lonnie & Renae Coleman, Jacob Hand, son of Tim and Jo Hand, Gunnar Hitchcock, son of Wes & Candace Hitchcock.


2014 Nebraska 4-H State Fair Results

Special State Fair 4-H Exhibitor ribbons were placed on those items entered in the Cherry County Fair that the judges selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair.

Results from judging at the 2014 State Fair in Grand Island are as follows: Brennann Jackson,You’re The Chef, Specialty Rolls,purple: Katelynn Jackson,Foodworks,Specialty Pastry,blue; Gage Krolikowski,Taxidermy,Taxidermy,purple; Tessa Krolikowski,Food Preservation,Jelled Exhibit,blue; Cody Kronhofman,Tasty Tidbits,Creative Mixes,red; Forrest Schmidt,Horticulture,Salad Tomatoes,purple; Chet Tetherow,Horticulture,Snap Beans,blue; Chet Tetherow,Welding,Welding Article,blue.

Sarah Shelbourn represented Cherry County 4-H as the State Fair Stylist.  She received a blue ribbon in the Fashion Show, modeling a dress in the Clothing II project area.

In 4-H Beef competition, Fletcher Larsen received a purple ribbon for Market Beef in the Market Heifer class, a purple ribbon for Simmental Breeding Beef in the Simmental Yearlings Class, and a purple ribbon for Intermediate Beef Showmanship.

These young people did an excellent job of representing Cherry County’s 4-H program and serve as an example of the positive results that can be achieved by quality completion of a 4-H project.



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