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  • Friday, Sept. 19
    12 p.m. — Oconto Senior Dinner.
    6 p.m. — South Loup FB host Hemingford (at Arnold).
    Saturday, Sept. 20
    12 p.m. — BACA fund-raiser at Morgan Park.
    Sunday, Sept. 21
    5 p.m. — Morning Star Dinner Theater, CCC. Read More
  • Electrical blamed in a tractor fire
    Oconto Fire volunteers responded to a tractor fire at the Melvin Achterberg place south of the village about 10:45 a.m., Sept. 10. Fireman on the scene Jared Eggleston said an electrical fault started the fire in a Case tractor being used to mow road ditches. The tractor was destroyed by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.   Dinner theater is this Sunday
    For those who might have been confused by an incorrect headline in last week’s story about the Morning Star Dinner Theater, the date is Sunday, Sept. 21, not Sept. 22 as stated in the headline. For complete info and how to get tickets, see advertisement inside this issue. Read More
  • Friday, Sept. 12
    5 p.m. — South Loup VB vs. Stapleton at Arnold (JV 5:00, V 6:00).
    7:30 p.m. — South Loup FB vs. Stapleton at Arnold.
    Saturday, Sept. 13
    9 a.m. — High School Rodeo at Seven Valleys Rodeo Grounds.
    9:30 a.m. — Seven Valleys Volleyball Tournament, Callaway.
    Sunday, Sept. 14
    No events scheduled. Read More
  • Nebraska HS Rodeo Saturday
    High school cowboys and cowgirls from around the state will compete in the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association event at Seven Valleys Rodeo Grounds near Callaway this Saturday, Sept. 13. Competition begins at 9 a.m. CC 4-H Council meeting Sept. 15
    The Custer County 4-H Council will meet at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, at the 4-H Building in Broken Bow. A meeting agenda will be posted at the Custer County Courthouse and at Nebraska State Bank, in Broken Bow, after Sept. 8. The meeting is open to the public. Read More
Local News
  • Ag producers were out in force Monday picking corn at a frenzied pace and hauling it to storage as fast as they could even as the first wisps of cloud passed over from the approach of the first winter storm of the season in this area. Read More
  • The annual American Legion Post 59 Callaway Veterans Day Program at the school will have a twist this year. Honored will be Korean War veterans in observance of the 60 anniversary of the end of war. All veterans and members of the public are invited to attend the program to be recognized to the students and staff. All vets present will be invited to join the students for lunch following the program. Read More
  • Want to get a little exercise Thanksgiving Day and help the Callaway Food Pantry at the same time? Join runners and walkers for the inaugural Callaway Turkey Trot. Organizers are touting the event as a great w ay to kick off the holiday with a bit of exercise, fun and all the while supporting the food pantry. Non-perishable food items and cash donations are the price of entry. Read More
  • Third District voters may remember Doniphan farmer and feedlot operator Mark Sullivan. He’s the guy who ran for Congress in the last election, a Democrat seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Adrian Smith. Or, you may not remember him. Declaring last election on March 11, 2012, Sullivan pitted himself late against a well-funded Smith and managed 34.8% of the Third District vote, according to Nebraska Secretary of State figures. He managed only 22.2% of the Custer County vote. Overall, Smith won 187,423 to 65,266. Read More
  • SALINA, Kan. — Dorris Eleanore Chubbuck, 96, of Salina, former Lexington resident, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Holiday Resort in Salina. Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Lexington with the Rev. Dyton Owen officiating.
    Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington. Read More
  • BALLWIN, Mo. — Gordon Ray Chubbuck died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at the age of 70. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 1.  Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Read More
  • Maizie Lange, 91, of Baldwin, N.D., died Oct. 6, 2013 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck. Funeral Services will be 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, at Goetz Funeral Home in Washburn with Pastor Peder Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Wilton. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Goetz Funeral Home, Washburn. Read More
  • Merlin E. Burgland, age 88 died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island. He was born Dec. 24, 1924 in Newark, Neb., to Andrew and Violet (Schneringer) Burgland. He graduated from Callaway High School in 1942. He joined the Army in 1943 and served in the China-Burma-India theatre until 1945. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral Home in Kearney. Merlin’s nephew, Rev. Dr. Lane Burgland will officiate. Burial will be at Kearney Cemetery. Military rites at the grave will be provided by the Kearney American Legion Post No. 52, Kearney, VFW Post No. 759 and the Nebraska National Guard Military Honors Team.  Read More
Opinions and Columns
  • Advice from an old farmer Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumblebee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered … not yelled. Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. Read More
  • If we’ve learned anything from the recent spat over spending and Obamacare it’s that this fight was an inside-the-beltway one between battle lines of political extremists spouting party dogma. On the extreme right you have your Tea Party types who will stop at nothing to dismantle Obamacare and cure deficit woes through amputation of major limbs and removal of vital organs even to the point of shutting down the government and defaulting on its debts. It’s not the $24 billion harm this latest dustup cost the American economy, it’s about doing maximum damage to anyone who gets in their way.  Read More
  • Little Johnny
    The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, and then give a talk on salesmanship.
    Little Sally led off. “I sold Girl Scout cookies and I made $30” she said proudly. “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit, and I credit that approach for my obvious success.” Read More
  • Here at my desk on a chilly, rainy Monday morning. Fall is definitely here. Can winter be far behind? There were many things that could have been accomplished over the weekend but the decision was made to get out of town for a day or two for some decompression and attitude adjustment. Sometimes wandering off is the best medicine. Read More
  • CHAMBERS — A blocked punt gave the South Loup Bobcats hope but a blocked field goal took it away in a wild fourth quarter vs. CWC Thursday afternoon in the D-1 playoff first round. South Loup needed just a field goal to tie and force overtime against the Chambers/Wheeler Central (CWC) Renegades and were given one last chance at the 35 with 4 seconds left. It was into the wind from nearly 50 yards out but senior Paul Kissler can make those. Cody Ramsey of CWC sliced in and blocked it preserving a 26-23 win. Read More
  • ARNOLD — Need a boost into the subdistricts? For the Lady Bobcats volleyball team it was taking a dose of visiting C-2 Ainsworth Bulldogs for that extra something to end the regular season. It worked pretty well as the Bobcats came through in a battle 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 10-25, 16-14 last Friday evening. Read More
  • MERNA — “One more time into the breach”. South Loup Volleyball put up good numbers in yet one more meeting with Mullen and Anselmo-Merna at the Coyote Triangular on Oct. 29. Read More
  • Volleyball season ended abruptly for the South Loup Lady Bobcats losing in three, 25-17, 25-9, 25-10 to Burwell in the D1-8 Subdistrict at Ord Monday afternoon. Read More