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  • Wauneta’s Blood Drive surpasses goal

    The goal for Wauneta’s American Red Cross Blood Drive was set at 30. Thirty-four units were received, surpassing the goal by four, with a total of 36 walk-ins. The blood drive was held Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the American Legion Hall. Those giving blood ...
  • Deathbed: A twisted fictional account of one man's rude awakening — Chapter Four

    “Deathbed” is a serial fiction novel by associate editor Dave Vrbas. Chapters of the story will be included in the Breeze over the next several weeks for our readers’ entertainment. Chapter Four: Strange Therapy By Dave Vrbas Earlier on the same...
  • Let Me Put It This Way: It’s clear health-care issues need tackled

    Rational, well-meaning people have long disagreed in matters significant as well as trivial — and have done so respectfully, without name-calling, rumor-mongering, elder-scaring or gun-brandishing. Hard to imagine, isn’t it, given the lack of civil...
  • Free tire disposal coming in September

    The Chase County Commissioners are sponsoring a free tire disposal for southwest Nebraska residents over a three-day period in September. Chase County residents are among those in five counties offered the free service Sept. 15-17 at the transfer station...
  • FVC completes record year

    “Wow!” That’s how Frenchman Valley Coop General Manager Jim Chism opened his report to patrons Saturday during the annual meeting for the fiscal year that closed Jan. 31, 2009. Chism said the completed fiscal year set a number of records, noting t...
  • Two local teams place in the fair team sorting

    By Russ Pankonin The Imperial Republican   Two local area teams finished among the top four teams in the team sorting competition during the fair last week. In the competition, two riders attempt to sort off 10 cattle in order, according to number, f...
  • Piano medley takes top talent honors

    By Jan Schultz The Imperial Republican   A rousing jazz piano medley by an Imperial man took the top prize at the fair’s “Got Talent?” contest last Thursday afternoon. Imperial native Jeff Schuman, who returned to his hometown two years ago, pl...
  • Vicky Brown wins a pair of buckles at barrel riding

    By Russ Pankonin The Imperial Republican   Vicky Brown of Lamar pulled off a double in the Nebraska Barrel Horse Association barrel racing held at the fair last week. Brown won buckles in the 2D and 3D divisions of the open competition. Her two-run ...
  • Christmas and the contaminated candy

    Editor’s note: Wauneta native Rita Miller Manlove of Mesa, Ariz., shares online messages with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren through a blog dubbed Grandma Rita’s Ramblings. She often writes of her memories of growing up on the fa...
  • Deathbed: A twisted fictional account of one man's rude awakening — Chapter Three

    “Deathbed” is a serial fiction novel by associate editor Dave Vrbas. Chapters of the story will be included in the Breeze over the next several weeks for our readers’ entertainment. Chapter Three: The Plan   The things you imagine in the mid...
  • Wauneta-Palisade youth award winners at 2009 Hayes County fair

    Shooting Sports Contests BB Gun Contest BB Gun - Intermediate Trophy: Wes Anderjaska (sponsored by Hayes County Ag Society) Pellet Air Rifle Contest Pellet Air Rifle - Intermediate Red: Wes Anderjaska Archery Contest Archery Contest Traditional ...
  • Caid Doetker earns championship buckle at Chase County Fair steer riding event

    By Dave Vrbas The Wauneta Breeze   A Wauneta youth, Caid Doetker, claimed the championship buckle during last Wednesday’s steer riding contest at the Chase County Fair. Competing in the 8-9 year age group, Doetker rode his temperamental steer a tot...
  • Mutton bustin' — a fair fave

    By Dave Vrbas The Wauneta Breeze   Youngsters put their best sheep riding on display during the Chase County Fair’s mutton busting competition on Wednesday afternoon, six of them leaving the event with towering trophies in hand. In the five-year-ol...
  • Chase County Fair Pedal Tractor Pull results

    By Carolyn Lee The Imperial Republican   You didn’t have to be a farmer to ride a tractor at the Chase County Fair last Friday. A total of 135 children, ages four to 12, pushed the pedal to the concrete during the pedal tractor pull. Dressed in any...
  • Stock dogs perform despite fair’s heat

    By Jan Schultz The Imperial Republican   Fourteen dogs worked hard despite the heat at the Chase County Fair last week as they competed in the stock dog trials. It was the second year for the event, started last year at the fair following several req...
  • Brandt wins hospital’s ‘Images of Nebraska’ photo contest

    The first annual “Images of Nebraska” photo contest sponsored by the Chase County Hospital Foundation was considered a successful event, according to Randy Vlasin, director of the Foundation. “We received 124 photos from 31 photographers. We were p...
  • Wauneta, Hayes Center crews aid Palisade at wildfire

    The Palisade Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad had to call in some reinforcement last Thursday, as a grass fire stoked by wind burned out of control a couple miles east of town, just northwest of the home of Bob and Alma Romine. The Hayes Center Fire Depa...
  • Early September best to treat perennial weeds

    A University of Nebraska–Lincoln specialist recommends treating perennial weeds in early fall to take advantage of winter weather. “One reason for spraying weeds around September 1 is that the herbicide weakens them and the winter can finish them off...
  • Body condition key to healthy horse rations

    “Feed all the hay your horse will eat,” said a University of Nebraska–Lincoln educator, “but recognize that may not meet all the animal’s needs.” Monte Stauffer, extension educator in Douglas and Sarpy counties, compared grass and legume hay...
  • A century of safeguarding the town

    This week we send a big Shout-Out to some folks long gone — those former Wauneta residents who banded together to form the Wauneta Fire Company a century ago. The thanks of our present era is passed to those 14 men who had the foresight to kick start Wa...