Area News

Thank You to Everyone

Submitted by Benkelman Fire Chief Relgene Zimbelman      “I want to shout out a big thank you to all the volunteer fire fighters that were here and helped us put out the fire on Friday, January 15, to all the EMS personnel who came, to the Sheriff’s Office and the dispatchers for their help, to Helena…

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Firefighters Save Benkelman

Longtime Benkelman Fire Chief Relegene Zimbelman says the wildfire that forced the evacuation of the community early Friday ranks #1 as the most intense and scariest call he’s been on. Zimbelman has served on the Benkelman Rural Fire Department for 49-years and 30-years as Fire Chief. “People don’t really know how close we came to…

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Phases for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

     Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) is following the rollout plan for COVID vaccinations as directed by Nebraska’s governor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).      The rollout plan is divided into phases, and the first phase has 3 sections called 1A, 1B, and 1C. Within each of the phases, the categories are…

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Late Night Fire Results in Evacuation Order for Benkelman

     Benkelman residents didn’t get much sleep Thursday night after a wind driven wildfire reached city limits in the middle of the night.  The fire resulted in Emergency Management issuing an evacuation order for the city shortly after 3AM.  The Haigler American Legion was made available for people to stay in if needed.   …

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Boxing for the Senior Center

For wives who have been looking to box their husband’s ears in, here is your chance. On Saturday, the Weight Buffet Fitness Center is hosting a boxing fundraiser for the Dundy County Senior Center. The Dundy County Senior Center is continuing to provide meals to Dundy County seniors through the ongoing pandemic People can pick…

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Tigers One the Verge Of Schools First State Title

The DCS Girls basketball teams have played for 3 State titles and the Boys Cross Country Team got second a few years back, but no  DCS team has made it to the mountain top yet. The DCS Tigers football team hopes to change that on Friday night when they battle for the Class D1 State…

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Protect Our Hospitals By Governor Pete Ricketts November 11, 2020

Sometimes the only way out is through. That’s certainly true of the coronavirus pandemic. We can’t stop this virus, but we can slow its spread. Right now, there’s an urgent need for all of us to take personal responsibility for slowing the spread by using the tools we have to protect our healthcare system. The…

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COIVD-19 Cases Continue to Climb in Southwest Nebraska

     Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) had a total of 947 cases of COVID-19, 681 of which occurred in the past 30 days reported November 2nd.  A breakout by county includes:  Chase – 165 Dundy – 36; Frontier – 46; Furnas – 99; Hayes – 22; Hitchcock – 60; Keith – 135; Perkins – 78;…

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Great Turnout for Hitchcock County General Election

Hitchcock County had a voter turnout of 77 percent of the 1,919 registered voters. The total number of ballots cast in the county was 1,477 ­ In the Trenton Village Board of Trustees, Thomas Lewis, David Wimer, and Alexis Aneas were the winners. In the SWPPD Subdistrict 02 race Camie Cox and Kenneth Ham were…

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