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Winner student dies Wednesday night from farm accident

The Daily Republic has reported that a Winner High School student injured in a farming accident died Wednesday night, a day after getting stuck in a grain bin.

Taylor Watzel, 16, of Winner, died at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to Winner Superintendent Bruce Carrier.

Carrier said students gathered in the school's gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday morning to talk about the situation, and Principal Gerald Witte said students and faculty are struggling with the loss.

Watzel, a junior, was a lineman for the Winner football team who mostly played on special teams, Witte said. He was also a wrestler, an active member of FFA, was named to the school's merit roll for academics and maintained perfect attendance.

Witte said the school still plans to host a football game against Jones County/White River tonight, in which the team will hope to continue its undefeated season. A moment of silence will be held for Taylor and the Watzel family.

Funeral arrangements have not been decided, but Witte expects the funeral to take place at the Winner gymnasium.

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Al Davis Demands KSDZ Retraction

October 19, 2016 -- Senator Al Davis has demanded a retraction from KSDZ talk-show host Jim Lambley for what Davis said is a “bald-faced” lie. Davis is endorsed by the National Rifle Association for his strong support of gun rights and the Second Amendment.

On his talk show this morning, Lambley, owner-operator of the radio station in Gordon, “lied when he said I was ‘working with Ernie Chambers for an assault weapons ban’,” said Davis. “Lambley continued the lie by then claiming that I am ‘anti-gun’. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“These lies show the extent to which my opponent and his supporters will go in their attempts to discredit me and my campaign,” said Davis. “It is particularly despicable in that this newest in their list of lies about me was conveniently put forward on the day Cherry County rural voters received their ballots.”

“I received the NRA endorsement for good reason -- I have consistently and strongly stood up for the 2nd Amendment in the Nebraska Legislature and will continue to do so,” said Davis.

Davis said he is demanding a retraction from Mr. Lambley, and will file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission if a retraction is not made without delay.


$17,491 Raised For Cancer Fund


The Sandhills Cancer Fund's 8th Annual “Riders Unite for the Fight Against Cancer” fundraiser was held on October 15th. All things considered, $17,491 was raised for the organization that has donated roughly $150,000 divided up among hundreds of area residents to help offset costs of fighting cancer.

The “ride” itself, combined with a 50/50 drawing, raised $1,065. A freewill donation supper provided by the Brown County, Cherry County, and Rock County Hospitals brought in a total of $1,065. The silent auction that evening provided a total of $1,801, while the live auction brought in a total of $6,812. The quilt drawing made $1,011 while other donations added $4,516 to the total.

On Friday, October 14th, the golf tournament raised $1,221 for the cause.

Thanks to everyone who generously helped to make this event a success.


Additional Contested Races in KVSH Area


According to the Cherry County Clerk's office, there will be several contested races in the KVSH listening area. In addition to The Valentine Community School Board race, The Cody School Board has a contested race between five individuals for three slots. Those running are Adam Naslund, Betty Williams, Melissa Rosfeldt, Shannon Ravenscroft and Cyndi Weaver.

The Merriman Village Board will be decided November 8th. Three seats are up for grabs between Linda Hamway, Stewart Hopper, Leo Nelson and Gayland Valentine.

For Mullen School Board, Barbara Svoboda, Dennis Vinton, Jeff Forsen and Travis Hampton are vying for the three openings.

Hyannis School Board also has three seats open this fall. Six individuals are running for the board, including Lisa Jameson, Casey Henderson, Rodney Boots, Shawn McKinney, Greg White and Chris Gentry.

For Gordon Rushville School Board, Chuck Hinn, Mark Kreuger, Michael Ziller, Krista Wegner are running for three open seats.

And for Thedford School Board, Bridgett Licking, Jay Jones, Jim Mills, and Matt Brockford are all in the running for three open seats.




Election Coming Up November 8th

On November 8th, Cherry County voters will have the opportunity to select new school board members for the Valentine Community Schools. Voters will select three, from a field of five candidates. Two incumbents have filed for reelection; Kent Lopez and Clint Assarson. There will be three other candidates on the slate as well. Tess Canet, an educator, Shane Kime an area rancher and Dave Renning former high school principal.

There are three openings on the Valentine City Council, with all three incumbents running for reelection. Kyle Arganbright, Kallie Kieborz and Andrew Ward.


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