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Week 8 Pigskin Prediction Contest Winner

There were 8 people who missed just the Ohio State game in Pigskin Prediction contest. When the dust settled, Jackson Elliott was the 1st place winner, and Kelli Sokol took 2nd with the tie breaker net Nebraska yards of 409 determining the winners. Just 5 weeks left in the contest!

Winners on the card:

Kansas State

Washington State



West Virginia


Penn State


North Carolina




Tie Breaker Net Nebraska Yards: 409


Suspect Apprehended in Area Burglaries

In the past few weeks, several businesses around the Valentine area were burglarized. The Valentine Police Department, in cooperation with the public, has apprehended the suspected individuals and would like to thank the community for their help. The investigations are still ongoing and there continues to be a search for the stolen goods. If you have any information that might be useful, please don't hesitate to contact the Valentine Police Department at 402-376-3055.


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.


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