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Vets’ Club Soup Contest 4th round

After losing by one vote to the eventual winner last year, Jolene Egger redeemed herself Friday night at the Vets’ Club 11th Annual Soup Contest. Egger’s Taco soup pulled out another close contest, but it was enough to put her in the Feb. 6 finale’.

Last year, Diane Hamling’s Country Ham Chowder beat Egger’s Taco by one vote, also in the third round. Hamling went on to win the finale’ leaving Egger wondering “what if?”

This year was also close, though. Only five votes separated her and Jerod Swanson’s South of Town Potato soup. The contestant field was filled out by Deanna Schmit’s Chicken Noodle, and Ed Bacon’s Just Chili. All contestants were given $20 in free raffle tickets.

Egger won a $25 gift card from The Plains Trading Co. She is now eligible to win the $100 Valentine Chamber Bucks grand prize in the finale’ or the $75 second prize.

Check at the Vets’ Club 402-376-3603 if interested in entering the soup contest. Only one week, Jan. 30, is left for semi-finale rounds.

All of those tasting and voting on the soups received a free raffle ticket. The raffle will be held at the contest finale’ Feb. 6 and you must be present to win. The grand prizes for the raffle are a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, a Savage .243 rifle, and a Savage .223 rifle,

Additional raffle prizes include numerous gift certificates and donations from area businesses. Just a few of the many items to be given away are two star quilts, a tree stand, jewelry, pet products, pool cues, home decor and tools. Stop at the Vets’ Club to see all of the prizes that will be given away Feb. 6.


CC Justice Center to House Bennett Co Inmates

According to a press release from Cherry County Atty Eric Scott, a new agreement has been reached with Bennett County, South Dakota to house Bennett County inmates at the Cherry County Justice Center. The agreement was signed Wednesday January 21, 2015.  Cherry County Commissioner Mark Adamson stated that "This new agreement will allow Cherry County to not only fully utilize the Justice Center, but will also provide an excellent return on the investment of the Cherry County Taxpayers."


Ricketts emphasizes taxes, jobs in first State of the State

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is calling on lawmakers to lower property taxes statewide while expanding tax breaks for farmers, ranchers and military retirees.

The new Republican governor unveiled his tax plan Thursday along with job and education initiatives in his first State of the State address since taking office on Jan. 8.

In a speech focused heavily on the economy, Ricketts recommended a slowdown in state government spending increases to pay for the tax reductions.

The governor unveiled initiatives designed to boost career-training options for young people and an increase in college tuition assistance for members of the Nebraska National Guard. He also used the speech to highlight his support for the Keystone XL oil pipeline and urged President Barack Obama to approve it.



Coalition seeks driver's licenses for Nebraska 'Dreamers'

Ranchers and immigrant-rights groups are working together to try to change Nebraska's status as the only state that denies driver's licenses to young people protected from deportation because they were illegally brought to the United States as children.

The groups gave their support Wednesday to a new bill that would allow licenses for youths who qualify under the Obama administration program. New Gov. Pete Ricketts said during his campaign that he would maintain the policy, which was approved in 2012.

The bill's prospects are uncertain in the officially nonpartisan Legislature, where Republicans dominate. But in addition to support from immigration and worker advocacy groups, the measure is backed by the Nebraska Cattlemen Association and the Nebraska Restaurant Association. Both industries rely on immigrants to fill jobs amid a labor shortage.


Nebraska senator seeks to ban drivers from using cellphones

Nebraskans could be fined for using a cell phone while in the driver's seat of vehicle under a bill proposed to the Nebraska Legislature.

Sen. Merv Riepe of Omaha introduced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit drivers from using the devices on the road, even to make a phone call.

Riepe says the bill is aimed at texting while driving, but would define all games, photos and data transmission as a secondary driving offense. Officers could only ticket motorists after stopping them for another reason.

The bill excludes emergency phone calls to and from doctors, law enforcement and fire departments. Under the measure, drivers could use their phones only if they have pulled off of the road to a safe stop.


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