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Grants for Local Businesses

The Valentine Economic Development Board has created a new program to help local business improve the façade, or outside appearance, of their building. The city council recently approved $50,000 from the LB840 sales tax fund to go into this new program. The Valentine Facade Improvement Program is a matching grant program designed for improvements to the outside of commercial properties within the Valentine City limits. Grants will be up to 50% of the cost of the project up to a maximum of $10,000.

Eligible Projects would include; painting, window replacement with energy efficient windows, signage, awnings and other improvements deemed appropriate by the ED Board. Funds could also be used for demolition to return building to former historic appearance.

The funds are available on a first come first served basis. Additional information or applications can be obtained from Economic Development Director Mike Burge by calling 402 376 6842 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The program may or may not be continued in the future depending on the response of the business community.

 

 

Planned Cherry Todd Electric Power Outage for Sparks Area on Wednesday, March 25th

CHERRY TODD ELECTRIC WILL BE HAVING A PLANNED POWER OUTAGE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, FOR THE AREAS SOUTH AND EAST OF SPARKS, NE. THIS INCLUDES THE TOWN OF SPARKS TO ROCKY FORD OUTFITTERS. THE TIMING OF THE OUTAGE WILL BE FROM APPROXIMATELY 10 AM UNTIL NOON CENTRAL FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE.

 

Mike Woodraska Receives Nationwide Outstanding General Manager Award

McDonald’s General Manager Mike Woodraska from Valentine is among the top 10-percent of General Managers across the country. McDonald’s is honoring Woodraska with its Outstanding General Manager Award for his accomplishments in 2014.

“Mike is deserving of this award because he personifies every element of this award. We are so proud of Mike’s growth within our organization starting as a shift manager in August 1996 and promoted  to a General Manager in November 2002. Mike has been an outstanding store manager four times and a Ray Kroc Award winner in 2007.  Mike serves the Porter Organization as an OTP3 and a McCafé Technician,” says Bruce Haines, Porter Stores Director of Operations.

Each day, General Managers face the daily challenges of satisfying customers, running great restaurants and staffing restaurants with qualified crew. They provide customers with reasons to return to the restaurant over and over again. Woodraska’s work plays a critical role in the success and growth of the local economy.

   

Relay For Life July 11th

The annual Cherry County Relay for Life will be held on July 1th in Valentine around the city pool area again. This year theme will be Peace, Joy, Love, Live or Christmas in July. They are now signing up teams for the upcoming event.

There will be a kickoff supper on March 31st from 5 to 7pm at the 4-H building sponsored by the Valentine Lions Club. They will be serving a Christmas Dinner with turkey, dressing, rolls and cranberries. The Heart City Heart Warmers will entertain. There will also be a bake sale during the kick off supper. For more information call 402 322 0249.

 

Brown County Crimestoppers Need Your Help

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the theft of two black bull calves. The calves were a week old and had a yellow ear tag in the right ear. The theft took place approximately eight miles north and three miles west of Ainsworth. The theft occurred sometime between March 10th and March 11th. The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking information about a burglary that occurred at a residence that is located just south of Daniel’s Manufacturing. The burglary occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on March 14, 2015. Residents left the home and returned a short time later to find someone had been inside the house and had started to remove electronic equipment, including stereo’s and TV’s. It appears when the residents returned, they scared off the intruders. For more information about these cases or if you have any information about these cases, or any other case, you are encouraged to call the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 402-387-1440 or please call Crimestoppers at 1-866-434-4069 or locally at 402-382-3121. You remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

   

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