The Annual Alliance Christmas Parade was well attended on Tuesday night in downtown Alliance. The whole Eagle Radio Alliance crew was on hand to joy in on the fun. Below are photos taken by Eagle News Director, Kalin Krohe.
The 20th annual Christmas Tree and Wreath festival continues this week at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. This year’s festival will feature over 70 two foot trees and 30 twenty-two inch wreaths all decorated by local individuals and businesses. The trees and wreaths are available for purchase by using a bid process in a week long silent auction. Bids will be taken until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, several exciting new additions have been added to the festival that you will not want to miss!
Tuesday December 1st 6:30 p.m. AMS Choir – This Wednesday 6:30 p.m. 7th Street Dance Studio – Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Teri Dugan and Shon Townsend – 20th annual Festival Celebration Friday 6:30 p.m. Rachel Lewis and Larry Holub – and the Festival will wrap up this Friday at 12:00 p.m. St. John’s Brass
NEWS ALERT! DON’T PAY FOR YOUR ASSESSMENT RECORDS!
It has come to my attention that property owners in Box Butte County have received letters from a company in California called Record Transfer Services.
This company collects assessment information and sells it to anyone willing to pay. Assessment information is free. Anyone can log on to the Box Butte County Asssessor’s website www.boxbutte.gisworkshop.com and obtain assessment information or stop in the office at 515 Box Butte Suite 102.
The letter from Record Transfer Services also mentions paying for deed information. Most people already have a copy of their deed. Property owners can receive their copy for free.
Questions or concerns can be answered by calling my office at 762-6100 or stopping in at 515 Box Butte Suite 102.
Box Butte County Assessor
Photo Courtesy: Darin Back
Former Alliance resident, Luke Redfield, will perform his original folk/Americana songs this Friday, December 4th, at 1910 (the secret coffeehouse) inside Hoffhaus Gardens. Fans of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Johnny Cash will appreciate Redfield’s throwback and down-to-earth sound.
He even has a song celebrating Nebraska’s own “Sand Hills” — give it a listen via his 2013 album, East of Santa Fe.
Luke spent some of his childhood in Alliance and remains connected to the people and natural beauty of the region. He is the son of pastor Guy and Renee Redfield, formerly of St. John’s Lutheran.
The Chadron Senior Center, and Chadron Senior Nutrition will not be delivering meals today due to the recent snow storm.
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) – Seven co-workers at the Baldwin Filters plant in Kearney have claimed shares of a $1 million Mega Millions prize.
The seven have been pooling their money to buy Mega Millions tickets over the past four years. They bought a ticket at Thirsty’s on the west side of Kearney for the Nov. 24 drawing. One play matched five numbers but not the Mega Ball number or the Megaplier.
Each of the seven will receive a share just under $143,000.
The Alliance Public Library is currently sponsoring two reading contests! Read a book about winter, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa for a chance to win $50.00 in Chamber Bucks in the Winter Holiday Reading Contest! The contest is open to all ages and the drawing to select a winner will take place on Wednesday, December 23 at 2:00 p.m.
The library is also sponsoring a Star Wars Reading Contest and has a display of available Star Wars books for every reading level! Prizes include a Star Wars blanket and the first six Star Wars movies. The drawing will be held on Thursday, December 31 at 2:00 p.m.
In prepared remarks, Westco C-E-O David Briggs said that the report for the fiscal year ended August 31st and shows that this was the sixth best year on record. Briggs described 2015 as a solid year, but not a great year. 2013 and 2014 were the best two years in company history.
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Briggs explained that 2015 was made into a tough year by several challenges. Those challenges included: a declining commodity market, a declining energy market, and a very wet May, which kept producers out of the fields for spring planting.
Briggs said he is more optimistic about the potential for 2016 to be a good year, and pointed out that a very good year for the New Alliance Division helped push that division into the second largest division for Westco. He said that new facilities in the form of new storage bins in Alliance, plus a new facility planned for Bridgeport will help make Westco more competitive and hopefully more profitable for members.
The annual meeting was adjourned and members looked forward to picking up their cash refunds on their membership in the cooperative.
As the Christmas Season approaches, The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer Bell Ringers for their annual Red Kettle Campaign. In Alliance, Red Kettles will be set up at K-Mart and Grocery Kart through December 23. Hours will be Monday thru Friday from 5-8 pm and Saturday’s from 10 am to 1 pm and 1 to 4 pm. 90% of the proceeds will stay in Box Butte County. Anyone wishing to volunteer as a Bell Ringer may contact Trista Hopp at First National Bank-North Platte in Alliance at 308-763-2156 or email email@example.com Volunteers may work any shift, any day, split shifts or full shifts. Donations may also be made at First National Bank-North Platte in Alliance at 124 West 3rd Street.
The performance will be split into two sections. Erik and Lauren will dance their modern duets weathervein and no man is an island. No Man is an Island is an award winning duet that has been performed over 500 times in locations around the globe. There are stories in the piece, but each of us writes our own story as we watch, and each story is true and exactly right.
The second section of performance will include local students from Kathy Lybargers 7th Street Dance Studio and the Sidney High Dance Team. These students were selected by their communities and spent a weekend in August working at a dance intensive with Kaiel and Jenkins where they created a piece entitled o pions near. Alliance dancers are Elora Bleisch, Dani Francis, Jazlyn Hausmann, Hannah Korte and Juni Vatne. Sidney dancers are Shayla Domstead, Alisha Miller and Drew Stiles.
Erik Kaiel has been making dances for 20 years. After a decade dancing in New York, Erik moved to the Netherlands. He now dances, choreographs and teaches in the Netherlands, Europe and around the world. His work was recently seen at Lincoln Center Education and the Kennedy Center. He received rave reviews from performances at Imaginate Festival in 2013 and at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2014, where one of his pieces garnered the Argus Angel Award. In 2010 he won the No Ballet Competition in Germany, and the Dutch national prize for choreographic potential.
Laurel Jenkins is from Vermont. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and just finished her Masters degree in Dance at UCLA. Between university stints, she worked extensively with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and was a company member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She collaborates with other movement artists on a regular basis, and is looking forward to this project in Nebraska.
This Alliance Arts Council program is a collaboration with the University of Nebraska’s Lied Center. The Lied Center’s Arts Across Nebraska program is made possible with the support of the Friends of Lied, Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Artist transportation provided by Sid Dillon.
Tickets to Saturday nights performance are $10 for Adults, $9 for Seniors (60) and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available at Thiele Gifts and More, Carnegie Arts Center and The Ledger. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Season tickets for the entire Alliance Arts Council’s 2015-2016 season are available by calling Cindy Randall at (308)762-2244 and will also be available at the door prior to this performance. Season tickets are $40 Adult, $35 Senior and $20 student. Co presenters for the program are Bank of the West, Gregory’s Insurance, First National Bank, Western Nebraska Real Estate, Cover Jones Motor Co. and KCOW/Double Q Country Radio.