From Friday morning December 9th through Sunday evening December 11th, the Chadron Police Department will be cooperating with the Nebraska State Patrol by conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Chadron. December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Driving while impaired poses a significant threat to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians on the road. Statistic show, incidents of impaired driving happen more often during the holiday season. In 2015, over 20% of drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. The Chadron Police Department will also take part in the nationwide “You Drink You Drive You Lose” campaign over the upcoming holiday season; December 15th through January 1st 2017. “Don’t drink and drive. Find a designated driver, arrive alive and enjoy the holiday season” says Chief Tim Lordino.
By Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator
CHADRON – Four officials affiliated with the Nebraska Business Development Center’s (NBDC) main office in Omaha met with Chadron State College NBDC staff, CSC Business Academy faculty and local business and economic development leaders Tuesday, Nov. 29. The contingent of professionals also toured six NBDC clients in Chadron, Hemingford and Alliance.
The Omaha NBDC group included Dr. Lou Pol, dean of business administration at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Bob Bernier, outgoing NBDC state director, Cathy Lang, incoming NBDC state director, and Jean Waters, NBDC deputy state director.
The NBDC located at CSC helps businesses with developing business plans, applying for loans and other assistance. Staff include Dr. Gary Dusek, head business consultant, Jennifer Wittrock, office assistant, and Erika Royal, graduate assistant.
The tour featured stops White River Feed, Engraver’s Fryday’s 120 Bar and Grill and the Bean Broker in Chadron, Greenhouse in the Snow in Alliance and Table Top Meats in Hemingford.
Cody Brooks, co-owner of White River Feed with his wife Chrystal since 2015, employs three college students on a part-time basis. NBDC consultants worked with Brooks to refine merchandising and leverage resources, according to Wittrock.
“I rent and loan out some equipment because when my customer see how well it works, I know they’ll buy it. I use everything I sell so I know it works,” Brooks said.
At Engravers, owner Shelli Cope explained her challenges finding reliable suppliers and affordable equipment. She explained how her business has transformed and expanded its base over time and praised NBDC consultant Chuck Beck at the University of Nebraska-Kearney for his help explaining federal government programs.
Sharon Fry at Fryday’s 120 Bar and Grill shared with the group how much work it was to obtain a liquor license last year and how much she has learned through the process of opening a bar and grill and hiring employees. She said the location has been approved to bring in keno and she is planning to make room for it in the bar.
Andi Rising, owner of the Bean Broker since 2008, she always wanted a coffee shop. She provided the background of the historic building on the corner of Second and Chadron Avenue and explained how she addressed heating, cooling, air conditioning and ventilation challenges and what she learned about qualifying for grants. Rising said she is planning to develop a conference room and a study on the second floor of the building which has occupied office space and private living quarters.
Waters also commended the afternoon tour stops at Greenhouse in the Snow in Alliance and Table Top Meats in Hemingford.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four beer stores in Whiteclay are reapplying for licenses to sell alcohol in the unincorporated village next to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission received the applications late last week. In November, the commission ordered the four stores to reapply and demonstrate that they can meet state requirements such as providing adequate law enforcement.
The village with a dozen residents sold the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer last year. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation bans alcohol but is plagued by alcoholism.
Commission Executive Director Hobert Rupe says the re-applications will first go before Sheridan County commissioners. If the county commission recommends against the renewals or if three county residents file a protest, the applications will go to the state liquor control commission.
By CSC College Relations
CHADRON – The Chadron State Foundation announced Tuesday during a reception at Country Kitchen that volunteers from the campus and community combined to raise $191,879 during the annual fall fund drive. The amount is an increase of more than $10,000 from 2015.
Jacob Rissler, Chadron State development officer, said the generosity of donors pays dividends in the future of the college, its students and the community. He also said it provides a base for fundraising efforts throughout the upcoming year.
“Around 20 percent of donors increased their gifts and many donated for the first time,” Rissler said. “Their donations will help students with scholarships and provide other campus support.”
The Chadron State Foundation annually recruits the help of 124 volunteers, who are divided into 10 teams of college employees and 10 teams of community members for the fall fund drive. The volunteers are assigned contacts to request donations.
Prizes are awarded to the top teams based on a point system. This year’s winners from the community side were Deb and Jerry Evans, Dave Coe, Bob Zahm, Tammie Scheopner and George Klein. Campus winners were Kathy Stokey, Jesse Sealey, Lorie Hunn, Brenda Barry-Schommer, Sally Katen and Alex Helmbrecht.
This year’s four volunteer campaign leaders served as emcees of the party. They are Justin Haag of “NEBRASKAland Magazine,” Jennifer Brown of Gardner, Loutzenhiser & Ryan, Melissa Mitchell, CSC director of records, and Dr. Dawn Brammer, CSC professor of health, physical education and recreation.
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — A 27-year-old Pine Ridge man has pleaded not guilty in the July 20 shooting death of a teenage girl in the reservation town.
James Dowty is charged in federal court with second-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Te’Ca Clifford. He entered his plea a week ago.
Authorities say the girl was walking home with friends in the early morning of July 20 when she was shot. The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on a possible motive, saying the case remains under investigation.
By Conor P. Casey, Graduate Assistant
CHADRON – The District 12 National FFA Organization Leadership Contest was Nov. 16, at Chadron State College. Participants from 16 Nebraska high schools put forth their best efforts in the hopes of qualifying for the 88th Nebraska State FFA competition April 5-7, 2017.
First and second place winners of each event qualified for state competition.
Claryssa Moss of Bridgeport won the Creed Speaking contest, while Alexander Barnette, also of Bridgeport, finished second.
Sydney Adamson of Cody-Kilgore won the Natural Resources Speaking Contest. Jocelyn Pohl of Bridgeport finished second.
Kenzie Barnes of Cody-Kilgore won Cooperative Speaking, and Morgan Edmund of Sioux County claimed second.
Trae Thayer of Sioux County won Extemporaneous Speaking and Brodee Davis of Cody-Kilgore finished second.
Junior Public Speaking was won by Cassie Leithead of Bridgeport, and Tatiana Jones from Cody-Kilgore finished second.
Hunter Hawk of Chadron won Public Speaking, and Dali O’Neil of Cody-Kilgore earned second place.
The Employment Skills contest was won by Jake Lemmon of Chadron, while Jaylyn Ravenscroft of Cody-Kilgore finished second.
Conduct of Chapter a Meeting was won by Creek Valley. Scottsbluff finished second.
Creek Valley won Senior Parliamentary Procedure and Kimball was second.
Agricultural Demonstration was won by Gordon-Rushville. Cody-Kilgore was second.
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CPS Board Members and Superintendent attend the Nebraska Association of School Boards State Conference.
The NASB conference was a time to recognize Dr. Winchester for her “Superintendent of the Year” award. She was presented with a plaque to mark this distinguishing honor. Additionally, she gave a gracious acceptance speech to a crowd of over 1100 people. In addition to her peers and many school board members, her family was there to help celebrate. To start off the celebration a video produced about CPS from Nebraska Loves Public Schools was played for the large audience. It featured many of the CPS staff members which set the tone of many great accomplishments.
Additionally, CPS board members were selected to provide not one, but two of the breakout sessions. The trio of Dr. Jim O’Rourke, Terri Haynes and Dr. Caroline Winchester presented a session on legislative issues many schools have in common and getting involved in the legislative process. The session was entitled “Rural and Urban-Do We Have Issues In Common?”
The second session was presented by Tom Menke, Dr. Caroline Winchester, and Terri Haynes on the quarterly review model used as part of the superintendent evaluation process. CPS finds this model to be highly successful and improves communication throughout the year. The session was entitled, “Superintendent Evaluations with Pizazz”.
By Conor P. Casey, Graduate Assistant
CHADRON – Dr. Shaunda French and eight Chadron State College students visited Omaha Nov. 6-9, to explore “Careers in Communication,” a field trip for public relations’ students.
French, associate professor of Communication and Social Sciences, has also taken students to Minneapolis for public relations. She believes the trips provide great examples of successful professionals.
“There are so many benefits in providing a trip like this for students. To be able to network, to get valuable insight into a professional career the students seek to obtain one day, and also have professionals critique their resumes,” French said.
The group spent time at TD Ameritrade Park and the CenturyLink Center, American Heart Association (AHA) and Omaha World Herald, exploring the world of public relations.
Alyssa Sanders of Dalton, Nebraska, has career aspirations in event design and management. During the trip, the group was able to explore the numerous happenings at TD Ameritrade Park and the CenturyLink Center and the checklists staff complete before an event.
Sanders said she enjoyed this part of the trip.
“The park was a highlight because I’m a huge baseball fan, but more so, it was just fascinating to learn about the major undertakings the center goes through to prepare for the various events. While we were there we got to see a glimpse of the preparation process as they prepared to hold a convention for Complete Nutrition,” Sanders said.
At the AHA, students took part in a question and answer session. Justine Stone of Maywood, Nebraska, found the AHA staff members in the session were helpful highlighting the ethical aspect of public relations.
According to Stone, the AHA only accepts donations from companies who align with their own stance on health.
“The AHA was very interesting because it showed a non-profit side of PR and fundraising. The ladies we talked with spoke a lot about ethics with their fundraising, such as how they don’t accept donations from companies who they essentially advise against. For example, they don’t accept donations from tobacco companies because they (AHA) tell people not to use the products because of the health factors,” Stone said.
Torri Brumbaugh of Spearfish, South Dakota, also enjoyed the trip and believes it has given her new insight into her future.
“The trip to Omaha helped spark a deeper passion for the field I’m planning to enter. Before the trip, I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t realize the possibilities that existed in the field of public relations. Public relations and journalism require hard work, and I think the trip opened my eyes to the work I will get to do. Realizing the amount of time and effort that is put into the communications field has only inspired and motivated me to work harder,” Brumbaugh said.
Students Kira Fish, Christie Hammock, Raychel Thomas, Megan O’Leary, Angela Cruz and Shae Brennan also participated in the trip.
The City of Chadron would like to remind everyone that due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week there will be no Handibus Public Transit Bus Service on Thurs Nov. 24 or Fri Nov 25. Service will resume at 8 AM on Monday, Nov 28, 2016. Regular hours are from 8 AM to 4 PM. The City of Chadron Public Transit staff wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
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By CSC College Relations
The Chadron State College Powwow will take place Saturday in the Student Center Ballroom from 1 to 9 p.m.
Following the Grand Entry, events will include dance contests, dances with small cash prizes, as well as intertribal dances where everyone is welcome to participate, according to Dr. David Nesheim, adviser for the CSC Native American Club.
Chris Eagle Hawk is the master of ceremonies and Brotherhood is the host drum, with guest drums Crazy Horse Singers and Lakota Tribe Drum Group. Vendors will be offering beadwork, quillwork, toys, candy, drinks, jingle dresses, CDs and DVDs.
Admission is free and families are welcome.
“Whether you choose to sit back and enjoy the virtuoso performances of the drum groups and dancers, or you decide to get out into the dance circle, you will almost surely have a good time at the powwow. If you can’t stay for the whole time, please try attend at some point during the day,” Nesheim said.