Around 10:12am on Tuesday Panhandle Post learned of a hit gas meter in the 600 Block of East 8th street in Alliance. Alliance Fire Department, Black Hills Energy, and Alliance Police Department assisted with this situation. At 10:47am Alliance Fire Department said the gas leak was shut down, and all residents could go back into their homes safely.
.A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM MDT FOR NORTHEASTERN BOX BUTTE COUNTY... At 532 PM MDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 7 miles north of Wild Horse Butte, or 18 miles north of Alliance, moving southeast at 25 mph. HAZARD...Golf ball size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. This severe storm will be near... Wild Horse Butte around 550 PM MDT. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
The Nebraska Athletics Department will posthumously honor eight members of the College Football Hall of Fame by adding them to a prestigious group of former Cornhuskers with retired jerseys.
The group of eight Hall of Fame players will have their names added to the display on the façade of the North Stadium and will be honored at the season opener against Arkansas State. The uniform numbers of those retired jerseys will continue to be used, but the eight names will join 17 other former Huskers with their jerseys retired.
Nebraska College Football Hall of Fame players set to have their names added to the retired jersey fraternity include Guy Chamberlin, Ed Weir, Clarence Swanson, George Sauer, Sam Francis, Forrest Behm, Bobby Reynolds and Wayne Meylan.
“This is a fitting recognition for the greatest players of the first 75 years of Cornhusker football,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said. “These men were at the pinnacle of the sport, earning induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. They are deserving of their names being placed alongside our other all-time greats at the top of the North Stadium. We will be recognizing the 125th Anniversary of the N-Club at the season opener against Arkansas State, making this the right time to honor this group of legendary players.”
Surviving family members of the eight honorees will be invited to attend the Nebraska-Arkansas State game for the recognition.
Retired Jersey Honorees
Guy Chamberlin, End/Halfback, 1913-1915 (Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1962) Number Not Available, Blue Springs, Neb.
Chamberlin earned first team All-America honors as an end in 1915 and was a three-year letterwinner for Coach Jumbo Stiehm from 1913-15. During Chamberlin’s three seasons, Nebraska posted a record of 23-0-1 and won three Missouri Valley Conference titles.
Clarence Swanson, #1, 1918-21, (1973, College FB HOF Inductee), Wakefield, Neb.
One of the best players in the early years of Nebraska football, Swanson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973. Swanson earned All-America and All-Missouri Valley Conference honors for the Cornhuskers in 1921. In his final season, Swanson was a captain and helped NU to a 7-1 record and a MVC title. Swanson later served as a University of Nebraska Regent and played a key role in hiring Bob Devaney as the Husker head coach in 1962.
Ed Weir, #35, Tackle, 1923-25, (1951, College FB HOF Inductee), Superior, Neb.
Weir was Nebraska’s first two-time All-American, earning first-team honors as a tackle in 1924 and 1925. He was also the first Cornhusker player named to the College Football Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 1951. Weir was an assistant football coach at Nebraska and was the head track coach from 1939 to 1955. The Nebraska outdoor track was dedicated in his name in 1974.
George Sauer, #25, Fullback, 1931-33 (1954, College FB HOF Inductee), Lincoln, Neb.
Sauer was a first-team All-American as a fullback in 1933, and excelled at multiple positions for Coach Dana X. Bible. Sauer helped Nebraska to a 23-4-1 record in his three varsity seasons and ran for 1,570 yards, passed for more than 700 yards and also served as the team’s punter. He played for the Green Bay Packers in the NFL and served as the head football coach at New Hampshire, Kansas, Navy and Baylor.
Sam Francis, #38, Fullback, 1934-36 (1977, College FB HOF Inductee), Oberlin, Kan.
Francis is one of the greatest athletes in Nebraska athletics history. Francis was the runner-up for the 1936 Heisman Trophy and was a first-team All-American as a fullback that season. He placed fourth in the shot put at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and was the 1937 NCAA Shot Put champion. Francis was the first overall pick in the 1937 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and played four years in the NFL, before serving in World War II.
Forrest Behm, #33, Tackle, 1938-40 (1988, College FB HOF Inductee), Lincoln, Neb.
Behm earned first-team All-America honors as a tackle in 1940, helping Coach Biff Jones’ team to a Big Six title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. While at Nebraska, Behm was also class president, an ROTC Cadet Colonel and a recipient of a Harvard Fellowship for graduate study. Behm served as the president of Corning International Corporation.
Bobby Reynolds, #12, Halfback, 1950-52 (1984, College FB HOF Inductee), Grand Island, Neb.
Reynolds was a first-team All-American as a sophomore halfback in 1950, helping Nebraska to its first winning record in a decade. Reynolds set a school single-season rushing record in 1950 with 1,342 yards and also established a record for most touchdowns in a season with 22, while setting an NCAA record for most points per game by a player (17.4 ppg). Reynolds’ single-season rushing record lasted for 32 years and his touchdown record held up for 33 seasons.
Wayne Meylan, #66, Middle Guard, 1965-67 (1991, College FB HOF Inductee), Bay City, Mich.
Meylan played middle guard for Nebraska for three years, helping the Huskers to a 25-7 record from 1965 to 1967. Meylan was a consensus All-American in 1966 and 1967 and was the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year in both seasons, helping Coach Bob Devaney’s team to a conference title in 1966. Meylan made 119 tackles as a senior, a single-season record at the time. He played three seasons in the NFL following the completion of his Nebraska career.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Douglas County’s top prosecutor has scheduled a news conference to reveal his findings regarding Omaha police officers’ actions in the death last month of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times.
County Attorney Don Kleine is expected to disclose Wednesday whether his office will file any charges against two former officers who confronted 29-year-old Zachary Bearheels on June 5 at an Omaha convenience store.
Scotty Payne and Ryan McClarty were fired earlier this month from the Omaha Police Department after Police Chief Todd Schmaderer recommended that action.
Officials say Bearheels died after being shocked 12 times with a Taser, punched and dragged by his hair by the officers.
Check out the 2017 Solar Eclipse App, “Piggyback”
The City of Alliance and the Village of Hemingford have teamed up to bring a different type of technology to our area for the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse! An app called “Piggyback” is available for Android and Apple users to have eclipse information on their mobile devices.
Becci Thomas, Knight Museum and Sandhills Center Curator; Melanie Johnston, Assistant Village Clerk in Hemingford; Kevin Howard, Alliance Visitors Bureau and Pete Brown, founder and CEO of ASH Interactive and owner of “Piggyback” took the lead in researching its usefulness during the eclipse and inputting the data to make the app a useful tool for visitors in Box Butte County. The app pulls data directly from the eclipse website www.CarhengeSolarEclipse2017.
The free Piggyback app is currently available by downloading it through Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once the Piggyback app is downloaded, simply search for 2017 Solar Eclipse-Carhenge and click the logo to view event information and maps. The 2017 Solar Eclipse will disappear from the app after the eclipse has occurred.
The Class B-7 Senior Legion Baseball Tournament is down to the final 3 teams after weekend play at Oregon Trail Park in Gering. Gering, Chadron and Alliance are all still playing for a chance at the B-7 Championship. The schedule has Chadron facing Gering at 6 pm Monday, July 24. If Gering wins, they will face Alliance on Tuesday July 25, at 5:30 pm, for the Tournament Championship and Alliance would have to defeat Gering twice to take the title. If Chadron wins, then Gering would meet Alliance at 5:30 pm Tuesday night, with the winner to play Chadron right after for the Tournament Championship. Alliance will host the Class B Senior State Tournament July 29 thru August 2. As the host team, Alliance receives an automatic berth in the State Tournament. If Alliance wins the B-7 Title, then the runner up will also receive a bid to the State Tournament.
Chadron 18, Morrill 3
Ogallala 8, Alliance 3
Gering 10, Sidney 0
Sidney 13, Morrill 4
Alliance 2, Chadron 1
Gering 7, Ogallala 2
Chadron 10, Ogallala 0
Alliance 6, Sidney 1
Hot temperatures, fireworks, hot dogs and baseball were on the Independence Day Schedule. The Chadron Nationals hosted the Alliance Spartans in a Junior-Senior doubleheader July 4th in Chadron. The Alliance Spartan Juniors took the opening game by a 10-1 final score, while Chadron won the Senior game 4-2. Chadron will host Sidney in a Jr/Sr match up tonight with games at 5-7 at Maurice Horse Field. The Chadron Seniors will then host North Platte on Thursday July 6 with games at 3-5 pm. Alliance will host Gordon/Rushville in a Jr/Sr doubleheader tonight with games at 5-7 pm at Bower/Shankland Field. KCOW, Am 1400 will broadcast tonight’s Senior game beginning at 7 pm. Other games around the region tonight….Bridgeport at The Westco Zephyrs. Morrill at Gering.
The Class B Area 7 Junior Tournament begins on Friday, July 7, at Ogallala. The #5 seed Chadron Jrs. will face #4 seed Sidney in the opening game at 4 pm, followed by #2 seed Gering vs #3 seed Ogallala at 7 pm. #1 seed Alliance will meet the Chadron-Sidney winner at 4 pm on Saturday. The Double elimination tournament continues through Tuesday, July 11. The Area 7 Champion will advance to the Class B Jr. State Tournament in Nebraska City which will run July 15- 19.
The Main Street Players, Alliance’s community theater group, will be presenting “The Best of Main Street Players” at Newberry’s Tuesday June 20th. A social hour with cash bar and finger food begins at 7:00pm, with the performance starting at 8:00pm.
Main Street Players Creative Director Elaine Bleisch tells the Post, “We decided to do a variety show with scenes from past productions as an introduction to our group, for those who have never attended one of our performances. This also gives us a chance to say farewell to three of our cast members who are moving on: Bill Graham and Angela O’Leary, who are moving later this summer; and Elora Bleisch, who is starting college in the Fall.”
Bleisch says the fast-paced variety show will include sketches and musical numbers from previous Main Street Players productions including “Annie”, “The Odd Couple”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Dracula”, “It’s All In The Timing”, “A Salute To Carol Burnett” and more. The show will also include newly written sketches based on previous performances: “We wrote a Family Feud sketch that pits the crew of The Love Boat against the Gilligan’s Island castaways, as a flashback to plays we did based on those TV shows. We are also doing a ‘Golden Girls’ sketch–several years ago we staged an evening of TV spoofs and the hit of the night was the Golden Girls, as performed as one girl and three guys!”
According to Bleisch, “This show features just some of the many and varied productions our group has staged in the last 15 years or so. We’ve done serious productions like ‘Bus Stop’ and Shakespeare In The Park, and we’re doing ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ this Fall. But most of our shows tend to be comedies–we enjoy doing them and they tend to be popular with audiences.”
Appearing in the show along with Graham, O’Leary and Elora Bleisch are Chris Obershaw, Caitlin Obershaw, David Kuskie, Elaine Bleisch, Kent Bleisch, Tristan Bleisch, Linnea Bleisch, Jason Hager, and Jason Wentworth.
Tickets for the “Best of Main Street Players” show are $10 at the door.