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Was it the coffee? Alliance Middle School counselor Michael Garcia isn’t sure, but he did say the AMS parent/teacher conferences last week met an increased attendance goal as the Bulldog Leadership Team manned their own coffee shop. Garcia expected the student group to generate $20-$30 in ti…

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Everybody knows the Box Butte County Courthouse has four floors. The jail cells are still there from back before workers built the Law Enforcement Center. Nobody sleeps on the spare bunks anymore though; ask the four extra computers and monitors that used to live there.

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By late January Panhandle schools were seeing what felt like tsunami of influenza and other illnesses. Now the tide has turned.

BOX BUTTE COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S AGENDA 515 Box Butte Avenue #203, Alliance, NE February 19, 2019 The Board of Commissioners may discuss, consider and take all necessary action on the agenda items listed. Any agenda item may be moved down at any time at the discretion of the Board Chairman. T…

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Erica Chipperfield is the newest member of the Alliance Times-Herald staff, joining the crew this week as an advertising representative. 

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Briefly seeing flames emit from a chimney led to a quick response in the 400 block of Toluca Avenue Thursday afternoon by members of the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department. 

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*Editor’s Note: Clarification — The photo that accompanied the Feb. 6, print edition on the front page of the Alliance Times-Herald is the Boutique Air aircraft the airline brought to the Alliance Airport (and pictured there) for an open house and ribbon cutting event in the summer of 2015.

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With two proposals from different companies to provide Essential Air Service on the table at their Feb. 5 meeting, the Alliance City Council delved into the issue, voting 4-1 to recommend Denver Air Connection to the Department of Transportation. 

Snow covers the parking lot at the Alliance Shopko a day after the company included the location on its latest list, posted yesterday (Feb. 6) detailing the restructuring retailer's latest closings. According to the list on the company's website the Alliance store is set to close May 5.

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“We’re at a standstill. They just feel we should do a design—build, and they should get to do it and be done, and that’s not how it works. We’re not doing that, so we’re back to square one,” said Alliance Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Troy Unzicker, describing the status of the HVAC proj…

After allegedly stealing a vehicle while under the influence and causing damage to other vehicles, and even a utility pole, Michael Masell, of Highland Ranch, Colo., is facing a host of criminal charges. 

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Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) has named Alliance High School among 887 Gold Standard Schools; sets 100 percent target for high schools guaranteeing a personal finance instruction by 2030.

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The Alliance Volunteer Fire Department recognized Joni Sautter (pictured with her daughter and Fire Chief Troy Shoemaker) as the Boss of the Year Friday evening at the AVFD's annual Bosses Night and Honorary Membership night. Also honored were this year's Veteran of the Year — Travis Lurz, a…

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The Activities Hall of Fame is organized as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of the successful activity programs at Alliance High School. The latest Alliance High School Activities Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be 7 p.m. April 6 in the high school PAC. 

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Just over a month after Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) temporarily suspended labor and delivery, the hospital announced today (Jan. 28) that Derek Shafer, MD, has signed on to be a Family Medicine/OB practitioner at Greater Nebraska Medical & Surgical Services (GNMSS). Current plans a…

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Top placers at today's (Jan. 30) Box Butte County Spelling Bee, from left, Runner-Up Annaka Digmann (8th grade AMS), Champion Arielle Stallings (8th grade Hemingford) and, in third place, Rylie Wright (8th grade Hemingford).

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The Alliance American Legion family presented a Flag folding ceremony for Cub Scouts Pack 207. Pictured, from right, are Ray Weisgerber, USMC Vietnam, a member of Alliance Post 7; his grandson Corbin Looser, Sons of The American Legion Squadron 7; and his wife Luayne, American Legion Auxilia…

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The Box Butte County Little Critters 4-H club has been collecting pop tabs over the past two years for the Ronald McDonald House in Denver. The group collected 53 pounds of pop tabs, concluding the service project, and was able to donate $200. “We are going to put our community service effor…

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Medalists at the Alliance Meet: from left, Tristian Bleisch, 6th Place in Entertainment, and Saphina Achi, 1st Place in Persuasve.

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CEO Lori Mazanec had plenty of good news for the Trustees, at their meeting Jan. 28, concerning physician recruitment efforts, mentioning the hiring of Dr. Dwaine Smith and Dr. Terri Myers as Hospitalists.

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The Alliance Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual awards banquet Tuesday evening with the official theme of “There’s No Place Like Alliance.” Chamber of Commerce Board president Olivia Hasenauer welcomed those in attendance and gave a few opening remarks. Hasenauer noted after just two ye…

The Alliance Emergency Unit responded to a call at about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at Alliance High School. Alliance Police Lt. Kendall Allison explained nobody was injured, noting the call was in regard to a couple of juveniles under the influence. More information will be released when it bec…

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During their meeting on Jan. 22, the Alliance City Council voted to waive the required three readings of a rezoning application, approving it on the second reading without opposition. 

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The Alliance School Board took up a number of requests on at their meeting on Jan. 21, discussing and voting on several proposed waivers. 

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*Editor’s Note: This article by Aiden Bolek is the latest in a series from the seventh grade class of Laurie Gould, Language Arts teacher at St. Agnes Academy.

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Jim Gardner, CPA presented Box Butte County’s annual audit at the Board of Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday. He said the audit was good, with no significant actions or corrections looking to 2019.

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The Alliance School Board took up the issue of the track sewer line, which has been a topic of discussion since the Alliance City Council said they wanted to revisit the issue after the new council members were sworn in. The school board agreed to sign a resolution with the city of Alliance …

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The Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, in cooperation with the Nebraska Humanities Council, is examining water as an environmental necessity and an important cultural element as it hosts “Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. “Water/Ways” …

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Melissa Annen came before District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman to receive her sentence for attempted distribution of a controlled substance, a class 3A felony. 

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Private pesticide applicators, such as agricultural producers, can renew their certificate or get initial certification by attending a training session at the Box Butte County Extension office (415 Black Hills Ave., Alliance) at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 30. To reserve space for the session,…

Philip Hawkins sings a song he wrote during a free concert this past Thursday at Newberry's. The Alliance Berean Church youth/worship pastor has been saving to record a CD of his original Christian music songs at a studio session in Nashville, Tenn.

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RSVP staff has a friendly challenge for area residents. Each January, RSVP staff and volunteers participate in a MLK Community Food Drive. The idea is to perform an “act of service” in honor of the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.