Anno Domini: A random walk down memory lane
September 29, 2011 Jerry Purvis   
When I look out the front window of the Citizen offices, what one city council member derisively called “that newspaper downtown,” one of the familiar landmarks across the street is the old city hall, again vacant for the umpteenth time.

I ran across an old picture of when it was the Swan Hotel, but as a teenager, it was always Gering’s city hall. The electric department was on the second floor. It had a big room that was also used for dances – with real, live bands that had names like the Majestics, the Premiers, and of course, the Dynamics.

That’s where I got my introduction to playing loud, rock ‘n roll music. I think it was also the place where I started working on the case of tinnitus that’s still a minor annoyance.

Playing in bands in the mid-1960s was intriguing in itself. Looking back on it, I realize that most of the people I made music with through high school were complete jerks. (Not me, of course!)

Today, I can only hope they’ve gained a modicum of maturity and grace as they approach old age, wherever they may be.

Many high schools still had live bands for homecoming back then. I remember playing at Banner County School. And at our home school, the principal would usually call us down to the office sometime during the week to warn us about playing too loud at the after game dance on Friday night. He’d also remind us our hair was getting too long for school policy. It was a different world back then.

Anyway, a couple of months ago, I got a call from a friend who moved to North Carolina from his native Philadelphia. I met him when he was a student at Hiram Scott College.

Louie asked about the town and what had changed. He asked about the A&W Root Beer stand, about Dairy Queen, Vic’s Pizza and the Woodshed, where a lot of “Scotties” went to get sloshed. I must admit, the place made a very good Tom Collins.

And he asked if people were still “dragging main.” I wouldn’t know, as I don’t get downtown at night very often.

That call got me thinking about the ghosts of part of my childhood, about how much has changed – and why I didn’t pay closer attention.
When my family first moved back here from California, I remember the Fairmont Dairy still delivered milk. Whatever happened with that?
After a few years at Longfellow Elementary, it was on to Scottsbluff Junior High, located in the old high school building. It’s still in use today, although it’s called Middle School.

For many of us junior high kids, we’d duck out at lunch and go across the street to Crown Lanes for greasy French fries and burgers. And it only cost 10 cents a game to play the pinball machine.

Then it was on to high school. Drug use wasn’t very prevalent back then, as only a few of the kids were potheads. Most of us thought they were weird. No, the entertainment of choice was still a six-pack of Budweiser on a Friday night.

And during breaks between classes, a few of the kids sneaked out the east end of the building for a quick smoke before some faculty member noticed. Overall, we were a pretty strange bunch, back when big hair seemed to be the fashion for the girls.

On weeknights during high school, a few of us would occasionally visit Midwest Billiards, in the basement of the Midwest Theater, to shoot a game of snooker. The sign above the stairs read “No one under 18 allowed,” but no one paid attention. And the manager rarely enforced the rule.

Speaking of that, the manager was a guy called Sliver. I guess that was his nickname because he was about as big around as a pool cue. Someone recently told me his name was Gus Simmons, but I’ve been unable to uncover much about the guy. Maybe this is where someone out in our readership can help me out with anything they might know about him. If so, let me know. And I thank you in advance.

The food served at the various area restaurants was something else that I remember with fondness. There was Vic’s Pizza, sliced in the traditional Chicago box cut. And I sure can’t forget about the Dash Inn, where they had salty, not sweet, onion rings. They also served a local favorite called the Wagon Wheel. For drinks, there was Rumba and Hot-‘n- Tot Cokes and a lime phosphate concoction called a Green River. Great stuff.

For standard, good ole home cooking, there was the Eagle Café in downtown Scottsbluff. And for the adventurous, one of the few oriental restaurants was downtown, the King Fong Café.

The area’s oldest Mexican food place, Taco Town, was always there. It was the only place where peas were part of the ingredient list for the tacos.

Big John’s BBQ Pit was out on East Overland before it burned down and later moved. And after high school games, everyone would head to King’s for Cheese Frenchees. I sure could use a big order of all of those about now.

The culinary landscape has changed dramatically over the years. Even locally, it was mostly overrun by the fast food places, where the same bland food tastes the same across the country.

It is good to know that, at least in a small part, the area’s gastronomic palate has expanded to where fewer people are turning up their noses at dishes outside the ubiquitous “meat ‘n taters” paradigm. And yet, some of them would still turn nauseous if I pointed out that calamari is squid.

Gone are the Cheese Frenchees and the Dash Inn onion rings. Along with so many of our customs and rituals, they’ve been relegated to memory and to local history. But they’re part of the threadwork that makes up this grand tapestry we call our Americana, our cultural history. And because it’s my undeclared major, I think that culture is worth preserving for future generations.

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71Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
71Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
71Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
71Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
70Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
70Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
70Teen Voice: Living within our means
70Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
70Completely Different - The magic of spring
70Teeing Off: Mind Gym
70Observations Only: Hog wash
70Website Resources
70For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
69From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
69Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
69Teen Voice: The Other Side
69Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
69Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
69Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
69Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
68Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
68Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
68Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
68Guest Voices…
68Observations Only: The last toothpick
68Totally Random: Trusting the fates
68Teen Voice: Where is the love?
68In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
68Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
67Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
67Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
67Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
67Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
67Religious freedom must be protected
67Lyman Review: Branding Time
67Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
67Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
67Their View: Goal post move unfair
66From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
66Teen Voice: Equality
66Our View: Community responsible for kids
66Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
66Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
66Teen Voice: Cyber War
66Lyman Review: Dog fun
66Teen Voice: Footprints
66At the Monument: That old (historic) building
66Synchronicity:What brings me back
65Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
65I'm falling for Tumblr?
65From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
65Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
65Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
65Teen Voice: To the future
65Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
65Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
65Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
65No-Till Notes: Back in the field
65Letters to the Editor
65Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
64Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
64Lyman Review: Winter's dog
64Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
64Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
64Support emergency services personnel
63Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
63Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
63Nature Notes: Love is in the air
63View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
63Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
62The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
62From the Hill: More Work Ahead
62Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
62No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
62Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
61Totally Random: Where does it go?
61Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
61At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
61No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
60Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
60Why you should visit the zoo in February
60Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
60At the Library: March into a good book
60Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
60Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
59Teen Voice: Inspire me
59Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
58Teen Voice: What is love?
58Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
58Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
57Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
57Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
57
56Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Rural America and immigration reform
55Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
55From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
53Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
50Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
49Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
49Greetings from the State Capitol
45Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
22Letter to the Editor
20Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
16Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
11Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
11Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
9Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
7Letter to the Editor
Most Read News Stories of 2012
594Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
567All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
498The Christmas Story
458Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
434To whom are we thankful?
364Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
330A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
317Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
312At the Monument: Museum collections
304Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
301A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
299A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
289Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
285Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
274Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
272Support letters requested for airport
265Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
263Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
256Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
255No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
255The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
234Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
234A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
231In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
230At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
229Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
224Letters to the Editor
222No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
219Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
214Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
210Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
208Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
208Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
205A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
204Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
204Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
201At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
199No Till Notes:
197Observations Only : White water
197A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
196Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
195In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
193No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
191At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
186Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
185Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
184A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
182What's the deal with organic milk?
182Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
181Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
180Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
179Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
176The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
174Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
173Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
170At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
169At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
168
163Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
162Completely Different: It's all in the family
161Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
161College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
160Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
159Observations Only: A soul’s journey
156At the Monument: Where are the animals?
156Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
156All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
154Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
154All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
153Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
153Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
152Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
151Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
149Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
149Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
148Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
148Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
147At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
147No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
146Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
143Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
139Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
138Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
136From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
136
134Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
134Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
134Creatures of the Night
133A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
132A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
130Totally Random: The Golden Rule
129Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
129No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
128A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
128Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
127Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
127Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
127Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
127Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
126Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
126
124Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
124Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
124Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
124Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
123Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
122Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
122 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
122At the Monument: Living History
121Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
121Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
121No Till Notes: Moving Forward
120Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
120Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
120Jane’s Secret: The Telling
119A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
119Across the Fence: The hand dug well
119Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
119Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
119Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
119In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
118Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
118Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
118The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
118Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
117Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
116Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
116Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
116A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
115Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
115Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
115Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
114Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
113Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
113Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
112Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
112Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
112Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
112Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
111Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
110Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
110Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
110The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
110Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
109Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
109Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
109Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
108Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
108Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
107Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
107Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
107Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
107Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
107Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
107Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
106Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
106Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
106Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
105Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
105A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
105Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
105Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
105At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
105Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
104Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
104A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
104Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
104Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
104Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
104Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
104Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
104Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
104No-Till Notes: The value of water
103Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
103Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
103A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
103Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
103The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
103Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
103Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
103A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
102Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
102Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
102A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
102The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
102Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
102Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
102Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
102Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
102 Across The Fence: County Fair
102No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
102Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
101Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
101A real leaning tree Christmas
101Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
100Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
100From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
100Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
100No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
100Observations Only: Gone away
100No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
99Assad’s endgame
99Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
99From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
99The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
99Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
99A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
98Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
98Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
98A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
98A Small World: Special guest
98Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
98History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
97Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
97A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
97Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
97A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
97From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
97Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
97Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
97Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
97Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
97Observations Only: Reality check
97In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
97Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
97No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
97A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
96Across the Fence: On The road
96Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
96Observations Only: Temptation
96Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
96Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
96Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
96Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
96Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
96Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
95Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
95Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
95Across the Fence: Building Barns
95Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
95Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
95From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
95Observations Only: The shadow of error
95Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
95Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
94The ghost of Ayn Rand
94A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
94Observations Only: Indifferent love
94The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
94Observations Only: A sad week
94The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
94A Halloween Story: The scary dream
94Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
94Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
94Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
93Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
93From the Superintendent’s Desk
93Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
93Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
93Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
93Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
93No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
92The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
92Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
92From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
92Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
92From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
92Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
92Teen Voice: The need to get away
92Observations Only: Divine spirit
92Observations Only: The need to understand
92Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
92Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
92No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
92Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
92Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
92Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
91Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
91Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
91A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
91Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
91Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
91A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
91Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
91Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
91Totally Random: My journey, life after living
91Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
91No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
90From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
90Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
90Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
90Teeing Off: Persistence
90A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
90Teen Voice: Silence
90Anno Domini: On this remembering day
90Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
90At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
90Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
89Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
89Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
89Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
89Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
89Observations Only: Critical thinking
89Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
89A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
89Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
89Anno Domini: We gather together
89Building Bridges: Love your enemies
89Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
89Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
88Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
88Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
88Observations Only: Curious things
88Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
88Observations Only: Beginnings
88Observations Only: A gift of serenity
88Observations Only: Divine prompts
88Teeing Off: Around the Green
88Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
88Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
88Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
88Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
88Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
88Across the Fence: Amanda
88Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
88No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
88No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
87Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
87Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
87Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
87Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
87Teen Voice: Today’s television
87The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
87Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
87Lyman Review: Devil calf
87Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
87Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
87Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
87Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
87Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
87Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
87Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
87
86Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
86Observations Only: Uneventful flight
86Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
86From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
86Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
86Observations Only: A good daughter
86Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
86Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
86Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
86Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
85Completely Different: Tales from the mat
85Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
85From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
85Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
85Observations Only: Journey's end
85Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
85Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
85Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
85Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
85Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
85No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
85At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
85Reach out for challenges
84From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
84Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
84Observations Only: Curious things, part II
84Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
84Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
84Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
84Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
84Observations Only: A matter of matter
84Observations Only: A matter of paradox
84Teen Voice: My rebellion
84Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
84Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
84No-til Notes: Changing plans
84Be kind through communications
84Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
83A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
83From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
83Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
83Observations Only: Expect the best
83Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
83Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
83Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
83Lyman Review: One mean chicken
83Observations Only: The visit
83Lyman Review: The love goat
83Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
83Across The Fence: A day For thanks
83Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
83Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
83Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
83Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
83In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
83
82Being a Nebraskan – border to border
82Observations Only: The meeting
82Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
82Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
82Teen Voice: Remember what you have
82The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
82A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
82Observations Only: The vision
82Observations Only: Off to the races
82Observations Only: The awful truth
82Observations Only: Saint Marge
82Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
82Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
82Teen Voice: The gift of caring
82Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
82No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
82Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
81Observations Only: Just around the corner
81Observations Only: Choices
81A Small World: Savoring county fair days
81Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
81Across The Fence: Last Christmas
81Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
81SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
81In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
80Observations only : Sisters of the world
80Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
80Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
80Observations Only: A new direction
80The Block
80Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
80Across the Fence: The Pony Express
80Observations Only: Good and evil
80The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
80Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
80A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
80The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
80Observations Only: Final moment
80Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
80Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
80Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
80Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
80Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
80No Till Notes: Final Stop
80At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
79Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
79Across the fence: Something worth remembering
79Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
79Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
79A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
79It's no surprise
79Observations Only: Giving up
79Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
79A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
79Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
79Observations Only: Scourge of violence
79Teen Voice: Catfished
79Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
79Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
79Observations Only: Willfulness
79Teen Voice: Body image
79The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
79Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
79Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
79Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
78Observations Only : The orphanage
78Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
78From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
78Observations Only: Going home
78Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
78Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
78A Stray Moment: Without a net
78Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
78Observations Only: Waiting time
78Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
78Teen Voice: Stress test
78Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
78Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
78Prairie Dogs
78
78Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
77Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
77Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
77Teen Voice: Serendipity
77Observations Only: Sister lost
77Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
77Teen Voice: Being a girl
77Observations Only: A fine line
77Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
77Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
77 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
77Observations Only: A day in August
77Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
77View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
77New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
77
76Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
76Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
76A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
76Observations Only: Sister odyssey
76Observations Only: Blue chip stock
76A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
76The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
76Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
76Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
76Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
76The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
76
76Totally Random: Life’s ripples
76Teen Voice: Self-expression
76Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
76Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
76Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
76In the Hills: Explore the state parks
76At the Monument: Junior Rangers
76Fourth of July meetings
76Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
76Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
76At the Monument: Night Sky
75Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
75The hills, part 1: Mustangs
75Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
75Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
75Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
75A Stray Moment: God Knows
75Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
75The Good Life: The two different types of business people
75Observations Only: The vigil
75Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
75Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
75Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
75Letter to the editor
74A last look at the Nebraska Zone
74The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
74A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
74Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
74A Stray Moment: The last time
74Observations Only: North Powder
74Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
74Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
74Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
74The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
74Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
74Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
74Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
74Linked Lives
74
74Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
73It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
73Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
73Age of reason
73Observations Only: The joy of money
73A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
73Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
73A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
73From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
73Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
73Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
73Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
73Teeing Off: The thing about state
73Teen Voice: The rivalry
73Observations Only: The last goodbye
73Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
73Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
73Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
73Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
73Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
72Observations Only: Extreme measures
72Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
72Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
72From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
72Our View: The elephant in the room
72From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
72Totally Random: October, the pink month
72Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
72Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
72No-Till Notes: Looking Back
72No-till Notes: Moving forward
72At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
71A Small World: Time traveling
71Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
71Time keeps flowing like a river
71Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
71Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
71Observations Only: Painting a picture
71Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
71Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
71The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
71Teen Voice: Shadow art
71Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
71Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
71Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
71A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
71Totally Random: Happy Halloween
71Observations Only: One more time
71Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
71Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
71At the Monument: Art in National Parks
71What’s really going on with our water?
71Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
71Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
71Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
71Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
70From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
70Trash cans
70Observations Only: Saturday delight
70A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
70Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
70Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
70Teen Voice: Living within our means
70Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
70Completely Different - The magic of spring
70Teeing Off: Mind Gym
70Observations Only: Hog wash
70Website Resources
70For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
69Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
69Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
69From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
69Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
69The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
69From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
69Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
69Teen Voice: The Other Side
69Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
69Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
69Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
69Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
68Observations Only : Mission accomplished
68Completely Different: Your local government and you
68Observations Only - Two ages of man
68Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
68Silence please
68Observations Only: No thank you
68Observations Only: Together again
68The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
68Observations Only: Surprises
68Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
68Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
68Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
68Guest Voices…
68Observations Only: The last toothpick
68Totally Random: Trusting the fates
68Teen Voice: Where is the love?
68In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
68Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
67Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
67 Taking a big risk
67Teen Voice: Not just another ride
67Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
67Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
67Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
67Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
67Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
67Religious freedom must be protected
67Lyman Review: Branding Time
67Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
67Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
67Their View: Goal post move unfair
66Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
66My mini Pen and me
66The zombie apocalypse and you
66Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
66Teen Voice: The more the merrier
66The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
66Teen Voice: The road of hatred
66From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
66Teen Voice: Equality
66Our View: Community responsible for kids
66Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
66Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
66Teen Voice: Cyber War
66Lyman Review: Dog fun
66Teen Voice: Footprints
66At the Monument: That old (historic) building
66Synchronicity:What brings me back
65SELL-OUT!
65Economic development update
65Do You Tube?
65From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
65Observations Only: Spider adventure
65Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
65I'm falling for Tumblr?
65From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
65Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
65Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
65Teen Voice: To the future
65Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
65Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
65Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
65No-Till Notes: Back in the field
65Letters to the Editor
65Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
64Life's curve balls
64Remembering When
64Observations Only: Counting chickens
64Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
64Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
64Lyman Review: Winter's dog
64Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
64Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
64Support emergency services personnel
63Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
63Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
63View from the block
63Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
63Home of the Brave
63Observations Only: What's in a word?
63Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
63Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
63Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
63The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
63Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
63Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
63Nature Notes: Love is in the air
63View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
63Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
62Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
62Completely Different: The Quest
62The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
62Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
62Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
62The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
62Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
62The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
62From the Hill: More Work Ahead
62Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
62No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
62Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
61From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
61Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
61Teen Voice: Happy news
61Totally Random: Where does it go?
61Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
61At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
61No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
60Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
60Welcome to Gering
60LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
60Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
60Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
60Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
60Why you should visit the zoo in February
60Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
60At the Library: March into a good book
60Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
60Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
59Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
59Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
59Timing makes perfect
59Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
59Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
59Teen Voice: Inspire me
59Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
58Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
58We need a few good people
58Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
58Letter to the Editor
58Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
58Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
58LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
58Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
58Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
58Teen Voice: What is love?
58Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
58Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
57Teen Voice: March Madness
57Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
57Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
57Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
57Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
57
56From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
56Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
56Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
55From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
55From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
55Rural America and immigration reform
55Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
55From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
54Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
54Seeing the works of the master
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
54Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
53Our view . . .Sports Complex
53Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
53Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
53From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
53Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
52Social time has important benefits
52Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
52Permission to remember
52Practice safe barbecue basics
52My Thanksgiving prayer
50Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
50Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
49Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
49Greetings from the State Capitol
47Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
47Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
45Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
43Our View: Visionaries wanted
43Our View: Bravo OTD committee
22Letter to the Editor
20Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
16Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
11Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
11Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
9Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
7Letter to the Editor
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