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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122Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
122 Across The Fence: County Fair
121Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
121Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
120
116No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
109At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
104No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
102In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
99Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
98Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
93Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
88No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
86Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
79
66Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
61At the Monument: Night Sky
52Creatures of the Night
50No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
37Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
37
37Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
36Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
32No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17199Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5056We need a few good people
3164What's the deal with organic milk?
2832Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2587Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2513Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2275Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2213Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2210The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2187Completely Different: It's all in the family
2079Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2068Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2049Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1989Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1943Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1942Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1935Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1935Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1896The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1871Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1860A Small World: Time traveling
1831Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1828Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1824Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1810Time keeps flowing like a river
1807Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1776Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1775A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1768Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1767Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1760Letter to the Editor
1744Observations Only : The orphanage
1732My mini Pen and me
1715Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1712Teen Voice: March Madness
1701Our view . . .Sports Complex
1697From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1694Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1690Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1686Completely Different: Your local government and you
1677Remembering When
1674Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1673Observations only : Sisters of the world
1665Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1663Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1660Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1655Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1655Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1653Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1651Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1641Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1639Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1604Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1603Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1603From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1600It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1596Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1595Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1587Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1514Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1496Observations Only: Reality check
1474Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1466SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1458Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1458Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1448Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1391Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1346Completely Different: The Quest
1337Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1329Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1278Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1264Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1258Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1256Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1243Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1233The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1223Across the Fence: Building Barns
1222From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1221Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1218Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1215Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1211Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1201Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1197Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1191From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1187Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1185No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1183Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1171Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1162From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1162Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1161Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1160Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1156Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1154Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1147From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1143From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1134Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1130Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1129Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1128Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1119A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1118The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1110Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1105Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1104Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1103Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1098Across the Fence: On The road
1097Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1096From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1095Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1089Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1086Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1084A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1082Assad’s endgame
1078From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1076A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1072Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1069Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1068The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1066Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1057Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1056Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1056Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1048Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1048A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1042From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1041Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1036Observations Only - Two ages of man
1033From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1030Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1029Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1023Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1016Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1016The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1006Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1006Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1005Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1002Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
997A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
992From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
989Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
988Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
984Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
984Observations Only: Painting a picture
978Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
975A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
970Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
969Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
968Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
968Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
964Teen Voice: Today’s television
960Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
957Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
956Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
954Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
954Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
953Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
951Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
948Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
948Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
944Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
944 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
939Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
934From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
934From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
933From the Superintendent’s Desk
930Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
927From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
926Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
925Observations Only: A new direction
925From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
923Across The Fence: A day For thanks
922Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
921From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
920Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
918Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
914The zombie apocalypse and you
914Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
913Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
913From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
911Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
908Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
907A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
904Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
893Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
892Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
891Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
890Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
890Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
889Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
883Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
882From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
878Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
877From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
877Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
875Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
874Observations Only: Giving up
871Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
871Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
868Trash cans
867From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
867A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
865The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
864A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
864A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
857Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
854The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
852From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
851The hills, part 1: Mustangs
850Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
849Teen Voice: The road of hatred
849Across the Fence: The hand dug well
848Observations Only: The joy of money
847Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
847Teen Voice: Catfished
847Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
847Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
846Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
842Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
841Teen Voice: The more the merrier
840Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
840Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
838Observations Only: Saturday delight
836Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
836The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
836Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
833Observations Only: Curious things
832The Block
830At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
829A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
823Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
817Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
814Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
814Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
813Life's curve balls
813A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
813Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
811A Stray Moment: God Knows
810From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
809 Taking a big risk
809Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
807Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
807Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
806A Stray Moment: Without a net
804A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
803A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
802A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
801The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
800Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
799Teen Voice: Not just another ride
798A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
798Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
798Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
798Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
796Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
796The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
793A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
792Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
791Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
788The ghost of Ayn Rand
788Observations Only: Scourge of violence
787Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
786Seeing the works of the master
786From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
784Observations Only: Counting chickens
784The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
781Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
779Observations Only: Extreme measures
779Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
778A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
777Timing makes perfect
776Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
775Observations Only: Just around the corner
775Observations Only: Going home
774Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
771View from the block
771Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
770Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
770Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
768The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
766Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
765SELL-OUT!
765Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
765Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
764A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
763Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
763Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
762A Stray Moment: The last time
762A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
762Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
761Observations Only: Uneventful flight
760The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
756Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
756Teen Voice: Living within our means
755Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
755Teen Voice: Body image
754Totally Random: My journey, life after living
753It's no surprise
753The Good Life: The two different types of business people
749Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
749Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
749Observations Only: Surprises
747Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
747Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
745Welcome to Gering
745Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
745Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
743A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
743Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
743Observations Only: Journey's end
742Silence please
742Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
742From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
741Rural America and immigration reform
740Age of reason
739Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
736Observations Only: No thank you
736Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
734Observations Only: A gift of serenity
733Do You Tube?
733Observations Only: What's in a word?
733Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
733Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
733A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
733The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
731Observations Only: The awful truth
729Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
728Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
727Teen Voice: Shadow art
725Teen Voice: Serendipity
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
724Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
724Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
723Economic development update
723LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
723Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
721A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
721Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
720Observations Only: Critical thinking
718Observations Only: North Powder
718Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
717Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
716Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
716Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
715Observations Only: Together again
713Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
712Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
712From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
712Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
712Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
712Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
711Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
708Observations Only: Sister odyssey
708Observations Only: Sister lost
706A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
705Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
705Observations Only: Blue chip stock
705The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
704Observations Only: Spider adventure
702From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
699Observations Only: Curious things, part II
699Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
696I'm falling for Tumblr?
696Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
695Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
694Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
693Guest Voices…
693Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
691Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
691Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
686Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
685Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
682From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
681From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
681A real leaning tree Christmas
678Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
675Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
673Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
671A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
671Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
671Teen Voice: Being a girl
670Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
670Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
670Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
668My Thanksgiving prayer
668Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
668The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
667Permission to remember
664Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
662Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
662The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
661Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
659Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
657Observations Only: The meeting
657A Small World: Special guest
657The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
656Observations Only : White water
656Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
656Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
655Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
652Our View: The elephant in the room
651Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
650Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
650Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
650Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
649Home of the Brave
648The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
648Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
647Social time has important benefits
644Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
643Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
642Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
642A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
640Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
639Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
639Observations Only: Good and evil
639The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
636Practice safe barbecue basics
636Teen Voice: Happy news
635The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
635Teeing Off: Around the Green
634LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
629Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
629Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
628Observations Only: Expect the best
628Observations Only: A matter of matter
626Observations Only: A fine line
626Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
624Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
622The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
621The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
621Observations Only: The shadow of error
620The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
620Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
620Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
618Observations Only: Beginnings
615Observations Only: Indifferent love
614Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
612Our View: Bravo OTD committee
612Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
610Observations Only: Divine spirit
610Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
606Teen Voice: Equality
606Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
603Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
597Anno Domini: We gather together
596Completely Different - The magic of spring
594Observations Only: Choices
594Observations Only: A matter of paradox
592Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
592Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
592Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
590Observations Only: Divine prompts
590A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
582Teen Voice: Silence
582Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
580Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
579Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
577Observations Only: Temptation
571Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
571A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
569The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
568Observations Only: Off to the races
568Totally Random: Life’s ripples
568Building Bridges: Love your enemies
567Observations Only: A sad week
566Lyman Review: Devil calf
564Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
564Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
561Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
560Observations Only: The vision
560Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
558Observations Only: Willfulness
555Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
554A Halloween Story: The scary dream
551Teen Voice: The need to get away
551Totally Random: October, the pink month
548Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
547Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
547Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
546Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
543Our View: Visionaries wanted
541Observations Only: The need to understand
540Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
538Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
535Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
534Across the Fence: The Pony Express
530Observations Only: A good daughter
524Teen Voice: Stress test
521Teen Voice: Footprints
520Teeing Off: Persistence
519Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
518Teeing Off: Mind Gym
518Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
514Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
513Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
511Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
510Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
510Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
507Teen Voice: The rivalry
507Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
507Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
500Teen Voice: Remember what you have
500Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
499Observations Only: Waiting time
495Observations Only: Saint Marge
492Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
491Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
490Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
487Lyman Review: The love goat
485Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
484Teen Voice: The Other Side
483Teeing Off: The thing about state
480Anno Domini: On this remembering day
480Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
478Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
476Totally Random: Happy Halloween
474Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
473Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
473Teen Voice: What is love?
472Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
471Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
468Observations Only: Gone away
467Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
465Teen Voice: My rebellion
464Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
462Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
462Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
462Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
459Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
458Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
453No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
448Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
447Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
447Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
444Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
442Teen Voice: Self-expression
440 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
439Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
438Observations Only: Hog wash
436Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
435Why you should visit the zoo in February
433Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
432Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
432Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
425From the Hill: More Work Ahead
422Lyman Review: One mean chicken
421Teen Voice: Cyber War
419At the Library: March into a good book
418
416For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
415Observations Only: The visit
410Observations Only: A day in August
407Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
405Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
403What’s really going on with our water?
400Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
400Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
393Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
390In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
390A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
387No-Till Notes: Looking Back
386Observations Only: The last goodbye
384Observations Only: One more time
382Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
380Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
379Observations Only: Final moment
379Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
378Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
375Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
375Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
375No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
374Teen Voice: The gift of caring
373Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
372Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
369Teen Voice: To the future
367Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
367Lyman Review: Branding Time
366Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
366Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
363Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
363View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
363Their View: Goal post move unfair
362Across The Fence: Last Christmas
362Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
362At the Monument: Junior Rangers
357Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
356Teen Voice: Where is the love?
355Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
353Totally Random: Where does it go?
353Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
353Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
352Our View: Community responsible for kids
352Observations Only: The last toothpick
350Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
350Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
349Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
347Nature Notes: Love is in the air
345Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
344In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
341Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
338Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
337Totally Random: Trusting the fates
337In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
335Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
333Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
332Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
332Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
332Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
331Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
330Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
327Observations Only: The vigil
326Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
326Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
323Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
322Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
320Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
319Linked Lives
317Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
317Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
317History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
312Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
310At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
309Support emergency services personnel
307Religious freedom must be protected
304Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
304Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
302Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
299In the Hills: Explore the state parks
299At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
298Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
297Lyman Review: Winter's dog
297College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
293At the Monument: That old (historic) building
293Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
293Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
293No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
292Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
291Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
291Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
290Website Resources
288From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
288Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
286Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
285Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
284No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
282Across the Fence: Amanda
282Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
282Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
282Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
281Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
278Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
276Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
275No-till Notes: Moving forward
274Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
272Lyman Review: Dog fun
271At the Monument: Where are the animals?
271No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
270New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
269Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
267At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
264Teen Voice: Inspire me
264Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
263Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
263Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
256Greetings from the State Capitol
256No-til Notes: Changing plans
255Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
255Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
252Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
251Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
250Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
249No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
247No-Till Notes: Back in the field
243Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
235Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
228At the Monument: Art in National Parks
225Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
221View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
220Be kind through communications
217Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
217Synchronicity:What brings me back
216Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
216Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
210Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
207No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
206Letter to the editor
194Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
189Letters to the Editor
187In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
187Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
185Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
171A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
162Fourth of July meetings
161A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
160Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
147Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
135Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
133Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
130Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
129Prairie Dogs
127Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
122Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
122 Across The Fence: County Fair
121Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
121Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
120
116No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
109At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
104No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
102In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
99Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
98Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
93Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
88No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
86Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
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66Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
61At the Monument: Night Sky
52Creatures of the Night
50No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
37Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
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37Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
36Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
32No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
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