Teen Voice: The ones who made history
October 20, 2011 Teen columnist, Zoey Rada   
It is six to nothing with two outs in the last inning of our district game in Lexington. I stand on first base expecting that the ball is going to come to me. Instead, the batter hits it to shortstop and my stomach is now in my throat as the shortstop fires to my glove. The ball sticks to my glove like glue as if I couldn’t believe I actually caught it. That was it, the last out, we had won the battle.

I looked down at my glove with the ball in it and back up at my team as they scream and launch themselves at one another because we did it. Those tight grips of the team hand in hand in the dugout, our racing hearts, our blood and sweat; we had just won districts and we were going to state for the first time in school history.

State softball is a memorable experience and if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s how ever struggle contains a sense of success. Last August, softball conditioning was nothing but hard training to make ourselves better because the talk around town was that because we lost all nine of our seniors from last year, we weren’t going to be very successful.

We were nervous to take our first step of the season because the talk, but we also had previously faced a huge dilemma. In the past year, NSAA punished the golf and softball teams due to paying for the use of a training facility in the off season. They were going to take away the golf state trophies, but instead they punished our head coaches by not letting them coach the first two games, districts or state.

Our head coach Kendall Vogel explained the punishment he received to the whole team, and we gave him the deer in the headlights look because we were scared. We were scared that the people of our community and even around our area were going to be right about the lack of success for the Bearcat softball team.

Halfway through the season we had more wins than losses. We knew we needed to take it to the next level, and we had girls step up to play each game because our coaches gave us speeches before each game to raise our motivation. We had only had one goal: to be the first team to make it to state. The softball team fought and fought through each game one at a time, winning each battle slowly, and pouring our hearts and souls out because we needed to reach our goal. We wanted it.

A few weeks later, we were headed east toward Lexington to take on our district teams. We played a total of three games in a row, winning all three with a rough start, but we dug so deep within ourselves that we knew we couldn’t be defeated. Each of us were speechless as we were holding the plaque on home plate that said in bold DISTRICT CHAMPS, letting the tears that ran down our faces speak loud for our emotions.

Our head coach couldn’t be there with us, but before we left we knew we wanted this for him. He had spoken to us through a speaker phone on a cell phone right after we won and all he could say was “good job girls,” because tears had taken over him as well.

About halfway home on the bus, it finally hit me. I heard people say that we were going to state, but we were really going to state. We had done it. The goal was now in the palm of our heads.

Softball isn’t just about keeping your glove down and charging the ball or turning your back hip toward the pitcher to make all the force of your body push the ball off the bat as hard as you possibly can. It’s about the memories you make and the people who had a huge impact on your experience.

To be at state softball surrounded by hundreds of people and other teams who have fought to reach the same goal was a huge blessing. There are so many teams and athletes that don’t get to partake in events like these, so walking up toward these challenges was a big honor.

Making new memories on the same dirt as my other teammates was something I will never forget. It is a moment that I will cherish because we always played every game like it was our last, and the struggles we had faced, well all of those were forgotten, left behind, taken over by a moment so huge that none of that will ever matter.

What really mattered was the people who shared this with us and encouraged us to become better athletes and better people. “With every struggle comes success,” are the words of a bright human being. They are the words of the human being that never gave up, even when times became rough. That was the Bearcats, the softball players who never gave up because we made history. Who are we? We are Champions. What do we do? Win.

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155Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
155Totally Random: Trusting the fates
155Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
154Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
154Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
154Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
154Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
154Lyman Review: Dog fun
154Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
153Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
152From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
152From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
152Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
152Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
152Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
152A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
152Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
152Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
152Nature Notes: Love is in the air
152Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
152
151Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
151Teen Voice: The rivalry
151From the Hill: More Work Ahead
151Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
151Teen Voice: Cyber War
151New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
150Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
150At the Library: March into a good book
150Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
150Letter to the editor
150Letter to the Editor
149Why you should visit the zoo in February
149Linked Lives
149Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
148Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
148Teen Voice: To the future
148Teen Voice: Where is the love?
148Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
148In the Hills: Explore the state parks
148For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
148In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
147Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
147Our View: The elephant in the room
147Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
147View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
147In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
147Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
147Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
146Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
146Teen Voice: Equality
146I'm falling for Tumblr?
146Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
146Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
146View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146What’s really going on with our water?
146Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
145From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
145Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
145Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
145Teen Voice: Footprints
145Letter to the Editor
144Our View: Community responsible for kids
144Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
144Teen Voice: Inspire me
144Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
143Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
143Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
143Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
143Their View: Goal post move unfair
142Rural America and immigration reform
142Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
142Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
141Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
140Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
140Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
140Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
140Support emergency services personnel
140Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
139From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
139Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
139Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
139Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
139Synchronicity:What brings me back
138Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
138Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
138Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
138Letters to the Editor
137At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
137Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
136From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
136Guest Voices…
136Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
135Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
135Religious freedom must be protected
134Totally Random: Where does it go?
134Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
134Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
133Teen Voice: What is love?
133Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
131Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
131Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
131Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
130Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
130Greetings from the State Capitol
128Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
127From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
125Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
124Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
123Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
114Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
112Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
104At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
92Letter to the Editor
92No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
78Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
77At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
36Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
24No-till Notes: Stripper head
24Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
20Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
19Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
Most Read News Stories of 2012
914Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
822NRD Update: National Groundwater Awareness Week
757Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
692All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
598The Christmas Story
550Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
544Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
534To whom are we thankful?
514Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
490Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
489A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
471A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
466Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
464Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
449Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
443A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
432At the Monument: Museum collections
425Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
416No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
415Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
414Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
414No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
403The Good Life: There is good everywhere
396Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
388Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
388No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
384Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
382Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
382Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
374A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
372A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
370Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
369Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
363Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
356The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
356Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
356A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
355History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
355Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
355Support letters requested for airport
352Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
351Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
344Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
344No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
342Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
340A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
336Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
336Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
336No Till Notes:
335Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
335A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
333Observations Only: A soul’s journey
333The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
324Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
323Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
323Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
322Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
320At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
320Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
319Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
318Observations Only : White water
317Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
316What's the deal with organic milk?
316Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
311Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
309Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
307In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
304Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
303Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
302No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
301Letters to the Editor
300A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
300A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
300Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
299Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
298Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
298Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
298At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
296Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
296Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
293At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
293
292A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
290Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
288Across the Fence: The hand dug well
287Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
285No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
284Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
284Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
283Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
283Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
281In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
280A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
280Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
279Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
279Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
277Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
276At the Monument: Where are the animals?
275Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
275Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
275Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
275At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
274Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
272Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
272All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
271Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
270From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
270Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
269Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
268Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
268Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
268Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
266Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
265Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
264Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
264At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
264Jane’s Secret: The Telling
263Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
263Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
261Teen Voice: Serendipity
261Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
261At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
260Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
260Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
259A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
259No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
259Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
259A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
258Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
258Building Bridges: Love your enemies
257Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
257Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
256No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
255Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
255The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
255Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
254A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
254Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
253Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
252Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
252Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
252Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
252Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
251A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
251Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
251 Across The Fence: County Fair
250Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
250A real leaning tree Christmas
250At the Monument: Living History
249Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
249Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
249Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
248Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
248Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
248Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
248No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
247A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
247A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
247Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
247No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
247Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
247Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
246Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
246A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
246No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
245Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
245Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
244Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
244Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
244Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
243Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
243Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
243Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
243No-Till Notes: The value of water
242A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
242A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
242Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
242Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
242Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
241Completely Different: It's all in the family
241Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
241Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
241A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
241Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
241No Till Notes: Moving Forward
241Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
239Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
239The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
239Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
239Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
238Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
237Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
237Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
237A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
237Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
237Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
236Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
236Observations Only: Indifferent love
236Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
236Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
236Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
234Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
234College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
233A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
233Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
232Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
232Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
232A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
232Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
232Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
231Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
231Anno Domini: We gather together
231Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
231Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
230Observations Only: Temptation
230Observations Only: The shadow of error
230Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
230Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
230Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
230Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
230Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
229Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
229Observations Only: A good daughter
229Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
229No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
229Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
229Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
229A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
229Creatures of the Night
229Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
229All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
228A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
228Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
228 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
228Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
228Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
227Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
227No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
226A Stray Moment: Without a net
226Anno Domini: On this remembering day
226Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
226Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
226Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
225Across the Fence: Amanda
225Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
224Observations Only: Gone away
224Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
224Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
223Totally Random: The Golden Rule
223Observations Only: The need to understand
223Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
223Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
223No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
222A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
222A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
222 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
222Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
222Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
222No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
222Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
222Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
221
220Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
220A Stray Moment: God Knows
220Observations Only: Divine prompts
220No-Till Notes: Looking Back
220No-til Notes: Changing plans
220Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
220
219Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
219Observations Only: A gift of serenity
219Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
219Observations Only: Reality check
219Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
218Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
218Observations Only: Journey's end
218Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
218Observations Only: A matter of matter
218Observations Only: Divine spirit
218Across The Fence: A day For thanks
218Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
218Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
218No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
217Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
217No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
217Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
216Observations Only: Curious things, part II
216Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
216Across The Fence: Last Christmas
216Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
215Observations Only: Expect the best
215Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
215Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
215Observations Only: A sad week
214Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
214Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
214Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
214Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
214Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
214No Till Notes: Final Stop
214No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health II
213Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
213Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
213Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
213At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
212Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
212Observations Only: Beginnings
212From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
212No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
212Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
211Observations Only: Curious things
211Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
211Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
211Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
210Observations Only: A matter of paradox
210Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
209Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
209Observations Only: The vision
209Observations Only: Off to the races
209Observations Only: The awful truth
208Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
208Observations Only: Going home
208Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
208Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
208Building Bridges: The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ teaches life
207Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
207Observations Only: Willfulness
207Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
207Observations Only: Saint Marge
207No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
206Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
206Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
206Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
206Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
205Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
205Across the Fence: Building Barns
205From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
205The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
205Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
205SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
205Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
204Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
204Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
204No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
204Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
204No-till Notes: Moving forward
204Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
204Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
203Observations Only: Uneventful flight
203Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
203The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
202Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
202Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
202Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
201Observations Only: Critical thinking
201From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
201Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
201Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
200Observations Only: Good and evil
200Observations Only: A fine line
200Observations Only: Choices
200Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
200Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
199Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
199The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
199No-Till Notes: Back in the field
198Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
198Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
198Observations Only: The visit
198Observations Only: Final moment
198At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
198Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
197Our View: A failure to communicate
196Observations Only: Waiting time
196At the Monument: Night Sky
196Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
195Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
195Observations Only: A day in August
195Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
195No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
195At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
194Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
194The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
194Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
194Totally Random: My journey, life after living
194In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
193Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
193Assad’s endgame
193Observations Only: Sister lost
193Observations Only: Hog wash
193Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
193Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
192The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
192Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
191Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
190Across the Fence: On The road
190Observations Only: One more time
190Observations Only: The vigil
189Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
189Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
188The ghost of Ayn Rand
187Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
187Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
187Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
187A Halloween Story: The scary dream
187Observations Only: The last goodbye
187At the Monument: Junior Rangers
186The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
186Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
185Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
185The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
185Teen Voice: My rebellion
184The Good Life: The two different types of business people
184Teen Voice: Silence
184Observations Only: The last toothpick
184Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
183From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
183Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
183Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
183A Small World: Special guest
182The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
182Lyman Review: Devil calf
181From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
181The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
180Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
180Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
180Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
180From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
180Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
180Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
180Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
180In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
180A Stray Moment: Leonard Nimoy - Live long and prosper
179Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
179Teeing Off: Around the Green
179At the Monument: Art in National Parks
178Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
178The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
178Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
177Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
177Teen Voice: The need to get away
177Prairie Dogs
177Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
177Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
176From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
176Teen Voice: Being a girl
176The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
176Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
176Lyman Review: The love goat
175Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
175Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
175Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
174Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
174Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
174The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
174The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
174Lyman Review: One mean chicken
174Teen Voice: The gift of caring
173Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
173Teeing Off: Persistence
173The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
172Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
172Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
172The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
172At the Monument: That old (historic) building
171Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
171A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
171Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
171Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
170Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
170Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
170Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
170To The Editor
169A last look at the Nebraska Zone
169Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
169A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
169A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
169Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
168A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
168Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
168Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
168Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
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167Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
167Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
167Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
167Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
167Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
167At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
167Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
166Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
166Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
166Teeing Off: The thing about state
166Teen Voice: Stress test
166Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
166Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
165Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
165Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
165Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
165Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
165Completely Different - The magic of spring
165Teen Voice: Remember what you have
165Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
165Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
165In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
165Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
164Teen Voice: Catfished
164Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
164Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
164A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
164Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
164Website Resources
164Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
164Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
164Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
163Observations only : Sisters of the world
163A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
163Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
163
162Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
162A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
162A Stray Moment: The last time
162Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
162Teen Voice: Body image
162
162Totally Random: Happy Halloween
161Across the fence: Something worth remembering
161Teen Voice: Living within our means
161Across the Fence: The Pony Express
161Teen Voice: The Other Side
161Totally Random: October, the pink month
161Teen Voice: Self-expression
161Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
161Lyman Review: Branding Time
161At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
161Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
160Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
160A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
160Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
160Teeing Off: Mind Gym
160Lyman Review: Winter's dog
160Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
160At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
160
159Time keeps flowing like a river
159Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
159Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
159A Small World: Savoring county fair days
159Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
159
158Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
158Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
158Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
158Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
158Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
158Totally Random: Life’s ripples
158Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
158A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
157Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
157Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
157Teen Voice: Shadow art
157Be kind through communications
157Reach out for challenges
157Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
156Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
156Observations Only : The orphanage
156Observations Only: Blue chip stock
156Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
156Fourth of July meetings
155Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
155Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
155Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
155Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
155Totally Random: Trusting the fates
155Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
154Observations Only: A new direction
154Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
154Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
154Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
154Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
154Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
154Lyman Review: Dog fun
154Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
153Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
152Observations Only: Scourge of violence
152From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
152From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
152Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
152Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
152Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
152A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
152Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
152Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
152Nature Notes: Love is in the air
152Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
152
151Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
151Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
151Teen Voice: The rivalry
151From the Hill: More Work Ahead
151Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
151Teen Voice: Cyber War
151New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
150It's no surprise
150Observations Only: Just around the corner
150Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
150At the Library: March into a good book
150Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
150Letter to the editor
150Letter to the Editor
149Why you should visit the zoo in February
149Linked Lives
149Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
148Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
148Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
148Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
148Teen Voice: To the future
148Teen Voice: Where is the love?
148Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
148In the Hills: Explore the state parks
148For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
148In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
147Observations Only: Giving up
147Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
147Our View: The elephant in the room
147Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
147View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
147In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
147Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
147Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
146Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
146Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
146Teen Voice: Equality
146I'm falling for Tumblr?
146Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
146Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
146View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
146What’s really going on with our water?
146Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
145Observations Only: Together again
145From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
145From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
145Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
145Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
145Teen Voice: Footprints
145Letter to the Editor
144 Taking a big risk
144Our View: Community responsible for kids
144Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
144Teen Voice: Inspire me
144Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
143Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
143Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
143Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
143Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
143Their View: Goal post move unfair
142Observations Only: Extreme measures
142Rural America and immigration reform
142Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
142Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
141Age of reason
141Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
141Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
140Observations Only: The joy of money
140Observations Only: The meeting
140Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
140Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
140Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
140Support emergency services personnel
140Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
139Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
139The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
139Observations Only: Spider adventure
139Observations Only: Sister odyssey
139Observations Only: North Powder
139From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
139Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
139Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
139Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
139Synchronicity:What brings me back
138Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
138Observations Only: Painting a picture
138Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
138Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
138Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
138Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
138Letters to the Editor
137Being a Nebraskan – border to border
137From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
137Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
137At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
137Building Bridges: On tourism and trash
136Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
136Observations Only: Surprises
136Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
136From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
136Guest Voices…
136Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
135Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
135Religious freedom must be protected
134Observations Only - Two ages of man
134Totally Random: Where does it go?
134Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
134Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
133From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
133Silence please
133From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
133Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
133Teen Voice: What is love?
133Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
132Completely Different: Tales from the mat
132Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
132Life's curve balls
132Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
131Observations Only: Saturday delight
131Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
131Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
131Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
131Across The Fence: Victory at Valverde and on to Glorieta
130Trash cans
130Observations Only: Counting chickens
130From the Superintendent’s Desk
130Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
130Greetings from the State Capitol
129The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
129Teen Voice: Today’s television
128Observations Only: No thank you
128Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
128Jack’s Insights: Basing decisions on facts, not opinion
127Observations Only: What's in a word?
127From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
125Observations Only : Mission accomplished
125Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
124Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
124Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
123Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
122The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
119The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
119The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
119Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
119From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
118Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
117It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
114Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
113The Block
113The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
112Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight a Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part I)
111From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
111The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
110Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
110From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
110The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
110The hills, part 1: Mustangs
107Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
104Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
104At the Monument: Water, Will There Be Enough?
103From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
103Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
101Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
101The zombie apocalypse and you
101Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
100SELL-OUT!
100Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
100Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
99Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
99From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
98A Small World: Time traveling
98Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
98My mini Pen and me
98Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
98Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
97Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
97Do You Tube?
96Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
96Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
95Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
95Teen Voice: The road of hatred
95Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
95Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
95Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
94Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
94Teen Voice: The more the merrier
94A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
94Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
93Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
93Economic development update
92Remembering When
92Letter to the Editor
92No-Till Notes: Field peas and age
91View from the block
91Teen Voice: Not just another ride
90Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
90Jane’s Secret LV A mystery
89Completely Different: Your local government and you
89Timing makes perfect
89Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
89Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
89Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
89Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
89Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
88Our view . . .Sports Complex
88Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
87Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
86We need a few good people
86Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
86Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
86Completely Different: The Quest
86LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
85From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
85Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
84Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
83Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
83LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
83Teen Voice: Happy news
83Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
82Home of the Brave
82Welcome to Gering
82Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
82From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
81Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
80Teen Voice: March Madness
80Letter to the Editor
80Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
79Seeing the works of the master
79From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
78Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
78Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
78From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
78Across The Fence: Charles Goodnight; A Man of Indomitable Spirit (Part II of II)
77Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
77At the Library: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
76Practice safe barbecue basics
75Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
75Social time has important benefits
74Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
74Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
73Permission to remember
73My Thanksgiving prayer
72Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
71From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
70Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
68From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
58Our View: Visionaries wanted
53Our View: Bravo OTD committee
36Building Bridges: Building a bridge that lasts and endures
24No-till Notes: Stripper head
24Across The Fence: Road Trip and Discoveries
20Jane's Secret LVI: A mystery part II
19Letter to the Editor - Injection well public hearing restricts participation
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