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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123Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
118No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
113A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
107Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
104A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
103
100
93At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
91Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
89Reach out for challenges
87Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
72
70At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
66Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
52Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17868Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5090We need a few good people
3234What's the deal with organic milk?
2861Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2654Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2646Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2308Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2259Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2257The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2245Completely Different: It's all in the family
2109Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2095Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2081Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
2008Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1966Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1963Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1959Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1959Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1918The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1896Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1881A Small World: Time traveling
1866Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1861Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1852Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1851Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1828Time keeps flowing like a river
1799A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1785Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1785Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1783Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1778Letter to the Editor
1758Observations Only : The orphanage
1748My mini Pen and me
1733Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1725Teen Voice: March Madness
1719Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1719From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1718Our view . . .Sports Complex
1718Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1706Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1704Completely Different: Your local government and you
1700Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1691Remembering When
1686Observations only : Sisters of the world
1685Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1682Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1680Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1674Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1673Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1672Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1672Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1665Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1660Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1646Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1638From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1636Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1631It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1613Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1593Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1573Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1529Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1513Observations Only: Reality check
1489SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1485Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1475Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1460Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1447Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1437Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1367Completely Different: The Quest
1345Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1342Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1313Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1300Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1291Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1283Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1275Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1273Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1267Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1262From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1258The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1251Across the Fence: Building Barns
1247Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1241Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1241Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1239Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1237Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1229Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1225Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1216From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1212Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1212No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1211From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1206Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1195Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1189Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1189From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1189From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1178Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1172Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1167Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1164The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1161Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1155Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1154A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1146Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1144A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1143Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1136Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1135Across the Fence: On The road
1133Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1132Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1130From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1127Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1114Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1114Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1111From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1110A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1109Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1106The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1106Assad’s endgame
1102Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1090Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1088Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1087Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1086Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1082From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1079Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1079From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1075Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1072Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1071A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1062Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1060Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1059Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1057Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1052Observations Only - Two ages of man
1042Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1039Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1038The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1037Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1033A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
1031Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1025Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1024From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1017A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1016Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
1012Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
1009Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
1005 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
1002Observations Only: Painting a picture
998Teen Voice: Today’s television
996Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
992Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
991Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
990Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
989Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
988Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
988Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
981Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
980Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
978Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
978From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
976From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
976Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
970Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
968From the Superintendent’s Desk
968Across The Fence: A day For thanks
966From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
964From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
963Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
961Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
959From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
958Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
958Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
957Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
954Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
951Observations Only: A new direction
950Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
944Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
939From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
938Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
935Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
933Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
933A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
932The zombie apocalypse and you
925Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
921Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
919Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
918Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
918Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
916Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
913Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
911From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
909Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
908From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
905From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
898Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
895Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
894Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
894Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
894A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
894The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
891Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
890Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
888Observations Only: Giving up
884Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
883Trash cans
882A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
879The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
879The hills, part 1: Mustangs
877A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
876Observations Only: Curious things
876Across the Fence: The hand dug well
874Teen Voice: Catfished
872From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
871Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
871Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
870Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
869Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
868Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
868Teen Voice: The road of hatred
866Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
862Observations Only: The joy of money
862Teen Voice: The more the merrier
862The Block
860Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
856The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
856At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
854Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
853Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
851Observations Only: Saturday delight
851A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
847Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
847A Stray Moment: Without a net
845A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
842Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
840Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
837Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
835Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
833Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
831A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
830Life's curve balls
830Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
829A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
827A Stray Moment: God Knows
826 Taking a big risk
826Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
825From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
825A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
825The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
824Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
821Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
821Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
818A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
817Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
816Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
815Teen Voice: Not just another ride
813Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
812The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
811Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
811Observations Only: Going home
811Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
810From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
810Observations Only: Scourge of violence
809Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
809Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
808The ghost of Ayn Rand
807Observations Only: Extreme measures
806Seeing the works of the master
803Timing makes perfect
803A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
802Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
801A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
800The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
799Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
799The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
798Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
798Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
797A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
796Observations Only: Counting chickens
796Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
794Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
793Observations Only: Just around the corner
793The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
793A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
792Teen Voice: Body image
790Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
790Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
790The Good Life: The two different types of business people
789View from the block
786Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
786Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
785Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
784SELL-OUT!
784Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
782Totally Random: My journey, life after living
781A Stray Moment: The last time
780Observations Only: Uneventful flight
779The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
778Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
773Teen Voice: Living within our means
772It's no surprise
770A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
768Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
767Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
767Rural America and immigration reform
766Welcome to Gering
766Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
766Observations Only: Surprises
765Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
765Observations Only: A gift of serenity
764Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
763Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
763Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
763Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
762Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
762Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
761A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
761Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
761Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
760Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
759Observations Only: Journey's end
759Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
759Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
757Age of reason
757Silence please
757Observations Only: No thank you
756Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
756Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
755Observations Only: The awful truth
754From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
754Teen Voice: Shadow art
752Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
751Do You Tube?
749Observations Only: Critical thinking
748Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
747Observations Only: What's in a word?
746Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
745Teen Voice: Serendipity
744Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
743LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
743A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
741Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
741Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
740Economic development update
739Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
738Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
735Observations Only: Curious things, part II
734Observations Only: Together again
734Observations Only: North Powder
734Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
734Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
733Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
732A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
731Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
730Observations Only: Sister odyssey
729From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
729Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
729Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
726Observations Only: Sister lost
726Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
725Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
724The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
723Observations Only: Blue chip stock
722Observations Only: Spider adventure
720From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
718Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
716Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
716Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
713Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
713Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
712Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
711I'm falling for Tumblr?
709Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
708Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
707A real leaning tree Christmas
706Guest Voices…
704Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
701Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
699From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
698From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
696Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
695Observations Only : White water
695Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
695The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
694Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
694Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
693Teen Voice: Being a girl
693The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
693A Small World: Special guest
692The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
691Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
689Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
688A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
687Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
687Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
687Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
685Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
684Permission to remember
684Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
683Observations Only: The meeting
681My Thanksgiving prayer
680Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
680Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
679The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
677Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
677Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
675Our View: The elephant in the room
672A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
671Observations Only: A matter of matter
669Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
668The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
668Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
668The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
667Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
665Social time has important benefits
664Home of the Brave
664Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
663Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
662Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
660Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
658The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
658Observations Only: Indifferent love
658Teeing Off: Around the Green
658Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
658The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
656Practice safe barbecue basics
655Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
655Teen Voice: Happy news
655Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
654Observations Only: Good and evil
654Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
653Observations Only: The shadow of error
652Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
651LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
649Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
645Observations Only: Expect the best
644Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
642The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
641Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
640The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
640Observations Only: A fine line
640Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
638Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
637Observations Only: Beginnings
633Observations Only: Divine spirit
632Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
630Anno Domini: We gather together
622Teen Voice: Equality
622Observations Only: A matter of paradox
622Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
621Observations Only: Divine prompts
620Our View: Bravo OTD committee
616Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
613Observations Only: A sad week
612Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
611Observations Only: Choices
610A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
609Completely Different - The magic of spring
606Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
606Teen Voice: Silence
606Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
604A Halloween Story: The scary dream
602A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
600Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
599Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
598Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
598Totally Random: October, the pink month
597Totally Random: Life’s ripples
597Building Bridges: Love your enemies
595Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
594Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
593Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
592Observations Only: Temptation
592Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
590Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
589Observations Only: Off to the races
588Lyman Review: Devil calf
585Observations Only: The vision
578Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
576Observations Only: Willfulness
575Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
574Teen Voice: The need to get away
572Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
569Observations Only: The need to understand
568Observations Only: A good daughter
562Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
560Teen Voice: Stress test
557Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
552Our View: Visionaries wanted
552Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
551Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
550Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
549Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
548Teeing Off: Persistence
547Across the Fence: The Pony Express
543Teeing Off: Mind Gym
542Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
542Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
537Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
533Teen Voice: Remember what you have
531Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
531Teen Voice: Footprints
529Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
528Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
527Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
526Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
523Anno Domini: On this remembering day
523Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
520Teen Voice: The rivalry
520Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
519Teeing Off: The thing about state
519Lyman Review: The love goat
518Observations Only: Saint Marge
516Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
514Observations Only: Waiting time
514Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
513Teen Voice: The Other Side
513Totally Random: Happy Halloween
513Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
513Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
511Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
507Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
506Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
504Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
502No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
501Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
498Teen Voice: My rebellion
495Observations Only: Gone away
493Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
487Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
484Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
482Teen Voice: What is love?
479Observations Only: Hog wash
478Teen Voice: Self-expression
478Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
477Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
471 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
471Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
469Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
463Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
459Why you should visit the zoo in February
458A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
454Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
454Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
452No Till Notes: Final Stop
450Observations Only: The visit
450From the Hill: More Work Ahead
450Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
446
445Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
443Lyman Review: One mean chicken
442Observations Only: A day in August
441For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
439Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
435Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
435Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
435Teen Voice: Cyber War
429At the Library: March into a good book
426Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
422Observations Only: One more time
421Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
418Observations Only: The last goodbye
412What’s really going on with our water?
412In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
410Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
403Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
400Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
399Teen Voice: The gift of caring
399No-Till Notes: Looking Back
398Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
396Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
395Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
394Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
392Observations Only: Final moment
392Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
392Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
392Their View: Goal post move unfair
390Teen Voice: To the future
389Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
388No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
383Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
383Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
383At the Monument: Junior Rangers
379Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
379Lyman Review: Branding Time
378Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
376Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
376Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
374Across The Fence: Last Christmas
374View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
373In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
370Observations Only: The last toothpick
370Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
369Teen Voice: Where is the love?
368Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
366Nature Notes: Love is in the air
366Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
365Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
364No-till Notes: Moving forward
361Our View: Community responsible for kids
361Totally Random: Where does it go?
360Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
359Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
359Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
355Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
354Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
353In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
352Totally Random: Trusting the fates
350Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
349Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
349Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
345Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
343Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
342Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
341Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
341Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
340Observations Only: The vigil
340Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
340Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
340No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
337Linked Lives
335At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
334History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
331Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
330Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
327Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
327Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
324Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
324Support emergency services personnel
323Religious freedom must be protected
322Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
320At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
316Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
316College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
314Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
312Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
310In the Hills: Explore the state parks
310Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
310Website Resources
309Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
307Lyman Review: Winter's dog
307Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
306At the Monument: That old (historic) building
305Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
304Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
304No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
303Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
303Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
301Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
299Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
299From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
297No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
296Across the Fence: Amanda
295Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
294Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
293Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
293Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
291Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
287Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
286Lyman Review: Dog fun
286Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
286Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
286New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
282Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
279At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
278At the Monument: Where are the animals?
276Teen Voice: Inspire me
276Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
274Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
272Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
271No-til Notes: Changing plans
269Greetings from the State Capitol
269Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
267Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
265No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
255No-Till Notes: Back in the field
250Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
247Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
246Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
244Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
242Be kind through communications
241At the Monument: Art in National Parks
233Synchronicity:What brings me back
233Letter to the editor
229View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
226Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
225Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
224Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
223No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
222Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
217Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
213Letters to the Editor
206A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
205Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
202In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
195A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
183Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
181Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
177Fourth of July meetings
174Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
173A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
169Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
165Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
162Prairie Dogs
161Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
159Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
158No-Till Notes: The value of water
156Creatures of the Night
155 Across The Fence: County Fair
154Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
152Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
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150Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
147Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
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143At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
141No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
141Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
141Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
136Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
134Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
133No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
131No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
131At the Monument: Night Sky
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125In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
124Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
124No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
123Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
123Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
118No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
113Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
113A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
107Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
104A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
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93At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
91Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
89Reach out for challenges
87Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
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70At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
66Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
52Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
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