A pancake benefit will take place on May 21 to help a local resident battling cancer.
There will be a pancake benefit and silent auction on Sunday, May 21 at the Royal Auditorium to support Mary Williby. The meal will be served from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
In February 2017, Mary Williby was diagnosed with Stage 1 Invasive Squamos Cell Carcinoma. Although it is Stage 1, the cancer is considered extremely aggressive. She began treatment on March 16 with chemotherapy and radiation. Mary has been making daily trips to Norfolk to receive treatments.
If anyone is unable to attend but still would like to make a donation, a bank account has been set up at the Bank of Orchard under the name of Mary Williby Benefit.
It’s usually seldom that ownership changes for businesses in small-town Nebraska, but when it does it often makes a big impact on the community.
Taylor Schwager, the new owner of The Royal Bar located in Royal, Nebraska has several aspirations for the future of the business. Schwager has already made quick strides in his short time of ownership with improvements ranging from the installation of a new sign on the front side of the exterior of the building to clearing out trees around the vicinity of the building.
Schwager’s upcoming plans for The Royal Bar include remodeling the interior, installing a new bar, featuring live bands at least once a month, implementing Keno as an activity, and increasing the size of the beer garden as well as installing televisions and providing heat within it. Schwager also excitedly talked about progress of the bar and how business has been going.
“We’ve been doing really well so far. We’ve had a lot of support and help from friends and the community,” Schwager said.
The Royal Bar is managed by Kendra Jeffords, who also serves as the cook.
“We serve lunch every day. We’ve also been doing a lot of drink specials and drawings for different prizes.” Schwager said.
Schwager, 30 years old, is a longtime resident of Orchard, Nebraska. He farms for a living, while additionally owning his own trucking business. Schwager also has one three year old daughter.
The schedule for The Royal Bar is as follows:
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. - CLOSE
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. - CLOSE
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. - CLOSE
Friday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. - CLOSE
Saturday: 11 a.m. - CLOSE
Sunday: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Three Antelope County schools participated in the West Holt Speech Invitational on Saturday and returned with more than a dozen medals.
Antelope County results:
Novice Entertainment - 4th - Erin Schwager, O-C
Novice OID - 1st - N-O (Kyle Snodgrass, Sierra Centamore, Hailey Bixler, Emma Bixler, Hannah Schrader)
Novice Poetry - 4th - Angel Qualset, EV
Novice Informative - 1st - Allison Stineman, EV; 2nd - Emma Bixler, N-O
Novice Improv Duet - 4th - Hailey and Emma Bixler, N-O
Varsity Extemporaneous - 2nd - PJ Miguelino, EV
Varsity Poetry - 3rd - Adrian Love, OC
Varsity Humorous - 5th - Cole Belitz, N-O; 8th - Alyssa Moser, OC
Varsity Informative - 5th - Ashley Williams, OC; 8th - Faith Woslager, OC
Varsity Duet - 1st - Grace Rittscher and Allison Kerkman, OC; 4th - Katy Fleetwood and PJ Miguelino, EV; and 5th - Alyssa Moser and Pammela Maxwell, OC
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For the first time in what seemed like far too long for avid ice fishers, the Royal Fire Department was able to host their next ice fishing tournament at Grove Lake. After a year off from the tournament, people came from all across Nebraska to enjoy the day.
An impressive 59 teams showed up for a beautiful day on the lake Sunday to support the fire department. The event is held each year as a fund raiser for the fire department. Currently, the department is saving for a new pumper to replace their 1976 Ford Pumper which, while still adequate, is getting a bit outdated according to Royal Fire Chief Gary Ober.
The event started out as a family event 34 years ago as a fun event for the department. Over the years, the event has grown into a popular one for the town of Royal.
"Our first tournament, if I recall, we had 17 teams," Ober said. "It grew to 27 and then from then on it has just gradually went up. We've had up to 72 teams."
After holding a calcutta to kick off the event on Saturday evening, the fishermen hit the lake at 9 a.m. Sunday morning and caught as many fish as they could until 2 p.m. Cash awards and trophies were given to winning teams, and trophies were also awarded to the oldest fisherman, youngest male fisherman and the youngest female fisherman.
Wade Williby of Grand Island and Dave Hansen of Bradshaw took home first place with a total weight of 12.8 pounds. Cambrie Drees of Norfolk was given the award for the youngest female fisherman at seven years old. Carson Sayers of Orchard took the award for youngest male fisherman at age five. Max Hieter of Royal led the way as the oldest fisherman in the tournament.
Justin Brandt of O'Neill came away with the biggest individual catch of the day, pulling in a 3.46 pound bass. Neil Zimmerer of Verdigre caught the largest crappie of the day at .84 pounds. The largest bluegill was caught by Pat Gallagher of Inman, also at .84 pounds. The largest perch belonged to Josh Gronenthal of Humphrey, weighing .64 pounds. Between the 59 teams, 232.45 pounds of fish were caught on the day.
Ober was excited to be able to host the event this year, as it has been a couple years since the ice was deemed safe enough to run the tournament.
"Last year we didn't have it because of bad ice," he said. "We don't do the tournament unless there is a good, hard six or eight inches of ice. If its iffy, we don't do it."
The event proved to be a fun day for fisherman of all ages and many of the competitors are already looking forward to next year.
Results from the 34th Annual Royal Ice Fishing Tournament
1st place Wade Williby, Grand Island 12.80 pounds
Dave Hansen, Bradshaw
2nd place Jeff Macke, Brunswick 12.05 pounds
Rick Brandt, Norfolk
3rd place Derek Thiele, Clearwater 10.72 pounds
Eric Allemang, Clearwater
4th place Brock Belik, Orchard 10.62 pounds
Justin Brandt, O'Neill
5th place Neil Williby, Royal 9.85 pounds
Dalton Williby, Royal
6th place Tyson Cole, Page 9.70 pounds
Pat Gallagher, Inman
7th place Max Hieter, Royal 9.57 pounds
Corey Curtis, Royal
8th place Chance Eckmann, North Bend 8.86 pounds
Tyler Going, Ames
YOUNGEST FEMALE FISHERMAN: CAMBRIE DREES AGE 7, Norfolk
OLDEST FISHERMAN: MAX HIETER AGE 73, Royal
YOUNGEST MALE FISHERMAN: CARSON SAYERS AGE 5, Orchard
LARGEST BLUEGILL: PAT GALLAGHER .84, Inman
LARGEST PERCH: JOSH GRONENTHAL .64, Humphrey
LARGEST BASS: JUSTIN BRANDT 3.46, O'Neill
LARGEST CRAPPIE: NEIL ZIMMERER .84, Verdigre
TOTAL POUNDS CAUGHT: 232.45 pounds
It’s time for Royal’s annual Ice Fishing Competition!
Royal Fire Department will host the 34th annual competition on January 15 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Grove Lake.
Royal Fire Chief Gary Ober is looking forward to a good day on the lake, and encourages people to come out to the calcutta as well.
“We have the calcutta on Saturday night in (the Royal auditorium and that’s where teams can sign in and we also have a barbeque,” said Ober. “We’ll feed you and have refreshments there, and that’s where most teams sign in.”
Food will be served at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, and the calcutta will start at 7:30.
Sign up fees are $30 for every two-man team, and teams can also arrive at Grove Lake early on Sunday morning to sign up.
All teams will meet at the north end of the lake on Sunday morning before going out to fish at 9 a.m.
Cash awards and trophies will be given to winning teams, and trophies will also be awarded to the oldest fisherman, youngest male fisherman and the youngest female fisherman.
All proceeds from the event will go towards a new pumper for the Royal Fire Department.
A Vermont man was lifeflighted and two others were arrested following an accident at Grove Lake late Sunday night.
According to the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, deputies discovered a severely damaged vehicle at the north dock of Grove Lake at 11:39 p.m. Sunday.
The investigation determined that the vehicle, a white 2004 GMC Crew pickup, was traveling eastbound on 866th Rd from 519th Ave. The vehicle lost control and skidded off the roadway entering the camping area of the north dock. The vehicle struck a large tree causing significant damage to the vehicle. The vehicle came to final rest in the parking area of the north dock.
Deputies were unable to locate a driver. With the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol, Neligh Police Department, Orchard Fire, Royal Fire and Neligh Fire, the driver, Logan J. Bartley, 26 of Newport, Vt., was located in a camper at the Grove Lake Bait Shop.
Bartley was transported to Avera St. Anthony’s in O’Neill by Orchard Rescue and later flown to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City with head injuries. Bartley was cited and released for leaving the scene of an accident. Pending an investigation, additional charges may be filed.
Two other individuals were arrested for obstructing a police officer and transported to the Antelope County Jail related to this incident. Alcohol was a factor in the accident, according to the sheriff's department.
Bartley’s vehicle was a total loss, and seatbelt use is unknown.
MTS Tree Service, based out of Royal, is expanding.
Greg Meyer, who started the business a few years ago, has recently expanded to include residential stump grinding as well.
“We started doing tree removal and pasture clearing about two years ago,” said Meyer. “I specialize in a lot of cedar tree removal, hard wood trees and pastures. I just got into the residential stump-grinding about a year ago.”
MTS Tree Service is the only stump remover in the area, so Meyer has stayed busy.
“I’ve been pretty busy so far but it’s been pretty good. Like the stump grinding and stuff, I can do pretty much anything and it doesn’t matter how big or small the tree is, I can do any size.”
On Monday, October 6, Greg Meyer brought out one of his CAT skid loaders to grind a stump in Orchard.
The stump, which measured eight and a half feet in diameter, belonged to a tree on a property owned by Tony Tabbert.
The large tree, which according to Tabbert is three trees merged into one, was cut down by Duane Risinger and before Meyer came in to grind the stump.
In addition to two CAT skid loaders, Meyer has a variety of other tools, including shredders and shears.
To learn more about the tree removal services he provides, visit his Facebook Page at MTS Tree Services.
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