The Bazile Creek Ringnecks' 7th Annual “Outdoor Families Exploring Nature Together” was a hit again this year.
Held Saturday at the Creighton Rod and Gun Club in northern Antelope County, the family outing included various activities from fishing to archery.
At the event, Logan Jacobsen won a Henry .22 rifle, sponsored by Larry and Vivian Kotrous of Verdigre. He is the son of Ronita and Shane Jacobsen of Plainview.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting a four day field day focusing on soybean production and management.
The four day event will take place in four different locations throughout eastern Nebraska.
Their first stop?
The Robert Johnston Farm in Royal.
The Soybean Management Field Days, as the event is called, is happening on August 9-12 and, according to their website, "will focus on how the state's soybean industry can stay competitive in a global marketplace, while increasing profits and helping meet the world's growing food and energy needs."
During the event, farmers can also bring their pivot pressure regulators for on-site testing.
"Management is the key word for the 2016 Soybean Management Field Days," said Ron Pavelka of Glenvil, chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board of Directors, in the event's main website. "This year's program will address those big challenges that each farm must manage — water, weeds, fertility, pests and markets. In a year full of production and economic challenges for Nebraska soybean farmers, I would encourage growers to take this opportunity to put their checkoff to work on their farms."
The event site explains that "the field days will be held at four sites, each with replicated research and demonstration plots, lunch and time for questions."
For more information on presenters and topics, visit the UNL- Soy Bean Management Field Days website.
The annual Royal Celebration began at noon on Saturday with the 44-mile tractor ride. Over to tractors joined the parade, including a Ford driven by Royal's oldest homeowner, Jim Haskin.
At 5 p.m., just as the tractors rolled in from the ride, the festivities continued with the annual BBQ, featuring the Ober's homemade BBQ sauce. A steady stream of people went through line to enjoy the pulled pork sandwiches and root beer floats.
The celebration ended with a movie after dark, which played downtown.
Check out the photos below and don't miss out on the fun next year!
A Pierce man was killed in an accident near the Antelope and Knox County lines Saturday morning.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, 32-year-old Dana Ziegenbein died as a result of a one vehicle accident about a half-mile west of the junction with 522 Avenue on 872 Road, or about 4 miles northeast of Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park.
The accident happened just before 7 a.m. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Ziegenbein was eastbound when he left the road and struck a bridge. His vehicle left the road again, rolled multiple times before coming to rest in a tree-line, pinning Ziegenbein beneath his truck.
The accident remains under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol.
It's time for Royal's annual celebration!
Don't miss out on the fun, happening Saturday, July 16. The day will kick off with the 44-mile tractor ride through the North Country. Sign up begins at 10:30 a.m. from the village park and the ride leaves at 12:00 p.m. from the village park.
The pork BBQ will be served 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the park. Later in the evening, a free old fashioned out door movie will be shown downtown. Residents are also encouraged to contribute something for the time capsule.
Call Gary Ober at 893-2880 or 402-340-0170 for more details.
St. Peter Lutheran Church Pastor Marcel Kohlmeyer spoke on Monday morning for Royal's Memorial Day service, reminding the community of the man who sacrificed all for their freedom.
The Clearwater-Orchard band played the National Anthem and Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Mallory Cooper played "Taps."
The Orchard American Legion Post provided the color and honor guard.
A controlled burn along the Antelope and Knox county lines on Wednesday led to back-to-back days of calling in the Orchard and Royal fire departments for assistance.
Ryan Crumly of Page said his parents, Ron and Jeanne Crumly, annually burn cedar trees and grass off of one pasture each year. This year, the pasture located about 7 miles north of Royal and 1 mile west - near 870th Rd and 518th Ave - was set to burn about 200 acres.
Crumly said they started at the road and worked their way south. With several people assisting, everything was going as planned until the fire started going further east and moved onto land owned by Norma Morrill.
"We fought it for 15 minutes, and then we called the fire department," Crumly said.
Firefighters from Orchard and Royal responded around 3:30 p.m. Local residents and Central Valley Ag also assisted. Crumly said the fire was under control within about 20-30 minutes.
About 60-80 acres burned that was not planned, located to the north of the planned area. The burned area looks larger than that because of the 200 acres that was planned to be burned.
Crumly said the area was checked often Wednesday night and regularly on Thursday; however, the wind caused a couple of hot spots in the trees to flare up just after noon Thursday that led to the fire department's returning again.
With the wind expected to blow up to 20 mph out of the south-southeast overnight, Crumly said the area will continue to be heavily monitored Thursday night and Friday morning. Rain is possibly Saturday morning through Wednesday.
A Royal native will compete in Kentucky after qualifying at the 2016 NHRA semi-final championships.
Competing on the Husker Equestrian team, Cassidy Curtis placed fourth in as an Advanced Rider in Team Horsemanship
Curtis is the daughter of Corey and Tanya Curtis of Royal. She is attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Animal Science.
The Husker Equestrian team placed third overall at the Illinois Semi-Finals at Black Hawk College held over the weekend.
This will be the eighth consecutive year Husker Equestrian has qualified for Nationals as a team. They will compete at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships in Lexington on May 5-8, 2016
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