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One person was life-flighted following a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highways 14 and 20 on Thursday afternoon.
According to the Antelope County Sheriff's Department, a 2013 Chevy Equinox driven by 25-year-old Tyrell J. Hinton was on Highway 14 going south when it failed to yield the right away and pulled out in front of a 2005 Chrysler 300 that was eastbound on Highway 20.
Hinton was ejected during the accident and life-flighted to CHI Health Immanuel in Sioux City.
Danny D. Petersen Sr., 48, was driving the Chrysler 300 with passenger Carmen M. Petersen, 51. Neligh-Oakdale Jaw of Life removed the driver from the vehicle. Both occupants were transported to Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh and one was later transported to an Omaha hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.
The accident remains under investigation by the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department with reconstruction assistance by the Nebraska State Patrol and Neligh Police Department. Also responding were fire departments from Royal, Orchard, Brunswick and Neligh, as well as rescue squads from Orchard and Neligh.
The Nebraska Department of Transportation also assisted with traffic.
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This story has been updated.
The Royal Alumni was held June 1 at the Royal Auditorium with 32 alumni and guests in attendance.
The alumni banquet began with a social hour, followed by the dinner.
Pictured for the Class of 1944 is Vivian Parish, Eloise Bartch Johnson, and Myrtle Blair, celebrating 75 years.
Pictured for the Class of 1949 is Ardella Jensen Brandt, celebrating 70 years, and Class of 1946 is Norma Jones.
Everett Meyer is pictured for the Class of 1969, celebrating 50 years.
Our fallen heroes were honored Monday during Memorial Day services at Royal.
The Orchard American Legion Post provided the color and honor guard were on hand for the ceremony. Pastor A.J. Turner addressed the audience after Kaci Wickersham and Avery Cheatum performed the National Anthem.
The Orchard High School band was on hand providing music.
A cold, snowy Sunday made for a perfect day on Grove Lake with 41 teams participating in the annual Royal Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament.
Derek Thiele and Eric Allemang took home the top prize with 16.33 pounds. Justin Brandt and Brock Belik were second with 12.82 pounds while Jeff Macke and Rick Brandt were third with 11.31.
Biggest trout went to Austin Hilker at .69. Wade Frederick caught the largest blue gill at .71. Abe Meyer had the largest perch at .52 pounds. The largest crappie went to Nate Kathol at .77 pounds. There was no largest bass.
Max Hieter of Royal, 75, was the oldest fisherman. Dakota Vellek of Verdigre was the youngest male and Jaelyn Shaver was the youngest female.
1. Derek Thiele & Eric Allemang, 16.33; 2. Justin Brandt & Brock Belik, 12.82; 3. Jeff Macke and Rick Brandt, 11.31; 4. Spencer Volden & Nate Kathol, 10.93; 5. Mark Retting & Wade Frederick, 8.61; 6. Taylor Williby & Brandon Salpas, 8.14; 7. Adam Cooper & Travis Cooper, 8.01; 8. Spencer Strope & Tanner Hart 7.82.
A fiery collision between two semis on the Royal Road early Wednesday evening led to one person being transported to a local hospital.
Officials from the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department said two tractor trailers were southbound on 519th Avenue south of Royal around 5 p.m. The first semi was attempting to pull into Morrison Farms, and the second truck was passing the first semi when the collision occurred at the intersection, according to officials.
The semi that was pulling into the entrance caught fire after impact. Royal and Orchard Fire Departments responded and extinguished the blaze.
One of the drivers was transported by Orchard Rescue to Antelope Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident remains under investigation. No other details are available at this time.
A benefit is planned to help an area man who was recently diagnosed with a life-threatening immunodeficiency blood disease.
Chuck Kraft spent months in the hospital and on a ventilator before finally being diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lympohistiocytosis (HLH). Kraft is currently undergoing treatment and chemotherapy. In his condition, he is very weak, unable to work, and without health insurance. The son of Vonda and the late John Kraft, Chuck is a 1980 graduate of Neligh-Oakdale High School.
To help defray medical expenses, a sloppy joe meal, live auction, bake sale and gun raffle are planned on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Royal Auditorium. Gun raffle tickets are $10 each for a chance to win a Remington 700 SPS Stainless (winner chooses caliber), 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger American Predator Rifle, Ruger American Farmer .22 Long Rifle or a Henry Golden Boy .22 Long Rifle. Need not be present to win.
For more information, please contact Lisa Janak 402-358-0566, Lucas Nelson 402-394-1360 or Lori Boelter at 402-842-2222.
The Department of Homeland Security was on scene of a Royal hog confinement Wednesday morning.
The Nebraska State Patrol blocked the entrance to the Long Pine Hog Confinement located one mile east and two miles south of Royal as the Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) team worked the scene inside the fenced area of the confinement.
Law enforcement on scene had no comment on the investigation.
Armed HSI officers surrounded the main building as white vans surrounded the location. HSI officers carried evidence cases into the main building as other Long Pine employees looked on from the confinement area.
It’s unknown at this time how many people are employed at Long Pine or how many individuals left with HSI officials.
This was just one of multiple raids in Northeast and North Central Nebraska on Wednesday morning. Another high-profile raid took place in O’Neill at the Ventures tomato processing plant.