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Two young men from Wahoo made their way to the Shamrock City on June, 18. The three men were on a quest to visit all 531 incorporated towns in Nebraska this summer. The young men Austin Schneider and SethVarner, friends at the University of Nebraska Omaha, decided to undertake these voyages …

The O'Neill Fire Department was called to the scene of an anhydrous leak around 7 a.m. Monday, June 15 at the O'Neill Farms shop.

Pool use in Holt County and the surrounding areas will be different to say the least, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The O'Neill City Council decided at it's June meeting to keep the O'Neill Pool closed. Atkinson and Orchard are going to try and open their pools in the next few weeks despite …

Monday, June 15 Governor Pete Ricketts announced the next steps in the State’s phased plan to loosen restrictions that have been in place during the coronavirus pandemic. The new directed health measures (DHMs), easing restrictions on businesses and activities, will take effect June 22,.

An Assistant U.S. Attorney involved in the criminal prosecution against Domina Law Group’s client John Good, has refused to ask for incarceration over Good’s alleged participation in two other suspects’ conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants and engage in money laundering.

The O'Neill City Council met in regular session on Monday, June 8, with all members present except councilwoman Quana Kelly. This was the first meeting since March not held using video media due to the Covid-19 virus.

An O’Neill tomato greenhouse operation agreed last Wednesday to pay a $400,000 fine as part of a deal to plead guilty to conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants.

The children as well as adults in O'Neill and Holt County will have a tough summer to get through with all the regulations being put on the public by the Covid-19 pandemic.

NCDHD was also made aware of the first confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Boyd County. The case is in isolation at home and through investigations is deemed to have contracted the illness through community spread. All close contacts have been contacted and asked to quarantine.

O'Neill Ventures a Nebraska tomato-growing and packing plant accused of hiring people living in the country illegally has been fined $400,000. Federal prosecutors say the fine was handed down Wednesday at sentencing for O’Neill Ventures Inc. The business pleaded guilty in February to conspir…

This Monday, June 1 will see phase II of the directed health measure for Nebraskans. There are a few changes in this new mandate with some easements on travel and the allowance of non-contact sports practice and games later in the month. The City of O'Neill parks board will hold a meeting on…

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with proclamations from President Donald J. Trump, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff effective immediately until 12:00 p.m. (noon) on May 25, 2020. The flags are being lowered to honor the victims of the c…

The O'Neill Fire Department held its annual elections on Monday, May 18. Elected to the leadership positions were: Fire Chief Roger Miller, Assistant Chief Scott Menish, City Captain Kale Burdick, Rural Captain Dale Waterman, Rescue Captain Brian Jundt, Aerial Captain Ryan Kelly, Training Ca…

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has recognized the City of O’Neill (pop. 3,625) as the state’s newest Leadership Certified Community (LCC). DED’s Director of Housing and Field Operations, Sheryl Hiatt, honored city officials during a special presentation on Friday, May 15. 

This weekend should have been the weekend when both O'Neill Schools should have had their commencement ceremonies. The public school graduation was to be Saturday, May 16 and St. Mary's to follow on Sunday, May 17. Due to the current pandemic situation a parade of seniors will be held on Sat…

Sheryl Cole and a great group of volunteers from several parishes work hard to maintain the food pantry located at the Methodist Church in ONeill. With so many people incurring more financial insecurity than ever, the pantry's needs are greater than ever. Last week the food pantry saw an inc…

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) was made aware of the first positive COVID-19 case in Holt County. The case resides in Holt County but is currently in quarantine outside of the district. The case was exposed in a county outside of the NCDHD district and has not been in the d…

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) was made aware of a positive COVID-19 case in Antelope County. The case and their family are in quarantine. The case is due to work-related travel in Dawson county where a high incident of confirmed cases exists and community spread is present.

The Covid-19 virus has put most of us on high alert and precautions are being made to keep us healthy and safe. The immediate crisis has also inspired many of us to try and help out our fellow man with time and talents.

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) would like to acknowledge some information that was released today on mass casualties and to give reassurance and clarification to our communities. NCDHD would like to reiterate that the information that was released is for planning purposes a…

A burn permit issued by the Spencer Fire Department on Saturday got out of control and O'Neill, Atkinson, Butte and Lynch were called to extinguish the flames which took a couple of hours. The O'Neill Fire Department was called again on Monday to help Spencer with another fire.

Lincoln- For some time, most county offices, including county election offices, have been closed to the public as part of the counties’ response to COVID-19. In connection with those closures, yesterday the Governor has signed an Executive Order, waiving the requirement of in-person voting a…

The Nebraska Primary Election will be held on May 12.  The Nebraska Secretary of State mailed out Early Vote Applications to every registered voter with a current address.  Early Vote applications are also printed in The Holt County Independent and The Atkinson Graphic.  Applications can be …

Lincoln – A worker at a recent Red Cross event held on April 1 in Atkinson has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The worker is not a resident of the North Central District Health Department District (NCDHD). Upon notification, DHHS’ epidemiology team, Central District Healt…

North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) was made aware of an exposure incident of a positive COVID-19 case in Atkinson. The case is a female worker from The American Red Cross who was working during the Atkinson Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 while symptomatic. The case doe…

Teachers Parade in an effort to maintain social distancing and show students that everything will be fine the O'Neill Public School teachers held a parade on Wednesday, April 1 and drove around O'Neill showing students that they miss them. Pictured is Sarah Havrank a teacher at the O'Neill E…

Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, West Holt Memorial Hospital,  Avera Home Health and Hospice, and Aseracare Hospice are in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of isolation gowns and surgical scrub caps to protect health care personnel during the Covid19 pandemic. Each isolat…

 It has been 102 years since Holt County has been in a state of unrest due to a global pandemic but some of the same procedures and conditions  we are facing today because of Covid-19 were true in 1918 and the Spanish Flu.