For the record 7-8-13

Police Dept. report
Damage to property—Officers investigated a report of criminal damage to property belonging to Joshua Duvall in the 700 block of East 5th at 8:25 p.m., July 4. Investigation continues.
Officers investigated an incident of criminal damage to property in the 300 block of West 5th Street to property belonging to Robert Swanson of Jamestown at 2:45 p.m., July 4. Investigation continues.
Arrest—Officers initiated a traffic stop at 7:50 p.m., July 4, in the 100 block of Lincoln which led to the arrest of Austin Pachta, 21, Cuba, for transporting an open container. He was cited and released.
Accidents—Officers investigated an accident at 2:15 p.m., July 4, in the 100 block of East College Drive involving vehicles driven by Janice Bender and Annette Gallagher, both of Concordia.
Officers investigated a two-vehicle accident at 8:30 p.m., July 5, in the 200 block of East 6th Street involving vehicles driven by Dustin Flansburg Concordia, and Jason Stewart, Beloit. No injuries were reported.

NEWS

Smiths get a bang out of operating fireworks stand

 A great place to buy fireworks since 2002, Kent and Julie Smith's fireworks stand attracts people from all over.   Along with a set of regular customers from the area, people from Texas and Nebraska stopped by once and just keep coming back.  "Fourth of... [More]

July 2nd edition of the Blade-Empire delayed

Due to a mechanical breakdown, Thursday's edition of the Blade-Empire will not reach mail subscribers until Monday, July 6. We apologize for the inconvenience.

City takes no action on Broadway Plaza bid

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SPORTS

Beloit squeezes out pair of wins over Blues

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Citizens National Bank defeats F&A

 Citizens National Bank gave up just two runs in beating F&A Food Sales twice in a K-18 Baseball doubleheader Tuesday night at the Concordia Sports Complex.  Billy Bechard tossed a two-hitter as Citizens National Bank won the first game, 8-0. He struck out eight... [More]

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OPINIONS

Prairie Pondering

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In the Mean Time

 Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter.  It must begin with your own thoughts and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises. (A Course in Miracles)  Charlie Brown laments, “No matter how I try... [More]

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