Notable Events


County Government Day

Seniors represent Hitchcock County and Wauneta Palisade schools in County Government Day.

March 11, 2019
County Government Day 2019
March 12, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 13, 2017
March 13, 2017
March 14th, 2016 
March 14, 2016
March 9th, 2015
March 9, 2015


Scott McDonaldCounty Officials Graduate from Leadership Training

KEARNEY, NE. — Nineteen county officials from 14 counties received Certificates of Achievement for their participation in the Nebraska Association County Officials (NACO) Institute of Excellence. The Institute of Excellence is collaboration between NACO and the University of Nebraska. It provides leadership development for elected, appointed county officials and tangential officials.

The officials were honored during a presentation at NACO’s annual conference in Kearney, Wednesday, December 13th. Hitchcock County Commissioner Scott McDonald was awarded a certificate by Nebraska Extension District Director, Dr. Kelly Bruns and NACO President and Holt County Commissioner, William Tielke. The Institute includes face-to-face workshops in North Platte and Lincoln, however, the 2017 class met in Grand Island. The face-to-face sessions were taught by faculty from Nebraska Extension, the UNL Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the UNO Centers for Public Affairs Research, as well as Larry Dix, NACO’s Executive Director.

According to the program’s co-coordinator, Nebraska Extension Educator, Carroll Welte, “the Institute provides county officials an opportunity to learn more about themselves as leaders to better serve their counties and constituencies.”

Since 2010 the Institutes of Excellence have been open to all county officials. Information materials for the 2018 program will be on the Nebraska Association of County Officials website, For more information about Nebraska Extension leadership programs, contact extension educator, Carroll Welte at or 402.374.2954 or Jessica Jones at or 402.335.3669.


Hitchcock County Attorney Named Prosecutor of the Year by Nebraska Conservation Officers Association

County Attorney of the Year

D. Eugene Garner, left, was named the "2015 Prosecutor of the Year" by the Nebraska Conservation Officers Association. Brian Piernicky, right, a Conservation Officer with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, assigned to Southwest Nebraska for the last 4 years, nominated Garner for the award.  Piernicky said of Garner, "Gene takes a very proactive approach in prosecuting game law violation cases".    The Association, organized in 1969 currently has approximately 50 members, and is "Dedicated to the Protection of Wildlife and Natural Resources".

Garner, an avid outdoor enthusiast himself, says "I am truly honored to be recognized by the Nebraska Conservation Officers Association for my efforts in prosecuting poachers.  When individuals unlawfully harvest wild game or fish, not only do they violate the law, they disrespect the landowners who provide the food and habitat for our wildlife, and they also disrespect those natural resources that are so important to us."  "Often times the law abiding hunters and fishermen receive a "bad rap" because of a poacher's actions."  Garner adds "Poaching is not a "victimless crime".  "Poaching is a crime of selfishness and opportunity.  Poachers steal from all of us, whether you are into hunting, fishing, photographing or simply enjoying wildlife."  Garner states that "We must work together to preserve this natural resource and our hunting heritage for future generations.  It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to help educate our youth as to "fair chase" and the "right way" to hunt and fish" and "We must lead by example." 

Garner points out that over the last few years, he has successfully prosecuted numerous game and fish violations, resulting in several thousand dollars in liquidated damages being paid to the State of Nebraska for unlawfully taken wild game and fish and also resulting in the Courts revoking numerous hunting and fishing licenses/permits of poachers.  Garner stresses that successful prosecution of any crime, including game law violation(s), requires a collaboration of efforts between the law enforcement officer(s)/agency(s) investigating the crime and the County Attorney prosecuting the offender(s).  "While we each have a different role in the process, we all have a common catch and convict the perpetrator(s) so that they can be appropriately punished by the Courts in accordance with law."

"I have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the many dedicated law enforcement officers, including the Conservation Officers, serving Hitchcock and Hayes Counties.  These men and women work extremely hard every day to protect our communities through the enforcement of the laws of this great State."    Garner is the County Attorney for Hitchcock County and Hayes County.

C.O. Brian Piernicky is the Southwest District Rep for the Nebraska Conservation Officers Association.


Veteran's Memorial Dedication

Veterans Memorial Dedication

The dedication of the new Veteran’s Memorial was held in Trenton on 11-11-12.  Veteran’s Memorial Committee members pictured are (left to right) Wag Wagner, Richard Alan Baxter, Art Skinner, Don Keller, Frank Stehno, Robert Brown, Jerry Williams and VSO Barry Corder.