Lions Club Donates New American Flag to Hawthorne

  Excited children and teachers came out of their classes to meet near the flag pole at the front of Hawthorne Elementary School last week as some of the local Lions Club members joined in for a special presentation “As you kids know, our American flag was pretty worn out and fairly small for our… [More…]

County building renovated to provide numerous services under one roof

  In a celebration of expansion and renovation, the 11th Judicial District Youth and Family Services, along with the Juvenile Probation Office joined in a meet-and-greet at the county facility located at 205 A Street in Hawthorne. The green structure, located west of the main county building, had previously been facilitating only the public guardian… [More…]

Motorcycle Rider Dies After Crash During Vegas to Reno Off-Road Race

  In true Best in the Desert style, the 2017 “Longest Off Road Race in the United States” ripped through the desert from outside of Las Vegas to the outskirts of Reno on Friday, Aug. 18. This year, the course was 550 miles of rough, rocky and silt blowing terrain. Liz, a representative for the… [More…]

Longtime MCSD Superintendent Arlo Funk Passes Away at 91

  Former Mineral County School District superintendent and longtime resident Arlo K. Funk passed away Friday night in Hawthorne at the age of 91. At June 14, 1961, Mineral County School Board of Trustees’ meeting, Funk was appointed the principal of Mineral County High School. Though several applications had been considered, Funk stood out as… [More…]

Nevada School Districts Come Together to Review New Bills

  As the Nevada Legislators completed a lengthy term of reviewing and passing newly accepted Assembly (AB) bills and Senate (SB) bills this year, the NASB (Nevada Association of School Boards) brought Nevada District Trustees together for a Saturday morning review of the passed bills affecting the Nevada school system. The Mineral County School Board… [More…]

Plenty of bargains had at Community Yard Sale

As the Independent-News sponsored their third annual Community Yard Sale over the July 29 weekend, many participants were enjoying the sunny morning which followed a full-on storm that came through town Friday evening, full of lightening, thunder and rain. Declutter, Kathy Trujillo, admitted that setting up the evening before seemed like a great idea until… [More…]

Former county commissioner Paul MacBeth passes away

This weekend brought news that former Mineral County Commissioner Paul MacBeth had passed away. He was 71. A veteran and strong supporter of the Armed Forces, MacBeth strongly embraced the culture of Hawthorne, where he and his wife, Norma, called home after moving here to manage the local Safeway. Avid in community involvement, MacBeth could… [More…]

Local teens take part in Young Americans workshop

The theme of the week-long workshop was entitled “Take the Stage” which is exactly what eight local teenagers did. At the Young Americans Performing Arts Summer Workshop in Corona, Calif., these teens applied the depth of dedication and hard work it takes to pull off a complete, professional performance in just four days. In this… [More…]

Senate hopeful makes stop in Hawthorne

  In a town hall setting at G & B Bistro in Hawthorne, Jesse Sbaih gave the Independent-News a one-on-one interview as he begins his run for Nevada Senate, going up against incumbent Senator Dean Heller. A Henderson attorney, Sbaih explains that his story comes back to him being the son of to Jordan immigrants… [More…]

Cooperative extension holds summer program for local kids

Submitted The Mineral County Cooperative Extension held a week long Veggies for Kids summer institute last month in Hawthorne. Mineral County Cooperative Extension provided this program in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of Mineral County. There were an average of 40 students in attendance each day, doubling the program’s participants from last year.… [More…]