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The Nebraska Department of Labor announced today that Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate for August is at 3.6 percent, seasonally adjusted. Acting Commissioner of the Labor Department John Albin says it's the first time since 2007 that the state sustained under 4 percent unemployment for an entire year. The jobless rate was the same ...
The respiratory illness that has spread throughout the Midwest has made its way to Nebraska. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Enterovirus (EV-D68) has been confirmed in Nebraska. The virus has now spread to 18 states since mid-August, infecting 153 people. The CDC says in the coming weeks more states will have confirmed ...
Federal authorities have awarded $9.8 million to the Central Nebraska Regional Airport to create a passenger terminal. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the grant for the $14.2 million terminal. Construction crews will break ground next month and the nearly 34,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in 2016. The administratio...
Mosquitoes collected in the Red Cloud area of Webster County have tested positive for West Nile virus. Michele Bever, Executive Director for South Heartland District Health Department says mosquitoes that carry West Nile can pass the virus to humans and other animals when they bite. There is no vaccine to protect against the virus. While less than ...
A jury has found 24 year-old Andrew Casterline guilty of first degree murder in the death of Virginia Barone. He was also found guilty for use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary. The verdict was reached last night, according to Adams County District Clerk Chrystine Setlik. Sentencing has been set for sometime in December. Casterline...
A Hastings building could be renovated to house and treat up to 240 prison inmates with mental health and addiction issues. State Senator Les Seiler on Tuesday shared some details about the proposal during a Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce legislative forum. He says the new treatment programs would help inmates transition back into socie...
CHI Health, Coventry Health Care and UniNet recently announced a new health care plan, Carelink from Coventry, that will be available to individuals and employer groups in Omaha and Lincoln on Jan. 1. The new plan unfortunately for Central Nebraska will not be available right away. Dr. Ken Shaffer, medical director of Uninet says they hop...
A dying shopping center appears to be getting new life. Rock Step Capital, a real estate investment group from Houston, Texas, recently acquired the Imperial Mall which located on the west side of Hastings. The once thriving mall has been reduced to a virtually unoccupied shopping center as most of the retail growth has shifted to the nor...
CHI Health St. Francis and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will take back unwanted prescription drugs later this month. This gives the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The unwanted drugs will be taken ...
The Gibbon Head Start location was given official notice on Monday that they must soon vacate their location. The building the group currently is in, the Assembly of God Church, is pending sale. The move would affect 18 preschool students and their families Lois Butler, Head Start Director with Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska...
The manager of the Adams County Fairgrounds has announced that she will be retiring Sandy Himmelberg who's career at fairgrounds spans just shy of 28 years announced yesterday that she will be retiring at years end. Himmelberg, who started working for the AG society in 1986 has been manager of the Adams County fairgrounds for the past 19 y...
The committee behind efforts to "grow" Grand Island, met earlier this month. They are expected to begin the implementation phase of their combined efforts. Brad Mellema is the director of the Grand Island County Convention and Vistors Bureau. He says the overall objective is to further enhance business development, making the area more at...
Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney is currently restricting visitation to its young patients to prevent the spread of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) - a virus that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. While Nebraska has not yet reported EV-D68 cases, surrounding states have seen EV-D68 infections and an increased number of children have been hos...
Results of a recent water systems study were presented to the Minden City Council last night. Olsson Associates of Hastings conducted the study. They determined that the water coming to town is fine and that it would not be cost effective to go anywhere else to look for a different water source. The engineers also recommended to the board ...
The Hall County Sheriff's office was notified yesterday of a burglary in Wood River. According to Chief Deputy Chris Rea, a home was broken into on Guenther Road. The incident occurred Monday afternoon before 4 p.m. Items stolen from the home included a laptop computer and a stereo. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is...
The Hastings man arrested for attempted 2nd Degree murder after firing his gun at a car over the weekend has been arraigned. 24 year-old Christopher Dimond was formally charged in Adams County Court yesterday. Dimond faces four felony charges including unlawful discharge of a firearm, two counts of terroristic threats and use of a firearm to commit...
The defense will begin presenting its case today in the murder trial of 24 year-old Andrew Casterline. Casterline is accused of helping his mother Shelly Casterline kill Virginia Barone in Guide Rock last October. Dr. Erin Linde was called to the stand Monday to give detailed accounts of Barone's autopsy. She determined Barone's manner of death a h...
A state energy board gave conditional approval Friday to a $140 million wind farm to be built south of Blue Hill. The project, known as the Cottonwood Wind Project would house 52 turbines and a capacity to generate 89.5 megawatts of power. It would also produce about $800,000 a year in lease payments and about $864,000 a year in local taxe...
A new building for the Adams County Fairgrounds is currently in the works. The $2.5 million project would replace the four open air barns and the small animal barn located across the road from the activities building. Fairgrounds manager Sandy Himmelberg says the hope is to bring new activities into Hastings. The proposed buildin...
The Nebraska Roads Department says three video cameras will be added to its system along Interstate 80 near York and Grand Island. The Department says they will be installed starting the week of Sept. 29. The project is expected to be completed in November. The cameras will be placed upstream from existing Dynamic Message System Boards that sit wes...
One Senate debate is already in the books after last night's debate featuring the four Nebraska candidates. The next debate, a town hall style debate will be in Hastings this Sunday. The Hastings Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, YWCA, Area Retired Teachers and 'we the people' organization are sponsoring the debate which will ta...
The Imperial Mall in Hastings could soon be getting a face lift. On Friday, it was announced that Texas based Rock Step Capital was in negotiations to purchase the shopping center, which currently houses three tenants. The company has been in negotiations for 22 months. In addition, the company also will be acquiring three other Midwest shopping ce...
A Hastings man was arrested Saturday night on charges of attempted murder. Hastings police say 24 year-old Christopher Dimond got into a disagreement with his ex-girlfriend outside of his home on South St. Joseph Avenue. Police say she got away in her car. A second vehicle followed behind her and Dimond fired a shot into that vehicle. No one was in...
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