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The University of Nebraska's presidential search committee could name four finalists for the job on Monday. The committee has amended its agenda for a scheduled meeting to allow for a vote on names that would be presented to the university's Board of Regents. Regent Howard Hawks, the board chairman, says in a statement that the ...
After trick-or-treating has concluded tonight, residents are invited to come out and show support for Veterans Saturday morning at the 9th annual Veterans Recognition Parade in Hastings. The event is sponsored by the Hastings Free Masons and Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. Phil Odom is helping coordinate this year's event which begins a...
A Columbus man accused of killing a Norfolk teenager in 2011 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Hofmann entered the plea in Pierce County court on Thursday. He admitted to shooting his friend, 18-year-old Wesley Kuester, in April 2011. Three other charges were dropped as part of the deal. Authoritie...
Nebraska's candidates for governor say they won't interfere with a decision to build the new Central Nebraska Veterans' Home in Kearney instead of Grand Island. But Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Chuck Hassebrook are both open to re-evaluating the way that future sites are selected. Gov. Dave Heineman announced in July 2013...
The chairman of a legislative committee says 162 Nebraska inmates convicted of violent crimes were freed early under a furlough program. The program was revealed at a hearing yesterday as the chairman, Senator Steve Lathrop, questioned Governor Dave Heineman. The Republican governor was subpoenaed to testify under oath as part of an investigation i...
Hastings College has announced the launching of two new major programs geared toward the culinary arts and hospitality management. The majors, Business Administration and Culinary Arts Management and Business Administration and Hospitality Management, include a partnership with Central Community College-Hastings. Students will take classes at both ...
With nearly two months of fundraising so far, the United Way of South Central Nebraska is getting closer to their campaign goal. Executive Director Michele Henke says 60 percent of the $465,000 goal has been raised. Businesses that have paced their efforts include Mary Lanning Healthcare, Five Points Bank-Hastings and Nebraska Public Power District...
Officials broke ground on the new 34,000 square foot passenger terminal at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport on Wednesday. Airport Executive Director Mike Olson told supporters he was relieved to finally get the project started. He said the old terminal served them well for 60 years, but the $14.1 million new facility will be state of the art. ...
After successfully treating two Ebola patients this fall, the Nebraska doctors plan to share lessons about how they protected health care workers from the deadly virus. The University of Nebraska Medical Center plans to offer two online courses about Ebola and the methods used to treat patients with the virus in Omaha. Doctors who work at the hospi...
Supporters of Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse gathered last night in Hastings. It was Sasse's final stop of his "93 counties in 93 days campaign." He finished his tour of the state with a litlle help from his Republican colleagues including Mitt Romney. Romney told supporters their policies will help get Americans out of poverty, make schools...
The I-R-S is changing a rule to give farmers and ranchers in Nebraska who had livestock losses due to the recent drought years more time to replace those animals. I-R-S spokesman Christopher Miller says the overall goal of the change is to provide a break to farmers who were impacted by the prolonged scorching conditions. Miller ...
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chuck Hassebrook and running mate Jane Raybould were in the tri-cities today ahead of next week's election. The two stopped by Russ's Market in Hastings this morning to talk about efforts to create jobs on Main Street. Hassebrook spoke about how his proposed tax changes would help small businesses. He wan...
The Red Cross announced it's reducing the number of chapters nationwide and the Hastings location could soon close. The current office since 1986, located at Fifth Street and Kansas Avenue, remains open but has no set hours and very little other than phones and desks. Communications officer Liz Dorland says the Hastings building is not currently fo...
Nebraska prison officials have found more sentencing errors during a review spurred by past problems with the way sentences were calculated. Prison officials said Saturday that the sentences of 425 people in prison and 80 more on parole have been extended. The recent errors involve inmates who improperly received credit for good time that shortened...
Students in Kearney will have the opportunity to watch the Nebraska Court of Appeals hear cases next month. The court will hear several cases on the University of Nebraska at Kearney's campus on the afternoon of Nov. 12. College and high school students from the area are invited to attend. The Appeals Court reviews trial court decisions. Those deci...
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