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The Nebraska State Board of Education members might ask one of their colleagues to resign over racist content that appeared on the member's blog. Member Pat McPherson's blog included repeated references to President Barack Obama as a "half breed." McPherson has said he didn't write the posts and disavowed them before removing them. ...
Two Kearney residents have been arrested Tuesday for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint over the weekend and two remain at large. 23-year-old Trey Carpenter and 22-year-old Anne Schuster were both arrested at around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The victim was treated and released from CHI Good Samaritan Hospital following the attack on Sunday. The ma...
Last week, community members turned in petitions in an effort to stop Hastings College from closing 9th Street through the campus. On Monday, the Hastings City Council voted to send the signatures to the county election office for verification. It's the final step before the signatures are validated. If they become validated, residents in...
The City of Hastings could soon get a new downtown convention center. The Hastings City Council approved $175,000 for a Pre-Development Memorandum for the city auditorium's renovation project. When asked about the project, Dave Rippe, Executive Director of the Hastings Economic Development Corporation, stated, "We know that there are con...
A large number of starling birds have caused a nuisance to residents in Grand Island. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing something about it. THE USDA will treat starlings using DRC-1339, a chemical agent which will assist in reducing the starling population. The chemical used is said to be bird specific and the USDA says the c...
Buffalo County Community Partners have announced they exceeded their 2014 campaign goal of $125,000. Last year was a big one for the non-profit. It marked the final stages in the planning process of the HelpCare Clinic, set to open in April. For the first time, Positive Pressure's "Be Safe, Be Smart" task force mobilized to tackle issues r...
Officials with the Nebraska State Fair have unveiled the 2015 theme. "The Fun is in the Fair" will focus on the variety of sights and sounds that make the yearly event a crowd pleaser. The fair runs from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7. This will be the sixth year for the fair in Grand Island. Each year they've added something different to attra...
Plans to change service providers at the Kearney Regional Airport, derailed on Monday. The U.S. Department of Transportation has tentatively denied Aerodynamics Incorporated's proposal for scheduled air service at the airport, putting the future of air service there in question once again. The decision directly relates to a court ...
If you seek tax forms at the Hastings Public Library or most other area libraries, you may be out of luck. Amy Hafer, director of the Hastings Public Library says the tax forms are in short supply due to budget cuts for the IRS. "Each year they've gotten a little bit later and later getting to us depending on last minute changes ...
The woman suspected of drowning a two-week old puppy at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport has been charged. 56-year old Cynthia Anderson of Florida is charged with one felony count of animal neglect resulting in death. She faces up to five years in prison. Anderson attempted to board an airplane with three puppies and two dogs...
State Fair organizers are planning two big concerts this year, including one with internationally known entertainers. The fair is scheduled to run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 this year. Executive director Joseph McDermott says the fair's board approved the budget for this year's fair, with more money set aside for entertainment. Organize...
A man accused of stabbing someone in a Kearney apartment complex last summer has been sentenced to prison. Dean Hammer, 21 of Kearney, was sentenced last Thursday to 17 to 20 years in prison for felony first-degree assault and deadly use of a weapon to commit a felony. Hammer was convicted after stabbing the victim five times during a fig...
Hastings College has unveiled their plans for closing the 9th Street route. New renderings of the finished product were released on Thursday by the college. The college says the new 9th Street Plaza would make the campus more walkable and bike-friendly. Future additions would include an expanded student union and a new residence...
Nebraska's preliminary unemployment rate was at 2.9 percent, seasonally adjusted in the month of December. That is the lowest December unemployment rate since 2006. Department of Labor Commissioner John Albin said in a release today that Nebraska's economy continues to show strong growth. Private industries with the most growth y...
The Hastings couple petitioning to keep 9th Street open have now officially "closed" their petition drive. After several months collecting those signatures, Lenie and Larry Wilson turned in over 3,900 signatures to Hastings City Clerk Kim Jacobitz on Wednesday. The petitioners needed at least 2,864 valid signatures of registered voters to ...
A Missouri man has been convicted of threatening and assaulting a guest staying at a Kearney hotel. 33-year-old Jeremy McDermott pleaded no contest Tuesday in Buffalo County District Court to a charge of misdemeanor third-degree assault. The charge stems from an incident last fall in which McDermott approached a Colorado man who had ju...
The City of Kearney began work today on a new sewer project. Crews today are beginning to install a new dewatering well along the southwest corner of 3rd Avenue and 4th Street. The current project will not require any street or lane closures. The public is reminded that trucks, construction equipment and workers will be present behind the curb area...
Lower property taxes, creating jobs and educational opportunities were the messages delivered by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts in his first State of the State address this morning in Lincoln. The new Republican governor unveiled his tax plan Thursday along with job and education initiatives in his first State of the State address since t...
Hastings College has announced a press conference next week. Constructed in 1908 as the College's library, the current home to Hastings College's Art Department no longer serves the growing program's needs. President Don Jackson and other Hastings College officials are expected to announce the construction of a new art center on campus. The announc...
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...
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