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The Hastings Police Department will soon say goodbye to one of its longest serving members. Sgt. Steven Murphy is retiring next week after 43 years on the job. Murphy was first hired on Aug. 1, 1972. He spoke at the city council meeting last night and says he's looking forward to retirement. "I've enjoyed every year that I've wor...
Following Monday night's Hastings City Council meeting, city officials went into closed session for an informative meeting with the architects involved in the city auditorium renovation project. City Administrator Joe Patterson says the council did not take any action but provided an update on what was discussed. "What we're in t...
Eastbound traffic was backed up for two miles along I-80 near the Shelton interchange late this morning due to a rollover accident. According to scanner reports, an eastbound vehicle overturned near mile marker 290. Initial reports indicate there were two people inside the vehicle, who received minor injuries. Traffic was being re...
As colleges continue to see a growing number of under-resourced students, those in higher education are exploring ways to keep those lacking the financial means to continue their pursuit of a degree. With that in mind, Central Community College is planning a free workshop next month aimed at improving current methods of teaching and findi...
Lightning is being blamed for an early morning fire which destroyed about 70 large round bales of hay on a farm near Amherst. At around 5:45 a.m., the Amherst Volunteer Fire Department was called to a farm located a mile north of highway 40 on Eagle Road after lightning struck a large round bale of hay, igniting it on fire. Firefighter...
A former Hastings College quarterback has been named the Director of Sports Psychology at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The department says Dr. Todd Stull will work with the more than 600 student-athletes competing in the school's 24 varsity sports. Stull says he's looking forward to the opportunities afforded to the university. ...
A Lexington man was injured in a semi rollover accident Friday morning in Phelps County. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, 53-year-old Benjamin Weston of Lexington was traveling south on F Road southeast of Overton when his semi was forced onto the right-hand shoulder by an oncoming vehicle which had crossed over the centerline, ca...
A Holdrege man has been given four years of probation for assaulting his father. 27-year-old Garrett Beck pleaded no contest last week and was convicted of assault. Prosecutors say deputies were sent to the Gosper County home of 55-year-old Gary Beck on Nov. 29. Deputies say the elder Beck complained that his son used a wooden rod to stri...
Six Kearney teens were removed from this year's Buffalo County Fair by police on Wednesday after fair officials learned they had allegedly attempted to use fake wristbands for fair carnival rides. According to a Kearney Police Department incident report, five teens ranging from 13-18 years of age had allegedly photocopied some carnival ri...
A former Buffalo County probation officer is accused of having sex with people he supervised and then lying to federal investigators about it. 56-year-old Thomas Peterson was indicted Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Lincoln on four counts of deprivation of civil rights under color of law and one count of making false statements to a ...
The Adams County Board of Supervisors will not be renting space anytime soon at the fairgrounds. After a July 7 fair board meeting revealed plans for a new fairgrounds building coming in over budget, the Supervisors this week moved swiftly to pull out of renting space for the extension office at the proposed new building. Supervisor Dale C...
Officials in Custer County have released the name of the person killed in a head-on collision Wednesday near Broken Bow. According to the Custer County Sheriff's Office, Leonard Peterson, 84, died from injuries sustained when his pickup truck collided with a vehicle driven by 54-year-old William Koubek of Merna at the intersection of High...
Police have made an arrest in connection to last month's burglary and vandalism of a Hastings Church. Hastings Police say 21-year-old Ethan Dennis was arrested this (Thursday) morning for burglary, theft and criminal mischief. On June 20, police say he and two teenage accomplices broke into the First Baptist Church on North Lincoln Avenue ...
A man who detonated a plastic bottle bomb as a prank earlier this week is facing a felony charge and jail time. 23-year-old Matthew Supanchick of Kearney was charged in Buffalo County Court with felony possession of a destructive device after allegedly detonating the device in an eastside neighborhood Tuesday evening. Witnesses ...
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