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Nebraska's new corrections director will get a pay bump over his predecessors for a job likely to require major prison reforms. The governor's office released salaries Friday for its new hires. Scott Frakes will earn $180,000 a year as corrections director, up from the $119,000 annual salary earned by predecessor Mike Kenney. Kenney's pre...
The Hastings YMCA will be closing at 6 p.m. Saturday as they get ready for the Celebrate the Y fundraising event. This year's event is being held at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The doors open at 6 p.m. with beer sampling and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. A dance will follow at 8:30 p.m. with music provided by Omaha ba...
A Grand Island intersection is scheduled to be closed for four months. The intersection at Capital and Broadwell Avenue will close in the early spring for two major projects. New sewer lines will be installed along Capital Avenue and the road is also being widened from two lanes to five between Broadwell and Webb Road. Grand Isl...
A Florida woman accused of drowning a puppy at an airport restroom last week was rearrested Thursday, after being released. Cynthia Anderson was released from jail Thursday after posting $500 to make bond. She was arrested a short time later at a Grand Island hotel on an outstanding warrant from the state of Florida. Anderson al...
Beginning February 2nd, 2015 AARP will be offering free tax-filing assistance at two Kearney locations. They include the Peterson Senior Activity Center and the Kearney Public Library. Rita Horst with the Kearney Public Library shared some guidelines to help make the process go smoothly. "There are no income, age or forms re...
A few months ago, Hastings residents were clucking for chickens to be allowed within city limits. Now Grand Island is buzzing as beekeepers hope to change city code and allow bee hives to be kept within city limits. The Animal Advisory Board heard from seven different people on Wednesday who favor the change. Brian Nilson, vice president o...
The Village Clerk in Elm Creek has been charged with embezzling more than $10,000 in village revenue. 49-year-old Wendy Stephens was charged this week in Buffalo County Court with one count of theft totaling more than $1,500, a class III felony. Stephens was arraigned Tuesday. According to court records, six altered checks had been disco...
Kearney Police are still searching for one suspect in connection with a robbery Sunday. Police are looking for 24 year-old Colbey Dunn. Dunn is wanted on a Buffalo County warrant for using a firearm to commit a felony, possession of a weapon by a felon, robbery, felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor third-degree assault. Police say th...
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 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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