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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse will be stopping in Hastings on Monday for a campaign rally ahead of the Nov. 4th election. He'll be joined by a special guest. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will join Sasse at the Hastings Auditorium. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the rally set to begin at 6:30 p.m. The rally will wrap...
Two Hastings residents are trying to keep a portion of 9th Street from facing a permanent closure near the Hastings College campus. Hastings City Council members voted 7-0 back in July to allow Hastings College to close the route between Ash and Elm Avenue on June 1, 2015. The closure would essentially unite the campus which is separated ...
Demolition work will soon begin on a new passenger terminal project at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. The $14.1 million project is the largest the airport has ever undertaken. The new terminal is expected to open in spring 2016. The airport has to tear down three buildings in order to make room for the new 34,000 square foot struc...
Voters in Minden have a big issue to decide this November. The city needs at least $6 million to improve the city's water system. If passed, a proposed 1 percent sales tax increase would pay $250,000 annually for repairs to the city's water system. City Administrator Matthew Cederburg says if approved they hope to have shovels in the groun...
A third candidate has emerged for one of the two seats on the Kearney City Council. Jim Bunger, who ran in 2012, has entered the race. Bunger finished fifth last time he ran but says he's back to give it another shot. Bunger works for Kearney Crete and Block and owns Kearney Media, a photo and video company. He is running against Randy Bus...
Hastings Police are investigating a hair-pulling incident that took place at Longfellow Elementary School last week. According to Sgt. Steven Murphy, the mother of a student reported her daughter's hair had been pulled by a school staff member. The matter is currently under investigation as a possible assault. Murphy says the investigative...
An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola has been released from an Omaha hospital and is headed home. Nebraska Medical Center officials say Ashoka Mukpo was released around 9 a.m. Wednesday from the hospital's biocontainment unit. In a statement read at a news conference today, Mukpo said, in part: "Today is a joyful day....
The Hastings City Council is considering adding vapor cigarettes to the city's smoking ban. The council held about a 15 minute study session yesterday to discuss the matter. The ban was proposed back in June after officials raised concerns about the increased use of E-cigarettes in public. The city banned smoking in public parks back in 2...
Hastings authorities have completed their investigation into the drowning death of a Good Samaritan Village resident over the weekend. Police say 92-year old Paul "Jack" Largent wandered away from his apartment at Good Samaritan Village and fell into a small pond. His body was found around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. They say it appears to be acc...
Hastings Police have arrested a man they believe tried to pass counterfeit $100 bills two days in a row. 55-year old Jose Llerena is charged with first degree forgery charges. Police believe he passed the first bill Monday at Uncle Neals on Burlington Avenue. Sergeant Steven Murphy says an investigation led an officer to the man. He was tr...
Hastings Utilities is warning of a new scam that's been circulating around the country and has now made it to Hastings. Two customers were contacted yesterday by a group calling themselves "The Interruption Team." They told both businesses that their bills were overdue and that they needed to pay by credit card within the next hour or they...
One Central Nebraska school district has said ok to guns in senior pictures. The Broken Bow school board voted unanimously last night in favor of the policy after an issue arose last year where a student was denied that option. Broken Bow hosts the annual One Box Pheasant Hunt each year and hunting is very popular among residents in the c...
The Nebraska State Patrol conducted compliance checks at 62 businesses in Adams and Webster Counties last Friday. Of the 49 businesses checked in Adams County, four were found to be non-compliant after selling alcohol to a minor, including three in Hastings. The three Hastings businesses included Walgreen's, Los Caporales and El Toro Mexi...
Recent mild weather has helped Nebraska farmers make good progress on harvesting their crops. The U.S.D.A says more soybeans are being harvested now because farmers are waiting for corn to dry out a bit more. But the corn harvest is underway. Roughly 69 percent of the soybeans have been harvested. That's behind last year's 77 percent and the averag...
No injuries were reported after an airplane made an emergency landing yesterday at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. The Allegiant plane was carrying six people, including two pilots and four passengers. The plane was flying from North Platte to Sioux City, Iowa when the plane's heat warning light came on. The plane landed safely at around 3:3...
The Hastings Public School Board met last night in regular session. While the board approved several finance measures, it was the Superintendent's Good News report that captured the public at a jam packed city chamber hall Monday night. Superintendent Craig Kautz brought three school officials forward last night who are being dubbed as loc...
BNSF Railway officials are trying to determine what caused a coal train to partially derail in York County. Mounds of spilled coal shut down two tracks and a street in Waco on Sunday. A railway spokesman says the train was headed east when 28 of its 119 cars derailed. All but one of the derailed cars landed on their sides. There were no i...
It's unfortunately that time of the year again where we start mentioning the F-word. The "flu" is officially here in Nebraska. The first confirmed cases of the season have been reported to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. All three cases are in Douglas County. Dr. Tom Safranek, the State Epidemiologist says it's possi...
Seven people were hospitalized yesterday following a two-vehicle crash in Nuckolls County. The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. A sheriff's investigation showed that a southbound Dodge Ram pickup collided with a northbound Ford Expedition, south of Superior on a road commonly referred to as the Webber Black Top. The collision...
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