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Roughly once a week someone is arrested while entering the Hall County Courthouse either because of an outstanding warrant or something in their pockets. Sheriff Jerry Watson said he tries to have a uniformed officer on hand at the security checkpoint in case an arrest needs to be made. Between July 1st, 2013, and June 30th, 201...
With a little more than a month left in the session, Nebraska lawmakers still to have to take final action on some of the year's largest and most contentious issues. The list includes the budget, property taxes, medical marijuana and a death-penalty repeal effort. Lawmakers also must decide whether to grant driver's licenses to youths in ...
Kearney Police say a man who cooked meth in his truck more than 30 times within the last year is still at large. In January Jason Warta suffered multiple burn injuries after a meth lab exploded in his truck outside a restaurant parking lot in Kearney. Warta was transported to a Lincoln hospital after suffering multiple burns to his body. ...
Hastings College broke ground Friday on an $8.5 million new art facility. The Jackson Dinsdale Art Center will be located on the northwest part of campus near 12th and Elm Ave and will house the college's art department. It will be the first new building on campus since the opening of the Morrison-Reeves Science Center in 2009. ...
A gunman is said to be on the loose following an overnight shooting in Holdrege, which left one man in critical condition. The Nebraska State Patrol and Phelps County Sheriff's Department describe the suspect as a Hispanic male with a tattoo on his neck. He's believed to have been wearing dark pants and a navy or black t-shirt. Authoritie...
Hastings Police have arrested a 38-year-old former Hastings High School teacher on a warrant of first degree sexual assault of a child. Johnathan Shafer was arrested late Thursday and remains in Adams County Jail. An investigation by Hastings Police of text messages sent from Shafer's phone indicated that he engaged in a sexual relationshi...
Grand Island Public Schools announced today three new administrative hires. Current West Lawn Elementary principal Jane Gloor will take over as principal at Engleman Elementary, Shelton Elementary principal Shanna Gannon has been hired as the Director of Professional Learning and Leasa Hedrick has been announced as the Dodge Elementary as...
Fire officials in Kearney are reminding residents to be careful in the kitchen to avoid starting fires. Terry Eirich, City Fire Inspector says people need to keep in mind a few basic things when it comes to reducing the risk of household fires that often occur in the kitchen area. "The big thing is when you're cooking anything, y...
St. Cecilia Middle and High School has announced that Sandy VanCura will take over as Principal beginning next school year. VanCura will replace Father Lee Jirovsky who has served as the Principal for the last four years. Jirovsky has been assigned by Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln to take on a new role of Assistant Chief A...
Eleven people have submitted their names to fill a vacant judge seat in the 10th Judicial District in Hastings. Those reapplying to the position included Sara Bockstadter of Kenesaw, Donna Daiss of Hastings, T. Charles James of Aurora, Michael Mead of Juniata and Melodie Turner Bellamy of Kearney. Also applying to the position are Nancy J...
A Hastings High School teacher has been dismissed amid allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student, which surfaced this week. Superintendent Craig Kautz informed parents and staff of the situation via e-mail Wednesday. He tells KHAS Radio that the teacher will not be returning to work and is not permitted on property until...
A new controversy was brought forth when the group advocating for 9th Street to remain open, sent out postcards depicting what an alternative 9th Street could look like if it were left open and gradually improved. Roger Selley, representing the Hastings Citizens For Keeping 9th Street Open, says they made no attempt to mislead voters. ...
Prior to Tuesday night's public forum on the 9th Street debate, Adams County Election Commissioner Ramona Thomas spoke about the mail-in voting process. She says the voting will be very similar to early voting in regular elections with a few exceptions. "Generally we never ask that you fold a ballot to return it in an envelope. This is uni...
Yes to avoid a mess or no to help Hastings grow? Those are the two decisions facing Hastings voters in the next three weeks as they decide the fate of 9th Street where it crosses the Hastings College Campus. At a public forum last night, Hastings College President Don Jackson compared the proposed closure of 9th Street to what Russ's Mar...
Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill designed to increase Medicaid reimbursements from the estates of recipients with large amounts of money or property. The bill would require that the DHHS be notified when inheritance taxes are imposed on a trust, a sign that money is available to be recovered. Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus says m...
Ballots will be mailed out tomorrow to Hastings residents to finally decide the fate of 9th Street through the Hastings College campus. The college is urging voters to vote no to "help Hastings grow." A recent economic impact study estimates the school generates about $54 million annually to Hastings. Nearby residents argue the road shoul...
The U.S. Supreme Court says Nebraska police violated the 4th amendment by extending an otherwise lawful traffic stop in order to let a drug-sniffing dog investigate the outside of the vehicle. The justices voted 6-3 today in favor of Dennys Rodriguez who was found to have methamphetamine in his car when he was pulled over near Valley in ...
The Nebraska State Fair has presented a monetary gift to the city of Grand Island. State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott recently presented Mayor Jeremy Jensen with a $100,000 gift to be used for community betterment purposes. Jensen first learned of the State Fair gift in mid-March and has since requested feedback from residents...
Tom Osborne is scheduled to speak at two events next week in Grand Island. Both will be happening on Tuesday as TeamMates of Grand Island is hosting Osborne for a speaking engagement on the importance of mentorship. That event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Grand Island's Community Fieldhouse. Current TeamMates mentors who bring a prospect...
Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Mark Benjamin has died according to Chamber Executive Director Marion McDermott. McDermott released a statement Tuesday saying "Mark was an exceptional man. He was a huge supporter of the Kearney community and of the chamber, donating generously to so many causes. His death is an enormous loss to ...
A couple of Hastings area business organizations are throwing their support behind a ballot initiative to close a portion of 9th Street. In a joint news release this week, the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hastings Economic Development Corporation say they voted unanimously to support Hastings College's plans to redevelop the ...
The man accused of starting fires at a Minden pharmacy appeared in court Thursday morning. 34-year-old Aaron Stones is charged with second-degree arson in the case. Stones is accused of setting a series of fires at Pedley Drug in Minden during the past week. Police located Stones in Kearney, at which time officers discovered p...
Lawmakers will debate a bill allowing patients with seizures to legally access a marijuana derivative under the supervision of University of Nebraska researchers. A legislative committee voted 6-0 Tuesday to advance a measure creating a pilot study of cannabidiol to gauge its effectiveness treating severe seizures. Cannabidiol has extreme...
Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage will stay in place, at least for now. A federal appeals court has granted an emergency stay, putting a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban on hold. The ban will remain in effect until an appeal in the case is decided. Had the appeals court ruled in favor of the lower court, Nebraska w...
A Kearney man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hand Sunday evening. According to a Kearney Police Department incident report, Dallas Murray was attempting to remove a laser-guide rod from a 9mm handgun, but forgot to remove the magazine and clear the weapon before clearing the jam. As a result, the weapo...
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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