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Flatwater Music Festival returns to Hastings for year 17
Flatwater Music Festival returns to Hastings for year 17

Over the next two days more than 1,000 people from across the state are coming to the annual Flatwater Music Festival in Hastings.

Open Space arts program gives high schoolers unique college level experience

Open Space arts program gives high schoolers unique college level experience

High schoolers from all across the state are making their home at Hastings College this week to dive head first into high level art programs.

ALLO completes construction of fiber network in Grand Island

ALLO completes construction of fiber network in Grand Island

People in Grand Island now have another option to consider when choosing an internet provider.

Doctor at Kearney Regional successfully implants area’s first leadless pacemaker

Doctor at Kearney Regional successfully implants area’s first leadless pacemaker

A doctor at Kearney Regional Medical Center is bringing a new heart treatment to the area.

McCook duplex fire causes $40,000 in damage

McCook duplex fire causes $40,000 in damage

An electrical fire is to blame for a structure fire early Monday morning in McCook.

California man arrested after pursuit with stolen SUV, police say

California man arrested after pursuit with stolen SUV, police say

A California man is behind bars after authorities say he led state troopers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.

UPDATE: Sheriff identifies victims in fatal Grand Island rest stop stabbing

UPDATE: Sheriff identifies victims in fatal Grand Island rest stop stabbing

One person has died after authorities say he was stabbed during an attempted robbery at an Interstate 80 rest stop.

Grand Island sets special election for economic development district on August 13

Grand Island sets special election for economic development district on August 13

A special election will take place in August in Grand Island that could help fund a development within the city's Good Life District.

Grand Island announces nearly $4 million in workforce housing funds

Grand Island announces nearly $4 million in workforce housing funds

More workforce housing projects are underway in Grand Island.

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage passes through Hastings

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage passes through Hastings

The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage made stops in Central Nebraska Tuesday afternoon on route to its final destination.

Hall County Commissioners vote to issue $40 million in bonds for courthouse project

Hall County Commissioners vote to issue $40 million in bonds for courthouse project

Hall County will issue bonds to pay for a major renovation and expansion to the county's 120-year-old courthouse.

Former Lincoln residents embarking on epic cross-country run to raise awareness about grief

Former Lincoln residents embarking on epic cross-country run to raise awareness about grief

A family is embarking in a journey across the nation to raise awareness about grief. 

Hastings YMCA reopens after two years of renovations

Hastings YMCA reopens after two years of renovations

After seven years of planning and two years of renovations, the upgraded Hastings YMCA is now ready to serve its community.

Sheriff: nobody injured after shots fired during mental health crisis

Sheriff: nobody injured after shots fired during mental health crisis

A Gibbon woman is now in emergency custody after authorities say she fired several shots near a road.

Two Grand Island officers injured in Friday night altercation

Two Grand Island officers injured in Friday night altercation

Two officers are recovering from injuries after police say a man fought them in Grand Island.

Man who died in downtown Lexington was homeless, likely died from fall

Man who died in downtown Lexington was homeless, likely died from fall

Authorities are releasing more information about a body found in a downtown alley of a Central Nebraska city.

Gosper County woman crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska

Gosper County woman crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska

A new Miss Rodeo Nebraska was crowned Wednesday night at the Wild West Arena.

Authorities arrest North Platte man after hours long standoff

Authorities arrest North Platte man after hours long standoff

An hours-long standoff Friday evening in North Platte resulted in the arrest of North Platte resident Marshall Gallegos.

Grand Island City Council to consider calling special election for tax incentive within Good Life District

Grand Island City Council to consider calling special election for tax incentive within Good Life District

Grand Island City Council members will soon be presenting a resolution that could transform the city for years to come. 

Sertoma 8-man football all-star classic gives seniors one final shot on the gridiron

Sertoma 8-man football all-star classic gives seniors one final shot on the gridiron

Dozens of the best 8-man football athletes in Nebraska have spent the entire week in Hastings practicing to capture glory one more time.

State Fair books Los Huracanes Del Norte as replacement act

State Fair books Los Huracanes Del Norte as replacement act

The Nebraska State Fair is filling a vacant spot in its lineup created by a tour cancellation.

Autopsy scheduled after body found in downtown Lexington alley

Autopsy scheduled after body found in downtown Lexington alley

The Lexington Police Department is investigating after finding a body in an alley.

California driver cited for motor vehicle homicide after crash near Elm Creek

California driver cited for motor vehicle homicide after crash near Elm Creek

A California man is dead after he was thrown from a vehicle which crashed Wednesday on Interstate 80 between Overton and Elm Creek.

Hastings College begins campus-wide renovations; plans for new residence hall

Hastings College begins campus-wide renovations; plans for new residence hall

With a need to modernize on campus living options, Hastings College has begun to renovate some of the Bronco Village Apartments this summer, and will also make smaller upgrades to the student union and other student buildings over the next year.

Hastings St. Cecilia dedicates new high school; says farewell to Fr. Brouillette

Hastings St. Cecilia dedicates new high school; says farewell to Fr. Brouillette

School may be out for the summer, but friends and family of Hastings Catholic School had two good reasons to go back to school Wednesday afternoon. 

Pillen announces $845K grant for Museum of Nebraska Art expansion

Pillen announces $845K grant for Museum of Nebraska Art expansion

Gov. Jim Pillen announced an $845,000 shovel-ready grant for the Museum of Nebraska Art on Wednesday.

Kearney City Council approves future housing project

Kearney City Council approves future housing project

More than 36 acres of land are set to be transformed into housing units and commercial buildings in a central Nebraska city.

High nitrate levels detected in Hastings water well

High nitrate levels detected in Hastings water well

A Hastings well is out of service after potentially dangerous levels of nitrate were detected in it. 

Fairview Villas to bring dozens of housing units to Hastings

Fairview Villas to bring dozens of housing units to Hastings

Hastings residents ages of 55 and older will soon have more living options.

Grand Island patient and family to attend Family Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.

Grand Island patient and family to attend Family Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.

A 10-year-old patient will visit Capitol Hill to advocate for better pediatric specialized care.

Major Hastings housing development passes initial city council vote

Major Hastings housing development passes initial city council vote

Hundreds of new housing units are one step closer in coming to Hastings after Monday night's city council meeting.

Nebraska native returns to lead Kearney Family YMCA

Nebraska native returns to lead Kearney Family YMCA

A Central Nebraska native is returning to the area as the new CEO of the Kearney Family YMCA.

President of Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announces resignation

President of Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announces resignation

Jamie Karl has informed the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce board of directors that he will be stepping down as president of the organization.

Construction starts on project to widen Highway 30 west of Grand Island

Construction starts on project to widen Highway 30 west of Grand Island

A major US highway that goes through Grand Island is scaling up. 

Severe thunderstorm leads to flooding in Kearney

Severe thunderstorm leads to flooding in Kearney

City streets are draining after a severe thunderstorm caused minor flooding in Kearney.

Operation Shine Camp impacts volunteers and campers alike

Operation Shine Camp impacts volunteers and campers alike

About 150 volunteers are spending three days helping at a summer camp for children with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions. 

Annual 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive culminates Tri-City tour in Hastings

Annual 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive culminates Tri-City tour in Hastings

The Tri-Cities saw 246 donations in the annual 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive with Hastings having the most donations with 136.

NWS reports severe weather for Friday evening

NWS reports severe weather for Friday evening

The National Weather Service has reported there will be severe weather this evening. 

Kearney Regional picks South Dakota native as new CEO

Kearney Regional picks South Dakota native as new CEO

A South Dakota native with decades of experience in hospital leadership will be the new CEO at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

Grand Island solar farm to become second-largest in Nebraska

Grand Island solar farm to become second-largest in Nebraska

The expansion of a solar farm in Grand Island will make it the second largest of the state.

Nebraska State Fair artist cancels tour

Nebraska State Fair artist cancels tour

Organizers of the Nebraska State Fair are looking for a music act to fill a new vacancy in the fair’s concert lineup.

Grand Island breaks ground on new affordable housing project

Grand Island breaks ground on new affordable housing project

City leaders are working to address the lack of housing in Grand Island. 

Hastings Public Schools summer lunch program garners national recognition

Hastings Public Schools summer lunch program garners national recognition

Hastings Public School's summer lunch program is receiving a 'Silver Level' award from the United States Department of Agriculture. 

‘We were always happy here’: Tom and Sonja Kropp built their life together as Lopers

‘We were always happy here’: Tom and Sonja Kropp built their life together as Lopers

Two UNK campus legends are retiring.

Grand Island Police arrest man accused of stealing cremated remains

Grand Island Police arrest man accused of stealing cremated remains

A man is in jail after police say officers found him in possession of items he stole from a cemetery.

Revive Inc. buys Hastings motel and convention center to expand services

Revive Inc. buys Hastings motel and convention center to expand services

Revive Inc. is renovating the old Motel 6 and Hastings Convention Center to open a unique substance abuse treatment facility with a full continuum of care. 

Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department working on master plan, seeking public input

Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department working on master plan, seeking public input

A masterplan for the parks in Grand Island is in the works and the department is asking for the community’s opinion. 

Broadband expansion coming to parts of Adams, Howard, Kearney, Sherman counties

Broadband expansion coming to parts of Adams, Howard, Kearney, Sherman counties

Hundreds of homes and buildings in Central Nebraska will soon get access to broadband internet thanks to new grants.

MONA receives shovel-ready grant, will host Gov. Pillen news conference

MONA receives shovel-ready grant, will host Gov. Pillen news conference

The Museum of Nebraska Art is getting a financial boost towards the end of its years-long renovation project.

North Platte residents clean up following Sunday evening gustnado

North Platte residents clean up following Sunday evening gustnado

Sunday evening’s gustnado in Lincoln County forced an hours-long power outage within North Platte as wind gusts in excess of 80 mph downed power lines and power poles, uprooted trees and damaged homes, outbuildings and vehicles.

Former Shriners patient gives back as athletic trainer at Nebraska Shrine Bowl

Former Shriners patient gives back as athletic trainer at Nebraska Shrine Bowl

Dave Regier cherishes his annual trip to volunteer in his home state.

Adams County recounts votes, confirms results in tight District 6 commissioner race

Adams County recounts votes, confirms results in tight District 6 commissioner race

Following a recount in Adams County, the result for a district commissioner race remains unchanged. 

Hastings Police identifies woman killed in deadly pedestrian crash

Hastings Police identifies woman killed in deadly pedestrian crash

The Hastings Police Department has identified the woman killed in a deadly pedestrian crash last week.

Central Nebraska in ‘enhanced risk’ of severe weather Sunday night

Central Nebraska in ‘enhanced risk’ of severe weather Sunday night

Forecasters say a line of storms could bring severe wind and hail to Central Nebraska on Sunday night.

Sights and Sounds: Shrine Bowl Parade 2024

Sights and Sounds: Shrine Bowl Parade 2024

The rain stayed away from downtown Kearney and paradegoers had a beautiful morning to take in an annual tradition.

Flood waters subside in Central Nebraska

Flood waters subside in Central Nebraska

Water levels are retreating after some heavy rains inundated parts of Central Nebraska Thursday morning. 

City of Grand Island awarded $750,000 for affordable housing

City of Grand Island awarded $750,000 for affordable housing

A city in Central Nebraska is getting funds to build affordable housing.

Hastings Pride to return for 5th year on Sunday

Hastings Pride to return for 5th year on Sunday

Hastings Pride is back for its 5th official year and is offering several activities for the public to help support the LGBTQ community.

Ribbon cut on Hangar 55 apartments in Hastings

Ribbon cut on Hangar 55 apartments in Hastings

On Thursday, Perry Reid Properties and the Hastings Chamber cut the ribbon on the Hangar 55 apartment complex in West Hastings, which features 78 units of housing for residents age 55 and older.

Retirement day arrives for UNK chancellor Doug Kristensen, Bicak starts as interim leader

Retirement day arrives for UNK chancellor Doug Kristensen, Bicak starts as interim leader

For the first time in 22 years, the University of Nebraska-Kearney is transitioning in its top position.

Hon. Terri Harder retires as district court judge in 10th Judicial District

Hon. Terri Harder retires as district court judge in 10th Judicial District

A Central Nebraska district court judge is stepping away from the courtroom.

Opponents of private school scholarship law seek petition signatures challenging new legislation

Opponents of private school scholarship law seek petition signatures challenging new legislation

Efforts continue for Support Our Schools Nebraska to gather the signatures needed to put a controversial scholarship law on the ballot.

Roads, fields underwater after heavy rains in Howard, Sherman counties

Roads, fields underwater after heavy rains in Howard, Sherman counties

Heavy rains brought flash flooding to Central Nebraska Thursday morning.

Hastings woman fatally struck while crossing street in mobility scooter

Hastings woman fatally struck while crossing street in mobility scooter

A Hastings woman has died following a vehicle and pedestrian crash.

Kenesaw aiming to renovate village auditorium, pool, and other projects with sales tax initiative

Kenesaw aiming to renovate village auditorium, pool, and other projects with sales tax initiative

With the vote passed and paperwork to implement the tax now filed, Kenesaw residents can expect to see an extra 1.5% sales tax on their purchases beginning on October 1.