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NSP Junior Law Academy graduates 54 high school cadets
NSP Junior Law Academy graduates 54 high school cadets

After a week of training, 54 cadets have completed the 52nd Junior Law Academy and they graduated Friday.

Bridging Forward program aims to reduce poverty by 30% in South Central Nebraska

Bridging Forward program aims to reduce poverty by 30% in South Central Nebraska

Non-profit leaders in South Central Nebraska are tired of a transactional attitude towards public assistance.

Beau Rapien receives CHI St. Francis Caring Kind Award

Beau Rapien receives CHI St. Francis Caring Kind Award

Beau Rapien, RN received the 2022 Caring Kind Award for CHI Health St. Francis on Wednesday, June 22. Recipients of the award go above-and-beyond to exemplify caring, compassion and service excellence shown to patients, co-workers and the community.

Severe weather possible Thursday evening over southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas

Severe weather possible Thursday evening over southeast Nebraska, northeast Kansas

The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on the chances for severe weather Thursday afternoon.

‘I landed my dream job’: UNK grads design luxury homes for famous clients

‘I landed my dream job’: UNK grads design luxury homes for famous clients

UNK graduates, Emily Bridge and Katie Ward, design luxury homes for famous clients.

Lexington planning to build $2.4 million racquet complex

Lexington planning to build $2.4 million racquet complex

With racquet sports surging in popularity, the City of Lexington is planning to build a new multi-million dollar facility.

Missing CCC-L inmate returns on his own

Missing CCC-L inmate returns on his own

An inmate who disappeared from the Community Corrections Center – Lincoln last week, has returned to the facility on his own.

Little Blue NRD issues stage one water watch

Little Blue NRD issues stage one water watch

DAVENPORT, NE — A Natural Resources District (NRD) that oversees parts of central and southeast Nebraska is keeping a close eye on water demand as hot temperatures continue.

Hastings searching for new administrator, locals look back at previous administrator's emails

Hastings searching for new administrator, locals look back at previous administrator's emails

Via a public records request, Brandy St. John of Hastings obtained hundreds of emails between resigned administrator Dave Ptak and his predecessor Joe Patterson.

Burwell woman sentenced to prison for 2019 fatal car crash

Burwell woman sentenced to prison for 2019 fatal car crash

A Burwell woman is headed to prison for her involvement in a fatal crash in Central Nebraska. 

Buffalo County Historical Society working on sesquicentennial book, wants family history submissions

Buffalo County Historical Society working on sesquicentennial book, wants family history submissions

As Buffalo County nears its 150th birthday, locals are getting the chance to record their family’s role in its history.

UNK adds cybersecurity, business education options to MBA program

UNK adds cybersecurity, business education options to MBA program

The University of Nebraska at Kearney recently expanded its Master of Business Administration program, adding new tracks in two high-demand areas.

Grand Island Police investigating spike in car thefts

Grand Island Police investigating spike in car thefts

Police in Grand Island are investigating a rash of recent car thefts.

Kearney High receives Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance Award

Kearney High receives Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance Award

The Kearney High School ‘Guys & Dolls’ received the Outstanding Musical Theatre Performance Award from the Nebraska High School Theater Association

Structure fire leaves about $80K in damage

Structure fire leaves about $80K in damage

Grand Island Fire Department responded to a structure fire. 

Kearney to host Connecting Young Nebraskans 2023 Summit

Kearney to host Connecting Young Nebraskans 2023 Summit

A conference that brings together young leaders from across the state is coming to Kearney.

Three road construction projects start in Kearney

Three road construction projects start in Kearney

You're likely to see orange cones and construction equipment if you're driving through Kearney anytime soon.

Mountain lion season approved in Nebraska for 2023

Mountain lion season approved in Nebraska for 2023

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved staff recommendations for 2023 mountain lion season at its June 17 meeting in Lexington.

Heat Advisory in effect through Monday evening

Heat Advisory in effect through Monday evening

The National Weather Service is warning of extreme heat over the weekend and into Monday.

UNK officials say proposed NU tuition freeze fits goal of affordability

UNK officials say proposed NU tuition freeze fits goal of affordability

Costs are rising for just about everything right now, but leaders at the University of Nebraska don’t want tuition to mirror inflation.

Nebraska rushes to build horse tracks despite few fans

Nebraska rushes to build horse tracks despite few fans

Horse races are regularly held in only two spots in Nebraska, and the tracks in Grand Island and Columbus are usually pretty quiet apart from the rumble of thoroughbreds that stomp past the half-empty grandstands.

Seat belts save family of 10 following I-80

Seat belts save family of 10 following I-80

A family of 10 is lucky to be alive following a two-vehicle accident on I-80 near Wood River.  

Kearney Police add four plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to fleet

Kearney Police add four plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to fleet

The Kearney Police Department is going electric for part of its fleet of vehicles.

Stolen vehicle recovered, juvenile apprehended in Grand Island

Stolen vehicle recovered, juvenile apprehended in Grand Island

The Nebraska State Patrol and Grand Island Police Department have taken a juvenile into custody following a pursuit and search Thursday night in Grand Island. 

Troopers locate missing Indiana minor near Kearney

Troopers locate missing Indiana minor near Kearney

Nebraska State Patrol Troopers said they found a missing 13-year-old girl from Indiana and have arrested a Colorado man after a traffic stop on Interstate 80 on Wednesday. 

Day of Caring for Those Who Care offers special day for Hastings caregivers

Day of Caring for Those Who Care offers special day for Hastings caregivers

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and lonely if you’re a family caregiver.

Grand Island woman out nearly $8K after wallet stolen

Grand Island woman out nearly $8K after wallet stolen

Grand Island Police said a 55-year-old woman was shopping at T.J. Maxx when at some point, her Louis Vuitton wallet was stolen out of her purse.

Kearney Police to start automatic license plate reading camera pilot program

Kearney Police to start automatic license plate reading camera pilot program

Automated cameras will soon be watching out for crime in Kearney.

Campbell man indicted on federal drug charges

Campbell man indicted on federal drug charges

A south-central Nebraska man is facing federal drug and weapon charges. 

CCC’s internship program could prove beneficial to Hall County Corrections

CCC’s internship program could prove beneficial to Hall County Corrections

Students of Central Community College are working at the Hall County Corrections for the first time as part of an internship.

Kearney city council rejects airport terminal bid

Kearney city council rejects airport terminal bid

The effort to expand the Kearney Regional Airport terminal is slowing down.

DHHS talks Elder Abuse on world awareness day

DHHS talks Elder Abuse on world awareness day

The Nebraska Department of Health And Human Services is educating the community about Elder Abuse as Wednesday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Hastings Police use TASER weapon to detain man fleeing scene, find drugs

Hastings Police use TASER weapon to detain man fleeing scene, find drugs

A Harvard man is facing multiple charges after police say he fled the scene of a traffic stop.

Garage fire leaves home smoke damaged, unlivable

Garage fire leaves home smoke damaged, unlivable

The Grand Island Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday night. 

Kearney Public Schools looking for feedback on pandemic response, input on using relief funds

Kearney Public Schools looking for feedback on pandemic response, input on using relief funds

Leadership at Kearney Public Schools is looking for the community’s opinion on its pandemic response and how it should spend pandemic relief dollars.

CHI St. Francis announces $10,000 winner from raffle fundraiser

CHI St. Francis announces $10,000 winner from raffle fundraiser

A Grand Island woman is celebrating a big payday after going home a winner from a CHI St. Francis Foundation fundraiser.

Severe weather expected in Central Nebraska late Tuesday, early Wednesday

Severe weather expected in Central Nebraska late Tuesday, early Wednesday

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say severe weather is expected to strike Central Nebraska in the overnight hours.

Nine projects to receive funds via Kearney’s Downtown Rehabilitation Grant Program

Nine projects to receive funds via Kearney’s Downtown Rehabilitation Grant Program

Several downtown businesses in Kearney are getting a financial boost thanks to a city grant program.

Two northern Nebraskans arrested after drug investigation in Merrick County

Two northern Nebraskans arrested after drug investigation in Merrick County

Two people have been arrested as part of an ongoing drug investigation in central Nebraska.

Hastings College names distinguished professorship for Dr. Byron Jensen

Hastings College names distinguished professorship for Dr. Byron Jensen

An endowed professorship in music funded by an anonymous donor more than a decade ago has been named in honor of Dr. Byron Jensen, professor of music who retired in May.

GIPD: Man hits bouncer with car, spits at officer

GIPD: Man hits bouncer with car, spits at officer

Police in central Nebraska say a man struck a bouncer with his car and spit on officers after they tried to arrest him.

Stolen truck found burned in Hastings

Stolen truck found burned in Hastings

A truck stolen in central Nebraska was found burned-out in a different town. 

Northeast Elementary in Kearney picks Amber Taylor as Assistant Principal

Northeast Elementary in Kearney picks Amber Taylor as Assistant Principal

Amber Taylor has been selected as assistant principal for Northeast Elementary School beginning in August 2022. 

Kearney High FCS teacher honored at Nebraska Career Education Conference

Kearney High FCS teacher honored at Nebraska Career Education Conference

Carol Kreutzer was recognized by fellow Family and Consumer Sciences teachers for excellence in teaching.

Champions crowned at Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals in Hastings

Champions crowned at Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals in Hastings

The Nebraska High School Rodeo season wrapped up today with the high school finals in Hastings at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Troopers, Drug Task Force Locate 1 LB of Meth in Hastings

Troopers, Drug Task Force Locate 1 LB of Meth in Hastings

Nebraska State Patrol Troopers, along with the TRIDENT Drug Task Force, arrested a Hastings man after finding more than a pound of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. 

One killed in accident near Cozad

One killed in accident near Cozad

The Nebraska State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle accident near Cozad that left one dead and the others uninjured.

Grand Island man sentenced for failing to register under SORNA

Grand Island man sentenced for failing to register under SORNA

It was announced that Obsa Ahmed, a 29-year-old of Grand Island, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison. 

High school rodeo finals brings crowds, high-stakes competition to Hastings

High school rodeo finals brings crowds, high-stakes competition to Hastings

158 of the states best high school cowboys and cowgirls are competing in the state finals.

Four new coaches announced for Grand Island Senior High

Four new coaches announced for Grand Island Senior High

Grand Island Senior High has four new coaches for Islander athletic programs.

CCC-Kearney students now able to live in UNK dorms

CCC-Kearney students now able to live in UNK dorms

Students at the Central Community College-Kearney Center now have a unique opportunity: living on another school’s campus.

Hastings set to host Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals

Hastings set to host Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals

Hastings is set to host the state’s best high school rodeo athletes this weekend for the state finals.

Recent storms didn’t eliminate Central Nebraska drought

Recent storms didn’t eliminate Central Nebraska drought

Despite a recent batch of severe storms, the National Weather Service says drought is persisting in Central Nebraska.

Buffalo County hosting community meetings to talk comprehensive plan

Buffalo County hosting community meetings to talk comprehensive plan

Leaders in Buffalo County are looking for public input while developing a new comprehensive plan.

Nebraska first responder injured in fire-related crash regains independence

Nebraska first responder injured in fire-related crash regains independence

Justin Norris, the Phelps County Emergency Manager, is regaining his strength after an accident that left him with life-threatening injuries.

Grand Island Children’s Museum board picks armory building, starts master planning

Grand Island Children’s Museum board picks armory building, starts master planning

A new non-profit children’s museum is another step closer to becoming a reality in Grand Island.

Marsha Yeagley retires from full-time teaching, but she’s ‘never done working’

Marsha Yeagley retires from full-time teaching, but she’s ‘never done working’

After 48 years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a Lyons native, Marsha Yeagley retires from full-time teaching.

Kearney City Council recommends air provider change to Denver Air Connection

Kearney City Council recommends air provider change to Denver Air Connection

The Kearney City Council is ready to move on from SkyWest.

'Different from other Midwest communities': Hastings PRIDE expecting hundreds

'Different from other Midwest communities': Hastings PRIDE expecting hundreds

One community in central Nebraska is boasting how supportive their community is of LGBTQ+ people. 

Pumroy out as Hastings College Athletic Director

Pumroy out as Hastings College Athletic Director

Hastings College is looking for a new athletic director.

Sex crime charges against Grand Island teacher head to district court

Sex crime charges against Grand Island teacher head to district court

New charges filed last month against a Grand Island teacher will be heard in Hall County District Court.

Curt Coleman named president of CHI Health Good Samaritan

Curt Coleman named president of CHI Health Good Samaritan

A Kearney hospital has made it’s chose for its next president.

Adams County Emergency Manager recaps severe storm and damage

Adams County Emergency Manager recaps severe storm and damage

A large storm front approached from the Northwest and caused significant damage to homes, vehicles, and properties within Adams County.

Severe Thunderstorms cause damage in Hastings

Severe Thunderstorms cause damage in Hastings

A line of severe thunderstorms dropped large hail, significant amounts of rain and flashed lightning in and around Hastings Tuesday night.

Central Nebraska in enhanced risk zone for severe weather Tuesday night

Central Nebraska in enhanced risk zone for severe weather Tuesday night

After a pair of tornado warnings threatened south Central Nebraska last night, another batch of severe weather appears to be on the way.