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Sidney celebrates Memorial Day
Sidney celebrates Memorial Day

2024 Memorial Day in Sidney included accounts of those in uniform who committed everything for service, without consideration of fame or recognition.

Gunshot victim, sexual assaults, terroristic threats in this month’s Valentine Police report

Gunshot victim, sexual assaults, terroristic threats in this month’s Valentine Police report

Valentine Police responded to almost 550 calls in May, including reports of a gunshot victim, sexual assaults, and several vehicle thefts.

Nebraska abortion initiative with the most votes would become law, if voters pass more than one

Nebraska abortion initiative with the most votes would become law, if voters pass more than one

Nebraska voters could face an unusual result from a November election that is likely to see multiple — and possibly dueling — ballot initiatives.

Raising money to build new school: Inside Cody-Kilgore group’s unique effort

Raising money to build new school: Inside Cody-Kilgore group’s unique effort

Fans and water pumps are common sights at the Cody-Kilgore Elementary School, as well as crumbling ceilings, plumbing problems and heating issues.

Beatrice Educational Foundation Capital Campaign advancing toward goal

Beatrice Educational Foundation Capital Campaign advancing toward goal

Contributions of over $700,000 have been made to help support the new prekindergarten to fifth grade facility

Ricketts, Smith hit Biden on gas move

Ricketts, Smith hit Biden on gas move

In a controversial election year move to cut prices at the pump, the Biden Administration is releasing one million barrels of gasoline from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Honor and Remember Memorial Day Service held in Sidney

Honor and Remember Memorial Day Service held in Sidney

American Legion Post No. 17, DAV Chapter 40 and the VFW Post No. 610 host an Honor and Remember Memorial Day Service was held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney on Monday.

Great American Comedy Festival to feature "Drunk History" retrospective

Great American Comedy Festival to feature "Drunk History" retrospective

Event to be hosted at Elkhorn Valley Museum

Stanton community breaks ground on new veteran memorial park

Stanton community breaks ground on new veteran memorial park

On Memorial Day, the Stanton community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Stanton County Veteran Memorial Park.

Memorial Day remembers battle in France, over 80 years ago

Memorial Day remembers battle in France, over 80 years ago

Beatrice area residents observe Memorial Day, at Evergreen Home Cemetery

Military labs do the detective work to identify soldiers decades after they died in World War II

Military labs do the detective work to identify soldiers decades after they died in World War II

Generations of American families have grown up not knowing exactly what happened to their loved ones who died while serving their country in World War II and other conflicts.

Champion buck dancer, fiddler performs at Homestead National Historical Park

Champion buck dancer, fiddler performs at Homestead National Historical Park

Hillary Klug started as street performer and gained fame online

Severe weather threat remains for the Memorial Day weekend

Severe weather threat remains for the Memorial Day weekend

Strong winds and hail the main weather threats in southern Nebraska

Citizens give input on future of Memorial Stadium, potential upgrades

Citizens give input on future of Memorial Stadium, potential upgrades

As part of a plan to improve Memorial Stadium, residents in Columbus provided input on what they want to see upgraded more than 70 year old stadium.

National Park hosts fiddle festival and competition, near Beatrice

National Park hosts fiddle festival and competition, near Beatrice

Memorial Day weekend features Tallgrass Prairie Fiddle Festival

Mason Huck eager to share cruisin' night tradition with his daughters

Mason Huck eager to share cruisin' night tradition with his daughters

Summer vacation begins in the southern Nebraska panhandle with the annual cruise down Illinois Street in Sidney later this month. 

Authorities discover 463 fentanyl pills inside North Platte home; arrest four people

Authorities discover 463 fentanyl pills inside North Platte home; arrest four people

Police said they arrested four people after finding meth and more than 450 fentanyl pills inside a North Platte home on Saturday.

Weather service rates Thursday's Lake McConaughy twisters at EF-1 and EF-2

Weather service rates Thursday's Lake McConaughy twisters at EF-1 and EF-2

Friday afternoon homeowners, crews from Midwest Electric and construction companies were working to restore power, clean up and make repairs to homes damaged in severe storms at Lake McConaughy in Keith County on Thursday evening. 

Nebraska leads with new veteran justice program, aiming to steer veterans back to ‘hero status’

Nebraska leads with new veteran justice program, aiming to steer veterans back to ‘hero status’

A national panel of senior military and criminal justice leaders is hailing Nebraska landmark legislation that they say could help restore justice-impacted veterans to “hero status.”

Keith County enters recovery stage

Keith County enters recovery stage

Recovery efforts are underway in Keith County following storms that included a series of tornadoes near Lake McConaughy.

Lake McConaughy, Lake Ogallala remain open after Thursday tornadoes

Lake McConaughy, Lake Ogallala remain open after Thursday tornadoes

Despite severe weather, including reports of tornados, that tore through the north side of Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area on Thursday, the park will remain open, with all campsites available, during the Memorial Day weekend.

One year after abortion law, fewer med students applying to become doctors in Nebraska

One year after abortion law, fewer med students applying to become doctors in Nebraska

When it came time for Tyne Tyson to apply to residency programs, the aspiring OB-GYN’s thoughts drifted back to spring 2022, when she asked Nebraska lawmakers to scrap a bill seeking to ban abortion.

Storms across Nebraska, Iowa...early Friday morning

Storms across Nebraska, Iowa...early Friday morning

Central plains has another round of severe weather in the overnight period

Severe storms batter Lake McConaughy ahead of holiday weekend

Severe storms batter Lake McConaughy ahead of holiday weekend

Authorities in Keith County were looking for injured people and assessing damage left in the wake of a Thursday evening severe storm that ripped along Highway 92 east of Lemoyne on the north side of Lake McConaughy.

Jackson Services celebrates 100 years, 5 generations in family business

Jackson Services celebrates 100 years, 5 generations in family business

Many things have changed in Columbus over the course of 100 years but one family-owned business has remained a staple in its community.

Public art painting economic development in Valentine

Public art painting economic development in Valentine

Cities big and small are using art to draw more people to their downtown areas.

Recount coming for Adams County Commissioner race

Recount coming for Adams County Commissioner race

The Adams County Election Commission says the race for the District 6 Adams County Commissioner is too close to call, and a recount is needed to decide the winner. 

Ricketts v Blinken over war in Gaza

Ricketts v Blinken over war in Gaza

Nebraska Senator Pete Ricketts this week in a face-off with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, accusing Blinken of, in effect, helping Hamas.

Severe storms expected overnight Thursday, again on Saturday

Severe storms expected overnight Thursday, again on Saturday

Severe weather isn’t going away anytime soon. 

Nebraska State Fair swaps classic rock shows, The Little River Band now scheduled

Nebraska State Fair swaps classic rock shows, The Little River Band now scheduled

The Nebraska State Fair is making a change to its concert lineup.

Beatrice School Board to meet, following Memorial Day weekend

Beatrice School Board to meet, following Memorial Day weekend

2024 school year has come to a close

Nebraska sues TikTok, alleging teens are deceptively targeted

Nebraska sues TikTok, alleging teens are deceptively targeted

Teen TikTok users and parents who signed them up for the social media app were misled by the company about the safeguards in place to protect younger users, Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers said Wednesday.

Memorial Day activities planned for Monday, May 27

Memorial Day activities planned for Monday, May 27

Cheyenne County communities will be celebrating Memorial Day Monday. Volunteers are encouraged to meet 9:30 a.m. Friday at decorate grave markers of veterans.

Teen injured in semi vs SUV accident near Pilger

Teen injured in semi vs SUV accident near Pilger

A teen was injured during an accident with a semi near Pilger.

Regional West to Host Western Nebraska Stroke Symposium on June 19

Regional West to Host Western Nebraska Stroke Symposium on June 19

Regional West invites area physicians, providers, nurses, and therapists to join us for the 2024 Western Nebraska Stroke Symposium on Wednesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Regional West’s Education Center.

Nebraska State Patrol kicks off summer travel with 'Make It Click' campaign

Nebraska State Patrol kicks off summer travel with 'Make It Click' campaign

The Nebraska State Patrol is kicking off the summer travel season with the "Make It Click" statewide campaign.

'Off the Rails' mower ride will go from Bridgeport to Sidney for chance to win lawn tractor this summer

'Off the Rails' mower ride will go from Bridgeport to Sidney for chance to win lawn tractor this summer

Register at participating businesses to win a 42-inch John Deere S220 lawn tractor and 10P utility cart from 21st Century Equipment, Logan County Fair and Rodeo, Sutton Home Gallery and The Rusty Bucket Pub & Grub until Friday, Aug. 30.

Historic fire station on 4th St. to be repurposed

Historic fire station on 4th St. to be repurposed

The historic original fire station 2 in Grand Island will soon be coming back to life or so the city wants.

River rises a foot over flood stage for the first time since 2019 catastrophic flooding

River rises a foot over flood stage for the first time since 2019 catastrophic flooding

Overflow bridges eliminate Nebraska City pinch point

Grand Island social worker receives state recognition

Grand Island social worker receives state recognition

A social worker from Grand Island is being recognized at the state level.

Tick season underway, new species of arachnid in Nebraska

Tick season underway, new species of arachnid in Nebraska

Tick season is underway in Nebraska and experts warn this year could see a higher number of the creatures than normal.

Two WNCC students receive national scholarships from PTK

Two WNCC students receive national scholarships from PTK

Two Western Nebraska Community College students were recently honored at Phi Theta Kappa's national "Catalyst" convention. Selections are based on academics, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. 

Fairbury looks for new water superintendent as People Services stay temporarily

Fairbury looks for new water superintendent as People Services stay temporarily

The search for a new water superintendent in Fairbury continues after the city extended its contract with People Services. 

Local couple opening new hardware store in Martin

Local couple opening new hardware store in Martin

“Martin is my hometown. Another business had closed, and there was graffiti on the building. I couldn’t stand to look at it,” Jay Yohner said.

Sidney Middle School Honor Roll

Sidney Middle School Honor Roll

The Sidney Middle School administration recently announced the 4th quarter and second semester honor roll students.

90+ mph winds hit Columbus uprooting, snapping trees

90+ mph winds hit Columbus uprooting, snapping trees

With the state’s recent batch of thunderstorms, trees were uprooted and snapped with over 90 mph winds.

Valentine Family Aquatic Center tentatively opening on Monday

Valentine Family Aquatic Center tentatively opening on Monday

The Valentine Family Aquatic Center will open on Monday, May 27 as long as the weather cooperates.

Organization that helps connect families separated by border now serving Guatemalan families

Organization that helps connect families separated by border now serving Guatemalan families

An organization that helps brings families together will now be able to help families from a country in Central America.

UNK receives $2M in federal funding to address state’s early childhood workforce shortage

UNK receives $2M in federal funding to address state’s early childhood workforce shortage

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is receiving $2 million in federal funding to support and expand the state’s early childhood education workforce.

County awards funding to PlainsWest CASA

County awards funding to PlainsWest CASA

PlainsWest CASA stays busy recruiting adults who will volunteer as a court-appointed advocate for children in the court system. They are facing a $20,000 loss in Federal funding.

$1.2M expansion set to open, bolster Fort Robinson State Park’s horse-riding profile

$1.2M expansion set to open, bolster Fort Robinson State Park’s horse-riding profile

A gallop for equestrian fans: The $1.2 million expansion of campsites and facilities for visitors traveling with horses is set to open this week at Nebraska’s Fort Robinson State Park.

Police investigate high school fight that led to stabbing in Omaha

Police investigate high school fight that led to stabbing in Omaha

Omaha Police are investigating a fight that resulted in the stabbing of a student at Central High School this morning.

Southeast Community College modernization continues in Lincoln, Beatrice

Southeast Community College modernization continues in Lincoln, Beatrice

No shortage of construction work to fit campus locations with facilities meeting today's education and training needs

Gordon announces summer road construction projects

Gordon announces summer road construction projects

Work will start next week on several road projects in Gordon.

Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon Helps WNCC Students Succeed

Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon Helps WNCC Students Succeed

Planning has begun for the 13th annual Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon, scheduled for Sept. 28.

Buffalo County investigator’s research key to getting fallen officer names added to memorials

Buffalo County investigator’s research key to getting fallen officer names added to memorials

The names of two law enforcement officers who died while on duty in Buffalo County were nearly lost to history.

LD Coffee Roasters opens first brick and mortar shop in Hastings

LD Coffee Roasters opens first brick and mortar shop in Hastings

Sidy Sissoko has spent the past three years tirelessly selling his own unique coffee beans at farmers markets and grocery stores across Nebraska. Now, his hard work has rewarded him with his own brick and mortar coffee shop in Hastings.

Living Memorial Gardens vandalism case referred to County Attorney

Living Memorial Gardens vandalism case referred to County Attorney

The peacefulness of Memorial Gardens was recently disrupted by vandalism, the destruction of a table and benches set.

Norfolk Area Big Give draws in funds, raises awareness for non-profits

Norfolk Area Big Give draws in funds, raises awareness for non-profits

Non-profits in the Norfolk area will accept donations through Wednesday from the community for projects in their organization.

Commissioners approve feedlot expansion

Commissioners approve feedlot expansion

The Cheyenne County Commissioners have approved Sunset Land & Cattle north of Potter expanding to a maximum of 25,000 head of cattle.

100-year-old dorm being transformed into student center, at SCC Milford Campus

100-year-old dorm being transformed into student center, at SCC Milford Campus

New residence halls have replaced the three story structure....now being converted into student services

Flood warning for Missouri River

Flood warning for Missouri River

River projected to crest below moderate flood stage

Norfolk City Council presents TIF report

Norfolk City Council presents TIF report

The Norfolk City Council presented every TIF project so there is no more misunderstanding.

Trump trial fallout in Bacon-Vargas race

Trump trial fallout in Bacon-Vargas race

Rep. Don Bacon, Nebraska 2nd District (R): “It’s a distraction, it hurts the President.”

How each County Emergency Manager keeps the public informed and safe

How each County Emergency Manager keeps the public informed and safe

The transition between spring and summer can make for some pretty long days for John McKee.