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Pierce High robotics team qualifies for international competition

Pierce High robotics team qualifies for international competition

Pierce High's robotics team has made the World VEX Championship for the second year in a row.

No injuries reported when sedan goes out of control, stops on flower bed

No injuries reported when sedan goes out of control, stops on flower bed

Sidney Police reported no injuries this morning when a Toyota sedan failed to stop until coming to rest on top of a flower garden.

Company that runs Precise Fabrication adding businesses, expanding

Company that runs Precise Fabrication adding businesses, expanding

Kinney manufacturing has branched out into other businesses....and is expanding at the Gage County Industrial Park

City-wide Garage Sales to headline weekend in Fairbury

City-wide Garage Sales to headline weekend in Fairbury

Fairbury is set to host city wide garage sales Friday through Sunday to kick off the garage sale season. 

Two arrested, one cited in afternoon disturbance at Walmart

Two arrested, one cited in afternoon disturbance at Walmart

Sidney and County authorities responded to a disturbance involving a firearm at about 2:12 p.m. this afternoon at Walmart.

Gage County approves over $2 million bid for replacing bridges with box culverts

Gage County approves over $2 million bid for replacing bridges with box culverts

Six locations to see culvert construction, replacing bridges

Gage County officials considering solutions to closed bridge near Pickrell

Gage County officials considering solutions to closed bridge near Pickrell

Closure stems from deck deficiency found during a bridge inspection

Wheat Belt reporting power restored to occupied residential accounts

Wheat Belt reporting power restored to occupied residential accounts

Wheat Belt Public Power is reporting all occupied residential accounts have their service restored. Next is working on irrigation accounts.

Valentine High School placed on ‘hold’ due to medical emergency

Valentine High School placed on ‘hold’ due to medical emergency

Valentine High School was placed on “hold” Wednesday morning. A “hold” is when people are not allowed to be moving around the building.

Valentine students' PSA focused on texting & driving headed to state

Valentine students' PSA focused on texting & driving headed to state

According to the latest statistics from the Nebraska Department of Transportation, distracted driving played a role in almost 4,000 car crashes in 2020, including 19 deaths.

How Kansas women's disappearance on a drive to pick up kids led to 4 arrests in Oklahoma

How Kansas women's disappearance on a drive to pick up kids led to 4 arrests in Oklahoma

The search for two missing Kansas women came to a fatal end last weekend when Oklahoma authorities confirmed the two women were dead.

Beatrice Educational Foundation naming three Hall members, Friend of Education

Beatrice Educational Foundation naming three Hall members, Friend of Education

Beatrice Educational Foundation recognizing Hall of Fame members Sunday, at BHS scholarship ceremony

No injuries from two tornadoes, east of Wichita, Kansas

No injuries from two tornadoes, east of Wichita, Kansas

Tuesday morning tornadoes touched down near Eureka and Virgil, Kansas

Officials cut 'ribbon' on new Adams County Jail

Officials cut 'ribbon' on new Adams County Jail

The new Adams County Jail is finally open and ready to provide some much needed relief to county officials that have had problems with the current jail for years.

UNK chancellor search to last at least into the fall

UNK chancellor search to last at least into the fall

The search for the next University of Nebraska at Kearney chancellor will be lasting at least several more months.

SONGBIRDS to land in Sidney May 3

SONGBIRDS to land in Sidney May 3

Rebecca Noble’s Cabaret Theatre returns to the Sidney High School Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students (including WNCC), and children under 5 are free.

Proof in the numbers: courthouse officials explain efficiency in digital upgrades

Proof in the numbers: courthouse officials explain efficiency in digital upgrades

Court officials recently explained how upgrading technology resulted in savings in time, labor and money.

Fairbury residents called for campground cleanup

Fairbury residents called for campground cleanup

High wind speeds with trash is not a good combination and Fairbury’s Crystal Springs Campground has been affected by it.

Open Sky on property taxes pay-for: Expand the sales tax base and cut the sales tax rate

Open Sky on property taxes pay-for: Expand the sales tax base and cut the sales tax rate

Rebecca Firestone: “That's generally good policy. That if you're going to do an expansion to the base you use those revenues in order to reduce the rate.”

Commissioners approve Promotion grants

Commissioners approve Promotion grants

The Cheyenne County Commissioners approved promotions grants for Sidney Gold Rush Days and for the Cheyenne County Fair Board.

Paddock Lane Elementary has the Paraeducator of The Year, in Beatrice

Paddock Lane Elementary has the Paraeducator of The Year, in Beatrice

Donna Arena honored by the Zoellner Family, in front of Paddock Lane school students

North central Nebraska radio station honoring military heroes

North central Nebraska radio station honoring military heroes

Flood Communications in Gordon and Valentine announced a new way to honor active duty military members.

Tornado warning issued for Platte, Madison Counties

Tornado warning issued for Platte, Madison Counties

A tornado warning has been issued for Platte County and Madison Counties.

Power restored after lightning caused substation failure north of Valentine

Power restored after lightning caused substation failure north of Valentine

Electricity has been restored after a lightning strike caused a substation failure north of Valentine.

Kearney Public Schools, UNK launch Kearney Teachers of Tomorrow scholarship program

Kearney Public Schools, UNK launch Kearney Teachers of Tomorrow scholarship program

Education leaders in Central Nebraska are creating a scholarship to help students become the next generation of teachers.

Storm damage costs near $2 million

Storm damage costs near $2 million

Early estimates have the cost of the storm damage at nearly $2 million for Cheyenne County, Region 21 Emergency Manager Ron Leal reported to the Cheyenne County Commissioners.

Winds create new power outages

Winds create new power outages

High winds have caused more down power poles and outages in the Panhandle area.

Discussion on Norfolk Ave continues despite projects tabling

Discussion on Norfolk Ave continues despite projects tabling

While a project for 105 E Norfolk Ave. has been tabled, it continues to dominate discussions at the Norfolk City Council.

Tornado warning issued for Stanton County

Tornado warning issued for Stanton County

A tornado warning has been issued for Stanton County.

Fires contained in northcentral Nebraska

Fires contained in northcentral Nebraska

Three fires in northcentral Nebraska that Region 26 Emergency Management says were sparked by dry lighting are now contained.

Homicide suspect kills himself after fleeing through 3 states, authorities say

Homicide suspect kills himself after fleeing through 3 states, authorities say

Authorities said they’re investigating a case of domestic violence that ended with a man dead and a woman injured in South Dakota, and the suspect fleeing through Wyoming before killing himself in Colorado.

Severe weather rolls across the central plains

Severe weather rolls across the central plains

Thunderstorms pack high winds and carry the threat of large hail across a wide region

Main Street Beatrice, city using state grant for workforce housing

Main Street Beatrice, city using state grant for workforce housing

Grant will enable community to begin a revolving loan fund

City of Beatrice clears path for tax increment financing around old school sites

City of Beatrice clears path for tax increment financing around old school sites

Elementary buildings to be demolished and areas redeveloped

Winds causing more outages even as linemen work to restore service

Winds causing more outages even as linemen work to restore service

PANHANDLE, Neb. -- With an already weakened system and the winds picking up, Wheat Belt Public Power District is losing power to more of its customers.

National Weather Service issues 'Hazardous Weather Outlook'

National Weather Service issues 'Hazardous Weather Outlook'

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook including a strong storm system that could impact parts of the Panhandle.

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Firefighters are battling several fires in northcentral Nebraska that Region 26 Emergency Management says were sparked by dry lighting.

The Big Event still going strong in second decade

The Big Event still going strong in second decade

More than 450 volunteers signed in and served at 60 jobsites Saturday during Chadron State College’s eleventh annual The Big Event (TBE).

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Firefighters are battling several fires in northcentral Nebraska that Region 26 Emergency Management says were sparked by dry lighting.

Clean-up, investigation of train derailment in Chappell underway

Clean-up, investigation of train derailment in Chappell underway

A Union Pacific train that derailed near the Frenchman Valley Coop grain elevators forced the evacuation of a few residents on the west end of Chappell for a brief time Sunday afternoon.

Large hail, some tornadoes possible with overnight severe storm

Large hail, some tornadoes possible with overnight severe storm

The eastern two-thirds of Nebraska is bracing for potential severe weather.

Wheat Belt crews start day with 35 residences needing power

Wheat Belt crews start day with 35 residences needing power

Wheat Belt crews are reaching completion for residential clients. Next on the list is

Fairbury sees signs of growth through new businesses

Fairbury sees signs of growth through new businesses

Fairbury is showing signs of growth through another ribbon cutting of a new business.

Law enforcement emphasizes Scott's Law after Ceresco tragedy

Law enforcement emphasizes Scott's Law after Ceresco tragedy

Law enforcement around the country conduct high numbers of traffic stops every single day, but each time brings a risk into play, making Scott's Law crucial. 

Nebraska lawmakers pass a bill to restore voting rights to newly released felons

Nebraska lawmakers pass a bill to restore voting rights to newly released felons

Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to restore the voting rights of those convicted of felonies upon the completion of their sentences, including prison and parole time.

Growing UNMC Omaha campus seeks modern student housing option, aims to build six-story project

Growing UNMC Omaha campus seeks modern student housing option, aims to build six-story project

Responding to a growing demand from students, the University of Nebraska’s main medical training campus is diving into new territory: building new on-campus student housing.

Ricketts, GOP battle Senate Dems over Mayorkas impeachment trial

Ricketts, GOP battle Senate Dems over Mayorkas impeachment trial

Despite Ricketts plea for a Senate trial, there is no indication that the Democratic controlled Senate would convict Mayorkas.

NU appoints Charlie Bicak as UNK interim chancellor

NU appoints Charlie Bicak as UNK interim chancellor

A longtime administrator is coming out of retirement to serve as interim chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Sunday night accident results in two deaths in Wayne County

Sunday night accident results in two deaths in Wayne County

Two people died from a two-vehicle accident in Wayne County on Sunday night.

Teen passes away following two-vehicle crash in rural Madison County

Teen passes away following two-vehicle crash in rural Madison County

One of three minors injured in a rural Madison County car accident has passed away.

Two teens injured in weekend crash near Lake Maskenthine

Two teens injured in weekend crash near Lake Maskenthine

Two teens were sent to the hospital following a crash near Lake Maskenthine.

Footloose in small town USA: Rise of dance programs

Footloose in small town USA: Rise of dance programs

What activities did you take part in growing up—maybe basketball, FFA or speech? For a growing number of children across the country, their after-school programs include dance.

NPPD plans outage for line relocation in Johnson County

NPPD plans outage for line relocation in Johnson County

Power line work is prompting a four-hour long outage, set for April 22nd

Search of Odell home nets two arrests

Search of Odell home nets two arrests

Authorities also seize drugs and paraphernalia

Big hail a potential threat, to begin the week

Big hail a potential threat, to begin the week

Strong thunderstorms packing large hail could affect southeast, south-central, eastern and central Nebraska

Retiring Creek Valley educator wins $5,000 grand prize at Sidney Spring Expo

Retiring Creek Valley educator wins $5,000 grand prize at Sidney Spring Expo

An outgoing Nebraska Panhandle educator won the ultimate retirement gift at the 33rd Annual Spring Expo, furnished by Sutton Home Gallery, at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds in Sidney on Sunday afternoon.

Sidney woman facing charges after April 14 house fire

Sidney woman facing charges after April 14 house fire

A Sidney woman was arrested on charges including Second Degree Arson following the investigation of a house fire. The house fire occurred in the early hours of April 14.

Ceresco police officer killed during traffic stop on Highway 77

Ceresco police officer killed during traffic stop on Highway 77

An officer died on Highway 77 when a car collided with his vehicle during a traffic stop on Friday night.

Wheat Belt recovery enters Day 7

Wheat Belt recovery enters Day 7

Wheat Belt and mutual aid linemen returned to the field this morning to repair more poles and return electric service to customers.

Sidney School District announces 2024-2025 bussing plan

Sidney School District announces 2024-2025 bussing plan

The Sidney School District today announced fees will be implemented for students who live in Sidney.

Legislative District 33 Candidates speak at community forum in Hastings

Legislative District 33 Candidates speak at community forum in Hastings

Three Nebraska Senator hopefuls took questions from Adams, Phelps, and Kearney County residents, and made their case to become the next representative of District 33 in the Nebraska Legislature. 

NU priority candidate for president pledges hard work, shares optimism at Kearney forum

NU priority candidate for president pledges hard work, shares optimism at Kearney forum

The priority candidate for University of Nebraska president is making his case to the public.

Keep Keith County Beautiful hosting 'Great American Cleanup®' April 20

Keep Keith County Beautiful hosting 'Great American Cleanup®' April 20

Keep Keith County Beautiful is planning its first 2024 Great American Cleanup event for April 20 at Western Resources Group in Ogallala.

Fairbury Chamber hosting wine and beer tasting festival

Fairbury Chamber hosting wine and beer tasting festival

Southeast Nebraska is inviting people to enjoy a beer and wine tasting festival Saturday.