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Freedom Fest offers big fundraiser for United Way, big show for Kearney
Freedom Fest offers big fundraiser for United Way, big show for Kearney

One of Kearney’s biggest summer events is also one of its biggest fundraisers.

Grand Island teens involved in hotel drug bust

Grand Island teens involved in hotel drug bust

Three Grand Island teens are facing charges following a drug bust in a Grand Island hotel room.

Several red flag warnings in effect as high winds, high temps hit Nebraska

Several red flag warnings in effect as high winds, high temps hit Nebraska

The National Weather Service issued multiple red flag warnings across Nebraska for Wednesday.

One dead after rollover crash on Highway 14 in Merrick County

One dead after rollover crash on Highway 14 in Merrick County

A 21-year-old Nance County man was killed in a crash in central Nebraska.

Allo cuts ribbon in Kearney, starts with test customers in July

Allo cuts ribbon in Kearney, starts with test customers in July

People in Kearney will soon have another option for how to get their internet service.

Commissioners vote to change Buffalo County Jail food provider

Commissioners vote to change Buffalo County Jail food provider

The Buffalo County Jail is getting a new food provider.

Kearney High staffer wins Career and Technical Education state award

Kearney High staffer wins Career and Technical Education state award

Younes Hospitality won the NCE Outstanding Business Partnership Award and Tennille Allison, KHS Career College and Career Readiness Coordinator won the CTE Business, Marketing and Management Award.

NSP makes arrest for child enticement in Grand Island

NSP makes arrest for child enticement in Grand Island

The Nebraska State Patrol arrested a Roca man for child enticement on June 27 in Grand Island.

Grand Island teen pleads not guilty to second rape charge

Grand Island teen pleads not guilty to second rape charge

A Grand Island teen, facing two rape charges, has now formally pleaded not guilty to both.

Damage to cemetery at now-closed Hastings Regional Center saddens residents

Damage to cemetery at now-closed Hastings Regional Center saddens residents

Ingleside Cemetery holds graves of 1,400 former residents of the mental health facility

Multiple trailers fully-loaded with meat stolen in Grand Island

Multiple trailers fully-loaded with meat stolen in Grand Island

Grand Island Police are investigating after multiple trailers full of meat were stolen over the weekend.

Hastings woman sentenced for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute

Hastings woman sentenced for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute

36-year-old Vallen Bateman of Hastings was sentenced in federal court on June 24.

Grand Island Police say woman head-butted and kicked officers during arrest

Grand Island Police say woman head-butted and kicked officers during arrest

A Nebraska woman is jail after police say she head-butted and kicked officers when they attempted to arrest her.

CHI Good Samaritan and St. Francis recognized for quality stroke care

CHI Good Samaritan and St. Francis recognized for quality stroke care

CHI Health Good Samaritan and CHI Health St. Francis have once again received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus achievement award.

Nebraska State Pen. inmate dies at 91

Nebraska State Pen. inmate dies at 91

An inmate in his 90's died on Saturday in Lincoln at the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

NSP Junior Law Academy graduates 44 high school cadets

NSP Junior Law Academy graduates 44 high school cadets

After a week of training, 44 cadets have completed the 52nd Junior Law Academy and they graduated Friday.

Kearney woman sentenced following federal drug conviction

Kearney woman sentenced following federal drug conviction

A central Nebraska woman will spend the next year in prison after being sentenced on a federal drug conviction.

Flatwater Music Festival promises to continue growing in 15th year

Flatwater Music Festival promises to continue growing in 15th year

One of Hastings’ premiere summer events starts up tonight.

UNK freshman Liana Jablonski wins national award for digital design

UNK freshman Liana Jablonski wins national award for digital design

Liana Jablonski is only a freshman, but she’s already making a name for herself in the advertising and design world.

Police looking for fugitive last seen in northwest Kearney

Police looking for fugitive last seen in northwest Kearney

Kearney Police are trying to find a wanted man who they say ran from officers late Thursday morning.

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.