Editor's note: From Dec. 24-31, the Tribune is looking back at memorable events in Tribland in 2012. This is the third part of the six-part series.
— Rich Lloyd, Hastings College academic dean emeritus and English professor, announced he was leaving to become president of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt.
— Adams Central track star Christian Hodson signed with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He wound up winning all-class gold in discus at the state track meet.
— Kevin Theesen of Hastings and his daughter Sara Theesen of Kearney were part of the audience for "The Biggest Loser" finale.
— Hastings College theater professor George White retired.
— Minden High School alumnus 24-year-old Anthony Blum, Broken Bow's head boys basketball coach, was among the dead in a pickup-school van collision near Ansley. An assistant coach at Broken Bow and the driver of the pickup also died.
— The OK Cafe closed after operating for 86 years.
— Hastings College women's basketball coach Jeff Dittman resigned to become athletic director and women's basketball coach at Dakota State University. He was replaced by HC alumna Carrie Hofstetter.
— Hastings Police Chief Larry Thoren announced he would retire in August.