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Why downtown?
The downtown area was just one of several possible sites for a proposed $30 million conference center and hotel project in Hastings.
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Timekeeper likes best seat in house
Finding the best seat in the house to watch Hastings High School athletics has never been a problem for Julie Klein.
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Drive seeks monopoly on board games
Whether it involves passing Go, sinking a battleship, spelling out words with tiles or other means to a competitive end, Hastings Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is looking to give area kids something fun to do once school lets out for the day.
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Rachel's chain reaction lives on
"A time to remember. A time to hope."
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Superior teen hospitalized following rollover crash
RUSKIN — A Superior girl was in serious condition at a Lincoln hospital Tuesday following a one-vehicle rollover crash near here Monday evening.
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Downtown project calls for at least 400 parking spaces
In bringing to fruition a conference center and hotel development downtown, one of the most obvious questions city officials face is where to find the necessary parking.
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Adams Central, Hastings High team up to fight cancer
Adams Central and Hastings High School students and staff joined forces to raise funds for the Team Jack Foundation this month.
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City starts ball rolling on downtown project
Local economic development and tourism officials want to see the Hastings community invest in itself
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Let the counting begin
The petition pages containing a reported 3,904 signatures calling for a public vote on the repeal of an ordinance vacating part of Ninth Street now will be taken out of a city vault and given to the Adams County election commissioner for verification.
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Student advocate now loves everything about HPS
Having grown up in a small town, Tracey Katzberg is the first to admit how scared she was to enroll her daughter at Hastings Public Schools.
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Minden man wins $114,000 Pick 5 jackpot
MINDEN — A Minden man has won $114,000 playing Nebraska Pick 5 from the Nebraska Lottery.
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RV show puts visitors in mood to camp
There may be a blizzard of the century bearing down on the East Coast, but that didn't keep dreams of warmer days and toes in the sand away this weekend at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
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Changes announced for half marathon
Hastings’ half marathon is changing weekends and shedding the full marathon that was introduced in 2014..
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Faces of Business: John Hamburger
Whether its building a brick wood-fired oven with which to bake or fashioning the perfect batch of sourdough for his breads, Back Alley Bakery chef John Hamburger believes that if it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.
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Baby of the Century
The first baby of Mary Lanning Healthcare’s second century of care was celebrated as “Baby of the Century” by the hospital on the anniversary of its 100th year in operation Wednesday.
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TARDIS open for business
It may not be bigger on the inside but the TARDIS at Hastings Senior High still has Dr. Who fans rushing to the library.
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Petitioners turn in signatures
A Hastings couple who wants voters to decide whether Ninth Street through the Hastings College campus should be closed turned their petitions in Wednesday afternoon at the City Building.
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HC students learn how other cultures compete
Imagine growing up in a country where you have little money or resources and the death rate among babies is extremely high.
Yet as a child, you still find ways to entertain yourself in a competitive manner.
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Harvard senior tapped for Senate Youth Program
A Harvard High School senior has been selected as one of two Nebraska delegates to the 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington.
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Hospital turns 100
In 1910, William and Alice Lanning lost their daughter Mary when she was 20 years old.
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Council looks at Aquacourt rate increase
To offset a mandatory increase in minimum wage, Hastings parks and recreation officials are requesting an increase to admission fees at the Hastings Aquacourt Water Park.
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Board votes 4-3 for two appraisers
To help comply with a state statute, members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors agreed to allow County Assessor Jackie Russell to hire two appraisers.
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Kids see hospital not such a scary place
Lisa Brandt knows that going to the hospital can be frightening for children and that's why the annual tours of Mary Lanning Healthcare are such a good thing.
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Board receives handmade gifts from students
In honor of National School Board of Education week, Hastings school board members received special and personalized gifts Monday from students.

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Event a trial run for future marathons
Although the distance covered was about the same as a marathon, 26.2 miles, it wasn't a race.
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Minden senior Tribland 4-H queen
MINDEN — For high school senior Madisyn Ayres, 4-H has been one of many outlets she has used to express her creativity and explore her interests.
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Fillmore Central senior Tribland 4-H king
RURAL FILLMORE COUNTY — Growing up on a farm, Conrad Schelkopf has always been surrounded by the idea of 4-H.
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Mary Lanning celebrates centennial
The 100th anniversary of the opening of Mary Lanning is Wednesday, but the hospital is planning more than a one-day celebration.
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Growth, high standards high on priority list
There is only one thing certain concerning the future of health care today: It is uncertain.
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Hospital helped by volunteers
They greet visitors at the main entrance to the hospital and provide patients room numbers for family members.
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Faces of Business: Steve Landon
The lessons Steve Landon learned participating in 4-H made such a lasting impression as he grew up in the small eastern Nebraska town of Greenwood, he wanted to make a career of passing on those experiences.
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HEDC highlights good year with more to come
Hastings businesses have never employed more workers than they do now and the community has one of the strongest post-recession growth rates in Nebraska, the executive director of the Hastings Economic Development Corp. said.
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Minden man faces more charges
MINDEN— Eight new felony charges were filed Thursday against a 19-year-old Minden man accused of armed robbery in Heartwell.
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HPS looks at offering free breakfast
Imagine a day when every Hastings elementary student could have breakfast at school without paying a cent.
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Truck driver sentenced to 40 years
CLAY CENTER — A 53-year-old Eagle man convicted of killing three Hastings residents in an August 2014 traffic crash was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison.
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Making puppets 101
Walking into a classroom in the bowels of the Scott Studio Theatre, one finds tables covered with felt, googly eyes, bottles of glue, markers and glue guns and surrounded by students hard at work.
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Temperatures expected to eclipse 50 degrees
A break in the icy conditions that have kept Hastings residents bundled up pretty tightly so far this year is on the horizon.
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Just call him 'Babe'
It doesn't take long for Dean Ruth to tell new acquaintances to call him by his nickname.
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Adams Central launches One to World Initiative
Starting next fall, Adams Central junior and senior high students will each have their own computers to use in classes and for homework.
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District looks to remodel classroom, cool gym
School officials are looking into the possibility of remodeling the family and consumer science classroom in the Adams Central Junior/Senior High School building.
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Libs to get new playground equipment
When families visit the splash pad at Libs Park this summer they also can take advantage of new playground equipment nearby.
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Free tire disposal flat-out success
Folks tired of storing tires were all too grateful to unload them for free during a week-long tire disposal event that began Saturday morning at the city's solid waste landfill.
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Hartman retiring after 41 years
Surrounded by dozens of coworkers and other well-wishers Friday afternoon, Connie Hartman said it is the people she will miss the most.
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Retired judge back to help
Retired Judge Robert Ide returned to the bench this week to help ease the workload following the death of Judge Michael Offner.
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Adams County still seeking radio tower home
Adams County has the funds in place to pay for a radio repeater near Kenesaw. Now it just needs to find a location for the equipment.
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LRNRD joins new legislative coalition
ALMA — The Lower Republican Natural Resources District is among up to nine NRDs across Nebraska that may become part of a new coalition aiming to educate state lawmakers and other officials about water issues.
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Fairgrounds manager position open again
The Adams County Agricultural Society is looking for a second successor to fairgrounds manager Sandy Himmelberg.
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Seiler to lead Judiciary Committee
Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings will continue his work on judiciary issues as head of the Legislature's Judiciary Committee.
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Geneva man dies in rollover
SUTTON — A Geneva man died south of here Wednesday evening in a one-vehicle rollover crash, Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin reported.
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Quick thinking limits fire damage
Hastings firefighters put out a bedroom fire Wednesday evening at 209 W. Ninth St.
Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said a bedroom was substantially damaged, but quick thinking limited the damage.
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Judge sentences driver
A 30-year-old Hastings man was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison for causing an unintentional death in a vehicle rollover.
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Worthy goal for Salvation Army
With outside temperatures dropping and needs rising, the Salvation Army in Hastings is hoping the generous spirit that has fueled its Red Kettle Campaign Christmas drive this season will see it through to its target goal.
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Hastings businessman, philanthropist Ken Morrison dies
Longtime Hastings businessman Kenneth Morrison, who died Tuesday morning at age 93, will be remembered as a caring man with resources he shared with organizations he supported.
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Ag Society approves $30,000 redesign
Placement of the Adams County Extension Office at the proposed new fairgrounds building had to be changed, but the Adams County Agriculture Society took steps Tuesday to keep the planning process moving forward.
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HC event to examine the threads of society
Hastings College hopes to provide the community with a firsthand lesson in history as well as cultural insight Friday evening.
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Faces of Tribland: Tom Jaworski
Most people know Tom Jaworski as the longtime Adams Central band director.
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LRNRD won’t need augmentation water in 2015
Just last fall, officials of the Lower Republican Natural Resources District declared that without a huge streamflow augmentation project to supply water to the Republican River, the district would have been forced to shut off all its irrigators for 2014 for the sake of compliance with an interstate compact.
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P&Z commission recommends comp plan amendments
Members of the Adams County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended during their regular meeting Monday to approve three amendments to the Adams County Comprehensive Plan.
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Webelos earn pins at lock-in
Fifty-five Cub Scouts gathered Saturday night at the Hastings Family YMCA for a night of fun and a chance to earn pin requirements.
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Gas prices drop below $2
Gas prices continued to plummet across the nation this week, with the lowest level octane rated fuel falling below $2 per gallon in Hastings for the first time in more than six years Thursday.
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Former county clerk remembered as 'wonderful'
Anita Hawes is being remembered as a caring and generous person by those who worked with her during her time as Adams County Clerk.
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Faces of Business: David Bierman
Learning has never stopped for certified public accountant and Wood River Postmaster David Bierman.
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BPW looks at more LED street lights
Members of the Hastings Board of Public Works are looking into the possibility of replacing large numbers of mercury vapor and high pressure sodium street lights with more efficient light emitting diode street lights.
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Hebron couple celebrates 80 years of marriage
HEBRON — Arne and Esther Larsen have a lot to show for their lifetime: Two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. But most of all, 80 years of marriage.
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Fire destroys duplex apartment in Minden
MINDEN — A stovetop fire that raged out of control displaced two couples in a Minden duplex in the 100 block of East Sixth Street Sunday night.
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Judge Offner remembered for compassion, service
RED CLOUD — Michael Offner, a longtime Tribland lawyer, county official and jurist, was being remembered today for his efforts on behalf of families, youth and the communities he loved and served.
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Nearly 80 kids go bowling
Amid the guidance of parents and Hastings Kiwanis members, nearly 80 Adams County children got out of the house Saturday morning and into Pastime Lanes.
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Deaths of 3 dogs raises suspicions
A reward is being offered for information about three dogs that had been missing since Nov. 15 and found dead together after apparently being hit by a train in Hastings.
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Baby born in car at Hastings medical clinic
A baby was born in a car Tuesday morning outside a medical clinic in Hastings.
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Salvation Army still short of campaign goal
The Hastings Salvation Army is $48,837 short of its Red Kettle Campaign goal for 2014.
As of Monday, the Salvation Army was at 77 percent of its $215,000 goal with $166,163 raised so far.
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Helping Kids Against Hunger better than a movie
For some students, the last day before holiday break may be filled with tests.
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Northrop takes TeamMates commitment seriously
Long before he started the TeamMates mentoring program, Tom Osborne was leaving his mark on impressionable youngsters.
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Bruce family adds third generation to Goodfellows
Since 1985, Doug Bruce has never missed volunteering for Goodfellows on the Saturday morning when the boxes of food and toys are delivered to families.
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Trail extension gets approval
It’s been nearly six years in the making, but the Pioneer Spirit Trail should be extended next year by nearly three miles.
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Housing group raising money
Habitat for Humanity is currently raising money for its next house.
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Hearing set for Minden man
MINDEN — A preliminary hearing has been set for a 19-year-old Minden man accused of armed robbery in Heartwell.
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Goodfellows volunteers get into spirit of helping others
After putting the final food items into boxes Wednesday evening, volunteers for Goodfellows dove into the plethora of donated gifts to divide up for needy children this Christmas season..
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Hastings' new city clerk is coming to the job from just down the hall.
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Flora Roman smiled and her eyes lit up as she watched the students sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
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Hastings police are investigating a report of a possible drug-laced cookie and warning people to watch what they consume.
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Officials like city's chances for treatment center
Hastings is not only the best place but the right place for a new Behavioral Health Treatment Center, two local officials said this morning
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RED CLOUD — The fate of a key application concerning proposed development of the Cottonwood wind farm in rural Webster County likely will be decided over the next month or so, a county official said Tuesday.
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iving back to the community and helping the less fortunate is what Goodfellows is all about.
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The ClearSpan building proposed to be constructed in place of the Adams County Fairgrounds livestock barns will have to wait a little longer for approval.
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State study not favorable for HRC
The report analyzing the Hastings Regional Center as the possible home for a new Behavioral Health Treatment Center doesn't look favorable for Hastings.
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Tears were shed as the Hastings Board of Education said goodbye to its longest-serving member Monday.
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The first important step in wrapping up this year's annual Goodfellows food and toy drive was completed Monday night through the efforts of Hastings Sertoma Club members and their families.
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RED CLOUD — A 24-year-old Guide Rock man convicted of killing a 68-year-old woman last year was sentenced to life in prison Monday in Webster County District Court.
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The first important step in wrapping up this year's annual Goodfellows food and toy drive was completed Monday night through the efforts of Hastings Sertoma Club members and their families.
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Groups help pack meals for Kids Against Hunger
Phinney family members from Hastings, York and Kearney gathered Saturday to volunteer to pack meals for children around the world.
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Robbery suspect arrested
Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old Minden man in connection with Thursday's armed robbery at the home of a Heartwell village leader.
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Seiler: Prisons a big issue
Going into the first session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature next month, Sen. Les Seiler wants to work on reducing punishments for non-violent offenses.
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Nebraska's First Lady visits local schools
First Lady Sally Ganem shared stories about the First Puppy, the Governor's Mansion and the governor during a stop in Hastings Friday.
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Faces of Business: Iggy Ewool
Growing up in Ghana, West Africa, Ignatius "Iggy" Ewool had a dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. As he enters his second year of full-time employment at Hastings Family YMCA after receiving his bachelor's degree in sports management and recreation at Hastings College, he finds himself some 6,000 miles closer to his dream.
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Area board chairman scares away armed robber
HEARTWELL — A village leader here was the victim of an armed robbery Thursday morning.
James Kuehn, chairman of the Heartwell Village Board, reported the robbery Thursday morning to the Kearney County Sheriff’s Office.
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Hotel future up in the air
The recent closure of the Howard Johnson Hotel and Convention Center leaves the city playing a game of wait-and-see as far as the future use of the property.
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Davenport getting by without grocery store
DAVENPORT — Arend’s Family Foods in Davenport has closed its doors, but its former owners are still making in-town deliveries.
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Rains took bite out of Upper Big Blue irrigation needs in 2014
YORK — Generous growing-season rainfall helped farmers in the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District hold the line on irrigation pumpage in 2014, the district’s chief water watcher said Wednesday.
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Baby born in car
A baby was born in a car this morning.
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Young cooks mix up holiday sweets
Getting messy and throwing things were part of the fun of making holiday treats for some young chefs Tuesday.
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Handmade stockings ready to be filled for less fortunate
Two Hastings women have teamed up to bring holiday joy to the less fortunate this season through handmade stockings.
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Kids Against Hunger event chance to help others
The Kids Against Hunger program in Hastings is trying something new Saturday in hopes of getting more families and community groups involved in the packing of meals for children around the world.
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Fire damages Hastings home
Fire damaged a two-story home Tuesday morning at 1118 W. Fourth St.
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Decision now in board's hands
After nearly five months of meetings that included building tours, reviewing district finances and facility studies, and performing a patron survey, a decision about the proposed future of the elementary system at Adams Central is now up the school board.
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Concerns delay action on 1-to-1 program
The Adams Central Board of Education had its first look Monday at a proposed one-to-one computer program for students in grades six through 12 in the district.
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Air Force veteran always at home
No matter where he was stationed over the course of a dozen posts in 20 years, George Anderson was always at home in the U.S. Air Force.
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Pearl Harbor exhibit educational
A day that lives on in infamy — Pearl Harbor — was given its just due on its 73rd anniversary Sunday at Hastings Museum.
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A man of music remembered
From Handel's Messiah to the Spice Girls, there was little about music that didn't appeal to longtime Hastings resident Donald Goodrich.
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Arthritis run/walk to honor Hastings teen
Allyson Johnson of Hastings may look like a typical teenager on the outside, but on the inside, her body is screaming in pain.
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Expert: Electric bills to rise as consumption drops
While the motto for the utility industry has always been “build it big, sell it cheap, use a lot of it,” it will soon need to change to “don’t build it, make it expensive and use as little of it as possible” to comply with a federal draft order.
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City confiscates downtown parking lot
A private parking lot downtown has been taken over by the city, ending confusion for local residents who had used the lot for public parking for nearly two decades.
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Husker fans on Riley: Time will tell
Reaction to Nebraska’s signing of former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley Thursday has reawakened the underlying divide between those who continue to support ousted head coach Bo Pelini and detractors hoping for better things from new leadership.
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Windstream service restored in Clay County

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Nebraska hires Mike Riley as head football coach
LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska has hired Mike Riley as its new head football coach, Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced today.
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HSO, HC Bell Choir team up for ‘Christmas Bells are Ringing’
Bells will be ringing Sunday during the Hastings Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert.
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Proposal to open beds at HRC
The public will know in less than two weeks about the feasibility of re-establishing mental health treatment at the Hastings Regional Center for inmates of the Nebraska Correctional System.
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NRD officials explain water quality issues
KENESAW — Little Blue Natural Resources District officials are considering establishing a Level 2 Water Quality Subarea between Kenesaw and Prosser to control groundwater contamination by nitrates.
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County making efforts to improve communications
It looks likely that Adams County will add a radio repeater to a grain elevator and improve radio communications for the Kenesaw Volunteer Fire Department that have been nonexistent at times.
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Johnson honored for 50 years of service
Family, music and Kiwanis have all played an important part in Duane Johnson's life for more than half a century.
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Saturday event chance to discover downtown Hastings
Sandwiched between the craziness of Black Friday and the comfort of Cyber Monday sits Shop Small Saturday.
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Former diver jumps at chance to serve aquatics program
After serving stints as a Marine, Catholic seminarian, inbound call specialist and special education teacher, Lincoln native Patrick Zierke may finally have found his calling.
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St. Cecilia students take part in service day
Before enjoying Thanksgiving break, middle school and high school students at St. Cecilia participated in a service day for local businesses.
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Black Friday a first for some
After sitting down with family and enjoying good food and company, eager shoppers set out on a quest to find the best deals for Christmas gifts or items they personally want.
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Saturday dedicated to shopping small
For Bath Bliss Gifts owner Tammy Orthmann, as is the case with many local business owners, Shop Small Saturday is one of the top days of the year.
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Goodfellows tradition continues
The toy collection boxes are in place and Goodfellows is ready to begin.
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Crossroads, Salvation Army serving turkey
Anyone with no place to go once again will have a feast spread before them through the generosity of others this Thanksgiving.
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New assistant fire chief 'coming home'
In just two weeks on the job, assistant fire chief Kurt Smith already feels at home with Hastings Fire and Rescue.
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Combine donated to CCC diesel technology program
One very large piece of equipment will help to expand educational opportunities for students in a growing program at Central Community College-Hastings.
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Adoptees have super day at courthouse
Randy and Danielle Pracht had a long night Friday.
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New concrete doesn’t get salt
City and county officials are warning motorists that a salt-melting mixture will not be applied onto two freshly-poured roads during this winter season.
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United Way working to bring books to children
Getting books into the hands of every child is the goal of a new program still in the planning stages through the United Way of South Central Nebraska.
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Adams Central seniors defeat teachers in dodgeball
Imagine standing on one end of a gymnasium staring across at your teachers who you’ll soon be able to throw rubber balls at without fear of punishment.
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Geneva's Edgecombe leads National Newspaper Association
GENEVA — The president of the National Newspaper Association resides in Tribland. John Edgecombe Jr., 67, publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva and co-publisher of the Hebron Journal-Register, was elected president of the NNA during its 128th annual convention and trade show Oct. 4 in San Antonio.
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Then and Now: Celebration of Lights
Then: In 1989, a couple thousand people gathered in downtown Hastings to celebrate the start of the Christmas season together.
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Celebration of Lights special to newcomers, longtime residents
Even after Santa Claus and the Kool-Aid man helped master of ceremonies Chris Schukei lead hundreds of people in counting down toward Thursday’s first official lighting of downtown Hastings, the crowd lingered.
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Program pairs HMS mentors with elementary students
Chloe Ballheim counted slowly as she moved her piece across the game board: “One, two, three, four, five, six.”
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Nelson grocery store to close doors
NELSON — The Nelson Food Center soon will be closing its doors — but some residents here hope the closure isn’t for long.
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City Council/ BPW discuss pay differences
As members of the Hastings City Council were informed of the 2015 Hastings Utilities budget during their work session Tuesday, one update got a lot more attention than anything else.
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Former chief remembered
FAIRFIELD — Friends remember a former Fairfield fire chief as hard working and family-oriented.
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Girl Scouts join partners to dance the night away
Girl Scout troops from Hastings, Juniata, Doniphan, Kenesaw and Grand Island squared up on the dance floor with their dates for some fancy dancing at the annual Girl Scout Hoedown Tuesday night at City Auditorium.
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Faces of Tribland: Kristen Lukow
Kristen Lukow feels that patriotism is something lost in today's world so she tries to keep it alive in her classroom every day.
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Driver dies from injuries in Saturday collision
A former Fairfield fire chief died Monday following a head-on collision this weekend, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.
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AC task force settles on recommendation
A single-site elementary in a yet-to-be-determined location is the recommendation that will be forwarded to the Adams Central Board of Education.
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Slick road factor in head-on collision
A 56-year-old Fairfield man was critically injured in a head-on collision Saturday south of Hastings on Showboat Boulevard, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.
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HC, CCC cook up combined major
Students are already signing up for a new combined major program offered between two local colleges.
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Hastings scores home run with softball tournament
The city of Hastings took a swing for the fences and connected, landing a five-year deal to host the state high school softball tournament, according to a Nebraska School Activities Association official.
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Hastings College students and area volunteers packed the college’s student union Friday to help curb childhood hunger.
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Crunch time is approaching as members of the Adams County Agriculture Society look to finalize plans for a proposed 316,000-square-foot fairgrounds building.
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Residents air issues with wind farm plan
BLADEN — Increased ground clutter for a nearby Doppler radar satellite, decreased property values and noise pollution are among concerns for Webster County residents regarding a proposed 66-turbine wind farm near here.
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Hastings Public Schools officials are excited with the bid received for the first of five elementary construction projects.
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For Glen and Jeannette Wiens, farming is in their blood.
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Water numbers appear favorable for LRNRD
ALMA — More generous rainfall from Mother Nature, several months of heavy streamflow augmentation pumping, and a one-year agreement with Kansas and Colorado over a water accounting issue will make 2015 a much easier year for Republican River Compact compliance in Nebraska.
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Family remembers HHS grad, G.I. doctor killed in plane crash
Family members remember Dr. Michael L. McCarty of Grand Island as a supportive and loving father.
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Volunteers ready holiday decorations
Preparation for downtown Hastings’ Celebration of Lights is in full swing this week.
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College unveils $6.5 million art center
Hastings College announced Tuesday afternoon plans to build a $6.5 million art center bearing the name of one of its former students.
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Man changes plea on manslaughter counts
CLAY CENTER — An Eagle man who previously entered pleas of not guilty on three felony counts of manslaughter in connection with the Aug. 28 deaths of three Hastings residents has changed his plea to no contest on two of the counts.
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Fifth-graders put sentiments for vets in writing
“Veterans Day is an amazing holiday. On Veterans Day, we remember the history, honor the brave soldiers and we say thank you to all the veterans who have fought for our country.”
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Adams Central students pay tribute to veterans
Eighteen-year-old Katie Ruth has clear memories of the fear and pain she and her family have experienced sitting around the table at Thanksgiving or Christmas knowing the empty chairs represented her uncles who were serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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Faces of Tribland: Navy veteran Darrell Heuertz
ROSELAND — As one who served in both World War II and the Korean War in the Navy, Darrell Heuertz doesn’t feel he merits any more attention than the next guy.

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Radio Shack employees packing store’s merchandise
RadioShack employees had packed up a good percentage of the store’s merchandise by Monday afternoon, with plans to close the store at 4103 Osborne Drive West before the end of the week, according to a store employee.
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Council OKs raising chickens in city
Chickens can now be raised inside the city limits.
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AC votes to review agreement with HPS
The Adams Central Board of Education approved Monday to look into its interlocal agreement with Hastings Public Schools.
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Unseasonably cold weather to last a while
A burst of unseasonably chilly fall weather is expected to put a big chill on Tribland residents over the next 10 days or more.
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Veterans Day a reminder to say thanks
Say, “Thank you.”
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Cultural event features food, dance
Wearing a fur hat, Ian Tuttle dispensed black tea from an electric samovar built for brewing tea and heating a teapot at the same time.
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CCC program gives veterans sense of purpose
When Mickey Ireson retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2012, he had no idea what to do with his life.
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Ninth Street referendum nears goal
Larry and Lenie Wilson are pleased with how their petition drive has gone to allow the public to decide whether to close the portion of Ninth Street that cuts through Hastings College.
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Illegal drugs big business
Unscrewing the bottom of what appeared to be a pop can, a secret compartment was revealed.
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HC ensembles to join forces for early Christmas concert
Hastings College music students will troll the ancient Yuletide carols in a program set to deliver a dose of accelerated Christmas cheer to the community.
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Faces of Business: Cheri Beda
For the first time in years, Cheri Beda has found a job she really doesn’t want to leave.
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Hebron man charged in dog’s death gets 5 years
HEBRON — A Hebron man arrested in June after allegedly using a handgun to kill the family dog inside his home was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
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Veterans Day services Monday, Tuesday
Veterans Day services will be held both Monday and Tuesday in Adams County to honor those who protect and serve the country.
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HU budget calls for 12% hike in water rates

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Voter turnout 46.3% in Adams County

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AC patrons have chance to be heard

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Customers line up as gas prices drop
With gas prices below $3 per gallon in 23 states, motorists in Hastings can expect ample access to sub-$3 gas for the foreseeable future, AAA spokeswoman Rose White confirmed this morning.
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Burger King closing south location
Another Hastings business has announced it will be closing its doors in 2015.
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New chapter for Nottage-Tacey
When God called the Rev. William Nottage-Tacey to ministry at age 19, there was no turning back.
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Voters do their duty at polls
Voters headed to the polls early this morning in Hastings to cast ballots in the general election.
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Applause Video to close in early 2015
An entertainment hub for hundreds of Tribland residents soon will be closing its doors permanently.
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Four veterans lead parade
Despite the bitter temperature and chilling winds, the streets of downtown Hastings were brimming with spectators Saturday hoping to enjoy the ninth annual Veterans Recognition Parade.
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Downtown fire contained to one building
SUTTON — Closed fire doors and sturdy brick firewalls kept a downtown fire from spreading and causing further damage here Friday night, a fire official said.
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New job trip down memory lane
Growing up, Troy Stickels used to spend a lot of Friday nights with his family at the YMCA in Hastings.
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Haunted house a trdition
Goblins and ghosts and zombies, oh my.
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Faces of Business: Martha Weakly
A half-century after a Hastings woman took a job to earn some extra cash for Christmas, she’s still working at the same business.
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Rice abuse case raised awareness
She had been abused for years.
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‘Day of the Dead’ a celebration of life
Art students at St. Cecilia Middle and High School are fashioning memorials to loved ones in conjunction with the annual Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos festivities celebrated in Mexico and other countries across the globe Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
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YMCA names new CEO
Hastings native Troy Stickels was named this morning as the new CEO of Hastings Family YMCA.
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Mother sentenced for negligence in son’s death
A 30-year-old Hastings woman was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to five years in prison for negligence in connection with the death of her 4-year-old son in April.
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Special day in Hastings for Olympic gold medalist
Curt Tomasevicz already has two Olympic medals in bobsledding, including one that is gold.
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Hastings community first to see special art exhibit
Hastings College students and faculty, plus the Hastings community at large have the opportunity to see artwork never before exhibited in public and also to learn about artist residencies.
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Veterans Recognition Parade downtown Saturday
By now, Phil Odom has a pretty good idea of what to expect as far as entries go for Saturday’s parade in downtown Hastings.
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Romney draws detractors
Dressed in a yellow hazmat suit, Carolyn Smith of Plainview hoped to speak to Mitt Romney during his visit to Hastings Monday.
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Faces of Tribland: Dave Berens
“You’ve got to teach the heart before you can teach the head.”
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Romney draws crowd
Standing in line Monday evening outside of the Hastings City Auditorium, Joan Glassmyer wondered what it would be like to see Mitt Romney in person.
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Romney attends rally for Sasse
A dressed-down, casual Mitt Romney joined Nebraska politicians to help U.S. Senate hopeful Ben Sasse draw an estimated crowd of about 1,000 supporters during the final stop of his 93-county tour Monday evening at Hastings City Auditorium.
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Murderer denied new trial
A judge Monday denied a new trial for a 24-year-old man who killed a 68-year-old woman last year in Guide Rock.
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Annual costume party a hit
A Minnie Mouse in pink, cheerleaders in matching uniforms, a puppy with furry brown ears and Elsas, lots of Elsas.
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Kindergartners tour Lincoln Park station
Kindergartners got to spray water like a firefighter Friday afternoon during a visit to the Lincoln Park Fire Station.
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Hastings Red Cross office may close
In an effort to address "significant financial challenges during the next three years," the American Red Cross is reducing its number of community chapters across the nation from 495 to 300, the nonprofit announced in a recent letter sent to volunteers by CEO Gail McGovern.
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Ninth Street topic at council forum
The Hastings City Council Ward 4 race is one of experience versus a voice for the little guy, one candidate said.
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Mitt Romney to join Sasse at rally in Hastings
Choosing to cap his “93 Counties in 93 Days” tour in grand fashion, U.S. senate candidate Ben Sasse will be joined by 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a 6:30 p.m. rally Monday at Hastings City Auditorium, 400 N. Hastings Ave.
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Kensington resident sings national anthem at tournament
ROSELAND — Kenesaw native Betty Schirmer has always been particularly bothered when celebrities and others mess up the words while singing the national anthem.
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HPS board candidates answer questions at forum
Security and addressing the district’s financial challenges were just a few of the topics tackled by candidates for the Hastings Board of Education during a forum Thursday.
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Turn-of-the century herbarium donated to Hastings College
After more than 100 years of travels, a collection of plant samples has found a permanent home at Hastings College.
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‘Good changes are on the way” at Imperial 3
Missouri-based B&B Theatres has acquired the Dickinson Theatres chain of 15 locations and 169 screens, which includes the Imperial 3 Theatre in Hastings.
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Minden’s Augie Nelson remembered for dedication to community’s youth
MINDEN — Augie Nelson never met a stranger. He never failed to find the positive in any young athlete he was coaching. Finally, he never said no when his community needed him.
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Utility scam under investigation
A utility bill payment scam that has been operating across the country has now surfaced in Hastings.
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Prairie Loft hosts first Soil Festival
Supreme Soil pizza, Nature Pizza, Death Soil pizza and La Leaf were just a few of the unique pizzas created Tuesday by Hastings fifth-graders.
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Police investigate hair pulling
Hastings police are investigating a hair-pulling incident at Longfellow Elementary School last week.
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Hebron man dies in collision
HEBRON — A Hebron man has died following a collision of the farm truck he was driving and a semitrailer truck south of here Tuesday evening, the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office reported.
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City Council begins discussing e-cigarettes
The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes has created both personnel and public policy challenges that the city of Hastings will address in coming months.
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Cather group begins redevelopment of Moon Block
RED CLOUD — Preliminary construction has begun on the historic Moon Block building in the downtown business district here — a building adjacent to the Red Cloud Opera House that one day will house the National Willa Cather Center.
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Faces of Tribland: Damen Heitmann
There is little about how Hastings College chaplain Damen Heitmann conducts his ministry that would fall under the umbrella of conventional.
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AC task force ready to present options
There will be three options for patrons to consider when a community meeting is held next month about what to do about the education of elementary students in the future.
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Hastings Planning Commission votes on chickens
Hastings could soon join the growing number of communities that allow chickens within city limits.
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New route takes parade past retirement home
MINDEN — The streets were lined along Nebraska Highway 10 here Saturday with eager spectators for the 24th annual Minden Bandfest.
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Head-on collision injures 7
SUPERIOR — Seven people were injured on the south edge of town here Sunday afternoon when a pickup and a sport-utility vehicle collided head-on, the Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office reported.
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Volunteers step up to the plate
It’s the quality and quantity of volunteers and a state-of-the-art complex that make the Nebraska State Softball Championships a success each year, officials said Friday.
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Faces of Business: Georgina Hueske
With her shirt sleeves pushed up and her sunglasses on, Georgina Hueske applied sunscreen Wednesday to her arms, face and neck.
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Y still raising funds for renovation
Clear and warm water with a better chemical balance will greet swimmers at the Hastings Family YMCA thanks to future upgrades to the swimming pool at the 16th Street location.
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Country Music Festival features 'fantastic talent'
The 34th Annual Nebraska Country Music Festival kicked off Thursday evening with a tribute to veterans.
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Lawrence event to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes
LAWRENCE — Friends and family members of a Lawrence girl recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will show her their support, raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for her care at a walk/run event here Saturday.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters launches corporate match program
Eating pizza and sub sandwiches, and touring the Hastings Utilities dispatch center that monitors every utility across town was a quick first meeting Tuesday for the eight Big Brothers Big Sisters matches, but one that the mentoring organization hopes to build upon.
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Softball teams, supporters bring their A game
Sitting in her lawn chair with the hood of her sweatshirt pulled over her head, Michelle Libal’s hands shook as she worked to fill in the names and numbers on the page of her stats book this morning.
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Sandy Himmelberg has eventful career
Cramped office space greeted Sandy Himmelberg 27 years ago when she started working at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
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Blue Hill city worker fights back from electrocution injuries
BLUE HILL — A benefit planned for Sunday here will assist a city worker who suffered serious injuries while helping to repair storm damage in nearby Red Cloud last summer.
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About 60 volunteers plant trees
Give a teenager the chance to plant a tree and it’s an activity that will remain with them the rest of their lives.
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One man, two hearts
MINDEN — A Minden man who battled back time and again from serious health problems, and who lived just shy of 20 years with two "piggybacked" donor hearts beating in his chest, died Thursday at age 69.
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Candidate talks farm values, bridges
Lee Saathoff addressed issues such as rising farmland valuations, deficient bridges and courthouse security during a candidate forum Friday at the YWCA of Adams County.
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Young carrier in it for the money
Buzzing between stops on his motorized scooter, 11-year-old Sam Wallace of Hastings tossed newspapers to front porches along his route.
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Wallace students learn color of art
Second-grader Hanna Kull dipped her brush into the water and then into her watercolor paint before gently touching the brush to paper.
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Color run to help woman with cystic fibrosis
Friends of 2003 Hastings High graduate Meghan Schuff Zimmerman have organized a color run Saturday morning in Juniata to help raise money for costs associated with a double-lung transplant.
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Evacuation caused by pair of bomb threats
The two phone calls made Tuesday afternoon to the Adams County Courthouse, each a bomb threat, posed a scary situation for employees, a county official said.
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Panelists share unique bond between veterans at forum
A panel of military veterans gathered Tuesday at First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to give area residents a chance to learn more about their lives after active duty during a forum presented by Lutheran Family Services’ Peer Support “At Ease” program.
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Truck route receives community support
As several dozen elected officials and representatives of local businesses assembled Tuesday for a ribbon cutting just off the intersection of Showboat Boulevard and 42nd Street, a semi passed behind them.
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Faces of Tribland: Brent Breckner
DONIPHAN — Brent Breckner is beginning his 12th year at Doniphan-Trumbull Public Schools in a new atmosphere.
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AC task force considering single-site option
At the moment, a task force studying the future of education in Adams Central’s elementary system is leaning toward a single site at an unknown location and recommending that putting sixth-graders into a middle school environment be put on the back burner.
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Past, future meet ‘on the range’
ATHOL, Kan. — In a poignant afternoon ceremony Sunday, friends and supporters of the historic Home on the Range Cabin near here rededicated the structure following extensive restoration work.
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Shear fun
Four-year-old Delys Hall tenderly fingered the handle of the hand shears as Cordell Jeffcoat led the shears through the sheep’s wool.
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New lt. gov. honors Geneva roots
After serving in the Nebraska Legislature since 2007, Geneva native John Nelson finds himself in a new position. Nelson was named the new lieutenant governor of Nebraska Monday afternoon.
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Mary Lanning sees increase in BCBS patients
As Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and CHI Health remain at a contract impasse, independent hospitals like Mary Lanning Healthcare are seeing an uptick in patients.
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Faces of Business: Linda Swayze
Fate has dealt Hastings Tribune executive secretary Linda Swayze a winning hand. Swayze, 66, is one of those faces in the workplace that seems to never change with the passing of time.
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St. Michael's Elementary begins providing day care
Little Tommy gets out of preschool at 11 a.m., while Susan isn’t out of school until 3:15 p.m.
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Collector cars, trucks up for auction
MINDEN — A Minden car dealer estimates that 2,000 people will show up this morning for the auction of his classic car collection and other nostalgic items.
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Voters get another look at Minden water plan
MINDEN — Residents here have voiced concern over the quality of their faucet water over a period of time, and the city has listened. But the water quality isn’t necessarily the city’s top priority.
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A lesson in safety
Everyone has suffered some type of injury in an accident.
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Wind-driven hail pounds Tribland
A less common seasonal foe of home gardens and crops — wind-driven hail — beat frost to the punch from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, shattering soybean plants, pounding peppers and bending corn to the breaking point in fields in and around Hastings.
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How food gets to tables
What is involved in getting food to our plate? What genetic modifications are included in that process, and are those modifications healthy for the consumer?
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Mary Lanning experiencing flu shot delays
Due to supply shortages, anyone expecting to get an influenza vaccine at a Mary Lanning Healthcare clinic this month will have to wait.
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Church enters construction phase
After eight months of fundraising, Peace Lutheran Church is ready to move into the construction phase of its expansion project.
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Former mayor moved Hastings forward
Former Hastings Mayor Bill Welton is being remembered as a kind, intelligent, consensus builder during a time when the city faced several challenges.
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Comedy kicks off theater season
Laughs abound in a comedy mixing marriage with career titled “ ‘Til Beth Do Us Part,” starting Friday at the Hastings Community Theatre, 515 S. Fourth Ave.
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College receives $1.7 million gift
Hastings College was recently the recipient of a $1.7 million gift from one of its alumni.
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