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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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Election Results
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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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Jacobitz building ag, FFA programs at Adams Central
Growing up on a farm in southwest Adams County, Brandon Jacobitz always had a great appreciation for agriculture.
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Former Hastings mayor dies
Former Hastings Mayor Bill Welton died Sunday at 75.
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Reward offered for pelican shooting information
JEWELL COUNTY, Kan. — The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing seven American white pelicans at Lovewell Reservoir here.
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Sutton man dies in rollover crash
SUTTON — A rural Sutton man died near here Monday morning when the car he was driving ran off U.S. Highway 6 and rolled in a ravine, Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin reported.
Blake A. Smith, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle crash three miles west of Sutton, Franklin said. The crash apparently had occurred within minutes of the emergency call recorded by the Clay County 911 Dispatch Center at 6:35 a.m.
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Next lieutenant governor named
Gov. Dave Heineman named state Sen. John Nelson of Omaha as his new lieutenant governor this morning.
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Melody Round-up parade brings back memories
A picture-perfect sunny morning greeted visitors to this year’s 63rd annual Melody Round-Up Parade through downtown Hastings Saturday.
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Police dog retires
After nearly eight years of loyal service, Zeus the Hastings Police Department dog recently had a brush with death and has since been retired.
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D Street getting attention
Residents living along and around the five blocks of D Street that are set to be repaved over the next two months left Thursday’s public information meeting satisfied.
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Hastings DAV gets new ride
For veterans who don’t drive, getting a ride to Grand Island for an annual checkup or a medical problem that needs attention can be a challenge for them.
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Melody Roundup parade marches on
Falling leaves, marching bands, classic cars and floats trumpet the arrival of the 63rd annual Melody Roundup Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Hastings.
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Killer found hanged
LINCOLN — A rural Glenvil man who had been sentenced to life in prison for killing his ex-wife and his divorce lawyer last November died Monday after hanging himself in his cell.
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Truck route now open
Contractors were cleaning the concrete and placing hay bales in the ditches for erosion control along the new truck route late Monday morning.
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Life sentence for killer
Shelley Casterline apologized Monday for killing a Guide Rock woman last year and told the judge before her sentencing that she wants a chance to change her life.|
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Child abuse sentence
A 30-year-old Hastings man is “tremendously sorry” for the role he played in the April 18 death of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son, the man’s attorney said Monday.
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‘Mr. Hastings College Bronco No. 1’ dies at 82
The name Tom Jorgenson is ubiquitous at Hastings College.
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U.S. Senate candidates at Hastings forum
Three candidates for the open Nebraska U.S. Senate seat shared their views on various topics with 211 potential voters on Sunday evening during a town hall forum at the Hastings City Auditorium.
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Pastors weigh in on world hunger
Two area pastors weighed in Sunday in front of their congregations in preparation for their upcoming fight against hunger on Oct. 19.
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HU confident about Aquifer Storage and Restoration Project
The cornfield along the west side of North Baltimore Avenue between West 18th Street and Pacific Boulevard soon will be replaced by a pair of lagoons on top of a 14-foot-tall berm.
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Bid protest finished
Western Alternative Corrections now has another shot at a multimillion-dollar federal contract for providing federal prisoner residential re-entry services.
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Faces of Business: Jay and Barb Landell
There were plenty of good reasons why the United Way of South Central Nebraska tapped Jay and Barb Landell to lead its annual fundraising campaign.
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Dancers make their way to town
Square and round dancing have been around for ages. But to compare them and say they are the same would be a mistake.
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Guide Rock man found guilty of murder
Andrew J. Casterline of Guide Rock was found guilty of first-degree murder, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary.
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Car wash to honor memory of ‘all-around good guy’
A car wash fundraiser for the family of Phillip J. McDonald of Hastings will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Chris’s Car Wash, 907 S. Burlington Ave.
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Mother discredited in murder case
Jurors heard Wednesday an audio recording of a mother promising to protect her son in the aftermath of the stabbing death of a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman last year.
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Hands-on experience in the outdoors
CLAY CENTER — Fifth- and sixth-graders from throughout Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Thayer, Nuckolls and Webster counties enjoyed two days of hands-on activities provided at the 2014 Earth Jamboree here.
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Sen. Seiler, AC students talk legislation
The eight members of the Adams Central Legislature’s Education Committee voted in favor Wednesday of increasing the number of school days from 180 to 220.
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FFA takes off at Silver Lake
BLADEN — After two years of learning through a television screen, Silver Lake High School senior Kailey Conway is happy to sit in one classroom for three periods of a day with a teacher and classmates.
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Leukemia victim: Surrounded by angels
Within days after Hastings native Mary Vaughan was diagnosed with stage 4 acute lymphoblastic leukemia, friend Susie Bertie organized a benefit. The response has been so strong, it shocked them both.
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Regional center may be solution for prison crowding
The Hastings Regional Center could be the saving grace for Nebraska’s state prison system.
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Killer: ‘Son had nothing to do with it’
A woman convicted of killing a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman told a jury Tuesday that her son had no part in the actual slaying.
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Hastings part of recycling pilot program
The city wants to improve recycling participation and availability in town.
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Supervisors like plans for fairgrounds upgrade
Members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday that the 316,000-square-foot building proposed for the fairgrounds is a good idea.
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New HPL Friends board meets
After two months without a board, Friends of the Hastings Public Library once again has a leadership structure in place.
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State finishes case
Jurors Monday heard evidence from the autopsy report and DNA testing that were done after the death of a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman last year.
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Faces in Tribland: Bruce Paulus
Bruce Paulus has walked through enough prisons to know that in most cases, their occupants would prefer to be set free.
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Wind farm proposal to get second look
RED CLOUD — A proposal to build wind turbines across an expanse of Webster County drew both support and concern from community members at a meeting here Monday.
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Milo Days revived following hiatus
CARLETON — Don Braun had finished his meal of milo pancakes and a slice of cherry pie when he was sitting at the Milo Days raffle.
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Murder trial nearing close
Prosecutors are expected to finish presenting their case today in the murder trial for 24-year-old Andrew J. Casterline.
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Jurors see accused's interview with cops
Jurors saw Friday a police interview in which 24-year-old Andrew Casterline denied killing his 68-year-old step-grandmother last year.
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$2.5 million building in works for fairgrounds
If all goes well, Adams County 4-H'ers and the extension office will be operating inside a new $2.5 million building at next year's fair.
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CCC discusses wind power study
Central Community College-Hastings may add a wind turbine to its campus as part of an alternative-fuel curriculum, but college officials first are looking into the location's wind potential.
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Faces of Business: Dave and Cindy Hamburger
INLAND — With their diversified farming operation, Dave and Cindy Hamburger focus on developing the most value in every plant, every crop, every acre of land.
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Texas investment company to acquire Imperial Mall
Following 22 months of intensive negotiations, RockStep Capital, a real estate investment company based in Houston, announced this morning it is in the process of acquiring the Imperial Mall in a deal that includes three other Midwest shopping centers.
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Prosecution shows paper trail in murder trial
Prosecutors showed Thursday how Andrew Casterline, 24, drained all the money from a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman’s bank account in the hours after her death.
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Moment of silence honors America
“Thirteen years ago was just like any other day. Thirteen years ago I went to work like any other day.”
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Thirty hogs killed in area semi rollover
SARONVILLE — Thirty hogs were killed near here early Tuesday morning as the result of a semitrailer truck rollover, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported.
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Murder investigation detailed
A Nebraska State Patrol investigator says a 68-year-old Guide Rock woman may have been alive when she was covered with boards and left for dead in her home last year.
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Hastings Catholic Schools unveils strategic plan
“To build a school community worthy of the human person.”
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Milo Days returns to Carleton
CARLETON — Milo Days is making its return to Carleton.
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Murder trial begins
His voice cracked at times, and he broke into sobs as he recounted the day his mother was found stabbed to death in her Guide Rock home last year.
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Truck driver bound over on manslaughter counts
CLAY CENTER — The driver of a semitrailer truck who was involved in a triple-fatality crash near Saronville Aug. 28 waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Clay County Court here Tuesday.
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Service celebrates hands of healing
A class of 14 nursing students from Creighton University College of Nursing were challenged to serve God by caring for others during the annual Blessing of the Hands ceremony at St. Cecilia Catholic Church Tuesday afternoon.
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Child abuse plea deal made
A Hastings woman pleaded no contest Monday to a lesser charge of child abuse in connection with the shooting death of her 4-year-old son by his 9-year-old brother.
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City Council takes first step in selling parking lot
Sands of the hourglass are now moving on a downtown development project worth an estimated $30-$35 million.
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Faces of Tribland: Ed Sughroge
This summer, Ed Sughroue moved from one part of the state to the next and from a city of 8,000 to one of 25,000 to take a math position at Adams Central Junior/Senior School where he instead ended up becoming the activities director.
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AC board discusses middle school concept
The middle school concept discussion is coming to the forefront at Adams Central Public Schools.
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Long-standing tank re-located to Shelby
The Vietnam-era, camouflage M60A3 tank that had stood guard in front of the recently closed Mount Surabachi Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1346 at 1053 S. Wabash Ave. since 1996 has been reassigned elsewhere.
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Sorghum syrup cooking returns to Old Trusty show
CLAY CENTER — If you were out and about at the 32nd annual Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show, you might have seen something that hasn't been showcased for a while.
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Thayer Central addresses safety
HEBRON — Thayer Central Community Schools staff and students have adapted well to changes made to enhance security on the district's main campus on Eads Avenue.
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Suspect denies trying to kill officer
A 29-year-old Hastings man denied trying to kill a Hastings police detective while escaping arrest on Friday in Adams County District Court.
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Principal sent off in style
Within seconds Dave Essink went from being blindfolded and gingerly escorted into the back of a BMW convertible to flapping his cape and waving to a cheering crowd.
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Musicfest "a big party"
Mary Schutz knows who she is catering to when it comes to planning for the annual Miles of Memories Country Musicfest at the Adams County Fairgrounds: Lovers of traditional country music.
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Schools emphasizing student safety
You overslept, the kids forgot their book bags and then the next thing you know, you’re running late getting them to school.
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Down but not out
Paul Hamelink is down, but not out about his dream of owning a bar that sells cigars after the Nebraska Supreme Court struck down exceptions last week to the state’s public smoking ban for cigar bars and tobacco shops.
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United Way kicks off campaign
The rockers of United Way of South Central Nebraska kicked off this year’s fundraising campaign Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank with hopes of reaching their goal of $465,000.
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Bid award protested
Western Alternative Corrections of Hastings is protesting the loss of a multimillion-dollar federal contract for providing federal prisoner residential re-entry services.
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Antique machinery comes alive at Old Trusty
CLAY CENTER — Visitors to the Old Trusty Antique and Collectors Show get insight into the way life used to be.
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A flag to remember
A new flag will be flying above Hastings Fire and Rescue Friday to recognize fallen firefighters.
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Still likes that old time country sound
Few performers have had as much exposure to old-time traditional country music from cradle to present as Ron Williams.
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Truck driver arraigned in triple-fatality case
CLAY CENTER — The driver of a semitrailer truck involved in a triple-fatality collision near Saronville Thursday has been arraigned on three charges of manslaughter in Clay County Court.
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Task force brainstorms over ‘possible’ options
Members of an Adams Central task force spent about 15 minutes Tuesday brainstorming about what do in the future for the education of elementary students.
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Third Hastings family member dies in Highway 6 collision
A third Hastings resident involved in the collision of a sports utility vehicle and semitrailer truck at the junction of U.S. Highway 6 and Nebraska Highway 14 North Thursday morning has died, officials confirmed over the weekend.
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Ram Run front man moves to back of pack
Runners who line up Saturday morning for Central Community College-Hastings’ 32nd annual Ram Run and Walk will notice a familiar face in the back of the pack.
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MPH popular among vintage car club members
Despite a crash last year, Lori Bush-Engel of Golden, Colo., traveled about 400 miles to race this weekend in the Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing Limited Showboat Grand Prix at Motorsport Park Hastings.
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