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Significant Missouri River flooding forecast
Significant Missouri River flooding forecast

Up to 15 inches of rain is causing destructive flooding in northern Iowa

County at odds with State over property tax exemption status

County at odds with State over property tax exemption status

SIDNEY -- Cheyenne County Assessor Jordan Hajek recently presented the county commissioners three 451 Exemption Applications for Tax Exemption.

Grass fire near Alliance is 100% contained after burning thousands of acres

Grass fire near Alliance is 100% contained after burning thousands of acres

After scorching more than 6,000 acres, the grass fire near Alliance, named the “Schiff Fire,” is now 100% contained, according to Alliance Fire Chief Troy Shoemaker.

Regional West Partners Colleges to Offer Remote Respiratory Therapy Program Options

Regional West Partners Colleges to Offer Remote Respiratory Therapy Program Options

Students can pursue a degree in the growing field of respiratory therapy while working at Regional West, thanks to partnerships with Nebraska and Wyoming colleges.

“Sowing Seeds for Generations” Women in Agriculture Conference set for Aug. 2

“Sowing Seeds for Generations” Women in Agriculture Conference set for Aug. 2

“Sowing Seeds for Generations” is the theme of this year’s Women in Agriculture Conference, Friday, Aug. 2. The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sidney at the Elks Lodge, 1040 Jackson St.

Re-enacted Pony Express passes through Nebraska Panhandle

Re-enacted Pony Express passes through Nebraska Panhandle

SCOTTSBLUFF -- From St. Joseph, Mo., to Sacramento, Calif., horses and riders, and support trucks and stock trailers are re-tracing the Pony Express route over a 10-day period.

Fireworks Wow crowd at annual Homestead Days Celebration

Fireworks Wow crowd at annual Homestead Days Celebration

Fireworks show provided by C-and-C Fireworks is always one of the largest attendance events

Gravel Grinder bike race draws over 400 entries

Gravel Grinder bike race draws over 400 entries

Cycling event draws participation from multiple states

Scottsbluff community recovering from June 20 storm

Scottsbluff community recovering from June 20 storm

Scotts Bluff County spent the day assessing damage following the June 20 thunderstorm. People were trapped in vehicles by live power lines, roofs were stripped from buildings, and trees were uprooted.

Flatwater Music Festival returns to Hastings for year 17

Flatwater Music Festival returns to Hastings for year 17

Over the next two days more than 1,000 people from across the state are coming to the annual Flatwater Music Festival in Hastings.

Organizations to provide affordable housing for refugees and new immigrants

Organizations to provide affordable housing for refugees and new immigrants

A nonprofit organization in Central Nebraska is partnering with a developer to build houses for refugees and new immigrants. 

Love: Black voters are playing with pollsters

Love: Black voters are playing with pollsters

Love: "They will vote for Joe simply because they don't feel comfortable voting for the Republican."

Buildings damaged, roads closed due to severe storms near Ainsworth

Buildings damaged, roads closed due to severe storms near Ainsworth

Severe storms on Thursday night have led to significant flooding and road closures in and around Ainsworth, Nebraska.

A year in, Nebraska doctors say abortion ban has changed how they care for patients

A year in, Nebraska doctors say abortion ban has changed how they care for patients

Supporters of state’s 12-week ban say the law has been good for Nebraskans amid doctors' concerns over legal gray area

Downtown Sounds

Downtown Sounds

A live outdoor concert series that's been held in Sidney for over a decade returns for another summer in 2024.

Retired banker and volunteer leader, this year's Homestead Days Parade Grand Marshal

Retired banker and volunteer leader, this year's Homestead Days Parade Grand Marshal

John Rypma helped raise over a million dollars for a new Beatrice Humane Society animal shelter

Storm wreaks havoc in central Panhandle

Storm wreaks havoc in central Panhandle

Storm damage was reported from the Scottsbluff tri-cities area east to Morrill County this afternoon.

WNCC launching HVACR course in Alliance

WNCC launching HVACR course in Alliance

Registration is open for Western Nebraska Community College's next Construction Trades program, an Entry-Level HVACR course in Alliance. The Entry-Level HVACR course is intended for students interested in entering the HVACR industry.

McMill Building keeps over 100 year old history alive

McMill Building keeps over 100 year old history alive

With efforts to conduct business out of a building originally constructed in 1903, there were many updates done to restore the McMill building.

Casting arms and dissecting hearts: High schoolers get hands-on during UNK health science camp

Casting arms and dissecting hearts: High schoolers get hands-on during UNK health science camp

A high school student from Cody is among those at a health science camp at UNK.

STEM Power Camp empowers second through fifth graders in Grand Island

STEM Power Camp empowers second through fifth graders in Grand Island

A science, technology, engineering and math camp is empowering kids in central Nebraska. 

‘Clean, Drain, Dry’: Game and Parks emphasizes care for boat motors this summer

‘Clean, Drain, Dry’: Game and Parks emphasizes care for boat motors this summer

NGPC is asking boaters to take care of their motors to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Witnesses say Ohio man demanded Jeep before he stabbed couple at a Nebraska interstate rest area

Witnesses say Ohio man demanded Jeep before he stabbed couple at a Nebraska interstate rest area

Witnesses say they heard an Ohio man demand the keys to a Jeep that was being towed behind a Missouri couple's RV before he brutally stabbed them both and killed the man at an Interstate 80 rest area.

NE gas prices still dropping

NE gas prices still dropping

Right now, the statewide average is $3.19 a gallon, and that’s down from $3.25 a week ago.

Pornhub intends to ban Nebraska users after passage of LB 1092

Pornhub intends to ban Nebraska users after passage of LB 1092

Sponsor says porn industry draws in minors and opposes that

ALLO completes construction of fiber network in Grand Island

ALLO completes construction of fiber network in Grand Island

People in Grand Island now have another option to consider when choosing an internet provider.

Sheriff’s deputy kills mountain lion in Scotts Bluff County

Sheriff’s deputy kills mountain lion in Scotts Bluff County

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the deputy killed the animal because it was an immediate threat to the public.

Nebraska State Patrol hunts fugitive across state lines

Nebraska State Patrol hunts fugitive across state lines

Nebraska State Patrol is searching for Jason Sitzman, who fled from law enforcement across state borders, with a search operation involving multiple agencies yielding only the recovery of his motorcycle.

Ex Pawnee City para-educator sentenced to prison

Ex Pawnee City para-educator sentenced to prison

Plea entered to second degree sexual abuse

Trooper Jerry Smith Remembered as Dedicated Public Servant

Trooper Jerry Smith Remembered as Dedicated Public Servant

The Nebraska State Patrol is remembering an American Hero on the 5th anniversary of his passing in the line of duty. Today marks five years since Trooper Jerry Smith Jr. #373 was killed in a vehicle crash while on patrol in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Adams Industries' Tim Craig recognized by Leadership Nebraska

Adams Industries' Tim Craig recognized by Leadership Nebraska

Tim Craig, Chief Operations Officer for Adams Industries, has been selected for Leadership Nebraska Class XVL. The seven-month program covers a variety of issues important in Nebraska.

Doctor at Kearney Regional successfully implants area’s first leadless pacemaker

Doctor at Kearney Regional successfully implants area’s first leadless pacemaker

A doctor at Kearney Regional Medical Center is bringing a new heart treatment to the area.

‘Long road ahead’: Lincoln woman recovering after being attacked with brick

‘Long road ahead’: Lincoln woman recovering after being attacked with brick

Wrong place, wrong time — that’s how it went for Victoria Masters late at night on Friday, June 14, near 17th and Sumner streets.

New video alerts Nebraska parents of legal dangers from underage drinking

New video alerts Nebraska parents of legal dangers from underage drinking

Many minors who drink get alcohol from their parent’s house.

McCook duplex fire causes $40,000 in damage

McCook duplex fire causes $40,000 in damage

An electrical fire is to blame for a structure fire early Monday morning in McCook.

California man arrested after pursuit with stolen SUV, police say

California man arrested after pursuit with stolen SUV, police say

A California man is behind bars after authorities say he led state troopers on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.

Beauty through brushstrokes: Artists paint along the Niobrara

Beauty through brushstrokes: Artists paint along the Niobrara

Paint Along the Niobrara River is a four day event near Valentine, Nebraska.

We Care for Kids says strides still need to be made for affordable childcare

We Care for Kids says strides still need to be made for affordable childcare

We Care for Kids 2024 report underscores a growing need for affordable child care in Nebraska.

County finds no fault with gravel pit site

County finds no fault with gravel pit site

BRONSON -- The Cheyenne County Commissioners recently reviewed the Conditional Use Permit for a sand and gravel pit operated by Turner Landscaping.

Biden immigration moves hit NE Senate race

Biden immigration moves hit NE Senate race

This week Biden announced an executive order providing legal status to undocumented people who are married to U.S. citizens. Their children are also included. To qualify, a person must have lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years.

Otoe Kids Club 'changing the culture'

Otoe Kids Club 'changing the culture'

County board uses keno funds after commissioner pays half for new playground equipment

Boomfest planning means trail closure in Norfolk

Boomfest planning means trail closure in Norfolk

A portion of the Skyview Lake trail will be shutting down in preparation for the annual fireworks display

Norfolk Economic Development Director wins Local Professional of the Year

Norfolk Economic Development Director wins Local Professional of the Year

NORFOLK - An economic leader in northeast Nebraska is being recognized statewide for her efforts. Norfolk Economic Development Director Candice Alder was named the 2024 Nebraska Economic Developers Association (NEDA) Local Professional of the Year, at NED

UPDATE: Sheriff identifies victims in fatal Grand Island rest stop stabbing

UPDATE: Sheriff identifies victims in fatal Grand Island rest stop stabbing

One person has died after authorities say he was stabbed during an attempted robbery at an Interstate 80 rest stop.

Multiple agencies assist with Box Butte County grass fire

Multiple agencies assist with Box Butte County grass fire

Several fire departments, including Cheyenne County's fire departments, responded to a mutual aid call for a grass fire in south Box Butte and north Morrill County June 18.

Initial approval given to Southeast Community College budget

Initial approval given to Southeast Community College budget

Final budget approval is expected in September

Southeast Community College jumps CEO pay 10-percent, in new contract

Southeast Community College jumps CEO pay 10-percent, in new contract

Compensation negotiating team looked at progress of the school and comparison to other CEOs of community colleges, along with national reputation

Grand Island sets special election for economic development district on August 13

Grand Island sets special election for economic development district on August 13

A special election will take place in August in Grand Island that could help fund a development within the city's Good Life District.

Grand Island announces nearly $4 million in workforce housing funds

Grand Island announces nearly $4 million in workforce housing funds

More workforce housing projects are underway in Grand Island.

Bequette: Nebraska City excited about jobs, economic impact of Goodlife Agriculture

Bequette: Nebraska City excited about jobs, economic impact of Goodlife Agriculture

Half of loan could be forgiven if job targets are met

Hall County Commissioners vote to issue $40 million in bonds for courthouse project

Hall County Commissioners vote to issue $40 million in bonds for courthouse project

Hall County will issue bonds to pay for a major renovation and expansion to the county's 120-year-old courthouse.

Stothert: McDonnell 'does not get under my skin'

Stothert: McDonnell 'does not get under my skin'

One year ago, a poll said 68 percent of Omaha voters oppose the streetcar, 19 percent are for it and 13 percent unsure. It’s a poll that, according to the mayor, is just not true.

Sandhills Energy breaks ground on solar collection facility

Sandhills Energy breaks ground on solar collection facility

City and company officials broke ground on the future solar energy collection facility in northeast Sidney today. The facility is expected to be online by early 2025.

The Afterburn Podcast

The Afterburn Podcast

Here's what you missed - or want to relive again - on The Burn, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 987 The Big Boy, thebigboy987.com, the free News Channel Nebraska app and you can tell Alexa to "play 987 The Big Boy."

From John Wayne’s stuntman to rich ranchers: Grant County’s history recognized

From John Wayne’s stuntman to rich ranchers: Grant County’s history recognized

Grant County's rich history is being recognized with a new roadside historical marker.

Beatrice Public Schools new facility nearing occupancy

Beatrice Public Schools new facility nearing occupancy

A more modern and secure learning environment is on the way, for the youngest Beatrice students.

Housing development concepts examined by Beatrice officials

Housing development concepts examined by Beatrice officials

Plans could add several single family homes and duplexes on two sites that would no longer have school buildings

Former Lincoln residents embarking on epic cross-country run to raise awareness about grief

Former Lincoln residents embarking on epic cross-country run to raise awareness about grief

A family is embarking in a journey across the nation to raise awareness about grief. 

Sheriff: nobody injured after shots fired during mental health crisis

Sheriff: nobody injured after shots fired during mental health crisis

A Gibbon woman is now in emergency custody after authorities say she fired several shots near a road.

7th annual Suicide Awareness Poker Run draws crowd

7th annual Suicide Awareness Poker Run draws crowd

The 7th annual Suicide Awareness Poker Run was held June 15 beginning in downtown Sidney, looping into Colorado before ending the day in Chappell. Proceeds support local suicide awareness programs.

Two Grand Island officers injured in Friday night altercation

Two Grand Island officers injured in Friday night altercation

Two officers are recovering from injuries after police say a man fought them in Grand Island.

Martin launches its first farmers market

Martin launches its first farmers market

The market will be held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 3-6 p.m. at the Martin City Park.

Man who died in downtown Lexington was homeless, likely died from fall

Man who died in downtown Lexington was homeless, likely died from fall

Authorities are releasing more information about a body found in a downtown alley of a Central Nebraska city.

History of the American flag celebrated by the Elks Lodge 1894

History of the American flag celebrated by the Elks Lodge 1894

The Sidney Elks Lodge 1894 celebrated the history of the American flag Friday June 14, 2024. Joined by DOES with a demonstration of the folding of the flag and the meaning of each fold.

Mammoth bones found in Cherry County on display in Valentine

Mammoth bones found in Cherry County on display in Valentine

Mammoth bones that were unearthed in the Sandhills are now on display in Valentine.