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Lincoln Christian Crusaders win Class C1 Championship for first time since 2017
Lincoln Christian Crusaders win Class C1 Championship for first time since 2017

The Lincoln Christian Crusaders scored 21 of their 38 points from the free throw line to down the Sidney Red Raiders 38-26 in the Class C1 Championship Game. 

Question of whether Nebraska public money can go to private schools still set for November ballot

Question of whether Nebraska public money can go to private schools still set for November ballot

Nebraska’s top election official has ruled that voters will get to decide this year whether to repeal a law that gives taxpayer money for private school scholarships.

Firearm-, marijuana-related conviction lands Lincoln man in prison

Firearm-, marijuana-related conviction lands Lincoln man in prison

A man from Lincoln was sentenced to prison after he was convicted for marijuana and a firearm.

Firefighters respond to house explosion in Wood River

Firefighters respond to house explosion in Wood River

First responders were called to a house explosion in Wood River near 11th and Main streets on Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

‘Divisible’ documentary at Omaha Film Festival spotlights ‘redlining’ impacts in Omaha

‘Divisible’ documentary at Omaha Film Festival spotlights ‘redlining’ impacts in Omaha

Burned into James Freeman’s memory is the sight, 58 years ago, of an ongoing string of for-sale signs posted in front of homes along a boulevard on the north side of Nebraska’s biggest city.

Victim of high-tech stalking calls on Legislature to pass law blocking such unauthorized tracking

Victim of high-tech stalking calls on Legislature to pass law blocking such unauthorized tracking

Sahra Niazi said she started getting threatening text messages shortly after breaking off a relationship in 2021.

BNSF train derails after crash near Exeter

BNSF train derails after crash near Exeter

A BNSF train derailed after a train hit a semi-trailer near Exeter.

City hall feud hinders progress in North Omaha, community leaders say

City hall feud hinders progress in North Omaha, community leaders say

The Omaha City Council’s Feb. 6 meeting started like any other.

Hastings St. Cecilia hires Loomis superintendent as new middle and high school principal

Hastings St. Cecilia hires Loomis superintendent as new middle and high school principal

Hastings Catholic Schools is turning to an area school superintendent to be its next middle and high school principal.

In Nebraska, empty churches are becoming apartments, museums

In Nebraska, empty churches are becoming apartments, museums

After over a century of worship, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Benedict closed its doors in January 2020. Seven months later, the Johnsons bought it.

Refresher for spotters, as Nebraska heads into spring and summer severe weather

Refresher for spotters, as Nebraska heads into spring and summer severe weather

First responders and others attend weather seminar west of Beatrice

Council debates dog park location options

Council debates dog park location options

The Sidney City Council debated the offer of two different dog park locations in their recent meeting. City Manager David Scott said there have been groups seeking a dog park in Sidney.

Poppe named February Student of the Month

Poppe named February Student of the Month

Chadron State College student Isabella “Bella” Poppe of Hastings, Nebraska, is the February Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month.  

'Winners' making move to north side of Interstate 80

'Winners' making move to north side of Interstate 80

The Sidney City Council approved a liquor license application for Winners to move from the south side of Interstate 80 to a storefront near Bomgaars.

UNK’s new Regional Engagement Center scheduled to open this spring

UNK’s new Regional Engagement Center scheduled to open this spring

With construction of the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s new Regional Engagement Center in the homestretch, Michael Christen can envision the opportunities this 52,000-square-foot facility will bring to campus, the community and central Nebraska.

Kimball County grass fire quickly extinguished

Kimball County grass fire quickly extinguished

A call for service shortly before 1:00 pm on Thursday led the Kimball Volunteer Fire Department to the the corner of road 20 and road 29 in southwest Kimball County. There they found a vehicle on fire in a grassy patch on private property.

Pillen's plan to hike cigarette taxes finding friendly fire

Pillen's plan to hike cigarette taxes finding friendly fire

Gov. Jim Pillen, Nebraska (R): “We can add $2.00. We charge 64-cents. If we charge $2.64 that gets us to number 14 in the country on taxing cigarettes.”

Kimball Water Department announces repair work

Kimball Water Department announces repair work

The City of Kimball Water Department announces work will be conducted at the water tank. The project may result in water pressure issues.

First signs of significant growth have arrived in Kimball

First signs of significant growth have arrived in Kimball

The skyline of the seasonally popular Stahla Mobile Home Park has changed significantly. Twenty five brand new three bedroom mobile homes have arrived in town and all but one of them sit in a single row toward the front of the park. A company that is cont

Two Sidney High School juniors recognized with Nebraska Young Artist awards

Two Sidney High School juniors recognized with Nebraska Young Artist awards

Sidney High School juniors Deanna Horst and Dru Weimer were recently selected to receive the Nebraska Young Artist Award. Both students are being recognized for music.

Norfolk to compete in Strongest Town Contest

Norfolk to compete in Strongest Town Contest

Norfolk is one of 16 towns to compete in Strongest Town Contest next month.

Sandra Bybee selected as Pheasants Forever National Volunteer of the Year Award finalist

Sandra Bybee selected as Pheasants Forever National Volunteer of the Year Award finalist

Sandra Bybee, a member of the High Plains chapter of Pheasants Forever, is the finalist for the Pheasants Forever Volunteer of the Year award. The High Plains #278 annual dinner is Friday, March 1.

Woman arrested after trespassing in Norfolk

Woman arrested after trespassing in Norfolk

A woman was arrested in Norfolk after trespassing Wednesday.

Artificial Intelligence in campaigns...a Nebraska lawmaker says policy is needed

Artificial Intelligence in campaigns...a Nebraska lawmaker says policy is needed

Senator John Cavanaugh says the state needs to start a discussion on the issue

Panhandle man sentenced for failing to register as sex offender

Panhandle man sentenced for failing to register as sex offender

A 44-year-old man from Big Springs, Nebraska was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for failing to register as a sex offender.

One person injured in rollover near Lodgepole

One person injured in rollover near Lodgepole

First responders were called to a rollover accident west of Lodgepole. The single occupant of the vehicle was transported from the scene by ambulance.

Kimball authorities assist with high speed pursuit

Kimball authorities assist with high speed pursuit

Kimball Police and Kimball County Sheriff's deputies assisted with a high speed pursuit from Scotts Bluff County this afternoon.

Blind mayor candidate prepares for Voter ID

Blind mayor candidate prepares for Voter ID

Election workers will require photo identification

City facing maintenance issues at Chamber building

City facing maintenance issues at Chamber building

The Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce office building is in need of repairs. Sidney's Chief Building Official Marshall Hall says some of the needs done sooner than later.

Progress made in fighting central wildfire, now 82% contained

Progress made in fighting central wildfire, now 82% contained

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Betty’s Way Fire north of North Platte. Containment increased to 82% with approximately 60 people working on managing this large and complex wildfire.

Fire destroys bunkhouse south of Rushville

Fire destroys bunkhouse south of Rushville

An electrical issue is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a bunkhouse on the Casey Hinn Ranch 22 miles south of Rushville on Monday.

Nebraska officials kicking off use of smoke alert system for this year

Nebraska officials kicking off use of smoke alert system for this year

Prescribed burning and wildfires can combine to adversely affect air quality

Tatro Chiropractic donates $408 to Fairbury Booster Club

Tatro Chiropractic donates $408 to Fairbury Booster Club

Tatro Chiropractic in Fairbury donated $3 for every three pointer made by the Jeffs and the Lady Jeffs in the season. 

Bacon, Frei miles apart on Ukraine

Bacon, Frei miles apart on Ukraine

Rep. Don Bacon, Nebraska (R): “I think it's in our national security interest that Ukraine remain independent."

Dan Frei, GOP Candidate for Congress: “I worry more about what's happening internally and within the borders of our own country.”

Kimball's newest police officer, K-9 Lucy, makes her way west

Kimball's newest police officer, K-9 Lucy, makes her way west

Lucy, the K-9 approved by Kimball's city council last month, left North Carolina Tuesday.

Nebraska country music artist, B.J. Jamison, debuting new single Wednesday night in Nashville

Nebraska country music artist, B.J. Jamison, debuting new single Wednesday night in Nashville

Heartland Country Music Artist B.J. Jamison, of Arnold, Neb., will celebrate the release of his new song, "The Note," Wednesday night at The Local in Nashville, Tenn.

ACE awards Sidney $29,000

ACE awards Sidney $29,000

SIDNEY -- ACE, Public Alliance for Community Energy, returned $29,304 to the City of Sidney February 27. The check is part of ACE's revenue return program to the 76 member communities.

Inmate dies while serving sentence at RTC

Inmate dies while serving sentence at RTC

An inmate died on Monday while he was serving his sentence in Lincoln.

City of Beatrice sets open house date, on South 13th project

City of Beatrice sets open house date, on South 13th project

Phased approach will be used during the construction

Local strike team in southeast Nebraska sent to aid in firefight near North Platte

Local strike team in southeast Nebraska sent to aid in firefight near North Platte

Nebraska has been forming strike teams to help in the fight when major wildfires break out

Wildfire response continues in central Nebraska: Betty’s Way Fire 72% contained as of Tuesday evening

Wildfire response continues in central Nebraska: Betty’s Way Fire 72% contained as of Tuesday evening

As of Tuesday evening the Betty’s Way Fire in Lincoln, Dawson, and, Custer Counties has claimed 71,022 acres according to a press release from Region 51 Emergency Management Director Brandon Myers.

Plymouth State Senator's bill proposes lower valuations, front-loaded tax refund

Plymouth State Senator's bill proposes lower valuations, front-loaded tax refund

Senator Tom Brandt's concept proposes working within the state's school aid formula

33rd Annual Spring Expo

33rd Annual Spring Expo

987 The Big Boy and Cheyenne County Country welcome you to the 33rd Annual Flood Communications Spring Expo, presented by Sutton Home Gallery, on April 13-14 at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds in Sidney.

A mower sparked a Nebraska wildfire that has burned an area roughly the size of Omaha, officials say

A mower sparked a Nebraska wildfire that has burned an area roughly the size of Omaha, officials say

State officials say a mower sparked a wildfire that has burned about 110 square miles of prairieland in central Nebraska.

Pawnee Park East shelters, slides vandalized

Pawnee Park East shelters, slides vandalized

Columbus Parks and Recreation says their park suffered vandalism in the form of graffiti on slides and shelters in Pawnee Park East.

Strong winds increase risk of fire in Nebraska

Strong winds increase risk of fire in Nebraska

According to our accuweather forecast report, 35-45 mph wind gusts are moving to the southeast, pelting towns like Norfolk and the areas around it. 

Fair Board planning two nights of musical entertainment

Fair Board planning two nights of musical entertainment

The Cheyenne County Fair Board is looking at some changes to the 2024 Cheyenne County Fair and Rodeo. The board is planning two nights of musical entertainment, and will have a virtual reality entertainment trailer.

Sidney City Council race grows to four candidates

Sidney City Council race grows to four candidates

The contest for Sidney City Council seats now has four candidates: two incumbents and two non-incumbents.

US government may sue PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett utility, for nearly $1B in wildfire costs

US government may sue PacifiCorp, a Warren Buffett utility, for nearly $1B in wildfire costs

The U.S. government is threatening to sue PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, to recover nearly $1 billion for the 2020 wildfires in southern Oregon and northern California, though the company is trying to negotiate a settlement.

Banner County FFA hosting fundraising event Friday night in Harrisburg

Banner County FFA hosting fundraising event Friday night in Harrisburg

Banner County FFA Members Andie West and Adam Knaub hopped on board The Big Boy Tuesday morning to tell us about this year's fundraising event. Click "play" below to hear the full conversation.

Mowing operations blamed for Betty's Way Fire northeast of North Platte

Mowing operations blamed for Betty's Way Fire northeast of North Platte

On Feb. 26 at 10:32 a.m. North Platte 911 center received a phone call reporting a wildfire from a resident on Betty’s Way, approximately 8.6 miles northeast of North Platte.

Chart-topping country sensation Nate Smith to headline UNK concert

Chart-topping country sensation Nate Smith to headline UNK concert

NATE SMITH w/special guest Lauren Watkins
Date: April 10
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Health & Sports Center, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Tickets: Reserved tickets $35, $45, $55 plus fees
On Sale: 10 a.m. March 1 www.unk.edu/natesmith

Gage County negotiating resolution to horses seized during investigation

Gage County negotiating resolution to horses seized during investigation

March 18th is the next scheduled court hearing on horses seized last August

Why Nebraskans are seeing sudden change in weather

Why Nebraskans are seeing sudden change in weather

The National Weather Service explains why the temperature has suddenly shifted back to the cold after days of warmth: Alberta Clipper.

Chambers running. Again.

Chambers running. Again.

Chambers will be taking on incumbent Senator Terrell McKinney, who Chambers backed four years ago.

Kimball Health Services celebrates new hospital opening

Kimball Health Services celebrates new hospital opening

After nearly two years of work, Kimball Health Services' new facility is open to the public. Ribbon cuttings and speeches from local and state officials topped the completion of the facility February 26.

Western Nebraska Community College President Greg Dart

Western Nebraska Community College President Greg Dart

Western Nebraska Community College President Greg Dart is among 24 recipients of the Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award for New Presidents.

State deploys resources to central Nebraska wildfire

State deploys resources to central Nebraska wildfire

Local officials in Custer and Lincoln counties have declared emergencies and requested state assistance due to a large wildfire affecting the area.

Human trafficking awareness in Nebraska and how to stay safe

Human trafficking awareness in Nebraska and how to stay safe

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery and is happening all over Nebraska. It's a multi-billion-dollar operation that happens illegally.

Large grass fire burning northeast of North Platte, evacuations ordered

Large grass fire burning northeast of North Platte, evacuations ordered

A large grass fire is burning north of North Platte a few miles east of Highway 83 and north of Hall School Road.

No injuries reported in Hastings structure fire

No injuries reported in Hastings structure fire

A vacant home in Hastings was damaged in an early morning fire on Monday.

Man arrested after reportedly stealing car in Lincoln

Man arrested after reportedly stealing car in Lincoln

A man was arrested in Lincoln after he reportedly stole a vehicle, hit a separate car, and bit an officer.

34th Annual High Plains Pheasants Forever Banquet Friday in Sidney

34th Annual High Plains Pheasants Forever Banquet Friday in Sidney

The 34th banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds.

Three-wheeler operator injured in south Beatrice crash

Three-wheeler operator injured in south Beatrice crash

Three wheeler collided with commercial truck, at a T-intersection

Love: Differences between Ricketts and Trump 'getting narrow'

Love: Differences between Ricketts and Trump 'getting narrow'

Joe Jordan, NCN: “Former President Trump said black voters like him because he's been indicted 4 times, they appreciate his mug shot. Do you understand what he's trying to say?” 

Love: “I don't ever understand what he's trying to say."