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Arson ruled as cause of fatal Wood River house explosion
Arson ruled as cause of fatal Wood River house explosion

Authorities say one person died in a house explosion that was started by and act of arson.

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.  

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.

'One More' – Adams Central Girls Basketball embracing team motto heading into the State Tournament

'One More' – Adams Central Girls Basketball embracing team motto heading into the State Tournament

The identity and motto of this year’s Adams Central Patriot Girls team is clear –– 'One More.'

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.

Ohnoutka stepping down as St. Cecilia Boys Basketball Head Coach

Ohnoutka stepping down as St. Cecilia Boys Basketball Head Coach

Ryan Ohnoutka announced Wednesday morning he is stepping down as the Head Coach for the St. Cecilia Boys Basketball program, marking two coaching departures in Hastings in as many days. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Hastings College Men's Basketball wins GPAC regular season title

Hastings College Men's Basketball wins GPAC regular season title

For the first time in 33 years, the Bronco Men's Basketball team can call themselves conference champions.

Crane Trust sees record number of sandhill cranes on first aerial survey

Crane Trust sees record number of sandhill cranes on first aerial survey

The migration season is back and a record number of sandhill cranes are arriving.

Grand Island Police K-9 tracks one teen, other man gets away in attempted burglary

Grand Island Police K-9 tracks one teen, other man gets away in attempted burglary

A Grand Island teen is behind bars thanks in part to the work of a police K-9 unit.

Boys Basketball District Finals Games Announced

Boys Basketball District Finals Games Announced

After the completion of Thursday's subdistrict championships, 16 teams in Classes B-D are battling for 8 state championship berths. Here are the matchups in Central Nebraska: 

Promoting Black Excellence: New UNK honor society focuses on representation, recognition

Promoting Black Excellence: New UNK honor society focuses on representation, recognition

You’ve probably never heard of the Upsilon Eta Upsilon Honor Society for Black Excellence. One year ago, it didn’t exist on any college or university campus.

Entertainment venue with several activities announced for Grand Island's Conestoga Marketplace

Entertainment venue with several activities announced for Grand Island's Conestoga Marketplace

A new entertainment destination has been unveiled for a central Nebraska mall that’s under construction. 

Adams Central and Doniphan-Trumbull Boys set to meet in C1-9 Subdistrict Championship

Adams Central and Doniphan-Trumbull Boys set to meet in C1-9 Subdistrict Championship

The Two teams fighting for the Class C1-9 subdistrict championship in Central Nebraska tonight have a combined record of 39-6 after Tuesday's contests, but the loser tonight may be done for the season.

Clouse running on experience in race to represent Kearney-area in unicameral

Clouse running on experience in race to represent Kearney-area in unicameral

Kearney’s mayor is making his experience and ability to listen the cornerstones of his campaign for state legislature.

Kearney school board picks Barth to fill vacant post

Kearney school board picks Barth to fill vacant post

A woman with experience as a business owner and with local nonprofit boards will be the newest member of the Kearney Public Schools Board of Education.

Lincoln man sentenced to decades in prison for attempting to entice 13-year-old girl

Lincoln man sentenced to decades in prison for attempting to entice 13-year-old girl

A Lincoln man will spend decades in prison after trying to entice an investigator posing as a 13-year-old girl in Grand Island.

Bayer Fund, local farmer team up for donation to Kearney’s Emerson Elementary

Bayer Fund, local farmer team up for donation to Kearney’s Emerson Elementary

A Kearney elementary school is getting a donation to buy technology thanks to an area farmer and a global foundation.

Grand Island Police arrest two men for sex trafficking of a minor in separate cases

Grand Island Police arrest two men for sex trafficking of a minor in separate cases

Two men in central Nebraska are behind bars after being charged with sex offenses.

Emerald Ash Borer located in Lincoln County

Emerald Ash Borer located in Lincoln County

The North Platte Tree Board has reported that Emerald Ash Borer has been found within Lincoln County.

Flock cameras lead Kearney Police to arrest man for stolen vehicle, six total charges

Flock cameras lead Kearney Police to arrest man for stolen vehicle, six total charges

A Chicago man is behind bars on several charges thanks in part to automated license plate readers in Kearney.

Cozad man charged with 2 counts of felony child abuse

Cozad man charged with 2 counts of felony child abuse

A Cozad man faces two counts of felony child abuse charges after police said he seriously injured a two-month-old.

Vehicles arriving for Kearney Police Department’s new assigned vehicle program

Vehicles arriving for Kearney Police Department’s new assigned vehicle program

A Central Nebraska police department is getting closer to providing a vehicle to every officer.

Nebraska’s First Lady shares agriculture with Grand Island elementary students

Nebraska’s First Lady shares agriculture with Grand Island elementary students

Nebraska’s First Lady is sharing and connecting students with agriculture through stories. 

Peg Dethlefs of Ravenna named NCN Community Hero for January

Peg Dethlefs of Ravenna named NCN Community Hero for January

A lifelong Ravenna resident is being recognized for decades of serving her community.

UNK unveils new Power of the Herd slogan, brand campaign

UNK unveils new Power of the Herd slogan, brand campaign

The University of Nebraska-Kearney is leaning into its Loper mascot for its new slogan.

Highland North development unveils new concept, promises to redefine modern living

Highland North development unveils new concept, promises to redefine modern living

A new Grand Island housing development promises to be the next community where neighbors become family. 

Horse Racing season is back at Fonner Park

Horse Racing season is back at Fonner Park

Fonner Park is getting ready for another racing season.

Funkey starts as assistant city administrator in Hastings

Funkey starts as assistant city administrator in Hastings

A longtime Hastings leader is now serving the city in a new role.

Man accused of brutally beating a Kearney woman involved in crash, now in custody

Man accused of brutally beating a Kearney woman involved in crash, now in custody

The man wanted on charges of brutally beating a Kearney woman is in custody after police say he was involved in a car accident.

Adams County Fairfest announces all-country lineup led by Dustin Lynch, Ian Munsick

Adams County Fairfest announces all-country lineup led by Dustin Lynch, Ian Munsick

The Adams County Fairfest is welcoming five country artists as concert performers this summer.

Elevate Grand Island seeks to strengthen connection between immigrant community and city

Elevate Grand Island seeks to strengthen connection between immigrant community and city

A program in central Nebraska is looking for immigrant participants who want to learn more about the city they live in.

Kearney eSports wins state title in Div. l Mario Kart

Kearney eSports wins state title in Div. l Mario Kart

Students at Kearney High are celebrating a state championship in eSports.

Grand Island recognized nationally for economic growth

Grand Island recognized nationally for economic growth

A central Nebraska city is being recognized for economic growth in 2023.

Elderly domestic abuse survivor who killed husband released on parole

Elderly domestic abuse survivor who killed husband released on parole

A McCook woman convicted of manslaughter for the death of her husband was released on parole Wednesday.

Large grass fire in northeast North Platte prompts evacuations

Large grass fire in northeast North Platte prompts evacuations

A grass fire broke out early Wednesday afternoon in northeast North Platte. The fire was so severe that the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office ordered evacuations for the Calvary Hills Subdivision and Thunderhead Road.

Kearney Police searching for man accused of assaulting woman, burglarizing home

Kearney Police searching for man accused of assaulting woman, burglarizing home

Authorities in Central Nebraska are looking for a Kearney man they say beat a woman until she was unconscious.

Garner files motion to dismiss in former Kearney girls basketball coach’s defamation lawsuit

Garner files motion to dismiss in former Kearney girls basketball coach’s defamation lawsuit

The person named in a defamation lawsuit filed by the former Kearney High girls basketball coach is asking a judge to throw out the case.

New Adams County Jail still months away from completion, 4 months after projected opening date

New Adams County Jail still months away from completion, 4 months after projected opening date

From one opening date to another, the Adams County Sheriff's Office has been forced to repeatedly push back the opening of the new County Jail due to matters out of their control.

A true Love story: How UNK brought Hunter and Jeslynn together

A true Love story: How UNK brought Hunter and Jeslynn together

Hunter, of Norfolk, and Jeslynn, of Scottsbluff, were freshmen at the University of Nebraska at Kearney when they first met inside Thomas Hall.

Hall County Commissioners form committee, urge state-level action after JBS sewage leak

Hall County Commissioners form committee, urge state-level action after JBS sewage leak

Commissioners in Hall County are taking matters into their hands regarding wastewater concerns with a meatpacking plant. 

Howard County Sheriff to resign to manage Heartland Shooting Park

Howard County Sheriff to resign to manage Heartland Shooting Park

A Central Nebraska sheriff is leaving law enforcement to manage a shooting park.

Hastings City Council narrowly approves purchase of land from state to expand City Sanitary Landfill

Hastings City Council narrowly approves purchase of land from state to expand City Sanitary Landfill

After around 45 minutes of back and forth discussion on Monday night, the Hastings City Council needed the Mayor's tie-breaking vote to decide whether or not to expand the City Sanitary Landfill.

Sen. Aguilar says summer food program will benefit Hall County, encouraged Pillen to change his mind

Sen. Aguilar says summer food program will benefit Hall County, encouraged Pillen to change his mind

More than 150,000 students in Nebraska will now be eligible for a summer food assistance program.  

Lake Hastings project doesn’t include draining and dredging, final open house on Tuesday

Lake Hastings project doesn’t include draining and dredging, final open house on Tuesday

Officials in Hastings are getting closer to implementing a plan to revamp Lake Hastings.

Grand Island Public Schools getting ready to cut personnel, budget

Grand Island Public Schools getting ready to cut personnel, budget

A central Nebraska school district is preparing for budget cuts.

Lexington man dies in Highway 30 crash near Elm Creek

Lexington man dies in Highway 30 crash near Elm Creek

Authorities are providing more information about a crash that claimed a life in Central Nebraska.

Grand Island man accused of stabbing girlfriend in front of young children

Grand Island man accused of stabbing girlfriend in front of young children

A Grand Island man is behind bars accused of attempted second-degree murder.

Friday morning accident near Sutherland kills one, leaves another seriously injured

Friday morning accident near Sutherland kills one, leaves another seriously injured

Lincoln County Sheriff deputies were notified of a single-vehicle accident on a county road near Sutherland early Friday morning.

Grand Island unveils plans for new $4.5 million fire station

Grand Island unveils plans for new $4.5 million fire station

The city of Grand Island will soon have a new fire station.

Update: No Injuries Following 57-Car Train Derailment Near Cairo

Update: No Injuries Following 57-Car Train Derailment Near Cairo

Friday’s commute along parts of Highway 2 may be a bit slow in Hall County, as a train has derailed near Cairo.

High School coaching legend Jeff Tomlin to join Hastings College Football Staff

High School coaching legend Jeff Tomlin to join Hastings College Football Staff

A Nebraska coaching great with 37 years of coaching experience is joining the Bronco Football coaching staff for the 2024 season. 

Grassroots Grief: In small-town Nebraska, with suicide rates high, a family delivers hope for thousands

Grassroots Grief: In small-town Nebraska, with suicide rates high, a family delivers hope for thousands

The small-town suicide rate in Nebraska is higher than the national average, and far outpaces the suicide rate in Nebraska's cities.

Drug-related conviction near Grand Island sends California man to prison

Drug-related conviction near Grand Island sends California man to prison

Five years in prison was given to a man from California after he was convicted of having drugs near Grand Island.

'The Happy Brush' owner selling, hoping to keep business alive

'The Happy Brush' owner selling, hoping to keep business alive

A widely known local business in Grand Island is selling and is hoping to transfer it to a new owner. 

Authorities investigate death at site of Johnson Lake trailer fire

Authorities investigate death at site of Johnson Lake trailer fire

For the second time in a week, authorities are investigating a death at Johnson Lake.

Truck collides with semi-tractor-trailer, killing driver in Lincoln County

Truck collides with semi-tractor-trailer, killing driver in Lincoln County

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating a crash that claimed a life in Lincoln County on Monday.

Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity wins prestigious can competition for fourth consecutive year

Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity wins prestigious can competition for fourth consecutive year

A central Nebraska nonprofit is celebrating its triumph in a prestigious competition. 

Buffalo County Sheriff’s deputy involved in two-vehicle injury accident

Buffalo County Sheriff’s deputy involved in two-vehicle injury accident

Two people are recovering from injuries after a car accident involving a sheriff’s deputy.