Archaeologists seek to find relics at National Park site
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — There was a time when plows were drawn across the prairie by early settlers, starting lives in a new world.
These early versions of the plow are long retired, and a...
Lawmakers pass sales tax bill for ‘Beatrice Six’ payoff
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would let a rural Nebraska county raise its sales tax to pay off a $28.1 million legal debt has won final approval from lawmakers.
‘Beatrice Six’ sales tax bill advances to final vote
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would let a rural Nebraska county raise its sales tax to pay off a $28.1 million legal debt is headed to a final vote in the Legislature.
Police say dentist died of medical issue after crash
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Police say a driver died of a medical issue at a hospital after crashing his pickup truck in Beatrice.
The crash occurred Sunday afternoon after the pickup ran off U.S....
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a rural Nebraska county's appeal of a $28 million court judgment aimed at compensating six people wrongfully convicted of a 1985...
101-year-old women cherish friendship spanning 88 years
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Not many people can say they've had a friendship spanning 88 years, but Grace Frierichs and Katherine Wallman can.
These two 101 year old women first met each other in 1931, when they went through confirmation classes at Zion Lutheran Church in Pickrell.
"We had to go to confirmation on Wednesday and Saturday mornings for two years," Frierichs said.
9 additional Nebraska libraries to host makerspaces
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An initiative that turns rural Nebraska libraries into makerspaces for creative and entrepreneurial projects has been expanded to nine additional communities.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Library Commission announced Tuesday that the libraries have been selected to host "Nebraska's Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities."
The newly selected libraries are in Kimball, Beatrice, Hastings, Chadron, Blue Hill, Grant, Plainview, Verdigre and Laurel.
Gage County supervisors back countywide sales tax measure
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County supervisors voted to support legislation that would allow imposition of a countywide sales tax to help pay the $28.1 million owed to six people who were wrongfully convicted in a 1985 Beatrice murder.
Board chairman Myron Dorn outlined the proposal Wednesday at his last board meeting before joining the state Legislature next week to represent District 30.
Federal shutdown forces closure of Homestead monument
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A shutdown of parts of the federal government has forced the closure of buildings at Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice.
Sales tax considered to help pay off $28.1M judgment
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County officials are looking at imposing a county sales tax to help pay off the $28.1 million owed six people who were wrongfully convicted for the murder of a 68-year-old Beatrice woman.
County supervisors chairman Myron Dorn said during a Wednesday briefing to the board that he plans to introduce legislation for a voter-approved sales tax. He was elected in November to represent District 30 in the Legislature.
Beatrice man gets up to 20 years in prison in sex abuse case
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Beatrice man has been sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison for taking video and photos of a minor he's accused of sexually abusing.
Gage County to appeal ruling favoring insurance provider
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County officials have decided to appeal a judge's ruling last week that an insurance provider doesn't have to pay the county's legal debt for the wrongful conviction of six people in a 1985 rape and murder.
Beatrice radio station KWBE reports that county supervisors made the decision Wednesday after meeting with attorneys.
Judge dismisses county’s claim against insurers
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County's insurance policies from a risk-sharing pool of companies don't cover $28.1 million that a jury awarded to six people who were wrongfully convicted in the 1985 rape and killing of a woman, a judge ruled.
Bill would make Homestead National Monument a national park
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska congressman is seeking to reclassify the Homestead National Monument in southeastern Nebraska as a National Historical Park.
Republican Rep. Adrian Smith, who represents Nebraska's vast rural 3rd District, announced his bill Thursday in a news release. Smith says the bill in intended to ensure the cultural and historical value of the 100-acre site just west of Beatrice.
Computer virus hampers city workers in southeast Nebraska
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Officials in the southeast Nebraska city of Beatrice have been working on restoring phone and internet service lost to the work of a hacker.
City administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says it seems a computer virus was installed around 3:30 Monday morning. He said Tuesday that city departments lost phone and internet service in the downtown, including City Hall, the Beatrice Police Department and city auditorium, which houses Beatrice Fire and Rescue.
Gage County Board raises taxes to pay $28.1M jury award
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — The Gage County Board has approved a plan to raise taxes to help pay off a $28.1 million jury verdict for the wrongful convictions of six people for a 1985 murder.
The board on Wednesday approved its $36 million annual budget, including a measure to raise the levy to the maximum allowable 50 cents.
In July, a federal appeals court affirmed the jury award. County officials still hope the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn it.
Health alerts issued for 3 lakes because of algae blooms
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials say three lakes are on health alerts because of toxic blue-green algae blooms.
The lakes are Iron Horse Trail Lake in Pawnee County, Rockford Lake in Gage County and Willow Creek Reservoir in Pierce County.
Testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality this week showed the lakes have high levels of toxin. Skin exposed to the toxin can develop rashes and blisters, and drinking tainted water could cause headaches, nausea and muscle pain.
Gage County looking to raise taxes to pay $28.1M jury award
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County officials have announced plans to raise taxes to help pay off a $28.1 million jury verdict for the wrongful convictions of six people for a 1985 murder.
Rockford Lake near Beatrice remains on health alert
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Rockford Lake near Beatrice in southeastern Nebraska remains on health alert because of toxic algae blooms.
The lake has been on a health alert since mid-June, when testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality first showed the lake had high levels of toxins.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says testing earlier this week shows the blue-green algae toxins are still a problem.
Judge OKs fertilizer storage facility that board had nixed
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A judge has approved a permit for a proposed anhydrous ammonia storage facility that had been rejected by the Gage County Board of Supervisors.
Gage County District Judge Julie Smith said in a ruling filed Sunday that the Holtmeier Brothers Inc. plans comply with the county's comprehensive plan and that the board should have approved the permit.
Health alert remains at Rockford Lake southeast of Beatrice
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials say Rockford Lake southeast of Beatrice remains on a health alert because of toxic blue-green algae blooms.
Testing by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality this week showed the lake continues to show high levels of toxins.
Skin exposed to the toxin can develop rashes and blisters, and drinking tainted water could cause headaches, nausea and muscle pain.
WWII pilot’s remains return home after 7 decades
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — The remains of a World War II pilot were finally buried with full military honors in his home state of Nebraska after 73 years in foreign soil.
Flight Officer Richard Lane died in combat in 1944. His family believed his remains were buried in a cemetery in the southeast Nebraska town of Filley, and they visited his grave on Memorial Day for seven decades. But the remains buried under Lane's tombstone were recently discovered to be those of another man.
Remains of WII flyer coming home for Nebraska burial
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A military agency says the correct remains of a Gage County man who died when his aircraft was shot down during World War II are being returned home for burial.
A funeral with military honors is set for Thursday in Beatrice for Richard Lane, with burial to follow in Filley. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news release Tuesday that Lane was co-piloting a B-17 bomber when it was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed Dec. 27, 1944, near St. Florian, Austria.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to put on its hold its decision to affirm a $28.1 million jury verdict against a Nebraska county and two local sheriff's deputies.
Health alert issued for Rockford Lake near Beatrice
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials are warning people to stay out of Rockford Lake southeast of Beatrice because of toxic blue-green algae blooms.
Officials said in a news release Friday that the alert was issued following tests of the lake's water.
Skin exposed to the toxin can develop rashes and blisters, and drinking tainted water could cause headaches, nausea and muscle pain.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a $28.1 million judgment awarded to six people wrongfully convicted of murder.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied Gage County's request for further review of a $28.1 million judgment awarded to six people who were wrongfully convicted of murder.
The full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Gage County's request Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit court declined June 11 to overturn a jury's 2016 verdict against the county and two former law enforcement officials.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities suspect a woman set a fire that damaged an apartment building in southeast Nebraska and injured a man.
Police arrested the woman Tuesday as firefighters put out the blaze at the brick, six-unit building that sits just east of the Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice.
The injured man was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital and then transferred to a Lincoln hospital. His name hasn't been released.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska judge has ruled that Gage County was not liable for a jail inmate's 2013 death.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities are still searching for a southeast Nebraska man who has been missing for more than two weeks.
The Beatrice Daily Sun reports that 37-year-old Edward Parker, of Beatrice, was last seen around June 1. Friends and family are asking anyone with information to contact Beatrice police.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska county will seek further review of a $28.1 million judgment awarded to six people who were wrongfully convicted of murder.
On Monday a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to overturn the jury's 2016 verdict against Gage County and two former law enforcement officials.
The Gage County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to ask that the entire 8th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court review the appeal.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old died after his sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup truck just south of Beatrice in southeast Nebraska.
The Gage County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that Shawn Vraspir, of Beatrice, was driving west on a county road when he didn't halt at a stop sign and collided with the northbound pickup on U.S. Highway 77. He was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday afternoon.
The first half of the 2017 real estate and personal property taxes will be delinquent on May 1, 2018.
If you would like to pay by mail, the address is Gage County Treasurer’s Office, PO Box 519, Beatrice, NE 68310. If you would like to pay online, the web-site is www.nto.us. The convenience fee is $2 for an e-check transaction or 2.5 percent for a credit or debit card transaction.
Please note that the Gage County Courthouse will be closed on Friday, April 27, 2018 due to the Arbor Day holiday.
The Beatrice City Council met Monday night at a work session meeting to discuss the potential of a future ban on corrugated cardboard from the landfill.
The discussion comes on the heels of Lincoln’s cardboard ban on April 1. Lincoln residents now are required to use a recycling service to get rid of their cardboard, or use one of 28 free public recycling drop-offs.
The Southeast Community College baseball team is having another great year as they approach the end of the regular season.
The Storm swept four games from Dakota County Tech over the weekend at Christensen Field in Beatrice to bring their record to 32-10 on the season.
They won the first game on Saturday 5-1 in seven innings. Kayleb Sanderson gave up a run in the first inning, but then shut down Dakota County Tech the rest of the way.
The 2018 Gage County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was held April 19 at the Extension meeting room, Beatrice, with 4-H youth presenting a 60 second Radio Public Service Announcement or Speech. In the speech division, novice presenters presented a poem or other short writing; the junior, intermediate and senior contestants presented an original speech on an aspect of 4-H. Serving as judge for the event was Jill Duis, Odell.
With the sun peeking out through the clouds after a long winter, another sign of spring is just around the corner.
On Thursday and Friday, the plants that the Beatrice High School botany class have been growing all semester will be on sale in the school’s greenhouse from 3:45-5:45 p.m.
Errors proved costly for Beatrice in a game against Nebraska City Monday night at Christensen Field in Beatrice.
The Orangemen offense managed to put up eight runs, but they fell to the Pioneers 19-8. Beatrice committed seven errors in the game to go along with Nebraska City's 12 hits.
Nebraska City's defense was also far from perfect, as they committed four errors and their pitchers walked six Orangemen hitters.
The open house and dedication for the renovated areas at the Beatrice Public Library will be held on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. The Open House will be held throughout the day on the 28th from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Partners involved in new and continuing services related to areas developed or expanded as the result of the renovation will be available on both floors of the building to explain their services.
An Oklahoma man was arrested in a Beatrice motel after the smell of marijuana was reported to police.
At around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Beatrice police were dispatched to Holiday Inn in Beatrice for reports of people smelling marijuana.
As police approached the room the smell seemed to be coming from, a male opened the door and the room was full of smoke.
The Beatrice boys golf team finished second and their home invite Monday at the Beatrice Country Club.
The Orangemen finished with a score of 322, which put them behind York’s 313. Northwest finished third with a 346 while Bennington, Norris and Seward all finished tied for fourth with a 353.
The Beatrice Educational Foundation named Dr. Christine Ellis as the newest member if its Hall of Fame and also recognized former teacher Louise Penner as the 2018 Friend of Education during a ceremony Sunday night.
It took 12 innings, but Beatrice was able to beat Elkhorn Mount Michael 11-10 Saturday at Mount Michael
The Orangemen took an early lead, but allowed Mount Michael to climb back into the game and take the lead. Beatrice tied it with a run in the seventh inning and neither team was able to score again until the 12th inning.
A single by Griffen Vater and a sacrifice bunt by Caleb Wallman put a runner at second with one out. Vater eventually scored the game winning run on a sacrifice by Nolan White.
Fourth graders at Stoddard Elementary School in Beatrice built their own wax museum on Friday and filled it with famous Nebraskans.
There were 41 students playing the part of Nebraskan celebrities who included Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton, professional baseball player Alex Gordon, legendary Husker football coach Tom Osborne, Robert Taylor, Daniel Freeman, Fred Astaire, Johnny Carson, Father John Flanagan and even the likes of 14-year-old YouTube and “Dance Moms” star Jojo Siwa.