Driver dies after SUV crashes into truck; infant survives
FAIRFIELD, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed and an infant with her was injured when her sport utility vehicle crashed into the back of a truck in south-central Nebraska.
Former paraeducator takes plea deal in enticement case
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A paraeducator accused of exchanging sexual text messages with a Hastings High School freshman has taken a plea deal.
Father convicted of causing brain damage to infant son
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Hastings man accused of causing brain damage to his son.
Adams County District Court records say 26-year-old Angel Gutierrez-Huerta was found...
Grand Island-Hastings-Kearney bus service being studied
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state is studying the possibility of a bus service linking Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney in south-central Nebraska.
Crash in south-central Nebraska kills Hastings man
HEARTWELL, Neb. (AP) — Traffic safety officials say the crash of a semitrailer and a farm tractor in south-central Nebraska has killed a Hastings man.
Another charge added in 2017 slaying of Hastings man
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings man charged with murder now faces an additional charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.
The Hastings Tribune reports that prosecutors recently added the new...
Lawmaker: Humans not changing climate but must prepare
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker who doesn't believe humans are causing climate change is nevertheless leading a push to ensure Nebraska farmers are better prepared for extreme weather like the...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed a new director to lead the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
Ricketts announced Wednesday that Tony Goins, of Lincoln, will...
Nebraska economic development director to leave post
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's state economic development director is leaving his post next month.
Director Dave Rippe plans to return to his hometown of Hastings to work in real estate and...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A woman has died after her vehicle was swept away by rushing water in flooded south-central Nebraska, making her the first death attributed to the flooding this...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A driver has been given 360 days in jail for the crash deaths of two people in south-central Nebraska's Adams County.
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Firefighters and other first responders Tuesday rescued motorists and residents stranded by floodwaters following an overnight deluge in south-central Nebraska.
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in south-central Nebraska (all times local):
Shelters and temporary housing are being provided to those affected by flash flooding...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Police in central Nebraska say a 58-year-old man shot his ex-wife several times earlier this week before barricading himself in his house and eventually taking his own...
Woman gets 4-5 years for Hastings embezzlement
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A woman has been given four to five years in prison for embezzling nearly $100,000 from her former employer.
Adams County District Court records say the sentencing of...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found after a fire at his home in Hastings.
The Nebraska State Fire Marshal Agency identified the man Tuesday...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say one person has died in an early morning house fire in Hastings.
The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release that the fire was...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A lightning strike at a Nebraska fertilizer plant set off a large fire that injured three truck drivers sleeping in the parking lot and destroyed the unoccupied factory,...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on a fire that destroyed a central Nebraska fertilizer plan (all times local):
The Nebraska Fire Marshal's office has determined a lightning...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A former Hastings teacher accused of having sex with a teenage student and providing her alcohol has pleaded not guilty.
Fresh art appears on Hastings College’s campus every month
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A team of students at Hastings College and Sarah Swist, an assistant professor of visual arts, are trying to add a little variety to the daily routine of the college...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down Friday night in rural parts of Nebraska, tearing up trees, powerlines, farm buildings and damaging some homes, but no...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A trial has been scheduled for one of two men charged in the shooting death of a Hastings man.
Adams County District Court records say 22-year-old Daniel Harden has...
Hastings woman connects with unknown siblings after 66 years
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings woman placed for adoption by her mother in war-torn Germany after World War II has overcame astronomical odds to connect with siblings she never knew existed after...
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings teacher accused of having sex with a teenage student and providing her with alcohol has been arrested.
Adams County Court records say 23-year-old Tyler...
Teen court program helping to guide youth on a proper track
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Restorative justice is becoming the norm in Adams County, thanks to the efforts of Adams County Teen Court and Diversion Services and Adams County Attorney's...
Driver pleads guilty in Adams County crash that killed 2
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A driver has pleaded guilty for the crash deaths of two people in south-central Nebraska's Adams County.
Court records say 18-year-old Parker Short entered his pleas...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Hastings College's Matt Buttermore has been named the new volleyball coach at Omaha.
Athletic director Trev Alberts announced Buttermore's hiring Monday. He takes over for...
Motorcyclist dies in south-central Nebraska collision
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a sport utility vehicle in south-central Nebraska.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office says 18-year-old...
Hastings family to renovate old Acme Printing building
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Clay Center native and one-time Hastings College volleyball player Tracy (Roemmich) Bell has long had a thing for interior design. Her husband, fellow Hastings College alum...
Hastings official gets probation, jail time for assault
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings city official accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Lincoln has been sentenced to probation and some jail time.
Hastings bookstore to close after more than 4 decades
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A best seller in Hastings apparently has reached its final chapter.
Prairie Books & Gifts said in a post to its Facebook page Feb. 11 that it will be closing its doors...
Commission sets spring workshops for turkey hunting
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has scheduled several workshops to help spring turkey hunters.
The events are designed for people with limited experience and will...
Hastings mentoring program transitions to local control
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — After a year of changes, one Hastings youth mentoring organization has come out on the other side stronger than before.
"I just love seeing the smiles on our kids' faces when they see their mentors," said Teal Anderson. "It's really exciting and really rewarding."
In early 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings brought in interim director Brady Rhodes as the board of directors was at a bit of a crossroads.
It’s huge: Bigfoot Conference draws hundreds to Nebraska
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — It's big — and it's back. The third annual Bigfoot Conference has drawn an estimated 700 people to the city of Hastings, Nebraska.
Television station KSNB reports that the conference kicked off Friday and runs through Sunday.
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Columbus Scotus 68, Aquinas 52
Cozad 53, McCook 45
Hastings 67, Grand Island Northwest 43
Lincoln North Star 61, Millard West 43
Lincoln Pius X 64, Grand Island 47
Millard North 60, Fremont 45
Omaha Burke 65, Millard South 29
Omaha Creighton Prep 71, Papillion-LaVista South 40
Board rejects ‘Practice Tolerance’ for inside courthouse
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Adams County supervisors have rejected a request to have sign placed in the courthouse saying, "Practice Tolerance."
The Hastings Tribune reports that the board voted unanimously last week against the proposal from Hastings residents Jane and Margaret Marsh. The sign would have included symbols from different religions.
Hastings campus president announces retirement plan
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — The president of Central Community College-Hastings intends to retire effective June 3.
William "Bill" Hitesman took the job in 2002. He's also served as vice president over the skilled and technical sciences and business and entrepreneurship/incubator divisions.
The district plans to conduct a national search for Hitesman's successor.
April trial set for driver accused of killing pedestrian
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A trial is scheduled to begin April 1 for a driver accused of killing a pedestrian in Hastings.
Adams County District Court records say the date was set Tuesday after 46-year-old Nen Lam, of Hastings, pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and driving under the influence, two prior convictions.
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Auburn 44, Syracuse 31
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 77, Wisner-Pilger 53
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.
Man in fraud case told to pay more than $130K in restitution
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 61-year-old Hastings man has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for committing health care fraud.
Federal court records say Randy Kirby was sentenced last week and ordered to pay restitution of more than $130,000.
Hastings official takes plea deal in Lincoln assault case
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings city official accused of assaulting an Uber driver in Lincoln has taken a plea deal.
Lancaster County Court records say 37-year-old Steven Kostner pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor assault. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from felony terroristic threats in exchange for Kostner's plea. His sentencing is scheduled for March 14.
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