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.
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, 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...
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.
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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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Beatrice 64, Waverly 45
Bennington 79, Ralston 47
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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Adams Central 59, Hastings 56
Ainsworth 70, Stuart 62
Allen 60, Winside 13
Anselmo-Merna 57, South Loup 42
Ansley-Litchfield 64, Arcadia-Loup City 36
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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Amherst 63, Alma 47
Anselmo-Merna 72, Elwood 44
Aquinas 46, Twin River 38
Arcadia-Loup City 66, Shelton 48
Auburn 66, Falls City 36
Aurora 57, Hastings 52
Bayard 45, Morrill 28
Bellevue West 62, Millard North 58
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa 68, South Sioux City 55
Sheriff who lived at Nebraska jail retires, moves out
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska sheriff who lived at the county jail has retired and moved out of the courthouse that served as his home for the last 36 years.
Arraignment set for man accused of vehicular homicide
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — An arraignment has been scheduled for a Hastings man accused of driving while intoxicated when his vehicle ran into a pedestrian, killing him.
Adams County Court records say 46-year-old Nen Lam is charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence and two related DUI crimes. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for Lam. The arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.
Several Nebraska cities to celebrate National Adoption Day
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — National Adoption Day will be celebrated in several Nebraska cities this weekend.
The day is being recognized Saturday at county courthouses in Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk and Omaha. The day brings not only adoption finalization ceremonies, but family entertainment. At the Adams County Courthouse in Hastings, the event will include carnival-themed entertainment, cake and ice cream, a magic show and balloon making for children having their adoptions finalized.
Woman accused of taking nearly $250K from Hastings employer
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A woman is accused of embezzling nearly $250,000 from her employer in Hastings.
Adams County Court records say 34-year-old Crystal Maser is charged with felony theft. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.
The records say Maser used a Dutton-Lainson Co. credit card to buy items for herself and pay her bills. The items included clothing, jewelry and furniture.
Omaha police, fire departments helping Toys for Tots program
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The city of Omaha and its fire and police departments are teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program to help make the holiday season memorable for less-fortunate children.
The program gives to children in Omaha and neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa, Lincoln and the Hastings and Grand Island areas.
Authorities say Tom Osborne’s brother died in collision
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 78-year-old Hastings man died in a collision west of Hastings.
John "Jack" Osborne (OZ'-burn) was the younger brother of former Nebraska congressman and football coach Tom Osborne.
The Adams County Sheriff's Office says Jack Osborne was headed south on a county road Sunday around 7:50 p.m. when he didn't halt at a stop sign and collided with a westbound vehicle on U.S. Highway 6.
Nebraska elementary assistant principal directs curriculum
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — When the new Adams Central Elementary School opened this fall, there were only a few staff members who knew just about every student and teacher.
Shannon Nepple, who has been the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment with the district for the past four years, is one of them.
This school year, she added assistant principal at the elementary to her title, knowing that her past experience at Adams Central would come in handy.
Ainsworth def. Stuart, 25-21, 25-17, 25-7
Alliance def. Scottsbluff, 25-13, 25-20, 25-18
Archbishop Bergan def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-8, 25-10, 25-7
Bellevue West def. Bellevue East, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16
Blair def. Nebraska City, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20
Boyd County def. Gregory, S.D., 18-25, 25-9, 25-14, 25-21
Brady def. Elwood, 25-11, 25-16, 25-9
Centura def. Ravenna, 25-7, 25-15, 25-17
Clarkson/Leigh def. Oakland-Craig, 25-10, 25-23, 27-25
Columbus Scotus def. Hastings St. Cecilia, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17
Man dies after being struck by vehicle in Hastings
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a driver was arrested after his vehicle hit and killed a man on a Hastings street.
The accident occurred around 3:40 a.m. Sunday. Police say 27-year-old Anthony Epp was fatally struck as he was either walking or skateboarding on the street. He lived in Hastings.
The 46-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Adams County Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.
Hastings College invests in tablet technology initiative
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Today's college students connect with and consume technology in a much different way than students of the past.
"The students who come to us today haven't existed in an age where there wasn't an internet, where there wasn't an iPod," said Travis Feezell, president of Hastings College.
Ex-police officer gets probation for assaulting wife
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A former Hastings police officer accused of assaulting his wife and mother has been given probation.
Adams County Court records say 27-year-old Cody Bland was sentenced Thursday in Adams County Court. He'd pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of assault. Prosecutors dropped a related charge in exchange for his pleas.