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Independence Rising offers services, medical equipment to those with disabilities
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 25/01/2020 at 5:00 am
Living with a disability can be difficult, but a local organization is working to make things a little easier.Independence Rising is an Independent Living Center with offices throughout central and western Nebraska. The Gering location services the entire Panhandle.According to…
Chūnjié kuàilè: Fourth graders celebrate Chinese New Year Friday
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 25/01/2020 at 4:00 am
Happy New Year. Chinese New Year, to be precise.
West Side Story taking the stage at Scottsbluff High School
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 24/01/2020 at 5:30 am
The Scottsbluff High School vocal department has announced the spring musical production of Arthur Laurents’ “West Side Story” April 2-4 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Bayard senator proposes interesting idea: Get rid of property, income taxes
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 23/01/2020 at 7:10 pm
State Sen. Steve Erdman of Bayard announced Thursday that he’s introduced legislation that would dramatically change how taxes are collected in Nebraska.
Former Gering teacher arrested on sexting allegations
by By MAUNETTE LOEKS Star-Herald on 23/01/2020 at 5:25 pm
A former Gering teacher has been arrested on charges after he allegedly contacted a 16-year-old student via social media about having an illicit relationship with her.
City of Mitchell considers new power agreement
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 23/01/2020 at 3:45 am
At its Feb. 4 council meeting, the City of Mitchell, which operates its own electrical grid, will consider a new contract that will be a big plus for the city, officials say.Under the proposed agreement, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD)…
Scottsbluff City Council approves pair of LB 840 fund requests
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 23/01/2020 at 3:30 am
Western Farms LLC., and Gardner Technologies LLC., will both receive economic development assistance from the City of Scottsbluff.Western Farms will receive a loan of $500,000 for its hemp seed operation, reduced from an initial request of $1.8 million. A portion…
Kindergarten students learn the five senses in fun project
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 23/01/2020 at 3:15 am
After spending two weeks learning about the five senses, students in Cassandra Muhr kindergarten class recently applied their learning during science projects.Students rotated through two of the six stations Tuesday, recording their observations on their assignment sheets. The six stations…
Scottsbluff City Council approves contract with former city manager Rick Kuckkahn to serve on interim basis
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 22/01/2020 at 5:30 am
Rick Kuckkahn will return to the position of Scottsbluff city manager on an interim basis beginning Feb. 18.
Positive outlook keeps senior going
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 21/01/2020 at 4:00 am
Pauline Francisco with the local AARP Community Action Team was in for a surprise when the group met for their Monday meeting. They were celebrating her 99th birthday.
Group restores water tower
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 21/01/2020 at 3:55 am
OSHKOSH — What to do with a water tower that has been rendered obsolete? For the City of Oshkosh, the plan was to tear it down, but a community group came to the rescue and bought the 100-year-old beacon of…
What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? Community members reflect
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 21/01/2020 at 3:00 am
Four words, “I have a dream,” changed the course of history over 50 years ago and for many people in the community, it is a source of hope for the future.
SPOTLIGHT ON OSHKOSH: Honoring history while looking to the future
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 19/01/2020 at 11:10 pm
OSHKOSH — Taking a stroll down Main Street in Oshkosh, one can see the history of the town’s buildings and relive the past as the businesses inside work toward their futures.
Scotts Bluff National Monument welcomes new ranger
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 19/01/2020 at 1:15 am
It was a nearly 2,200 mile hike that led Eric Grunwald to a career at the National Parks Service.
Rock hobbyist finds joy in the hunt
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 19/01/2020 at 1:00 am
Like many hobbies, rock hounding might be slowly fading away. But there’s still something magical about keeping your head down, scouring the earth for that odd-looking rock that could be a precious gemstone in disguise.
Game and Parks Commission plans to delay changes at Lake McConaughy
by BH Media News Service on 18/01/2020 at 11:45 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to delay consideration of the proposed changes at Lake McConaughy, a Nebraska Game and Parks official said Saturday.
Area economic group seeking a bigger voice
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 18/01/2020 at 7:00 am
Leaders from a number of communities around the area were in Scottsbluff Thursday for the reorganization of the Western Nebraska Economic Development Committee (WNED).
Schools see impacts of influenza activity
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 17/01/2020 at 4:15 am
As school staff and students return for the spring semester, school nurses are helping everyone in the districts limit the spread of germs as flu season ramps up.Knowing the heightened presence of this bacteria, local school nurses and janitorial staff…
Scottsbluff receives flurry of LB840 activity
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 17/01/2020 at 4:00 am
A recent flurry of activity has prompted economic development assistance requests for the City of Scottsbluff.The City Council on Tuesday will consider an application from Western Farms for it’s hemp production facility in Scottsbluff. Recent presentations before the City’s LB840…
Backpack Program receives donation from 7th Street Dance Studio
by By KAY BAKKEHAUG Hemingford Ledger on 17/01/2020 at 3:15 am
ALLIANCE — The 7th Street Dance Studio donated 100% of the proceeds from the 2019 Dance Recital to the Bulldog Backpack Program.Program founders Cheryl Harris and Carol Shimek accepted a total of $3,000 from dance studio owner Lori Davis, studio…
WyoBraska Gives set for May 5
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 16/01/2020 at 3:00 am
Preparation is underway for WyoBraska Gives, which will take place on May 5. This year, the event will include some new elements.WyoBraska Gives is a 24-hour giving day event that connects donors with area non-profits.The Holliday Family of Companies will…
Fire station expansion planned at airport
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 16/01/2020 at 1:30 am
During their Wednesday meeting, board members of the Scotts Bluff County Authority got a preliminary outline for a new, expanded fire station building at the Western Nebraska Regional Airport.Jeff Wolfe with M.C. Schaff and Associates shared details for a 4,000…
Governor Pete Ricketts outlines state of state during visit to Scottsbluff
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 16/01/2020 at 1:15 am
Despite numerous challenges, from floods to ag trade uncertainty to renewable fuel standards, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the state continues to be resilient and growing.He said the state continues to grow as the last three fiscal quarters recorded greater…
Library foundation shares progress, hopes for 2020
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 15/01/2020 at 6:30 am
GERING — Community members gathered at Gering City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to share their ideas for the future of the Gering Public Library.
Panhandle representatives weigh options as property tax bill unveiled
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 15/01/2020 at 6:30 am
Among new bills introduced into the Nebraska Legislature this session is the latest attempt to address a decades-old challenge — how to provide residents with real property tax relief.
Fry Street Quartet connects with Bluffs Middle School orchestra students
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 14/01/2020 at 7:00 am
Growing up is about gaining new experiences. On Tuesday, seventh grade orchestra students at Bluffs Middle School had the opportunity to hear professional musicians live — some for the first time.
Property tax relief is among the topics Gov. Pete Ricketts is expected to cover during annual fly around
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 14/01/2020 at 5:15 am
The public is invited to Western Nebraska Regional Airport on Wednesday as Gov. Pete Ricketts makes his annual State of the State Fly Around to talk about the current legislative session.
Leaders look to revitalize Panhandle group, Western Nebraska Economic Development group, designed to promote region
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 14/01/2020 at 3:45 am
Regional government officials are working to reboot the Western Nebraska Economic Development group in an effort to promote regional economic development.
Scottsbluff council to discuss city manager options during special meeting
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 14/01/2020 at 3:00 am
Options for replacing outgoing City Manager Nathan Johnson will be discussed at a special meeting of the Scottsbluff City Council Thursday morning.
Torrington dismisses another police chief, struggles to keep position filled for long-term
by By MAUNETTE LOEKS Star-Herald on 14/01/2020 at 2:40 am
The city of Torrington is once again looking for a police chief.
Dealing with the elephant in the room: United Methodist Churches to vote on proposed split
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 13/01/2020 at 6:20 pm
The proverbial elephant in the room for the United Methodist Church is a proposed split that would see more traditionalist members of the congregations break away from the governing body to form a new denomination.
Speech students compete at Scottsbluff meet
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 12/01/2020 at 1:30 am
The clicking of small black binders and the rustling of turning pages echoed through the halls of Scottsbluff High School on Saturday, Jan. 11. Speech students from schools around the Panhandle ran through one final rehearsal before the Scottsbluff speech…
Scottsbluff superintendent seeks staff, student feedback during search for new principal
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 12/01/2020 at 1:15 am
Finding the next Scottsbluff High School principal is about to begin, but to ensure the new hire meets the needs at SHS, district superintendent Rick Myles said it will take communication.
Group working to build new library
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 11/01/2020 at 3:55 am
One year ago this month, the Gering Library Foundation was formed. In a meeting on Tuesday that is open to the public, members of the foundation will reflect on their work over the last year, as well as their hope…
Officials: Drones not affecting missile silos, local airport
by By MAUNETTE LOEKS Star-Herald on 11/01/2020 at 3:30 am
As drone reports continue to roll into law enforcement agencies, some area officials are reporting that there have not been any issues.
Terrytown water project heads toward completion
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 11/01/2020 at 3:15 am
Despite contractor delays, inclement weather and other hurdles, Terrytown’s multi-year project to completely upgrade its water system should be finished this summer.
SPOTLIGHT ON ALLIANCE: Community looking to fill businesses
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 11/01/2020 at 3:00 am
ALLIANCE — The business community in Alliance has taken some hits over the past few years, but the city’s mayor said it’s nothing unusual and nothing that can’t be overcome.
Theatre West’s Voice in the Valley kicks off Friday with blind auditions
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 10/01/2020 at 3:45 am
For the second year, Theatre West is searching for the best vocal talent in the valley during the Voice in the Valley singing competition. Created after the popular NBC talent show, "The Voice," Theatre West’s Voice in the Valley features…
Escape room opening soon in Mitchell
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 10/01/2020 at 3:30 am
Anyone with a knack for puzzles and games like "Clue" is invited to Escape City Hall, opening soon in downtown Mitchell.Ted and Maureen Mittelstadt from Blue Earth, Minnesota, are opening escape rooms, an interactive entertainment venue, in Mitchell’s old city…
Pair of wind energy projects moving forward in Banner County
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 10/01/2020 at 3:15 am
Two companies are showing renewed interest in wind farms in Banner County, and hope to have systems up and running in the next couple of years.Orion Energy and Invenergy LLC are both working on securing leases, conducting environmental assessments and…
Sinclair fuel station, restaurants BluTaco and Which Wich aim to open soon
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 09/01/2020 at 4:15 am
Construction continues on schedule toward an early spring opening for a Sinclair branded fueling station in east Scottsbluff, which will also bring in two new food venues.Developer Eric Reichert said he’s estimating a mid-February to early March opening for Essential…
FFA students from 18 area schools compete in districts
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 09/01/2020 at 4:00 am
More than 280 students from 18 area schools gathered at Western Nebraska Community College for a district FFA competition.The contest was made up of four different events: Ag sales, livestock management, welding and floriculture.“It really helps them develop necessary skills…
Nebraska State Patrol releases information on reporting drone activity
by By MAUNETTE LOEKS Star-Herald on 09/01/2020 at 3:15 am
On Wednesday, the Nebraska State Patrol released that the Nebraska Information Analysis Center encourages the public to report suspicious activity using the NIAC reporting tool as the FAA, NSP, and several other agencies gather information on suspicious UAS (Unmanned Aircraft…
Gering ready to tackle ballfield project
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 08/01/2020 at 4:00 am
Once the weather warms up, Gering’s softball fields near the municipal swimming pool will undergo a complete remodel to include a concessions/restroom building and four new ball fields.The total cost of the project is just under $3 million, with two…
Number of women hunters growing in Nebraska
by By LAUREN BRANT Star-Herald on 08/01/2020 at 3:30 am
University of Nebraska-Lincoln research found the percentage of women hunting deer was 11%, pheasant was 5% and turkey was 7%.Micaela Rahe, a Nebraska Hunting and Shooting R3 Coordinator, said they are seeing a higher participation of female deer hunters before…
Mysterious drone sightings expand into western Nebraska
by By MAUNETTE LOEKS Star-Herald on 07/01/2020 at 6:30 pm
Drone sightings in Scotts Bluff County generated a number of calls to dispatchers Monday evening, expanding the reach of an unexplained presence in the state in recent weeks.
Bananas, passion fruit among plants being grown at North Platte NRD greenhouse
by By KAMIE STEPHEN Star-Herald on 07/01/2020 at 4:15 am
Enormous Ponderosa lemons are one of many non-native plant species growing in the Greener Gardens Greenhouse. The greenhouse is a project lead by the North Platte Natural Resources District.
Scotts Bluff County Commissioners approve additions to users of system used by public safety entities
by By JERRY PURVIS Star-Herald on 07/01/2020 at 4:15 am
Scotts Bluff County Commissioners approved a request from the county’s 911 Communications Center to add four additional licenses to its records management system.
Factory Crimp Services to receive grant funding
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 07/01/2020 at 4:15 am
A new business in Scottsbluff will be receiving a $75,000 economic development grant from the City of Scottsbluff.
Independent Plumbing & Heating keeping things running since 1933
by By MARK McCARTHY Star-Herald on 05/01/2020 at 5:00 am
SCOTTSBLUFF — Since opening in a location on 15th Street in Scottsbluff in 1933, Independent Plumbing and Heating has been serving the region.