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The 2020 Hall County Fair started Wednesday with the 4-H Swine Show at Five Points Bank Arena. Due to the COVID-19 pande...
07/23/2020
Going whole hog: Hall County Fair kicks off with Swine Show

The 2020 Hall County Fair started Wednesday with the 4-H Swine Show at Five Points Bank Arena. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hall County Fair significantly scaled back its festivities this year; however, 4-H, was deemed essential. Read: https://bit.ly/3hx70AO

The 2020 Hall County Fair started Wednesday with the 4-H Swine Show at Five Points Bank Arena.

The Nebraska State Auditor detailed multiple “possible concerns” with Nebraska State Fair finances. The letter, while st...
07/21/2020
State Auditor review finds concerns in Nebraska State Fair Finances

The Nebraska State Auditor detailed multiple “possible concerns” with Nebraska State Fair finances. The letter, while stating that preliminary planning work did not indicate a necessity for a separate audit, noted “certain internal control issues.” Read: https://t.co/8oJf2a1HxU?amp=1

The Nebraska State Auditor detailed multiple “possible concerns” with Nebraska State Fair finances in a letter sent to the state fair board Tuesday.

The Hall County Housing Authority showed its appreciation Friday for members of local law enforcement by treating them t...
07/20/2020
Hall County Housing Authority hosts Lunch for Law Enforcement

The Hall County Housing Authority showed its appreciation Friday for members of local law enforcement by treating them to lunch. The organization wanted to show its appreciation for law enforcement following some turbulent times nationwide. Read: https://bit.ly/3eIetLj

The Hall County Housing Authority showed its appreciation Friday for members of local law enforcement by treating them to lunch.

The coronavirus pandemic turned the inherently social institution of worship on its head when churches closed their door...
07/20/2020
Response varies for Grand Island places of worship during return from COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic turned the inherently social institution of worship on its head when churches closed their doors in March. The safety of traditional practices of worship services such as communion, offering and singing have been called into question. Read: https://bit.ly/2WERXwF

The coronavirus pandemic turned the inherently social institution of worship on its head when churches closed their doors in March.

Awaken the Dawn-Nebraska will host a 24-hour day of worship and prayer beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. A part of Awaken th...
07/16/2020
24-Hour day of worship and prayer begins Saturday night

Awaken the Dawn-Nebraska will host a 24-hour day of worship and prayer beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. A part of Awaken the Dawn’s 100-day procession of worship and prayer, the event is open to the public and will include prayers at Pioneer Park and New Life Community Church. Read: https://bit.ly/32nWDe4

Awaken the Dawn-Nebraska will host a 24-hour day of worship and prayer beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Nebraska Trucking Association treated the residents of Bickford Senior Living Center in Grand Island to a special ex...
07/15/2020
EPIQ experience: Nebraska trucking group, Peterbilt team up for event for Bickford residents

The Nebraska Trucking Association treated the residents of Bickford Senior Living Center in Grand Island to a special experience Monday. Residents of Bickford looked on as Scott Gronewoller of Midwest Express unveiled a new 2020 Peterbilt 579 EPIQ. Read: https://bit.ly/2Oxy6uN

The Nebraska Trucking Association treated the residents of Bickford Senior Living Center in Grand Island to a special experience Monday.

The Thursday Evening Downtown Market in Hastings provides a unique way to shop for produce and goods produced by area re...
07/13/2020
Hastings Market provides fresh local produce and goods

The Thursday Evening Downtown Market in Hastings provides a unique way to shop for produce and goods produced by area residents. Located in Dutton-Lainson Plaza Park, the market returned from its COVID-19 hiatus in mid-June. Read: https://bit.ly/3gU2Ke7

The Thursday Evening Downtown Market in Hastings provides a unique way to shop for produce and goods produced by area residents.

The risk of West Nile virus remained low for Hall County after a warm, dry end to June. According to Jeremy Collinson, C...
07/10/2020
West Nile threat low after conditions thwart mosquitoes

The risk of West Nile virus remained low for Hall County after a warm, dry end to June. According to Jeremy Collinson, Central District Health Department environmental health supervisor, no cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Nebraska. Read: https://bit.ly/320I14d

The risk of West Nile virus remained low for Hall County after a warm, dry end to June.

The Fourth of July and fireworks have been a staple of summer in the United States since before Independence Day became ...
07/07/2020
G.I. fireworks stands see increased traffic

The Fourth of July and fireworks have been a staple of summer in the United States since before Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1941. How were firework stands affected by months of quarantine? Increased business! Read More: https://bit.ly/3f5HP7y

The Fourth of July and fireworks have been a staple of summer in the United States since before Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1941.

Primrose Retirement Community celebrated the 100th birthday of one of its residents Friday. The new centenarian, Elaine ...
07/07/2020
Primrose resident celebrates 100th birthday

Primrose Retirement Community celebrated the 100th birthday of one of its residents Friday. The new centenarian, Elaine Fuss, was born on July 4, 1920. Read More: https://bit.ly/2VSNd6e

Primrose Retirement Community celebrated the 100th birthday of one of its residents Friday.

What do you get when you cross an aspiring documentarian and a bovine incident? “Fire of Grace Book One: Nebraska” is th...
07/07/2020
Nebraska native’s new book set in Grand Island

What do you get when you cross an aspiring documentarian and a bovine incident? “Fire of Grace Book One: Nebraska” is the latest book from native Nebraska author Michael Frederick. Read More: https://bit.ly/2ZRvXzI

What do you get when you cross an aspiring documentarian and a bovine incident?

Jerry Spady Chevrolet GMC Cadillac will host a fireworks show on Friday in Hastings. The inaugural Jerry Spady Fireworks...
07/01/2020
Fireworks show in Hastings to light up Friday night sky

Jerry Spady Chevrolet GMC Cadillac will host a fireworks show on Friday in Hastings. The inaugural Jerry Spady Fireworks Show will be free to the public and will include live entertainment, food vendors and activities for children.
Read more: https://bit.ly/2AjRMPs

HASTINGS — Jerry Spady Chevrolet GMC Cadillac will host a fireworks show on Friday in Hastings.

07/01/2020
June 30, 2020

‪An active thunderstorm was accompanied by heavy rains in Grand Island on Tuesday.‬

Elks Lodge 604 gifted Heartland United Way with a grant to continue to aid the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. T...
06/27/2020
Elks Lodge 604 presents $2,000 grant to Heartland United Way

Elks Lodge 604 gifted Heartland United Way with a grant to continue to aid the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lodge selected the organization as the recipient of the $2,000 grant because of its emergency funds rental assistance program. Read: https://bit.ly/3i5hkRn

Elks Lodge 604 gifted Heartland United Way with a grant to continue to aid the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gordmans’ parent company, Stage Stores, announced it had filed for voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptc...
06/26/2020
Gordmans in Grand Island to be fourth major store to close

Gordmans’ parent company, Stage Stores, announced it had filed for voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The filing will result in the closure of Gordmans in Grand Island. Read More: https://bit.ly/2Nu4DSf

Gordmans’ parent company, Stage Stores, announced on May 10 it had voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The filing will result in the closure of Gordmans in

The Heartland Disaster Recovery Group this week honored four women for their work in the community after the 2019 floodi...
06/25/2020
Women honored at Hall County board meeting for flood response

The Heartland Disaster Recovery Group this week honored four women for their work in the community after the 2019 flooding. The women honored were Veronica Kaufman, Lori Larsen, Elizabeth Troyer-Miller and Jenna Clark. Read more: https://bit.ly/2Z7dgaP

The Heartland Disaster Recovery Group this week honored four women for their work in the community after the 2019 flooding.

Property tax exemptions for some community organizations were discussed at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meetin...
06/24/2020
Hall County Commission discusses tax exemptions, Amick Acres project

Property tax exemptions for some community organizations were discussed at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. The board discussed 29 property tax exemptions that were denied by state tax officials. Read more: https://bit.ly/3hZttaE

Property tax exemptions for some community organizations were discussed at the Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.

With an average temperature of 77.9 degrees, June 2020 is the second hottest on record. How does this impact the weather...
06/23/2020
Record temperatures, severe weather persist

With an average temperature of 77.9 degrees, June 2020 is the second hottest on record. How does this impact the weather? Read: https://bit.ly/2Nmc5yF

Grand Island’s hot start to June persisted through the weekend with an average temperature of 77.9 degrees for the month.

The United States Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Ch...
06/21/2020
Supreme Court's DACA ruling gives G.I. recipients hope

The United States Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. For Grand Islanders Raul Arcos Hawkins and Joseline Reyna the court’s decision came as a relief. Read more: https://bit.ly/3emnpqt

The United States Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Logan Spanel, 30, was sentenced to 5 years of probation during which he may not hunt, trap or assist or be present in th...
06/18/2020
Broken Bow man, a former hunting outfitter employee, gets probation for poaching

Logan Spanel, 30, was sentenced to 5 years of probation during which he may not hunt, trap or assist or be present in those activities for 2 misdemeanor counts of the illegal taking of wildlife in interstate commerce.
Details on the case and sentencing: https://bit.ly/2YOZRns

A Broken Bow man has been sentenced to five years of probation during which he may not hunt, trap or assist or be present with anyone engaged in those activities.

The Grand Island Senior High football team will take the field in a nearly completed Memorial Stadium when it faces off ...
06/17/2020
Memorial Stadium project nearing completion

The Grand Island Senior High football team will take the field in a nearly completed Memorial Stadium when it faces off against the Kearney Bearcats on Aug. 28. Read More: https://bit.ly/3hAokFG

The Grand Island Senior High football team will take the field in a nearly completed Memorial Stadium when it faces off against the Kearney Bearcats on Aug. 28.

Lines ran all the way to the parking lot as the Hall County Administration Building opened its doors to the public for t...
06/16/2020
Hall County buildings reopen after COVID-19 closure

Lines ran all the way to the parking lot as the Hall County Administration Building opened its doors to the public for the first time since the end of March. Read more: https://bit.ly/2N4EV6E

Lines ran all the way to the parking lot as the Hall County Administration Building opened its doors to the public for the first time since the end of March.

Steven G. Peterson, 41, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release with special conditions f...
06/15/2020
Grand Island man sentenced for receipt of child pornography

Steven G. Peterson, 41, was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison and 5 years of supervised release with special conditions for receipt of child pornography.
No parole is offered within the federal system.
Details on Peterson's case and sentencing: https://t.co/bkFaLLmtlQ?amp=1

A Grand Island man was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and five years of supervised release with special conditions for receipt of child pornography.

Maria Isabel Lopez, 54, was sentenced to 5 years probation with special conditions and an additional condition of home c...
06/15/2020
Grand Island woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

Maria Isabel Lopez, 54, was sentenced to 5 years probation with special conditions and an additional condition of home confinement for 6 months for Social Security fraud, false statement or representation.
Details on Lopez's case and sentencing: https://t.co/HKRqYolPb4?amp=1

A Grand Island woman was sentenced to five years probation with special conditions and an additional condition of home confinement for six months for Social Security fraud, false statement or

No decision on Nebraska State Fair, board hopes to have decision by July 1.
06/13/2020
No decision on State Fair; plans ready to adjust as needed

No decision on Nebraska State Fair, board hopes to have decision by July 1.

The most important question on the minds of each Nebraska State Fair board member and all those watching its meeting was whether the event would occur or not.

The coronavirus pandemic forced people to self-isolate in their homes across the country and leave only when necessary. ...
06/12/2020
Realtors adapt, market healthy during COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic forced people to self-isolate in their homes across the country and leave only when necessary. But, what happens when you need to buy a home? Read about how local realtors have adapted to the pandemic: https://bit.ly/2UCxOXk

The coronavirus pandemic forced people to self-isolate in their homes across the country and leave only when necessary.

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