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Joint school district budget hearing draws passionate audience
Joint school district budget hearing draws passionate audience

About 80 people turned out last night for a joint budget hearing for the Chadron and Crawford school districts.

Residents voice concerns on taxes, transparency at Cheyenne County joint public hearing

Residents voice concerns on taxes, transparency at Cheyenne County joint public hearing

Over 60 people packed the Cheyenne County District Courtroom Monday night and spoke with Cheyenne County Commissioner Randy Miller about a property tax request in the county budget this year.

Non-profit donates $2,200 to panhandle volunteer fire departments

Non-profit donates $2,200 to panhandle volunteer fire departments

A non-profit organization donated two checks to two different fire departments in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Half-cent sale tax increase set for Gering

Half-cent sale tax increase set for Gering

The City of Gering reminds its citizens and businesses starting October 1st, 2022 a half cent sale tax increase is set to take place.

Dawes County jail inmate found dead in cell on Friday

Dawes County jail inmate found dead in cell on Friday

Dawes County Attorney/Coroner Vance Haug has ordered an autopsy and toxicological screening on a woman who died late Friday afternoon at the Dawes County Jail in Chadron.

Logan County deputies report finding four kinds of narcotics in vehicle

Logan County deputies report finding four kinds of narcotics in vehicle

Two individuals are behind bars after authorities reportedly found over 269 grams on meth and 56 fentanyl pills outside of an abandoned building.

For Peetz Sake Day's schedule

For Peetz Sake Day's schedule

The 2022 For Peetz Sake Days and Homecoming begin with dress up days for students on Monday, Sept. 26th.

Peetz school announces parade Marshals

Peetz school announces parade Marshals

The For Peetz Sake Days parade awarded the honor of being the parade Marshals to two former Peetz teachers.

Sidney's annual Oktoberfest begins Friday

Sidney's annual Oktoberfest begins Friday

The City of Sidney will tap the keg at noon on Friday, Sept. 30 to mark the opening of the 2022 Oktoberfest celebration at the Cheyenne County Fairgrounds.

Kimball High School Class of '72 celebrates 50th reunion during Farmer's Day weekend

Kimball High School Class of '72 celebrates 50th reunion during Farmer's Day weekend

A "big percentage" of the Kimball Class of 1972 enjoyed a dance, tours of the Wheat Growers Association and high school, and a parade during the annual Farmer's Day celebration on Saturday.

South Dakota investigation weighs Noem's use of state plane

South Dakota investigation weighs Noem's use of state plane

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is under investigation for using a state-owned airplane to fly to political events and bring family members with her on trips.

Sidney inspires other community leaders at E3 event

Sidney inspires other community leaders at E3 event

Nebraskan community leaders traveled to Sidney to learn about the town's growing ecosystem.

Scottsbluff man facing drug charges after failing to use turn signal

Scottsbluff man facing drug charges after failing to use turn signal

A Nebraska Panhandle man is awaiting sentencing on felony drug charges.

Amended autopsy: Black man died due to sedative, restraint

Amended autopsy: Black man died due to sedative, restraint

A man died after a police encounter in a Denver suburb in 2019 because he was injected with a powerful sedative after being forcibly restrained, according to an amended autopsy report publicly released Friday.

Farmer's Day this weekend in Kimball

Farmer's Day this weekend in Kimball

Cruise night, live music, a parade, and demolition derby highlight the activities at the Farmer’s Day celebration in Kimball this weekend.

Logan County welcomes new face at Chamber retirement celebration

Logan County welcomes new face at Chamber retirement celebration

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the retirement of the previous executive director.

WNCC Graduates First Class B CDL Student

WNCC Graduates First Class B CDL Student

Western Nebraska Community College has graduated their first Class B CDL driver.

Head-On Crash In Box Elder Kills 1, Injuries 4

Head-On Crash In Box Elder Kills 1, Injuries 4

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person was killed and 3 injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on a Pennington County road inside the Box Elder City limits.

Alliance, Sidney among Nebraska airports getting FAA grants

Alliance, Sidney among Nebraska airports getting FAA grants

Four Nebraska airports, including Alliance and Sidney,, have been awarded $9.25-million dollars in federal grants by the FAA – Federal Aviation Administration.

Interstate accident closes eastbound lanes in Kimball County Thursday

Interstate accident closes eastbound lanes in Kimball County Thursday

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 were closed in Kimball County late Thursday morning due to an accident. 

Kimball Library fundraiser begins on Farmer's Day

Kimball Library fundraiser begins on Farmer's Day

The Kimball Library and Company will be hosting their annual Farmer's Day Book Sale Fundraiser.

Kimball gets new automatic meter readers to replace old meters

Kimball gets new automatic meter readers to replace old meters

The City of Kimball has hired Advanced Meter Service to assist with the replacement of water meter and electric meter infrastructure with automatic meter readers.

South Dakota AG plans to hire missing Indigenous coordinator

South Dakota AG plans to hire missing Indigenous coordinator

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo announced Tuesday that he plans to hire a law enforcement officer to coordinate investigation into the disappearance and murder of Indigenous people.

Sheriff says no danger to Merino school, community after reported threat

Sheriff says no danger to Merino school, community after reported threat

A northeast Colorado school sheltered in place early Thursday after receiving reports of a man driving in the area with a rifle.

‘Out of This World’ Homecoming week begins Monday

‘Out of This World’ Homecoming week begins Monday

Chadron State College will celebrate Homecoming the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 1.

Sidney Police ask for help locating truck driver

Sidney Police ask for help locating truck driver

A semi-trailer potentially damaged power wires near a panhandle elementary school.

Runza raises $45,000 for nonprofit organization

Runza raises $45,000 for nonprofit organization

The popular fast-food chain Runza is supporting the TeamMates Mentorship Program. 

Bomb technicians remove potential grenade from Potter property

Bomb technicians remove potential grenade from Potter property

Authorities in the panhandle said a possible grenade was found in Potter by property owners. 

Scottsbluff City Council submits three semi-finalists for City Manager position.

Scottsbluff City Council submits three semi-finalists for City Manager position.

The Scottsbluff City Council announced Monday three finalists for the city's city manager position.

Police: Lyman man attacks police officer with knife

Police: Lyman man attacks police officer with knife

A Lyman police officer was injured when they were attacked by a man with a knife. 

Alumnus completes prestigious seminar at National WWII Museum

Alumnus completes prestigious seminar at National WWII Museum

Chadron State College graduate student Arttie Parker of North Platte earned the opportunity to attend what his professor Dr. Tom Smith calls a prestigious seminar this summer.

Ethics board keeps 'action' secret on complaint against Noem

Ethics board keeps 'action' secret on complaint against Noem

A South Dakota ethics board is keeping it a secret what action it took after finding there was evidence Gov. Kristi Noem improperly intervened in her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license.

Driver suffers medical emergency, leads to two-car collision in Scottsbluff

Driver suffers medical emergency, leads to two-car collision in Scottsbluff

The Scottsbluff Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle injury accident on Highway 26 Tuesday afternoon. 

'Anyone can be involved': New Cheyenne County Chamber President emphasizes community

'Anyone can be involved': New Cheyenne County Chamber President emphasizes community

The Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce has hired a new chamber president, with Toshia Jones having now served in the position for about a month.

Annual Fireman's Banquet, service hours celebrated

Annual Fireman's Banquet, service hours celebrated

Local Firemen were recognized for their achievements at the annual Fireman's Banquet.

Officials consider Banner County wildfire 100% contained after burning over 4,000 acres

Officials consider Banner County wildfire 100% contained after burning over 4,000 acres

The Smokey Fire in the Nebraska panhandle is considered 100% contained.

State confirms case of bird flu in Dawes County

State confirms case of bird flu in Dawes County

The Nebraska Dept of Agriculture says the state has its 9th confirmed case this year and first since April of highly pathogenic avian influenza, more commonly called HPAI or simply bird flu, and it’s in Dawes County.

Colorado Air National Guard to conduct major readiness exercise in Scottsbluff

Colorado Air National Guard to conduct major readiness exercise in Scottsbluff

The 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, will conduct a readiness exercise at Western Nebraska Regional Airport, Scottsbluff, Nebraska Sept. 22-25, 2022.

Keith County non-profit wins Commonwealth Award

Keith County non-profit wins Commonwealth Award

The Keep Keith County Beautiful nonprofit won the Commonwealth Award at the annual Nebraska Recycling Conference in Lincoln.

Single vehicle accident claims life of motorcyle rider

Single vehicle accident claims life of motorcyle rider

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 43-year old male motorcyclist was killed Saturday afternoon when his bike crashed near Spearfish. The man’s name has not been released pending notification of family members.

Sheriff: 2 small planes collide mid-air near Denver, 3 dead

Sheriff: 2 small planes collide mid-air near Denver, 3 dead

Colorado authorities say three people are dead after two small airplanes collided in mid-air near Denver.

Chadron man no-shows for arraignment; court issues arrest warrant

Chadron man no-shows for arraignment; court issues arrest warrant

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Chadron man who failed to appear for arraignment in Dawes County District Court this week on charges he stabbed a man in June.

Pine Ridge Reservation man gets nearly 37 years in prison on numerous charges

Pine Ridge Reservation man gets nearly 37 years in prison on numerous charges

A Pine Ridge Reservation man has been sentenced to nearly 37 years in prison on assault, weapons, and sex offender charges. 

Banner County fire contained to 70 percent after overnight rain

Banner County fire contained to 70 percent after overnight rain

Portions of the Panhandle remain under a haze of smoke as the 4,318 acre fire continues to burn.

Historical Board's annual meeting set for Sept. 18th

Historical Board's annual meeting set for Sept. 18th

The Cheyenne County Historical Association is inviting the public to their annual meeting.

Braydon Zink helping raise funds for Sterling man battling leukemia for second time

Braydon Zink helping raise funds for Sterling man battling leukemia for second time

Radio station 987 The Big Boy announced Friday morning they've teamed with Sky Ranch Golf and Grill to present Braydon Zink in the "Keep the Faith, Finish the Fight Benefit Concert" on Oct. 7.

Disability Disaster Workshop coming to three Panhandle locations

Disability Disaster Workshop coming to three Panhandle locations

The Disability Disaster Preparedness Workshop will be available to the entire Nebraskan Panhandle.

Leyton School evacuates due to potential gas leak

Leyton School evacuates due to potential gas leak

Leyton High School was evacuated for a potential gas leak Friday morning.

Black Hills Energy announces updated clean energy target for Natural Gas Utility System

Black Hills Energy announces updated clean energy target for Natural Gas Utility System

Black Hills Energy Announces Updated Clean Energy Target for Natural Gas Utility System in Newly Released Sustainability Report

Community leaders from across Nebraska to visit Sidney

Community leaders from across Nebraska to visit Sidney

Cheyenne County's E3 group is bringing many people from out of town to Sidney.

Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees attend Dedication of Match Science COIL

Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees attend Dedication of Match Science COIL

Members of the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees attended the dedication of the Math Science Center of Innovative Learning Sept. 7 before their regular meeting on Chadron State College’s campus Sept. 8.

'Walk for Vets' stopping in Sidney

'Walk for Vets' stopping in Sidney

A U.S. Navy Veteran will be walking across Nebraska from west to east to spread awareness for other veterans.

Sidney man behind bars for terroristic threats

Sidney man behind bars for terroristic threats

A Sidney man is facing felony charges after allegedly pointing a firearm at an individual during an argument of child custody.

Firefighters continuing to make progress in fighting Banner County blaze

Firefighters continuing to make progress in fighting Banner County blaze

Firefighters say progress continues to be made on a wildfire in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Sterling man races to a brand new riding lawn mower

Sterling man races to a brand new riding lawn mower

Caleb Nash won the 42-inch mower from Panhandle Auto Group, Lazy S Ranch and Sutton Home Gallery during the "Off the Rails Mow-Off" event on Wednesday afternoon

WNCC sees enrollment growth in Fall 2022 semester

WNCC sees enrollment growth in Fall 2022 semester

Western Nebraska Community College has seen an 11.9 percent increase in total students for the Fall 2022 semester. 

Gering High School debuts new flight simulator

Gering High School debuts new flight simulator

Gering High School S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students have a new tool to keep them motivated.

Banner County fire largely under control after igniting Tuesday afternoon

Banner County fire largely under control after igniting Tuesday afternoon

Firefighters have battled a blaze in Banner County since Tuesday afternoon.

Williams Gap WMA temporarily closed due to wildfire

Williams Gap WMA temporarily closed due to wildfire

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has temporarily closed Williams Gap Wildlife Management Area in Banner County Wednesday afternoon.

Logan County Chamber of Commerce has retirement party and welcomes new president

Logan County Chamber of Commerce has retirement party and welcomes new president

The Board of Directors of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce will host a “Retirement Celebration.”

Sidney City Council passes Job Creation Incentive Fund

Sidney City Council passes Job Creation Incentive Fund

The Sidney City Council discussed Tuesday how to create more housing in Sidney and a new business moving to Sidney that will create four more jobs each year for people in Cheyenne County.

Enrollment at Chadron State climbs nearly 3%

Enrollment at Chadron State climbs nearly 3%

Thanks to what is perceived as the largest incoming class of transfer students in school history, Chadron State College’s enrollment increased based on figures compiled by the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) on the 10th day of classes.

State agrees to keep county judge in Chadron

State agrees to keep county judge in Chadron

The Nebraska Judicial Resources Commission last Friday approved filling the 12th Judicial District seat of recently retired County Judge Russ Harford and keeping the position in Chadron. 

Potter awards Jay Stecher Community Service Award

Potter awards Jay Stecher Community Service Award

Potter Community Group honors a previous Potter citizen and awards the community service of a current citizen.

Panhandle man pleads not guilty for murder of father

Panhandle man pleads not guilty for murder of father

A Morrill County man pleads not guilty to the murder of his father.