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Historical photo was of John Stuart

John "Jack" Stuart of Central City was pictured in a photo from the Merrick County Historical Society on page 9 of The Grand Island Independent's sesquicentennial publication, Central Nebraska Through the Years." The photo caption said the man pictured at a Central City movie theater was unidentifie

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-21 02:47:00

Savoring the Niobrara and 'empty' Nebraska

A few days before Labor Day, I opened my Nebraska road atlas in search of a place to pitch my tent on this holiday weekend. I closed my eyes, pointed, then peeked. My fingers had fallen on Niobrara State Park up at the confluence of the Missouri and Niobrara rivers. I'd never been there. I took off

KEARNEY HUB - 2017-09-20 16:42:00

Junk Jaunt coming up this weekend

It's all in the family as Marquette area residents (from left) Cindy Reyner, June Brophy and Carrie Swanson find treasures on Sept. 26, 2014, in Cairo during the first day of the annual Junk Jaunt at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 2. (Independent/Barrett Stinson) Nebraska's Junk Jaunt wi

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-19 03:56:00

Counterfeiters strike Conestoga Mall in Grand Island

Police are closely following a string of counterfeit incidents that have been making their way across central Nebraska. The latest incident at the Conestoga Mall in Grand Island. According to Grand Island police, two males entered the Conestoga Mall Tuesday, September 20th, using multiple counterfei

NBCNEB.COM - 2017-09-20 19:12:00

County board hires Greeley County deputy assessor as Hall County assessor/register of deeds

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GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-20 03:00:00

Man arrested twice in three days

Within a period of three days, Mark Leetch of Grand Island was arrested twice in separate incidents. On Sunday, Leetch was arrested for making terroristic threats and assaulting a police officer at the Burlington store at 2230 N. Webb Road. Early Tuesday morning, Leetch was arrested for possession o

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-19 16:46:00

Grand Island: Man shows gun during car break-in

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) Grand Island police are looking for a man they say broke into a car parked on a residential street early Sunday morning. Police say a woman spotted a man in her husband's car about 5:30 Sunday morning. When her husband went outside to confront the suspect, he went back to a

1011NOW.COM - 2017-09-18 23:26:00

EMS Focus Group report a must read for entire community

When an emergency situation arises in Hamilton County residents here know they can depend on quality EMS care. On that point, there is no debate. If you or someone you love is having a heart attack, in an accident or facing a life-and-death situation of any sort, you want to know that trained emerg

AURORA NEWS REGISTER - 2017-09-20 10:00:00

Farm safety -- a necessary priority with harvest here

With harvest just around the corner, it is the perfect time of year to spark a conversation about farm safety. That is exactly what Risto Rautiainen, professor of environmental, agricultural and occupational heath at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, hoped to do at the 40th annual Husker Ha

AURORA NEWS REGISTER - 2017-09-20 10:00:00

Artist finds calling with Country Canvas

The 60-inch canvas in Tanya Grosshans home studio reflects just have far she's come in the art world. What started out as a childhood love for painting evolved into a passion for all things artistic, and eventually grew into a part-time business painting custom pictures. She launched Country Canvas

AURORA NEWS REGISTER - 2017-09-20 10:00:00

Art Walk artists enjoy spotlight

Aurora's downtown shops were filled with awe-inspiring artistry during Saturday's Art Walk when around 20 talented individuals shared their creative passions. In its third year of existence, the Art Walk has been able to continue its expansion of sharing the many talents of local and area artists.

AURORA NEWS REGISTER - 2017-09-20 10:00:00

Friesen to seek Dist. 34 re-election

Dist. 34 Sen. Curt Friesen threw his hat in the ring for Nebraska Legislature four years ago hoping to help revamp the state's tax structure, specifically in terms of the heavy burden it places on rural land owners That hasn't happened during his first three years in office, thus Friesen announced

AURORA NEWS REGISTER - 2017-09-20 10:00:00

Family helps Luke Grossnicklaus deal with disability, find own path

KEARNEY - It was a Monday. June 8, 2009. The summer between his seventh- and eighth-grade year. That's the day Luke Grossnicklaus had his right leg amputated just above the knee. "A date I will never forget," the University of Nebraska at Kearney senior from Aurora said. "I was 13 years old. Scared,

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-19 16:10:00

Giltner teacher Sarah Consbruck drums up new lesson, grant

Giltner music teacher Sarah Consbruck is this year's recipient of the Unsung Heroes award from Voya Financial due to her innovative teaching program focusing on the use of world drums in the classroom. The $2,000 grant is traditionally awarded to K-12 educators nationwide to honor their innovative

AURORA NEWS REGISTER - 2017-09-20 10:00:00

Aurora man in possession of financial transaction devices, stolen checks

Miguel Luna, a 30-year-old Aurora man, was charged Tuesday in Hall County Court with being in possession of four or more financial transaction devices. That crime is a Class 2A felony. Luna was arrested at 104 W. 17th St. shortly before 4 p.m. Monday. He had been observed getting into a car while ho

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-20 04:45:00

Five Points' family revels in travel adventures, fun

Alice and Norm Elstermeirer have been married for six years. Their romance began on a trip to the Grand Canyon, and they took their honeymoon on a Five Points Golden Club trip to Nashville, Tenn., and Asheville, N.C. On this trip, they were headed to Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (For Th

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-21 04:45:00

Fraternal Order of Police lawsuit against the City hearing date set

The police union and city of Grand Island administration are going to court over the mayor's plan to eliminate spousal insurance coverage. On June 23, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge No. 24 and Grand Island Police Officers Mark Stegman, Chris Anderson, Michelle Anderson, and Police Sergean

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-21 15:51:00

Taxpayers have lost control over local governments

So now we find that not only is the city of Grand Island a metropolitan city and we no longer have control of what we want to pay our city employees, but now the county is within a metropolitan statistical area and we are now required to give all county employees, what looks like a 25 to 30 percent

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-21 05:00:00

Attendance numbers low this summer at city pools

Island Oasis and Lincoln Pool saw some of its lowest attendance numbers ever this summer, Recreation Superintendent Jeremy Bachmann said. Lincoln Pool had a total of 13,808 swimmers this summer, which is down from last year's attendance number of 16,000. The numbers for 2014 and 2015 were 14,000 and

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-20 16:47:00

Three Conestoga Mall stores report fake $100 bills

Within a span of 40 minutes Tuesday afternoon, counterfeit $100 bills were reported at three stores in Conestoga Mall. Victoria's Secret received three of the fake bills. Pro Image and Foot Locker reported one case of phony money. The counterfeiters visited the stores between 4:45 and 5:25 p.m. The

GRAND ISLAND INDEPENDENT - 2017-09-20 16:16:00