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Prominent county case comes before judge for arraignment

A prominent county case came before Judge Robert Steinke Friday morning with the arraignment of Blake Spath. Spath, the Columbus man accused of drunkenly driving a pickup into a local house causing a fire and substantial injuries to a passenger in the vehicle, pleaded not guilty to the lone charge o


Some common pet names circulating Columbus; a licensing reminder

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -Dwight Eisenhower. While getting ready to send out a second set of licensing reminder cards I looked through the list of pet names and I saw many common ones. Along with reminding people to li


Columbus Police eye move at end of year

The Columbus Police Department’s 2019 will be busy. It has already added back a second school resource officer position and is in the process of finalizing its new K-9 unit. But its biggest change will come when officers make the jump from the department’s present location at 2419 14th St. down the


Nebraska man faces two counts of first-degree murder after Thursday shootings in Holdrege

A 45-year-old man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two men in Holdrege, Nebraska. Deputy Phelps County Attorney Natalie Nelsen on Friday announced the charges against Manuel Gomez of Holdrege. Gomez was arrested Thursday after the shoo


12th Avenue viaduct contracted, some concern raised by council member

The City of Columbus this week made waves regarding the construction of the 12th Avenue viaduct project by naming its contractor. The city received three bids in reference to the project and opted to go with Omaha-based Hawkins Construction Company. The firm came in with the low project bid of $10,9


Landlords receive opportunity to get reacquainted with city building codes

Jamie Adame has no ambition to cite community home owners who aren’t in compliance with city building code ordinances, but it is her job to enforce these rules. This is why Adame, code enforcement official for the City of Columbus, is partnering with the Columbus Area United Way and Columbus Housing


Columbus homeowners keeping a close eye on the Loup River as ice builds up

COLUMBUS, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Ice is building up at a river in Columbus, Nebraska at an alarming rate. Now, homeowners are left to wonder what will happen next. "I came to check this place out," said Mike Voss, a Columbus native referring to the Loup River.


Ice Jam Poses Potential Threat South Of Columbus in Platte County

Platte County Emergency Manager Tim Hofbauer has an emergency declaration in his pocket as he watches a six mile ice jam along the Platte and Loup Rivers to see how the next couple of weeks play out. Hofbauer tells KTIC News it’s precautionary in case the rivers flood south of Columbus in the coming


Photos: Blizzard takes aim at eastern Nebraska

Roads, sidewalks very slick after Friday drizzle; winter weather advisory in effect until noon. In midtown Omaha, main roads were wet but drivable. Side roads were icy.


Timber theft trend spreading into Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An unusual Midwest crime trend has made its way to Nebraska and Iowa. Thieves are stealing black walnut trees and selling them for profit. Both private and public land is being targeted, especially in rural areas. Nebraska Game and Parks has caught poachers in the metro already.


Nebraska county seeks help in paying $28M judgment

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker is looking to help a southeastern county pay a $28 million federal judgment owed to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slaying.


Howling winds, heavy snow in Nebraska, Iowa forecasts

Omaha, Neb. — Howling winds and heavy snow are forecast for much of Nebraska and Iowa this weekend. The National Weather Service says a rain later Friday could precede freezing rain and ice accumulations before the snow arrives in abundance on Saturday.


Nebraska Baseball vs Oregon State Game Thread

Nebraska (3-1) vs. No. 7 Oregon State (4-0) Due to rain, Game 1 was moved to Feb 22 at 2 pm. Kyle Perry (0-0) vs. Kevin Abel (0-0) Game 2: Friday, Feb. 22 (To follow game 1) Chad Luensmann (0-0) vs. Bryce Fehmel (1-0)


Monolith investing millions in Nebraska in reinventing the carbon black industry

Carbon black is everywhere. It reinforces the tires on motorists’ cars and colors the ink in writers’ pens. It’s in dark-hued plastic silverware and eyeliner. Cellphone batteries and rubber soles and printer toner contain carbon black, as do many other rubber products and almost anything that’s blac


Winter weather hunkering down in Columbus area

It’s been a fairly dry winter in the Columbus area, but that has shifted with the significant amounts of snowfall being seen over the course of the past couple weeks. The most recent bout of snow started accumulating around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening and didn’t let up much through the night, with about


$94,000 Nebraska Pick 5 winning lottery ticket purchased from Hy-Vee gas in Columbus

Some lucky person, very possibly from Columbus, could soon be walking away with a hefty chunk of change. Early Wednesday, it was announced that a winning $94,000 Nebraska Pick 5 ticket for the Tuesday, Feb. 19 drawing, was purchased at Hy-Vee Gas, 3012 23rd St., in Columbus.


University of Nebraska Medical Center dean's list

The University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced its fall 2018 dean’s list for students enrolled in nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and the allied health professions of medical resonance imaging, medical laboratory science and radiography.


Local businesses perform well with recent compliance checks

On Feb. 15, Tobacco Free Platte County and Back to BASICs coalitions in cooperation with the Columbus Police Department performed tobacco and alcohol compliance checks in Columbus.