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Nebraska thought it fixed the state's reliance on property taxes. It didn't

Nebraska leans more on property taxes than other states. When the Legislature in the 1990s raised sales and income taxes, put limits on property tax levies and increased state school aid, the share of property taxes in Nebraska relative to sales and income taxes dropped. But property taxes have been


Flooded Farmers In Missouri Want Federal Disaster Assistance Like Nebraska and Iowa

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is expected to make a federal disaster declaration this week, which can’t come too soon for farmers and others needing assistance after devastating floods.


Fairbury theatre up and running after fundraising campaign

After a five year hiatus, the Bonham Theatre in Fairbury is once again showing films on the big screen. The theatre, which first opened on Sept. 27, 1926, earned its title as the showcase of the area, being a state-of-the-art facility when constructed.


Fairbury City Council holds numerous hearings on LB-840 funding, other business Tuesday

FAIRBURY – It was a busy night in the Fairbury City Council chambers Tuesday, with a total of six public hearings, nine business items and five ordinances on the agenda. City administrator Colin Bielser gave a semi-annual review of the Local Option Municipal Sales Tax (LB-840) program Tuesday. Refle


Ag woes keep Nebraska at back of pack in income gains

High-paying blue-collar jobs lifted incomes in West Virginia, New York and Illinois last year, even though the states lost residents, while farmers and government workers shared the pain of more stagnant income in Nebraska, Maryland and Washington, D.C.


Blue Springs man arrested for drugs

A Blue Springs man was arrested late Thursday night after authorities smelled drugs during a traffic stop in Beatrice. Just before midnight on Thursday a Beatrice police officer on patrol observed a Pontiac Grand Prix driving south on the 200 block of South Sixth Street without visible registration.


Campbell Brothers Circus Display opening this weekend at Fairbury City Museum

FAIRBURY – The Fairbury City Museum is set to unveil its newest display on Sunday, Apr. 14. The “Campbell Bros. Circus Display” will be ready for public view on Sunday, with an unveiling event scheduled from 1-4 p.m.


Nebraska Energy Office offers Dollar and Energy Saving Loans

LINCOLN — After the historic flooding and devastation in Nebraska’s communities, the Nebraska Energy Office, in conjunction with Nebraska lending institutions, began providing assistance to those affected by floods by offering Dollar and Energy Saving Loans at 1 percent interest.


Six people arrested after search warrant served in Fairbury

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Six people were arrested after deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in Fairbury on Sunday. According to authorities, the warrant was served at 1115 A Street in Fairbury.


Nebraska Supreme Court to hear arguments in Scottsbluff

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in Scottsbluff for the first time. The state's high court says in a news release that oral arguments in the Scottsbluff High School auditorium on April 29. The event is part of a continuing effort by the Nebraska Supreme Co


First-Plymouth Church bell tower 'iconic to Lincoln'

The first time she made the journey up the First-Plymouth Church bell tower in 1968, Kathie Johnson made the mistake of wearing high heels. "I came up for the (organ dedication) concert and thought, 'Oh, I'd like to see the carillon,'" she said. "The next day, my calves and legs were very sore."


Spending, taxes and medical cannabis yet to be debated in Nebraska legislative session

LINCOLN — Counting by the calendar, the 2019 session of the Nebraska Legislature is more than two-thirds over, but much of the heavy lifting remains. Property tax relief, the state budget, business tax incentives and medical cannabis have yet to be debated by the full Legislature, while lawmakers ar


Hard liquor to be barred from University of Nebraska frat events

LINCOLN, Neb. — Hard liquor will be barred from University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity events in the next school year. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the university's Interfraternity Council voted unanimously last month to enact the ban. It won't affect fraternity events at a restaurant or


Nebraska's 'intelligent appreciation' for vaccine boosts protection as measles makes a comeback

Broderick Hansen hopped on the exam table at Children’s Physicians West Village Pointe last week for his kindergarten vaccinations without any fuss. Among them was a second dose of the vaccine that will protect the 4-year-old from measles, the once nearly gone virus that’s been making a disturbing c


Probation given in child porn case

A Beatrice man was sentenced to probation in Gage County this week for possessing child pornography. Scott A. Buck Sr. was sentenced to three years of probation for each of three counts possession of child pornography. The sentences will all be served consecutively, totaling nine years on probation.


Future Loss of Dry Cleaning Service, Prompts Discussion

BEATRICE – When the City of Beatrice completes acquisition of land for a new fire and rescue station, a side effect will mean Beatrice is left without a dry cleaning business. One of the properties being acquired is the land where Jan’s Cleaners has operated. The business owners are retiring.


Lady O finishes 2nd at York Invite

YORK -- The Beatrice girls track and field team finished second at the Yowell Classic in York on Thursday. The Lady O finished with 86 points which was bested only by Waverly's 173 points. Crete finished third with 79 points, Seward was fourth with 65 points, Norris was fifth with 60 points York was


Sales Tax Bill Passes, For Paying “Beatrice Six” Judgment

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would let a rural Nebraska county raise its sales tax to pay off a $28.1 million legal debt has won final approval from lawmakers. Lawmakers passed the measure Wednesday on a 43-6 vote despite objections that it would let Gage County supervisors impose the tax withou


AgLines: Nebraska Cattlemen disaster relief assistance application available

The Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund is providing financial assistance on a statewide basis to needy or distressed cattle producers in Nebraska impacted by Winter Storm Ulmer/Bomb Cyclone.


Kresak fits the mold at Iowa Western

EXETER – Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan senior Josie Kresak will be heading to Council Bluffs, Iowa in the fall to attend Iowa Western Community College and play softball under coach Ben Greer and the Reivers.