GR speech team takes third at Ainsworth

The Gordon-Rushville speech team competed in the Ainsworth Invitational on Saturday, February 20. The team placed third behind West Holt and Ainsworth. The students did very well facing new competition and judges. The meet had a varsity and a novice division. In varsity, Rylan Hurd placed 4th in Entertainment and 5th in Humorous. Robin Ferguson was 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking and the meet champion in Persuasive. Sierra Britt placed 5th in Informative. Jarrod Paul was 6th in Humorous, Audra

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Farmers, schools at odds over Ricketts’ property tax plan

By GRANT SCHULTE

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts’ property tax plan drew praise Tuesday from Nebraska’s farming community and opposition from school officials, who would face new restrictions on their budget authority.

Both sides argued their case to the Legislature’s Education Committee, which is reviewing one of two bills introduced on the governor’s behalf.

Ricketts said his proposal would slow the statewide growth of property taxes - a top concern of farmers and

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Three inmates attempt to escape from Sheridan County Jail

On February 2, 2016 a jailor at the Sheridan County Jail was injured by three inmates in an apparent failed escape attempt. According to the Sheridan County Attorney’s Office, Sheridan County Jail inmates Franklin Milk, Dale Martin Jr., and Stephen Moore are facing charges of Attempted Escape, Obstructing Government Operations, Terroristic Threats, First Degree False Imprisonment, Third Degree Assault, and Third Degree Assault on a Peace Officer. The three inmates allegedly assaulted, choked

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Nebraska activists scold commission for Whiteclay beer sales

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The director of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission says that without substantive proof, it cannot act on allegations that beer-sellers in Whiteclay are abusing their licenses.

Activists called on the commission Tuesday to withhold liquor licenses from the town’s four beer stores, saying vendors sell to pregnant women, minors and customers who are already drunk. But agency director Hobert Rupe said he needs witnesses to go on the record.

Whiteclay, population 14, sells

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Truck collides with semi west of Gordon

A two-vehicle accident west of Gordon temporarily shut down traffic on Highway 20 Wednesday morning. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Charles Schwaderer, 62, of Gordon, was driving a ‘94 Chevrolet pickup on 230th Lane when he pulled onto Highway 20, striking the trailer of John Brunner’s 2007 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer – totalling both vehicles. Brunner, 61, of Gering was traveling west on highway 20 when he was struck. Both Schwaderer and Brunner were transported to Gordon

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Vin-Mar Cattle Co. and Krebs Ranch win Reserve Grand Champion at National Western Stock Show

Angus producers competed for top honors during the 2016 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Carload & Pen Show, Jan. 16 in Denver, Colo. Six carloads and 43 pens-of-three were showcased in the Yards during the 110th NWSS.

Arlen Sawyer, Bassett, Neb.; Doug Slattery, Chappell Hill, Texas; and Phil Trowbridge, Ghent, N.Y., evaluated the bulls and selected champions.

Express Angus Ranches, Yukon, Okla., claimed grand champion carload, with 10 January 2015 bulls sired by EXAR Denver

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Supporters unveil new plan to cover Medicaid gap population

By GRANT SCHULTE

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Lawmakers unveiled a new plan Tuesday to cover the so-called Medicaid gap population in Nebraska while opponents made clear that the proposal faces a steep uphill slog.

Supporters hailed the latest bill as a bipartisan, business-friendly approach to cover an estimated 77,000 childless, low-income adults. Three previous attempts to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law have failed because of conservative opposition.

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Nebraska senators advance ban on celebratory flying lanterns

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill to outlaw small, flame-powered paper air balloons in Nebraska has sped through first round debate in the Legislature.

Lawmakers voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance the measure.

The bill’s advocates say the lanterns create dangerous fire hazards if they land in neighborhoods or dry fields. If the bill passes, violators would face a $100 fine. The lanterns are made of flame-retardant paper and lifted by hot air from open flames at their bases. They’re often

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Conference will focus on ways to protect wildlife habitat

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - An annual state conference next month will focus on ways to preserve wildlife habitat in the state.

This year will be the 25th annual version of the Nebraska State Habitat Meeting that brings together landowners, hunters and wildlife professionals.

The event will feature presentations from Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The event will be held Feb. 13 at the Holiday Inn near Interstate 80 in Kearney. It costs $30 for members

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