(NORTH PLATTE, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested an Iowa man and seized nearly 950 THC vape cartridges during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near North Platte.
The traffic stop occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. Monday, April 8, when a trooper observed an eastbound Ford Escape speeding at mile marker 179. During the traffic stop, the trooper became aware of drug activity and conducted a search of the vehicle.
The search revealed 947 THC vape cartridges in vacuum sealed bags hidden inside a box in the cargo area. The driver, John Norris, 22, of Johnston, Iowa, was arrested for possession of THC/Hash Oil with intent to deliver and no drug tax stamp. A female passenger was cited and released for possession of marijuana – less than one ounce.
Norris was lodged in Lincoln County Jail.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say an online site can provide winter travelers with information about Nebraska road conditions from the perspective of snowplow drivers. The Nebraska Transportation Department said in a news release Tuesday that the online Plow Tracker interactive map shows state plow trucks on highways. At the click of a mouse, site users can see what the snowplow drivers are seeing, thanks to forward-facing dashboard cameras. Plow Tracker automatically refreshes information every minute. Department operations manager Tom Sands says the weather conditions can often be worse than they appear on the dash cameras, which show only a portion of a roadway.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The Nebraska State Patrol says troopers have seized nearly 80 pounds of marijuana in two recent traffic stops on Interstate 80 near North Platte.
The patrol says the first stop occurred Nov. 18, when a trooper stopped a car on suspicion of speeding and veering out of its lane. The patrol says a search of the car turned up 48 pounds of marijuana in luggage. The 27-year-old driver from Jacksonville, North Carolina, was arrested.
The second stop occurred Monday, when a trooper stopped another car on suspicion of failing to signal. A search of that car turned up 30 pounds of marijuana, and a 17-year-old passenger in the car, from California, was arrested and jailed.
An English honor society is now available to students at North Platte Community College.
NPCC received national approval for a Sigma Kappa Delta chapter on Tuesday. SKD is the English honor society for two-year colleges, and NPCC is currently the only college in Nebraska to offer it.
An inaugural induction ceremony is planned for this weekend.
“I am thrilled that after a lot of hard work and perseverance on the part of some students who are very dedicated to English and the world of academia, Sigma Kappa Delta is finally coming to fruition,” said Kristi Leibhart, English instructor at NPCC. “Sigma Kappa Delta will open up so many new opportunities for our students and provide another means to reward them for their academic accomplishments.”
It’s a goal Leibhart has been working toward for the past two years.
“When I was in school, a Sigma Tau Delta chapter was available, which is an English honor society for students at four-year colleges and universities,” said Leibhart. “It was a very visible sign on campus that people were interested in English, and it was a true honor for students to be part of. I wanted to start something similar at NPCC that would reward academics and provide something to aspire to in the classroom.”
Leibhart said six members are required to form a SKD chapter. She knows of about 100 individuals at the college who are eligible.
“It’s not limited to English majors,” said Leibhart. “Anyone who has completed at least 12 credit hours, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0, who has completed at least one English class and who has received an A or B in every English class can join. Participation doesn’t automatically guarantee induction into Sigma Tau Delta if students transfer on to a four-year institution, but it can make the process easier.”
In addition to providing an honor to list on résumés, SKD offers numerous scholarships to its members. There are opportunities to enter writing and photography competitions, present at national conferences and be published in the “Hedera Helix Literary Journal,” the SKD’s official publication.
“We plan to do a variety of activities at the local level as well,” Leibhart said. “We would like to conduct community service projects, such as reading to nursing home residents, or collecting books to send to prisoners. Film nights and poetry slams have also been discussed.”
The chapter’s induction ceremony is open to the public. It’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC’s South Campus.
Members will receive green and gold honor cords to wear at commencement as well as a commemorative SKD pin. Refreshments will be provided.
Anyone interested in joining the new honor society can contactLeibhart at email@example.com.
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say four teenagers are facing charges that they planned to attack a high school in south-central Nebraska. Local media reports the Furnas County attorney charged two 18-year-olds and two 17-year-olds with felony terroristic threats related to a plan to attack Cambridge High School on Nov. 30. Court records allege the students had been discussing an attack for months. When one student transferred to a different school, they tried to recruit another student. One student told police he thought the plan was a joke but wasn't sure if the others felt that way. Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Greg Shepard told local media the school received a call from a parent about a potential threat, prompting it to contact the sheriff's office and state patrol.
Three McCook Community College softball players have been selected to the All-Region IX, Division I team. Sophomore outfielders Chanel Siebenthal (Lakewood, Colo.) and Jerusha Miner (Gunnison Valley, Utah) were named to the team along with freshman utility player Brooklyn Jensen (West Valley City, Utah). Miner played in 57 games batting .385 with 20 doubles, six triples, five home runs, 52 RBIs, 48 runs scored and 24 stolen bases. She had a .422 on-base and slugged .630. She topped the region with six triples and 192 at bats. She was fourth in doubles, fifth in RBIs, steals and total bases (121). Siebenthal led the Lady Indians with a .411 batting average in 58 games, she had 24 doubles, two home runs, 32 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases. She had a .449 on-base percentage and slugged .573. Her 24 doubles were the second most in Region IX. She had the second most plate appearances in the region and ranked in the top 10 in at bats, runs, total bases (106) region and stolen bases. Jensen led the region with 43 stolen bases. In 50 games played as catcher and infielder, she batted .397 with 36 runs scored and a .431 on-base percentage. As a catcher, she threw out nine runners trying to steal which was the second most in the region. She held base stealers to a 37.5 success rate, which was third best in the region.
Last week the McCook Community College volleyball program reached a milestone of sorts when the seventh of seven graduating sophomores signed a letter of intent to continue playing volleyball – “Seven for Seven” as MCC Coach Hayley Kobza is calling the journey that has landed all seven of her sophomores scholarships to continue playing the sport after they graduate from MCC.
Those seven sophomores include Ashley Carson, Hanna Emerson, Ryan Maddera, Onyessah Rocha, Brooklyn Evans, Haley Jacobsen and Ty Johnson.
These players were part of a sophomore squad helping lead the Lady Indians to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time this century and also helped MCC capture its first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 38 years and finished the season at 21-14, which included wins against two top-20 ranked opponents.
Of the seven MCC players, two are former high school teammates who were “discovered” at MCC during an open tryout in 2016 will play Division I volleyball. Two other MCC teammates will move on to play for the same team, one will play for a Division II program and four will play for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools. Two are headed to South Carolina, two are headed to Missouri, one is going to Louisiana, one to Texas and one will play in Kansas.
Here’s a summary of the players, their season highlights and where they’re headed:
Ashley Carson, Ord, will continue her volleyball career as a setter at Division 2 Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. One of three co-captains on the team, she was named to the all-Region IX volleyball team, had 1,268 sets – the most in Region IX, and sixth best among all setters in the nation. In addition Carson had 37 service aces, 237 digs, 40 blocks and 56 kills. She was also named to the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team for players from two-year colleges.
Hannah Emerson, a 6-2 middle blocker from Greeley West High School in Colo., will play at NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina. She received honorable mention on the Omaha World-Herald All Nebraska team. She played in 35 matches this season and her block numbers were in the top 10 in the Region IX South Division in the four major blocking categories. She assisted on 106 blocks, tops in the division, was second in total blocks with 124, second with 0.94 blocks per set, and ninth in solo blocks with 18. Her block assist numbers were ninth most in the nation. This fall, Emerson’s Chanticleers will play the University of Nebraska on Sept. 21 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Ryan Maddera 6-1, who played outside hitter and middle for the Indians will play setter at Division 1 Southeast Louisiana in Hammond, La. Like her high school teammate Emerson, both came to MCC for an open tryout and two years later both earned scholarships to play volleyball this Fall at the Division 1 level. Maddera played in 35 matches this past season for the Lady Indians and recorded 398 kills, 228 digs, 16 solo blocks, 73 total blocks and 42 service aces. She ranked fourth among hitters in the Region IX South division in total kills, her 3.18 kills per set ranked seventh, and total blocks ranked 14th. She also received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team.
Brooklyn Evans, a 5-7 libero from Ogden, Utah, who converted from setter after her freshman season, will continue her career at NAIA Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Evans, named co-captain in August, played in 35 matches for the Lady Indians leading the team in digs with 321 (2.43 per game). That total ranked ninth among players in the Region IX South Division. She also had 98 assists (10th most in the division) and 37 service aces (ranked 11th in the region). Evans received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. She will continue playing her libero/defensive position for the Vikings.
Haley Jacobsen is a 5-9 middle blocker/right side hitter from Chatfield High School in Littleton Colo., who will join MCC teammate Brooklyn Evans at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. Jacobsen played in 25 matches for the Lady Indians where she had 78 kills, 41 digs, and 50 total blocks. Her blocks per set total (0. 66) was 11th best in among players competing in the Region IX South Division. At Missouri Valley College, she expects to continue playing right side where she spent most of her time this past season.
Ty Johnson, a 5-8 outside hitter from Conroe, Texas returns to her home state to play volleyball at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. Johnson, one of three co-captains, played in all 35 matches and had 227 kills on the season, 45 service aces, 97 digs, and 93 blocks. She ranked second in the south sub-region in block assists (84) and was fourth in hitting percentage (.261). She received honorable mention for the Omaha World-Herald all-Nebraska team. Johnson expects to play middle for the Lady Wildcats.
Onyessah Rocha, 5-5 libero from Topeka, Kan. returns to her home state to play for NAIA Ottawa University where she will play for the Braves, who won the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and earned the program its sixth trip (fourth straight appearance), at the NAIA National Tournament. Rocha expects to compete for the starting libero position.
ALL SEVEN OF McCook Community College’s volleyball sophomores have now signed on to continue their volleyball careers at the next level. Pictured are (front row from left): Onyessah Rocha, Ty Johnson, Ashley Carson. (Back row): Haley Jacobsen, Hannah Emerson, Coach Hayley Kobza, Ryan Maddera and Brooklyn Evans.
Two McCook Volleyball players made Southwest Conference Volleyball team. Jayceea Hanson makes first team, and Robin Grigg makes Honorable Mention. You can view complete list here.
2018 SWC All Conference Softball Team
|Pitcher||Regan Armagost - Cozad, Fr|
Brenna Dugan - Cozad, (IF), Sr
Grace Cargill - Cozad (IF), Sr
Bailee Schurmann - Minden (IF), So
Avery Dunphy - Gothenburg (IF), So
Kandace Coleman - McCook, (IF), Jr
Kaitlyn Kleinknecht - Gothenburg (IF), Sr
Jercey Irish - Cozad (OF), Jr
Kaylin Martin - McCook, (OF), Jr
Alexis Bliven - Gothenburg (OF), So
Laurel Schmidt - McCook (OF), S
|Utl||Trinity Raburn - McCook (IF), Jr|
Hannah Merrill - Minden (IF/C), So
Haley Cargill - Cozad (Utl), Jr
Bailey Coulter - Gothenburg (P), Jr
Brolin Morgan - McCook (IF), Jr
2018-2019 Republican Plains Activity Conference All-Conference Volleyball Team(s). The teams were selected by the conference Volleyball Coaches on Wednesday, 11/15/2018.
Six McCook Community College student/athletes were selected by their respective coaches to be recognized for the 2018-2019 academic year as Athletes of the Year in their individual sports.
Lincoln – Train like a Husker this summer, as Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg has announced a series of summer camps and clinics. The camps will take place throughout the month of June at the Hendricks Training Complex.
The 2019 camp series will feature two four-day camps, as well a pair of specialty clinics for boys and girls entering the 3rd-12th grade. In addition, there will also be a three-day Little Huskers camp for kids who are in grades K-4 for the upcoming year.
Hoiberg and his staff of instructors will work with campers on the fundamentals of basketball in a fun atmosphere. All camps are open to both boys and girls entering the respective grade level.
2019 Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps
|Day Camp #1||Mon.-Thurs., June 10-13||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Day Camp #2||Mon.-Thurs., June 24-27||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$250|
|Little Huskers Camp||Wed.-Fri., June 19-21||9 a.m. – Noon||Boys/Girls Grades K-4||$180|
|Ball Handling and Shooting Clinic||Friday, June 14||9 a.m.-Noon||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Forward Specialty Clinic||Friday, June 14||1-4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$60|
|Dual Clinic Special||Friday, June 14||9 a.m. -4 p.m.||Boys/Girls Grades 3-12||$110|
Nebraska High School Tennis Coaches Association, in cooperation with the Nebraska Coaches Association, announces the Class B All-State Girls Tennis Team for 2019.
The McCook Bison Tennis Camp is quickly approaching. The Camp is open to all ages and playing levels and is designed to promote a better understanding of the game and strokes of tennis. Camp will be held at the Bison Tennis courts starting June 3rd for 3 weeks followed by 2 weeks of League. Deadline to register is Friday, May 17th. Flyers can be picked up at McCook Lettering, McCook High School Junior High, McCook Central Elementary and McCook St. Pats.