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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says there are more doctors in Nebraska than there were 10 years ago, but 13 counties still don't have a primary care physician.

The Status of the Healthcare Workforce report issued Wednesday says data from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the state show the number of doctors has risen 11 percent.

The report says nearly a fifth of physicians in Nebraska are more than 60 years old and likely to retire in the near future. It also says 18 of 93 Nebraska counties have no pharmacist.

The report recommended more state support for programs and educational initiatives that provide incentives for health care professionals to practice in rural communities.


(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.

Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.

The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in York County Jail.


#1. 2018 Toyota C-HR donated by TEAM Auto Center - Garrett Dudden

#2. 2018 Honda Pioneer 500 donated by Sandberg Honda - Brock Schank

#3 .$2,000 Cash donated by McDonalds of W.Neb & Torr. WY - Jennifer Schwab

#4. 2 Rndtrip tickets donated by Skywest Airlines - Teresa Swank

#5. La-Z-Boy Recliner donated by Webber’s Furniture - Troy Ouderkirk

#6. Fire Pit Table & Chairs donated by Carr-Trumbull Lumber - Evelyn Bjordahl

#7. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Diane Vandenberg

#8. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Karol Nyquist

#9. 2 - 2019 Western Nebraska Pioneers Season tickets - Judy Howell

#10. $250 Gift Card donated by The Steel Grill - John Maser

#11. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Maria Lara-Montelango

#12. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Juan Gonzales

#13. $250 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Mike Rotness

#14. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Gina Cannon

#15. $200 Cash donated by KNEB - Stacy Keller

#16. WNCC Family Athletic Pass - Steve Cervantes

#17. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Debbie Edmuds

#18. One year of Car Washes donated by Paradise - Angela Miller

#19. 12 Haircuts in a year donated by Attitudez Salon - Nickole DeWitt

#20. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Jayme Hallman

#21. Birthday Party donated by Carpenter Center - mindy Reed

#22. 3 month Family Membership donated by YMCA - Zita Bolinger

#23. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Michael Miller

#24. $100 in Gift Cards dontated Runza - Ruth Kozal

#25. King Kong Pizza Dinner donated by Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria - Andrew Weber

#26. $500 gift Certificated donated by Gering Valley One Hour - Craig Rubottom

#27. $75 in Gift Cards donated by Runza - Trisha Luckinbill

#28. $100 Gas Card donated by WTT - John Farrington

#29. $25 Gift Card donated by Runza - Danielle Lenebeck

#30. 60 minute facial donated by Rachel Ann Esthetics - Kristen Mitzel


Officers from the Chardon Police Department (CPD) and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a man who was wanted on multiple felony warrants after escaping from the Nebraska Department of Corrections Work Ethic Camp (WEC) in McCook, NE on December 21, 2016.

CPD’s investigation into the whereabouts of Charles Canaday, 37, determined that he was hiding at a residence in Chadron. On Wednesday evening, CPD requested NSP SWAT team assistance in serving a search warrant on the home at 502 West Niobrara Ave. While serving the warrant, NSP SWAT found Canaday hiding in the home and observed several items related to drug activity.

CPD obtained a second search warrant to investigate the suspected drug activity. Officers from both CPD and NSP seized several grams of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and multiple firearms and arrested two other men.

Charles Canaday was arrested and lodged in Dawes County Jail for outstanding warrants from Dawes County and Red Willow County related to his escape from the WEC, including Escape When Under Arrest on a Felony Charge, Attempt of a Class II Felony, Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest, Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony, Theft by Unlawful Taking ($500-$1,500) and a charge of Unauthorized Ingestion of a Controlled Substance from Fall River County, South Dakota.

At the time of his escape, Canaday was serving a sentence of six to 24 years for multiple Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief convictions from four Nebraska counties. His escape prompted an alert from the Nebraska State Crime Stoppers network. The Nebraska Crime Stoppers tip-line is always active at 1-800-422-1494 and can also be reached online at

During the service of the search warrant, Del Canaday, 31, and Gage Canaday, 27, were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and being an Accessory to a Felony. Both men were lodged in Dawes County Jail.


The crash occurred at just before 11am on Thursday near mile marker 100 on Highway 385 in Morrill County. A southbound Jeep had crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi head on. The driver of the Jeep, Chester Shuster, 71, of Alliance was killed in the collision. It is believed that Shuster was suffering a medical episode at the time of the crash. A trooper and three civilians on scene performed CPR on Shuster paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced deceased on scene.


Construction on 42nd Street - Phase 4 between Avenue B and Rugger Drive is scheduled to begin on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

42nd Street will be closed to all traffic from the intersection of Avenue B to Rugger Drive. The Detour route around the construction area will be Avenue B to Hwy 26 to 5th Avenue.

Construction of this phase is estimated to be complete by September 23, 2018. Additional information will be sent prior to the start of Phase 5.

Access will be as follows:

Elite Health Center/ESU #13/Owen Oral Survery/Sandstone Estates – Access will be provided from 42nd Street from the west via Highway 71 or from the east via Avenue B

Regional West Medical Center – Access to RWMC will be from the west via 42nd and Avenue B or from the east via 42nd and Rugger Drive

Residences on North side of 42nd Street between Avenue B and Rugger Dr – Access provided from a temporary road on the north side of 42nd Street. Contractor will notify residents.

Thank you for your cooperation during this project.


67 people were removed from Nebraska roadways during the "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" campaign by the Nebraska State Patrol.  It ran from December 15th to January 1st.  63 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 4 for driving under the influence of drugs.  

On Friday, June 8, Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop C and officers from the Grand Island Police Department conducted an undercover operation to target and identify individuals soliciting prostitution in the Grand Island area.

This was an operation of the Central Region of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force. The effort resulted in the arrest of seven individuals for soliciting prostitution.

In addition to attempting to rescue those being trafficking against their will for commercial sexual activity, other key tenets to the Human Trafficking Task Force are to attempt to reduce the demand for commercial sexual activity by conducting undercover investigations targeting and identifying sex buyers.

The following individuals were arrested and lodged in Hall County Corrections for Solicitation of Prostitution: Brandon Stickley, of Cairo, Craig Jones, of Kearney, Jesus Oliveros, of Grand Island, Buckley Haag, of Bartley, Michael Smidt, of Glenvil, Steve Cole, of St. Paul, and Mike Aipperspach, of Hastings.


AUGUST 1, 2018 (NORTH PLATTE, NEB.)  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested two men and seized 94 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 near Cozad.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, a trooper stopped a westbound 2018 Ford F150 for failing to signal near mile marker 227. During the traffic stop, a Dawson County  K9 detected the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the vehicle.

A search of the pickup revealed 94 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $282,000.

The driver, Michael Hedges, 26, and passenger, Brandon Cannon, 25, both of Oregon, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in Dawson County Jail

Aurora's Jonna Bart will be a sophomore at the University of South Dakota. She'll be in her sophomore season in cross country and track. 

Jonna Bart

GERING, NE - It was only a matter of time until the bats came around for the Western Nebraska Pioneers. And come around they did on Wednesday night at Oregon Trail Park Stadium in Gering.

The Pioneers offense exploded for ten runs on fourteen hits to back a strong outing from Chet Jones to beat the Spearfish Sasquatch 10-1, securing the first ever win in franchise history. After scoring just eight combined runs in three one-run losses to start the season, it was a welcome sight for the fans and players.

Jones started the game for the Pioneers (1-3) just one day after joining the team and made an instant impact. He had Sasquatch (3-2) hitters off balance all night, working 1-2-3 innings in three of this five shutout frames, allowing just 2 hits and one walk while striking out six. The Pioneers bullpen was nearly flawless behind him as well, with Brandon Morse striking out all six batters he retired and Dagin Renck and Cal Beardsley allowing just two baserunners over two no-hit innings out of the back end of the bullpen.

It did not take long for the Pioneer bats to break out to help out the cause on the mound. Travis Turney led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to right field, and scored two batters later on an RBI single to left field by Cooper Shearon. Turney hit another double in the third inning that scored two runs to make the score 4-0, and the floodgates opened from there. Western Nebraska tacked on three more in the sixth and were well in command by the time Jones left the game in the sixth inning.

Six different Pioneers recorded multi-hit games, including Alex Achtermann, in his second game with the team. Tanner Baker continued his extremely hot stretch to the season with a 2-for-4 showing with a double and two runs scored; his .500 batting average is tops amongst Expedition League hitters in the early going.

Dylan Schneider started for Spearfish and allowed seven runs over 4 innings of work, allowing just one walk but giving up ten hits with just two strikeouts to take his first loss of the season. Sean Keating followed out of the bullpen and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk over two innings while fanning two. Parker Schkade tossed two scoreless innings of relief at the back end for Spearfish.

The Pioneers will look to take the rubber match on Thursday and claim their first series victory of the season. Left-hander Jeff Griffith will take the ball for the Pioneers in his first start of the summer. First pitch is schedule for 6:35 PM MST at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.

Next Monday July, 30th grades 9-12 report for football conditioning at 6pm on the Scottsbluff High School practice field. Conditioning runs through next Thursday, Aug. 2. 

Also in the forecast for the Bearcats fall camp will follow beginning on Monday Aug. 6th at 8am. 

Players must be prepared for with physical and paperwork turned in before they can participate. 

For more information contact Head Coach Joe Benson at (308) 631-7227


LINCOLN – The Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) has hired Jay Bellar, Superintendent of Schools at Battle Creek, as the next NSAA Executive Director. As Executive Director of the NSAA, Bellar will be responsible for the overall administration of NSAA programs and coordination of the NSAA staff, budgeting and finance for the association, interpretations of the NSAA Constitution & Bylaws, eligibility and hardship rulings and NSAA championship contracts. Mr. Bellar has an extensive background in education and extracurricular activities, having served as a teacher, coach, principal and activities director before becoming Superintendent of Schools at Battle Creek, where he has served since 1998. Bellar also currently serves as the NSAA District III representative on the NSAA Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Bellar holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Kearney State and a Specialist Certificate in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. “The Board had a number of excellent candidates for this position, making the Board’s task most difficult,” said current NSAA Executive Director, Dr. Jim Tenopir. “Mr. Bellar has exhibited great understanding of the issues involved in sports and performing arts. I believe that Jay will provide sound leadership to this statewide activities organization going forward.” Mr. Bellar will begin his duties as NSAA Executive Director on July 1, 2018.


The Best in the Midwest Track Meet took place yesterday May 1st. Find the Boys Results below.

The Best in the MidWest Track Meet took place yesterday May 1st. Find the Girls Results below.

With the home team flat and down by 20 points early in the second half, McCook Community College Coach Brandon went to his bench. A strategy from the past then helped his team down Northeastern Junior College Saturday in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center 86-79.

“We were just stale in the first half, stale on offense, stale on defense and at halftime I told the guys that if that continued, we’d try to come at NJC in waves,” said MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart.

After trailing 46-30 at the half, NJC stretched the lead to 20 at the 18:03 mark and Lenhart called his timeout shortly after.

“I told the guys over break that some time when we needed need to go back to a strategy we'd used in year’s past – and that was to bring in waves of fresh players,” Lenhart said, “I told them at half, ‘when you were called on to come in, come it and give it everything until you get tired, then go to the bench and yell your butts off cheering your teammates and be ready to go back in.’”

The coach said he told his players he believed they wear NJC down and that if they cut the gap to 10 points, he’d call a time-out at the 10:00 minute mark to regroup and come back with more waves.

That happened.

Then the Indians began to wear down the Plainsmen in waves. With 4:17 to play a D’Von Moore 3-pointer made it a 73-68 game. A Shevelle Bailey basket at the 3:32 mark pulled the Indians to within three points at 75-72. Moore came back with a 3-pointer with 2:09 left to tie the game at 77.

On the ensuing possession, Isaiah Richardson forced NJC into an offensive foul and MCC eventually took the lead with Moore’s basket at the 56.7 mark

“Isaiah Richardson stepped up huge on defense, he drew two critical charging fouls and they were legitimate,” Lenhart said.

A pair of Moore free-throws with 38.9 left gave MCC a three-point lead and the Indians were able to finish off the game on the foul line.

“D’Von Moore hit some huge threes for us,” Lenhart said.

The sophomore from Statesboro, Ga. scored a game-high 34 points, connecting on five-of-eight attempts from the 3-point line, 10 of 13 shots from the field overall and nine of 11 free-throws,

“I’m really proud of the guys. We went out and played the way we needed to win. Multiple players are responsible for this win,” Lenhart said

MCC out-rebounded NJC 31-26. Sophomore Chinedu Okonkwo, Nigeria, led the Indians with five rebounds and scored 17 points.

“Chinedo is just a man,” Lenhart said.

Sophomrore Shevelle Bailey, Titusville, Fla. was the other Indian in double-figures scoring 10 off the bench.

Despite playing in waves with tempo, MCC had just nine turnovers on the night.

The win gives the Indians a 12-4 record and 9-1 record at home, but MCC will hit the road now for five straight road games starting Friday in Torrington, Wyo. against Eastern Wyoming, Saturday at Scottsbluff against Western Nebraska, Jan. 24 at Laramie County, Jan. 27 at Trinidad State and Jan. 31 at North Platte.

The next home contests for MCC is a weekend set Feb. 2-3 against Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College.


Nebraska will open the 2020 football season with a Big Ten Conference game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium. That game was one of the highlights of the 2020 and 2021 Big Ten football schedules announced by the league office on Tuesday.

The Huskers’ matchup with Purdue on Sept. 5, 2020, will mark the first time Nebraska will open a season with a conference game since playing host to Oklahoma State to open the 2003 campaign.

In addition to opening the 2020 season against Purdue, Nebraska will play host to Illinois (Oct. 10), Penn State (Nov. 7) and Minnesota (Nov. 28) at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers will play road games at Northwestern (Oct. 3), Rutgers (Oct. 24), Ohio State (Oct. 31), Iowa (Nov. 14) and Wisconsin (Nov. 21).

Nebraska will play five Big Ten Conference home games in 2021, playing host to Ohio State (Oct. 2), Northwestern (Oct. 9), Michigan (Oct. 30), Iowa (Nov. 6) and Wisconsin (Nov. 20). The Huskers’ four conference road games in 2021 include trips to Michigan State (Sept. 25), Purdue (Oct. 16), Illinois (Nov. 13) and Minnesota (Nov. 27).

Nebraska 2020 & 2021 Big Ten Schedules


Sept. 5 Purdue

Oct. 3 at Northwestern

Oct. 10 Illinois

Oct. 24 at Rutgers

Oct. 31 at Ohio State

Nov. 7 Penn State

Nov. 14 at Iowa

Nov. 21 at Wisconsin

Nov. 28 Minnesota

Note: Nebraska has non-conference home games scheduled against Cincinnati on Sept. 12 and Central Michigan on Sept. 19.


Sept. 25 at Michigan State

Oct. 2 Ohio State

Oct. 9 Northwestern

Oct. 16 at Purdue

Oct. 30 Michigan

Nov. 6 Iowa

Nov. 13 at Illinois

Nov. 20 Wisconsin

Nov. 27 at Minnesota

Note: Nebraska has non-conference home games scheduled against Northern Illinois on Sept. 4 and Buffalo on Sept. 11, and a non-conference road game at Oklahoma on Sept. 18.


Lincoln – A minimum of 22 Husker basketball games will be televised nationally as the Big Ten announced television information and start times for the 2017-18 season on Thursday.
All of NU’s Big Ten Conference games will be televised nationally, as the Huskers will make 17 appearances on BTN and one on FS1, as the conference begins its new six-year television rights agreement this season.
Nebraska’s Big Ten opener at Michigan State on Sunday, Dec. 3 will be carried on FS1 with a start time of 3:30 p.m. (CT). The Huskers’ other FS1 appearance is a non-conference matchup with Kansas on Saturday, Dec. 16. That contest will tip at 7 p.m.
Nebraska is scheduled to make at least 20 appearances on the Big Ten Network, including 17 Big Ten matchups, as well as non-conference games against North Dakota (Nov. 19) and UTSA (Dec. 20). In addition, BTN will also air the first three days of the Big Ten Tournament from Madison Square Garden with CBS broadcasting the semifinals and finals.
Five games will be streamed on BTN Plus, beginning with the exhibition game against Northwood on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Other games on BTN Plus include matchups against Eastern Illinois (Nov. 11, TBD), North Texas (Nov. 13, 7 p.m), Delaware State (Dec. 22, 7 p.m.) and Stetson (Dec. 29, 7 p.m.). As announced previously, Nebraska’s games at the AdvoCare Invitational will be carried on the ESPN family of networks.
Start times and TV information for NU’s Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup at St. John’s and Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Boston College will be announced in the near future. In addition, the start time and TV info for Nebraska’s Dec. 9 game at Creighton will be announced by the Big East Conference at a later date.



ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced the 2018 Big Ten Softball Tournament bracket on Sunday night, with Michigan earning the No. 1 seed following its 20th conference title and 10th in the past 11 seasons. The Wolverines clinched the outright Big Ten Championship on May 5 with a victory over Ohio State.


The 12-team, single-elimination tournament beginsThursday with first-round games and continues throughSaturday’s championship game. This year’s tournament will be held at Goodman Diamond on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. The tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.


The top four seeds for this year’s Big Ten Tournament received byes into Friday’s quarterfinal round. Defending tournament champion Minnesota is the No. 2 seed, while Indiana earned the No. 3 seed and Northwestern is seeded No. 4.


The first pitch of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament will take place at 11 a.m. (CT) Thursday when tournament host and No. 7 seed Wisconsin faces No. 10 seed Purdue, with the winner advancing to play second-seeded Minnesota on Friday. Sixth-seeded Illinois and No. 11 seed Maryland will square off in Thursday’s second game at approximately 1:30 p.m., with the winner moving on to play No. 3 seed Indiana. The eighth seed, Michigan State takes on ninth-seeded Nebraska at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, with top seed and Big Ten Champion Michigan awaiting the winner. In the last of Thursday’s first-round games at approximately 7 p.m., No. 5 Ohio State meets No. 12 seed Iowa, as fourth-seeded Northwestern gets set to face the winner.


Friday’s quarterfinal games will begin at 11 a.m. (CT), with the four victorious schools reaching the semifinals. The first semifinal will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the second semifinal beginning at approximately3:30 p.m. Saturday. First pitch for Saturday’s Big Ten Tournament championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m.


Once again this season, BTN will televise all 11 games of the Big Ten Softball Tournament live, with each game also available on the BTN2Go platform, either online at or through the BTN2Go app.


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