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Monday, February 25 th : Cheyenne County KS (St. Francis) St. Francis Emergency Building, 125 W Hwy 36

Tuesday, February 26 th : Thomas County (Colby) Community Building downstairs, 285 E 5 th Street
Monday, March 4 th : Greeley County (Tribune) Tribune Fire Department, Ingalls and W Greeley Avenue
Tuesday, March 5 th : Graham County (Hill City) Frontier Stage, 321 Main Street
Thursday March 7 th : Hitchcock County (Culbertson) Culbertson Fire Station, Warsaw and Taylor
Monday, March 11 th : Decatur County (Oberlin) Golden Age Center, 105 W Maple Street
Tuesday, March 12 th : Sherman County (Goodland) Wolak Building, 1006 Center Street
Wednesday, March 13 th : Cheyenne County CO (Kit Carson) Kit Carson Volunteer Fire Department, 306 W 287/Hwy 40
Thursday, March 14 th : Dundy County (Benkelman) EMS Building, 1305 A Street
Friday, March 15 th : Wallace County (Sharon Springs) Wallace County Fairgrounds CAB Building
Monday, March 18 th : Kit Carson County (Burlington) Burlington Ambulance Building, 1576 Lowell Avenue
Tuesday, March 19 th : Yuma County (Wray) Wray Fire Hall, 145 Main Street
Wednesday, March 20 th : Red Willow County (McCook) Heritage Senior Center, 1312 W 5 th Street
Thursday, March 21 st : Wichita County (Leoti) Leoti Fire House, 301 N 4 th Street
Monday, March 25 th : Gove County (Grainfield) Gove County 4-H Building, 757 W 3 rd Street
Tuesday, March 26 th : Sheridan County (Hoxie) Bowen Scott House, 1041 Sheridan Avenue
Thursday, March 28 th : Logan County (Oakley) Logan County Courthouse downstairs, 710 W 2 nd Street
Tuesday, April 2 nd : Rawlins County (Atwood) Prairie Development Center, 208 S 4 th Street
Wednesday, April 3 rd : Norton County (Norton) Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, 14935 US Hwy 36

JUNE 21, 2019 (BRIDGEPORT, NEB.)  — The Morrill County Sheriff’s is able to release additional details regarding the crash that claimed the life of Nebraska State Trooper Jerry L. Smith, #373, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

At approximately, 7:36 a.m., the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls in reference to a three-vehicle crash west of Bridgeport on Highway 26, near mile marker 59. The 911 calls indicated that one of the vehicles involved was that of a Nebraska State Trooper. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at 7:39 a.m. MDT.

The crash occurred when a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by MaryJo Decora, 60, of Bridgeport, was stopped on the highway waiting to make a left turn into the Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery. Decora’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2005 Mazda Tribute, driven by Derek Lacrete, 28, of Lewellen. Lacrete’s vehicle hit the back, driver’s side of Decora’s vehicle, causing Lacrete’s vehicle to veer into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with a Nebraska State Patrol 2016 Dodge Charger, driven by Trooper Jerry Smith, 51, of Scottsbluff.

Trooper Smith was pronounced deceased on the scene. Lacrete was ejected from his vehicle during the crash and was also pronounced deceased on the scene.

The Morrill County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Morrill County ALS, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming State Patrol, and fire departments from Bridgeport, Bayard, and Broadwater all responded to the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office with reconstruction assistance from the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services for Trooper Smith are pending. Details will be released when appropriate.


Adrian Smith


CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.


Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.


“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”


Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.


“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”


Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.


Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.


Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.


“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.


Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.


Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.


Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.


A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.


American Legion


American Legion


Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner

and terroristic threats, along with a search warrant for the b.b gun.The arrest warrant and search warrant were granted by Furnas County Court and signed. Entry was made into the residence of Mark and Jennifer Hutchens, 38, of Beaver City,Nebraska. During the execution of the search warrant for the b.b gun, methamphetamineand drug paraphernalia was located along with a shotgun. A second search warrant was obtained to search the residence for drugs, drug paraphernalia and other weapons. Mr. Hutchens is a felon and is prohibited from owning firearms. Additional items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, marijuana and multiple firearms and knives were located in the residence. Jennifer Hutchens was arrested for one count of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mark Hutchens was arrested for the
arrest warrant and the additional charges of possession of a control substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.Both Mr. and Mrs. Hutchens appeared in the Furnas County Court and were arraigned on all charges on Monday, October 29 th , 2018, they are due back for preliminary hearing on Monday, November 05 th , 2018. Mr. Hutchens bond was set at $30,000 subject to 10% and Mrs. Hutchens bond was set at $5,000 subject to 10%. At the time of this press release Mrs. Hutchens has bonded out of jail and Mr. Hutchens remains in custody.

AUGUST 28, 2019 (CURTIS, NEB.)  — The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol and several other law enforcement agencies, has arrested a juvenile for making a threatening social media post toward Medicine Valley School.

Tuesday morning, August 27, Medicine Valley School was made aware of social media posts that included a threat of violence against the people of the school. The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office responded and worked to secure the school.

Several other agencies assisted in various aspects of the investigation, which led investigators to arrest a 14-year-old female. The juvenile was cited for making terroristic threats. A probation assessment determined that the juvenile could remain at home following the arrest.

The investigation revealed that no other person was involved in the creation of the threats. There is no safety concern at the school this morning.

The Frontier County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska Information Analysis Center, North Platte Police Department, McCook Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI. 


Community Connection

On May 22 2019, the FBI along with the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Grand Island Police Department, Hastings Police Department, and Nebraska State Patrol, responded to a rural area near Interstate 80 and Nebraska Highway 281 regarding the sighting of two wanted fugitives from the state of Kansas.

Dustin Eugene Bilbrey, age 36, and Rebecca Sue Humphrey, age 33, are wanted on state arrest warrants for aggravated robbery, vehicle burglary, arson, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, criminal damage to property, and theft charges out of Saline County, Kansas. They were last seen during the early morning hours of May 23, 2019 travelling in a silver Ford explorer.

Bilbrey is described as a white male, approximately 6'3" tall, and 199 pounds. Humphrey is described as a white female, approximately 5'5" tall, and 150 pounds.  

These individuals are considered armed and dangerous. If you have information on the whereabouts of these individuals or see these individuals, do not approach and call 911, local law enforcement, or your local FBI office immediately.


A total of eight McCook Community College softball games scheduled for this week have been postponed. In addition a pair of road doubleheaders at Lamar, Colo., scheduled for later this month has been moved up so the Lady Indians can get in a couple doubleheaders in Colorado Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday’s game at Columbus against Central Community College was postponed and rescheduled for April 1 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Friday’s scheduled home game with Lamar Community College was postponed to March 29 at noon and 2 p.m. Also MCC’s four-game series at Lamar scheduled for March 30 and 31 were moved up to this weekend so the two teams will play in Lamar Thursday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (MT) and again Friday a 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (MT)

Saturday’s game at Beatrice against Southeast Community College was postponed until April 8 at 3 and 5 p.m.

Sunday’s home game against Central Community College was postponed until April 24 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Next week the schedule calls for a home doubleheader March 14 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. against North Platte Community College in the annual Purple Out games to raise money and awareness for epilepsy.

The Lady Indians are also scheduled to host Southeast Community College March 16 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

You can stay up to date with all MCC Indian Athletics including, scheduling changes, live-streaming home games, news, photo galleries and more at MCC Indians Athletics web page at:


Because of weather, and field conditions, the McCook Community College softball team has cancelled Sunday’s games at home against Colby Community College. No make-up dates have been set.

Also MCC’s scheduled game at Columbus Monday has been moved to Tuesday. Games are set at 1 and 3 p.m. Central Community College had to move those games because they had to postpone Saturday’s games with North Platte and push them back to Monday.

Next on the schedule for the Lady Indians is a four-game series at home April 6-7 against Northeastern Junior College. Doubleheaders are set for both days starting at 1 p.m. at the Jaycees Sports Complex.


Adverse weather has postponed the McCook Community College baseball and softball games scheduled for Wednesday.

MCC softball’s games against Colby Community College at the Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook for Wednesday were postponed. The coaches are looking to reschedule those games if the schedule allows. MCC baseball’s game at Barton County Community College for Wednesday was also postponed.

In addition, weekend games for both baseball has been changed and softball games in Kansas are uncertain.

MCC’s softball was scheduled to play at Garden City Community College (Kansas) Saturday. That doubleheader has tentatively been moved up to Friday, as the teams are hoping for better weather.

MCC baseball was scheduled to play at Lamar Colo. Saturday and Sunday but because of weather conditions and field conditions that three-game series was moved up a day, it was announced today. The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. MST and then a nine-inning game Sunday starting at 1 p.m. MST.

You can stay up to date on all scheduling changes and game information by visiting the official website of McCook College Indian Athletics at:


Adverse weather has postponed the McCook Community College softball games scheduled for Wednesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex in McCook. MCC was to play Colby Community College. The coaches are looking to reschedule those games if the schedule allows.

Also, MCC’s softball games at Garden City, Kan, scheduled for Saturday have tentatively been moved up to Friday, as the teams are hoping for better weather. You can stay up to date on all scheduling changes and game information by visiting the official website of McCook College Indian Athletics at:


Today’s icy conditions across Nebraska have forced the postponement of tonight’s women’s and men’s basketball games against Central Community College in the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center. No makeup date has been set. Weather permitting, the MCC baseball and softball teams are scheduled for their home openers Wednesday at the Jaycees Sports Complex. The MCC softball team -- scheduled to play two games in Colby Tuesday (at 2 and 4 p.m.) -- are scheduled to open at home Wednesday in a doubleheader with Northwest Kansas Technical College starting at 1 p.m. That game had originally been scheduled for Feb. 10 but postponed by low temperatures. MCC baseball is scheduled to take on Colby Community College Wednesday in a nine-inning game starting at 3 p.m.


Sunday's games at the A6 Area Senior Legion Tournament have been postponed to Monday. We'll have Grand Island Home Federal vs Columbus at 7pm. Pre-game 6:45 on AM 1430/105.5 FM KRGI.

#1 Fremont 7, #6 Norfolk 1
#2 Gretna 7, #5 Grand Island 4
#4 Waverly 11, #3 Columbus

Grand Island 3, Norfolk 1
Columbus 3, Fremont 0
Gretna 4, Waverly 3

Fremont vs Waverly 4pm
Grand Island vs Columbus 7pm

Fremont/Waverly winner vs Gretna

Wednesday TBA

Here are Jake Ritzdorf's post game interviews from the weekend.

Jake Ritzdorf after Gretna

Jake Ritzdorf after Norfolk

Lincoln -- A pair of former Huskers are playing the FIBA Basketball World Cup which begins over the weekend.  The event takes place in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, and Tai Webster (New Zealand) and Jorge Brian Diaz (Puerto Rico) are competing for their respective countries in the competition.

Pool play begins on Saturday and runs until Sept. 5, when the top two teams in each pool will advance, while the bottom two teams in each group will be in their own classification round. All of the pool play games are available on ESPN+

It is the second straight time that Webster and Diaz have played in the FIBA World Cup, as both played in the 2014 event in Spain. The event was moved to the year prior to the Olympics following the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Webster, who played at Nebraska from 2014 to 2017, is currently playing with Galatasaray in Turkey for a second consecutive season. Last year, he averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in 33 games in the country’s top division. He also played in the 2018-19 Eurocup, averaging 12.5 points and 4.2 assist per game in 10 contests. At Nebraska, Webster was a three-year starter for the Huskers, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017, as he averaged 17.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He was NU’s starting point guard during the 2013-14 season when Nebraska reached the NCAA Tournament.

Diaz, who played for three seasons at Nebraska (2010-12), has played professionally in his native Puerto Rico for the past seven years, helping Quebradillas to a pair of championships. At Nebraska, he enjoyed his best year in 2010-11, averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game to help the Huskers to 19 wins and an NIT appearance. His final season was cut short by injuries, as he played just 16 game and averaged 8.6 points per game.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven nations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from the Americas and Europe zones will earn qualifying places in the 2020 Olympics, as will the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania. Additionally, Olympic host Japan automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.      


Puerto Rico Pool Play Schedule
vs. Iran                                   Aug. 31, 3:30 a.m.
vs. Spain                                Sept. 2, 7:30 a.m.
vs. Tunisia                              Sept. 4, 3:30 a.m.


New Zealand Pool Play Schedule
Vs. Brazil                                Sept. 1, 3 a.m.
vs. Montenegro                   Sept. 3, 3 a.m.
vs. Greece                             Sept. 5, 7 a.m.

Listen to our football recaps from all of our games tonight. St. Paul 34, Central City 13 GICC 35, Malcolm 7 Adams Central 24, Aurora 8 Northwest 43, Gering 0 Grand Island 32, Kearney 31

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Week 2 Recaps 09-06-19


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