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.
The McCook City and Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting a training burn in the 1400 block of West J Street in McCook on Saturday, December 8th. The training is scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM. A vacant residential structure located on the lot next to Master Carts LLC, the former Propes Golf Carts Sales & Service. Water will be supplied by a fire hydrant located approximately 300’ west of the site. The water supply hose will have West 14th and J Street blocked off during the training exercise.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
HERSHEY, Neb. — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of driving drunk when his passenger jumped out of the vehicle in western Nebraska and died.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a deputy sent Monday evening to the scene on Link 56C on the south side of Hershey found the woman unresponsive, lying on the roadway with a vehicle parked nearby. The sheriff's office says the deputy was unable to revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
She's been identified as 45-year-old Brandy Lewis, who lived in Ogallala. An autopsy has been ordered.
The 59-year-old man who'd been driving the vehicle was interviewed and then arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He told deputies that Lewis decided to jump while the vehicle was moving and that he couldn't stop her.
Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.