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Helmbrecht named Interim Dean
Helmbrecht named Interim Dean

Associate Professor Dr. Brittany Helmbrecht has been named the Interim Dean of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences at Chadron State College. Helmbrecht’s first day as interim dean is Aug. 5.

Man killed in fiery crash near Rushville

Man killed in fiery crash near Rushville

A 25-year-old man died in a fiery crash north of Rushville, Nebraska on Saturday.

Lightning injures man near Rushville, Nebraska

Lightning injures man near Rushville, Nebraska

Sheridan County Sheriff Jeff Brewer said that the man was sitting in a vehicle when he was struck by lightning.

Looking for a Nebraska staycation? New book has you covered

Looking for a Nebraska staycation? New book has you covered

If you’re looking for a staycation this summer, you don’t have to look far. A Nebraska author has released a new book titled, “100 Things to do in the Nebraska Sandhills Before You Die.”

Fire near Whiteclay, Nebraska burns 200 acres

Fire near Whiteclay, Nebraska burns 200 acres

A fire near Whiteclay, Nebraska burned around 200 acres.

Local photographer’s work on exhibit

Local photographer’s work on exhibit

The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is hosting a photography exhibit by Sheryl Cozad of Crawford through Aug. 9.

Weapon violations, sexual assault in Valentine Police report

Weapon violations, sexual assault in Valentine Police report

During the week of July 7-13, Valentine Police responded to 84 calls for service and made several arrests, including for weapon law violations and sexual assault.

Shots fired during burglary in Valentine

Shots fired during burglary in Valentine

In the early hours of July 15, the Valentine Police Department and Cherry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary happening in the 100 block of North Thatcher Street.

Nebraska DOT issues urgent alert after spike in deadly crashes

Nebraska DOT issues urgent alert after spike in deadly crashes

Nineteen people died in traffic crashes across Nebraska in June, according to data collected by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Pine Ridge woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter after deadly crash

Pine Ridge woman sentenced for involuntary manslaughter after deadly crash

A Pine Ridge, South Dakota woman has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a deadly crash in 2022.

Chadron State College signs agreement with Saigon Business School

Chadron State College signs agreement with Saigon Business School

Chadron State College and the Saigon Business School (SBS) have signed an affiliation agreement that will benefit students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree at CSC.

Gun seized following search warrant in Valentine

Gun seized following search warrant in Valentine

A Valentine man is facing charges after police began searching for the parents or guardians of a girl on July 8.

Thedford Public School's tax request authority increase fails

Thedford Public School's tax request authority increase fails

The Thedford Public School District’s request to make a one time increase to its property tax authority by $1 million dollars has failed.

Cody-Kilgore bond passes to build new school

Cody-Kilgore bond passes to build new school

A $3 million dollar bond for the Cody-Kilgore School District to build a new pre-k through 7th grade school in Cody has passed.

Cherry County braces for potential fire weather

Cherry County braces for potential fire weather

A single engine air tanker, or SEAT, is now stationed in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Location decided for new Valentine movie theater

Location decided for new Valentine movie theater

A purchase agreement has been signed for a new movie theater in Valentine, according to Valentine Economic Development Director Mark Hagge.

Female dies after struck by vehicle north of Rosebud Casino

Female dies after struck by vehicle north of Rosebud Casino

A female died after being hit by a vehicle north of Valentine, Nebraska, according to Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement.

Blood donations desperately needed to prevent blood shortage

Blood donations desperately needed to prevent blood shortage

The American Red Cross is urgently seeking blood donors. The organization says it’s seen a concerning trend—around 20,000 fewer blood donations in just one month.

Alliance man barricades himself from authorities for over an hour and a half

Alliance man barricades himself from authorities for over an hour and a half

The Alliance Police Department responded to a significant dispute between two neighbors at a residence at 518 W. 2nd St. that resulted in one man barricading himself in an old tire shop at approximately 7:22 p.m. Friday. 

Alliance police apprehend man wanted on felony robbery, weapons charges

Alliance police apprehend man wanted on felony robbery, weapons charges

Authorities in Alliance arrested a man wanted in connection for robbery and weapons charges Friday morning.

Names released in deadly hit-and-run near Valentine of Tour de Nebraska cyclist

Names released in deadly hit-and-run near Valentine of Tour de Nebraska cyclist

Authorities have released the name of the bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash near Valentine on Saturday, along with the name of the person charged in connection with the death.

Discarded fireworks spark fire in Valentine

Discarded fireworks spark fire in Valentine

Valentine Police are urging the public to follow firework safety guidelines after discarded fireworks caused a dumpster fire.

New veterans' memorial unveiled in Valentine

New veterans' memorial unveiled in Valentine

After around eight years of planning and fundraising, a new veterans' memorial now stands outside of the Cherry County Courthouse in Valentine.

Record number of Nebraskans expected to travel July Fourth week

Record number of Nebraskans expected to travel July Fourth week

AAA projects a record number of people will be traveling this Fourth of July week both nationwide and in Nebraska.

Arrest made in deadly hit-and-run of Tour de Nebraska cyclist near Valentine

Arrest made in deadly hit-and-run of Tour de Nebraska cyclist near Valentine

Deputies from the Cherry County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash west of Valentine on Saturday morning.

Whitman tornado rated EF-3 by National Weather Service

Whitman tornado rated EF-3 by National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has rated the tornado that hit Whitman, Nebraska and the surrounding area as EF-3.

New CEO’s strategy to improve staff retention at Cherry County Hospital

New CEO’s strategy to improve staff retention at Cherry County Hospital

Amid public criticism regarding the Cherry County Hospital and Clinic’s struggles to retain and recruit employees, CEO Jim Bargen provided an update to county commissioners on the facility’s ongoing efforts.

Tour De Nebraska draws hundreds of bikers to the Sandhills

Tour De Nebraska draws hundreds of bikers to the Sandhills

Hundreds of bicyclists are traveling across the Sandhills this week for Tour De Nebraska.

Gordon’s city manager is retiring

Gordon’s city manager is retiring

Glen Spaugh has held the position since February 2019.

NE auditor alleges mishandling of public funds by nonprofit helping to manage Niobrara Scenic River

NE auditor alleges mishandling of public funds by nonprofit helping to manage Niobrara Scenic River

Foley, dubious of perfect attendance records, draws comparison to ‘Iron Man’

Bounce houses replace carnival at 2024 Cherry County Fair

Bounce houses replace carnival at 2024 Cherry County Fair

Cherry County fairgoers will notice some changes this year.

Tornado in Whitman injures one, destroys homes

Tornado in Whitman injures one, destroys homes

A tornado tore through Whitman, Nebraska on Tuesday night, destroying homes and injuring one person.

Commissioners sign agreement to build new Valentine convention center

Commissioners sign agreement to build new Valentine convention center

After years of discussions about building a convention center in Valentine, Cherry County commissioners signed an interlocal agreement with Mid-Plains Community College.

Flooded paradise: Long Pine area rebuilds after severe weather

Flooded paradise: Long Pine area rebuilds after severe weather

Communities in north-central Nebraska are cleaning up after heavy rains Thursday night and early Friday morning caused severe flooding.

Mental health professionals, students attend conference at Chadron State College

Mental health professionals, students attend conference at Chadron State College

Nearly 40 behavioral health professionals and students attended the seventh annual Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) conference at Chadron State College June 14.

Casting arms and dissecting hearts: High schoolers get hands-on during UNK health science camp

Casting arms and dissecting hearts: High schoolers get hands-on during UNK health science camp

A high school student from Cody is among those at a health science camp at UNK.

Makerspace, new businesses bring hope for former ‘Skid Row of the Plains’

Makerspace, new businesses bring hope for former ‘Skid Row of the Plains’

Art has replaced alcohol at one of the once-notorious buildings in this dusty village on the Nebraska-South Dakota border.

Brown named Public Information Specialist at CSC

Brown named Public Information Specialist at CSC

Sydney Brown is the new Publications Specialist at Chadron State College.

NWS reports severe weather for Friday evening

NWS reports severe weather for Friday evening

The National Weather Service has reported there will be severe weather this evening. 

Public Service Commission awards $31 million for broadband expansion

Public Service Commission awards $31 million for broadband expansion

Thousands of homes and buildings in rural Nebraska will soon get access to broadband internet thanks to new grants.

Harrington completes internship in Costa Rica; receives prestigious scholarship

Harrington completes internship in Costa Rica; receives prestigious scholarship

Chadron State College graduate Creighton Harrington of Loup City, Nebraska, completed an internship in Costa Rica through Worldpackers during the Spring 2024 semester.

Chadron State College selects RHOP participants

Chadron State College selects RHOP participants

Twenty-seven Nebraska high school students have been selected for the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) at Chadron State College. Students selected as participants in RHOP receive a full-tuition scholarship to CSC.

Nebraska Governor confident special session will yield comprehensive tax reform

Nebraska Governor confident special session will yield comprehensive tax reform

Governor Jim Pillen to call special session sometime between mid-July and the start of the new school year

Public art painting economic development in Valentine

Public art painting economic development in Valentine

Cities big and small are using art to draw more people to their downtown areas.

$1.2M expansion set to open, bolster Fort Robinson State Park’s horse-riding profile

$1.2M expansion set to open, bolster Fort Robinson State Park’s horse-riding profile

A gallop for equestrian fans: The $1.2 million expansion of campsites and facilities for visitors traveling with horses is set to open this week at Nebraska’s Fort Robinson State Park.

Nebraska State Colleges Award Multi-Activity Scholarships

Nebraska State Colleges Award Multi-Activity Scholarships

Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State Colleges awarded the Nebraska State Colleges Multi-Activity Scholarship to twelve high school students at the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) State Soccer Championships.

Lori Liggett to fill District 1 WCCA Board vacancy

Lori Liggett to fill District 1 WCCA Board vacancy

The Western Community College Area (WCCA) Board of Governors is pleased to announce that the District 1 vacancy has been filled by Lori Liggett of Gordon.

Students recognized for President's and Dean's Lists at Chadron State College

Students recognized for President's and Dean's Lists at Chadron State College

Chadron State College has announced the undergraduate students qualifying for the Spring 2024 President’s and Dean’s Lists.

State Treasurer Briese encourages Nebraskans to consider 'NEST 529' college savings plans

State Treasurer Briese encourages Nebraskans to consider 'NEST 529' college savings plans

The Nebraska State Treasurer's Office is encouraging Nebraskans to consider 'NEST 529' savings plans to help you pay for post-secondary education.

Paddock-O’Reilly named Vice President for Academic Affairs

Paddock-O’Reilly named Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Kimberly Paddock-O’Reilly has been named Chadron State College’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs, President Ron K. Patterson announced Wednesday.

CSC art students collaborate with seventh-grade students

CSC art students collaborate with seventh-grade students

In late April, Chadron State College students in Printmaking I (ART 225) led a two-day activity with 17 seventh graders in CSC alumna Whitney Tewahade's art class at the Chadron Middle School.

Stinner advises graduates to practice gratitude, embrace change

Stinner advises graduates to practice gratitude, embrace change

Chadron State College recognized 354 candidates for graduation at the Spring Commencement Ceremony Saturday in the Chicoine Center.

Chadron State College celebrates Ivy Day

Chadron State College celebrates Ivy Day

Graduating Chadron State College seniors were honored Friday during Ivy Day, a traditional event since 1920, sponsored by the Blue Key and Cardinal Key national honor societies.

Chadron State College Commencement set for Saturday

Chadron State College Commencement set for Saturday

Chadron State College will recognize 354 candidates for graduation at the Spring Commencement Ceremony in the Chicoine Center on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Quast named April Student of the Month at Chadron State College

Quast named April Student of the Month at Chadron State College

Chadron State College student Aubree Quast of Clarks, Nebraska, is the Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month for April.

Three arrested in multiple agency warrant service

Three arrested in multiple agency warrant service

FORT MORGAN, Colo. -- On April 23, the Morgan County Sheriff's Officers served a search warrant at 19605 Roediger Ave, located just outside the city limits of Fort Morgan.

Rural Roundtable brings together students and local business and legal professionals

Rural Roundtable brings together students and local business and legal professionals

Students in the Rural Business Leadership Initiative (RBLI) and Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP) met with business and legal leaders from throughout the Panhandle at the Rural Roundtable.

Denied a normal childhood, Nebraska’s youth poet laureate now aims to inspire Native kids like her to dream

Denied a normal childhood, Nebraska’s youth poet laureate now aims to inspire Native kids like her to dream

Aliyah American Horse didn’t have much choice – she had to grow up, and fast. 

Man gets 37-year sentence for kidnapping FBI employee in South Dakota

Man gets 37-year sentence for kidnapping FBI employee in South Dakota

One of three people convicted of carjacking and kidnapping an FBI employee in South Dakota has been sentenced to 37 years in prison.

North central Nebraska radio station honoring military heroes

North central Nebraska radio station honoring military heroes

Flood Communications in Gordon and Valentine announced a new way to honor active duty military members.

Power restored after lightning caused substation failure north of Valentine

Power restored after lightning caused substation failure north of Valentine

Electricity has been restored after a lightning strike caused a substation failure north of Valentine.

Homicide suspect kills himself after fleeing through 3 states, authorities say

Homicide suspect kills himself after fleeing through 3 states, authorities say

Authorities said they’re investigating a case of domestic violence that ended with a man dead and a woman injured in South Dakota, and the suspect fleeing through Wyoming before killing himself in Colorado.

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Details on four fires in northcentral Nebraska

Firefighters are battling several fires in northcentral Nebraska that Region 26 Emergency Management says were sparked by dry lighting.

The Big Event still going strong in second decade

The Big Event still going strong in second decade

More than 450 volunteers signed in and served at 60 jobsites Saturday during Chadron State College’s eleventh annual The Big Event (TBE).

Gordon teen accused of murdering newborn will be tried as adult

Gordon teen accused of murdering newborn will be tried as adult

A Gordon teen accused of murdering her newborn baby will be tried as an adult. 17-year-old Chloe Coplen-Anderson made an appearance in Sheridan County District Court on Friday to withdraw her motion to move her case to juvenile court.