After less than a year after opening its doors, Plainview Farm & Home store was destroyed by a fire on Friday evening.
Owned by Josh and Nicole Schmitz, the store is a total loss. A Go Fund Me page has been created by a family member to assist with both living expenses and to help reopen a new store.
Contribute to the Go Fund Me page, here.
The Nebraska Department of Justice, working alongside various law enforcement agencies, issued subpoenas to more than 400 Catholic churches and institutions across Nebraska on Tuesday.
"The subpoenas request all records or information related to any child sexual assault or abuse that has occurred by those employed or associated with each church or institution, whether previously reported or not," according to the department's press release.
The press release states that it has appreciated the voluntary cooperation demonstrated by the churches.
"However, the Department believes that subpoenas are necessary in order to ensure all reports of impropriety have been submitted to the appropriate authorities. It is our goal that all reports of abuse are subject to complete law enforcement review and investigation as warranted.”
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) and Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) closed Interstate 80 Saturday due to numerous crashes and white out conditions in the eastern half of the state.
As of 9 a.m. Sunday morning, I-80 is closed from Lexington (mm 237) to Gretna (mm 439). The closure is extended west as traffic arrives from the west and has nowhere to go. NDOT plows are working to get things moving again.
Troopers responded to numerous crashes, including large crashes at mile markers 327, 355, and 409 on Interstate 80. Some of those crashes involve injuries, but the extent of those injuries is not immediately clear. The first large crash occurred near mile marker 355, east of York, involving an estimated 30 vehicles, including at least 15 semis.
The crash occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. More than 100 vehicles became stranded behind that crash. Those vehicles have been escorted off of I-80. At approximately 3:10 p.m. a crash occurred at mile marker 329, near Aurora. That crash involved approximately 15 vehicles, including 10 semis. At least 50 vehicles became stranded behind that crash and have since been escorted off of I-80.
There were an estimated 25 vehicles involved in the crash at mile marker 409, near Waverly. About 15 of those vehicles were semis. The crash occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. No significant injuries have been reported in that crash. Troopers on the road report that conditions are still treacherous for travel.
NSP encourages all drivers to stay off the roads during the blizzard and allow NDOT and local crews to work on the roads. More information on the large crashes will be released when possible.
Frontier Insurance will be hosting a 2019 crop insurance update meeting on Thursday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Mary's Restaurant in Plainview.
The event will start with a happy hour from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. with supper served from 6 to 6:30p.m. The menu includes ribeye or grilled chicken, baked potato, green bean casserole and salad. Spouses are welcome to attend.
The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Dustin Smith, sales manager for Crop Risk Services, will give a crop insurance update and Jim Sibbel, integration manager at ADM, will give a grain market update.
RSVP to 402-582-4407.
An O'Neill teen reported missing has been located and is safe, according to the O'Neill Police Department. Mackenzie Dow was located Wednesday.
"We are thrilled that our daughter is safe," her father wrote on Facebook. "Thank you to everyone who shared and reached out to us we appreciate you all very much! We also appreciate all the hard work put in by the police, but we are deeply disappointed to learn this information on Facebook like the rest of the world instead of being contacted by the authorities first."
No more information is available at this time.
An Auburn man missing since Sunday has been found dead in Kansas.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol, an Endangered & Missing Advisory for 65-year-old Rick Kubes has been cancelled after locating him deceased.
The alert stated that Kubes suffered from a medical condition and was enroute to the Auburn hospital from Clay Center, Kansas, but he did not arrive.
No information has been released regarding the circumstances of his death.
Mackenzie A. Dow has been identified as a missing/runaway juvenile.
Mackenzie A. Dow (D.O.B. 05-06-2003)
W, F, 5'02", 145lbs
Long Dark Brown Hair, Brown eyes.
May have possibly changed her appearance by changing hair cut and color. Unknown direction of travel. Last seen wearing black jacket, sweatpants with O'Neill Eagle Wrestling down one leg and sweatshirt. Has a charcoal colored backpack and gold mesh style beach bag.
If seen contact O'Neill Police Department. 402-336-1313.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been activated to determine the whereabouts of Rick Kubes.
The Nemaha County Sheriff's Office, Auburn, is attempting to locate Rick Kubes, a 65 year old white male. Kubes is driving a Silver 2010 Ford Ranger pickup, NE personalized plate KUMFISH, with a black bug guard and a Big Red "N" sticker on the back driver's side window. Kubes suffers from a medical condition and was enroute to the Auburn, Nebraska hospital from Clay Center, KS but has not arrived. Please call Nemaha County Sheriff's office at 402-274-3139 or 911 if you observe Mr. Kubes or this vehicle.
The music department at Northeast Community College will host its annual winter concert later this month. The Northeast Community College Winter Concert will be held on Sunday, February 10, at 2 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center on the Norfolk campus. The event is free and open to the public.
The College/Community Concert Band; Concert Choir; Ebony & Crimson, Northeast’s men’s and women’s audition ensemble; and Singer’s Express, the show choir, will take the stage.
Selections to be performed by the Community/College Concert Band include “Yellow Mountain” by Jacob de Haan and “Second Suite in F for Military Band” by Gustav Holst.
Ebony & Crimson will sing “Colors of Winter” by Amy Bernon, “The Snow, Opus 26 No. 1” by Edward Elgar and “Hallelujah,” arranged by Roger Emerson. The concert choir will perform “Hosanna Deo!” by Greg Gilpin, “Winter Dreams” by Pinkzebra and “Aurora Borealis” by Amy Bernon. “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen, arranged by Mac Huff, will be performed by Singer’s Express.
The College/Community Concert Band is led by Kevin McLouth, instrumental music instructor/director of instrumental activities at Northeast.
Stewart Cramer, music instructor and director of vocal activities, is the director of Concert Choir, Ebony & Crimson and Singer’s Express. Margaret Schultz is the accompanist.
Members of the Community/College Concert Band include:
Flute: Emily Case, Gibbon; Carrie Jensen, Norfolk; Annika Johansen, Pierce; Virginia Maas, Hoskins; Linda Steele, Norfolk; Britnie Rath, Battle Creek; Marie Scheer, Madison; and Cait von Lau, Creighton.
Baritone Saxophone: Ryan Ginn, Norfolk; and Holden Vavricek, Shelby.
Euphonium: Ken Hamsa, Norfolk; Celia Howser, Norfolk; and Riley Montoya, Newman Grove.
Trombone: Josh Fulton, Stanton; Zach Morris, Winside; Dr. Randy Neuharth, Norfolk; and Jerimy Placke, Palmer.
Oboe: Caylan Hirschman, Norfolk; Brooke Painter, Norfolk; and Ashley Pedersen, Pierce.
Trumpet: Marty Beyer, Neligh; Christalin Ginn, Norfolk; Nick Gubbels, Randolph; Sarah Harrod, Battle Creek; Lynn Matthies, Norfolk; Curtis Stevens, Creighton; and Les Swanson, Norfolk.
Bassoon: Melora Hirschman, Norfolk; and Zaidya Hirschman, Columbus.
Tenor Saxophone: Reid Arens, Hartington; Ryan Colsden, Stanton; Joshua Hughes, Norfolk; and Hayley Schmidt, Pender.
Percussion: Noah Kalvelage, Battle Creek; Connor Lemke-Elznic, Winside; Malcolm Opoku, Lincoln; Dalton Rath, Randolph; and Jeremy von Lau, Creighton.
Clarinet: Allison Backer, Norfolk; Gordon Braun, Norfolk; Karen Goetsch, Norfolk; Rosemary Gubbels, Plainview; Andres Hughes, Norfolk; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Sue Sieler, Norfolk; and Amanda Smith, Norfolk.
Horn: Alexa Dougherty, O’Neill; Dr. Bryon Hirschman, Norfolk; Pat Leavell, Norfolk; and Zia Moore, Oakdale.
Bass Clarinet: Cecilia Ponce, Hartington.
Tuba: Seth Rivest, Battle Creek, and Corbin Dean, O’Neill.
Alto Saxophone: Judene Abels, Norfolk; Isaiah Baker, Norfolk; Rhyan Kotrous, Verdigre; and Brittany McConnell, Neligh.
Members of Singer’s Express include Rachel Biehl, Lexington; Brandon Fentress, Oakland; Caleb Franzen, Columbus; Andres Hughes, Norfolk; Morgan Kavulak, Bee; Shelby Laird, Pender; Megan McWhorter, Neligh; Emma Meisenheimer, Hartington; Sydnie Niemann, Wayne; Katherine Perrigan, Norfolk; Cecilia Ponce, Hartington; Kala Rast, Newman Grove; Dalton Rath, Randolph; and Sheldon Wattier, Norfolk.
Members of Ebony & Crimson include all members of Singer’s Express in addition to Grace Baker, Silver Lake, and Hope Boyle, Norfolk.
Concert Choir members include all Singer’s Express and Ebony & Crimson members as well as Drake Boyle, Norfolk; KC Carey, Norfolk; Amy Hammond, Randolph; and Alexis Lautzenhiser, Norfolk.
This endangered missing advisory has been canceled as William Hare has been located and with family.
An Endangered Missing Advisory has been issued for Eastern Nebraska. The Omaha Police Department is attempting to locate William Hare, who is a 88 year old, white male, approximately 5’11" tall, approximately 145 pounds, with green eyes and gray hair. Hare was last seen wearing a black puffy coat and dark "kangol" style cap and driving a 2016 Green Subaru Forester bearing Nebraska license plate number UMJ389. Hare was last seen in the vicinity of 50th and Dodge streets, at approximately 11:55 p.m. on January 24, 2019. If you have any information, please call 911, or contact the Omaha Police Department at 402-444-5636, immediately.
This advisory is for the following State Patrol Troop Areas: Troop A, Troop H
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