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Valentine, NE -  Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a Valentine man in connection with the shooting death of his wife on Monday, March 4.

NSP was initially called by the Valentine Police Department after they had responded to a shooting at 301 Edna Street in Valentine at approximately 7:00 p.m. The victim, Pamela Nickisch, 71, was found deceased. Her husband, Paul Nickisch, 70, and a juvenile grandson were also present at the residence.

Investigators have determined that Paul Nickisch shot Pamela Nickisch as a domestic violence situation escalated. He was arrested for murder and lodged in Cherry County Jail. A final determination on charges will be made by the Cherry County Attorney.

The Nebraska State Patrol, Valentine Police Department, Valentine Fire and Rescue, and Cherry County Attorney’s Office have all contributed to this investigation and response.


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(CAMBRIDGE, Neb.) (February 20, 2019) – The Tri Valley Health System Board of Trustees has voted that due to numerous financial factors, it will close Cambridge Manor long-term care. The hospital, clinics, and assisted living facility will continue operating. “Tri Valley Health System has provided a wide range of senior living services for a number of years, andwe’re proud of the positive impact we’ve been able to make in the lives of residents and their families,”said Paul Shellabarger, President of the Tri Valley Health System Board of Trustees. “The economics of health care are changing, and many of these factors have brought us to the point of this difficult decision.”

The Tri Valley Health System Board voted on this decision at its January meeting. The nursing home will close on June 30, 2019. The Board also voted to explore transitioning the operations of Heritage Plaza to the City.
“Our residents and employees are our top concern in announcing this decision,” said Keith Luedders, Interim CEO of Tri Valley Health System.
Tri Valley staff will find alternative placement for the 22 residents of the long-term care center. They and their families have been notified of this decision by letter. “Tri Valley will work with residents and families to find the best possible option for their given situation and help arrange for a smooth transition,” Luedders said.
For employees, Tri Valley Human Resources staff will help staff to find new employment. There are a number of job openings within Tri Valley and within area nursing facilities. Finances are the reason for this decision. “Our facilities are in urgent need of upgrades and repairs amounting to over $1.5 million, yet on the income side, our long-term care enterprise is losing money every month because Medicaid reimbursement is not sufficient to keep up with rising expenses,” said Paul Shellabarger, President of the Board of Trustees of Tri Valley Health Services. “By being proactive in its actions, the facility will avoid threatening the viability of the rest of the campus, including the hospital, clinics, and assisted living facility.”
“We looked into numerous options and in the end, our board members believed this decision was in the best interest overall for the health system and the community. We are thankful to be able to continue operating our local hospital and we will certainly do everything we can to help those residents and employees who are affected by this decision,” Shellabarger said.


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McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital has put a temporary visitor restriction in place due to the increased outbreak of influenza in the area, according to Sharon Conroy, RN, Community Hospital Infection Prevention Nurse. Staff at the hospital is asking that people do not visit patients if they have a fever of more than 100 degrees and have a cough and/or a sore throat. Those who have been sick should not visit the hospital until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication. Children under 12 will not be allowed to visit patients during this time.

 

Visitors should remember to wash their hands often. Coughs should be covered by using a tissue or coughing into a sleeve.

 

“The restriction will be lifted as soon as we see a reduction of influenza-like illness in our area. Influenza is an illness that most recover from, but for hospitalized patients influenza can have a devastating outcome,” Conroy said. Conroy added that if someone has not yet gotten their flu shot, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

 

Flu symptoms:

Sudden onset of symptoms

Fever or feeling feverish/chills

Cough

Sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose

Muscle or body aches

Headaches

Fatigue (tiredness)

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Emergency warning signs of flu sickness in children:

Fast breathing or trouble breathing

Bluish skin color

Not drinking enough fluids

Not waking up or not interacting

Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Fever with a rash

 

Emergency warning signs of flu sickness in adults:

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

Sudden dizziness

Confusion

Severe or persistent vomiting

Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

 

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

Being unable to eat

Has trouble breathing

Has no tears when crying

Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal


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At approximately 5:44 PM on Monday, February 4th , the City of McCook Fire Department responded to a reported fire at 811 East 2 nd Street. Upon arrival of the fire department at 5:46 PM, personnel reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the structure. Two occupants were able to escape the structure by exiting the front door. Crews quickly extinguished the fire that burned up the exterior of the back of the house and into a bedroom through a window.

The fire was under control within five minutes of the arrival of the fire department and before the fire could extend further into the interior of the home.

The resident of the structure, Mr. Jonathan Scott, reported that he was in the house, along with another resident, when all of the lights went out. Mr. Scott exited the structure and went around to the back yard where a generator was located that was supplying electricity to the house. Mr. Scott found the generator and several items around it, along with the siding of the house on fire. Mr. Scott went back into the home and advised the other resident of the fire. They both began looking for their pet cats and, when the smoke became too intense, they exited the structure.

Fire damage was contained to exterior of the back of the home while there was smoke damage throughout the home. The home was valued at just over $27,000 and $15,000 for the contents. Initial damage estimates were at $10,000 on the structure and $1,000 to the contents.

Members of the fire department completed the investigation and determined that the fire started in the rear of the structure from gasoline fumes being emitted from a gas powered generator. The fumes ignited and quickly spread to nearby combustible materials and the exterior of the home itself.

The Red Cross was notified and provided the resident with assistance.

Sixteen firefighters, two pumpers, one ladder truck, one ambulance and one command vehicle were on the scene for approximately 1 ½ hours making sure the fire had not spread into the interior and clearing smoke out of the structure.




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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


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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say an online site can provide winter travelers with information about Nebraska road conditions from the perspective of snowplow drivers. The Nebraska Transportation Department said in a news release Tuesday that the online Plow Tracker interactive map shows state plow trucks on highways. At the click of a mouse, site users can see what the snowplow drivers are seeing, thanks to forward-facing dashboard cameras. Plow Tracker automatically refreshes information every minute. Department operations manager Tom Sands says the weather conditions can often be worse than they appear on the dash cameras, which show only a portion of a roadway.


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The following students qualified for the President’s List at Mid-Plains Community College during the 2018 Fall Term. To make the list, each student had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours in college-level courses and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.9 or greater on a 4.0 scale.

 

Nebraska

 

Anselmo - Luke Christen

 

Brady - Madison Christophersen, Colton Lovitt, Jessica Most, Daniel Wardyn

 

Cambridge - Cole Nickerson

 

Cozad - Ashley Linke, Steven Walker

 

Culbertson - Brittany Williams

 

Curtis - Colleen Mortensen

 

Gothenburg - Keisha Blake, Dillon Higgins, Dillon Wilkerson

 

Grant - Kaden Kammerer

 

Holdrege - Tatiana Young

 

Imperial - Mikaela O’Brien

 

Indianola - Rhonda Tryon, Jack Vogel

 

Kearney - Ronald Foutch

 

Lewellen - Ramona Steward, Shaun Swoboda

 

Lexington - Hana Brock, Bianca Gomez, Cesar Venegas-Villezcas

 

Louisville - Nicholas Snodgrass

 

Maxwell - Natalie Miller

 

McCook - David Brewster, Mary Kain, Brittanie Nolan, Emmerie Roth, Elise Stevens, Sydney Thompson, William Watts

 

North Platte - Larry Allen, Emily Bagley, Alyssa Bergeron, Larissa Berol, Jack Carlson, Kayla Douglas, Troy Dye, Danny Fourtner, Lucas Friedrich, Jonathan Hastings, Alexandria Hatch, Matthew Haynes, Dawson Heinzen, Ashley Husemoller, Haley Jackson, Gary Koch, Haiden Kreber, Rebecca Lindley, Gabrielle Menghini, Jayden Miles, Brian Mixer, Angel Murphy, Mercedes Nolda, Lindsi Orr, Kaitlyn Ostrander, Nathan Ostrander, Sarah Phares, Mirabella Pigati, Vanessa Rodriguez-Sanchez, Bailey Roeder, Jessica Slattery, Keifer Smith, Nathan Snider, Ryan Sorenson, Jonathan Spradlin, Patricia Tofilau, Jade Vak

 

Ogallala - Justine Gall

 

Ord - Ashley Carson

 

Paxton - Ashley Lugar, Justin Neilsen

 

Stapleton - Dylan DiGiovanni

 

Sutherland - Angela Evans, Scott Taylor, Alyssa Weber

 

Tryon - Caleb Goosey

 

Venango - Valerie Perez

 

Wauneta - Zachary Thompson, Roseanna Vapenik

 

California

 

Carlsbad - Michael Trunfio

 

Pleasant Hill - Liliana Belton

 

Colorado

 

Colorado Springs - Makenna Bodette

 

Fleming - Shaylee Johnson

 

Granby - Kiera Barr

 

Nucla - Carlie Wytulka

 

Wheat Ridge - Emily Anderson, Aurora Storrer

 

Iowa

 

Hubbard - Ricks Polk

 

Richmond - Candice Biltz

 

Oregon

 

Bend - Nickolas Gylling, Travis Martin

 

Virginia

 

Fort Belvoir - Preston Parry

 

Washington

 

Seattle - Valerie Schaeffer

 

Spokane Valley - Travis Oliver

 

Wyoming

 

Laramie - Luke James

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Willetton, Western Australia – Emma McLean

 

CANADA

 

Summerville, New Brunswick - Shaun Hickey

 

MOZAMBIQUE

 

Maputo - Nelo Nducuia

 

SPAIN

 

Badalona, Barcelona - Laura Mata Garcia


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The following students qualified for the Dean’s List during the 2018 Fall Term at Mid-Plains Community College. To be eligible, they had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours of college-level courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 – 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.

 

Nebraska

 

Arcadia - Clay Bauer

 

Arthur - MacKenna Turner

 

Big Springs - Caprice Brown

 

Blair - Mark Starks

 

Brady - Jared Most, Jerry Mull

 

Broken Bow - Ina Bradley, Laurissa Epley

 

Callaway - Grady Lashley, Jessie Parshley

 

Cambridge - Aubri Ross, Kristian Roth

 

Cozad - Karleigh Kleinknecht

 

Culbertson - Beth Hoyt, Emma Matson, Courtney Searcey, Matthew Searcey

 

Curtis - Rylie Brown, Payton Kahler

 

Eddyville - Zachery Jones

 

Enders - Cydney Spady

 

Gering - Kaylee Bohnsack

 

Gothenburg - Tanis Sack, Olivia Williams

 

Grand Island - Vann Stevenson

 

Grant - Logan Cunningham, Whitney Spencer

 

Hastings - Ty Neill

 

Hershey - William Schillinger, Konner Sonneman

 

Imperial - Diana Benitez Aguilar, Taylin McNair, Rogelio Vargas

 

Indianola - Drew Hofman, Alec May, Wyatt McConville, Kayela Parker, Patrick Sughroue, Bethany Vogel

 

Lexington - Katy Esquivel Cruz

 

Loomis - Ethan McKenna

 

Maxwell - Emily Breinig, Jeremy Ochsner

 

McCook - Bradley Ackermann, Jaden Bryant, Zachary Burkey, Taye Collicott, Kyle Geisler, Easton Gillen, Allison Johnson, Steven Keenportz, Halie Lindquist, Nicholas Macfee, Alyson Marin, Trevor Oberg, Mary Osborne, Casey Quagliano, Madison Riemenschneider, Ian Shepherd, Danielle Slaby, Brandon Smith, Ethan Wilcox

 

Memphis - Cody Magness

 

North Platte - Britni Bandy, Rylee Brott, Kayla Bush, Nicholas Bussard, Jamon Davis, Evan DeKok, Taitiana Ditch, Jed Dizmang, Nicholas Doucet, Kelsey Epp, Tyler Floro, Amanda Hanson, Samuel Hergenrader, Makenzi Humphrey, Megan Johnson, Madison Kleewein, Jennifer Lantis, Dasia Lively, Elijah Malsbury, J'Naea Matlock, Kathleen McIntyre, Megan Morash, Brooke Orr, Jade Osborn, Dalton Prokop, Shawn Simpson, Amanda Smith, Seth Smith, Kathryn Smitherman, Samantha Sonneman, Lyndell St. Clair, Brandon Tolle, Eric Travis, Gary White, Ryan White, Kade Wroot

 

Ogallala - John Diaz, Ethan LeGrande

 

Omaha - Tanner Cissell, Ashley Ellingson, Connor McGonigal

 

Paxton - William Babbitt

Stapleton - Brady Baumgartner, Kaylie Beierman, Ashley Houser, John Main

 

Sutherland - Alexandra Baker, Shelly Compton, Ashley Hanneman

 

Thedford - Danya Mintle, Seth Pearson

 

Valentine - Luke Hockenbary, Michelle Witt Moore

 

Wallace - Austin Hanson, Abbey Rohde

 

Walton - Austin Jensen

 

Colorado

 

Aurora - Hannah Jensen

 

Breckenridge - Graham Gaspard

 

Brighton - Makayla Harris

 

Delta - KC Carlson

 

Fleming - Bailey Chintala

 

Greeley - Levi Dart, Hannah Emerson, Isaac Vargas

 

Lakewood - Chanel Siebenthal

 

Littleton - Ashlynn Krueger

 

Windsor - Kali Kelley

 

Wray - Kedric Tufton

 

Florida

 

New Port Richey - Katie Cox

 

Hawaii

 

Makawao - Maysen Medeiros

 

Iowa

 

Council Bluffs - Alea Binkly

 

Kansas

 

Belvue - Reed Murray

 

Effingham - Jade Hollands

 

North Carolina

 

Charlotte - Ngoye Bobmanuel

 

New York

 

Henrietta - Kailee White

 

South Dakota

 

Aberdeen - Karley Martin

 

Texas

 

Houston - Da'May Jones

 

League City - Donta Smith

 

Wyoming

 

Dayton - Angel Richards

 

CANADA

 

Richmond, British Columbia - Kayla Harrison

 

Victoria, British Columbia - Emily Charchuk

 

Brampton, Ontario - Samuel Lebel

 

Gatineau, Quebec - Anthony Kingsbury

 

FINLAND

 

Helsinki - Iftin Mao

 

GERMANY

 

Hamburg - Lena Goerke

 

ITALY

 

Rome - Tommaso Mostarda

 

LATVIA

 

Valmiera - Edgars Kaufmanis

 

NIGERIA

 

Akoka - Chidi Okwarabizie

 

SPAIN

 

Reus - Anna Sanjuan

 

UKRAINE

 

Kiev - Ilya Tyrtyshnik


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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.

 


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