North Platte Community College music students were honored Tuesday during an “End of the Year Concert” in the McDonald-Belton Theater.
Instructors Elizabeth Peters, Carmen Allen, and Ron Daly recognized music ensemble members who will graduate with an associate degree in May.
Those students included: Valerie Most, of Brady, Katie Roessler, of North Platte, Bailey Rickertsen, of Gothenburg and Walker Baird, of Lewellen.
Baird will also be one of the first two students at NPCC to graduate with an Associate of Fine Arts degree.
The following were recognized with individual awards:
Spirit Award – Trevor Pochop, North Platte
Forte Award – Justin Morgan, North Platte
Outstanding Vocalist – Malachi Murtaugh, North Platte
Outstanding Instrumentalist – Walker Baird, Lewellen
Musician of the Year – Katie Roessler, North Platte
The Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to the report of two deceased adult males early on Wednesday morning.
The bodies of the two men will be sent to the Central Nebraska Forensics Center, in Gibbon, where autopsies will be conducted.
The names of the men have not been released pending the notification of family members.
Trenton, population 560, is about 25 miles west of McCook.
The $1 ticket for Tuesday’s drawing was sold at the U-Stop near 84th and Holdrege on the east side of Lincoln. It matched the five winning white ball numbers of 14, 16, 17, 28 and 48 but not the Mega Ball number of 2. The jackpot Tuesday was $108 million.
Lottery spokesman Neil Watson said Wednesday the winner has not yet stepped forward. Prizes of $20,000 or more must be claimed in person at lottery headquarters in Lincoln. Winning tickets expire 180 days after the drawing.
Officials say the odds of winning $1 million in the Mega Millions game are 1 in nearly 18.5 million.
The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it began testing the new recipe in about 140 stores in Oregon and Washington in March.
It’s the latest move by McDonald’s as it works to stage a turnaround of its business, which has lost customers in recent years. The company has conceded that it failed to keep up with changing tastes and that it is looking to improve its core menu items.
Last week, McDonald’s said sales rose 5.4 percent at established U.S. locations during the first three months of the year. But the company did not say how much of that came from an uptick in customer visits, versus higher prices.
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group seeking changes to mandatory minimum sentences in drug cases is pointing to the case of a Nebraska man who will begin a 10-year prison term that even a judge calls “absolutely ridiculous.”
Leo Guthmiller, of Lincoln, will begin his drug conspiracy term Wednesday at a federal prison in Springfield, Missouri.
Federal prosecutors say Guthmiller played a significant role in dealing drugs and pointed to his criminal history. Guthmiller’s public defenders say he simply introduced people looking for drugs to those who were selling and that his history amounted to petty crimes all committed to feed his addiction.
Guthmiller’s supporters note he has been clean since his last arrest in 2013.
The judge who sentenced Guthmiller wants Congress to enact sentencing reforms, calling the mandatory 10-year sentence “absolutely ridiculous.”
GERING, Neb. (AP) — A 40-year-old Alliance man has been accused of fatally stabbing and slashing his brother in Scottsbluff.
Online court records say William Reed was formally charged Monday in Scotts Bluff County Court with second-degree murder and a related weapons crime. Police say he killed 42-year-old Christopher Reed at Christopher’s home Friday in Scottsbluff. William Reed’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.
William Reed is being held on $500,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3.
Court documents say William Reed twice told officers he’d stabbed his brother. Investigators say there was evidence of a fight in the several rooms in the home and outside. A knife found at the scene was seized as evidence.