January 24th, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) â€” Supporters and opponents of a Nebraska voter identification bill packed a public hearing Friday for a fierce debate over the measure.
The Legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee heard heated arguments on a bill by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill. The legislation would require voters to show a driver's license or state identification card at a polling place. Fifteen other states have such a law.
A similar bill in 2013 did not advance to full Legislature. The committee's leadership has since changed.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says it will receive $1.2 million in federal grants over the next five years to help private landowners improve grasslands and croplands for wildlife habitat and agriculture production.
Bonnie Grein Fankhauser, 81 of North Platte passed away Jan. 19, 2015, at Great Plains Health. She was born March 24, 1933 in Hermosa, SD to Frank and Naomi Blanche (Martin) Grein. She attended high school in Rushville.
September 5, 1950, she married John Fankhauser in Scottsbluff. To this union four children were born.
In 1952 the couple moved to North Platte, where Bonnie sold Tupperware, worked at K-Mart, and worked as a cashier at 6th Street Food Stores and U-Save for 27 years.
Funeral Services for Catherine M. Knittle will be Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home Chapel in Wilcox, with Pastor Stan Murdock officiating. Interment will be at the Wilcox Cemetery at Wilcox following the service.
Catherine Mae Knittle, 93 years of age, of Wilcox, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.
Mary Ellen Thomas, age 91 of Eddyville, died Jan. 17, 2015, at the St. Lukeâ€™s Nursing Home in Kearney.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Burr Oak CommunityChurch, with a lunch following. After the lunch, burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.Â Visitation will be Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the family greeting friends 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow.Â
Memorials are suggested to the Burr Oak Church or the Homeward Trail Bible Camp at Mason City, NE.Â
Helen Coffman, 100, of Chandler, Ariz., entered into Heaven Dec. 23, 2014.
She was born July 20, 1914, to Francis and Charles Price near Berwyn. She was the oldest of three children. Brothers Paul and Roy Price and parents preceded her.
Helen married Claire Coffman, a farmer, rancher, businessman, December 7, 1933. They were happily married for 68 years, until Claire at 91 went to be with the Lord Feb. 2, 2002.
Nearly $190 Million Invested in Rural Nebraska in 2014
Five Year Total is $1.5 Billion
Nebraskaâ€™s rural communities received nearly $190 million in USDA Rural Development funding in federal fiscal year 2014, completed on September 30. In five years, USDA has invested nearly $1.5 billion in Nebraska, according to Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul. In the 19 year history of the agency, the funding total is nearly $2.7 billion in Nebraska. The total portfolio of current loans, loans and loan guarantees under management by the Nebraska Rural Development staff is $1.3 billion.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) â€” The 100-plus NFL prospects stripped down to their underwear and paraded across a stage to be measured and weighed before an auditorium packed with onlookers from the NFL.
Yes, it's Senior Bowl week. The annual showcase game for top senior NFL prospects â€” and a few juniors with degrees â€”officially started with pro football's version of the meat market, the weigh-in, on Tuesday morning.
Medicinal marijuana research, agritourism and beer manufacturer tax incentive among introduced bills
By Sophie Tatum, Nebraska News Service
LINCOLN - Here is a summary of notable bills introduced during the second week of the 2015 legislative session:
LB 190, introduced by Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, would allow spouses of United States Armed Forces service members to be considered a resident of the state where he or she has been stationed to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
WOOD RIVER, Neb. (AP) â€” A small herd of purebred bison has been relocated to a few square miles in central Nebraska, where vast herds once roamed over the tallgrass prairie.
The 39 cows and calves arrived Saturday at their new homes on Crane Trust land southwest of Grand Island. They were trucked in from Rimrock Ranch near Crawford in the Nebraska Panhandle. Two bulls are expected to join them this week.
"When you're a bull, you travel on your own schedule. All a human can offer is encouragement," said Chuck Cooper, president and chief executive officer of the Crane Trust.