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Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Platte County snags new drone to help with rescue/search efforts

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and Platte County Emergency Management will soon have an additional piece of equipment added to their respective teams. A new drone equipped with thermal imaging will hopefully allow officials improved insight when trying to locate an individual, such as a missing child or fugitive, said Platte County Emergency Manager Tim Hofbauer.
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Nebraska StateSand Hills Express

Severe weather hits northeast Nebraska

Severe weather made its way through northeast Nebraska Tuesday, dropping large hail stones, and in some cases, damaging winds. The heaviest wind damage in the area was reported in and around Platte County. Officials said a gust blew over a semi near Monroe. There were no reports of any injuries...
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Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Kitt wins third straight event, Schneider repeats

Hannah Kitt added to her lead in the 2021 Race to the Optimist Cup youth golf league with her lowest score yet, posting a 43 in the third event. Kurt Schneider won his second boys event in a row, posting a 33. After posting a 47 and a 49 in...
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David City, NEColumbus Telegram

Three Banner team members to be regulars at office

Those looking for staff members of The Banner-Press won’t have to go far. In its ongoing efforts to provide local news and sports to the community, The Banner-Press will now have three regular team members at its downtown David City office, 457 D St. (the building that also houses the Butler County Chamber of Commerce).
Columbus, NESand Hills Express

Go baby, go: Baby Olympics coming back to Platte County Fair

COLUMBUS, Neb. -- Looks like the Olympics has baby fever! For those who need to get their baby and Olympic fixes all at once, there's the Platte County Fair. The fair will be hosting its third annual event for babies to show off their athletic skills: the Baby Olympics. The...
Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Tomato diseases to watch for

In the vegetable garden, be on the lookout for signs of foliar disease. Some diseases begin on lower leaves as leaf spots or brown blighted areas and symptoms progress upward. The spread of these diseases can be slowed by pinching off and discarding infected leaves. If pesticides are used, the time to begin applications of a fungicide is at the first sign of leaf infections.
Columbus, NEColumbus Telegram

Care-A-Van in Columbus sees donations despite heat

Bracing against the hot, windy weather, volunteers from the Platte County Food Pantry and Black Hills Energy gathered donations for Can Care-A-Van held in Columbus Thursday. A fundraiser held by 10/11 KOLN/KGIN, the event is held in different communities around Columbus to collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations for local food pantries. This year’s Can Care-A-Van was held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Columbus Pizza Ranch on Thursday.
Columbus, NEColumbus Telegram

Let’s start walking!

If you’ve been in the downtown Columbus area recently, you’ve probably noticed a few new signs. The Platte County Lifestyle Coalition (PCLC) has been working with an organization called America Walks® on a couple walking routes, and they’re ready to go!. America Walks is a national organization that promotes walking...
Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Kitt repeats in Week 2, Schneider wins boys

Hannah Kitt shot the lowest round of the nine girls competitors for the second straight event while Kurt Schneider rose above a field of 11 other boys for the win in Week 2 of the Optimist Cup at Van Berg Family Learning Center on Tuesday. Kitt put together a 49...
Columbus, NENorfolk Daily News

Northeast to hold Horticulture Discovery Days for area youths

The Horticulture and Early Childhood Education programs at Northeast Community College are teaming up with Nebraska Extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to hold two special days designed to give area youths opportunities to learn more about nature. A Horticulture Discovery Day will be Wednesday, June 16, from 9 a.m....
Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Moisture, moss and mushrooms

The cool, cloudy conditions with some moisture we recently had increased mushroom and moss growth in lawns. Mushrooms are not a concern for lawns. The conditions allowing moss to grow can decrease turfgrass growth and should be amended. I’m often asked if mushrooms growing in lawns are a sign of...
Platte County, NENorth Platte Telegraph

Platte River Mall visitors should use main or northwest entrance

Platte River Mall’s southwest entrance has been permanently closed as the shopping center’s $75 million redevelopment prepares to move into high gear. Its regular and automatic doors have been installed in the mall’s original northwest entrance, just south of the main entrance to the former Herberger’s anchor space. The northwest...
Columbus, NEColumbus Telegram

WATCH NOW: Kneifel receives Heritage Hero Award for local history efforts

History Nebraska Board of Trustees Member Marilyn Moore presented a 2021 Heritage Hero Award to Jerry Kneifel at the Platte County Historical Society (PCHS) Museum, 2916 16th St. in Columbus, on Thursday morning. Moore said History Nebraska gives out about 30 Heritage Hero awards each year. Recipients are nominated by...
Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Local law enforcement urge safe driving following collision

Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff wants to remind people about the particulars of driving in a rural area during summertime following a collision in Platte County last week. A freightliner van and tractor collided near the intersection of 298th Street and 145th Avenue near Columbus at around 10:30 a.m. on June 2.
Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Kohl, Kitt take early lead for Optimist Cup

The Race for the Optimist Cup, a new competition this summer for 13 to 18-year-old boys and girls in the area, kicked off its first event on Tuesday at the Van Berg Family Learning Center. After nine holes of golf, Zandyr Kohl has taken the lead in the boys race...
Columbus, NEColumbus Telegram

Track opens Friday for late spring race season

Columbus Exposition and Racing, Agricultural Park and the Platte County Ag Society bring back a decades-long tradition on Friday when horse racing returns to Columbus after a pandemic-canceled season away. For the first time in a generation, race fans, bettors, jockeys, trainers and horses will grace the dirt oval at...
Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram


AP Acquisitions LLC to Kellan T & Deanna K Perry, H&W – Lot 1, Frontier 2nd Addn, City of Cols $38,000. Becton Dickinson Infusion Therapy Systems Inc c/o Becton, Dickinson & Co, to State of Nebr DOT – Lot 1, Becton-Dickinson West Subdiv, City of Cols (Tax Exempt). Fredrick R...
Columbus, NEColumbus Telegram

Ditch near Greenwood Cemetery nears completion

After nearly two years, the ditch near Greenwood Cemetery has been cleaned out but more work will have to be completed this fall. Farmer John Harms, whose family owns land near the ditch, said he’s glad the project is almost done. “The ditch is opened up currently to where water...
Columbus, NEColumbus Telegram

Renaming the highway: Road will honor Pawnee Scouts, late Columbus man

A stretch of Highway 22 nestled between Genoa and Fullerton will be renamed the Pawnee Scouts Memorial Highway during a dedication ceremony on Saturday. Although not located in Platte County, the history of the Pawnee scouts can be traced back to the area as Frank North, leader of the scouts, lived and died in Columbus.
Platte County, NEColumbus Telegram

Seedheads and white grubs

Kentucky bluegrass has been forming seed heads. Homeowners sometimes ask if the seed heads are not mowed off, will the seed germinate to grow and help thicken a thin lawn. The answer is no and letting the grass grow taller to leave seed heads can lead to a thinner lawn. Seed head production uses energy from plants and this reduces stored food reserves. If grass grows too tall so more than one-third is removed during mowing, this is scalping and results in root loss.