Several Hall County Vietnam War Hero Flights to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., are being planned in Grand Island, starting in mid-2016. The initial fundraising activity will be a hamburger feed from 5 to 8 p.m. April 29 at the United Veterans Club. Volunteers — as well as veterans to participate! — are encouraged to attend and sign up.
Good job, Classic Car Collection on Highway 30 in Kearney. They got a story in the May issue of Motor Home magazine. Kearney is the midpoint of the Old Lincoln Highway, and you can browse through 200 classic automobiles at CCC, everything from a 1907 International Auto Buggy to a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa. The Taulborg family donated 131 of the vehicles. CCC’s upcoming event is Cruise Nite Week, July 14-19.
A fun idea from NebraskaWines.com: now you can get a Nebraska Wine Passport, have it stamped at wineries around the state, and win prizes and goodies! See: NWGGA Passport Print PDF.
With the Red-White game Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the football team is back in the spotlight. One Husker-related spoof in the Omaha Press Club Show last week went viral nationally. It was a parody to “Let It Go” by KFAB radio host Scott Voorhees about missing Bo Pelini: Click Here
Who cannot relate to this funny piece of roadside humor? Thanks to Lonnie Cease for sharing this on the Facebook page, Nebraska Through The Lens.
The citizens’ right to be protected is being weighed against Nebraska’s prison overcrowding problem as the Unicameral debates whether to do away with many “mandatory minimum” sentences in Nebraska law. Purpose: to reduce the number of incoming inmates. The Nebraska Association of County Attorneys and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert are among those who advocate keeping the stiff sentences for drive-by shootings; crack, heroin and meth dealing; and habitual criminal violations. Others, including Lincoln Sen. Colby Coash, defend LB 173, saying it would ease the overcrowding problem and return more discretion to judges. The state’s prison population is 1,938 inmates, 59% above design capacity. Adding a prison would cost an estimated $130 million.
Veterans who will live in the 225-bed, $121 million Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home planned in Kearney will benefit from the ideas and work of University of Nebraska-Kearney students who are building model suites for the project. The construction management and interior design students were invited to build and furnish the rooms using blueprints from Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects.
This weekend, catch the Catfish Classic at Lake McConaughy. The Ogallala event runs on Friday and Saturday. Call (308) 778-5879 for the details.
What a cool idea: Humanities Nebraska intern Tim Lundy made a free mobile app for GooglePlay and iPhone, the Nebraska Literary Tour. You can “tour” by author or by geographical location, perhaps in tandem with an in-person visit to the memorials, if any, of the famous authors. It is loaded with biographical information, photos, excerpts and much more. There’s a map app, too. The eight authors currently featured are: Bess Streeter Aldrich, Hartley Burr Alexander, Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, Weldon Kees, Wright Morris, John G. Neihardt, and Mari Sandoz. The goal is to add two to four authors each year. The six geographic regions are west, central, northeast, southeast, Omaha and Lincoln.
Comedian, author and actor Louie Anderson is returning to Norfolk June 18-19 to headline the opening session of the annual comedy festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre. He was there in 2011. Host will be Brian Kiley, the 2014 pro stand-up competition winner last year and a writer for Conan O’Brien. Comedian Brian Regan will be the Saturday night headliner.
For more than three years, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station was the only nuclear energy plant in the country that was in a special federal oversight program for reactors with performance problems. But last month, it was released to routine oversight status to join the 98 other U.S. nuclear power plants. The Fort Calhoun plant was offline for eight months in 2011 when the Missouri River flood, a switchgear fire, and the discovery of hundreds of minor safety irregularities caused the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to put it on “probation.” The process has cost Omaha Public Power District customers $58 million. The plant restarted in December 2013.
A former McCook attorney who was sentenced to prison time in Nebraska in 1998 for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars now faces felony theft and embezzlement charges in Colorado Springs. Terry Malcom is accused of stealing more than $1 million from two water districts there over the past 10 years.