This notice from the City of Alliance Street Department …Elkhorn Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets, in Alliance, will be closed from 1:00 p.m. October 26 through 5:00 p.m. October 27 while underground pipes are repaired. Please exercise caution while driving near this area.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials from two Nebraska counties say allowing people to text emergency calls has some challenges, even though it has expanded emergency services and saved some lives.
Buffalo and Douglas counties began their text-to-911 services in January 2015. Officials say calling 911 is still the fastest, most effective way to assure first responders can get to the scene.
Interim Douglas County 911 Director Mark Conrey says text exchanges in Omaha are processed more slowly than regular 911 calls and that location information transmitted with the messages can be unreliable.
But in Buffalo County, the system helped two Kearney children, who successfully alerted authorities via text that their dad was drunk and driving them to Colorado in April. Buffalo County Sheriff Neil Miller says they’ve only had problems receiving photos from some carriers.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says the budget he proposes to lawmakers next year won’t raise taxes and will slow the growth of state government.
Ricketts says he still plans to look at tax reforms, even though state revenues have fallen short of projections. The governor made the comments in his weekly newspaper column released Tuesday.
Nebraska has collected less tax revenue than expected largely because of a downturn in commodity prices, weakening the state’s agricultural industry.
Ricketts has already ordered state agencies to restrain their spending. Two weeks ago, he imposed a ban on non-essential out-of-state travel and a hiring freeze for non-mission critical positions. Ricketts says the state needs to prioritize investments in some areas, such as the corrections department.
The Alliance 4th Annual Autumn on the Bricks Fall Festival was held October 7th and 8th. One of the most successful events was the “Chili Tour”, which residents participated in on that Saturday from 11am – 2pm walking in and out of local businesses in downtown Alliance. The winner of the tour was Alliance resident Sara Leisy. She decided to donate her $350 to the Doves Program in Alliance. We spoke with Special Project Coordinator Jennifer Ponce about what the Doves will use the money for, and what their program is all about.
According to Box Butte County Clerk Judy Messersmith, “the office of the County Clerk will remain open until 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2016, in order for residents to register to vote, update their registration address or name. This is the final voter registration date and time in order to be eligible to vote during the November 8th election. Call 762-6565 for voter registration or election questions.”
According to employee Adrianna Salway of Sherbears, Sherbears child development center took the kids on a trip to the Alliance Volunteer Fire Department last week during “fire prevention week”. Salway said, the kids went “mostly to show them to not be afraid of the firefighters in case something happened in an emergency situation”. Sherbears is based out of the Methodist Church.
According to Box Butte County Chief Deputy J.D. Sutphen, on October 19th in the 6am hour a Semi accident occurred south of Dinklage Feed Yards of Alliance approximately five miles on Highway 385. Sutphen said, 34 year old Juan Garza-Marichalar of Bayard was tired, drifted off the road, and overturned on the west shoulder’s end. He was transferred to Box Butte General Hospital. Alcohol was not a factor in this accident.
The Alliance YMCA is holding their 15th Annual Campaign. All proceeds are dedicated to operational costs for the year. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at the YMCA. Participants are not limited on the amount of tickets purchased. A donation appreciation dinner will be held November 10th at 6pm at the Westside Event Center. The drawing will be at 7pm. The Alliance YMCA encourages you to stop out to the facility and meet their new executive director, Mara Anderson. Participants must be 18 years or older to win.
Alliance’s theater group, Main Street Players pulled in a great crowd this past Sunday night during their performance of “Showdown on the Bricks” at Newberry’s. The melodrama was written by Main Street Players Director Elaine Bleisch. Eagle Radio spoke with Bleisch after the show. The interview is posted below.
Here’s the cast:
Kent Bleisch – Snidely S. Snorton
Tristan Bleisch – Justin Thyme
Chris Obershaw – Carl Henge
Magi Hoff – Charity Henge
Jason Wentworth – Sheriff
Shawn Weibert – Banker
Elaine Connelly Bleisch – Widow Kensington
Linnea Bleisch – Lulubelle
Elora Bleisch – Sadie
Darian Wilson – Nadia Hubbard
Angela O’Leary – Widow Hubbard
Caitlin Obershaw – Widow Haven
Jewlia Taylor – Jemima Urownbiznis