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Gibbon City Maintenance Building a total loss after fire

The city maintenance building in Gibbon is a total loss after a fire started in a pickup and spread. City Administrator Chris Rector in the city of 1,800 people says the building was reported in flames at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. The fire was extinguished about four hours later. A wire in the engine compartment in one of the city pickups is the suspected cause. Rector says four pickups, a street sweeper, and the city's front end loader was a total loss. A road grader and a dump truck also have extensive damage and could also be totaled. Rector said the building is also likely a total loss. He estimates damage from $400,000 to $500,000.

Lawmaker's face a general fund shortfall

Nebraska lawmakers may have to add money to the state's general fund when they convene next year. A legislative report says the state faces a projected shortfall of nearly $4.6 million for the new budget year that began this month. Despite the estimate, state officials say Nebraska's overall finances are in good shape. The state is expected to see a record-high cash reserve of $707.8 million.

Fire in Hastings, quick thinking neighbor helps kids

Quick thinking by a neighbor Wednesday afternoon alerted two children that their house was on fire. Denise Kamper says that her neighbor then called 911. Hastings Fire and Rescue was able to put out the fire in the attached garage at 38 Sara Dr., but not before it started to spread.  Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said that even though the house didn't burn too badly, there is damage. Chief Gilbert said it was up to the five members of the Kamper family and the American Red Cross to determine if they were going to say in the house Wednesday night.

Fire Damages Home Wednesday Afternoon

Quick thinking by a neighbor Wednesday afternoon alerted two children that their house was on fire. Denise Kamper says that her neighbor then called 911.

"The neighbor down the street called to say she could see flames. The kids got the animals and went out the north side door, the opposite side of where the fire was and went down to the neighbor's house. She called me at work to tell me my garage was on fire."

Hastings Fire and Rescue was able to put out the fire in the attached garage at 38 Sara Dr., but not before it started to spread. Fire Chief Kent Gilbert said that even though the house didn't burn too badly, there is damage.

"It's not a lot of structural damage to it but it will have heavy heat and smoke throughout. And sometimes cleaning up just the smoke damage is more expensive that what a person would guess it is."

Chief Gilbert said it was up to the five members of the Kamper family and the American Red Cross to determine if they were going to say in the house Wednesday night.

The Red Cross Asking For More Donors

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, and they're asking for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.
The Red Cross says that vacation and the summer holidays mean they've had fewer donors.

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

Adams County
July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2810 W. Seventh St. in Hastings
July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hastings Family YMCA, 1430 W. 16th St. in Hastings
July 31 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St. in Hastings
Aug. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Roseland Fire Hall, Main St. in Roseland
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 621 N. Lincoln Ave. in Hastings
Aug. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2810 W. 7th St. in Hastings

Buffalo County
July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
July 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
Aug. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at Community Building, 202 N. Sycamore in Pleasanton
Aug. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney
Aug. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 520 W. 48th in Kearney

Dawson County
July 28 from noon to 6 p.m. at Community Building, Fifth and Main in Sumner
July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Catholic Parish Hall, 613 W. 13th in Cozad
Aug. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave. in
Gothenburg

Fillmore County
July 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Legion, 541 Main St. in Milligan
July 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 942 H St. in Geneva

Hall County
July 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Conestoga Mall, 3404 W. 13th St. in Grand Island
July 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
July 25 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
July 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at YWCA, 211 E. Fonner Park Road in Grand Island
Aug. 8 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 404 E. Third St. in Grand Island
Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St Mary's Cathedral, 204 S. Cedar in Grand Island

Hamilton County
July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 1104 A St. in Aurora
July 29 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Community Center, 4021 N. Commercial in Giltner

Kearney County
Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Axtell Fire Hall, 202 E. Sixth St. in Axtell

Nuckolls County
July 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Auditorium, 301 S. Main St. in Nelson
July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1415 California in Superior

Phelps County
July 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Agricultural Center, 1302 Second St. in Holdrege
Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at Agriculture Center, 1302 Second St. in Holdrege

Webster County
July 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Community Center, 142 W. 3rd Ave. in Red Cloud

York County
July 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Bible Church, 740 S. Main St. in Henderson

To make an appointment you can call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and sign up.

Wreck near St. Paul leaves one dead, one in hospital

Authorities say they're investigating a wreck that killed a 21-year-old Nebraska man. The Howard County Sheriff's Office says Derek Holt from St. Paul died Sunday night after his vehicle was hit by another automobile traveling in the opposite direction. The wreck occurred on Nebraska Highway 92, about two miles west of St. Paul. Holt was pronounced dead at a hospital. The other driver was 29-year-old Justin Arrowsmith of Omaha. He was taken to one hospital and then transferred to another.

Nebraska NRC prepares projects for long-term water preservation

Nebraska's Natural Resources Commission is laying the groundwork for projects intended to preserve the state's long-term water supply. The commission received $21 million this month as part of a new state water sustainability law, and is expected to collect $10 million to $11 million annually for water management and flood-control projects. The state money will pay for projects related to water management and qualify, flood control, and compliance with interstate water compacts. The law was passed in the midst of recent drought years and legal fights with Kansas over access to the Republican River, which runs through southern Nebraska.

Crews work to get fire in Clay County under control

Multiple fire crews are working to control a massive fire in Clay County that broke out late last night. Firecrews are still on scene from 8 different departments at Oregon Trail Equipment, just east of Fairfield. Darren Clarke with the Hastings Fire Department says both the Hastings Fire Department and reserves are providing mutual aid. Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's office are on scene looking into the cause of the fire.

Hastings man in custody after firing off gun in town

A Hastings man is in custody this morning, after he fired off several shots at the north Burger King last night. According to News 5 TV 32 year old Clinton Mohlman is charged with making terrorist threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony, disturbing the peace, discharging a firearm within city limits, driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. Officals arrested Mohlman after the suspect crashed into a tree outside of his home at 4th Street and Kerr Avenue.

Chambers criticizes Heineman for stance on illegal children

Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha harshly criticizes Governor Heineman for his stance on the estimate 200 illegal immigrant children who have been housed in Nebraska. Heineman's demand that the federal government tell him who the children are and where they are staying has drawn criticism from a number of groups, including the ACLU, those groups met Friday at the Capitol Rotunda for a news conference, where Sen. Chambers took aim at Heineman's response. Chambers accuses Heineman of using the situation to further his political agenda.

Heat warnings issued for area

Forecasters are urging people to take precautions as intense heat makes its way into Nebraska. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the eastern half of Nebraska today and tomorrow. Leslie Schaffer with the the American Red Cross says it's important to take precautions in the heat, especially for the elderly and young children. Staying inside during the hottest part of the day can be a big help. People who must work outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s across the region and humidity will be high.

Adams County Fairfest begins day 3

Maybe the top story this week at the Adams County fair grounds has been the weather Lee Hogan explained that the cooler temperatures benefit the fair as a whole from the animals in the 4H barns to the crowed coming out to enjoy the concerts and the carnival. Sandy Himmelberg the Director of the Adams County Fair says she's expecting even bigger crowds at the fair, not only because of the weather but the fact that there is so much to do. Today Beef and Chicken will be the focus in the 4H Barns. Once Again 1230 KHAS will be broadcasting live at the Adams County Fair from 4-7.

Pilger Days begins despite tornado damage

Not even a tornado will stop Pilger from hosting its annual summer festivities.
The Pilger Days event starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight with a horseshoe tournament, a high school alumni banquet and a chance to visit the Stanton County Historical Society Museum. Festivities will continue Saturday starting at 9 a.m., with a children's story time event, a mud volleyball tournament, a lunch and barbeque, and other activities. Organizers will hold a fundraiser Saturday afternoon with a $1,000 goal. The highest contributor will get to use a Taser on Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger. The village is also hosting its annual Sweet Corn and Hamburger dinner on Aug. 6. Several 5- and 10-gallon drink containers were lost in the tornado. Containers can be left at the village clerk's office.

Downtown GI fire blamed on faulty cord

A fire that destroyed the downtown building that belonged to Rons Transmissions in GI on was caused by the failure of an electrical cord. The cause was determined through an investigation. by the Grand Island Fire Department and the Nebraska state fire marshal's office.According to a press release from the city, the investigation indicated the fire wasn't suspicious in nature but was due to an electrical issue associated with an electrical cord failure. Total damage estimates aren't yet available, but the building is considered a total loss with the exception of the space occupied by Edward's Audio and Video, which suffered light smoke and water damage.

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