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Central High backers buying giant limestone slabs from Indiana so new addition matches century-old building  Omaha World-Herald

It cost more. And it took a little longer. But we think it's worth it,” Mike Lebens, class of 1970, said of the limestone. Central High alumni raised $19.3 million.

Work scheduled to start this summer on addition at Omaha Central High  Omaha World-Herald

Construction is slated to start this summer on a new addition for Central High that boosters say will retain the charm of the historic downtown building while ...

About 4000 Omaha, Lincoln students walk out to protest gun violence  Omaha World-Herald

Roughly 4000 students from Nebraska's two biggest school districts, Omaha and Lincoln, walked out of class Friday to join in a national protest against gun ...

Omaha Central High School breaks ground on a $22 million project  KETV Omaha

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Omaha Central High School Thursday morning to announce an $18 million addition, but organizers say the building ...

Buffett teaching award winner from Omaha Central 'really takes an interest in the lives of students'  Omaha World-Herald

Jimmie Foster was among 15 Omaha Public Schools teachers recognized as 2018 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award winners at a dinner Friday night.

Threat against CHS determined to not be local  WOWT

Omaha Police have determined a SnapChat image showing an individual posed with an assault weapon and containing threatening text against 'CHS' did not ...

Omaha Central High School will induct 10 alums into Hall of Fame  Omaha World-Herald

These individuals were selected by the Central High School Alumni Association for their achievements in business and community *service* and will be ...

Which schools will be first? OPS lays out timeline for Phase 2 bond projects  Omaha World-Herald

At a school board meeting on Oct. 1, district leaders revealed the five-year construction schedule for the $409.9 million bond program approved by voters in May.

Perry, Douglas James | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Jan 21, 1948 - Oct 20, 2018. Age 70. Passed away while doing what he loved, running on the beach near his home in Encinitas, CA. Doug was born in Omaha, ...

Most Omaha-area schools are back in session soon — here's when  Omaha World-Herald

Students are headed back to class in Omaha-area schools and districts. Following are the start dates for area schools.

Central High proposal includes addition for new library, theater  Omaha World-Herald

A new $15 million to $21 million addition planned for Omaha Central High School would create a new library, a black box theater and art and music classrooms ...

BHS choir, student to perform with Omaha symphony  Blair Enterprise Publishing

The Blair High School concert choir will be among seven high school groups performing with the Omaha Symphony.

Separate staircases by gender and a fire escape slide: Check out six interesting features that once existed or still exist at local high schools  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha-area high schools, especially some of the older ones, have plenty of quirks, from a hidden pool to a fire escape slide.

'We have a voice': Students from Omaha high schools stage walkouts to protest Trump's election  Omaha World-Herald

Chanting "not my president" and "we have a voice," a wave of Omaha Central High School students poured out of the downtown high school Friday morning ...

Meet the 2018 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award winners  Omaha World-Herald

2018 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award Winners. +14. Arens, Rachael. Rachael Arens. RACHAEL ARENS » Science teacher at Northwest High School.

Omaha Central's 40-year academic tradition — a balloon-launch celebration — changes in response to environmental concerns  Omaha World-Herald

Some students and environmental groups raised concerns about the environmental effects of the annual balloon launch. So Central's parent-teacher-student ...

Tech-heavy media centers, flexible spaces, fewer lockers: Plans for new Elkhorn, Omaha high schools taking shape  Omaha World-Herald

Designers of the new high schools want to accommodate shifting trends in education, while keeping the buildings flexible enough to adapt to future needs.

Jim McKee: From territorial Capitol to Omaha Central High School  Lincoln Journal Star

The crest of Omaha's Capitol Hill at 20th Street and Capitol Avenue appears from the earliest photos of the city as its most prominent location. It was said to be.

Lincoln High teacher named 2019 Nebraska Teacher of the Year  1011now

Sydney Jensen, a 9th grade English teacher at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, was named Nebraska 2019 Teacher of the Year today during a surprise award ...

20-year-old High School junior charged with sexual assault of minor  WOWT

An Omaha Central High School junior is facing charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old classmate.

Central High principal defends students who knelt during national anthem, says it's a teachable moment  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Central High School Principal Ed Bennett affirmed the First Amendment rights of students who knelt during the national anthem at a football game Friday ...

OPS drivers hit the road to practice bus routes before classes start next week  Omaha World-Herald

School doesn't start until next week for most Omaha kids, but don't be surprised if you see a fleet of school buses on the road Thursday. Bus drivers for the ...

Editorial: Omaha Central finds a solution to save Purple Feather Day  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Central High School students used their noggins to update a four-decade tradition of celebrating academic achievement.

At Offutt air show, aviators will honor fallen WWI pilot base is named for  Omaha World-Herald

Military aviators from the United States and Great Britain will meet this weekend to honor 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt, the World War I pilot from Omaha in whose memory ...

Teen bruised, handcuffed by school officer  WOWT

Friday morning, a Millard South student was suspended from schooll after suspicions of vaping on school property. He said he was hurt as school resource ...

Teens attacked in road rage incident  WOWT

An Omaha mother is looking for justice after her teen daughter was hit in the face with a Snapple bottle during a road rage incident.

Final day of business for Donut Stop  WOWT

The last day of business for a long running Omaha doughnut shop. After 30 years the Donut Stop near 13th and William is closing for good.

Authorities identify Omaha teen who drowned in Lake Manawa  Omaha World-Herald

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has identified the teen who drowned in Lake Manawa on Memorial Day.

Irvington Walmart shooting under investigation  WOWT

Omaha police said one person was injured in a shooting at the Irvington Walmart Supercenter Wednesday.

Central High Senior Alec Rome interviews basketball player Max Polk  91.5 KIOS-FM

Omaha Central High School Senior Alec Rome joins us next with a story on basketball player Max Polk…

Cornfields on one side, houses on the other: Check out Blue Sage Elementary, Elkhorn's newest school  Omaha World-Herald

The school made its debut earlier this month, opening its doors to 188 students in grades K-5.

From the archives: Scroll through some of our neatest old photos – 1950-1969  Omaha World-Herald

History from Nebraska and western Iowa captured through the lenses of World-Herald photographers.

Where millennials live in Omaha: Some spots might surprise you  Omaha World-Herald

It should come as no surprise that millennials are packing into downtown and midtown. There, craft watering holes and whiskey beard barbershops are just a ...

Manning, Roxanne Bushey | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Manning, Roxanne Bushey Jan 21, 1963 - Jul 10, 2018 Roxanne Bushey Manning, age 55, passed from this worldly life on Tuesday, July, 10, 2018, ...

Westside parents and students get sneak peek at rebuilt Sunset Hills Elementary  Omaha World-Herald

The old Sunset Hills school has been demolished, replaced by a modern building made of gray bricks, wood, metal and huge glass windows that overlook the ...

Knicely Done: The champ is back  WOWT

A Knicely Done mention for an Omaha bowler that's made quite a name for himself on a national level. There was a time in recent years though, when it seemed ...

Kelly: Visit to striking Hindu Temple a first for many in Central's World Religions class; 'I've never seen anything like it in Omaha'  Omaha World-Herald

Wearing a hijab of her Muslim faith, a high school sophomore stood quietly amid the colorful deities and sanctums of another faith — at Omaha's Hindu Temple.

Controlled burn creates smokey haze in West Omaha  WOWT

A west Omaha fire sent smoke billowing into the air Monday. It was part of a controlled burn set by Omaha Parks and Recreation and assisted by UNOs burn ...

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska raises $160000 at art-themed fundraiser  Omaha World-Herald

The Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska's annual fundraiser artVenture on March 24 featured the collaborative artwork of professional artists and local Girl Scouts.

Menck, 69, an avid gunsmith | Ralston Recorder  Omaha World-Herald

Shooting them or fixing them, Tom Menck always had a keen eye for guns. Menck, a longtime owner of Thomas W. Menck Gunsmith in downtown Ralston, died ...

100 years ago, Omahans went 'wild' celebrating the end of 'The Great War'  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha slept soundly on that chilly November night, 100 years ago. Then, a few minutes before 2 a.m., the Union Pacific railyard whistle echoed throughout the ...

String of vehicle break-ins  WOWT

A string of vehicle break-ins has an Omaha neighborhood on edge and looking for a defense. The latest incident leaves some clues as the suspect leaves, what ...

Adams, James Patrick | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Jul 30, 1947 -. James Patrick Adams "Jimi", age 71, passed away at his home in Venice, CA. Jimi was born in Omaha to Ralph W. Sr. and Lavina (Scott) Adams.

10 to be inducted into Omaha Central Hall of Fame  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Central High School will induct 10 people into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 8. A 6:30 p.m. dinner will precede the 7:30 p.m. induction ceremony at the school.

Kearney students walk out in support of Second Amendment right to bear arms  Omaha World-Herald

KEARNEY, Neb. — More than 200 Kearney High School students stood up for their Second Amendment right to bear arms by walking out of their school ...

Omaha Mayor Stothert keeps the lights on at Dundee, Rockbrook school crosswalk signals  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced Tuesday that the city will will keep crossing signals at two intersections near Dundee Elementary School and at a third ...

Police arrest teen linked to deadly Walmart shooting  WOWT

Omaha Police arrested a 17-year-old in the shooting death of Kayviaun Nelson. They're still searching for a second suspect in the case.

Benefit raises $80000 for Omaha Province of Notre Dame Sisters  Omaha World-Herald

Notre Dame Sisters raised $80000 at its 24th annual Celebration of Spirit Dinner on March 18. The event brought in 300 people to St. Robert Bellarmine's ...

Grace: 'We're out of room' — Rapid enrollment growth leaves some young Catholics on kindergarten waitlist  Omaha World-Herald

Growing Omaha-area enrollment tests some Catholic schools, including St. Columbkille, the only one serving western Sarpy County.

Chef Curtis Stone helps bring in record $500000 for Food Bank for the Heartland  Omaha World-Herald

Proceeds will help provide emergency and supplemental meals for thousands of children, families and seniors in Nebraska and western Iowa.

He killed his parents in Omaha at age 16 and escaped from prison nearly a decade later. Then he simply vanished  Omaha World-Herald

The saga of Leslie Arnold would be an astonishing story even if that was all there was to tell. But what started off as a true crime drama would ultimately.

Multi-vehicle crash at 50th and L  WOWT

A multi-vehicle crash sent one person to the hospital and tied up traffic at a busy Omaha intersection early Friday afternoon.

Surprise match boosts Duchesne fundraiser's tally to almost $800000  Omaha World-Herald

Guests were told that each $10000 donation would generate a dollar-for-dollar match from co-chairs Cindy and Scott Heider. Twelve patrons raised their ...

Five alumni to be inducted into Omaha South High School Hall of Fame  Omaha World-Herald

Five alumni will be inducted into the 2017 Omaha South High School Hall of Fame at a brunch on Oct. 7. The honorees are Margaret (Covalciuc) Munnelly, Vic ...

Kirk Caven  Fremont Tribune

Kirk Caven. July 3, 1948 – Aug. 17, 2018. Kirk M. Caven passed away on Aug. 17, 2018, at Nebraska Medical Center in Bellevue. Kirk was born on July 3, 1948, ...

Red Cross fundraiser honors heroes, brings in more than $103000  Omaha World-Herald

Local citizens who have been involved in exceptional acts of *service* to their community were recognized during an awards presentation. Nominations were ...

World-Herald Scholars: Best of the best | Sport  Omaha World-Herald

They've mastered their lessons and are ready to pack up and move on to their next adventure — college. The nine members of The World-Herald's 2017 All ...

Warren Buffett's sister donates $105.8 million for behavioral health center for children  Omaha World-Herald

While her big brother, Warren Buffett, was making news recently about health care, Roberta “Bertie” Buffett Elliott pledged $105.8 million for a behavioral health ...

Heat Index: Neal feels he 'came of out of the shadows' during spring practice  Lincoln Journal Star

Husker Extra is running a series called Heat Index, a quick look at the Huskers before fall camp begins Aug. 3. This week, Steven M. Sipple counts down five ...

From the archives: Poverty amid prosperity | Omaha Metro  Omaha World-Herald

Alarming figures reveal the reality of a metro area in which economic hardship has a stronger and stronger grip on the black community.

Behrens passionate about Omaha Central, basketball  Lincoln Journal Star

Omaha Central boys basketball coach Eric Behrens appears to be building a dynasty as his team prepares to defend its Class A state title.

Grace: Book tells Nebraska's story through a look at its 150 best buildings  Omaha World-Herald

You don't have to be an architect to understand or appreciate the stories in this book, “150@150.” Barnes has presented an interesting look into places that will ...

Monarchs pitcher Courtney Wallace silences Central | Statewide  Omaha World-Herald

After a weekend of big wins, Papillion-La Vista pulled away late Tuesday for an 8-0, six-inning softball victory over Omaha Central. The 19-3 Monarchs have won ...

Abbott Drive​, downtown Omaha's link to Eppley Airfield, owes its name to a wealthy Sand Hills rancher  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha's older neighborhoods are full of street names that honor the town's early settlers. So why is Abbott Drive — the entryway to downtown from Eppley ...

70 Nebraska high school students receive UNL's Young Artist Awards  Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN - The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts held its Nebraska Young Artist Awards on April 6.

25-year-old man killed by semi truck on I-680  WOWT

The victim in a fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a semi truck has been identified by police as 25-year-old Zachary Crinklaw from Omaha.

Around and About: Whoa! JDRF gala results put organizers on 'the Country Side of Heaven'  Omaha World-Herald

The JDRF Promise Gala raised serious money for a serious cause last month.

Art-themed benefit brings in $135000 for CRCC of Omaha  Omaha World-Herald

The CRCC provides family support services and comprehensive care to regional children with medically developmental, physical and mental impairments.

Blog: Omaha Central-Creighton Prep Rosenblatt Experience - Part 1 (10/12/10)  McCook Daily Gazette

Sometimes men have dreams as a child. Some dreams are realized, others never become reality and fade into oblivion, evaporating for all time Some of these ...

Warren Watch: HBO documentary shows Warren Buffett imparting wisdom to Omaha high schoolers  Omaha World-Herald

Becoming Warren Buffett,” the documentary to be shown on HBO on Jan. 30, features Buffett talking with about a dozen students in an Omaha Central High ...

Warren Buffett narrates 23andMe commercial | Warren Buffett  Omaha World-Herald

There's no name shown, but the voice is unmistakable: That's Warren Buffett narrating a commercial by 23andMe Inc. that shows a young man growing into ...

Stories of Omaha Central grads killed in World War II delivered to grateful Dutch town  Omaha World-Herald

Every time we went to a cemetery — the rows of white crosses perfectly aligned for what seemed like forever — it got to me. Every time.” Derek Smith, senior,

Sizzling first quarter helps Eagles coast to win against Omaha Burke  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Central outscored Omaha Burke 33-12 in the first-quarter Wednesday and cruised to a 67-48 Metro Conference boys basketball victory.

Guatemalan immigrant charged in Omaha with statutory rape disappears after posting $5000  Omaha World-Herald

Authorities are scrambling after another immigrant defendant posted bail, was released from the Douglas County Jail, skipped his court appearance and hasn't ...

Omaha native found dead in Austin home; death being investigated as a homicide  Omaha World-Herald

His roommate, Dijon Reid, 27, was charged last week with first-degree murder in the killing, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Rohwer joins Journal team  Fremont Tribune

PLATTSMOUTH – Tim Rohwer has written thousands of stories about people and places in both Nebraska and Iowa over the past 20 years.

Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America recognizes state award winners  Omaha World-Herald

The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America recently named students who won state competitive events at the 54th State Leadership Conference in ...

Dempsey remembered for his many community contributions  WOWT

Metropolitan Community College released a statement Monday on the death of Board of Governors member Tim Dempsey.

Omaha's once-sprawling streetcar system now lives only in memory  Omaha World-Herald

When car No. 1011 rolled to a stop on March 5, 1955, it marked the end of the line for the Omaha streetcar system – a system that once had.

Jaqueline Medlar  Columbus Telegram

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Medlar. Feb. 14, 1928- July 17, 2018. Jacqueline 'Jackie' Medlar, 90, of Columbus, died July 17, 2018, at Meridian Gardens in Columbus.

In 'fake news' era, educators emphasize media literacy to teach kids how to tell fact from fiction  Omaha World-Herald

When it comes to evaluating information that flows through social media channels, young people are “easily duped,” according to a recent report.

Omaha native Sally Fox, 62, was Vermont lawmaker | News  Omaha World-Herald

State Sen. Sally Fox, who graduated from Omaha Central High School in 1968, died Friday in Burlington, Vt.

ER doctor George H. Payne II had passion for cycling  Omaha World-Herald

Dr. George H. Payne II, an emergency room physician at the High Point (North Carolina) Regional Hospital for 30 years and a competitive bicyclist, died ...

'She's basically a very giving person': Pamela Buffett, cancer center's lead donor, inherited her husband's vision to help others  Omaha World-Herald

Pamela Buffett held her then-infant daughter, Sarah, dressed in a baptismal gown, as they waited to go forward for the ceremony at Olivet Presbyterian Church in ...

Parents, schools divided as sex ed controversy erupts  CBS News

Emotions run high as one city considers its first update to sex ed curriculum in decades.

Nebraska coaches helping 'big dude' DaiShon Neal believe in himself, and make plays  Lincoln Journal Star

Coach 'Chin' is always telling me, 'You're the biggest dude on the team, you've got to go out and perform,'" says 6-foot-7, 292-pound junior DaiShon Neal, ...

Meet the Omaha Jaycees' Ten Outstanding Young Omahans  Omaha World-Herald

The Omaha Jaycees have announced the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans for 2017.

9/11 victims with local ties | Omaha Metro  Omaha World-Herald

At least 10 of those killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 had local ties.

Peterson, Charles E. III | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Peterson, Charles E. III Mar 31, 1958 - Aug 31, 2017 Charles E. Peterson III was found dead in his home Aug. 31 in Austin, Texas. He was 59 years.

Fellman, Beverly B. | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Fellman, Beverly B. Oct 18, 1941 - Dec 31, 2015 Beverly B. Fellman passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015, from cancer after a lengthy illness. She was ...

Student managers act as backbone to NU men's basketball  Daily Nebraskan

The Nebraska men's basketball team clinched its first 20-win regular season since 1992-93 with a victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Omaha streets with historic origins | Michael Kelly  Omaha World-Herald

U.S. Sens. Augustus Caesar Dodge of Iowa and Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois championed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. For those who aren't history buffs, ...

Starved boy gets new parents  KETV Omaha

This week, a Douglas County juvenile court judge will consider terminating the parental rights of Stephen Bauer and Megan Finlan. The Omaha couple risk ...

Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair honors top projects from area students  Omaha World-Herald

The top 5 projects from each level advance to the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences to be held at Strategic Air & Space Museum on April 21.

100 ways to celebrate the season in Omaha | Calendar  Omaha World-Herald

There's no shortage of events to keep spirits merry and bright between now and New Year's Day.

Omaha benefits despite Buffett's philosophy on local giving  Omaha World-Herald

For decades, Warren Buffett rarely kicked in when his hometown raised money for buildings or good causes, and he's still not an automatic go-to guy for local ...

Graham, Olive Marie | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Graham, Olive Marie Age 73 Olive Marie Graham passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Solara Hospital in Brownsville, Texas after a long illness.

Right at home in his new role: Clark Lauritzen is 6th generation at helm of First National Bank  Omaha World-Herald

Clark Lauritzen is officially the sixth generation of his family to helm the $19 billion institution. It's the largest Nebraska-based bank and the largest privately held ...

Omaha philanthropist Richard Holland dead at 95  KETV Omaha

Omaha community leader and philanthropist Richard D. "Dick" Holland died Tuesday at the age of 95 at his home after a short illness, leaving behind a legacy ...

Jim McKee: In search of Nebraska's first high school  Lincoln Journal Star

It's always a challenge to try and establish “firsts.” No matter how you try to be specific and nail the selection down you're almost guaranteed to be wrong. A 2015 ...

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