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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.

Suffragist, comedy writer among Central High Hall of Fame inductees  Omaha World-Herald

A suffragist, a Hollywood comedy writer, a Vermont lawmaker and local business leaders are among 12 new inductees to the Central High School Hall of Fame.

New OPS high school at 60th and L will have maker studios, marker board walls  Omaha World-Herald

It is the first time OPS is building a high school in this century. The district, which hasn't opened a high school since the 1970s, is in the process of.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

OPS community hears details on new high school at 156th and Ida  Omaha World-Herald

This week, district officials are giving parents and community members a glimpse at early plans for two new schools and taking questions. Tuesday the focus ...

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.

24 Nebraska school districts, including OPS, rated as 'needs improvement' in state report  Omaha World-Herald

The state issued its report card on Nebraska schools on Friday, and 24 districts were rated as needing improvement. After a three-year hiatus, state officials ...

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, ...

'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 ...

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 ...

Students at Omaha Central High School stage walk-out  KETV Omaha

Students at Omaha Central High School staged a walk-out Friday morning. Students were spotted walking out of the school shortly before 8:30 a.m. Minutes later ...

OPS board to vote on name, mascot for new elementary school at 32nd and Burt  Omaha World-Herald

A naming committee has recommended that the new school in the Omaha Public Schools district be called Gifford Park Elementary School.

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.

'Red-flag' law sought in Nebraska to allow authorities to temporarily take away guns  Omaha World-Herald

State Sen. Adam Morfeld plans to offer a bill this year that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from people suspected of being dangerous.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Omaha youth organization provides Thanksgiving meal for at-risk teens  WOWT

Youth Emergency Services outreach center in Omaha provided warm turkey meals for at-risk youth who couldn't find a Thanksgiving meal anywhere else.

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.

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.

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.

Grace: Millard West teacher to quit classroom to become student — he hopes — of Legislature  Omaha World-Herald

Royers, relatively unknown outside Millard West, knows he needs time to establish a case in this Republican-heavy district for electing another Democrat after ...

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

The dry runs will help drivers make sure they can get to school on time and avoid issues of previous years.

A Buffett among 9 to be inducted into Omaha Central HS Hall of Fame  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Central High School will induct nine people into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 2. A 6:30 p.m. dinner will precede the 7:30 p.m. induction ceremony at the ...

Family of Omaha's first homicide victim of 2019 has suffered gun tragedies twice before  Omaha World-Herald

Jacque S. Holbert IV, 21, was fatally wounded Sunday about 1:40 a.m. while lying in bed near 38th and Burdette Streets, police said.

Maj. Gen. Edward Binder, former leader of Nebraska National Guard, dies at 95  Omaha World-Herald

He became the guy who, when the tornadoes hit, he was sent. Often when they were still on the ground, he'd already be on the way,” said his son, Gary.

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 ...

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.

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.

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,

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…

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Judith Irene Gustafson Sader  Lincoln Journal Star

April 16, 1941 - December 15, 2018. Judith Irene Gustafson Sader, age 77, of Roca, died 12-15-2018. Born 4-16-1941 to Ellsworth and Clara Gustafson in ...

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, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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

Shooting them or fixing them, Tom Menck always had a keen eye for guns.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Omaha philanthropist Richard Holland dead at 95  KETV Omaha

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

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Photos: Papillion-La Vista vs. Omaha Central Softball  Omaha World-Herald

Papillion La Vista defeated Omaha Central 8-0 during a high school softball game at La Vista City Field in La Vista, Nebraska, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

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 ...

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.

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.

'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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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, ...

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.

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 ...

Students mark first day at new elementary school; more back to school photos  Omaha World-Herald

Prairie Queen Elementary School, the newest elementary school in Papillion La Vista Community Schools, opened its doors for its first school year Tuesday ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

Harold 'Bus' Slosburg, 95, helped build Omaha with Slosburg Co.  Omaha World-Herald

Harold “Bus” Slosburg, Omaha native and co-founder of Slosburg Realty Co. — now known as the Slosburg Co. — died last month at the age of 95 in St.

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, ...

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 ...

Downtown building's distinctive design is from 1960s imagination, not Mars  Omaha World-Herald

We've cracked at least some of the mystery behind the shape of the clamshell building at 19th and Dodge Streets.

The Public Pulse, Oct. 12: Standing up by taking a knee  Omaha World-Herald

Gutter, not locker room, talk. Donald Trump seems to think that he can smear all men by calling his recently released “Access Hollywood” tape “locker room talk.

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