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The William of Orange Singers perform during the Sept. 12 concert.

Concert soloists included Mariah Steele, Lauren Rieken, Noah Holcombe, Brittany Thomas, Kirsten Holle, Chloey Fry, Mattie Saunders, Tina Rowe and Whitley Kleveland.

A variety of songs were performed, including "Fight Song," by Rachel Platten, "Journey to the Past," from the animated film, "Anistasia," "Hold On" and "Footprints in the Sand."


State-and-regional
Prison contraband search turns up 'significant' drugs
 
 09.13.17

A contraband search over four days at the Nebraska State Penitentiary turned up what the Department of Correctional Services is calling a significant amount of drugs, a cellphone and three weapons in a cell.

The search came after Director Scott Frakes called for an intense and organized look at several specific areas of the prisons, said spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith.

Searches have been stepped up in general since an inmate who died after being found unresponsive in his cell in late May tested positive at the hospital for methamphetamine and Ecstasy. Daelan Lamere, 22, died June 6 at Bryan West Campus in Lincoln.

In this search, 60 staff members searched all shop areas and all employees coming into the penitentiary on Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. During the area searches they found homemade weapons and prison-brewed alcohol, Smith said.

Smith would not say what drugs were found because a criminal investigation is being conducted, but she said the quantities were large enough to indicate they were not for one person, but would be sold to others.

"These types of searches allow us to identify potential and real security threats and identify them quickly," Smith said.

All windows and door frames were checked in housing units. The drugs that were recovered from the cell were found hidden inside the steel casing of a window, she said.

"Contraband in prison is dangerous and puts staff and inmates at risk," Frakes said.

The prisons' centralized intelligence team allows the staff to find and respond better to information about contraband and other security concerns, he said.

Frakes said the staff members involved in the searches did great work.

The department will continue to look at its security practices and enhance its policies and practices to keep drugs, alcohol and cellphones out of the prisons, Smith said.

"Large-scale staff searches are inconvenient but necessary," she said. "Staff members appreciate that we are looking for the contraband and working to stop it from coming in."

Inspector General for Corrections Doug Koebernick has said the department opened criminal investigations on eight cases involving staff members and seven involving visitors in 2016. Through July of this year, it had opened no cases involving staff and four involving visitors.

Prison staff, when surveyed by Koebernick this summer, had their own suggestions on controlling contraband, including that the department use more drug dogs, search staff more often as they enter the prisons and increase prosecution or discipline for those caught bringing in illegal drugs or other contraband.


State-and-regional
FBI warns college students of school loan scam calls
 
 09.13.17

FBI officials in Omaha warned college students on Tuesday of a new phone scam where criminals pose as special agents seeking loan repayment.

The criminals' telephone number displays as the number for an FBI Field Office, spokesman Huston Pullen said.

During these hoax calls, the caller demands repayment for a school loan and threatens arrest if immediate payment is not provided, Pullen said.

This scam has used the telephone numbers of FBI offices in at least eight states.

FBI agents and officials do not call private citizens requesting money, Pullen said.

These calls are a reminder for people not to give their personal information to individuals they didn't initiate contact with and to be leery of sending money to strangers via prepaid MoneyGram or Green Dot cards, Pullen said.

Anyone who receives these calls or needs to report a related crime can file a complaint through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.


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Daily calendar
 09.13.17

Thursday

For the public

Beatrice Farmers’ Market: 4-6:30 p.m. at Aunt Mary’s Center restaurant’s parking lot, located at Eighth and Court streets. Every market brings in new treats, crafts, produce, eggs, honey, baked goods and more! Select vendors are now accepting credit and EBT cards. If you have questions, call Main Street Beatrice at 402-223-3244.

Children and Adult Immunization Clinic: noon-4 p.m. at Parkview Conference Center, located at 1216 S. Eighth St. in Beatrice. Appointments are necessary. Call 402-223-2366. Bring insurance or Medicaid card. Sponsored by Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

Burwood Books/Mother to Mother Ministry: will have story time at 10 a.m. for children in pre-school through kindergarten. Prizes are awarded after ten times in attendance. Call 402-223-6042 for more information.

Assisted Living Week Activities: Homestead House will hold a community cards event on Sept. 14 from 1:30-3 p.m. Join Homestead House for prizes and refreshments and bring a friend.

Community Players: Come see the Community Players' production of "The Producers." The musical follows the story of a wily producer and his squeamish accountant as they scheme to put on the biggest flop in Broadway history. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 14-16, with additional showings at 2 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 17. Tickets cost $18 for adults or $12 for students and may be purchased at the Community Players theater, located at 412 Ella St. in Beatrice. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com or over the phone by calling 402-228-1801.

Clubs/organizations

Beta Sigma Phi Meeting: The Torchbearer Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14. Linda McCall will host, and the event scheduled is "Beginning Day." The meeting will include a covered-dish supper and chapter birthday celebrations.

Eagles Auxiliary Dinner: Beatrice Eagles Auxiliary 531 will be hosting their Spaghetti Dinner on Sept. 14 at Beatrice Eagles Club 531, located at 119 N. 19th St. The dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Members and guests can enjoy their dinner with a side salad, garlic bread and ice cream sundaes for $8 per plate.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 8 p.m. First Presbyterian Church (use west entrance), 321 N. Fifth St., Beatrice.

Beatrice Undergrounders Narcotics Anonymous: 8:15 p.m. in the basement of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.

Friday

For the public

Wymore Community Coffee: 10-11 a.m. at Blue Springs Methodist Church. The public is always welcome.

Community Players: Come see the Community Players' production of "The Producers." The musical follows the story of a wily producer and his squeamish accountant as they scheme to put on the biggest flop in Broadway history. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 14-16, with additional showings at 2 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 17. Tickets cost $18 for adults or $12 for students and may be purchased at the Community Players theater, located at 412 Ella St. in Beatrice. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com or over the phone by calling 402-228-1801.

Barneston American Legion Fish Fry: The Barneston American Legion will hold a fish fry on Sept. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Barneston American Legion Club. Along with pan-fried fish, the Legion will be serving ham, with a salad bar and all the trimmings.

Quilt Show: The 34th annual Quilt and Needlework Show will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Applejack Festival in Nebraska City. The show will be held in the lower level of the Bethel United Church of Christ, located at 2400 Central Ave. The show will take place from Sept. 25-17 and will run from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Clubs/organizations

Beatrice Toastmasters: 7-8 a.m. in the chamber office of the Carnegie Building, located at 218 N. Fifth St. Visitors are welcome. Ron Miller can be contacted at mrf441@hotmail.com. For information about Toastmasters’ club, visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous: 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Good Samaritan Event Center, 401 S. 22nd Street, Beatrice (use east entrance).

Beatrice Guardian Angels: 8 p.m. at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.

Guardian Angels Narcotics Anonymous: 8-9 p.m. in the basement of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Garfield streets in Beatrice.


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Senior diners
 09.13.17

Noon Meals

Beatrice Senior Center

Address: 101 N. 25th St.

Phone: 402-223-3055.

Contact the center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for noon meals. On the second Thursday, third Tuesday and fourth Monday of each month, noon meals will not be served, but will be replaced by an evening meal starting at 5:30 p.m.

For those ages 60 and over, the suggested contribution is $4. For those under age 60, the suggested contribution is $6. Make reservations the day before.

Activities:

Thursday: jam session from 5-9 p.m.

Menu:

Monday: barbecue beef on a bun, baby bakers, peas with carrots and fruit cocktail.

Tuesday: evening meal, chicken-fried chicken steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, succotash, whole wheat roll and dessert.

Wednesday: ham loaf, sweet potatoes, garden vegetables, bread and tapioca.

Thursday: pollock, flame-roasted potatoes, coleslaw, bread, pineapple and oranges.

Friday: hamburger steak, mashed potato casserole, baked beans, bread and dessert.

DeWitt Senior Center

To make a meal reservation, please call Bev Plihal at 402-683-6475 or 402-520-0873 by Monday. Suggested donation for the meal is $5 for individuals 60 and over, or $6.50 for those under 60. If you are interested in getting home-delivered meals for the fall and winter months, please call to get more information. Meals can be arranged for Monday through Friday, or for a few days each week.

Programs:

Tuesday: tai chi at 9 a.m. and quilting from 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday: "More Unusual Foods to Try." Bring a sample to try.

Thursday: tai chi at 9 a.m. and quilting from 1-5 p.m.

Menu:

Wednesday: cheesy macaroni and beef casserole, corn, dump cake, fruit and milk.

Fairbury Senior Center

Senior Center reservations are taken from 8 a.m-2 p.m. Please call 402-729-5258 (meals).

Business office is open from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Please call 402-729-6475 (bus rides only).

Activities:

Monday: Walking Club at 10 a.m., arm chair at 11 a.m., tai chi at 11:30 a.m. and canasta at 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Senior Songsters at 11 a.m. and bingo at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Walking Club at 10 a.m., arm chair at 11 a.m. and pinochle at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday: tai chi at 11 a.m. and a birthday party.

Friday: Walking Club at 10 a.m., arm chair at 11 a.m. and Senior Citizen Card Club at 12:30 p.m.

Menu:

Monday: cook's choice and yogurt.

Tuesday: salmon loaf, baby baked potatoes, creamed peas and fruit.

Wednesday: chicken breast, macaroni and cheese, spring blend vegetables and dessert.

Thursday: roast pork, sweet potatoes, Jell-o salad and dessert.

Friday: hot beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, peas with carrots and fruit.

SENCA-Senior Center

Menu:

Monday: baked fish with tartar sauce, coleslaw, baked potato wedges and corn bread.

Tuesday: cheesy ham fettuccine with peas, fruit salad and ranger cookies.

Wednesday: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn and pears.

Thursday: sloppy Joes, cottage cheese, fruit salad, chips and peanut butter cookies.

Friday: salmon loaf, green beans, Tater Tots and ice cream.

Sterling Senior Center

Menu:

Monday: cooks' choice.

Tuesday: pork chops, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, roll and butterscotch pudding.

Wednesday: chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetables, roll and cake.

Thursday: salmon, french fries, corn casserole, rolls and fruit.

Friday: beef sandwiches, tomato soup and cookies.

Wymore Senior Center

Activities:

Monday: TV variety shows.

Tuesday: bingo.

Wednesday: blood pressure clinic, Liberty Mobility presentation and birthday dinner.

Thursday: "All About Apples."

Friday: Ice Cream Cone Day.

Menu:

Monday: barbecue beef on a bun, baby bakers, peas with carrots and fruit cocktail.

Tuesday: chicken-fried chicken steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, succotash, whole wheat roll and dessert.

Wednesday: ham loaf, sweet potatoes, garden vegetables, bread and tapioca.

Thursday: pollock, flame-roasted potatoes, coleslaw, bread, pineapple and oranges.

Friday: hamburger steak, mashed potato casserole, baked beans, bread and dessert.