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By Nick Vrtiska/Daily Sun contributor 

Beatrice's Lance Borgman races in the Sports Mods Division during Spring Nationals at Beatrice Speedway.

BHS holds homecoming week pep rally

Homecoming week kicked off at Beatrice High School on Monday, with a full line-up of events and activities planned to help celebrate throughout the week.

Students and staff gathered in the gymnasium Monday afternoon for the first of four homecoming pep rallies.

Two more pep rallies will take place on Wednesday. One will be held in the afternoon, during which the finalists for homecoming king and queen will be announced; the second event on Wednesday will be held at the Indian Creek Mall at 8 p.m. and will be open to the public.

The final pep rally is scheduled for Friday afternoon ahead of the football game against Roncalli Catholic at the House of Orange.

Civil suit filed against dog rescue

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has filed a civil suit alleging a Gage County woman failed to pay her fine.

The complaint, filed Friday in Gage County District Court, claims that Mary Stickney, of Stickney’s Toy Breed Rescue, failed to pay a $2,250 administrative fine as ordered last year.

The department suspended Stickney’s license to operate an animal shelter at 5675 S.W. 42nd Road, southwest of Cortland, last year after a series of violations went uncorrected.

The Department of Agriculture charged Stickney with three counts: ongoing unsanitary conditions, impaired safety of dogs and failure to keep records.

Stickney was ordered to pay the administrative fine of $2,250 for violating the Nebraska Commercial Dog and Cat Operator Inspection Act and the department’s regulations. Her license was suspended until she came into compliance with the regulations.

The department received four complaints related to her operation in less than a year.

Those complaints alleged unsanitary conditions, improper groupings of dogs, aggressive dogs, dogs with health problems and neglected dogs.

Sanitation problems were observed throughout the house, specifically hard surfaces that were susceptible to moisture, dirt, food and fecal matter.

A strong odor of ammonia was noted in a bedroom where puppies, a kitten and an adult dog were located, Department of Agriculture documents state.

Sharp points on an exterior fence and outdoor drainage issues were also noted.

Stickney alleged inspectors intentionally visited the rescue when she was being treated at a hospital and relying on volunteers at her shelter, rather than doing the work herself.

Last year, Stickney alleged the inspections were conducted in the morning hours before the shelter was cleaned, which she said is done daily and followed by regular spot cleaning.

She said health reasons prompted her retirement last summer when her license was up for renewal.

In addition to observing violations, inspectors determined Stickney was keeping inaccurate records of the disposition of the dogs in her care that were adopted, and the condition of the premise was found to be unacceptable.

The operation was previously the subject of a massive seizure of dogs in 2010 when Gage County authorities confiscated 104 dogs from her property, citing unacceptable living conditions for the dogs due to the overall condition of the residence.

Stickney was acquitted of the 100 counts of animal neglect by a jury in April 2011, leaving the county with an approximate $50,000 tab for taking care of the dogs when they were not in Stickney’s custody.

She received a license from the department in 2008 to operate the rescue and was registered with the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office in 2009. The license was renewed July 31, 2015.



Beatrice 42, Gross Catholic 21.

Columbus 35, Norris 21.

Diller-Odell 38, Thayer Central 6.

Fairbury 38, Auburn 20.

Freeman 49, Fillmore Central 20.

High Plains Community 62, Tri County 48.

JCC 35, Southern 12.

Pawnee City 44, Weeping Water 0.

Wilber-Clatonia 28, Shelby-Rising City 0.

Meridian 30, Exeter-Milligan 0.

Marysville, Kan. 50, Wamego, Kan. 13.

Hanover, Kan. 50, Southern Coffey County 0.


Auburn def. Fairbury, 15-25, 25-13, 25-17 (2-1).

Fairbury def. David City, 25-19, 25-21 (2-0).

Fillmore Central def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-5, 25-14 (2-0).

Sandy Creek def. Fairbury, 25-23, 25-12 (2-0).

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-7, 25-12 (2-0).

Sutton def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-15, 25-23 (2-0).


York 3, Norris 1.

Gretna 8, Norris 7.

Norris 20, McCook 18.

Southern 10, Blue Hill 0.

Wilber-Clatonia 5, Southern 2.

Wilber-Clatonia 5, Wisner-Pilger 2.

Wilber-Clatonia 9, Blue Hill 2.

Wisner-Pilger 3, Southern 2.

Drugs found during search

A man with an active warrant was arrested for additional drug offenses by Beatrice police.

Justin D. Stewart, 37, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At around 4 p.m. Friday, Stewart was contacted by police in the 800 block of Doane Street.

During the interaction, Gage County Court documents state police were informed by dispatch that Stewart had an active warrant for his arrest out of Dodge County.

Stewart was searched and police found a red camera case in his left front pocket. Inside the case, officers found two glass pipes and multiple plastic bags.

Court documents state one of the bags contained a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

A black pill bottle was also found in the pocket. Inside the container was a leafy green substance identified as marijuana.

Stewart’s bond was set at $5,000, with a 10 percent deposit. His next hearing is set for Oct. 5.

Man arrested for trespassing

Beatrice police arrested a man for trespassing after he was found hiding in a building set to be demolished.

On Sunday, Beatrice police were dispatched to the 800 block of Ella Street for a report of a burglary.

When officers arrived, the property owner said the building was set to be demolished and was boarded up from the inside.

Gage County Court documents state that nobody was found inside the building at that time, but an hour later, police were called again when a person was found hiding under a tarp.

After searching the basement, police found the suspect in a crawl space of the building.

The man, 25-year-old Eric D. Nicholson, was wearing white shoes and jeans, which the property owner had described to police.

Nicholson was arrested for second-degree trespassing.

His next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17.