The following students qualified for the Dean’s List during the 2018 Fall Term at Mid-Plains Community College. To be eligible, they had to complete 12 or more applicable credit hours of college-level courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 – 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.
Arcadia - Clay Bauer
Arthur - MacKenna Turner
Big Springs - Caprice Brown
Blair - Mark Starks
Brady - Jared Most, Jerry Mull
Broken Bow - Ina Bradley, Laurissa Epley
Callaway - Grady Lashley, Jessie Parshley
Cambridge - Aubri Ross, Kristian Roth
Cozad - Karleigh Kleinknecht
Culbertson - Beth Hoyt, Emma Matson, Courtney Searcey, Matthew Searcey
Curtis - Rylie Brown, Payton Kahler
Eddyville - Zachery Jones
Enders - Cydney Spady
Gering - Kaylee Bohnsack
Gothenburg - Tanis Sack, Olivia Williams
Grand Island - Vann Stevenson
Grant - Logan Cunningham, Whitney Spencer
Hastings - Ty Neill
Hershey - William Schillinger, Konner Sonneman
Imperial - Diana Benitez Aguilar, Taylin McNair, Rogelio Vargas
Indianola - Drew Hofman, Alec May, Wyatt McConville, Kayela Parker, Patrick Sughroue, Bethany Vogel
Lexington - Katy Esquivel Cruz
Loomis - Ethan McKenna
Maxwell - Emily Breinig, Jeremy Ochsner
McCook - Bradley Ackermann, Jaden Bryant, Zachary Burkey, Taye Collicott, Kyle Geisler, Easton Gillen, Allison Johnson, Steven Keenportz, Halie Lindquist, Nicholas Macfee, Alyson Marin, Trevor Oberg, Mary Osborne, Casey Quagliano, Madison Riemenschneider, Ian Shepherd, Danielle Slaby, Brandon Smith, Ethan Wilcox
Memphis - Cody Magness
North Platte - Britni Bandy, Rylee Brott, Kayla Bush, Nicholas Bussard, Jamon Davis, Evan DeKok, Taitiana Ditch, Jed Dizmang, Nicholas Doucet, Kelsey Epp, Tyler Floro, Amanda Hanson, Samuel Hergenrader, Makenzi Humphrey, Megan Johnson, Madison Kleewein, Jennifer Lantis, Dasia Lively, Elijah Malsbury, J'Naea Matlock, Kathleen McIntyre, Megan Morash, Brooke Orr, Jade Osborn, Dalton Prokop, Shawn Simpson, Amanda Smith, Seth Smith, Kathryn Smitherman, Samantha Sonneman, Lyndell St. Clair, Brandon Tolle, Eric Travis, Gary White, Ryan White, Kade Wroot
Ogallala - John Diaz, Ethan LeGrande
Omaha - Tanner Cissell, Ashley Ellingson, Connor McGonigal
Paxton - William Babbitt
Stapleton - Brady Baumgartner, Kaylie Beierman, Ashley Houser, John Main
Sutherland - Alexandra Baker, Shelly Compton, Ashley Hanneman
Thedford - Danya Mintle, Seth Pearson
Valentine - Luke Hockenbary, Michelle Witt Moore
Wallace - Austin Hanson, Abbey Rohde
Walton - Austin Jensen
Aurora - Hannah Jensen
Breckenridge - Graham Gaspard
Brighton - Makayla Harris
Delta - KC Carlson
Fleming - Bailey Chintala
Greeley - Levi Dart, Hannah Emerson, Isaac Vargas
Lakewood - Chanel Siebenthal
Littleton - Ashlynn Krueger
Windsor - Kali Kelley
Wray - Kedric Tufton
New Port Richey - Katie Cox
Makawao - Maysen Medeiros
Council Bluffs - Alea Binkly
Belvue - Reed Murray
Effingham - Jade Hollands
Charlotte - Ngoye Bobmanuel
Henrietta - Kailee White
Aberdeen - Karley Martin
Houston - Da'May Jones
League City - Donta Smith
Dayton - Angel Richards
Richmond, British Columbia - Kayla Harrison
Victoria, British Columbia - Emily Charchuk
Brampton, Ontario - Samuel Lebel
Gatineau, Quebec - Anthony Kingsbury
Helsinki - Iftin Mao
Hamburg - Lena Goerke
Rome - Tommaso Mostarda
Valmiera - Edgars Kaufmanis
Akoka - Chidi Okwarabizie
Reus - Anna Sanjuan
Kiev - Ilya Tyrtyshnik
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is set to take the oath of office for his second and final term.
The Republican governor will take the oath at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Capitol. He will deliver his annual State of the State address to lawmakers on Tuesday.
Other top state officials are slated to take the oath of office Thursday. They are Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Stephanie Stacy, Secretary of State-elect Bob Evnen, State Treasurer-elect John Murante, State Auditor Charlie Janssen and Attorney General Doug Peterson.
Also taking the oath are Public Service Commissioner Tim Schram, State Board of Education members Maureen Nickels and Robin Stevens, and University of Nebraska Board of Regents Elizabeth O'Connor, Rob Schafer and Barbara Weitz.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are set to kick off a new session Wednesday with proposals to balance a tight state budget, lower property taxes and legalize medical marijuana in the face of a potential ballot measure.
The new, 90-day session will also usher in 13 new state senators who will reshape the officially nonpartisan Legislature in ways not yet known.
Here are some things to watch:
A persistent state revenue shortfall could create budget headaches once again for lawmakers, who have relied on Nebraska's rainy-day fund the last several years.
Nebraska faces a projected $95.1 million revenue shortfall in its upcoming two-year, general fund budget.
It's a tiny fraction of the roughly $9 billion total state budget and smaller than other recent shortfalls, but some lawmakers worry the downturn will continue and they won't have enough money left in the rainy-day fund to cover state expenses. The fund holds about $296 million, down sharply from the $729 million stashed away in 2016.
"I think we may be getting to the point where we can't afford to use any more of that," said Speaker of the Legislature Jim Scheer, of Norfolk.
In an interview last week, Gov. Pete Ricketts said tapping the cash reserve was appropriate given the downturn in agriculture, the state's largest industry. Ricketts has previously said he'd like to keep about $500 million in the rainy-day fund.
"The reason you have a rainy-day fund is to help cushion against economic downtimes," he said. "In agriculture, it's clearly raining."
Lawmakers will also debate how to pay for a voter-approved measure to expand Medicaid to an estimated 90,000 low-income residents. Ricketts said he will fit that expense into his budget proposal to lawmakers, but it's likely to crowd out other priorities over time.
Lawmakers will try once again to address the complaints of farmers, ranchers and homeowners who have seen sharp increases in their local property tax bills.
The issue rises to the forefront nearly every year, but lawmakers seldom agree on how to pay for property tax cuts and who should receive most of the benefits.
"I'm relatively optimistic we can get something done this year," said Sen. Tom Briese, an Albion farmer who has introduced numerous property-tax proposals. "A lot more folks are realizing the gravity of the situation."
The biggest recipient of property tax dollars are K-12 public schools, particularly in rural districts that no longer qualify for state equalization aid because they contain too much valuable land. Farmers argue that they're paying higher property taxes even though lower commodity prices have reduced their incomes.
Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks, of Lincoln, said she understands the pressure farmers are facing and wants to help, but she also sees needs in her urban district.
"We have to work together," she said. "The conservative and rural members need to work with the urban senators and the progressives to really get something done."
ELECTING NEW LEADERS, SETTING THE RULES... AND MORE GRIDLOCK?
Lawmakers will choose new committee leaders in a secret-ballot election that's often full of surprises.
During the last elections in 2017, conservative Republicans won nearly all of the Legislature's leadership positions and tried to force through a change that would have made it harder for Democrats to win committee chairmanships in the future. Democrats and even some moderate Republicans blasted the moves as a partisan power grab, and the dispute brought the Legislature to a virtual standstill for 30 days.
The leadership votes were highly unusual in an officially nonpartisan Legislature, where committees are traditionally led by a mix of Republicans and Democrats. The new session will mark the first time lawmakers have formally addressed those issues since 2017.
Pansing Brooks said she's hopeful lawmakers will try to build coalitions more than they have in previous years.
"The original my-way-or-the-highway approach doesn't work," she said. "People are starting to realize it takes coalitions, it takes people working together."
Nebraska lawmakers could face more pressure to legalize medical marijuana in some form, thanks to a group of senators and activists who are promising to put the issue on the 2020 ballot if nothing passes this year.
A newly formed ballot committee, Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, plans to launch a signature-gathering campaign, although organizers said they'd prefer that lawmakers address the issue. Sen. Anna Wishart, of Lincoln, a leading proponent, will introduce a medical marijuana bill this year.
Similar measures won approval last year in Missouri, Oklahoma and Utah, bringing the total to 33 states that have legalized the drug for medicinal purposes. Unlike past efforts in Nebraska that have faltered, the latest campaign is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, a national group that has helped lead five successful marijuana-related ballot measures.
CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say four teenagers are facing charges that they planned to attack a high school in south-central Nebraska. Local media reports the Furnas County attorney charged two 18-year-olds and two 17-year-olds with felony terroristic threats related to a plan to attack Cambridge High School on Nov. 30. Court records allege the students had been discussing an attack for months. When one student transferred to a different school, they tried to recruit another student. One student told police he thought the plan was a joke but wasn't sure if the others felt that way. Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Greg Shepard told local media the school received a call from a parent about a potential threat, prompting it to contact the sheriff's office and state patrol.