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Pair Arrested in Connection With Filley Burglary

BEATRICE –  Two people are under arrest as suspects in a burglary that occurred in Filley, not long after the incident happened early Thursday.

56-year-old Terry Ann Harris of Beatrice and 28-year-old Derek Reno of Lincoln were arrested after Gage County law officers stopped the truck the two were riding in, at the intersection of Filley’s Main Street with U.S. Highway 136.

Derek Reno
Derek Reno

Officers had responded to a report of a burglary-in-progress at about 2:30, this morning.  A male and female were observed removing items from a home at 300 Peoria Street, and loading them into the bed of a pickup.  The occupant of the residence, Devon Kagy, is in Gage County Jail and told law officers no one had permission to be on the property.

When officers stopped the pickup, they discovered several items in the bed of the vehicle, identified by the owner.  Multiple electronics items, a bike and miscellaneous items were in the truck’s bed. Officers say the garage door at 300 Peoria Street had been ripped off its hinges.  A side window had been broken out and a screen left lying on the ground.  Authorities also say a back door to the home was open.

Harris and Reno were arrested on suspicion of burglary.  Their court appearance bonds have been set at $7,500 each.  Both face further hearing, November 15th.

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Norfolk Man Arrested for Gun Threats Following Fight

NORFOLK – A Norfolk man faces felony charges after police say he threatened others with a gun.

Norfolk Police Captain Michael Bauer says 40-year old Lazaro Lopez was arrested Monday afternoon. Police were sent to a residence on the 900-block of Woodhurst Drive for a fight in progress. Bauer says two other men involved in the fight said Lopez pulled a gun on them as they were about to fight. The two said said they wrestled the gun away from Lopez, after which Lopez chased them off with a pipe.

Police later found the gun, which turned out to be a realistic-looking airsoft gun. They arrested Lopez for terroristic threats and a felony weapons charge. The also cited the other two, 32-year old Theron Thornton and 21-year old Derrek Tilden, for assault.

Nebraska Community College Association Hires New Director

BEATRICE –  A former Nebraska State Senator and Speaker of the Legislature, is the new Executive Director for the Nebraska Community College Association.

Greg Adams takes over for another former legislator, Dennis Baack, who retired this year after 23 years with NCCA.

Adams is the President and Executive Director of Accelerate Nebraska, a non-profit organization focusing on improving educational outcomes and the relationship between high schools, post-secondary education and the workforce.

Adams served eight years in the Nebraska Legislature, chairing the Education Committee.  He also served on the Revenue Committee, a special investigative committee on developmental disabilities and other committees.   Adams represented District 24 while in the legislature.  He served as Speaker of the Legislature from 2013 through 2014, and is a former Mayor of the City of York.

The NCCA is the lobbying arm for Nebraska’s Community Colleges.  Adams, who holds bachelor and master’s degrees in Education from Wayne State College, takes over as Executive Director of NCCA, November 1st.

UPDATE: Tanker Fire in Pierce

PIERCE – Students at an elementary school were moved inside after a tanker truck caught fire in Pierce Thursday.

The call came out just before noon to a tanker truck that caught fire near the Pierce Maintenance Building on Main Street. The fire damaged other vehicles, and caused students from Pierce Elementary School across the street to evacuate to a safe location.

The fire was under control by about 12:30. There’s been no word as to what caused it.

We have reporters at the scene and will bring you much more as it becomes available.

‘Steel Magnolias’ Opens Friday At Community Player With Guest Director

BEATRICE – As the Community Players in Beatrice gets into their 2016-2017 season, their second show Steel Magnolias opens on October 14th with a guest director behind the scenes. Guest Director Mason Gustafson says he is excited to put his own twists on this classic show.
“Steel Magnolias is a really popular piece, it was turned into a movie. It’s one a lot of people know. So, you have all of the things people know and respect about the film and the play itself and you’re trying to bring it and make it something special, all your own. Because a show like this especially where it has sort of a heartwarming element that is meant to touch people, you want to make sure you pay that a lot of respect and make sure your cast feels it as well as your audience once it’s all put together.”
Gustafson says the show is a heartwarming piece with some funny moments.
“This show is really a great funny piece while also being very heartwarming. It’s about these six women, in a small town in Louisiana, much like Beatrice just moved a little further south. These six women kind of come together around a tragedy and show a lot of strength and positivity through the relationship they have. Just kind of as a general overview of it without giving too much away.”
He says that his favorite part of putting a show together is watching the characters develop.
“I really, and this is where I tried to put, you know, an emphasis in study in school as much as you could when you are doing a broad theatre arts major. But I really try to focus on the characters themselves and that’s my favorite part is really looking into these characters and how do we create them and make them realistic for the audience.”
Steel Magnolias opens October 14th with a show at 7:30 p.m. and will run two weeks with shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. To get tickets call 402-228-1801 or go to

Inside Beatrice: Citations

BEATRICE – When local law enforcement does their job, a result is people have to pay fines for breaking the law. When people pay those citations some of that money goes into the schools. Superintendent Pat Nauroth says Beatrice Public Schools received around $146,000 last year from citation money. That money is used for general upkeep around the schools.

“Beatrice Public Schools includes all of the elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. Other schools that would have at least portions of their land or school district in Gage County could be Freeman, could be Diller-Odell, Tri-County and they would get a proportional share just like Beatrice Public Schools do.”

Nauroth says being unaware of the law is what has caused people to not know about where the money goes.

“Most people when they pay their fines or license fee, pay those either to the county or to the city. Well, if you aren’t aware of the law you really aren’t aware of where that money goes. You just assume it’s going to the county or its going to the fish and game department or it’s going to the roads department and some of that money probably does go there but there are portions of some of those fines and license fees at go directly, or a portion of it go directly to school districts.”

Although people may not be aware of where the money goes Nauroth says he thinks it’s a good thing to help the schools this way.

“Well, it’s a benefit from the stand point it’s just one more resource that comes in that offsets, a little bit, property taxes. It offsets some of the other ways we have to look to fund schools and a big way we fund schools in Nebraska is through property tax.”

If you speed and get pulled over, or run a stop sign and end up with a citation from a member of local law enforcement, that citation must be paid and some of that money gets put into the school system.

Cabela’s execs will face shareholders at long-delayed annual meeting, which could be the company’s last

Last week Cabela’s answered the looming question from shareholders, Nebraskans and customers: The Sidney, Nebraska-based retailer would be acquired by Bass Pro Shops. But come December, company management and its board of directors probably will have to face a few more questions from shareholders, in person, at its long-delayed annual meeting.

The company announced Friday, in a document filed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, that it will hold its annual meeting of shareholders on Dec. 13. Details are scant beyond that; the location and business to be discussed at the meeting are to be released in additional documents, it said. The last meeting was held in the Sidney High School auditorium.

Cabela’s said it anticipates seeking approval of the Bass Pro deal at a separate, special meeting that has not been scheduled yet — not at the annual meeting in December.

The company historically has had its annual meetings in June or early summer. That wasn’t the case this year. Wall Street watchers told The World-Herald at the time that the meeting probably would be delayed until a sale was announced.

Cabela’s declined to comment for this story.

A sale of the entire company, including its credit card division, is what activist hedge fund Elliott Management was clamoring for after it declared an 11 percent stake in Cabela’s just under a year ago. Holding an annual meeting before a deal was announced would have given Elliott and other shareholders a chance to nominate new directors to the board, or otherwise disrupt dealings with Bass Pro.

“My guess is now that they have no fear of that there’s no reason not to have the meeting that’s been long overdue,” said Lee Dunham, a finance professor at Creighton University. “I doubt there’d be any meat to that meeting.”

Elliott began cashing out its Cabela’s stock last week, just a day after the sale was announced. As of Thursday last week Elliott held about 4.25 percent of Cabela’s stock. The hedge fund had logged, so far, about $90 million in profits, according to a World-Herald calculation.

“Obviously they’ve won their battle, so the fight is over. The company is being sold,” said Erik Gordon, a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan who focuses on corporate governance.

Both moves — pressing on with an annual meeting, and a separate meeting to approve the acquisition — are typical, Gordon said. Cabela’s is required to continue operating as a stand-alone, publicly traded company until the sale to Bass Pro is finalized.

If the Bass Pro deal is finalized within the next year or so it may be the last shareholders meeting Cabela’s ever has. Cabela’s stock will no longer be publicly for sale and it will not have a nominated board of directors once it is owned by Bass Pro, a private company.

In the past, the meeting was announced via a press release.

“The fact that they announced the date of the annual meeting in an SEC filing rather than in a press release is telling,” said Rob Berick, senior vice president and managing director of Falls Communications, a public and investor relations company in Cleveland. “I don’t think this is one where they are going to be disappointed with a low turnout.”

In some cases a company might set parameters on what might be discussed at the annual meeting. Cabela’s, for example, might say in additional documents to shareholders before the meeting that company management and the board of directors will take questions only about earnings and the business, not the sale process.

Sometimes protests are staged outside of company annual meetings. In other cases the meetings serve as a sort of reunion for former and current employees. Either way, Cabela’s will likely prepare for questions about the future of the business under Bass Pro.

“I do think a truly open forum would have questions about community relations, job losses and what are they doing to offset the economic impact on the community that has served them well for decades,” Berick said. “Left unattended, they probably would face questions like that.”

Matt Doran, a Cabela’s shareholder with ties to Sidney, said weather permitting, he would like to attend. “I hope they have answers to shareholders’ questions at that time,” he said.

In any case, Cabela’s shareholders can expect more details on the meeting in the coming weeks when the company files more details with the SEC.

Pilger Man Named to Trump Ag Committee

A Pilger man has been named to the committee steering republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s ag policies.

Trump National Rural Advisory Committee chair Charles Herbster announced last week that J.D. Alexander of Pilger is a new co-chair for the advisory committee.

Alexander has served as the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as well as the Nebraska Cattlemen Association.

Norfolk Wireless Company Purchased by Colorado-based Provider

NORFOLK – A Norfolk wireless company is under new ownership.

Telebeep Wireless president Tom Schommer announced on Monday that the internet provider has been purchased by Colorado-based Rise Broadband, effective October 1st. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Schommer says Telebeep customers should expect a seamless transition between the two providers.

The Norfolk-based Telebeep office serves over 35 rural communities in northeast and north central Nebraska.

Schommer says Telebeep will be terminating its agent agreeement with US Cellular at the end of the month. Some employees will be offered positions with Rise, while others will be given separation packages and assistance in finding another job.