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Special mural planned for Benson High School  WOWT

An essay contest at Benson High School will give four students a chance to be remembered long after they leave the school.

Omaha-native comedian Amber Ruffin will set her NBC sitcom in the town of Benson  Omaha World-Herald

Ruffin, who went to Benson High School, is the first black woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S..

'What the hell is wrong with Omaha?' High school job training plan struggles to get traction  Omaha World-Herald

Cliff Levitan jabs a finger at a map of Nebraska. Stars signify recent public and private investment in new high school career centers or wings at a number of ...

Benson High School Hall of Fame honors 7 grads, 1st community partner  Omaha World-Herald

A medical nuclear physicist, an obstetrician, a retired investment executive, a financial planner with a Super Bowl ring, a labor relations attorney and a retired ...

Police: Victim shot with BB gun near Benson High School  WOWT

Omaha police officers responded to Benson High School Monday after a victim was shot with a BB gun.

Lunch trouble at Benson High blamed on construction mix-up  WOWT

Parents and students at Benson High School took to social media over Monday's lunch menu. Some students say their only option for lunch was a cold cheese ...

Benson High principal resigning due to personal issues  Omaha World-Herald

Anita Harkins has been principal at the school for seven years. She was previously the principal of Norris Middle School.

Superintendent says OPS has 53000 reasons for optimism, is working on closing pension gap  Omaha World-Herald

Since starting her job July 1, Cheryl Logan has met with more than 50 groups and individuals to allow the community to get to know the person in charge of.

Final school performance ratings give Omaha, Millard schools a boost  Omaha World-Herald

The Nebraska Department of Education has finally completed performance ratings for public schools, and there is good news for the Omaha Public Schools.

Benson High taps interim leader Tom Wagner for principal post  Omaha World-Herald

He replaces Anita Harkins, who stepped down as principal in February to focus on her health and personal matters.

Jason Jolkowski still missing 17 years later  WOWT

On June 13, 2001 19-year-old Jason Jolkowski never made it to Benson high School where he was supposed to meet his ride to work.

Two finalists for Benson High School principal job discuss vision for school's future  Omaha World-Herald

Two finalists for the Benson High School principal job outlined their strategies for expanding the school's career academies, increasing family engagement and ...

Benson High School security guard Troy Travis remembered for big heart, helpful nature  Omaha World-Herald

Travis, 44, a graduate of and a security guard at Benson, died early Saturday after a motorcycle accident. "He was always there for the students as a shoulder to ...

Surprise scholarship more than money for Omaha high school students  WOWT

Omaha students, with eyes set on being a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate in 2023, got a small taste of their life in college from the university's ...

Photos: Westside vs. Creighton Prep football | Football  Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Westside defeated Creighton Prep 37-2 during a high school football game at the Omaha Benson High School Magnet in Omaha, Nebraska, Friday, ...

School security guard no longer works for OPS after student reports being put in chokehold  Omaha World-Herald

A 13-year-old Monroe Middle School student told police that he was placed in a chokehold by an Omaha Public Schools security guard after a disturbance in the ...

Pay raises made to attract, retain drivers push busing costs higher in Millard  Omaha World-Herald

School bus drivers in Millard will get a pay boost, and some parents will pay higher fees for bus *service*, under a new busing contract approved by the Millard ...

Gross High turns 50 years old; three generations of one family have called it home  Omaha World-Herald

Gross Catholic High School's 50th anniversary celebration will start with a pre-game tailgate before Friday's homecoming game against Schuyler Central High ...

Local comedian remembers her roots, comes home for Fourth of July  KETV Omaha

Omaha is known for its beef, the Henry Doorly Zoo and even the College World Series. Little does its community know that it is also the hometown of a ...

Seven to be inducted into Benson High School's Alumni Hall of Fame  Omaha World-Herald

The Benson High School Alumni Association will induct seven graduates into the Hall of Fame at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at the school, 5120 Maple St. A 6 p.m. dinner.

Jensen, John E. | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

May 11, 1945 - Oct 18, 2018. Age 73 of Omaha. John passed away surrounded by his family. On hearing of his passing, it was said, "we have lost a warrior for ...

How Omaha-area school districts are handling student walkouts  Omaha World-Herald

We want to ensure we are empowering our students, allowing them to express themselves and have open dialogue, while at the same time ensuring they are in ...

While most teams must wait for start of spring, Blair boys soccer goes 1-1  Blair Enterprise Publishing

The Blair girls soccer team lost three games due to field conditions and flooding during the opening weekend of the spring sports season.

Alan D. Larsen | Obituaries  Fremont Tribune

U.S. Army July 14, 1953—March 15, 2019. Omaha—age 65, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and three daughters on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Esther Kauffman, 103, recalled as positive, active 'person of movement'  Omaha World-Herald

One family photo shows her snowmobiling in her 80s. She still rode horses at that time, too. "She taught both of my boys how to golf and how to bowl,"

Parents, bond backers celebrate OPS's win and look forward to new schools  Omaha World-Herald

Parent Lindsay Hollingsworth is looking forward to sending her two elementary-age kids to a new high school closer to their home in far northwest Omaha.

Kelly: 'The big moment' nears for 22 Benson JROTC cadets – marching in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade  Omaha World-Herald

Twenty-two JROTC cadets sat with their parents at Benson High School, the final preparation for the students' big event — marching in the 75th Anniversary ...

Irene Gnata  Lincoln Journal Star

August 20, 1926 - December 21, 2018. Irene Gnata, 92, of Lincoln, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018. Irene was born in Omaha to parents, Arthur and ...

Driscoll, Glen Raymond “Poppy” | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Driscoll, Glen Raymond "Poppy" Apr 14, 1930 - Nov 28, 2018 Preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Nedra Driscoll. Survived by wife of 66 years, Beverly ...

OPS wants bus tracking app for parents, fines for late-arriving buses in new busing contract  Omaha World-Herald

This week, the school board voted 6-2 to approve a bid from Student Transportation of America, meaning the company will continue to provide bus services to ...

Memorial service held for Jasmine Harris  WOWT

Friends and family gathered for a memorial *service* Friday for Jasmine Harris.

New ABC sitcom is set in Nebraska. It's about a couple of city slickers who decide to live the Good Life  Omaha World-Herald

In what's shaping up to be a big week for Nebraska on primetime television, ABC has dropped the trailer and set the premiere date for “Bless This Mess,” a new ...

A 5-foot-7 lineman, 'Deuce' Miller-Johnston is the center of attention for undefeated Westside  Omaha World-Herald

Sometimes outweighed by 100 pounds, Nolan Miller-Johnston more than gets the job done in the trenches for the 5-0 Warriors.

Longtime OPS worker Jackie Pospisil had big love for Halloween  Omaha World-Herald

Jacqueline "Jackie" Pospisil enjoyed decorating her home for all the holidays but preparing for Halloween was a real treat for the former kindergarten teacher, ...

Area students stage walkouts in reaction to Florida shooting; Papillion principal's approach: 'Let's go together'  Omaha World-Herald

Students in several metro Omaha school districts walked out of school Wednesday to protest gun violence in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

Longtime Catholic educator Sister Marian Camel remembered for caring dedication  Omaha World-Herald

Martha Bruckner, a former St. Joan student who became an educator herself, said Camel inspired her career.

Mapes-Jenkins, Jane R. | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Mapes-Jenkins, Jane R. Age 77 Jane died Thursday, December 27, 2018, at her home in Norfolk. Jane was born April 20, 1941 to Herman and Phebe ...

Omaha Benson High's JROTC cadets in France to take part in D-Day parade  Omaha World-Herald

The 25 cadets were selected last year by the 70th Anniversary D-Day Committee to lead the survivors of Omaha Beach during the parade, according to an OPS ...

20 weird and wonderful Nebraska high school mascots | Football  Columbus Telegram

With prep football season cranking up, we've rounded up some of our favorite Nebraska high school mascots. Did yours make the cut? Tell us which ones we ...

Music fills the air for East Husker Conference  Blair Enterprise Publishing

Oakland-Craig hosted the East Husker Conference Choir on Monday, November 5th. All 16 schools in the conference participated in an honor choir boasting ...

Davie, Howard Franklin | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Davie, Howard Franklin Dec 5, 1924 - Dec 15, 2018 Age 94 of Omaha. He was born in Omaha to Paul and Alice (Anderson) Davie. Howard graduated from ...

Photo: Boys and Girls Metro High School All-Star Basketball Game  Omaha World-Herald

Metro High School All-Star basketball game at Omaha Benson High School Magnet in Omaha, Neb., on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Omaha woman who died in January at 81 never forgot the doll she got from Goodfellows as a child  Omaha World-Herald

Sally Winn never forgot about the time Goodfellows gave her a doll. She got it as a young girl — then Sally Brick — in the late 1930s or early.

Hall, Harold L. | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Hall, Harold L. Dec 15, 1942 - Oct 19, 2018 Harold "Bud" Hall, 75, of Omaha, peacefully passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 in his home, surrounded by ...

2 Omaha Public Schools principals resign for family, health reasons  KETV Omaha

Two principals for the Omaha Public Schools district have chosen to resign. Dr. Steven Scraggs, principal for Burke High School, will resign in July. Anita Harkins ...

Engagements | Engagements  Omaha World-Herald

Cameron Todd Bruett and Courtney Alys Dixie Mathia Sanders of Omaha is pleased to announce the engagement of her son, Cameron Todd Bruett, to Cour.

Boys & Girls Club All-Star games Friday at Omaha Benson  Lincoln Journal Star

Both honorary captains of the Super-State basketball teams — Nebraska women's recruit Taylor Kissinger of Minden and Nebraska-Omaha men's recruit Ayo ...

Khyri Thomas selected in second round of 2018 NBA Draft  KETV Omaha

Former Creighton guard Khyri Thomas was selected 38th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Omaha Benson: smallest enrollment, most students ticketed - KVNO News  KVNO News

Omaha, NE - Data accumulated by Foundation Strategy Group a consultant contracted by the Douglas County board shows in 2013, more than 500 OPS ...

Marilyn Nielsen  Kearney Hub

BELLEVUE — Marilyn Marjorie (Seger) Nielsen, 96, of Bellevue, formerly of Minden, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Bellevue Medical Center.

Barbara J. Harpster  Fremont Tribune

March 12, 1932 – Feb. 19, 2019. Barbara J. Harpster, 86 years, of Fremont died Feb. 19, 2019, at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont. Barbara was born March 12, ...

Benson High School grants honorary diploma for murdered teen  KETV Omaha

A murdered Omaha teenager was granted the high school diploma she never got the chance to earn.

'We're devastated': Downtown shooting that killed 20-year-old, injured 6 believed to be gang-related  Omaha World-Herald

Mayor Jean Stothert on Sunday said the city will increase its police presence downtown. Business leaders in downtown also announced that they will host a ...

Chandler leads Class A team in All-Star game, but Allen shines for B-C-D with 33 points  Omaha World-Herald

Isaiah Poor Bear Chandler got the MVP award Friday night for being on the winning team. But Teddy Allen got the bragging rights.

Mourners pray for peace and justice at site of north Omaha slaying  Omaha World-Herald

A site of recent violence became a place of healing Wednesday evening when more than a dozen gathered in the driveway of a house where a man was found ...

Heartland Airborne Memorial final dedication to complete monument  KETV Omaha

Americans honor the *service* of millions of men and women who risked their lives to protect this country. In the metro, a veterans' group is celebrating a ...

Lewis and Lois Corbaley, married for 72 years, loved Omaha and each other; joint service set  Omaha World-Herald

The joint celebration is appropriate because the Corbaleys were “destined to be together for a lifetime,” their children said. The two started dating while attending ...

Former Superintendent Owen Knutzen led OPS during 'turbulent times' of desegregation in the 1970s  Omaha World-Herald

Owen Knutzen, a former Omaha Public Schools superintendent, is being remembered for his pivotal leadership and the way that he guided Omaha through ...

Trial begins for prison inmate linked to string of assaults after delayed DNA collection  Omaha World-Herald

Charges against Brandon Weathers came after The World-Herald revealed last year that prison officials had failed to collect DNA from Weathers and more than ...

Nebraska girls outscore boys overall in first year of statewide ACT exam  Omaha World-Herald

Girls flexed their academic muscle on the initial statewide ACT exam last year, setting the bar for this year's group of test-takers. The girls outscored boys overall, ...

Stretch of road in Benson renamed 'Scotty Orcutt Way'  Omaha World-Herald

The street on the west side of Benson High School, 5120 Maple St., was renamed in honor of coach Edward “Scotty” Orcutt, who coached and taught at Benson ...

OPS Guard Remembered: "He Loved People, He'd Help Anybody"  WOWT

Community support and good memories are providing some comfort to the family of a longtime Omaha Public Schools employee who died of injuries suffered in ...

900-plus OPS students honored at Awesome Awards ceremony  KETV Omaha

More than 900 African-American students were given awards during Omaha Public School's Awesome Awards ceremony.

Benson students, staff to be tested for tuberculosis  WOWT

About 200 students and staff at Benson High School will be tested this week for tuberculosis. This comes after one student was confirmed to have tuberculosis ...

Omaha woman who died after crash is remembered as friend to 'creatures big and small'  Omaha World-Herald

Heather Johnson, 51, died surrounded by family on Sept. 25, two days after being injured in a crash north of Glenwood, Iowa.

Photos: Ernie Chambers through the years | Multimedia  Omaha World-Herald

Love him or hate him, Ernie Chambers has been a mainstay of Omaha politics for decades. A look at his work through the years.

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.

Grace: Even as Omaha-born doctor Michael Metz, 63, fought terminal cancer, he 'lived life to the full'  Omaha World-Herald

Dr. Michael Metz, who was living in Adelaide, on the southern coast of Australia, died in October from complications of lung cancer at the age of 63.

Omaha thespian Kay McGuigan, who 'acted all around town,' dies at 50  Omaha World-Herald

On Aug. 31, after battling colon and liver cancer for a year and a half, McGuigan died at age 50.

Longtime Omaha University, UNO worker Pearl Parsons dies at 92  Omaha World-Herald

Pearl Parsons served with education deans at Omaha U and UNO for 22 years, then shot a hole-in-one.

Junior ROTC bestows top national honors on two cadets in OPS  Omaha World-Herald

Lt. Col. Katie Glessman of Benson High School and Maj. Jared Polack of Burke High, both seniors, have won the Legion of Valor award.

Helen Kenefick, wife of former Union Pacific president John Kenefick, dies at age 93  Omaha World-Herald

A longtime supporter of Sacred Heart School in Omaha, Kenefick also served on the boards of St. Joseph's Hospital, the College of St. Mary and volunteered at ...

Phil Patterson, who helped start Big Brothers in Omaha, dies at 82  Omaha World-Herald

Patterson and friends Jim Rosenquist, Bob Hasebroock and L.A. Bukacek founded a Big Brothers chapter in Omaha in 1959 using $1000 in seed money from ...

Will voters agree to pay for 2 new OPS high schools while 2 others struggle to fill seats?  Omaha World-Herald

Burke, South and Bryan High Schools are crowded, but families continue to choose other schools, including those outside the district, instead of Benson and ...

Kelly: Japanese exchange student reunites with Omaha family who hosted him in the '60s  Omaha World-Herald

Arriving Thursday at Eppley Airfield, a Japanese man was surprised to see his long-lost Omaha “sisters” wearing summer kimonos — the yukata dresses he had ...

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.

Wahoo's Barsell, a Pearl Harbor attack survivor, dies at 97  Lincoln Journal Star

In 97 years, Walter Barsell saw almost everything. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and spent time on Okinawa after the Americans took the island.

OPS Announces 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Class  WOWT

The Omaha Public Schools will induct 10 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 21st. This year's honorees include: Yvonne ...

Lincoln may raise sales tax to fix streets. Would that fly in Omaha?  Omaha World-Herald

Just 60 miles down Interstate 80, officials in Lincoln are pushing a typically politically unpopular idea to fix a big problem: raising taxes to help fix more city ...

Ramped-up immigration enforcement reaches families far from the border, including in Omaha  Omaha World-Herald

In a region that includes Nebraska, Iowa, the Dakotas and Minnesota, ICE during the last fiscal year made 4175 arrests for immigration violations, up 67 percent ...

Grace: Omaha Refugee Task Force helps smooth newcomers' rough transition  Omaha World-Herald

The task force meets six times a year to help the city's newest residents adjust to drastically different lives than the ones they left behind in countries like Thailand ...

Sinclair, Debbie Kay “Stubby” | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Sinclair, Debbie Kay "Stubby" Age 62 Debbie "Stubby" Kay of Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 14, 2017. Beloved wife to ...

Gil Savery, Pulitzer Prize-winning former editor of Lincoln Journal, dies at 101  Omaha World-Herald

Gil Savery, who died Friday, was a strong believer in the First Amendment and people's rights, said Kent Savery, one of his sons.

Schools announce competition winners, special projects and honors  Omaha World-Herald

Scholarship competition: The Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska has announced its annual St. John Paul II high school scholarship competition. It is open to ...

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.

Munroe-Meyer 'visionary' Dr. Bruce Buehler remembered as advocate for children with disabilities  Omaha World-Herald

Hailed as a visionary and a passionate advocate for children with disabilities, Dr. Bruce Buehler elevated the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of ...

Bob Hoig ignored friends' warnings about starting Midlands Business Journal  Omaha World-Herald

He died Monday in hospice care from complications of flu and pneumonia. He was 86.

Benson head coach Perone to join Broncos staff  Grand Island Independent

HASTINGS — After seven seasons as head coach of the Omaha Benson High School's girls basketball program, Jon Perone is taking his game to the next level.

James Elsberry | Obituaries  Fremont Tribune

March 15, 1940 – Aug. 7, 2017. FREMONT -- James "Jim" A. Elsberry, age 77, passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Nye Legacy Nursing Home. Jim was born ...

Omaha murder suspect's girlfriend said he asked her to hide car for him  Omaha World-Herald

She walked to the front of the courtroom, through the little swinging door that separates gallery from witness stand and past the man she had a child with and ...

'Omaha is lucky to have him' — After homelessness and prison, R&B singer became an advocate for others  Omaha World-Herald

An R&B singer, educator and volunteer, Dominique Morgan is an immediately engaging presence. He speaks with passion about every subject and delights in ...

Girls basketball: Ibis knee injury dampens No. 1 Benson's dominating victory  Lincoln Journal Star

A knee injury early in the fourth quarter to Omaha Benson senior Kianna Ibis put a damper on a 71-31 victory against Lincoln Northeast on Saturday.

Omaha man on trial for murder in Gallagher Park killing is acquitted  Omaha World-Herald

Prosecutors had contended that Dennis Brewer, 19, brought a gun and helped in a robbery that ended with Adrian Lester shooting Tielor Williams at Gallagher ...

Students compete in local culinary competition; Mercy alum honored, schools plan theater performances and more  Omaha World-Herald

Nearly 100 high school students competed in the 12th annual ICA High School Culinary Invitational at Metropolitan Community College's MCC's Fort Omaha ...

Aita, Anne Marie | Obits  Omaha World-Herald

Aita, Anne Marie Dec 16, 1946 - Dec 19, 2016 Age 70 years, 3 days. Anne Marie Aita was born on December 16, 1946 to Dr. John A. Aita and.

Schools honor students, plan fundraisers, plant trees and more  Omaha World-Herald

Cadets honored: Two Omaha Public Schools' JROTC cadets — Jordan Fashing of Benson High School and Joshua Polack of Burke High School — received ...

Police investigating earlier visit to residence where mom, 2-year-old were killed  Omaha World-Herald

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says the probe will look into an incident earlier Sunday in which police talked to both Dontevous Loyd and Destacia Straughn.

29-year-old shot and killed in Omaha remembered as doting father of 5  Omaha World-Herald

A young father of five, whose family says he chanced into the wrong place at the wrong time, was fatally shot at a friend's apartment early Thursday.

School celebrates Bank Iowa Challenge Cup championship; JROTC cadets honored and more  Omaha World-Herald

High school award: St. Albert High School has won the Class 1A Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup championship for the fifth time, an honor that comes with a ...

Father Hauser, Creighton professor who 'lived and loved in abundance,' dies  Omaha World-Herald

The Rev. Richard Hauser, a prominent Jesuit priest at Creighton University, was a professor, author and speaker around the country, but his favorite time each ...

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