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About 260 area high school seniors have earned the right to wear blue and gold honor cords from Mid-Plains Community College at their graduation ceremonies this spring. That’s up from 225 students last year.

To receive a cord, the seniors must have successfully completed 12 or more credit hours of dual enrollment classes through MPCC. The classes count for both high school and college credit.

“The goal is to recognize students who have taken the initiative to pursue college credit while still in high school,” said Becky Barner, MPCC area career coach. “National research has shown that when students graduate high school with college credit already achieved, they are more likely to go on to college and more likely to finish a degree program in college.”

The following list shows how many seniors, as of May 9, had earned honor cords at area schools this year.

Ansley High School – 2

Arnold High School – 2

Arthur County High School - 1

Brady High School – 2

Broken Bow High School – 10

Callaway High School – 5

Chase County High School - 11

Cody-Kilgore High School – 2

Dundy County-Stratton High School – 7

Hayes Center High School - 1

Hershey High School – 15

Homeschool – 3

Maxwell High School – 2

Maywood High School – 1

McCook High School – 22

North Platte High School - 87

North Platte St. Pat’s  - 12

Ogallala High School – 22

Paxton High School – 6

Perkins County High School – 1

Sandhills High School – 7

Sargent High School - 5

Southwest High School – 6

Stapleton High School – 2

Sutherland High School – 7

Thedford High School - 2

Valentine High School - 4

Wallace High School – 7

Wauneta-Palisade High School - 3

More information about MPCC’s dual enrollment program is available online at

The Nebraska State Fair announced today Kelly Clarkson will launch the 2018 Nebraska State Fair on opening night Friday August 24th…. and country superstars Old Dominion will take the stage Friday Aug 31th. Rounding out of the state fair concert series is Night Ranger on Sunday September 2nd… All tickets go on sale Tuesday May 1st at 10 am… 

State troopers never know what they’ll find out on the road and Sunday morning a troop on highway 71 stopped to check on what he thought was an abandoned motorcycle on the side of the road.  When he approached the trooper found the man and his dog were in the trailer being pulled by the motorcycle waiting for some fog to pass by.  


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a man was arrested after deputies found marijuana in his car after stopping it along Interstate 80 near Lincoln.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over the car around 11 a.m. Friday after seeing the driver fail to signal a lane change near the U.S. Highway 77 exit. The deputy reported smelling marijuana in the car, and a subsequent search turned up 114 pounds (52 kilograms) of pot and some cannabis edibles.

The man, who lives in Sioux City, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of possession for sale and suspicion of other crimes. Court records don't show that he's been formally charged.