Gem, mineral show coming up

COLUMBUS -- The Loup Valley Gem and Mineral Club will hold its gem and mineral show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3115 Sixth St.

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Businesses pass compliance tests

COLUMBUS -- Tobacco Free Platte County and Back to BASICs coalitions, in cooperation with the Columbus Police Department, performed tobacco and alcohol compliance checks in Columbus.

Of the four businesses checked, none sold tobacco to a minor. Alcohol compliance checks were also conducted with a 100 percent compliance rate for the five businesses checked.

For these checks, cooperating minors use their own identification and make no attempt to look over the legal age of 18 or 21 years.

Back to BASICs/Tobacco Free Platte County is a collaborative effort that works to keep youth from engaging in activities that contain tobacco, drugs and alcohol.

Rifle sight-in offered Sunday

COLUMBUS -- A rifle sight-in day will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Columbus Rifle Club range located 2 miles west of 48th Avenue on 83rd Street or 2 miles east of U.S. Highway 81 on 265th Street.

Bring at least 20 rounds of ammunition for each firearm, as well as eye and ear protection. This is a free service provided by the Columbus Rifle Club.

UNL sets date to raze dorms

LINCOLN (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has set a timeline for razing matching pair of high-rise dormitories that have housed thousands of students since 1963.

The university says in a news release that all 13 stories of Cather Hall and Pound Hall will be knocked down via a controlled implosion on the morning of Dec. 22.

Both dorms have been used for overflow in recent years as the demand for student housing exceeded expectations.

Demolition cleanup and site restoration are anticipated to continue through July 2018.

The university plans to offer a live view of the implosion online. A web address will be announced as the date of the razing nears.

Two arrested for dating app robberies

OMAHA (AP) — Two people have been arrested in connection with a string of robberies of men in Omaha who thought they were meeting with a woman they had messaged on a dating application.

Omaha Police say one of the suspects was linked to the robberies after he sold stolen cellphones at a kiosk and used one of the victims' credit cards.

The second suspect was arrested after a search warrant was served. Several items linked to the robberies, including two guns were found.

The suspects have both been charged in connection with seven robberies and one attempted robbery.

Court documents say all but one of the victims used the dating application called "Plenty of Fish." But instead of a woman, they met robbers.


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