Public can get school items

RISING CITY — The Rising City school building will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

Items in the three-story building, gym and band building can be taken by the public at no cost and must be removed by 5 p.m. that day.

The building does not have electricity, but lights will be set up in the cafeteria. No tools are available, so bring your own.

Caution is advised when removing items. The Shelby-Rising City School District will not be responsible for any accidents incurred during the removal of items.

The Rising City Alumni Association will be there to monitor the process.

Craft market at Oak Ballroom

SCHUYLER -- CHI Memorial Hospital Auxiliary of Schuyler will hold its 41st annual hobby and craft market Oct. 1 at the Oak Ballroom in Schuyler.

Indoor and outdoor spaces are still available.

For more information, contact Loretta at 402-352-3280 or Rose at 401-615-0638.

Get Taste of Columbus tickets

COLUMBUS -- The 17th annual Taste of Columbus will be held Oct. 8 at Ramada-Columbus.

The event will include samples from area food vendors and spirits from local distributors and Nebraska wineries.

Advanced tickets are $35 or you can reserve a table for $375. Tickets can be reserved now by contacting the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce office at chamber@megavision.com, 402-564-2769 or online at http://members.thecolumbuspage.com/events/details/taste-of-columbus-2017-17347.

Vehicle rams police cruiser

OMAHA (AP) — Omaha police say they're looking for a driver who rammed a police cruiser, injuring an officer who fired several shots at the car.

Police say the incident began shortly after 2:30 a.m. Thursday when a car collided with the police car. Investigators say that when Officer Jordan Smith went to get out of his cruiser after the crash, the other car rammed his driver's side, injuring the officer's legs. Police say Smith then fired three shots into the car, which sped off.

Police later found the car, which had been stolen, abandoned several blocks away. The driver has not been found, and no evidence was found indicating the driver was shot.

Smith was taken to a hospital, treated for his injuries and released.

Ralston senator seeking re-election

LINCOLN (AP) — A Nebraska state senator from Ralston is seeking a second term in office.

Sen. Merv Riepe announced Thursday he will run for re-election. Riepe was elected in 2014 to represent Legislative District 12, an area that includes the city of Ralston and portions of Omaha's Millard neighborhood.

Riepe says he plans to focus on jobs through vocational and technical training, reducing taxes and health care. He serves as chairman of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee.

In 2016, he passed legislation that allows doctors and patients to adopt an alternative to health insurance known as direct primary care.

Riepe is a Republican. He will face former state Sen. Steve Lathrop, a Democrat, in the officially nonpartisan race.

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