Author Archives: Kellan Heavican

LPS School Budget Shows Decrease In State-Aid, $11 Million In Cuts

LPS School Budget Shows Decrease In State-Aid, $11 Million In Cuts

Lincoln Public Schools officials on Tuesday presented the preliminary proposed budget for 2020-21 at a Lincoln Board of Education work session prior to its regular meeting. The budget development process for 2020-21 is unique and faces many challenges as the future carries a great deal of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LPS prudently builds…Read more »

ICYMI: City Condensing Recycling Drop Off Sites To Save Money

ICYMI: City Condensing Recycling Drop Off Sites To Save Money

Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) Director Elizabeth Elliott today announced plans to consolidate Lincoln and Lancaster County recycling drop off sites.  The transition from 19 neighborhood sites to four or five main collection sites is expected to be completed in December and will save an estimated $2 million per year. Elliott said the decision increases…Read more »

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update

Wednesday Morning COVID-19 Update

An 11th person died of COVID-19 in Lancaster County. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reports the person is a man in his 60s who was hospitalized. LLCHD reported nine new cases Tuesday. The latest information can be found on the county’s dashboard.  Nebraska confirmed another 135 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths on Tuesday…Read more »

Parks and Rec Plans To Reopen City Playgrounds By July 4

Parks and Rec Plans To Reopen City Playgrounds By July 4

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird today announced that the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department has begun to gradually reopen the 89 city playgrounds that have been closed due to the pandemic.  The five parks districts are reopening the playgrounds as they are inspected, and no schedule or timeline for specific locations is currently available.  The city’s…Read more »

LPD To Review Excessive Force Policy, Decisions Announced June 30

LPD To Review Excessive Force Policy, Decisions Announced June 30

Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Bair announces city police will have a mid-year, expedited review of their use of force policy in response to concerns of nation-wide police brutality. Gaylor Baird said proposed revisions from LPD include a wide array of practices. “(It includes) a codification of sound de-escalation strategies, practices intended to minimize the use…Read more »

Penrod Named New Southeast High School Principal

Penrod Named New Southeast High School Principal

Lincoln Public Schools announced Tuesday that Tanner Penrod will be the next principal at Southeast High School. Penrod will follow Brent Toalson, who is retiring at the end of August.  Penrod has served as the principal at the Bryan Community Focus Program since 2016. Prior to his role at Bryan, he was an associate principal…Read more »

City Council Approves Expanded Outdoor Liquor Licenses

City Council Approves Expanded Outdoor Liquor Licenses

The Lincoln City Council unanimously approves the city’s first round of expanded liquor licenses allowing eateries to move onto green spaces, parking lots and sidewalks. Hub Cafe Owner Doug Dittman told council members despite the phase three directed health measure, people still don’t come in. “I think everybody has a different comfort level.  Some don’t…Read more »

Sales Tax Receipts Show Near 14 Percent Drop In Lincoln

Sales Tax Receipts Show Near 14 Percent Drop In Lincoln

June sales tax receipts are better than expected in Lincoln. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued through April with most of the state shut down, Lincoln city officials expected a 40 percent drop in sales tax. But what was collected from residents in June – which reflects tax receipts from April – only shows about a…Read more »

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update

Tuesday Morning COVID-19 Update

Twelve lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lincoln Monday bringing the community total to 1,623. The number of deaths in the community remains at 10. The latest information can be found on the county’s dashboard.  Nebraska’s confirmed cases total 17,957 , up 147 from Sunday. The States’ death total remained at 249. The latest…Read more »