Go Ape, the nation’s leading treetop adventure company, opened its first location in Nebraska in April at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland. The course, which was developed through a partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, is centrally located between Lincoln and Omaha.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Gretna City Council approved a class D liquor li- cense for Pit Stop G & C, the new gas station taking over the BP location on Hwy 6. The third reading and adoption of Ordinance 2024, which amends the zoning regulations to include a downtown overlay district was approved. The amendme…

The 2018 Gretna Days Parade theme this year is “Go Dragons!” The annual parade, sponsored by the Gretna Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. and expected to end around noon.

While the recent weather conditions have hindered road construction on both the 204th Street and 216th Street paving improvements, work is back underway and progress is being made.

Sarpy County Public Works closed Pflug Road for repairs from Highway 31 to the Holy Family Shrine. As part of the project, 228th Street is closed to through traffic from Pflug Road to Ruff Road. The closure is expected to last 3-4 weeks, depending on weather. Pflug Road has been closed since…

An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.

Area Elkhorn River access points have remained closed recently due to high water levels, including over the July 4th holiday. The Elkhorn Crossing access point parking lot and campground, located at 252nd and Bennington Road, has been un- der water in recent days. The Elkhorn River was recen…

Career and technical students in Nebraska won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2018 Skills USA Champion- ships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 27-28, 2018. More than 6,300 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The Skills USA Championships is…

If you have a nice home with air conditioning, consider yourself lucky - the summer heat and humidity have emphatically arrived. But what seems routine for some remains a luxury for many in our community, and the consequences can be deadly.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Midlands Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations. Grants are limited to organizations that provide services in the Foundation’s geographic area of Sarpy and Cass counties.

During the Board of Education’s June 25 meeting, Tory Nixon’s, a Gretna High School English teacher, resignation was approved. Other approved business included Allison Dobson as a new teacher as well as handbooks for the 2018-19 school year.

The American Red Cross needs help to bring back the A’s, B’s and O’s. This is not a typo. These letters represent blood types, and the reality is that during blood shortages these letters do go missing from hospital shelves. The American Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now …

The Rose Theater will host auditions for adult and youth roles in its 2018 production of Elf the Musical on Thursday, August 2, with callbacks on Thursday, August 16. Actors between the ages 12-18 should sign up for an audition time at the following website: signupgenius.com/go/ 508084FACA72…

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, 2018 at approximately 8:00 am, a shooting occurred in the park- ing lot of an apartment complex located at 119 E Westplains Road. A 50-year old male, Michael Bartenhagen, while in his vehicle, was shot 2-3 times. He then drove himself to the Gretna Fire Station at 204th…

On Saturday, May 12, then Gretna High School senior Kaitie Correll hosted a self-defense class for students in the school’s wrestling room. What began as a class project became an opportunity for 20 students to learn how to better protect themselves.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Acrobats performing juggling acts during the circus sponsored annually by the Gretna Optimist Club.

The Gretna Board of Education voted to approve three bills during their June 11 meeting. They approved the General Fund bills totaling $942,388.46, construction bills totaling $321,902.50, and the high school classroom fit out bills totaling $195,806.70.

All children entering 1st grade through 12th grade are welcome to participate. Tryouts will be on Monday, June 25th from 10:00am-noon at the Gretna High School Auditorium. Just like past years the kids don’t need to do anything to prepare just show up with their “loud and clear” voices. The …

Yard sale leftovers? Cleaning out closets? The Gretna High School Band is collecting glass- ware and stuffed annuals for the Gretna Days Coin Toss booth.

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) has been recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as a STARS Bronze Institution. MCC was given the recognition for its accomplishments in cam- pus sustainability.

Property valuations arrived in Sarpy County residents’ mail- boxes at the beginning of June. While many saw the average 3- 4% increase in their property value, some residents saw increases as high as 60%.

Gretna’s ever-growing population has new subdivisions being developed at an above-average rate. Three new subdivisions are currently under development: Lakeview, located south of Schram Road along 204th Street; Aspen Creek North, located north of Highway 370 between 192nd and 180th streets; …

Several homes in Gretna were damaged by wind and hail after last week’s storm. Storm chasers were already in town the follow- ing day. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware that a male party is calling residents of Sarpy County and advising individuals they are with Nebraska …

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

On Saturday, June 2, car lovers from Gretna and beyond flocked to Gretna High School for the annual Skills - Grilles Car, Truck and Tractor Show. The event was sponsored by the Gretna High School SkillsUSA program and the Meadowlark Model A Ford Club of Omaha.

The Gretna City Council approved a new class C retail liquor license for MacDaro’s Pub and Pizzeria. Resolutions 6-18 (1 & 2), which deals with the Sarpy County wastewater budget and an amendment to the interlocal wastewater agreement, were also approved.

Metropolitan Community College (MCC) will welcome back Drone Flight School this summer as part of its noncredit lineup. The series of drone train- ing courses is designed for individuals seeking to learn how to fly drones for leisure or business, while preparing students for the FAA Aeronaut…

Garage sale signs, political signs and any other signs announcing private events/activities are not allowed on the public right-of-way. You can place these types of signs on your property or on other private property with permission of the land owner. Such signs are not to exceed 6 square fe…

If you know someone that has worked hard to make our community a better place, submit their name and a signed letter stating why you are nominating them. Please

Yard sale leftovers? Cleaning out closets? The Gretna High School Band is collecting glass- ware and stuffed annuals for the Gretna Days Coin Toss booth.

The Gretna and Elkhorn Optimist clubs are sponsoring the annual visit from the circus at the Gretna Middle School ball field, 11705 S. 216 St., on June 14 and 15 with two performances each day: 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Yardsaleleftovers? Cleaning out closets? The Gretna High School Band is collecting glassware and stuffed annuals for the Gretna Days Coin Toss booth.

• Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community? The Gretna Optimist Club meets at Billy’s Gretna Cafe every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. New members welcome.

If you know someone that has worked hard to make our community a better place, submit their name and a signed letter stating why you are nominating them. Please include your name andtelephonenumber. Nominations can be emailed to the Gretna Area Chamber of Commerce at info@gretnachamber.com o…

Memorial Day was an opportunity to step back from the busyness of life and reflect on the heroes who helped build our country. It was a time to reflect on how we got where we are and the people who secured our liberties for us. We remember the battles fought over the years to protect our fre…

We often hear the narrative in the news today that “Washington is broken.” Our American political system that has been praised as the world’s greatest deliberative body is now described with titles like “dysfunction” or “gridlock,” signaling a lack of confidence in our government to improve …

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On the evening of May 14, seniors from the Gretna High School graduating class of 2018 gathered in the evening in the GHS Theatre with their families for a final recognition of their high school successes.