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Open house for City Hall designs to be March 4

Working with CMBA Architects of Grand Island, the City of Hastings will hold an open house to let the public look at and provide input on proposed renderings for the renovation of the City Hall building at 220 N. Hastings Ave.  The open house will be 4-6 p.m., Monday, March 4 at the Hastings Municipal Airport, 3300 W. 12th St. Troy Keilig, Principal…

HFR leads response to fire at 211 E. 2nd St.

The residential structure at 211 E. Second St. suffered extensive damage from a fire early Monday morning, Feb. 26. At about 1:56 a.m., Hastings Fire & Rescue units were dispatched to a report of smoking coming from a structure at 211 E. Second St. Units arrived within six minutes to find heavy smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story home.  The…

Burlington Ave. traffic signal work anticipated to resume Feb. 20

The Nebraska Department of Transportation’s contractor (IES Commercial, Inc. of Holdrege) is returning to Hastings to continue working on the Burlington Avenue traffic signal upgrade project that began in 2023.  IES is planning to re-start with work on the signals at the intersection of 14th Street and Burlington Avenue (U.S. Hwy 34/281) on Tuesday,…

Cold temperatures led to historic natural gas consumption nationwide

Prolonged cold temperatures in January led to historic natural gas consumption nationwide. The effects of those cold temperatures are being felt locally as Hastings Utilities rate payers receive their February bills. A record high of 1.415 billion CCF (141.5 billion cubic feet) of natural gas was consumed on Jan. 16 in the U.S. Lower 48 states, exceeding…

Funkey starts as Assistant City Administrator

Mark Funkey started Monday, Feb. 12 as Assistant City Administrator for the City of Hastings. “The Assistant City Administrator is a very important position for me and for the City,” City Administrator Shawn Metcalf said. “It was imperative to find someone who had the right knowledge, skills, and abilities; someone who exhibited servant leadership,…