Omaha, NE – Vocalist and pianist Ellis Hall presents a Tribute to Ray Charles with the Omaha Symphony on Saturday, January 14th.
Once dubbed Charles' protege, Hall first met Ray in 2001 while he was playing at a local Christmas party. He gave Charles his CD and the two soon began a friendship that lasted until Charles' death in 2004.
Hall's performance in Omaha will feature some of Ray Charles' most popular songs including "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on my Mind." Hall started learning piano in the third grade at the Perkins School for the Blind.
Omaha, NE – It's an annual tradition...Girl Scout Cookies...and this year, there will be no wait time for cookies.
The Girl Scouts are launching a direct sale program this year. When Girl Scout Cookies go on sale January 13th, the girls will have boxes of cookies in hand. Theresa Cassaday is the Chief Communications Officer for Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.
Omaha, NE – The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Freedom Awards is January 16th.
Retired Army Major General Walt Zink Chairs the Nebraska Employer Support to Guard and Reserve Committee. He says 15 employers are recognized with Freedom Awards each year. The three award categories are large employer, small employer and governmental employer.
Zink says the Freedom Award is the highest honor an employer can receive from the Department of Defense. These employers receive award for having a culture of support that goes above and beyond what the law mandates.
Omaha, NE – It was one year ago Thursday that former Millard South High School assistant principal Vicky Kaspar was shot and killed by a former student.
The shooting happened January 5, 2011 at about 12:45 pm. 17-year-old Robert Butler Junior, who had been suspended, went to the school's administrative office to talk to Kaspar. He shot Kaspar and principal Curtis Case. Butler was found dead in a vehicle near the school a short time later. Kaspar died that evening and Case was seriously injured.
Omaha, NE – A UNO political scientist says the results of Tuesday night's Iowa caucus show divisions in the state's Republican party.
Eight votes separated the caucus winner, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, from second-place finisher Rick Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania. Nearly 123,000 Iowans participated in the GOP caucus.
Omaha, NE – The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties was created in 2007 by the legislature.
Lorraine Chang, Vice Chair of the Learning Community Coordinating Council, says the Learning Community consists of eleven school districts. She says the Learning Community consists of students from all walks of life; all of whom are worthy of the best possible education. With that in mind, the Learning Community is offering open enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year.
Omaha, NE – The Pottawattamie County Republican Party is preparing for more than double the turnout at Tuesday's caucus than in 2008.
The caucus begins at 7pm. It's the first vote in the nation for GOP presidential candidates. Naomi Leinen, co-chairman of the Pottawattamie County Republican Party, says they won't be endorsing a candidate.