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Amherst Tigers (4-4) Coach: Jason Beckman, eighth season. Home field: Dimp Wagner Alumni. Program founded: 1932. Outlook: Making the playoffs is the goal for the Tigers, Beckman said. While it will be difficult to replace graduated quarterback Ja’Kaye Womack and running back D’Shawn Barefield, the team’s depth was bolstered by the addition of St. Joe's transfers …

Local News

A screening of the documentary "Farmers for America" is scheduled for at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. The event is being sponsored by the Board of Directors of Grand Island Farms, a non-profit group of family-owned farms and community members. The documentary, narrated by Mike Rowe, outlines the changes coming to America as more consum…

Erie County

AnnMarie Stewart, a nurse in Grand Island's Kaegebein Elementary School, headed a districtwide fundraiser to support a new trauma unit at Erie County Medical Center, where her daughter once was treated. On Wednesday, the district presented a $1,000 check to Tom Quatroche, president of ECMC and Stacy Roeder from the ECMC Foundation. Funds were raised by students and staf…

Erie County

No community is immune from the opioid epidemic. That's why Grand Island has established an advisory committee made up of both school board and town board members to address the problem. Community members will be invited to participate. "Grand Island is just like everywhere else," Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said. Cheryl Cardone, director of pupil personnel se…

Education

The Grand Island School District has been without a school resource officer since 2013, but the search has begun for two part-time officers to fill the vacancy. The Grand Island Town Board will hire two police officers for the position to be funded by the school district, which received $45,000 in state aid. Officials finalized an agreement at a joint Grand Island To…

Erie County

The Grand Island Town Board agreed Monday to support a plan for two part-time school resource officers at schools in the district rather than a single, full-time officer. The school board will have public discussion on the plan at its meeting on Monday. Currently, all town police officers are part-time. The plan would make the two resource officers part of the town p…

The Grand Island schools have been without a school resource officer since 2013, when an officer provided by  State Police was discontinued. Trooper Chris Pyc, whose wife Lisa is the school board president, was the last SRO for the district and served for many years in the position. The school district wants to re-institute that position and is talking about funding …

Local News

When the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital opens in November, a room on the sports-themed 10th floor for young surgical patients will recognize the Grand Island community. As a community, Grand Island has raised $25,000 for the new children's hospital and is the only community to have a room named for it. The community will celebrate its achievement during a ceremon…

Local News

Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray says Grand Island has some of the worst internet service you can find anywhere. "The infrastructure that we have is poor. We have no control on how much (internet) power flows into Grand Island," McMurray said. He said using an app to measure speeds at Town Hall they found speeds as low as 5 to 10 megabits per second, even though T…

Education

A first-grade classroom at Grand Island's Charlotte Sidway Elementary has been transformed into a "multi-sensory learning space," a design which encourages a variety of learning styles – including fidgeting. The classroom includes wobble seats, ball and cube chairs, rugs, a couch, standing desks, balance boards, and low tables which allow a child to sit on the floor or …