May 25, 1977: Nebraska Nationl Guard officials saw “no need at this time to close any armory” despite manpower problems, according to Adj. Gen. Edward Binder. Statewide, guard manpower was about 73 percent of the authorized 4,498 positions. Some 400 enlistments or retentions were needed before Sept. 30, Binder said, to bring manpower to 80 percent and avoid possible loss of federal funds. Binder acknowledged that attention by state officials to local manpower problems often ignites fears of closing armories and phasing out local units.
1944: City Building Engineer Rodman Brown said that the Peerless Homes company, constructing a defense housing project at 51st and Pratt Streets, halted work on five residential basements following a city warning that no building permits existed for the five units. The Peerless Homes project was one of several temporarily halted after the city suspended all dwelling permits, pending action on protests of neighbors that project units were small and injurious to surrounding homes.
1991: W.A. Biba Engineering Co., a Geneva, Neb., paving contractor, was apparently the low bidder for six highway construction projects offered by the Nebraska Roads Department totaling $11.8 million. Biba was the lowest among as many as seven contractors bidding on each of the projects, said Charles Vyhnalek, contract lettings manager for the department. Biba's contracts cover 57 miles of state and federal highways around the state. Charles Vrana and Son Construction Co. of Omaha was apparently the low bidder on the largest project. It submitted a bid of $8.9 million for widening a 1.3-mile section of West Dodge Road in Omaha between 126th and 140th Streets.
2003: Work to remove tons of concrete after a bridge collapse continued, meaning that Interstate 80 would remain closed west of Big Springs, Neb., and hundreds of holiday travelers would continue to be detoured onto other routes. Crews started the cleanup process and were to work around the clock in an effort to reopen I-80 after the weekend.