Jan 04, 2020 4:24 PM

$3M anonymous donation to help York College renovate hall

Posted Jan 04, 2020 4:24 PM

YORK, Neb. (AP) - An anonymous $3 million donation will help York College renovate the oldest surviving original structure on the York campus, Hulitt Hall.

Constructed in 1903, the hall will be transformed into a focal point for visitors and a hub for student services, college officials said. Preliminary renovation plans call for construction of a new entryway and several interior features to make the building comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hulitt Hall has served as the college's music conservatory and then as a dormitory until 1972. It's been used mostly for offices and classrooms since then. It was named for John Hulitt, who donated $5,000 toward the $15,000 cost of construction.

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3-judge panel picked to weigh death penalty for Nebraska man

A three-judge panel has been selected to determine whether a Nebraska man will be sentenced to death or life in prison for killing and dismembering a 24-year-old Lincoln woman.

The Nebraska Supreme Court announced in a news release that Johnson County District Judge Julie Smith and Cass County District Judge Michael Smith were randomly selected to join presiding Saline County District Judge Vicky Johnson on the panel.

The panel will decide whether enough aggravating factors exist to sentence 53-year-old Aubrey Trail to death. Trail was convicted in July of first-degree murder in the 2017 death of Sydney Loofe.