The soft glow of a monitor reflects in their eyes as they flick the joystick back and forth. With each click, the iconic 8-bit character responds, climbing ladders and dodging barrels on a video game old enough to run for president.

He likes his work, but Kendall Johnson wouldn't make a hobby of the truck and motorcycle parts that have moved along his line at Lincoln Industries the past 13 years.

Gabby Ayala has been all over the state, growing up in the Sandhills, going to high school in Neligh, college in Hastings and then settling down in Lincoln. It was while she was in college that she got her first exposure to craft beer.

In the late '90s and early 2000s Southeast Community College instructor Rich Douglass mounted cameras to a kite and began photographing farmland. It’s a far cry from the drones of today, but that was the liftoff for the precision agriculture program at SCC.

Last year, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce marked new businesses, businesses with new owners, relocated businesses, renovated businesses, expanded businesses, business anniversaries, ground-breaking ceremonies and new chamber members with over 80 ribbon-cutting events.

As part of Directions, the Journal Star invites readers to share honors businesses or employees received in 2017 as best of state, region or nation. Also included is a recap of the major awards presented by business organizations locally.

In the late '90s and early 2000s Southeast Community College instructor Rich Douglass mounted cameras to a kite and began photographing farmland. It’s a far cry from the drones of today, but that was the liftoff for the precision agriculture program at SCC.

Last year, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce marked new businesses, businesses with new owners, relocated businesses, renovated businesses, expanded businesses, business anniversaries, ground-breaking ceremonies and new chamber members with over 80 ribbon-cutting events.

As part of Directions, the Journal Star invites readers to share honors businesses or employees received in 2017 as best of state, region or nation. Also included is a recap of the major awards presented by business organizations locally.

As Jemma's back legs dug into the artificial turf to gain speed, Tommy cornered her, causing her to do a quick 180 and run in the opposite direction.

The art and science of brewing fine beer is a growing hobby and industry around the nation, and the craft has found a firm foothold in Lincoln with the number of craft breweries ballooning over the past few years in the city.

Anybody who's had classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus probably knows about the Dairy Store. In fact, even a good number of Lincoln residents who didn't take classes there know about the store, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.