Monday, September 24, 2018
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Area News Digest

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Cozad’s Schneider receives Rotary award

COZAD—Cozad Rotary president Lyle Davis recently presented Cindy Schneider with the Paul Harris Fellow award.

Her extraordinary leadership and membership achievement skills have helped raise the Cozad Rotary Club to new levels of community service.

The Paul Harris Fellow is given for recognition to outstanding service to the club and community.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Lake McConaughy produces big fish

OGALLALA—In 2015, 26 of the largest 33 walleye that were submitted to the state for Master Angler awards were caught at Lake McConaughy, again confirming that Big Mac is the premier walleye fishing lake in the area.

Of the 140 walleye submitted for Master Anglers, 59 of them (or 42%) were caught in McConaughy. In 2014, Lake McConaughy produced 113 Master Angler walleyes, while 62 MAs were caught in 2013 and 47 were pulled from the lake in 2012.—reported in the Keith County News.

Custer County to host championship rodeo

BROKEN BOW—Top-notch championship rodeo is headed to Broken Bow.

The finals for the Mid-States Rodeo Association will be at the Custer County Fairgrounds on Sept. 16-18. It’s the first year for the finals to be in Broken Bow and organizers promise a total experience.

“We want to make it a western experience, like a mini National Finals Rodeo event, said Jared Slagle, coordinator for the event.

Fans will be treated to a variety of activities in addition to each day’s performance, including vendors selling a variety of items in the grandstand area, Kid Zone activities, a cowboy bar with live music and cowboy church.

For more information, visit the website at—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Former Curtis resident hikes Appalachian Trail

CURTIS—Former Curtis resident Aundrea Jorgensen began the adventure of a lifetime last month when she took off to hike the Appalachian Trail.

The trail is a hiking trail that extends from Springer Mountain, GA, in the south to Mount Katahdin, ME, approximately 2,200 miles. Jorgensen is hiking the trail as a thru-hiker, which is someone attempting to hike the entire distance in a single season.

According to Wikipedia, this generally takes 5-7 months. The 2015 movie, “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte was based on author Bill Bryson’s memoir of walking the trail with an old friend.

Anyone interested in following Jorgensen’s progress can read her blog at http://appalachiantrials,com/author/aundrea-jorgensen.

Arnold students to present dinner theater

ARNOLD—Who knew Cinderella had a long lost twin brother, Bob? Arnold elementary students will present “Twinderella” in a dinner theater format on April 7 in the school’s auditorium.

Cinderella and Bob live in the same kingdom with different wicked stepfamilies. Although forbidden to attend the kingdom’s big festivities, the pair finds a way with the help of a Fairy Godmother, the Godfather, two enchanted gerbils and a lot of luck.

Berni Crow and Dynette Oberg direct the play.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Ku Klux Klan once active in Callaway

CALLAWAY—Before the old Callaway Community Center burned down in March 1998, the brick building stood on the corner where the current community center stands today.

A little-known oddity is that the old building was once the headquarters of the local chapter of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, most active from 1926 to 1928, according to information on display at the Seven Valleys Museum.

The building was donated to the community by Klavern No. 42 when it disbanded prior to 1938.

All that remains is the bronze plaque commemorating the building donation, a Klan robe and hood on a mannequin and a Klansman manual.—reported in the Callaway Courier.