Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Area News Digest

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Lex Outpatient Center official grand opening

COZAD—An official ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house took place May 5 for the new Lexington Outpatient Services Center at the Health Center. USDA Rural Development awarded a $15 million loan and a Great Western Bank loan of $5 million helped build the new health facility and make renovations to the existing space. Rural health care is an ongoing focus of USDA Rural Development and having a close medical service offered to those who cannot commute many miles is a necessity for residents in the Lexington area. The center houses 14 exam rooms, two general procedure rooms, a room dedicated to wound care, a treadmill room and other areas dedicated to patient support.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Dog Gone Fun 4-H Club makes police dog toys

BROKEN BOW—Members of the Dog Gone Fun 4-H Club made training toys for police dogs as a community service project. When the club presented the toys to an officer with the O’Neill Police Department, the youngsters were able to watch a drug-detecting police dog in action. Aisha, a Belgian malinois who is a 5-year-old dog trained to detect four drug scents, was present for the presentation and showed how she works by detecting two different drug-scented toys. The toys made by the 4-H’ers are from lengths of braided and knotted denim and can only be used once so the dog doesn’t learn to expect to find the same item again and again.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Iconic Front Street complex changes hands

OGALLALA—With one eye on maintaining the traditions of a long-standing Ogallala institution and another on striving toward improvement, Stacey and Kathleen Bauer are poised to take ownership of Front Street. The business officially changed hands on April 29, and the business will remain open without any closures during the transition. Although much of Front Street will remain the same, the new owners plan to make some changes to expand the appeal including reopening the second-story area.—reported in the Keith County News.

NCTA supports student to be deployed overseas

CURTIS—A red, white and blue send-off for a Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture student studying agriculture education gathered classmates of Emma Smith and included a tribute by members of American Legion Post #95. Smith will be deployed overseas with her Nebraska National Guard 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade unit. She became concerned about her classes, however advisers and educators at the college are helping her get her semester tests and classes completed and support her so she doesn’t have to worry about her education while deployed.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Arnold hosts historical society tour group

ARNOLD—A busload of history enthusiasts stopped in Arnold recently as part of the Custer County 2016 Historical Society Tour, sponsored by the society and Mid-Plains Community College-Broken Bow Campus. The tour was free to anyone wanting to participate. The group spent time at the Arnold Community Center, where members were welcomed with a buffet luncheon and a presentation of how Arnold was started, the people and interesting stories involved in its formation, as well as historical facts. The tour continued through other areas of interest, including the Model CafĂ© and Finch’s drug store.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Callaway participates in influenza exercise

CALLAWAY—Callaway District Hospital and representatives of several local organizations were recently involved in a role-playing exercise across 23 counties to find out what might happen if a major flu pandemic invaded the village and its surrounding region. One hundred forty different organizations participated in the day-long exercise to work through a pandemic in coordination with large and small hospitals, medical staff, emergency responders, funeral directors and clergy, among others. The exercise was designed to stress the system to find what can be done better, differently or shouldn’t be done.—reported in the Callaway Courier.