Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

East side of Broken Bow Square now open

BROKEN BOW—Eighth Avenue along the east side of the Square in Broken Bow is now open to traffic and was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. Another ceremony unveiled the new light poles and flower baskets for the Square. Newly re-laid bricks provided the backdrop for the ceremonies as more construction and renovations continue.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Take a meaningful walk around Boot Hill

OGALLALA—The walk around the top of Boot Hill has become a little bit more meaningful. During March, members of the Keith County Visitors Committee approved two grants totaling $2,825. The money went toward walking tour signs that were placed around the cemetery’s path as well as brochures for individuals to take. The walking tour includes six informational signs with one sign that acts as a map of the cemetery. The brochures include descriptions of the confirmed burials at the site and other information. The addition at Boot Hill was done to add to the experience of visiting the local attraction that is steeped in history.—reported in the Keith County News.

Western Riders host horse camp for youth

ARNOLD—The Western Riders 4-H Club hosted a horse camp recently at the Arnold arena. Some of the topics covered included grooming, tips on groundwork with horse showmanship, horsemanship, pleasure, trail, reining, goat tying, ground roping, barrels and poles. The camp had 34 kids who came from several different towns. A fun “Are You Smarter Than Your Horse” hippology competition also took place during a lunch break.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Oconto becomes biggest BBQ in state

CALLAWAY—For one day a year, Oconto becomes the biggest barbecue joint in Nebraska. The Oconto Volunteer Fire Department’s Blowin’ the Doors off BBQ Contest took place on June 4. Eleven competitive cooker teams from across the region gathered to fix their best ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and their own secret sauces and beans. Besides the delicious barbecue, refreshments and live entertainment were also available. More than 1,650 people attended last year’s event.—reported in the Callaway Courier.