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

Over 380 cars participate in NRCA Tour Nebraska

COZAD—Showcasing their works of art were the members of the Nebraska Rod & Custom Association (NRCA) who participated in the 600-mile Tour Nebraska event that traveled through Lexington recently. There were over 380 cars registered in the two-day event that traveled through 30 communities over a weekend. One such vehicle was driven by JJ Wagner of Neligh, a 1937 Oldsmobile Coupe. “Seeing people’s reactions to the cars as we drive down the road is the best part of the tour,” Wagner said.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Hospital expands for new MRI equipment

OGALLALA—Patients of Ogallala Community Hospital will no longer need to wait as long or travel as far to get certain medical attention. Together with Banner Health, the local hospital authority board is in the process of acquiring a MRI machine, allowing the technology to be used routinely rather than sporadically at the Ogallala facility. Currently, construction is underway on the south side of the building near the emergency room entrance to accommodate the new infrastructure.—reported in the Keith County News.

Square gets light poles and weather vane

BROKEN BOW—One more step towards completing the work in downtown Broken Bow was taken recently as the city celebrated new downtown lights by hanging flowers on the poles in the Square. In addition to providing light, the poles are designed with hangers for plants and have an automated drip irrigation system to water the plants. The 100-year-old bandstand also edged closer to completion with the re-installation of the weather vane on top of the newly shingled roof. Although it’s the same weather vane, the bandstand sports a new look. New light fixtures were also installed on the bandstand, which was first erected 100 years ago.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Curtis to benefit from Service program

CURTIS—Two students with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be helping the city of Curtis and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture with unique projects this summer. Jamie Mashino of Spencer and Courtney Ruda of North Platte are community interns through the Rural Futures Institute Serviceship Program, applying leadership skills during a nine-week project. Curtis was one of five communities selected for the program where the students will work and learn from their host community about rural business, entrepreneurship, public policy, marketing, leadership and civic engagement.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Area teen takes first place golf tournament

ARNOLD—Young talent shined as Colbi Smith won a first-place medal at the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour tournament on June 1 in the 12- to 13-year-old boys division. The tournament took place at Indianhead Golf Course in Grand Island. Smith finished his 18-hole round with a score of 82, which was a personal best for him, and won the tournament by four strokes. He continues with a full schedule this summer playing in several more tour tournaments as well as a few non-tour events. Smith is a student manager for the high school golf team and looks forward to his years of being on the high school team.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Gibbon team wins 16th annual BBQ event

CALLAWAY—Code 3 BBQ of Gibbon is the new reigning champ at the 16th annual Blowin’ the Doors Off barbecue contest in Oconto. This year’s count in the biggest little barbecue contest in Nebraska was 1,645 people coming through the gates to eat all they wanted with plenty for all. Contest chairman Brett Eggleston called it another successful event where the population of 150 people explodes into a barbecue metropolis. Funds generated from the event make up much of the annual training, operating and equipment budget for the volunteer fire and rescue department.—reported in the Callaway Courier.