Friday, September 21, 2018
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From the columns of area newspapers.

New Orthman facility opens with ceremony

LEXINGTON—A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place July 21 for Orthman Manufacturing’s new 115,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lexington.

The new location, just northeast of the Lexington I-80 interchange, will increase production capacity and efficiency for Orthman products distributed worldwide. This is Orthman’s first ground-up manufacturing plant.

The original site, beginning in 1965, was located on founder Henry Orthman’s farmstead and in 2001, the company occupied an additional site east of Lexington. Plans are to maintain the original farm location for their conveying and materials handling group.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Bow police officers honor fallen with bands

BROKEN BOW—Black bands with blue stripes cover police officer badges across the nation and in Broken Bow. The bands were recently placed on Broken Bow badges to honor the police officers who were shot and killed in Dallas. “It touches all of us,” said Police Chief Steve Scott. Scott planned to take off the band after the officers were laid to rest. However, with the shooting of three law officers in Baton Rouge, the black band remains. As to how long Scott will wear the band now? “Until they stop killing us,” he said.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Memorial kids fishing tourney hosts 31 youth

OGALLALA—The Big Mac Fly Fishing Club sponsored the Howard Taylor Memorial Kids Fishing Tournament. In all, 31 children took part in the tournament with the goal of winning prizes for the longest blue gill and bass as well as most fish caught from Humphrey’s Pond.

In the blue gill division, Rick Fredrick took first place with an 8-inch catch. Chase Woolery’s first-place bass measured 10 inches, and prize for most fish caught at 22 was Brody Fredrick.

The tournament featured kids from all ages, ranging from 2 years old to 15, winning awards such as new tackle boxes and fishing poles.—reported in the Keith County News.

Farm Bureau Youth Ambassador named

CURTIS—Bailey Anderson, a senior at Medicine Valley High School, has been chosen as the 2016-17 Frontier County Farm Bureau Youth Ambassador. Anderson is active in numerous activities and organizations and also helps her mother with a catering business. Her obligations include promoting Farm Bureau and agriculture in Nebraska at various fairs and Husker Harvest Days. She will also attend county meetings and volunteer a day at the capital in Lincoln as well as give presentations about agriculture to elementary students. Upon completion of her obligations, she will receive a $500 college scholarship.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Shooting sports continue to grow in numbers

ARNOLD—Arnold 4-H’ers are fortunate to have two shooting sports leaders—Dusty Stutzman, who is certified in both pistol and rifle, and Blake Bierman, certified in rifle. This year, they are guiding 26 youth ages 8-16 in several areas of the sport, a large increase over the 10 youth who participated last year. The students are taught the safety, aiming and proper use of the tools, as well as the different shooting positions they will need to know for competitions. Stutzman, whose profession is a deportation officer with ICE, said he became a leader because he wants youth to know the importance of firearms as a tool and a sport.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Readers enjoy nostalgia edition of newspaper

CALLAWAY—The Callaway Courier published a “Vacation Nostalgia Edition” of the newspaper. The front page featured a copy of the first edition as published by Dr. M.L. and Rhoda Chaloupka 48 years ago on March 27, 1968. Also contained within the issue were stories, pictures and advertising from random eras as recorded in the archives dating back to 1885. The issue was published for readers to enjoy a bit of nostalgia while the publishers took a well-deserved vacation.—reported in the Callaway Courier.