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AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

 

School looks into Henri for senior project

COZAD—Melanie Nutt, member of the Robert Henri Museum & Art Gallery Board, addressed the Cozad Community Schools Board of Education about the possibility of all students attending Cozad High School to learn the history of John J. Cozad and his famous son who became a world-renowned artist, Robert Henri, and to tour the museum and art gallery sometime during their senior year. The museum has the largest collection of original Henri paintings in the entire world, but not many know of the history behind them. Nutt had learned the history when working at the museum during the summer. One board member stated he wholeheartedly agreed that everyone graduating from CHS should know about the importance of Henri, not only to the town and state but world-wide.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Fund raiser pays off school lunch debts

BROKEN BOW—As a parent of two girls in the Broken Bow Public School district, Melanee Nixon wanted to do something local that would benefit students in the district and help take a stress off parents. Nixon hosted a LipSense online party and donated her profits to the school district, which paid off the lunch debt of all students in the district. The effort exceeded the debt and the remaining money was placed in a milk fund for kindergarten students. School officials are thankful to have parents that see a need and do something about it.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Colorado police officer drowns at lake

OGALLALA—Joseph Anthony Teeter, 51, of Littleton, CO, became the first water fatality at Lake McConaughy in about five years when he drowned Aug. 20 about two miles west of Van’s Lakeview. Teeter, who was a police officer for the city of Denver voluntarily departed from the boat for a swim, without a life jacket, and was unable to return, according to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Boating Safety Officer Scott Eveland. His girlfriend was unable to assist him into the boat. Lake McConaughy Dive Rescue Team recovered the body on the lake’s surface. Neither alcohol nor foul play is suspected, and the incident has been ruled as an accidental drowning.—reported in the Keith County News.

Rural Fire District to purchase equipment

CURTIS—The Curtis Fire Departments received $2,500 from the Farm Credit Service of America, and will use the funds for grass fire equipment including foam nozzles and wild land boots. The Ambulance Department also received a $2,000 grant. The departments were able to apply to receive a Working Here Fund Grant once a year. According to David Mortensen, treasurer of Curtis Rural Fire District, “Our fire fighting personnel have the knowledge and skills required to conduct all levels of wild land operations and require the proper protection gear and equipment to fulfill the need.”—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Village receives good news for playground

ARNOLD—Members of the Arnold Village Board received good news recently during their regular meeting when they were informed by Patricia Lamberty that the village had received a $2,000 check from the Nebraska Community Foundation, which is a grant payment from the Arnold Community Foundation for playground equipment. Also, AEDC Director Cheryl Carson informed the board that Great Plains Communications is double checking on whether or not operating systems are compatible for live stream cameras for Arnold events. Once word is received, the cameras can be ordered and installed.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

New bar and grill to open soon in Callaway

CALLAWAY—Anyone in Callaway can’t miss a larger-than-life shotgun that is mounted in front of the former Triple T Restaurant building in Callaway, a sign that a new tavern and restaurant will be opening soon called Shotgun Annie’s Saloon and Grill, owned and operated by Candace Smith. The plan is to be open to serve a food menu in time for Labor Day weekend and Kite Flight. Smith has been in the bar and restaurant business for numerous years and owned the One Horse Saloon in Nickerson. She plans to be open Wednesdays to Saturdays for lunch and into the evening hours for supper, along with a Sunday brunch buffet and daily specials. Smith also plans to utilize technology and have a web page detailing the menu and information.—reported in the Callaway Courier

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