Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Lex schools explore options for construction
COZAD—Lexington Public School officials are exploring options for clearing land needed for school construction, hoping to preserve usable structures. Lexington Public Schools put four houses up for bid had only had an offer on one, leaving three houses remaining. The remaining structures put the district in a predicament because the land needs to be cleared before school construction projects can proceed. School officials are exploring options before the houses have to be torn down as the land needs to be cleared by the second week in September.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Ogallala considers extending alcohol sales
OGALLALA—The sale of alcohol may be extended at Ogallala if members of the City Council pass an ordinance allowing for such a measure during its September meeting. City manager Bruce Smith noted representatives from local businesses had asked the code be amended to allow for the sale of alcohol on Sundays beginning at 6 a.m. instead of the current time of 12 noon. The proposed amendment would also include extending from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. establishments being able to serve alcohol.—reported in the Keith County News.
Anonymous donation helps ambulance service
CURTIS—Following the tragic death of Scott Magee, Frontier County Ambulance Service received a generous donation from an anonymous person, a huge surprise. Members of the ambulance service began evaluating where this donation could go to best benefit the community and the squad felt that using this donation, among others, would assist in replacing the AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillator), as the current ones are over 10 years old. The anonymous donation has been appreciated by members of the squad and will enable them to also give back to the community with vital life saving pieces of equipment.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Students prepare for Arnold 100th graduation
ARNOLD—Students will be getting a big lesson in local school history during the 2012-13 school year, which began the past week. An unprecedented project is being undertaken in preparation for the 100th Arnold High School graduation in May of 2013. Students will be guided in creating an Arnold School History book. They will be doing research, interviews and putting everything into chronological form. The books will then be available for sale in the spring and all scanned pictures and items will be made into a video for the 2013 AHS Alumni program.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local ball player goes to national tourney
CALLAWAY—Kalen Dockweiler, fifth grader at Callaway Public School, was among elite company as a member of the Central Nebraska Basketball Association (CNBA) team that went 32-4 and finished fourth in the national tournament in Wichita, KS. Members of the CNBA beat last year’s champs elite team of Denver 61-54 in double overtime to make the tournament final four overall. Dockweiler was encouraged to try out for the team based in Aurora by assistant coach Joel Stryker of Callaway, and plans to try out again next year.—reported in the Callaway Courier.