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Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Lex marks Chamber night with new president

COZAD—Tying into the Oscar ceremony, members of the Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 2016 annual banquet with a movie theme. Guests arrived to a red carpet, where a number of awards were presented to place community leaders in the spotlight. One such notable event was Chamber of Commerce President Laura Robbins, who gave the symbolic gavel to incoming president Barry McFarland, who is re-evaluating where strategic planning efforts should be.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Magic show raises funds for library campaign

BROKEN BOW—More than 110 children and adults enjoyed the “Bizarre Deceptions Magic Show” put on by magician John Laskowski in Broken Bow on Feb. 27. The audience was wowed by magic tricks and illusions, and at the end of the show, they even learned a trick of their own. Laskowski performed tricks with ropes, cards, scarves, batons and more. The show raised money for the “Love Your Library-Expand Our Future” renovation and remodeling campaign.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Students create lamp post signs for city

OGALLALA—Ogallala High School welding students received approval from city council members to construct western-themed steel signs to be hung on city lamp posts. The students are utilizing a plasma cam at the school to design and cut the signs, making two for each post—a top sign and a bottom sign—which will hang from a chain. City employees will mount them to the lamp posts around town. The project offers designing experience for the students while giving back to the community.—reported in the Keith County News.

Teen planned benefit to ‘give back’ to others

CURTIS—Sixteen-year-old sophomore of Medicine Valley Johnathon Hazen, was in a serious car accident on Jan. 29 and wants to “give back” to those who helped him: the EMTs and members of the Curtis Volunteer Fire Department. Hazen rolled his vehicle on a country road after losing control on loose gravel. He sustained numerous injuries including tearing of the liver and spleen, a neck injury and broken vertebrae. He was treated by the EMTs and transported to Kearney. He planned a benefit on March 7 to show his appreciation with a freewill donation hamburger feed, a 50/50 auction and a silent auction to benefit the EMTs and CVFD.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Free smoke detectors to be installed at Arnold

ARNOLD—The Red Cross and the Arnold Volunteer Fire Department are installing smoke detectors on March 12 for anyone in Arnold who may need them. There is no cost for the smoke detectors or installation. The Arnold Rotary and National Honor Society will help with the program as a community service project to bring attention to the importance of fire safety in the community. The Red Cross will bring 450 detectors for the project, and anyone wanting one is asked to contact the fire chief Eric Nelson. While the detector is being installed, residents will receive information on a home fire safety plan.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.