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AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Six move on in Cozad school board race

COZAD—Attention focused upon four contested Dawson County races during the recent primary dlection. In the highly contested race for the Cozad School Board that will see six candidates move on to the general election, the voter turnout was excellent. Ann Burkholder was the leading vote getter with 461. Michelle Starman (401), Joel Carlson (372), Wendy Thome (344), Troy Hosick (273) and Dallas Schroeder (272) will all advance to the general election this fall.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Bow police respond to alleged stabbing

BROKEN BOW—The Broken Bow Police Department was called to the scene of a domestic disturbance on May 7 at the Wooden Castle Motel on E Street in Broken Bow. As a result, Gwendolyn Raye Black Elk, 35, of Broken Bow was arrested for first-degree assault. Black Elk was jailed after allegedly stabbing Erik Lakota, 35, also of Broken Bow. The police department was assisted by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and the Broken Bow ambulance service. Charges are pending and the investigation continues.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Man drives into river after three pursuits

OGALLALA—A driver is in jail after his vehicle ended up in the Platte River following pursuits that started near Keith County on May 7. A trooper was checking information on the driver of a 2005 Chevy Silverado pickup parked just off of Highway 26 on County Road 207. The vehicle was blocking both lanes of traffic, then sped off and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled eastbound through Ogallala on Highway 30, where an attempt to spike the tires was unsuccessful. Another trooper attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle on Interstate 80 near Maxwell and another pursuit ensued. Again, an attempt to stop the vehicle failed at Minden as a third pursuit continued eastbound. The tires were finally successfully spiked near Alda. The driver left the roadway and came to rest in the river just west of Grand Island. The driver, Kade Brenna, 35, of Minatare, was pulled from the water, treated and released from a medical center and is lodged at the Buffalo County Corrections Center. The pursuit reached speeds of 85 to 90 mph.—reported in the Keith County News.

A new tradition is unbuckled at NCTA

CURTIS—Aggie students of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis won’t be sporting class rings from their alma mater. When these graduates leave campus, they will head home wearing a western belt buckle engraved with their name, year and major. “Become the Tradition” was recently unveiled at the inaugural NCTA Buckle ceremony for 28 students and will become a new tradition at the school. The buckle represents the ag college student better than rings would and can be worn with pride.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Greenhouse business expands at Arnold

ARNOLD—Greenhouse plants at Mills Hardware have a lot more room to breathe this spring as the business has expanded. Owners Terry and Dena Mills, who have set up the popular greenhouse for several years, unveiled a second greenhouse on the west side of their building on Highway 92, complete with a concrete pad. An additional 6 feet were also added on to the existing greenhouse, making both 30 feet long. The business can now offer a larger variety for shoppers as well as a better experience.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Callaway grad named Principal of the Year

CALLAWAY—The Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals recognized Sheri (Schneider) Chittenden, principal of Paxton Consolidated Schools, as the Nebraska Middle School Principal of the Year for 2016-17. Chittenden, a 1978 Callaway High School graduate, received her bachelor’s degree in education from Kearney in 1982 and her master’s degree in 2004. She is currently in her 12th year as the secondary principal and activities director at Paxton. She is active with numerous professional organizations with education, athletics, administration, advisory committees and more. Chittenden is the daughter of Alex and Marjorie Schneider of Callaway.—reported in the Callaway Courier.

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