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AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Youth shows hard work can grow a business

COZAD—Isaac White will be a sixth-grader at Cozad Middle School this fall, but it has been his efforts this summer that are standing out in the town. White has been mowing lawns for a couple of years and has even been called to assist a mowing service a time or two. Until recently, he could be seen pushing his mower down the street or waiting until his father got off work to complete his jobs. With his own intuition and gumption, White researched building a wagon for his bike to carry the lawn mower and expand his business. With the assistance of his grandfather, a cart big enough to hold his mower, a weed eater and a gas can is being pulled by White on his bike.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Atkins wins National All Around Cowgirl

BROKEN BOW—The National High School Rodeo was in Gillette, WY, July 17-23, and was the biggest high school rodeo yet with 1,638 contestants in all. A good representation of Broken Bow youth participated in the rodeo, including Jayde Atkins competing in reined cow horse, girls cutting, barrel racing and pole bending. Atkins not only won All Around Cowgirl, but had the highest reined work score and the highest cow work score, receiving a $2,500 scholarship and a couple of new saddles. Chase Miller competed in tie down roping and boys cutting.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Soap box racers place at world championships

OGALLALA—Local history was made this year in soap box derby. At the 79th First Energy All American Soap Box Derby World Championships in mid-July at Akron, OH, Paxton’s Remington Schimonitz took fifth place in the super stock rally competition. Schimonitz’s fifth-place finish adds him to the list of local racers to place at the world championships. Every car that makes it to the world championships is also entered into its division’s best-decorated and best paint job competitions. Logan Mendenhall’s car, sponsored by Ogallala Moose Lodge, was awarded first prize in the best-decorated contest.—reported in the Keith County News.

Eustis Fair & Corn Show celebrates 100 years

CURTIS—The 100th annual Eustis Fair and Corn Show will be celebrated through Aug. 6. To kick off the event, a blue rock shoot will be conducted at the gun range, followed by a barbecue. A pool and pizza party as well as a volleyball tournament, 4-H exhibits and a movie night will add to the festivities. The junior rodeo will include mutton bustin’ at the rodeo arena. Other activities include games, the parade and entertainment as well as a demolition derby and a dance.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Students learn more than just a new skill

ARNOLD—Almost five years ago at the age of 39, Jarrod Hill suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke. Prior to the stroke, he was a horseshoer, team roper and welder. However, he has overcome numerous obstacles and now is teaching 4-H welding projects in Arnold. Hill’s students have not only learned a new skill, but also how to always put their best foot forward and never back down.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Black settlers of Custer County remembered

CALLAWAY—A large audience recently gathered at the Nigel Sprouse Memorial Library to hear a presentation about African-Americans settling the Sandhills and Custer County back in the 1870-80s. The talk was presented by Nebraska Humanities speaker Vicki Troxel Harris. Harris’ presentation of “African-American Settlers and Cowboys in Nebraska,” told of how many were drawn to the region because of the Kincaid Act, which opened up marginal land to homesteading offering 640 acres. Harris also spoke of the Buffalo Soldiers, an all black calvary troop who manned Fort Robinson for a time.—reported in the Callaway Courier.

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