Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Cornhusker Hoops wow fans at Cozad
COZAD—The fans in the stands were brought to their feet many times during the hardwood showdown between the Senior Husker Football players and the AfterZone All-Stars on April 2 in Cozad at The Barn. Husker Mike McNeill wowed the crowd when he scored with authority during the hoops contest. After the game, Huskers signed autographs and met with the fans.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Bow breaks ground for new pool/aquatic center
BROKEN BOW—On April 4, the city of Broken Bow officially broke ground on a new swimming pool and aquatic center that the citizens of Broken Bow approved a bond for last May. City leaders manned the shovels during a ceremony to begin construction on the seven-year planned center. The current city swimming pool was constructed in 1976 and was expected to last about 20 years, and now after 34 years, the cost of upkeep and repairs had become prohibitive for the city. The new facility, with many added features, is expected to take about two years to complete and will be built north of the current facility.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Interpretive Center repairs nearly complete
OGALLALA—The Lake McConaughy Water Interpretive Center took another step toward its second completion recently after Split Rock Studios workers installed the “Water for Power” exhibit in the center. After a 2007 fire heavily damaged a portion of the 9,000 square-foot Interpretive Center, the restoration of the facility is nearly complete. The recent completed exhibit defines the uses of water for power and includes an interactive television, a fiber optic interactive and a graphic reading rail interactive.—reported in the Keith County News.
Miss America to attend Curtis Community Banquet
CURTIS—On June 7, members of the Curtis community will host the third annual Community Banquet which is held to recognize the importance of giving back to one’s community. The Citizen of the Year will be honored and a posthumous citizen will also be honored. Special guest for this year’s event will be Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan of Gering. The event will feature a performance by Miss America, a meal, door prizes, awards and more.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
New restaurant owner has plans for Sundays
ARNOLD—After 32 years of owning Suzy’s Pizza and 48 years in the bar/food industry, Jimmy Pelton recently handed over the keys to new business owner Keane Loh-miller. The official name of the establishment is now Keane’s Suzy’s Pizza, Pub and Grill. Keane is the son of Buzz and Kay Lohmiller of Arnold. The motto for the restaurant is “get in and get out,” giving the community a good place to eat with great and fast service. One of Lohmiller’s goals is to be able to keep the restaurant open on Sundays, once he has the grace of community members and the village board.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Meeting airs views on Sunday liquor ban
CALLAWAY—Another effort to retire Callaway’s longtime ban on Sunday liquor sales began recently with an informational meeting. Hangar 22 proprietor Holly Jorgenson invited the public to share their views at a meeting in the community center where around 30 people were present. Jorgenson is seeking to overturn the ban since installing a pizza oven at her bar so she can serve beer and liquor with pizza to customers. She said she is unwilling to push the issue onto the next available ballot because many of her customers are from out of town, rather, she would prefer the Village Board of Trustees consider the issue. Views were aired on both sides with discussions ongoing.—reported in the Callaway Courier.