AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Robert Henri’s 146th birthday celebrated
COZAD—The Robert Henri Museum and Historical Walkway recently celebrated its 146th birthday of Robert Henri, world renowned artist, teacher, son of John J. Cozad (found of Cozad), and former resident of Cozad, during the 1800’s. The celebration took place at the museum and was open to the public. Those attending the event were able to visit with Marilyn Cozad, wife of the great-great-nephew of John J. Cozad, from Las Vegas. The museum was also celebrating its recent renovations.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Historical quilt comes home to Custer County
BROKEN BOW—A piece of history had returned home to Custer County, in the form of a handmade block quilt. The story of the quilt and its travels are nothing short of amazing, and as some of the details remain a mystery, residents of Merna believe the important details are there. The 1892 block quilt is stitched with names of area families, and when a woman in Illinois saw it for sale at an antique store, she bought it thinking it might be important. Twenty years passed before she brought the quilt out of storage and began researching it. She then donated the quilt back to the community. Residents are amazed and happy to have the historical quilt back in the community.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Wiper proves largest game fish in tourney
OGALLALA—Ben and Grant Pavelka of North Platte landed the largest game fish and took the top trophy in the annual Ogallala Optimists Youth Fishing Tournament, held at Lake McConaughy. The Pavelkas landed a 10-pound, one-ounce wiper for the largest game fish and another near 10-pound wiper on the way to a 35-pound, 12-ounce team total. Trophies and prize packages were awarded to the participants during the weigh-in at Van’s Lakeview where 22 two-person teams competed in the annual event.—reported in the Keith County News.
Robotics Camp offered at Community Center
CURTIS—Fourteen Frontier County youth attended a five-day Robotics Camp at the Curtis Community Center recently. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Frontier County sponsored the camp. The Robotics Camp gave youth an opportunity to build and program a robot with step-by-step guides and resources. Each participating youth received a certificate and families were invited to watch the robots that they built and programmed on the last day of camp with demonstrations. The camp not only provided a real learning experience but an adventure for participants.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Hail up to tennis ball size blocked off roads
ARNOLD—The super cell thunderstorm which moved through the area recently, destroyed crops and damaged buildings in rural areas. Mills Valley was hard hit, when golf-ball sized hail, driven by high winds, fell for a solid 30 minutes. “We’re wiped out,” said Lindy Smith who reported a loss of 800 acres as well as broken windows and missing shingles across the area. Some landowners had recorded 4.70 inches of rain from the storm as well as drifts of hail blocking off roads. Some reported hail the size of tennis balls which had to be bulldozed from roads.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Tractor runs over and injures local farmer
CALLAWAY—A rural Callaway farmer suffered broken bones and crush injuries when he was run over by his own tractor early in the morning on June 15. According to reports, Jay Peterson was outside the tractor using starting fluid to assist starting the engine while turning the ignition key inside the cab. The tractor was apparently left in gear and when it was started, ran over Peterson. The tractor continued rolling about a quarter-mile before hanging up in some trees and stalling. Callaway Rescue transported the victim to Callaway District Hospital and he was later flown to Kearney and then on to Omaha for treatment.—reported in the Callaway Courier.