Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Touring the country
COZAD—Passing through the area recently were two young men, Chase Manley,18, of Western Springs, IL, and Adam Mercier, 19, of France. They were touring the western part of the United States from Chicago, IL, to San Francisco, CA, on their pedal-powered velomobiles. The men stayed over at Lexington before venturing westbound towards the Pacific coast and were building and posting on Youtube their progress while building their Triketreks on a 2,311 mile ride.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
ATVs, UTVs to be legal on Ogallala streets
OGALLALA—City Council members unanimously voted to pass Ordinance 1281, an amendment that will allow all-terrain and utility-type vehicles to drive on city streets. The amendment will allow individuals to drive ATV’s and UTV’s on city streets, with the proper permits and safety gear. The vote was made possible by an assurance that allowing the all-terrain and utility-type vehicles would not raise insurance rates for Ogallala residents. The vehicles will be allowed on the city’s streets Aug. 3.—reported in the Keith County News.
ALCC announces major expansion and growth
BROKEN BOW—Adams Land & Cattle Company (ALCC) publicly announced its plans to again double the size of its business. Since inception in 1973, ALCC has become one of the premier cattle feeders in the state of Nebraska, by focusing on innovative approaches and research driven production models. With an ever increasing demand for meat protein worldwide, the company has the opportunity to double production through external facilities and feeders throughout Nebraska and other states. Many new positions and job openings were on the horizon as well.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Curtis, Maywood businesses burglarized
CURTIS—Two local businesses were burglarized recently. The Village Market in Maywood and Brown’s in Curtis were both the victims of break-ins. Thieves had broken the back window and reached around and unlocked the back door of the Village Market where they stole cash and ransacked areas of the store. Brown’s in Curtis was also ransacked after being broken into. The thieves tried unsuccessfully to break into their safe. According to Sheriff Dan Rupp, cash appears to have been the target, and both cases remain under investigation.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Post Office closure could cause hardships
ARNOLD—A notice had recently been received that the Halsey Post Office was under review for alternate delivery, which meant closing. The Halsey office is the viable center of the small community that is the gateway to the Halsey National Forest, as well as the location of the State 4-H Camp, both who utilize the office daily. The town also has many elderly residents who will find its closing a great hardship. Others impacted include Sandhills Public Elementary, a motel and eating establishment. In response, a petition is being circulated and residents were being urged to attend an informative meeting on the future of the post office.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Morgan kin gather to dedicate park sign
CALLAWAY—Descendents of N.M. Morgan, for whom Morgan Park is named, recently celebrated the installation of a new sign in his honor. The entrance sign was erected in honor of the park’s founder at the southwest entrance, also known for its wagon wheel and brick facade. Morgan was a Civil War veteran and built a homestead on the north side of the South Loup River, northwest of the present-day Callaway in 1880. He filed a timber claim in which he then planted the grove with a vision of providing the new town with the park that Callaway residents enjoy today.—reported in the Callaway Courier.