Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Couple in Cozad commotion apprehended
COZAD—An Oregon couple that created lots of commotion in Cozad recently was apprehended following a high speed chase in Utah. Roy and Jessica Fritts, ages 33 and 34 of Union, OR, were arrested near Echo, UT. The Fritts were camping with another person, Edmund Thornell, 54, and a dispute resulted between them where Thornell was shot several times. Although hospitalized, he was able to give police details of the incident and that his van was also stolen. The Fritts had led police on a high speed chase in and near Cozad, fled and stole a Paulsen Inc. vehicle, which was later recovered in Lincoln.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Twin Loup Wolves begins its new coop
BROKEN BOW—High School sports fans across Central Nebraska will soon see maroon, silver and black and not orange and red. Starting this fall Loup County and Sargent High School begin their first season as cooperating schools in high school activities, except for football. Loup County and Sargent will begin playing football together in the fall of 2012. Students voted on and embraced the wolfe as their new mascot. Officials from both schools are looking forward to the transition and think the coop is perfect for both communities.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Open meetings violation alleged in Ogallala
OGALLALA—The Ogallala School Board will have to answer an allegation of violating the Nebraska Open Meetings Act after Audra Hamaker of Lewellen wrote a letter to Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning asking for an investigation. School Board President Tena Most received a letter from Assistant Attorney General Donley explaining the process, where the complaint is due a response before making a determination as to whether further action is appropriate. A law firm representative will also come to Ogallala to interview board members and present a report as to any violations.—reported in the Keith County News.
EMT’s needed in Frontier County
CURTIS—Volunteer EMT’s are becoming far and few between in Frontier County. There are a few dedicated EMT’s, and they are usually at work. EMT’s have looked at the problem of not enough to respond to all of the calls and plans are in the works to find a solution and to keep the emergency response quick, but unless there are volunteers to step up and help fill the void, the response could lengthen to having North Platte or McCook Squads help cover the calls. Also planned is a First Responder and EMT course in Curtis to help the interest in joining.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
SORC draws wrestling celebrity racer
ARNOLD—The recent Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) weekend provided the chance to meet a professional wrestler, Bill Goldberg. The 1998 WCW World Heavy Weight Champion Goldberg of Los Angeles, CA, was in Arnold to compete in the SORC’s special 91 m.p.h. class with 19 other drivers. He was invited to compete at Arnold by his good friend, Billy Howelo of Tennessee, another participant. Harchelroad Motors, Inc. of Imperial and Wauneta brought up a Corvette for Goldberg to drive. Goldberg described the SORC experience as “unbelievable,” and that he will definitely be back next year with his own car and his wife, a Hollywood stunt woman.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Kite Flight will fly for another year.
CALLAWAY—The annual Callaway Kite Flight is to go on this year thanks to the determined efforts of defacto chairperson Gayle Pitkin and a small committee. Pitkin reported planning progress to the Callaway Chamber during its recent meeting. Kit Flight is traditionally conducted over Labor Day weekend and will fall on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-5, this year. A few changes are planned such as eliminating the distracting loudspeakers, the Lutheran Church will handle concessions and the Chamber is planning a work evening to clean up the site’s buildings and grounds. Though, volunteers and help are still needed for the event.—reported in the Callaway Courier.