Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns or area newspapers.
Cozad men recognized with legacy award
COZAD—Otto Geiger and Wendell Atchison of Cozad were recently given special recognition and presented with Adrian Edgar Legacy Awards during Camp Comeca’s 61st anniversary celebration. The two men have been involved with the development of Comeca since the late 1960’s and have served the camp in board of director and other leadership positions since that time.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Train Safety Day combines fun, learning
BROKEN BOW—Approximately 500 Broken Bow area elementary students were treated with a chance to climb inside the cab of a real BNSF locomotive recently and shake hands with a railroad engineer and conductor. The students ventured to the Broken Bow Train Depot for Train Safety Days where they received a tour of the train engine and learned about train safety. An Operation Lifesaver presentation gave students information about the dangers of railroad crossings and being safe around the tracks. The children were also treated to a ride on a motorized BNSF mini train.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Former Keith County attorney faces charges
OGALLALA—In addition to three felony theft by unlawful taking charges Blake Edwards of Ogallala faces, the former Keith County attorney has also been charged with two counts of income tax evasion and three counts of filing false income tax returns. The original charges stemmed from the mishandling of the county’s diversion program funds, and the latest charges stemmed from supporting documents from a search warrant of his home. Edwards faces Class 3 and 4 felonies with imprisonment and fines.—reported in the Keith County News.
‘Cowboy Romance’ quilt people’s choice
CURTIS—Local seamstress Linda Fisher’s creative quilt named “Cowboy Romance” was chosen as the people’s choice top award at the recent Curtis Fall Festival Quilter’s Show. The event was sponsored by the Frontier County Stitchers. The quilt was created by Fisher as a gift to her husband for their 25th wedding anniversary and depicts a silhouette of a woman rider atop a horse and a cowboy standing beside them, framed with an eight-point star pattern.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Rev up your engines...SORC is expanding
ARNOLD—Area residents should rev up their engines as the Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC) is expanding. Approximately 65 people were present for a recent town hall meeting where the possibility of expanding the race to include an open road race from Halsey to Purdum. Residents gave a huge thumbs up to the expansion with more than 50 signing up to volunteer help with the event. The Halsey-Purdum race is tentatively set for the Thursday prior to the shootout and will probably be limited to 50 drivers with eventually adding more.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Adrenalin rush for fire-fighter’s exercise
CALLAWAY—Firefighters from Callaway, Oconto and Mullen gathered at the Oconto baseball field to learn the fine points of fighting a propane gas fire. After a classroom session, participants donned bunker gear to put what they learned in practice with a simulated and very realistic situation in which a propane tank was ignited. Temperatures rose by as much as 1,200 degrees with training instructing firefighters to guide the flames away from the shutoff valve. The object of the exercise was to shut down the tank, however, controlling the heat until the fuel is exhausted was the main goal.—reported in the Callaway Courier.