Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Lex principal honored at Washington, D.C.
COZAD—Barry McFarland of Lexington is among 61 outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad that have been named as 2011 National Distinguished Principals (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. McFarland, the principal of J. Sterling Morton Elementary School in Lexington, was honored at an awards banquet at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., during a two-day program.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
City considers cameras to help stop vandalism
BROKEN BOW—The Broken Bow Police Department is calling all area citizens asking for help. There has been a series of instances of vandalism centered mainly at the parks in Broken Bow, and the repairs have gotten costly. The city is considering installing surveillance cameras to help stop the current trend as members of the parks department are tired of the repairs, as should citizens be as well. Some of the reported vandalism includes damage to picnic tables, unscrewed lights and even bent over seating.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Motorist saves business from destruction by fire
OGALLALA—An observant motorist and aggressive firefighters may have saved an Ogallala business from total ruin. At 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 22, a passing motorist reported that a large amount of smoke was coming from Cornhusker Glass on First Street. Ogallala firefighters had gotten there in the nick of time as it was ready to go through the roof. The cause of the fire was a malfunctioning furnace and combustibles stored too close. Damages were estimated at $100,000. According to owners Larry and Shirley Schlem, the business would be temporarily closed.—reported in the Keith County News.
Trap shoot draws people, benefits Star Theater
CURTIS—The fourth annual Trap Shoot was held at Kessy and Troy Heinzle’s home on Saturday, Oct. 1. According to Kessy, it was the best attendance thus far. Fifty shooters and approximately 70 people participated in watching, hanging out, eating chili and bidding on silent auction items to help benefit the Star Theater. There were also door prizes and the weather cooperated allowing the Nebraska football game to be aired for all to watch.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
‘Spooktacular’ involves all ages at Arnold
ARNOLD—Chamber members and several youth organizations worked together for this year’s Halloween celebration on Oct. 28. The “Spooktacular” day began with a kiddie parade and costume contest, judged by members of the National Junior Honor Society. The youngsters then participated in a book hike and trick-or-treated at area businesses. A free movie was shown at the Rialto Theatre followed by a hotdog roast. A tour of “Frank-N-Teen” haunted woods kicked-off a spook show and game night at the Rialto.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
School suffers extensive outbreak of head lice
CALLAWAY—A major outbreak of head lice infestation at Callaway Public School has staff and nurses scrambling to bring it under control. Students from all 12 grades have been sent home at different times since the first nits (eggs) were detected on Oct. 18. Eleven girls and one boy were sent home with indications of head lice on that day. Five boys, 18 girls and a teacher were sent home recently with treatment kits as well. Additional nurses were brought in to help screen students and staff. Lockers had to be emptied so custodial staff could wipe them down as well as locker rooms, hallways, desks and more. Although this is not the first outbreak for Callaway Public School, it is the most extensive in recent memory.—reported in the Callaway Courier.