Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Astronaut featured at Veteran’s Day activities
COZAD—NASA Astronaut Clayton Anderson arrived in Lexington during the week with a busy schedule. He delivered the keynote address during a Veteran’s Day program. He made two school presentations as well as presenting a program at the middle school and an evening session. Anderson also participated in a meet and greet at the Heartland Military Museum following a ceremony, and appeared as the grand marshal in the Veteran’s Day parade.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Elevator formally begins with ground breaking
BROKEN BOW—The Andersons, Inc. formally broke ground Friday, Nov. 4 on a 3.8 million bushel capacity grain elevator east of Anselmo. The facility is slated to be open in time for the 2012 harvest. Standing in a newly harvested corn field, company executives, board and village members and others grabbed shovels and dug in during the ceremony. The construction project is the first elevator Andersons has constructed in Nebraska and will be the largest in Custer County.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Gallery hosts fallen soldiers memorial wall
OGALLALA—Ogallala’s Petrified Wood Gallery is to showcase the “Remembering Our Fallen” Memorial which includes photos of the 116 Nebraskans and western Iowans who have died during the War on Terror. The display was available for public viewing on Nov. 15, and will continue today through Nov. 20. This exhibit was created in such a way that it will travel easily throughout Nebraska and western Iowa focusing on the hometowns of the fallen.—reported in the Keith County News.
NCTA to dedicate new education center Nov. 18
CURTIS—The new Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis is now complete with a dedication ceremony to take place on Nov. 18. Construction began in October of 2010 on one of the largest and most innovative building projects in NCTA’s history to help increase capacity, produce more students to return to their communities and increase the quality of living and learning atmosphere.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold landmark, Model Cafe, sells at auction
ARNOLD—An Arnold landmark, the well-known Marj’s Model Cafe, and all its contents sold at auction recently. A good crowd was on hand to look over familiar items such as red Coca Cola glasses and even the old french fry maker. The cafe was opened in 1966 by Bill and Marj Hagler and was known far and wide for its budget-friendly Sunday buffet. The buyer, Arnold resident and business owner Carmen Purcell bought the building but doesn’t know what she will do with it yet except to celebrate her birthday in it.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Two rate increases in electricity are predicted
CALLAWAY—Callaway residents are used to cheap electricity though village utility customers may grumble a bit as they write out the monthly check. Be prepared to grumble more because the utility needs to raise rates to meet the expenses of rising wholesale costs of electricity. According to results of a study, village electrical revenue decreased by about $28,000 in 2010 and another in fiscal 2011. Callaway’s purchased power costs are anticipated to increase 5-7 percent. Conclusion results indicate a need for at least two 7 percent rate increases.—reported in the Callaway Courier.