Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Brown recognized for 33 years at KRVN
COZAD—The 25th Service to Agriculture Award was presented by the Nebraska Rural Radio Association to one of their own, KRVNs general manager Eric Brown. Brown was recognized for his 33 years with the association that included numerous contributions to agriculture and broadcast journalism. He was also cited for his vision in guiding the formation of the Nebraska Rural Radio Network that now includes six stations in the association.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Wayward text leads to drug arrest in Bow
BROKEN BOW—A text message sent to a Nebraska State Patrol Trooper by mistake, led to a Kearney man being charged with marijuana possession in Broken Bow. A trooper began receiving text messages from an unknown number indicating the person wanted to buy drugs. The trooper continued contact and established a meeting point location in Broken Bow. After arriving at the designated site, a 23 year-old Kearney man was charged with Driving under the Influence of Drugs, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Broken Bow Police Department.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Mid-Plains to expand a campus at Ogallala
OGALLALA—The educational opportunities for those wanting to pursue higher education will likely increase with the location of an expanded campus of Mid-Plains Community College at Ogallala. City and county officials also believe the entire area also stands to benefit economically with the college’s enhanced presence. In a partnership with the community, the former CRT building on the southeast quadrant of Interstate 80 will be transformed into the Ogallala campus. Classes are tentatively being set to begin in the fall of 2012.—reported in the Keith County News.
Curtis youths named 4-H king and queen
CURTIS—Two Curtis students were recently named the 2011 4-H king and queen at the 4-H Achievement Day in Stockville with over 60 people in attendance. Jacob Brennemann, son of Bruce and Angel Brennemann of Curtis, was named king, and Colleen Melvin, daughter of Steve and Cindy Melvin of Curtis, was named queen. Nathan Lashley of Curtis was appointed senior attendant, and special recognition and awards were also presented.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Wildlife escapade for two Arnold men goes national
ARNOLD—Arnold made national news on Nov. 8 after two residents came upon a very unusual scenario involving wildlife. Joe Bob Atkins and Rudy Vickers were on their way to North Platte when they spotted two buck deer fighting. When the deer did not run away, they noticed that they were locked together by their antlers. After spending some time watching the duo and video taping them, they called Game & Parks officials who utilized the help of Atkins who was able to cut off one of the antlers with a saw and helped to separate them. After the two deer were freed, one ran away but the other stayed and rested. The two deer and the rescuers made national news through the NBC network.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Mountain lion is 52nd confirmed sighting
CALLAWAY—A 15-year-old deer hunter from Wayne killed a mountain lion near Creighton on Nov. 12. The boy, hunting a shelter belt in Knox County, spotted the mountain lion just 10 feet away before shooting an killing it in self-defense. The mountain lion was a young male, which has been typical for those spotted outside of the Panhandle, and the carcass was turned over to Game and Parks. This was the 52nd confirmed mountain lion sighting in Nebraska outside the Pine Ridge population since 1991.—reported in the Callaway Courier.