Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Central Platte NRD to begin rehab on canal
COZAD—The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors approved the initial bidding process for Phase I construction of the Cozad Canal. Phase I will consist of removal of trees, reshaping the side slopes of the canal and reseeding the banks, to be completed by April of 2012. According to officials, the canal itself is in good shape but the structures are in poor condition. Construction is being split into three sets of plans to rehab about 10 miles of the canal with Phase I to cost $1 million.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Eng sentenced to 1 year after plea agreement
BROKEN BOW—A 24-year-old Broken Bow man was recently sentenced to one year in the Nebraska Department of Corrections by Custer County District Court Judge Karin Noakes. Geoffrey J. Eng was handed the sentence after reaching a plea agreement with the state, and was found guilty of criminal attempt-first degree assault, a Class III felony. Eng was originally charged with three felony counts stemming from a June 25 incident involving the brutal assault of another Broken Bow man in his apartment. He was arrested after breaking into the man’s apartment and assaulting him while he was sleeping.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Mid-Plains celebrates 85 years of education
OGALLALA—As Ogallala awaits the remodeling of its Mid-Plains Community College Extended Campus, the Mid-Plains College system celebrates 85 years of providing higher education to the residents in its 16-county service area. Not only does the college address the education needs of the “people’s college,” it also is positioned to lead the 18-county service area with economic development and prosperity in its 35 communities.—reported in the Keith County News.
NCTA dedicates four new facilities on campus
CURTIS—A large crowd recently gathered in the new auditorium at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Three other major projects completed on the campus of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture over the last two years were also dedicated including the Walter Long Veterinary Technology Teaching Clinic, George & Carol Garlick Aggie West Residence Hall, Aggie Central Residence Hall and the Bio Mass Project.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
DownHome Emporium opens in Arnold
ARNOLD—The former Classic Coyotee on Arnold’s main street has reopened with a new name and a new owner. Chelsea (Knight) Hershey, a 2003 Arnold High School graduate, held a grand opening of DownHome Emporium recently. The store is offering many of the same services in addition to a full line of cards, business and party supplies, tuxedo rentals and florals. One of the biggest changes is offering handmade items consigned by talented local people.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Courier expands with new Internet website
CALLAWAY—The Callaway Courier website officially opened recently. Go to www.callawaycourier.com to look around the site, which will be available for subscription only with a section for free important updates. During an introductory time, story entry restrictions will be removed to help readers become acquainted with how the site works and its various features. According to Mike Wendorff, editor, the website is roughly where it needs to be and he will be streamlining additions later in the operation.—reported in the Callaway Courier.