Thursday, August 21, 2014
   
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Area News Digest

Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.

Local lawyer given a 50-year salute honor

COZAD—Claude Berreckman, Sr. of Cozad was recently honored for his 50-year career as a lawyer with citations presented by the Nebraska State Bar Association. Berreckman began his career in Cozad in 1961 and served as Dawson County deputy attorney and coroner. He was president of the Young Lawyers Section and of the Nebraska Land Title Association. He is a Nebraska State Bar Foundation Bronze Fellow and is one of the founders of the Cozad Hospital Foundation, serving as president for 30 years. He has been inducted into the Cozad Healthcare Hall of Fame and is also one of the founders of the Cozad United Way. Berreckman has also held numerous community leadership roles in Cozad including serving the school board and Lions Club, among others. He was honored with the salute during a luncheon held in Lincoln.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Hospital breaks ground on new Wellness Center

BROKEN BOW—Members of the JMMC board of directors and Broken Bow city officials recently joined for an official ground breaking of the new Wellness Center being constructed north of the indoor tennis court. The JMMC Wellness Center began as an exercise area in the basement of the hospital for employees about 15 years ago and opened to the public shortly after. Following a flood in the basement six years ago, the center was moved off campus to the ARC of Custer County building. The new center will contain 4,680 square feet of space as well as dressing rooms, showers, locker areas, restrooms, mechanical room and offices.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Keith Co. Fairgrounds to build a new facility

OGALLALA—For nearly 10 years, the Keith County Agriculture Society has been interested in providing a new livestock facility for the Keith County Fairgrounds. However, largely due to cost, such a facility never came about—until now. By next summer, Ag Society Board members said there will be a new, improved livestock facility. The open-air facility will be 125-by-66 feet, with 14-foot eaves to allow access for equipment. It will have enough pens, some moveable, to provide ample space for all livestock, and an expandable end wall to allow for future expansions. A price tag of $310,000 will first be borrowed by the Ag Society then paid back through its tax asking.—reported in the Keith County News.

New Nativity scene in Curtis is work of art

CURTIS—The city of Curtis has a new Nativity scene, located on the corner of East Third Street and Center Avenue, made possible by the proceeds from a silent auction held during the Curtis Hometown Christmas last year. The Nativity consists of carved wooden figurines purchased with a local-made stable by Mike Meyer. This year’s Hometown Christmas festivities included tours of the new NCTA facilities, poinsettia sales, craft show and soup supper and a fund-raiser for the Star Theater projector project.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

New Universal laser in production at SHGP

ARNOLD—School House Graphic Products (SHGP) students at Arnold Public School recently made a large investment in their business by purchasing a new Universal brand laser. The students have been saving money earned in the business for four years and the investment was substantial. Members of the Sandhills Open Road Challenge stepped in with a generous donation and helped the group to purchase the machine, which has more capabilities and more power than the old laser, promising a future of continued production for the students at Arnold.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Callaway Library adds four new computers

CALLAWAY—Computer capacity at Nigel Sprouse Memorial Library just increased dramatically. Finishing touches were placed on four new internet- and Skype-ready computers recently, courtesy of local donations and fund-raisers, a large grant from the Nebraska Library Commission and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the computers is set up to Americans with Disabilities Act specifications for users with a variety of disabilities. The new computers bring the total online to seven work stations at the library.—reported in the Callaway Courier.