Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Expansion considered for Lexington Schools
COZAD—Plans under consideration for adding on to Lexington’s Bryan Elementary are advancing as school board members unanimously voted to enter into a contract with architects to have detailed plans drawn. According to sketches prepared, an addition would be made to the west side of the school consisting of a new 100-foot by 72-foot gym with seating for 300, a lobby commons area with rest rooms, administrative offices and a row of classrooms. An expansion of Lexington’s Middle School is also being discussed.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Three month study leads to final plans
BROKEN BOW—For the past three months, nine UNL landscape architecture students have been studying the community of Broken Bow—the businesses, the residential areas, the parks. The student group recently presented their final plans to the community consisting of their ideas for improving what the community has and creating what they are needing for growth and development. One such project proposed is a new Muddy Creek Greenway to transform the current eyesore into a user-friendly hiking, biking and social area, and connecting the north and south sides of the city.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Library now has 18 computers for use
OGALLALA—The Goodall Public Library received a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission for nine new computers, and after a year of waiting, they are now available for use to the public. The library received about $10,000 as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program who provided the funds to pay for the computers and their installation. With three computers downstairs at the library, and six upstairs, the total is brought up to 18 available for use.—reported in the Keith County News.
1888 Congregational Church closes doors
CURTIS—The last service of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Curtis took place Dec. 18. Members of the church have made the difficult decision to close the church permanently. According to Sandy Stencel, moderator, the average attendance was less than 10 people, and the expense to keep the physical building operating required most of the church’s savings. The church was founded in approximately 1888 and has served its members and the community from its current location since 1926. The church also owns the Thrift Shop in the Curtis community and plan to work to assure that it remains open while the church building will be offered for sale.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Loup 2 Loup road race is official SORC event
ARNOLD—Members of the Thomas County Commissioners recently approved a proposal to conduct an open road race on the Halsey-Purdum road. Blaine County Commissioners endorsed the event and the “Loup 2 Loup Open Road Race” is scheduled for Aug. 9, and is an addition to the 12th annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge on Aug. 11. A grid of 50 cars will compete in three speed classes with the goal of finishing closest to predetermined course times.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Village utility heads back in the black
CALLAWAY—Callaway’s commercial and residential electricity customers will see an 8% increase in their rates starting Jan. 1. The Village Board of Trustees voted 4-0 to enact an ordinance to increase electrical rates the first of the year, and then again another 8% starting in October. The move is based on a rate study which showed the utility losing money at an accelerating rate. Also voted to pass is the rebuilding of one of the diesel generator engines at the light plant. This will enable the village to generate power on demand.—reported in the Callaway Courier.