Area News Digest
100th Meridian Boss Gobblers gift turkeys
COZAD—Members of the 100th Meridian Boss Gobblers Cozad chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was the host for the third annual Turkey Hunter Care Program that resulted in the recent gifting of over 210 turkeys to area families during the 2011 holiday season.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Fans say goodbye to Arnold’s Blues festival
BROKEN BOW—For the past 18 years, people have been singing the Blues in Arnold. This past week, many folks were experiencing a case of “the blues” as the announcement was made that the annual South Loup River Blues & BBQ, more commonly known as Blues Fest, is calling it quits. Blues Fest was the “baby” of KCNI/KBBN owner and general manager David J. Birnie, who organized the first event in 1993 as a station promotion. The constant challenges including crowds, alcohol sales and more have been slowly changing the event and Birnie wanted to “end it while it was still what he wanted it to be.”—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Two men rescued from frigid water
OGALLALA—Hunters, whose boat capsized Dec. 17 on Lake McConaughy, and a man, who attempted to rescue one of the hunters who could not swim to shore, are alive, thanks to the efforts of the Lake McConaughy Dive Rescue Team and other agencies. At 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the team was paged for a water rescue call on the south shore. When the team arrived, two of the three hunters had swum to shore to get help. The third hunter had been in the frigid water for over an hour and was clinging to a tree. A man at a nearby house used a personal watercraft to aid, but the vehicle sank, putting him in the water as well. The rescue team were able to reach the men with a Zodiac boat, who were then transported to the Ogallala Community Hospital and treated for hypothermia.—reported in the Keith County News.
Dance team achieves first place in division
CURTIS—Members of the Maywood Dance Team achieved first place in their division when they traveled to Omaha on Dec. 4 for the Cornhusker Challenge. They came home with the first place plaque, and also became a member of the 100% club as they did not receive any qualification deductions from their flawless routine. The four girls are now preparing for the state competition coming up in February.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Sharing beauty with others at Christmas
ARNOLD—Local citizen Leon Weinman brought a beautifully detailed, color manger scene mural to the Arnold Sentinel office to share his find with others at this Christmas time. The mural, in excellent condition, was found tucked away between the floor joists of his house for who knows how long. According to Weinman, it had to be at least a minimum of 50 years as the house sat vacant for 10 years before he purchased it, and found it when beginning a remodel project.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Farmers contribute corn to CCFF fund
CALLAWAY—There are many ways to “give back” to the Callaway community by contributing to the Callaway Community Foundation Fund (CCFF). Several local farmers are contributing bushels of corn to the CCFF which will then sell the corn and receive the income from the sale. The farmers received a receipt from the Nebraska Community Foundation, which makes the grain donation a tax deductible gift, benefitting both the Callaway community and the contributing farmer. According to the donating farmers, it’s a way to make a contribution using a product they produce in Callaway, to help out their small town.—reported in the Callaway Courier.