Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Cub Scouts’ popcorn sales prove successful
COZAD—Members of the Cozad Cub Scout Pack 187 recently completed their 2011 popcorn sales fundraiser. This year the pack of 26 boys sold over $20,000 in popcorn. Over $1,000 of popcorn will be sent to the military units overseas. All scouts earned a prize from Trails End Popcorn including patches, pins and gift cards. Those scouts selling $1,500 worth of popcorn will be attending the “Husker Experience” than includes the Husker Spring football game. Webelo Trevor Linn was the top overall seller with $2,732 in sales, and also received a prize check.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Custer campus changes ownership
BROKEN BOW—An announcement was made recently that Mid-Plains Community College will assume ownership of the Broken Bow extended campus beginning Jan. 1. No changes on the campus itself are expected, the move was purely a business move, according to campus coordinator, Don Davis. The facility has seen about a 12% increase in enrollment over its first semester, which Davis attributes to the new building at the campus.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Officers’ raid shuts down meth operation
OGALLALA—With cooperation from three law enforcement agencies, a man was arrested Dec. 26 at a Big Springs house for possession of anhydrous ammonia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine. According to a Deuel County Sheriff official, a search warrant was executed for the home on Pine Street, and as a result of investigation, a 39-year-old man was arrested. The investigation is continuing with more arrests to follow. Members of the fire department were on hand to assist with hazardous materials which were removed from the residence.—reported in the Keith County News.
Employees forego party and donate to theater
CURTIS—The employees of Curtis State Bank had decided to cancel their annual Christmas party this year and instead make a donation to the Star Theater projector fund. The bank employees donated a check in the amount of $1,000 towards the theater’s new projector equipment. Board president for the Star Theater Kevin Brown was present during a photo opportunity to accept the check on behalf of theater board members.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Two aquatic habitat and access projects underway
ARNOLD—Two Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation and Angler Access projects are underway in Custer County, each sponsored by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Each project will improve fisheries at Arnold Lake, just south of Arnold, and Victoria Springs Lake, located six miles east of Anselmo. Both locations have insufficient depth to support a fishery and failing outlet structures. Planned improvements have been established, funded through the NGPC’s Nebraska Aquatic Habitat program and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
‘Nostalgia Edition’ takes readers back in time
CALLAWAY—The Callaway Courier of Dec. 29 published a “Nostalgia Edition.” The special edition newspaper included stories, photos and even some ads from the 1920s to present. Stories included a bank holiday causing a cash crunch in the Callaway area, a fire destroying the Oconto Light Plant and more. One such ad by the Star Theatre advertised the movie, “King Kong” starring Fay Wray, Robt. Armstrong and Bruce Cabot, with admission fees of 10¢ and 25¢.—reported in the Callaway Courier.