Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Cozad’s specialty clinic closer to completion
COZAD—Construction is entering the final stages for the new specialty clinic, which is being built on the east side of the Cozad Community Hospital. The facility will accommodate about 20 specialty physicians with specific accommodations in such areas as dental surgery, OB/GYN, orthopedics, cardiology, podiatry and ear, nose and throat. Cozad hospital administrator Lyle Davis said that an official opening is being planned for the new structure sometime this spring—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Man charged with six felonies in local assault
BROKEN BOW—Tyler C. Bain, 36, was arraigned in Custer County District Court Thursday, Jan. 12, on six felony counts, resulting from an incident Oct. 20, 2011, when he allegedly abducted and assaulted his wife. Charges include: Count 1, First degree sexual assault; Count 2, Second degree assault; Count 3, Terroristic threats; Count 4, First degree false imprisonment; Count 5, Use of a deadly weapon to commit felony; Count 6, Kidnapping. If convicted on the kidnapping charge, Bain could face life in prison. He is facing up to 50 years in prison on Counts 1 and 5, up to 20 years on Count 2, and up to five years on Counts 3 and 4.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Tri-State Generation moves to Business Park
OGALLALA—Tri-State Generation and Transmission is the newest tenant in the North Business Park, with the recent signing of a purchase agreement. The maintenance crew would move from its current location on First Street to the North Business Park and construct a new 11,000 square-foot building with construction to begin later this month and completed by June. The estimated cost of the project is $1.7 million, moving to an updated building, having a better location and have safer access as well. Having another presence in the park should serve to spur future growth, according to Keith County Area Development president Drew Krab.—reported in the Keith County News.
72-year newspaper career woman turns 104
CURTIS—Curtis resident Mildred Heath recently celebrated her 104th birthday, born Jan. 4, 1908, on a farm south of Curtis. She was honored with a cake, flowers, cards and visitors. She and her husband, Blair, began their careers in the hand printing business at Curtis and later owned the newspaper in Farnam for many years. Heath was recognized by the Nebraska Press Association for 72 years in the newspaper business. She attributes her long life to healthy eating, a strong faith and a positive attitude.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold Lake rehab project is underway
ARNOLD—With both the Arnold Lake and Victoria Springs Lake, located six miles east of Anselmo, having insufficient depth to support a fishery and failing outlet structures, plans are underway for improvements established by EA Engineering Science and Technology of Lincoln. The project is funded through the NGPC’s Nebraska Aquatic Habitat program and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. To help inform residents about the current project, members of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission held an open house recently at the Arnold Community Center.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Actual bobcat to greet visitors at CHS gym
CALLAWAY—All things Bobcats continues to grow, this time with an actual bobcat. Callaway school is to soon have a mounted bobcat on display in the hallway in front of the gym. Activities director, Jarod Rush, said the finished taxidermy mount arrived in November and they are waiting for Nebraska Prison Industries to finish a glass trophy case for the preserved mascot and trophies won as South Loup. Arnold Public Schools is also undertaking its own efforts to obtain and display a bobcat much the same, a non-taxpayer funded project. Callaway’s bobcat was obtained north of Merna and taken to a taxidermist in Cozad.—reported in the Callaway Courier.