Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
123 Youngsters attend cheerleading camp
COZAD—Response for the traditional Cozad High School Cheerleading Camp for grades school children was exceptional this year. Overall, 123 youngsters in grades K-5 registered for the week-long clinic. Showcasing their hard work and talents at the end for the clinic, the cheerleaders then dazzled the fans in attendance at a recent basketball contest against Ainsworth. Each participant received a free pom-pom, soft drink and a free ticket to the game.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Students launch new IndianNation website
BROKEN BOW—The journalism department at Broken Bow High School recently completed a new project designed to help students keep in better touch with the world around them. Seniors Patrick Wright and Levi Campbell developed a new website called IndianNation with nearly all content on the site generated by journalism students. The site claims to bring the schools website into the 21st century with ways to get current news out quickly. The site provides school information, current state and national news, lots of photos and videos and features a direct uplink to Angel, Infinite Campus & Huddle, which allows students access from one location.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
‘Bizarre’ weather brings bird species count down
OGALLALA—Organizers for the 21st annual Lake McConaughy Christmas Bird Count reported that 103 species were recorded during the event held on Dec. 31. Local organizer, C.W. “Bill” Huntley of Ogallala noted the weather was “bizarre” on the count day with warm temperatures reaching almost 50 degrees and then changed with strong winds and a mix of rain and sleet, which had most likely contributed to the lower numbers, as the record of 109 species were counted in 2010. Most unusual finds for the year were the Dunlin and a great-tailed grackle as well as a snowy owl.—reported in the Keith County News.
Students and teachers pledge to not text, drive
CURTIS—An assembly of students in grades 7-12 took place recently at Medicine Valley to kick off a new project for members of STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition). The project began a campaign for students and teachers to lower the number who text and drive. The goal was to take action to decrease the dangerous habit of texting and driving and to promote good driving habits in the community. A large banner was presented for those wishing to sign their name and take the pledge not to text and drive.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Old bell to become part of new church building
ARNOLD—For generations of church-goers, the chiming of the Baptist Church bell signified the beginning of church, a meeting or other event. The massive bell, weighing one ton on its own, and an estimated 3,000 pounds with the frame, was installed in its tower in 1921—the year the church was built. On Jan. 9, volunteers removed the bell and its frame with the anticipation of moving it to a new free-standing tower at the new Baptist Church. A stainless steel cross that was located just below the bell tower was also removed and would be incorporated into the new building as well.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Memorials benefit Callaway community
CALLAWAY—When Callaway native son Steve Chesley died in a tragic bicycle accident on Oct. 21 near Rifle, CO, he left a gaping hole with family and community, yet good has been coming from the loss for three Callaway entities who received substantial memorials on the family’s behalf. The Callaway Food Pantry and the Seven Valleys Senior Center as well as the Callaway Community Foundation Fund all received funds as Chesley’s ties to his family and friends in the community were strong. The memorials were presented at a recent ceremony.—reported in the Callaway Courier.