Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Cozad’s Brock wins ‘Teacher of the Month’
COZAD— Cozad Elementary fifth grade teacher Mindy Brock received recognition recently when she was chosen as the NTV Teacher of the Month during a surprise assembly at the school. Brock was nominated for the award by one of her current students and was picked as a result of an essay written by the Cozad fifth grader. Brock has been a mainstay in the Cozad Elementary School system as she also taught second grade prior to her assignment. She has also influenced the lives and education of students during her career at Eustis and Rural School District No. 19 as well.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Close call for riders in jackknifed semi truck
BROKEN BOW—A Texas truck driver and his passenger had a recent close call, escaping what could have been a critical accident. According to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, the semi, owned by Southern Refrigerated Transport, was being driven by Steven Dale Allvord. Approximately two miles east of Broken Bow on Highway 2, and the truck attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle in front of him. It was 10:56 a.m., and a brief sleet shower earlier in the morning had left a slick surface on area roads and sidewalks. As Allvord pulled out in the other lane to pass, the truck began to jack-knife. The truck then slid off the highway and down through the ditch, coming to rest a mere foot and a half from the railroad tracks. The truck’s female passenger was transported by Broken Bow rescue to Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Allvord declined treatment at the scene or transport, but was taken to JMMMC by the Broken Bow Police Department just be get checked out. He too was released. BNSF was immediately notified and trains were slowed down and moved down just one side of the tracks at a time while debris was removed.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Second triathlon will include an extra 5K
OGALLALA—People who thought about participating in last summer’s inaugural Tri Ogallala: You’re Gonna Love It triathlon, have plenty of time to prepare for the second-annual event scheduled for Aug. 4. The triathlon will include a 500-meter swim in the Ogallala outdoor swimming pool followed by a 16-mile bike ride and then a 5K run. In addition, a 5K run will also be held on Aug. 5 with a different course, making Ogallala the first ones in the state to do a “double-double,” according to Maggie O’Neill, co-chairwoman. Event registrations will begin in May and will be conducted online.—reported in the Keith County News.
23 MV FCCLA students qualify for state
CURTIS—Members of the Medicine Valley Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter attended the District 11 Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) competition on Jan. 18, and returned with great success. The chapter had 26 participants in 10 different events, and nine teams received top medals which qualified a whopping 23 members to participate in the state STAR competition in Lincoln in April.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Basement meeting room gets a helpful lift
ARNOLD—A sparsely furnished basement in the Finch Memorial Library received a small facelift, which is utilized as a meeting place for “Ground Zero” students. Formerly the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Ground Zero Student Ministries meets on Wednesday nights at the library to enjoy a meal, play games, sing and learn lessons. The name was chosen to describe the basement dwelling idea, and to welcome all students, athletes or not. Recently, the local Mills Hardware donated paint to give the basement a facelift, however, items are still needed such as bean bag chairs, paper products and a refrigerator.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local nursing home to change hands April 1
CALLAWAY—While Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has decreed the closure of its Gibbon nursing home this March, there is no need to panic as Callaway is in the process of taking over it’s facility. Good Sam officials announced its intentions to sell or pull out of the Callaway facility last September, and since then, a concerted effort has come about to preserve the facility and take over its operation. The facility is in the process of being transferred to a locally owned corporation called Callaway Good Life Center. The target date for transfer will be April 1 and will retain 35 of the 41 beds with a fully Medicare and Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility.—reported in the Callaway Courier.