Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Cozad canal projects are underway
COZAD—About two and one-half miles of improvement work has been recently completed on a Cozad Ditch Company system project. Ho Chunk builders of South Sioux City was awarded a $551,801 contract for the first phase of the work. Tree clearing, rubbish clearing, reshaping of the canal and seeding were included in the project. Overall Cozad canal costs are estimated at $7.7 million. The projects are being done to avoid interference with irrigation operations. Work is expected to be completed in April.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Campaign aims to put brakes on speed limit
BROKEN BOW—The speed limit coming in to Broken Bow on West Highway 2 has been a topic of conversation at community meetings and coffee shops for a while. Now, one local business entity has decided to do something. KCNI/KBBN radio and its news director have launched an all-out campaign on the speed limit law for a one and one-half mile stretch of Highway 2. “Put On The Brakes” is the new campaign that’s designed to get the community to be proactive rather than reactive.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Husker FCA members stop at Ogallala
OGALLALA—Four Nebraska football players spent the weekend of Jan. 27-29 visiting with people in three Western Nebraska communities. The four—Rex Burkhead, Ciante Evans, Aaron Green and Mike Moudy—were taking part in the Western Nebraska Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Husker Tour. Stops were made at Sidney, Ogallala and North Platte. The group presented a program at the Ogallala High School lecture hall, then signed autographs for more than two hours.—reported in the Keith County News.
Survey shows residents want more variety
CURTIS—Curtis consumer preference was the focus of a recent presentation given by Jim Crandall of the Nebraska Cooperative Development Center at the University of Nebraska, at the Medicine Valley Economic Development Cooperation (MVEDC) where over 35 people were present. Crandall spoke of results from a community survey that was conducted sent to Curtis residents and its rural areas as well as several nearby communities. Most of the survey questions were focused on shopping patterns and ways to improve the community. Results of the survey brought the conclusion that citizens are looking for more variety in stores, items available, prices and hours offered.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
New art display panel system to benefit many
ARNOLD—Custer County and the communities of the Loup Valley Conference can now appreciate art even more with a foundation grant in the amount of $1,832.20 for the purchase of an art display panel system, to be loaned free of charge to any community within Custer County or school within the LVC area. The art system will be stored at Arnold Public School. The system consists of 72, durable, lightweight, half-inch galvanized painted silver tubing with screens of 1”x2” mesh steel galvanized wire, each panel measuring 37.5” wide by six-feet high, but only weighing nine pounds. When assembled, they can fill the length of a high school gym twice, and can be configured to any desired shape.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Mission accomplished for CCFF board members
CALLAWAY—A group of motivated people on a mission describes members of the Callaway Community Foundation Fund board of directors as members announced that they had reached their fund-raising challenge goal for the fledgling endowment and surpassed it. The foundation needed $75,000 to qualify for a Hunt Family Challenge Grant but now have $85,250 in the bank. If the Arnold Community Foundation Funds achieves the same goal, as expected, each community endowment will receive a $25,000 boost from the Hunt family, founders of Great Plains Communications, Inc.—reported in the Callaway Courier.