Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Cozad Rodeway Inn wins top award
COZAD—The Rodeway Inn hotel of Cozad has been announced as the recipient of a prestigious 2012 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc. The Rodeway Inn hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service earned it the recognition as one of the best hotels among the brand. As a top performing property among the company’s more than 5,000 U.S. franchised hotels, the Rodeway Inn is among the top percentile of properties.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
‘Little Feet, Big Dreams’ program launches
BROKEN BOW—As Broken Bow Schools prepare to break ground on a long-awaited elementary school building project, community members launched the “Little Feet, Big Dreams” capital improvement campaign to enhance the North Park Elementary project. The goal of the group is to provide children with some of the things that can’t be accomplished within the limits of the bond approved by voters last fall. A $200,000 fundraising goal would pay for playground equipment and provide enough money so the new multi-purpose building can be finished for use by school and community as a practice and competition gym.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Army Guard bases at Ogallala, Lex to close
OGALLALA—Major Gen. Judd Lyons, Nebraska adjutant general, recently announced that the Nebraska Army National Guard readiness centers at Ogallala and Lexington would close at the end of the federal fiscal year. The decision, according to Lyons, was based on the Department of the Army’s plans to reorganize the Army National Guard’s transportation companies. Ogallala serves as the home detachment for Detachment 2, 1074th Transportation Company, home to 18 soldiers, who would then be reassigned to centers at Kearney, McCook, Sidney and North Platte.—reported in the Keith County News.
Couple reveals secrets to 66 years of marriage
CURTIS—In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Enterprise asked the question...What keeps two people together in a relationship long term? A conversation with Bob and Eileen Furrow of Curtis shed some light on what it takes to stay together. The couple will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary on Feb. 24. They met in 1938 while they were both attending Maywood High School participating in a class play. Their secret to a long relationship? It’s doing little things for each other that has kept the love going all these years, give and take, lots of love and turning to the Lord for help. They both believe that happiness is what you make of it.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Residents show support for new event
ARNOLD—Despite frigid temperatures, residents turned out to support the new Arnold event, “Kegs & Corks Festival.” The event took place at the community center with 20 vendors offering beer and wine tasting, food tasting, miniature golf, clothing, gift ideas and free chair massages with a laid-back atmosphere that included music and hors d’oeuvres provided by Chamber members. Two Nebraska wineries showcased their line of wines, and Keane Lohmiller and friends of Suzy’s Pizza offered a global selection of 10 micro-brewed beers. Profits from the event will be donated back to the sponsors.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Mysterious cremains arrive in the mail
CALLAWAY—Callaway Village Clerk Denise Nichelson received a shock when an unusual package recently arrived with a small box from Newcomer Funeral Home in Kettering , OH. The box contained ashes but did not have identification of who was contained or a letter of explanation on what to do with them. As it tuned out, the cremains were that of Dr. Bayard Benfield, former Callaway dentist. Bayard and his wife had lived in the village sometime in the late 1940s, and while there, an infant daughter died and is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery. After contacting the funeral home and speaking with his 85-year-old wife, it seemed she thought arrangements were prearranged and prepaid. Although the surprise package caused shock and confusion, and should never have been mailed to the city, the village clerk has vowed to see the remains are respectfully laid to rest.—reported in the Callaway Courier.