Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Curtain call proposal surprises audience
COZAD—Those attending the recent Plum Creek Community Players dinner theater in Lexington, received a surprise ending to the play, “Plum Creek Princess 2, P&C; The Wedding.” During the curtain call leading man, Shane Roberts, dropped to his knee and proposed to the leading lady, Breann Easterday. The answer was yes, and the couple are planning a real-life wedding ceremony to take place on June 1, 2013. The pair met last year when they were both cast in the lead roles of another play, “Plum Creek Princess Love Boat.”—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Huskers visit Custer Co. and help raise funds
BROKEN BOW—Senior members of the Nebraska football team recently traveled to Custer County and took on the basketball teams of Anselmo-Merna All-Stars at Merna, and Custer County All-Stars at Broken Bow. The A-M All-Stars dropped the Huskers 68-67, and the Huskers beat the Custer County All-Stars 78-76. A coloring contest also took place with A-M student Addison Bryant winning a new bike which was presented by a Husker player. The goal of the event was to raise money for the Custer County Foundation.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Seized money helps purchase police vehicle
OGALLALA—Without one cent of taxpayer money, the Deuel County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased a new 2008 Dodge Charger. The nearly $15,000 vehicle was purchased with money that had been seized during a traffic stop nearly a year ago. In April 2011, a Deuel County deputy was patrolling Interstate 80 and stopped a westbound pickup being driven by a 62-year-old Illinois man. The man was transporting $400,000 in cash hidden in the tailgate. When no one showed up to contest the seizure, a percentage of the money then went back to the county to be used for equipment purchases.—reported in the Keith County News.
Senior is MV’s 2nd state wrestling champion
CURTIS—It was a good weekend for the Medicine Valley wrestling team as the Raiders had another successful trip to the state wrestling meet. Medicine Valley, who won their fifth straight district championship, sent six wrestler to Omaha to compete. As a team, the Raiders fared well as they finished fourth out of 64 teams. Senior Hunter Timmons led the way as he was just the second wrestler in Medicine Valley history to be named a state champion. Timmons won a major decision in the first round of competition followed by other wins and on to the finals for a 5-3 decision over an Oakland-Craig competitor.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Joint Challenge Grant officially completed
ARNOLD—The Great Plains Communication/Hunt Family $50,000 Joint Challenge Grant being split between the Arnold Community Foundation Fund and the Callaway Community Foundation Fund, both affiliated funds of the Nebraska Community Foundation, is officially complete. Each community foundation fund had successfully raised $75,000 which allows them to receive their half of the grant. Each community had one year, starting July 1, 2011, to complete the challenge in order to receive the matching funds, and both communities exceeded the threshold. The intent of the challenge grant was to support and strengthen not only the capacity of each community but also the growing collaboration between the two. A joint celebration is being planned to take place later this summer.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
South Loup coop nixes cheerleading program
CALLAWAY—South Loup sports coop will not sanction an official cheerleader squad next fall. Not everyone has agreed with the demise of the cheerleader program and a recent campaign to reinstate the program has been visible around town with posters seeking support by wearing a blue ribbon. The campaign came to nought after the issue was voted down by the coop board, Arnold School Board 4-2, and in a 3-3 deadlock vote that killed the motion at the Callaway board meeting. A suggested alternative is a student cheering section, as it appears that cheer squads are declining in number particularly among Class D schools for a variety of reasons such as low student numbers, declining interest, expense, sponsorship and other factors.—reported in the Callaway Courier.