Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Police focus on animal cruelty complaints
COZAD—Numerous complaints within the community of Cozad have been received in recent weeks of animal cruelty. Cozad Police Chief Randy Adams has issued a warning that animal cruelty will not be tolerated which has prompted Adams and his staff to strictly enforce the municipal code. The ordinance includes that no person shall cruelly or unnecessarily beat, insufficiently shelter or feed and water an animal within the municipality. If there has been a previous conviction under the code, officials are going to enter the real estate of the person and remove the animal to a shelter, and any expenses involved will be charged to the owner as well as citations issued.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Police seize drugs, cash after hit-and-run
BROKEN BOW—Broken Bow Police Officers seized drugs, paraphernalia and more than $100,000 in cash late Monday night, Feb. 20, after apprehending two men for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. The two men were en route from California to Chicago by plane when inclement weather conditions forced them to land at the Broken Bow Airport. The men borrowed an airport courtesy car and stayed at a local motel where the accident occurred. The men were apprehended when they were trying to flee the scene on foot. The large cash of money, drugs and paraphernalia were seized from the motel room as well as the plane’s cargo compartment.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
75 mph wind gusts topple grain bin
OGALLALA—A grain bin, owned by Farmers Coop Elevator of Big Springs, was the recent victim of the storm the brought severe winds on Feb. 25. The wind was reported to have gusted more than 75 mph during the night. Bolts on the northwest corner of the bin were sheared off by the wind, causing the roof to fall to the ground. A crane was brought in the next morning to pull the bin out of the way of the railroad tracks.—reported in the Keith County News.
Local Angus breeder nationally recognized
CURTIS—Frontier Angus Farm, Stockville, has been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association® for having 10 registered Angus cows included in the Associations 2012 Pathfinder® report. Only 2,027 of the nearly 30,000 American Angus Association members are represented in this year’s report. The Pathfinder program identifies superior Angus cows based upon recorded performance traits economically important to efficient beef production.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold youth has an eye for photography
ARNOLD—Arnold High School sophomore Leah Smith has a good eye for photography as proved when her photo of an ice cube melting, titled “Ice Cube,” won her the distinguished Gold Key Award in the annual Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska Exhibition of 2012. Smith recently traveled to Omaha to receive the award as well as two Silver Key awards for a photograph titled, “Apples,” and a design entry titled “The Path.” According to art instructor Julie Mohr, Smith is the first student to have won this award in the 30 years she has instructed at Arnold. If Smith’s art wins at the National level next, she will have the opportunity to be recognized at Carnegie Hall.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Electrical backup restored for village
CALLAWAY—Callaway Light Plant is back up to two diesel-powered generators with rebuild work recently completed on one. A third now defunctional 1930s era marine diesel and generator is being dismantled for scrap and parts. What this means for Callaway utility users is that electrical backup has been restored for the village in the event of major power supply interruptions. The village utility can also continue generation and selling power on the electrical grid.—reported in the Callaway Courier.