Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Modular classrooms to be built at Lexington
COZAD—Lexington Public Schools will be acquiring another property when board members unanimously approved paying $69,000 for a house and four lots west of Bryan Elementary School, located on the northwest corner of 10th Street and Taylor. The lot will be cleared and prepared for the placement of two two-classroom modular units. In addition, the district intends to move two modulars from the middle school to Sandoz Elementary School. The modular classrooms are necessary to accommodate the growing student population.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Annual Chili Cook-Off raises over $16,000
BROKEN BOW—The seventh annual Sly’s Chili Cook-Off & Auction raised more than $16,000 with 49 pots of chili entered in the contest with Jeannie Connely Skolil as chairperson. Chris Votaw was crowned champion and second place went to Don Olson. Helping to raise the funds were a large host of auction items that brought generous bidders and dedicated sponsors to the event. Two recipients were chosen this year to benefit from the money raised, the Broken Bow Library Book Giveaway and Healing Hearts & Families.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Two local banks help fund a new press box
OGALLALA—A $10,000 donation was channeled through the Ogallala Public Schools Foundation for a new press box at the Ogallala High school football field. Adams Bank & Trust and Pinnacle Bank, both of Ogallala, donated the funds for a 22-by-13 press box to stand 30-feet high, and is expected to be finished by the next football season. The base of the new, three-level structure will include restrooms, the second story will have rooms for radio announcers and scorekeepers, and the top level will be reserved for coaches.—reported in the Keith County News.
Improvement projects on Highway NE-23
CURTIS—Work on a highway improvement project on Highway NE-23 between Maywood and Curtis began March 5, and traffic lights have already been installed in two locations along the eight mile route. The project involves grading, replacing guard rail, culvert work, bridge repair and construction and resurfacing. The project is expected to take the full construction season, until October. The Medicine Creek Bridge is also scheduled to be replaced and the Wells Canyon Bridge will be receiving some repairs as well.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Nebraska’s first ever tornado in February
ARNOLD—The first-ever confirmed tornado in the month of February for Nebraska formed nine miles southwest of Stapleton near the Logan-Lincoln County line on Feb. 28 at 4:13 p.m. and was rated as an EF0. The tornado was on the ground intermittently for up to six minutes, and traveled three miles northeast into southwest Logan County. The path was over open rangeland and cropland where limited damage occurred in two sections of a pivot. Interestingly enough, on the same day, harsh winter weather conditions were found across far northern Nebraska on the same day.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
District 180 updates Internet safety policy
CALLAWAY—Improper use of internet resources available to students, faculty and staff at Callaway Public Schools has always been forbidden, but an update to the school’s policy book will tighten the requirements starting this year. Members of the District 180 Board of Education voted unanimously to pass first reading of the internet safety policy revisions in compliance with CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) ordered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Staff, students and parents using the school access to the web will be required to read the policy and sign a form that stipulates agreement they will not use the resources improperly.—reported in the Callaway Courier.