Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Student woodworking class benefits LVFD
COZAD—Members of the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department recently received homemade wooden benches to assist in putting on their gear prior to going on calls. The wooden benches were hand crafted by students of the Lexington High School Alternative Education class with Jerry Wylie, instructor. LVFD Fire Chief Dahlas Holbein and Souks Phommyvong as well as Kerry Teetor, department secretary/treasurer, were on hand to accept the benches.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Historic lookout tower reopens for public tours
BROKEN BOW—The Scott Lookout Tower at the Bessey Ranger District near Halsey has reopened and tours can be scheduled with advanced notification. The tower, originally built in 1944, is on the Nebraska Historical Register and has been a key tour attraction for visitors on the district. The 50-foot tower has been used throughout the years to scan the horizon for smoke when fire danger is high, and was closed to tours in 2009 to begin an extensive, comprehensive safety repairs and restoration project. The tower is to now be open to the public between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Piano teacher cited with national award
OGALLALA—Lisa Albee of Ogallala was recently honored when presented the Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow award. The award is given to an individual by peers who contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the national foundation in the recipient’s name. Albee was cited for her 30-year career as a private piano instructor, an accompanist for schools and an organist and pianist for church. Albee not only teaches her students to play the piano but also instills an appreciation and enjoyment of music.—reported in the Keith County News.
School bus involved in fatal wreck on Hwy. 83
CURTIS—Shaylynn Hagan, 31, was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer southbound on Highway 83 when she struck the rear end of a 46-passenger Maywood Public School bus, also heading south, but was stopped at the railroad crossing. The Trailblazer was traveling at highway speed when it struck the bus causing heavy damage to both vehicles. At the time of the accident the school bus had no students on it, only the female driver. Hagan’s three-year-old daughter was with her in the Trailblazer. All occupants were transported to the hospital in North Platte where Hagan died from injuries sustained. Her daughter remained in stable condition, and the bus driver was treated and released. Accident reconstruction and investigation were ongoing where seat belts were in use and alcohol was not believed to be a factor.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Cooping Bobcat band is a ‘doable’ project
ARNOLD—Arnold and Callaway schools may enter into a cooperative agreement for band for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. The idea was recently brought up for discussion at the Arnold School Board meeting, and according to Principal Dawn Lewis, combining the band programs looks like a doable project. The students would practice three days separately, then travel for practice on the other two days. Choral wold remain separate. The coop would create a 30 to 40-piece “South Loup Bobcat” band. Both current band instructors in the two schools would be retained.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local rancher uses technology to list cattle
CALLAWAY—Callaway area rancher Jim Jenkins recently announced the launching of MarketYourCattle.com. The goal for the new venture is to provide a no cost, user-friendly website for cattle producers to list calves, feeder cattle, bred stock and seed stock as well as semen and embryos for sale. The site integrates the latest technology and social media tools to enable producers to quickly upload information about their livestock, including photos and video, to more effectively market. Jenkins explained that MarketYourCattle.com allows producers, large or small, to list the animals they have, or will have, for sale and provide detailed information making it easy for buyers in today’s market to find those animals.—reported in the Callaway Courier.