Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Living Legend helps UP celebrate 150th
COZAD—Touring through the Midwest on a historic voyage celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific Railroad, the last steam locomotive built for the UP No. 844, that was never retired from service, was seen on the eastbound rails through Gothenburg, Cozad and Lexington on March 23. The “Living Legend” locomotive is slated to participate in the 150th anniversaries of several major Civil War battles as it travels from Cheyenne, WY, to Marion, AR.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Plane crash claims life and injures another
BROKEN BOW—A plane crash at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, March 28, claimed the life of one individual and injured a second. The 911 call came in alerting emergency personnel that a plane set down across the road to the west, at the north end of the runway. Members of the Broken Bow Fire Department attended to a fire that was caused by the crash. Names had not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Local grad raises funds for Warrior Foundation
OGALLALA—Ogallala High School graduate and Air Force Maj. Zane Holscher recently completed his second annual fund-raising event for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Holscher, a pilot stationed at Hurlburt Field near Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, FL, organized the inaugural Destin 50 Beach Ultra Marathon held in February, along the white sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle. Holscher, son of Larry and Phyllis Holscher of Ogallala, expanded the event this year and raised over $20,000 that benefits the foundation to provide scholarships to children whose special operations parent died in the line of duty as well as helping their families with expenses.—reported in the Keith County News.
Volunteer efforts bring 52nd pageant to life
CURTIS—Over a half century ago, under the inspiration and guidance of the Rev. Frank Hainey and Mrs. Ann Nicklas, the first community Easter Pageant was presented. This year, the 52nd production was to be performed on Palm Sunday at the Medicine Valley High School. Each year well over a hundred volunteers work endless hours to bring the annual production to life. Volunteer efforts are the key to the success of the pageant which requires dedication and hard work, but many find the effort worth while when it touches people by bringing to the public “The greatest story ever told.”—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Career Fair shows local opportunities
ARNOLD—Arnold Public School and the Arnold Economic Development Corporation officials recently hosted a Career Fair for the high school. Presenters focused on the opportunities that are available in a small town, the importance of services, being diversified and career fields that need young people. Speakers and their respective business or occupation included over a dozen local business owners. The event was organized by Junior AEDC member Haley Jacobson with director Heidi Kulp.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Two different kinds of gardens spring forth
CALLAWAY—The town of Oconto’s sense of the artistic is on display and growing courtesy of local artist Charles Horn with his unique creations on display in a Sculpture Garden located at the south entrance to town. One such sculpture depicts a large pig made out of metal pieces. Members of the Callaway Community Church are offering free tilled plots of land located behind the church for anyone wanting to plant a garden but doesn’t have the space for one. Water is provided and the gardener need only provide the seed and labor.—reported in the Callaway Courier.