Area News Digest
Taken from the news colums of area newspapers.
‘Band Against Bullying’ to feature music by VOTA
COZAD—Getting the word out that bullying is not and will not be tolerated is the goal of the “Band Against Bullying” event on Wednesday, April 11, in Lexington. The event will feature national recording artist VOTA, formerly known as Casting Pearls, and motivational speaker Tom Henderson. The program will be shown to middle school students in the morning and then to high school students in the afternoon. An evening performance is open to students from surrounding areas and beyond to listen to music of the Christian rock band and the message from Henderson at a free concert at the Lexington High gym.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Citizen soldiers respond to plane crash
BROKEN BOW—The two-engine plane that crashed just short of the Broken Bow Airport on March 28 struck tragedy by killing the passenger, John Webb of Dodge, TX, and severely injuring the pilot, Dustin Webb. Broken Bow Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and the road near the crash site remained closed for several days. First on scene was a Nebraska National Guard UH72 helicopter en route into Broken Bow on a training mission who changed missions to help and to render medical assistance. The aircraft crashed in a cornfield about 100 yards short of the runway after leaving Dickerson, ND, that morning. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are handling an investigation.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
‘Quality size & numbers’ describes trout fishing
OGALLALA—The Nebraska Game and Parks Fisheries Biologist Darrol Eichner describes the rainbow trout population at Lake Ogallala and its immediate tributaries as “quality size and quality numbers.” A large trout of seven pounds, 15 ounces has been verified by Eichner with reports of two recently taken trout both of which weighed more than eight pounds, with an Oklahoma woman catching an eight pound, eight ounces rainbow trout on March 24. Much of the recent trout success is credited to the Game and Parks Commission’s rotenone kill in 2009 with the removing of rough and game fish and increasing the invertebrate population.—reported in the Keith County News.
‘Respect’ is the new ‘R’ word for students
CURTIS—”Respect” is the new “R” word. This year, at Medicine Valley High School in Curtis, three FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) members are helping to set the focus of their STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) project on the importance of stopping the improper use of the word “retarded” in our society. The goal is to raise awareness of the “R” word and why so many people use it improperly, and want to motivate students to stop the misuse of this word.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Revolving loan helps dog grooming business
ARNOLD—Thanks to an Arnold Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) loan and grant, Sally Hilderbrant, owner of Sal’s Dog Grooming, is a fully operational business in a new building. Having previously run her business out of her home, Hilderbrant used the funds to construct a new building to house her dog grooming business, which was recently finished. The AEDC loan gives small businesses the money needed with a low interest rate, which originated from a U.S. Department of Agriculture revolving loan. Hilderbrant has already been able to pay the loan back so that other local businesses can use it.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local utilities super earns NMPP award
CALLAWAY—The Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP) recently awarded Lynn Longmore, utilities superintendent for the Village of Callaway, the Bob Arraj Innovative Service Award at its 37th annual meeting and conference in Hastings. The award is presented annually to an official or employee of a NMPP member utility system who has excelled in the area of service and/or used innovative technological changes in the utility industry. The award includes a $350 gift that was to be given to the Helping Hands organization in Longmore’s name.—reported in the Callaway Courier.