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AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.

City Barber Shop offers modern techniques

COZAD—Cozad Chamber of Commerce officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the City Barber Shop on May 9. The City Barber Shop is owned by Jim Brown and located downtown Cozad at 120 West Eighth St. Brown is a licensed barber who specialized in all styles of adult, teen and children cuts as well as beard design. He finishes each haircut with a hot-lather outline, bringing modern day barber techniques to an over 50-year-old Cozad business.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Flames jump from semi, destroy family home

BROKEN BOW—An Oconto family lost their home recently when a fire from a semi truck parked in close proximity jumped from the vehicle to the garage and then to the house, fueled by wind and a desperate need for rain. The call was paged out as a semi on fire on Highway 40 just inside the Custer-Dawson County line, and when the Oconto Fire Department responded, the call for mutual aid was made. The truck was parked close to the garage and there was smoke coming out of the rafters of the house as well. Though material losses were great, thankfully no one was injured.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

‘Safety House’ teaches safety, fire prevention

OGALLALA—The Ogallala Volunteer Fire Department recently purchased the Safety House, an educational tool to teach the public about safety and fire prevention. Ogallala Fire Department accepted a $750 check from Source Gas to help with the purchase of the Safety House. The Safety House is a 35-foot fire and severe weather safety house simulator to enable education in all aspects of family safety hazards. One of the rooms also has a Weather Smart education system which includes a digital HD monitor and surround sound. One of the interior doors is heated to simulate how to check for a fire on the other side, as well as numerous other educational aspects. The house can be pulled by trailer to schools, businesses and other public events.—reported in the Keith County News.

UNSTA co-founder to be honored posthumously

CURTIS—The Curtis Community Center will give the Posthumous Award in honor of Everett Stencil on June 5 at the Curtis Memorial Community Center banquet. Stencil, born May 11, 1936, was active in livestock judging and graduated from veterinary school in 1963. He became the veterinarian of Curtis and surrounding areas and was active in numerous organizations and held city offices as well. He was instrumental in establishing the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture and helped graduate many veterinarians. After a severe heart attack in 1980, followed by a bypass in 1988, and angioplasty three times, he was put on the transplant waiting list in 1989, however his time ran out on April 8, 1989, at the age of 52.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

School and community join to thank teachers

ARNOLD—It’s always nice to feel appreciated, and Arnold Public School teachers were told so in numerous ways recently, not only from students, but from the entire community. Organizers of a new PTA were behind planning activities during National Teacher Appreciation Week. In order to pull off an entire week of fun and surprises, the group enlisted help of parents, students and school organizations, downtown businesses and community organizations. Signs first began popping up around town and in windows of homes, thanking Arnold teachers. Flyers were placed on each teacher’s vehicle, chalk on sidewalks with messages, gifts and care packages as well as delivered water bottles with thank you notes. Local churches also got involved and served a breakfast to staff members as well as many more acts of kindness and thanks to Arnold’s educators.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

24 tables donated to community center

CALLAWAY—The Callaway Community Foundation Fund Committee (CCFF) announced the second grant of funds to be Callaway area community. The foundation purchased 24 round tables for the community center and gave them to the Village of Callaway for public use at the center. The committee was looking at needs in the community and wanted to fund a project that would benefit as many people as possible, and the community center is a place that everyone uses. The 24 tables, each five feet in diameter, will seat eight which provides seating for 192.—reported in the Callaway Courier.