AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from news columns of area newspapers.
UP gives grant to Henri Museum, stagecoach
COZAD—Cozad’s Robert Henri Museum was the recent recipient of $15,000 from the Union Pacific Railroad. The funds were presented to the museum curator Jan Patterson by John Allberry, director of road operations for UP, and Kelli O’Brien, director of public affairs. The funding will be utilized for the new art gallery at the museum, and for the summer artist-in-residence program. Also receiving funding from Union Pacific Railroad was the stagecoach for needed repairs.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
New judicial center to begin building phase
BROKEN BOW—Nebraska’s Governor Dave Heineman and Chief Justice Mike Heavican of Nebraska’s Supreme Court were in Broken Bow recently to help break ground for a new judicial center. A ground-breaking ceremony took place to launch the building phase of the new center, a $3.2 million project that will house two court rooms for county and district cases, a hearing room and offices. It will be constructed next to the Custer Campus and will feature state-of-the-art technology and provide security for both prisoners and courtroom staff. County offices, such as the treasurer’s office, will remain as their usual place in the 102 year old court house.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Holiday weekend lake visitors down slightly
OGALLALA—With the weather, lake level and water temperatures similar to that of Memorial Day weekend 2013, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Park Superintendent Colby Johnson was accurate in his prediction of anticipated visitors. From Friday through Monday, the state’s largest recreation area recorded 60,342 visitors, just below the past year’s count. The modern campgrounds drew the largest crowds with the tree lines capturing the next highest number of campers.—reported in the Keith County News.
New charges against Maywood resident
CURTIS—Maywood resident Matthew Paul Schmitz recently had seven charges filed against him, five of them felonies, in Hayes County Court, stemming from an incident that occurred in Hayes Center on May 17. Schmitz had been charged with: Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony; three counts of Terroristic Threats; Assault in the First Degree; Driving While Intoxicated; and Carry a Concealed Weapon. The first charge is the most serious for Schmitz, and if found guilty, carries a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Arnold woman receives Empowerment Award
ARNOLD—Nikki Holt of Arnold was awarded the 2013 Empowerment Award in the “Expect the Best Be the Best” Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska presentation in Grand Island on May 19. The daughter of Ray and Karen Holt, she is a positive and helpful person in many areas of her life. She works part-time, volunteers with the seniors and organizes social activities for residents in her housing complex. Her artistic abilities led her to create a PowerPoint presentation to show others how to work on their own recovery through scrapbooking.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Good Life Center celebrates in style
CALLAWAY—Employees of the Callaway Good Life Center hosted a barbecue in the backyard of the facility on May 20 in celebration of National Nursing Home Week with entertainment provided by Men on the Mountain. Many activities took place in honor of the celebration and were enjoyed by the residents as well as family members. Activities over the week of May 11-17 included a Hat Day, fun and games, a Pajama Day and Big Red Cookies Day.—reported in the Callaway Courier.