AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
High school students help out at Pilger
COZAD—Getting the opportunity to see what Mother Nature is capable of were a group of volunteers from the Cozad High School that traveled to Pilger, which was devastated by a recent tornado. Cozad High School guidance counselor Dustin Favinger took the group of students who all helped in anyway possible during the cleanup efforts. “You can not fathom the total destruction of the town of Pilger, pictures and video don’t prepare you for what you see in person,” expressed Favinger.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Second annual Tractor Drive featured ‘Pink’
BROKEN BOW—Circling over 50 miles on the back roads of Custer County, through Callaway and near Merna, a 40 tractor caravan soaked in some Sandhills beauty for the second annual Custer County Tractor Drive, organized by the Custer Care Center, the drive started and ended at Broken Bow. To participate in the event, tractors had to be at least 20 years old. From small Ford tractors, to big John Deere, to bright red Farmalls, nearly every phase of the evolution of tractors from the 1930s through the 1990s were represented. One tractor featured was the famous “Pink John Deere,” driven by Cynthia Smith, a 1949 John Deere owned by Perry Myers, which helps raise awareness for women’s cancer.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Gold Wings arrive with 40 motorcycles
OGALLALA—Nearly 40 Gold Wing motorcycles paraded through Ogallala on Friday, June 20. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association of Nebraska/South Dakota District attended its annual convention at the Quality Inn in Ogallala. During the weekend, group members took rides to historic sites in the county and surrounding counties as well as attending training seminars and meetings.—reported in the Keith County News.
Curtis woman named auctioneers’ v-p
CURTIS—Newly elected vice-president of the Nebraska Auctioneers Association was Curtis resident Regina Andrijeski of Old West Realty & Auction. Shayne Fili was elected president of the 250-member organization for 2014-2015. The Nebraska association works with more than 3,500 members of the National Auctioneers Association throughout the world, the largest organization of its kind dedicated to promoting the auction method of marketing.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Lake celebrates official grand re-opening
ARNOLD—The grand re-opening of Arnold Lake to celebrate the completion of the Aquatic Habitat Project recently took place at the lake south of Arnold. Officials involved with the project were on hand for walking tours around the newly refurbished lake, which underwent many improvements. The lake was deepened and a failing outlet structure was replaced along with stabilization of the bank. Also improved were shoreline angling access with a fishing pad and the installation of underwater fish attractors.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local cowboy qualifies to represent Nebraska
CALLAWAY—Oconto cowboy Colter Glendy qualified for National High School Rodeo finals by taking second at the recent State Finals in Hastings. Glendy, who graduated from Callaway High School this spring, had a successful ride scoring a 75 in the second round. Glendy also team roped with Ty Milleson of Dunning and finished 13th overall. He will represent Nebraska at the National High School Rodeo (NHSR) Championships July 13-19 at Rock Springs, WY.—reported in the Callaway Courier.