AREA NEWS DIGEST
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Cozad house fire takes life of one, injures youth
COZAD—At approximately 1:06 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, the Cozad Police Department and the Cozad Fire and Rescue Unit with assistance from the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol were all called to a mobile home fire at 8 Birch Lane in Cozad. The home had been engulfed with fire and smoke. A 9-year-old juvenile was taken from the home to the hospital and later flown to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. A 45-year-old male subject was found dead in the residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation and an autopsy had been ordered. Foul play is not suspected in the incident.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
Husker Sports Nightly comes to Broken Bow
BROKEN BOW—Husker Sports Nightly was in Broken Bow courtesy of KCNI/KBBN and central Nebraska showed their support of “Go Big Red” with a large attendance wearing their faithful red. The Sports Nightly program is a talk show that airs during the week in the evenings on KCNI 1280 AM, who were at the One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow on July 8 broadcasting live. Hosts of the show Greg Sharpe and Ben McLaughlin had a special guest Brenden Stai who played offensive guard for the Huskers helping them win a National Championship in 1994, who then went on to play in the NFL for eight years. During the event, prizes were given away including two pair of season tickets to the Husker football games.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Lake shatters record attendance over July 4
OGALLALA—Visitation at the state’s largest recreation area set a new record for the July 4th holiday weekend. According to Lake McConaughy superintendent Colby Johnson, a visitation record of 181,147 was set for the weekend. The last record was set in 2010 with just over 142,000, breaking the record by almost 40,000. All 325 modern campsites were full throughout the entire weekend as well, with camps 2 to 10 rows deep along all 75 miles of shoreline. Cooperating weather and temperatures were cited for the record numbers.—reported in the Keith County News.
Wellfleet woman faces charges in stabbing
CURTIS—A Wellfleet woman, Kristi Brossart, 49, is facing charges on an alleged stabbing that occurred at Wellfleet Lake on July 5. Deputies of Lincoln County were asked to respond to the lake on a report of a stabbing at 3:16 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a victim, 19-year-old female who had multiple stab wounds to her body. The victim was eventually transported to North Platte for treatment and Brossart was then located. According to interviews, Brossart allegedly produced a knife after the two females were arguing. The condition of the victim did not appear to be life threatening. Alcohol appeared to be a contributing factor, according to law enforcement.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
Dream project benefits students and more
ARNOLD—A small crowd dressed in clothing reminiscent of the 1800s, Berni Crow and her 2014 Fourth grade class recently posed in front of Crow’s country school building, known as Center School District 185. The building was moved to Arnold, across the street west of the former Baptist Church, by Crow and her husband in 2012 as part of a life-long dream of the educator. The school will now serve as not only a place for students to experience what it might have been like to attend a country school in the late 1800s to early 1900s, but also as a museum for others.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Severe storm brings hail and wind damage
CALLAWAY—An early evening thunderstorm on July 7 that built at Callaway and tracked southeast towards Oconto brought wind and hail to area crops and the village. The storm tracked along Highway 40 with hail and wind damage beginning just past the Kite Flight site. Hail stripped corn and beans to varying degrees before stripping leaves and damaging gardens. Devastated fields are a common but unwelcome sight this time of year when crops are usually robustly growing.—reported in the Callaway Courier.