Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Muscle Man Volleyball raises funds and fun

COZAD—Hawaiian shirts, backward hats and even knee pads were all found on the hardcourt during the second annual Muscle Man Volleyball tournament in Cozad on April 17.

The event featured volleyball games for males, in which doing push-ups was how they had to serve their penalties, all in fun.

A large contingency of Cozad High School competitors and fans joined together for fun and to raise over $300 for the United Way and Cozad’s summer recreation programs.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Bow grad works on car for Hall of Famer Jackson

BROKEN BOW—Greg Barker, a 1978 graduate of Broken Bow High School, owns and operates Kustom Classic in Loomis, CA. He works on hot rods and custom cars.

A recent car he’s working on is a custom 1969 Z-28 JL-8 Camaro, owned by Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

The car will be restored to stock factory condition. Jackson also had Barker paint a car 23 years ago, and recently approached him again.

He is the son of Jim and Lucille Barker of Broken Bow.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Ambulance accident results in patient fatality

OGALLALA—A Sedgewick County ambulance lost control and went off the road on Interstate 76.

The April 17 accident resulted in the death of the ambulance’s patient, who was being transported to a medical facility at Greeley, CO.

In addition to the patient, the EMT, Vickie Sandlin, who’s also the publisher of the Julesburg Advocate, was critically injured and is being treated at Northern Colorado Medical Center where she is in serious but stable condition. The ambulance driver was also treated for minor injuries and subsequently released.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the ambulance was traveling at least 20 mph under the speed limit when it encountered bad weather.—reported in the Keith County News.

Frontier Co. news-paper building burns

CURTIS— In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 17, part of Curtis history was lost when the Frontier County Enterprise newspaper building caught fire and burned. Bound issues from the 1890s were also gone as the building and all its contents were a total loss.

At about 3:15 a.m., a 16-year-old Maywood prom student was headed home when he spotted smoke emanating from the Enterprise building owned by Bob and Tori Willis.

Firefighters on scene worked diligently as the roof lifted and collapsed. Mutual aid was called from Maywood with crews remaining onsite until 1 p.m. that afternoon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. On a hopeful note, past issues for the last 100 years are preserved at the Nebraska State Archives.

The newspaper has setup temporary offices in the Curtis Mall with staff working with a mix of borrowed computers and office equipment. The Willis’ plan to keep the paper going and find a new permanent office.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Student’s photo places in Congressional Art Show

ARNOLD—Freshman Leighton Bubak of Arnold Public Schools earned fourth place in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for his photo titled “Webbed Ladder.”

Bubak’s work will be displayed at Congressman Adrian Smith’s Grand Island office. Smith worked with the Nebraska Art Teachers Association to coordinate the competition with entries from young artists across the Third District showcasing the natural beauty of Nebraska.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Extending Sunday liquor sales on agenda

CALLAWAY—Members of the Callaway Village Board of Trustees voted 3-2 to lift a long-standing Sunday liquor sales ban. Liquor sales were set for the hours of 3-10 p.m. from May to October of that year and later extended year round when no problems arose.

After a request by Hangar 22 to institute the hours for Sunday events like televised games or other events, the original proposal became the law of the village with vigorous debate.

As it turned out, fear of unsavory elements moving businesses to town never materialized and Sundays remain as quiet as ever. Proposals for new hours include 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—reported in the Callaway Courier.