Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Lex among the Class B elite soccer teams

COZAD—Reaching the state tournament, the Lexington Minutemen placed themselves among the elite soccer teams in Class B with their showing at the 2016 Class B Nebraska State Soccer Championships at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium. The Minutemen ended their program beating Columbus Scotus in the 63rd minute to make the score 2-0, finishing the season with an 11-9 record.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Ogallala deemed as Playful City USA

OGALLALA—For the second year in a row, Ogallala has been recognized with a Playful City USA designation. The program has existed for 10 years and recognizes cities and towns for making communities more play friendly. The Ogallala Youth Committee and Ogallala Public Schools are in a partnership to raise funds to make the OPS Kids Oasis playground site handicapped accessible. Ogallala values children, youth and families with a collaboration between the city and schools with community support.—reported in the Keith County News.

Aggie to ride at College National Finals Rodeo

CURTIS—Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) Aggie barrel racer Lexus Kelsch won the Great Plains Region of National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and ranks fifth in the national standings. She will represent the NCTA at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, WY, on June 12-18. The NCTA Aggies completed their spring rodeo schedule at North Dakota State University in Dickinson with Kelsch was the sole national qualifier.

Kelsch ranks fifth overall among the top 25 barrel racers in NIRA, which represents more than 100 colleges and university of two-year and four-year programs.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

4-H’ers contribute to fairground renovations

BROKEN BOW—The Middle Loup and the Four Corners 4-H Clubs rose to the challenge to raise money for a new sound system for the Custer County Fairgrounds. Members presented checks to the Custer County Ag Society in the amount of $8,260 by fundraising with a pancake dinner, an auction, beef raffle and collecting aluminum cans. Fairground officials have begun preparations for renovations and will begin with removal of the race track rail, woven wire fence, posts bucking chute and roping/timed event areas. The renovation project is slated to be completed in September.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Old Mill Park ball diamond a possibility

ARNOLD—The possibility of getting a Little League ball diamond at Old Mill Park was a topic of discussion at the Arnold village board meeting. There are already 38 youngsters signed up for this year’s T-ball, and there is some interest in Little League by older kids. As of now, there is grass in the infield, which is fine for the little guys as it slows the ball down. However, there are those who want the infield to be dirt as soon as possible. Board members shared that it wasn’t the right time with recent rains. Removing sod at this point would only create a mud hole.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Sunday liquor hours extended for Village

CALLAWAY—Callaway businesses selling beer, wine and liquor will now be able to sell on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The village board recently voted 4-0 with one abstention to change the existing ordinance and waive its three readings. The change came about at the request of board member Lawrence Paulsen on behalf of Callaway Market, which holds an off-sale liquor permit and is now open on Sundays. The old ordinance was 3-10 p.m., and has been on the books for several years without noticeable incident.—reported in the Callaway Courier.