Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

100th Meridian Road Race honors Berreckman

COZAD—Looking to build upon past years’ success, one of Central Nebraska’s largest road races in history is happening on Aug. 13 in Cozad. The C.E.B. Memorial 100th Meridian 5K/10K will take place in honor of the life and work of Claude E. Berreckman who passed away in 2013. Entries include the race, refreshments and a commemorative shirt. The race will begin and end near the town square of Cozad. Both courses will follow the original courses used when Berreckman organized the road race in the 1980s.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Custer County arena hosts cowboys & bulls

BROKEN BOW—Aug. 1 bull riding fans came from far and wide to watch an exciting night of bull riding at the new arena at the Custer County Fairgrounds. There were over 30 bull riders from all over the country who tested their skills on the bulls, including two from Brazil. Hadley Barrett and Travis Shauda were the announcers of the event where three qualified bullfighters looked out for the cowboy’s well being. Uberson Duarta of Brazil scored an 86 on his eight second ride for a combined score of 156 to win the event.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

The Guardian wins 27th annual Kites & Castles

OGALLALA—From actual sand castles to sculptures of various sea creatures, 16 teams gathered at Martin Bay at Lake McConaughy for the 27th annual Kites and Castles event recently. The day marked the return of the event after high water levels prevented it from taking place in 2015. The creative competition included three classes comprising of family class, open class and youth class. Castle builders had four hours to construct with winners selected in each category. In addition, a people’s choice award was bestowed to a creation of a sea creature with hollowed-out eyes guarding a treasure chest of coins. The creation, “The Guardian” also won the family division, built by an extended family group.—reported in the Keith County News.

Zimbabwe native is new pastor in Maywood

CURTIS—A native of Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, the Rev. Charles Nyamakope, has become the new pastor of the Maywood United Methodist Church. Nyamakope has served the United Methodist Church as a pastor for the past 23 years and is also the pastor of the Wallace UMC. He and his wife, Tecla, have two children and they love sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through preaching and teaching. He will now be preaching in the Maywood community on Thursdays.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

16th annual SORC to feature over 140 cars

ARNOLD—On Aug. 10, more than 140 high performance cars will converge on Arnold for the 16th annual Sandhills Open Road Challenge (SORC). The event will begin Aug. 11 with the 22-mile Loup 2 Loup Open Road Race between Halsey and Purdum. Aug. 12 will start with the One Mile Shoot Out 14 miles north of Cozad followed by an afternoon car show and burn out contest in Arnold. Cars and drivers will line up in Arnold on Saturday for the start of the 56-mile open road race between Arnold and Dunning, culminating in the evening with a barbecue and award ceremony at the Arnold Community Park.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

New scoreboards awaiting first game

CALLAWAY—Another vestige of days of maroon and gold has turned to blue, black and silver. Both Callaway and Arnold schools are completing projects replacing aging football field scoreboards with modern models sporting South Loup colors. The new boards are wireless and digital. The $11,000 project was paid for without any tax dollars with grants and sponsorships as well as saving money by doing as much of the work as they could such as using sheet metal from the old boards to manufacture the sponsor boxes and more.—reported in the Callaway Courier.