Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Barmore’s changes hands after 84 years

COZAD—Barmore’s Drug Store, a pharmacy and retail business staple in Lexington, which has been in the Rick and Mary Barmore family for 84 years stretching back three generations, recently announced the sale of the store. After running the store for 34 years, the couple plan to move to the Washington, D.C., area to be closer to family. The Lexington store will not be closing, in fact, the leadership role will be handed off to new owners Mark Vogt and Robert Bailey who have experience in running small town pharmacies.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Volleyball coach Hoblyn reaches 700th win

BROKEN BOW—Pat Hoblyn, volleyball coach at Ansley Public Schools, brings new meaning to the word dedication. It has now been 43 years since Hoblyn started working at the school. The very first volleyball team she coached won state in 1973, and has led her team to five more state championships and 14 total state tournament appearances. In 2012, The Ansley gym court was named after her, and in 1981 was awarded area Girls Coach of the Year and was inducted in the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame. She was recently honored in celebration of her 700th game win with a surprise event that included staff, students and community members.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Eagle Scout honors Old Lincoln Highway

OGALLALA—Once upon a time, vehicles traveling the Old Lincoln Highway would drive right through Ogallala and pass by the Spruce Street Station at what is now the corner of North Spruce and Third Streets. Although the heyday of the Lincoln Highway has long passed—and the highway itself was rebuilt several blocks south of the station—its history has recently been recognized through the efforts of a local Eagle Scout project. Ogallala High School senior and Scout Christopher Knudsen undertook the project to erect a historic mile marker in front of the bronze statue of the waving worker at the Spruce Street Station.—reported in the Keith County News.

Local wins Grand Nat’l & World Championship

CURTIS—Grunden Rach Morgans-Harlan and Tammy Grunden of Curtis exhibited their senior Stallion, RG Stuart’s Monarch at the 44th annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show. The show ran Oct. 7 through Oct. 15 at Oklahoma City. The Grundens showed their home-raised 18-year-old stallion in the carriage driving division, showing against horses from 10 states, and won the World Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Single, Grand National Carriage Pleasure Driving Working, and numerous other awards.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

Arnold college student among award recipients

ARNOLD—Livestock dogs and their handlers from Nebraska and surrounding states gained a few dog handling tips and several awards in October at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and Outback Stock Dog Association Clinic and trial. The 54 entries, including Brooke Blowers of Arnold, saw veterans and new comers topping ranks in four categories for their dogs handling farm and ranch livestock using low-stress techniques. Also on hand was nationally-ranked dog handler, Tim Gifford, who shared training tips for handlers and coached their dogs in a day long clinic.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.