Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Possibility of two-room modular at Cozad School

COZAD—Members of the Cozad Community Schools Board of Education are discussing the need for a new or used modular at Cozad Elementary for the upcoming school year. The two-room modular will house the music classes, robotics and possibly art. Cost is a factor as they are between $72,000 and $86,000. A used modular in Greeley, NE, that is up for bid needs repairs and updating with a cost of $10,000 to $14,000 projected to bring it to Cozad. The nearest modular dealer is located at Henderson, CO, however it may be prudent to purchase a new one since it costs the same to get it to town. The maintenance director will go inspect the modular at Greeley with discussions to continue.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

21st annual Pheasants Forever banquet

BROKEN BOW—Custer County Chapter of Pheasants Forever hosted their 21st annual banquet in Broken Bow recently with 210 people in attendance. The evening included a prime rib dinner and an auction with proceeds raised to go to hunters education, youth hunting and wildlife habitat. Six of the 12 youth hunters who participated in the Youth Mentor hunt last fall were on hand to assist with showing items up for auction. Eyerusalen Glendy of Broken Bow won a lifetime hunting permit and BaiLee McMillan of Milburn won a Weatherby 20 gauge shotgun. Mark Kimball of Callaway was presented the 2017 Polaris Habitat Stewardship Award for his contributions to wildlife, habitat and outdoor education.—reported in the Custer County Chief.


Nebraska150 Express to stop at Ogallala

OGALLALA—Gov. Pete Ricketts, First Lady Susanne Shore and Union Pacific Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz announced the seven communities, including Ogallala, selected as stops along the route for the “Nebraska150 Express” tour Aug. 4-6. A Union Pacific Streamliner locomotive will travel the state during a three-day “Whistle Stop Tour,” a rare event harkening back to the early 19th century. The Nebraska150 Express will provide the opportunity for communities across Nebraska to celebrate in our state’s sesquicentennial. After leaving Omaha, the locomotive will travel to Columbus, North Platte, Ogallala, Sidney, Gering, Kearney and Grand Island, where each community will host a festival to welcome the train’s passengers.—reported in the Keith County News.


NCTA Vet Techs get new x-ray machine

CURTIS—Veterinary technology students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) are using state-of-the-art technology for making dental radiographs, or x-rays, thanks to donors and grants that helped to purchase a digital mobile imaging system. The new machine equips the radiology program with advanced tools for taking a radiograph below the gum line and seeing what is occurring in the mouth of the animal, as two-thirds of a pet’s teeth are below the gum line and not visible. The x-ray machine is an essential piece of equipment for the college’s instructional needs and it will be incorporated into Radiology I and II, anesthesia and nursing courses as well.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.


Village considers community Webcams

ARNOLD—Webcams may be in Arnold’s future. Sandhills Open Road Challenge driver R.T. Green, who now makes his home at both California and Arnold, attended a village meeting to ask if the board would be interested in community Webcams. Green stated Webcams—a video camera that allows images to be viewed by internet users—would be nice for people who want to come visit and would help promote events. Green also offered to get cost estimates and donate toward the costs. He will also check with organizations about donating to the project. Board members liked the idea and will allow further discussions.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.


Fourth graders get history lesson via quilt

CALLAWAY—Callaway’s fourth grade class studies Nebraska history has a matter of course, as do all fourth graders in the state. Members of Custer’s Last Stitch Quilt Guild and the Nebraska State Quilt Guild gave the lesson in Mrs. Rush’s class recently, and the finished assignment can be seen at the Custer County Fair this summer. Called “Discover Nebraska,” the program is designed to bring quilting into the classroom by making quilts a part of the lesson. Each patch of the colorful quilt on display represents some aspect of Nebraska history from pioneers, farming and ranching to its resources like water and land.—reported in the Callaway