Taken from the columns of area newspapers.


Meadowlark Pointe additions coming soon

COZAD—Meadowlark Pointe, the assisted living facility located on the northwest side of Cozad, plans to make additions as the Cozad Community Hospital Foundation hosted a informational meeting recently. An additional 26 rooms will be added onto the east end, and of those, 12 will be assisted and 14 will be memory care. Along with adding rooms, there will be a new chapel and an enlarged commercial kitchen. The additions will not only create more rooms, but will also create more jobs for the community. There is a growing need for memory care in the area, which is expected to double by 2050, and Meadowlark Pointe will allow Cozad to meet the needs of the population.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.


Escaped prisoner apprehended at Bow

BROKEN BOW—At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, an escaped prisoner was apprehended in a pasture eight miles south of Broken Bow. At 8:30 a.m., 28-year-old Richard Coons was being transported to Valentine for a court appearance in a Midwest Special Services van. The driver went into McDonald’s in Broken Bow to use the rest room and left the van running. Coons managed to get out of handcuffs and leg shackles and stole the van. The van was found abandoned south of Broken Bow and Coons had fled on foot. Members of the Broken Bow Police Department, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol participated in the search and captured Coons, who is now in custody in the Custer County Jail.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Airport work at a stand-still, contractor in default

OGALLALA—Rather than running smoothly like a 747 Jetliner, the ongoing improvement project at the Ogallala Municipal Airport has only hobbled a few feet off the ground like a paper airplane. The project, which included two primary parts, has been delayed due to negligence issues with the contractor. Consequently, the Ogallala City Council unanimously voted to declare the contractor in default. The premise of the project was for the pavement of one of the airport’s parking lots and for the renovation of the old T-hangar, which was approximately 35-percent completed when the contractor essentially stopped working in December. It is not completely known when the repair work will be completed as the surety company is now tasked with finding a new contractor.—reported in the Keith County News.


TRAN to roll through Frontier County

CURTIS—Tractors from classic to modern will drive Highway 23 and tour southern Nebraska, sponsored by the Nebraska Antique Farming Association. The itinerary for the TRAN (Tractor Relay Across Nebraska) drive begins at Holyoke, CO, then Wallace to Curtis, Holdrege, Hastings, Sutton, Crete and Lincoln. Again this year, drivers are riding for a cause, collecting contributions to Operation Comfort Warriors, an organization sponsored by the American Legion to provide needed supplies and benefits to veterans not covered by other programs. Gov. Ricketts will also be proclaiming June 9 as Nebraska Antique Farming Day.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.


Heavy load arrives to shore up paper office

ARNOLD—The delivery of a 750-pound beam by Bloedorn Lumber of North Platte to The Sentinel office recently drew a lot of attention on the street and willing volunteers came to help guide the beam into the building—including a crew from Forrester’s Dodge City that wasted no time in coming to offer help. The beam will be installed to shore the sagging roof up as part of the major renovation process. A temporary wall was built to hold the sagging roof after it was jacked up about six inches to level. Meanwhile, The Sentinel office is temporarily located in Hotel Custer.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.