AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

Annual Mission to Cozad being planned

COZAD—The 11th annual Mission to Cozad will take place July 27 through July 30 with a Cozad Food Pantry drive also planned. Following a supper, worship time, speakers and discussions as well as some game time, Cozad Shaffer and the Cozad Bible Church will be providing praise band music. Area churches and organizations are providing meals throughout the weekend and the Community Wellness Center is providing shower facilities. Participants will spend nights at the Church of Christ on Newell. Project request forms are being accepted. The weekend will conclude with a community worship service at Chipper Hall.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Proposed trail not popular with citizens

BROKEN BOW—Many spoke in opposition, several were supportive, some were emotional, and others matter-of-fact. Whatever their demeanor, 35 citizens approached the podium recently to voice opinions about the City of Broken Bow’s proposed Trails Master Plan. In all, well over 125 people gathered at the Municipal Building’s auditorium for the Parks and Recreation meeting. Concerns included cost, safety, privacy, maintenance and more. The master plan for building the trail has a cost of $10,281,530, with many feeling the money could be better spent elsewhere such as improving existing sidewalks and streets. The meeting closed after three hours with numerous ideas and input for officials to consider.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Historic home opens for public tours

OGALLALA—To walk into the O’Brien-Lute house is to experience what life would have been like in Nebraska during the early 1900s. The house harkens back to a time when having a two-story home meant a loft with a ladder, a time when having central heat meant a stove that burned cow pies—or coal on special occasions. The ceiling is low and there is just enough space for a bed, stove, table and chairs. Beginning July 11, that experience is now available to anyone who would like to tour the historic home, located just next to the Mansion on the Hill on North Spruce Street. The site has been receiving repairs in order to offer tours of the 100 year-old home.—reported in the Keith County News.

Arnold River Battle rows to seventh year

ARNOLD—The seventh annual Arnold River Battle was set to take place on July 15 at Hidden Valley Campgrounds. A cookout with registration and T-shirts began festivities at noon with proceeds going to Hidden Valley. Two categories were available for the river battle, adults, which included 18 or older, and youth, 18 and under. The river battle is a timed event, however, it’s up to participants how fast or slow they go. Adults competed in canoes, kayaks and tubes while youth battled in kayaks and tubes.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.

Aging bleachers target for replacement

CALLAWAY—The rickety old bleachers on the football field may well be on their way out when District 180 Board of Education voted 6-0 to commit to move forward on the project, though what form it will take remains to be seen. According to Jarod Rush, activities director, a building and grounds committee viewed increasingly in favor of replacing the bleachers rather than spending more money repairing them. Each year, school maintenance replaces rotting boards that serve as bench seating on concrete risers, due to sprinklers wetting the wood and causing rot.—reported in the Callaway Courier.