AREA NEWS DIGEST

Taken from the columns of area newspapers.

 

Patriotism runs deep with flag barn quilt

COZAD—Proud to be an American is more than skin deep for many citizens of the Tribune-area. For Carolyn Wize of Willow Island, she has displayed her patriotism and pride in her family’s heroism for more than 20 years. She has now updated a building on the Wize homestead with a huge American flag barn quilt in remembrance and dedication to the “Miller 8,” which included eight brothers that served with the U.S. Military. Wize’s father was also one of the soldiers in the “Miller 8.”—reported in the Tri-City Trib.

Broken & unwanted bicycles get new life

BROKEN BOW—Old, broken and unwanted bicycles are receiving a new chance at life through the Bicycle Recycle & Safety Program offered by Keep Loup Basin Beautiful. Bicycles donated or rescued for the program get a face lift, thanks to Gary Hughes of Lincoln. Hughes and his wife, Lynne, collect bicycles from Burwell to Lincoln and perform their magic to make them usable again. The bikes then go to the First Presbyterian Church where any youth who would like one, but cannot afford one, are offered the opportunity to call a bike their own.—reported in the Custer County Chief.

Ogallala native pens book of Nebraska love story

OGALLALA—Ogallala High School graduate and former Keith County News employee Todd von Kampen recently completed a book titled, “Ron & Carol Cope: A Nebraska Love Story.” The book is a dual biography that was released Sept. 13 at Kearney. Ron Cope and Carol Cope helped change the face of their adopted hometown of Kearney over three-quarters of a century with community service and philanthropy. Their names appear on educational, medical and cultural institutions throughout the city and region. The book was released on closing day of Kearney’s annual “Walk in the Copes’ Shoes” a celebration of community kindness and generosity. Proceeds from the book will go to the Kearney Area Community Foundation.—reported in the Keith County News.

Improvements being made at the Gun Club

CURTIS—The Gun Club applied for and received a grant from the Nebraska Department of Wildlife to make improvements to the club house and shooting range. Club members will be working on putting a new metal roof, metal walls and windows on the clubhouse. They also are planning on running new cement around the clubhouse and in the shooting lanes. The old cement building will be torn down and a 40-foot shipping container will be placed there for storage. A new archery range and air rifle range will also be built. The clubhouse and cement is expected to be completed this fall and the new shooting ranges will be completed in the spring.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.

New seating greets football fans

CALLAWAY—South Loup football fans arrived at a recent Friday evening game to find the new portable bleachers ready for use to see the Bobcats defeat Bertrand for their third win of the season. When not in use, the bleachers then fold up automatically onto its own trailer for easy transport. It cost the school district $27,647 after SORC agreed to contribute $5,000 a year for three years to use them.—reported in the Callaway Courier.